Andrew Humphries smashed an incredible 56 off just 16 deliveries (including six 6s) while Marcus Berryman too joined the onslaught with a 35-ball 69 as Monash Tigers posted a record total of 6/246 against Kingston Hawthorn Hawks on Wednesday at Walter Galt Reserve.
Kingston fell short by an 88-run margin as the Tigers restricted the home side to 8/159. Humphries also starred with the ball, picking up three wickets in a Man of the Match performance. Youngster Reiley Mark, who bowled in the powerplay, bowled frugally and finished with two wickets.
The foundation of the comprehensive win was set by the openers, Connor Hinds (38) and Thomas O’Connell (18), who gave Tigers a brilliant start with a 51-run stand.
Jackson Waters maintained the momentum with a quickfire 28 until Berryman and Humphries changed the gears rapidly. Both of them cut loose in an aggressive 79-run stand and put Tigers in sight of a new club record.
Humphries fell for 56 when the score read 4/193 but Berryman’s presence at the crease meant that the Tigers put themselves in an enviable position going into the second innings.
Apart from Joel Lewis (43) and ex-Tiger Thaveesh Attanayake (59), none of the Kingston batsmen could really take control as the Tigers completed the comfortable win.