Melbourne University beat Richmond by 52 runs

Richmond Cricket Club were bowled out for 132 as Melbourne University completed a comprehensive win over the Tigers at the University Main Oval on Saturday.

Put in to bat, the University openers Harrison Emms and Fergus McKenna started off on a cautious note against the frontline pacers Marcus Berryman and Dylan Tibballs. But Sam Mills’ introduction into the attack led to the dismissal of McKenna for 15.

Tibballs quickly pounced on the opportunity and had James McNeil caught behind for 1. Emms and Andrew Young too were dismissed in quick succession by Berryman and Wil Parker respectively as the hosts found themselves reeling at 4/65.

However Andrej Yaksender (43) and Noah Croes (27) put on a 50-run stand before Bailey Moon broke the partnership. Dom Matarazzo, coming into the attack late, made an immediate impact with Yaksender’s wicket with the game poised in the balance with University at 6/135.

But Liam Scammell grabbed the opportunity with Simon MaCkin combined to carry the hosts to a respectable total. The pair could’ve carried on had it not been for Tibballs’ double whammy in the death overs as Richmond restricted University to 8/184.

It was a huge setback for Richmond to lose Scott Edwards early in the 185 chase. Although Shobit Singh (41) tried to resurrect the chase by holding one end up but none of the top order batsmen were able to get a start as Mark Stafford and Douglas Warren picked three wickets each.

Dom Matarazzo’s 30 too were in a losing cause as Richmond were bowled out for 132 with Bailey Moon remaining unbeaten on 14.

2s

Richmond suffer humbling loss against Melbourne University

The Greg Connor-led 2s suffered their first loss since the fourth round as Melbourne University bowled out Richmond Cricket Club for 99 at Central Reserve North on Saturday.

The coin fell in Richmond’s favour and the opening bowlers made immediate inroads. Andrew Humphries and Chansika Kapukotuwa were spot on with their lengths as Humphries got the first wicket – courtesy a brilliant catch from Kyle Viccars – in the 9th over with Melbourne University on 12.

Kapukotuwa got rewarded for his disciplined bowling with Hugo Bienvenu’s wicket for 3. Mitchell Domann (24) and Daniel Hutton (26) got starts but couldn’t convert as Jake Trevethan and Toby Keast got the important wickets.

Humphries – with five maidens – and Kapukotuwa set the tone as Trevethan, Keast, D’Rozario picked up wickets as University continued to look for that defining partnership.

The lower order though – Jeremy Peacock (25), James Horn (19), Lucien Bienvenu (16) and Om Patel (20*) – all made modest contributions as University kept losing wickets at regular intervals. It was Benjamin Rolfs’ 42 however which allowed Melbourne University cross the 180-run mark as they set a target of 189.

Richmond – barring Dan Scholz who remained unbeaten on 45 – were never in the chase with Angus Molden and L Bienvenu scythed through the hosts with only Toby Keast and Jack Trevethan crossing the single digit figure. The hosts were bowled out for 99 and lost in what seemed to be an aberration to how Connor and Co have went about in this season. The 2s will shrug off this loss and will eye to bounce back against Fitzroy Doncaster ahead of the finals. 

3s

Benji Gore stars in a thrilling win for Richmond at Princess Park

Richmond Cricket Club led by Aaron Cross successfully defended 142 as Benji Gore starred in the death overs to hand the visitors a brilliant victory against Melbourne University at Princess Park 3 on Saturday.

The visitors were in trouble with three batsmen back in the dugout before reaching the 50-run mark. But Max Parker (35) and Jordan Hesline (33) steadied the ship. Once Parker fell, it was Hrithik Katarey who chipped in with a vital 21. Richmond were eventually bowled out for 142 as Lachlan Melican picked up four wickets.

Ashley Becker and Tom Cashman didn’t let the Melbourne University openers get away with a blitz start as the hosts found run scoring difficult. Eventually, Becker was rewarded with Ali Khan’s wicket as he went through his defence.

The spin trio of – Jordan Hesline, Hrithik Katarey and Dulith Mihirpenna – then worked in unision snaring five wickets among them to put University under pressure.

The icing on the cake, however, was Gore’s nine-over spell. Gore bowled three maidens and took two wickets as he defended 11 runs in the final wicket.

4s

Carruthers, Cowling-Iverson guide Richmond to important victory ahead of finals

Nic Cowling made a sensational comeback from injury and was well supported by Jack Iverson against Melbourne University. Jacob Carruthers though provided the final impetus with a five-wicket haul as Richmond Cricket Club won by 15 runs at Central Reserve South Oval on Saturday.

Cowling and Iverson made the most of Tyler Walsh’s decision to bat as the pair put on a mammoth 182-run stand as Melbourne University struggled to make any early inroads.

It seemed like Cowling will get to his century but he waltzed down the track to up the scoring rate and was stumped for 87. Iverson fell in a similar fashion and fell eight short of a ton. Richmond lost three more wickets in quick succession as they posted 5/215 in 45 overs.

Asked to chase 216, Jackson Reed provided the early breakthrough in Laban Ditchburn for 5. Reed had more say in the game as he also sent back Michael Forwood to the hut for 8.

Akon Mawien (37) and Alexander Gall (84) though were putting up a fight and pushed Richmond against the wall in a nail biting chase as Richmond failed to keep the pressure on Melbourne University.

Carruthers’ introduction though changed the equation of the match as Melbourne University had no answers to the extra pace he offered. Carruthers scalped a fiver with Walsh grabbing a spectacular return catch to bowl out the visitors for 200.