Sam Mills and Jackson Waters played two contrasting innings on Saturday as Richmond Cricket Club won on first innings against Essendon at Windy Hill. The Tigers lead by 305 runs when the players decided to shake hands.
Resumings the innings at 1/9, Essendon got rid of the night watchman Mitchell Perry early. Tim Goodman, however, played the perfect fiddle to Mills as they clubbed a 56-run stand.
Scott Edwards got a good start but Matthew Doric continued his good work from Day 1 and dismissed Edwards and Marcus Berryman cheaply.
However, with Mills (74) still going strong at the other end, Waters cut loose in a boundary laden 53 as Tigers’ lead crossed the 200-run mark.
Once Mills was bowled for 74, Adam Amin, after an important fifty in the first innings, strode out to the centre and made a contribution of 20 runs before the game was called off when Tigers were 6/214.
The Tigers ended their campaign with a win and finished 14th in the points table.
Greg Connor and Co finish 3rd on the table, set up semi-final with Melbourne
Backing the batsmen’s efforts, Richmond Cricket Club picked up 16 wickets on Day 2 at Central Reserve South on Saturday as they finished 3rd in the points table.
Hendro Dias and James Deasy resumed the Essendon innings on Day 2. It didn’t take long for Bailey Moon to make an impact as Dias was caught behind for 3.
Deasy and Steve Mihelakos-James promised to steady the ship but Joshua Carroll struck immediately after being introduced into the attack with Deasy being dismissed for 26.
Essendon found it difficult to cease the procession of wickets as Tigers bowlers kept asking questions with long and disciplined spells. Jonathan D’Rozario (3/25) and Toby Keast (1/43) bowled 29 overs amongst themselves in the 1st innings and picked up four wickets as Essendon went from 2/38 to 7/85.
Daniel Deasy showed some resistance with his 30 but Connor pouched a stunner in the slips as Essendon were bowled out for 126.
Asked to bat again, Essendon lost six wickets in the first hour of the third session which allowed Tigers to push for an outright win but Nathan Shoesmith and Mitchell Jonhstone ensured that wasn’t the case with a solid stonewalling effort in the last hour of the day’s play.
Padmanabhan was the stand out bowler in the second innings with four wickets and almost picked up hattrick as well. D’Rozario bowled 18 overs – 34 overs in total – and his figures read 1/48.
The Tigers, having finished 3rd, will lock horns with Melbourne on 14th and 15th March at Central Reserve South.
Tigers end season with win over Essendon
Richmond Cricket Club came close to securing an outright win but Essendon fought well to restrict the Tigers to 8/141, while chasing 167 at Cross Keys Reserve on Saturday.
Harry Buck and Cameron Stow provided an ideal start for the Sam Kindlen-led side with Essendon losing four wickets for 28. However, D Cotter (76) and SN Phillips-Williams (64) rose to the challenge and scored fifties each before declaring at 6/167.
Chasing 167, Aaron Cross and Shobit Singh kept Tigers in the chase with a 90-run stand before Cross was dismissed for 43. Essendon built on the opening and took three more wickets before Kindlen and Co reached the 100-run mark.
Tom Cashman and Sam Kindlen steadied the ship with a 44-run stand before the former was dismissed for 23. The match eventually ended in a draw with time being a constraint.
Luke Stow’s six-wicket haul powers Tigers’ victory against Essendon
Luke Stow starred with the ball as Richmond Cricket Club bowled out Essendon in a day to end the round format with a win at Central Reserve North on Saturday.
Courtesy this win, Tigers finished fourth and will face Melbourne in the semi-final at Central Reserve South.
Chasing 208, Essendon lost both their openers to Luke Stow. The away side, though, rebuilt with the help of O Gordon and L Camuncoli who scored fifties each to put the pressure back on Tigers.
However, Kieran Rice provided the much needed breakthrough with Gordon’s wicket and Stow took over by dismissing J Rudge, G Puxley, BJ Toseland and C Madan in quick succession.
Despite Camuncoli’s presence at the crease, Essendon failed to build a partnership to take them over the line and eventually they folded for 189.