Tigers fight back after follow on, deny Melbourne an outright victory

Eighteen year old Fergus O’Neill picked up a six-wicket haul (including a hat-trick) as Melbourne bowled out Monash Tigers for 51 at Central Reserve North on Saturday. The home side, however, fought back and produced an improved performance to deny Cameron White and Co the outright victory.

Tigers resumed the day at 2/16, with Krishna Padmanabhan and Dom Matarazzo at the strike. Rep seamer Chris Tremain struck on his first ball, which led to a procession of wickets in the first session, which proved to be difficult for the batsmen.

O’Neill seemed to be in great rhythm as he made Matarazzo, Sam Mills and Andrew Humphries his hat-trick victims. Jake Fraser-McGurk and Mitchell Perry, who returned to the side after featuring for Victoria in the Marsh Cup, tried to weather the storm but O’Neill removed the former for 16. While Perry remained unbeaten on 10.

Tigers trailed by 228 runs when White enforced the follow on. Padmanabhan and Will Parker guided the home side to Lunch unscathed.

O’Neill once again provided the breakthrough with Parker’s wicket and White dismissed Jackson Waters shortly. The Tigers found themselves in a spot of bother having lost half their side after 40 overs at tea.

But Matarazzo and Zac Sleeman’ clubbed a stubborn 43-run stand off 95 deliveries. Marcus Berryman too consumed 50 deliveries for his 14.

The innings proceeded till the final over of the day until White shook hands with one ball to go.


Viccars, Moon and Keast smash fifties as as Tigers beat Melbourne on first innings

Bailey Moon and Toby Keast’s 142-run stand helped Monash Tigers beat Melbourne on first innings at Albert Ground on Saturday.

Kyle Viccars, who led the recovery for Tigers on the first day, was dismissed for 64. Aaron Cross, too, chipped in with a valuable 34. But it was Moon and Keast’s partnership that turned the fortunes in Tigers’ favour on Day 2.

At 7/155, Melbourne were in a dominating position with Tigers 20 runs away from Melbourne’s 175. Regardless, Moon (83) and Keast (74) took the attack to the opposition. While, Keast scored three sixes, Moon smashed nine boundaries. The Tigers were eventually bowled out for 305.

Melbourne ended the day at 1/103, with A de Lange and S Griffin scoring half centuries.


Obdurate batting approach earns Tigers a deserving draw

Skipper Sam Kindlen scored a 121-ball 50-run knock as Tigers drew against Melbourne at Central Reserve South on Saturday.

Melbourne declared their innings at 8/314. William O’Brien picked up five wickets and at one stage, the away side were in a commanding position with Tigers 5/85.

But Kindlen backed his defence and was well supported by Jacob Hinds, who scored 34. Even Connor Hinds consumed 72 balls for his 29.

Melbourne did smell a sniff of the victory after Kindlen was dismissed but Tom Cashman showed grit and guided Tigers to stumps safely.


Last-over drama as Melbourne beat Tigers

Tigers ended up on the losing side in what turned out to be an exciting finish at Beaumaris Secondary College – North Oval on Saturday.

In reply to Melbourne’s 269, Jason Ward (30), Romesh Martinus (43), Benji Gore (32), Max Parker (25) and Tyler Walsh (20) all chipped in with valuable contributions but the home side kept picking wickets at regular intervals.

The drama however unfolded in the final over of the day. With two balls to go, Hugh Hyslop trapped Chansika Kapukotuwa LBW – the ninth wicket of the match. Hyslop kept his calm on the final ball and snared another wicket, dismissing Rachit Sharma.

Carnegie beat Tigers Academy team

Carnegie put up a collective bowling effort to bowl Tigers out for 105 at Highett Reserve on Sunday.

R Chandel top scored for Tigers with 26. Carnegie’s M Srivastava slammed a century as the home side chased down the total comfortably.