VICTORIAN and Richmond all-rounder Cameron White turned on his most destructive form, posting a double century against Hawthorn-Monash University at Central Reserve on Saturday.
White amassed 229 from 232 balls, including 14 fours and eight sixes, as the Tigers made 6-362 declared. The Tigers then snared a late wicket, with the Hawks ending play on 1-5 from six overs.
White also captained the Tigers, who remain without captain and experienced fast bowler Allan Wise, out for a few months with a shoulder injury.
Wise said White's innings came at a time when the Tigers needed some inspiration.
"It was pretty sensational," Wise said. "It was an amazing day's cricket. We got sent in on a wicket where, if we had won the toss, we might have also bowled.
"They made some inroads on us early but once White got out there it was clear he was a class above everyone else.
"He was watchful early and he played a very structured innings before cashing in at the end."
White also formed a key partnership with first year Tiger Steve Garrett (47 not out) as the pair put on an unbeaten 169 partnership for the seventh wicket before White's declaration.
Their partnership was just nine runs short of a Tigers club record.
"White doesn't pay too much attention to the history books," Wise said. "Steve's innings was really important as it let Cameron play his natural game and it took some pressure off him as he knew he had someone batting well at the other end after we had lost a couple of wickets."
Tom Collett and Vinay Tripathi took two wickets each for the Hawks.
Wise said he hoped his shoulder injury would repair in time for him to return this season although he couldn't be certain he would be back in time.
He said his shoulder injury was a rare one usually seen in baseball pitchers rather than fast bowlers.
"I think it shows I'm getting a bit older when injuries like this happened," he said.
"I did it bowling but it's very uncommon in cricketers and there is no reason why it happened.
"I will be a few months on the sidelines but I hope to get back this year."
The two sides will resume play at Central Reserve this Saturday at noon.