RICHMOND took full advantage of its big first-day total to defeat Hawthorn-Monash University outright at Central Reserve on Saturday.
After compiling 3-356 on the first day, then getting a late wicket, the Tigers maintained the rage when play resumed on Saturday.
They dismantled the Hawks innings with Steve Garrett taking a wicket with the first ball of the day. The Tigers bowled the visitors out for 68, then sent them back to follow on.
The Hawks proved more resilient in their second innings making 105 from 37.5 overs as the Tigers took an outright win by an innings and 189 runs.
The Tigers earned the result without captain Allan Wise or stand-in captain Cameron White. Wise was injured and White was chosen for the Victorian side.
Tigers seamer Dylan Allsopp (2-16 and 3-26) proved difficult to handle all match as did Garrett (4-17 and 1-6).
It was an important match for Garrett, who moved to the Tigers in the off-season after several years of success in the Ringwood District Cricket Association with South Warrandyte.
He made 47 not out in the first innings, partnering with White (229 not out) to make an unbeaten 169-run partnership, then took wickets in both innings.
Rob Keogh had 34 in the second innings for the Hawks.
Richmond next visits Melbourne University while Hawthorn-Monash University hosts Casey-South Melbourne at Monash University. Both matches start this Saturday at noon.
PREMIER CRICKET LADDER: Melbourne 67 points, 1.67 per cent; Prahran 60, 1.41; Ringwood 53, 1.25; Richmond 51, 1.86; St Kilda 51, 1.40; Carlton 49, 1.08; Dandenong 41, 1.38; Melbourne Uni 41, 1.07; Fitzroy Doncaster 38, 1.12; Frankston Peninsula 38, 0.94; Geelong 37, 0.88; Casey-South Melbourne 31, 0.74; Footscray Edgewater 27, 0.92; Camberwell Magpies 27, 0.78; North Melbourne 26, 0.72; Essendon 12, 0.65; Haw-Monash Uni 12, 0.65; Northcote 9, 0.52.