HAWTHORN-MONASH University coach Keith Jansz was lost for words, his players' shot selection was lost in the clouds and the Hawks suffered an outright loss to Casey-South Melbourne at Monash University Oval on Saturday.
The Hawks were bowled out on the first day for 79 and in turn bowled out the Bloods for 92 and resumed on Saturday looking to build a total and then knock the Bloods over for a second time.
That plan never eventuated as the Hawks were bowled out for just 39 in 27.4 overs, leaving the Bloods needing a handful of runs to complete an outright win. And they did, making 0-29 in 5.3 overs.
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Bloods opening bowlers Andrew Perrin (5-12) and Nathan Freitag (5-23) tore through the Hawks. Perrin completed a 10-wicket haul.
Jansz said he could not speak to his players when play finished, leaving the post-mortem for Tuesday night training.
But he made it clear none of his first XI could expect to command a spot in the side.
"It was pretty disgusting, to be blunt," he said.
"It was very, very poor indeed. I have never seen anything like it before as a player or a coach — it was an inept performance."
Only Hawks batsmen Jake Marnie (10) and Vinay Tripathi (10) made it to double figures as the Bloods caught out eight of their 10 dismissals.
"The skill level is there, earlier in the year we made scores of 300-plus against formidable attacks. The choice of shot execution was terrible," Jansz said.
"Their two bowlers bowled extremely well but no one wanted to show any fight and no one wanted to dig in.
"Fortunately, the rest of our club is coming along, with our seconds, thirds and fourths all doing well.
"But our first XI need to stand up. They are entrusted with the responsibility of taking the club forward."
With the Hawks seconds out of the finals race, Jansz said players from the lower grades would get the chance to play in the seniors in the coming weeks.
The Hawks thirds still need at least one more win to be in the finals and the Hawks fourths have made it to the last four.
"We will look at what other guys have to offer and build for the future. Going on Saturday's performance, I don't think any of our first XI have claims to a spot in the side."
In other matches, Richmond almost caused a surprise reverse-outright win against Melbourne University.
After losing in the first innings, the Tigers were sent out to bat for a second time and set up a tantalising total for the Scholars, posting 213 from 62.2 overs with Ryan Carters (113 not out) carrying his bat.
In response, the Scholars fell into early trouble at 5-19 before holding on to end play on 6-59 from 24 overs. Tigers opening bowler Matt Shimell took 4-17 from eight overs.
Premier Cricket ladder: Melbourne 73 points, 1.74 per cent; Prahran 70, 1.33; Ringwood 59, 1.25; St Kilda 57, 1.41; Richmond 51, 1.71; Carlton 49, 1.09; Frankston Peninsula 48, 1.01; Dandenong 47; 1.32; Melbourne Uni 47, 1.05; Fitzroy Doncaster 44, 1.11; Casey-South Melbourne 41, 0.82; Geelong 35, 0.88; Camberwell Magpies 33, 0.80; Footscray Edgewater 27, 0.93; North Melbourne 26, 0.70; Haw-Monash Uni 12, 0.63; Essendon 12, 0.62; Northcote 9, 0.53.