Premier Cricket: Massive chase leaves Richmond floundering

RICHMOND couldn't chase down a mammoth total against Footscray-Edgewater and was bowled out at Central Reserve on Saturday.

The Tigers were set the enormous task of chasing the Bulldogs' first innings total of 9-342 declared. The home side was bowled out later in the day for 226.

After ending the first day on 8-320, the Bulldogs stayed at the crease to take their total to 342 before putting the under-strength Tigers in to bat.

The Bulldogs bowlers got off to a brilliant start with three early wickets, including the scalp of Tigers captain Ryan Carters, to have the home side precariously placed on 3-39.

Chris Weeks (31) and Andrew Delmont (44) built a 63-run stand for the fourth wicket before Weeks was dismissed by Ben Green with the score on 4-102.

Coming in at No. 6, Daniel Sartori proved the form batsman for the Tigers with a knock of 84 not out. He managed to build promising partnerships with Steve Garrett and Josh Durrant. But the wicket of Durrant was quickly followed by the final two batsmen to have the Tigers all out for 226.

Wesley Robinson (3-26) and Lucas Dredge (3-70) were the leading bowlers for the Bulldogs.

The Tigers now face a major battle to make the finals with their final-round match against Dandenong at Shepley Oval. The winner is likely to make the top eight and the loser almost certain to miss out.

Also on Saturday, Hawthorn-Monash University took home a first-innings win over Essendon.

The Hawks resumed on 3-108, chasing the Dons' 117 all out, and soon passed the total with captain David Alleyne (53) leading the way.

The Hawks batted for 80 overs and made 210 all out before the Dons finished out the overs, compiling 3-108 from 42 overs.

Hawks bowlers Jake Wigney, Vinay Tripathi and Daniel Rogers all took a wicket apiece.

This Saturday the Hawks finish their season with a two-day fixture against Prahran at Monash University Oval.

PREMIER CRICKET LADDER: Melbourne 73 points, 1.73 per cent; Prahran 70, 1.28; Ringwood 65, 1.29; St Kilda 57, 1.32; Frankston Peninsula 54, 1.06; Melbourne Uni 53, 1.09; Richmond 51, 1.57; Fitzroy Doncaster 50, 1.16; Carlton 49, 1.03; Dandenong 47, 1.25; Geelong 45.4, 0.91; Casey-South Melbourne 41, 0.80; Footscray Edgewater 33, 0.98; Camberwell Magpies 33, 0.77; North Melbourne 32, 0.78; Hawthorn-Monash Uni 18, 0.66; Essendon 12, 0.63; Northcote 9, 0.52.

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