South Perth storm to first in­nings win

Melville Times - - Sport -

MELVILLE has slipped to third on the WACA Premier Cricket ta­ble fol­low­ing a first in­nings loss to South Perth at Richard­son Park.

Af­ter strug­gling on day one, Melville needed six wick­ets for 24 runs when play re­sumed on Satur­day.

But South Perth was up to the task, cruis­ing past the to­tal of 95 un­scathed on day two.

Num­ber nine Alex Bevilaqua crunched nine bound­aries in an in­nings of 60 from 52, help­ing the hosts de­clare at 8-225.

The lead of 130 meant they were also in with a chance of an out­right win. It was not to be how­ever, with the vis­i­tors prov­ing sig­nif­i­cantly more re­silient at the top of the or­der.

Open­ing pair Luke Beneq­ui­sta and Blake Reed knuck­led down to see the Storm reach 50 be­fore the first wicket fell.

Melville will play Wil­let­ton at Bur­ren­dah Re­serve over the fol­low­ing two Satur­days.

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