Tow­ers, Reed lay win­ning path

The Advocate (Perth) - - SPORT -

MELVILLE con­sol­i­dated its spot in the Premier Cricket top 6 on Satur­day with a tough 33-run vic­tory over Mid­land Guild­ford at Li­lac Hill.

After win­ning the toss and elect­ing to bat, Melville started its in­nings per­fectly with a su­perb 102-run part­ner­ship be­tween Luke Tow­ers and Blake Reed.

Fol­low­ing Tow­ers’ dis­missal for 61 and sit­ting at 1-102, a flurry of wick­ets fell as Melville dropped to 4-132 thanks to Mid­land Guild­ford’s cap­tain Do­minic Si­b­ley.

How­ever, Drew Porter and Ryan Duffield came to the crease and im­me­di­ately set about re­gain­ing the mo­men­tum, crunch­ing 74 runs in a fan­tas­tic fifth­wicket part­ner­ship.

At 5-206, Si­b­ley con­tin­ued his good form with the ball, help­ing clean up the tail to fin­ish with an amaz­ing 5-69 as Melville fin­ished its in­nings on 9-239.

Mid­land Guild­ford be­gan its run chase well enough through Si­b­ley and Hay­den Cob­ley, putting on a 69-run open­ing part­ner­ship to put the pres­sure back on the Melville bowlers.

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