GOSNELLS’ finals hopes suffered a double blow with back-to-back defeats in Premier Cricket over the weekend, leaving them in 10th on the ladder.
The Premier Cricket season resumed after the two-week Christmas break with back-to-back one-day fixtures on Saturday and Sunday in rounds 9 and 10.
Gosnells went down to a star-studded Fremantle by 38 runs at Sutherlands Park on Saturday, before a 156-run thrashing from Melville at Tompkins Park on Sunday.
On Sunday, Melville looked slightly precarious at 4-125 before Drew Porter (101) and Ryan Duffield (96 n.o.) combined for a match-winning 131-run partnership.
Porter’s second century of the season was integral, with Melville setting the Hawks a challenging target of 5-288.
Tom Kerr-Sheppard dismissed Ryan James-Buckley in the opening over and Gosnells were always on the back foot, despite Jonathan Crowe’s 33.
On Saturday, Perth Scorchers duo Shaun Marsh and Ashton Turner failed to fire but Mitch Marsh blasted 59 from 36 balls and took three wickets as the Port Boys swept aside the Hawks.
Matt Leipold claimed two key wickets and ran out Marsh before hitting 60 from 70 balls but it wasn’t enough.