WACA Premier Cricket: Bayswater Morley claims outright win over Melville

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BAYSWATER Morley has thrown the finals into turmoil after a fantastic outright win over fourth-placed Melville on Saturday at Tompkins Park.

As the Bears had already wrapped up the first innings win on day one, they decided to throw down the gauntlet, sending Melville back in to bat straight away as they searched for their first outright win of the season.

Luke Towers and Blake Reed managed to push the score to 23, before the Bears hit their stride.

Towers was the first to go, caught by Aaron Todd off Jonty Wilde.

Reed, Drew Porter and Matthew Wiley all fell in the blink of an eye to Steve Tompsett without adding a run, as the Storm found themselves in dire straits at 4-23.

Fraser Hay and Ryan Duffield attempted to add some respectability to the scoreboard, notching up a 44-run fifth-wicket partnership.

However, once Hay was dismissed at 5-67, Melville’s middle order collapsed under the immense pressure from the Bears as the Storm lost its final four wickets (Tom Scollay retired hurt) for 31 runs, ending the innings on 9-98.

With only 50 runs to chase for the outright win, Tim Smithies and Aaron Todd barely broke a sweat, hitting the total with ease after just 12.2 overs.

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