MT Lawley will need more than 300 runs next Saturday if they are to continue their good form after a tough first day of their round 12 Premier Cricket clash against Melville on Saturday.
The flat Breckler Park wicket proved hard to penetrate, with Melville posting 326 from 88.2 overs, led by ex-WA batsman Luke Towers’ 87.
Despite two four-wicket hauls from Callum Taylor and Mohamed Ijaz, the Hawks were unable to take regular wickets against an experienced Storm side.
Ian Fishman and Justin Kandiah were the other bowlers to take wickets, with the Hawks needing their batsmen to stand up next weekend.
The Hawks had risen to 12th spot on the ladder after three consecutive wins prior to last round’s defeat, giving them hope of making the finals.
Michael Klinger may be back to help the Hawks cause, depending on the Perth Scorchers’ BBL finals fate, along with James Newnham, fresh from reaching 5000 A-Grade runs.