Cricket: Storm thunder into top six

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MELVILLE has powered into the top six with a crushing win over Mount Lawley at Breckler Park on Saturday.

The Storm took 15 wickets in one day to stamp their authority on the competition and vault up to fifth on the ladder.

Mount Lawley began well with the opening pair putting on 32 before the struggling side lost three wickets with the score on 42 to dismantle their run chase.

Ryan Duffield pushed his Sheffield Shield case with 4-34, while Tom Kerr-Sheppard was vital with 3-11.

Jay Chislett was the best of the hosts’ batsman with 35 in an otherwise disappointing outing.

The Hawks were forced to follow on and finished 5-131 in their second dig, still well short of the Storm’s first innings 326 which was anchored by Luke Towers (87) and Duffiled (77).

Mt Lawley youngster Travis Keys finished the Hawks’ second innings 42 not out, while Liam Duffield secured two wickets.

After recording just three wins in the first eight rounds, Melville has now won four on the trot and looms as a serious finals contender.