MELVILLE will chase outright victory when it resumes its clash with Perth Cricket Club with a 72-run second innings lead on Saturday at Tompkins Park.
After collapsing for just 91 in its first dig, the Storm rebounded to bundle Perth out for 63 off the back of the outstanding work of quick Tom Kerr-Sheppard (4-18) and star all-rounder Drew Porter (5-15).
Melville’s second innings began ominously when both openers Luke Towers and Blake Reed fell cheaply but Porter and Angus Robson dug in to steer the home side to 2-44 at stumps.
Jacob Van Galen took four first innings scalps for the Demons and already has one in the second while young left arm quick Liam Guthrie also looked dangerous last weekend.
Captain Tom Scollay made 52 to lay the bedrock of Melville’s first innings and may well be called upon again to repeat his heroics as the Storm look for a 10-point win that would give them a bit of breathing room in the top six.