MELVILLE toiled through another long day in the field as Midland-Guildford compiled 290 on day one of the round seven Premier Cricket fixture at Tompkins Park.
After soaking up 85 balls between them for just 17 runs, openers Hayden Cobley and Sam Evans were both dispatched in quick succession, shortly joined in the shed by Christiaan Moir, to be reduced to 3-19.
Keaton Critchell (34) and Aneurin Donald (62) then compiled a 100-run partnership before another mini-collapse had the visitors looking vulnerable at 6-158.
Unfortunately for the Storm, the Midland-Guildford tail refused to go quietly, led by a standout 92-ball unbeaten 81 from Jordan Mast which carried the Monkey Towners to their formidable total.
Liam Duffield (3-23) and Blake Reed (3-44) were the chief destroyers for Melville with Mark Turner taking the singular scalp for a tidy 1-32 off 15 overs.
The Storm finished the day 0-4 in response, with Reed and Luke Towers getting through the one over before the close of play.
In Sunday’s Premier Cricket T20, Melville lost by six wickets to Bayswater-Morley at Hillcrest Reserve.