MELVILLE slumped to its second loss of the Premier Cricket season after falling to a rampaging Claremont-Nedlands by 61 runs at Tompkins Park on Saturday.
Blake Reed did his best to steer his side towards the total at the top of the order with a gritty 84 from 193 balls.
But he could not find a partner to stay the distance, with the Storm bowled out for 229, well short of the visitors’ 290.
The hosts looked shaky at the start of their innings, losing four wickets for 78 runs.
Reed eventually found help from Fraser Hay, steadying the innings with a 67-run partnership.
But Haydan Morton halted the momentum for Melville, dismissing Hay and Reed.
Daniel Turkich then finished off the tail to secure the win that keeps his side undefeated at the top of the table after seven rounds.
Claremont-Nedlands again played the role of villain after knocking the Storm out of the Premier T20 race with a five-wicket preliminary final win at Stevens Reserve on Sunday.
The Storm battled their way to 126 from their 20 overs, a total which Claremont-Nedlands chased down in the final over thanks to an unbeaten 63 from Nicholas Hobson.
The loss came on the same day Tom Scollay scored 74 from 42 to help Melville defeat Fremantle by 29 runs in the semi-final.