MELVILLE has slipped out of the Premier Cricket top four after a disappointing loss to Joondalup in round five at Tompkins Park.
A rearguard batting performance by veteran Drew Porter kept the Storm in the contest after his side was reduced to 5-91 early on in their innings.
Porter scored a classy 67 and Matt Wiley contributed 32 but no other Melville batsman passed 20.
The Storm were chasing Joondalup’s first day 232, falling 60 runs short with 172 all out.
Josh Anderson was the wrecking ball in the Centurion bowling attack, picking up 6-51 off 17 overs.
Mark Turner impressed again for Melville in the second innings, taking three wickets as Joondalup made 3-75.
The Storm drop all the way down to 12th with the loss and now look forward to a challenging round six match away to second-placed Fremantle.