Tim Hutchison provided solid resistance for Midland-Guildford with a stoic 65.
Hutchison (22) batted for almost four hours in a patient knock of 65 from 180 balls before finally succumbing ” bowled by Tom Scullay.
It was Hutchison’s best performance in his 16 first- grade games.
An outstanding junior cricketer, Hutchison won the Geoff Marsh Scholarship for his outstanding year in 2012 in country cricket. He also captained the WA Colts XI in the WACA One Day League
In his first season with Midland in 2013-14, the left hander showed promise with a best score of 63 batting at the top of the order.
On a day when several other batsmen got starts, none could go on to post the big score needed if Midland were to have any chance of running down Melville’s imposing total of 311.
Stewart Walters and Christiaan Moir each got 30, while Jack Barker got 24. Five failed to reach double figures and the in-form Tim Armstrong was bundled out for just 14.
Midland-Guildford were all out for 211 in the 78th over.
Honours in the strong Melville bowling attack were shared equally. Drew Porter took 2-38 from 16 overs, Mark Turner was both tight and effective with 2-18 from 15 overs and Myles Keyt took 3-42 from his 12 overs.
The loss saw Midland drop to fifth on the ladder with a 6-2 record.
They will be looking to bounce back quickly but face a tough task when they take on unbeaten, top-of-the table Joondalup at home on day 1 of a two-day contest on Saturday.