WANNEROO has two games left to avoid finishing the season on the bottom of the WA Premier Cricket table after losing to finals contender Melville on Saturday.
The Roos had enjoyed two rounds of success against top-six teams but suffered a 151-run first-innings loss to the fourth-placed Storm on day 2 on Saturday at Tompkins Park.
Wanneroo needs for Midland Guildford above it to lose if it is to escape the wooden spoon.
It looks a tough ask, with the Roos facing third-placed South Perth this weekend.
Melville bowled the Roos out for 153 on Saturday in defence of 304. The enormity of the task in front of the Roos may have affected their start, as they lost Max Holden and Matthew Spoors early to be struggling at 2-19.
However, Robert Richards and Kyle Millar set about trying to save the innings, scoring a tough 54-run third-wicket partnership before Richards was dismissed for 34.
Millar continued to battle manfully as Melville ripped through the Roos’ middle order, taking five wickets in the space of 32 runs to effectively take the match away from Wanneroo.
At 8-114, following Millar’s dismissal for 33,Christopher Quelch and Matthew Dzodzos attempted to add some respectability to the scoreboard for Wanneroo before Blake Reed took the final two wickets.