After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Lions struggled to adapt to the heat of the match early, losing Calum How and Geremy Fatouros to be struggling at 2-11.
However, David Lane and Cameron Green swung the momentum of the match back in the Lions’ favour, belting out a quick-fire 75-run partnership.
The loss of Lane for 39 at 3-86 did nothing to slow down Green’s momentum, as he partnered with Aaron Lilly to add a further 40 runs to the scoreboard.
With the Lions on the brink of a huge total, the Storm were stung into action, taking the valuable wicket of Green at 4-126 before constricting the Lions to 7-141 at the end of the 20 overs.
Green was superb with the bat, smashing 66 runs from 53 deliveries, while Thomas Kerr-Sheppard (2-31) and Mark Turner (2-16) did the damage with the ball for Melville.
With a tricky target to chase down, Melville also struggled to get through the first few overs, losing openers Luke Towers and Blake Reed to be 2-58.
However, Fraser Hay joined Sean Terry at the crease and proceeded to dismantle the Lions’ bowling attack.
The dynamic duo were at their brilliant best when it mattered most, producing a match-winning 85-run partnership to seal the premiership win after just 17 overs.
Hay (51 not out) and Terry (44 not out) were instrumental in getting Melville over the line, while Michael Hart (1-15) was the best of a bowling attack that had no answers to the Storm’s superb performance.
04 February 2019