In an outstanding performance, Reed scored a career best unbeaten 148 off 154 balls, including 12 fours and a six.

Reed carried the bat through the entire 50 overs for Melville, producing a score that Mount Lawley just couldn’t beat.

Reed’s inspirational performance was backed up by solid performances from teammates Tom Cullen (69) and Adam Shaw (38*).

Mount Lawley got off to a solid start with the bat, chasing a large total of 266 runs.

Corey Evans (56) and Stewart Walters (80) were the standouts for the Hawks, but tight bowling from Melville’s Thomas Kerr-Sheppard (3-44) and Ewan Neilson (2-38) reeled the batters back in.

Mount Lawley finished the innings 10-239, falling 27 runs short of the target.

Blake Reed said the game was a tough grind and the team fought hard for the win.

“I think as a team we batted well putting together a couple of good partnerships at the top of the order to allow for some freedom towards the end of the innings,” Reed said

“It felt like we might have been 20 or 30 runs short when Walters was controlling Mt Lawley’s innings nicely but I think a lot of credit has to go to our bowlers, the guys stood up and took their opportunities by sticking it out and holding their nerve at the death.”

This game was a personal milestone for Reed, scoring his first century for the club.

Reed said it was a great feeling to score a century at his home ground.

“I felt a huge sense of relief more than anything. It has been a long time coming since my first hundred which was probably six or seven years ago now,” he said

“So, it came with a fair bit of emotion and most importantly it was a great feeling contributing to a win for our team.

“The club has been incredibly supportive and has given me as much opportunity as I could’ve asked for. I think it was highlighted by the number of messages I received after the match from teammates and the rest of the club.”