Melville 9-143(cc) (Porter 33, Bowdler 30no, Mackin 4-18) defeated by Willetton 8-145 (Rhodes 65no, Wilson 20, M.Turner 3-29), Tompkins Park 1
Willetton has forced its way into the One Day Grand Final after an enthralling two-wicket win over Melville.
After being sent in to bat, Melville found itself in dire straits early at 3-9, as Simon Mackin ripped through the Storm’s top order, before a composed 48-run partnership between Tom Scollay and Drew Porter put the Storm back in the match.
Following Scollay’s dismissal at 4-57, Melville found itself in the midst of a horror collapse, losing its next five wickets for just 34 runs.
Struggling at 9-91 to post a defendable total, Matthew Bowdler and Thomas Kerr-Sheppard provided some much-needed heroics, belting 52 runs during their 10th-wicket partnership to end the innings on 9-143 and giving the bowlers something to defend.
Willetton began its innings in similar fashion to its opponent, losing 3-18 as Stuart Biss, Cameron Bancroft and Sean Brennan were dismissed with one run scored between the trio.
It left Will Rhodes to anchor the innings for Willetton, remaining a steady influence throughout the chase, as batsmen came and went for the Dragons.
At 7-61, Rhodes finally found a partner in Brennan Wilson, and the pair immediately gave Willetton a chance at victory with a strong 57-run stand.
Following Wilson’s removal at 8-118, the equation for a Willetton victory became more challenging, with two wickets in hand and 26 runs required.
However, with opening batsman Rhodes set and still at the crease, he combined with Chris Lagana to guide Willetton to a nail-biting two-wicket win and a place in the One Day Grand Final.