Melville have finished 3rd in the National Premier T20 Championships, going down to University of Queensland in the Semi Final.

Melville 5/191 (20) def City Cyclones 132 (18.3)

The Storm started the tournament well, winning both their round robin matches. It started with a 59 run victory over the City Cyclones (NT) at Adelaide Oval #2. Melville scored the largest total of the round (5/191), which proved too much for the City Cyclones as they were bowled out for 132. Blake Reed top scored with 58 off 41 balls (7x4s & 1×6), while Drew Porter provided some late hitting with a quick 40 off 16 balls including 4 sixes. Pace bowler Tom Kerr-Sheppard tore through the Cyclones with impressive figures of 5-21 off 3.3 overs. Usman Qadir was also damaging with the ball, collecting 3-6 off 4 overs.

Round 2 – Melville 7/133 (20) def Tuggeranong Valley 94 (18.5)

Melville stormed into the Semi-Finals after defeating Tuggeranong Valley by 39 runs. Batting first the Storm scored 7-133, thanks largely to captain Sean Terry, who scored 44 runs including two sixes. With the ball, Usman Qadir continued his outstanding form from the first game collecting another three wickets to help bowl out Tuggeranong Valley for just 94. Qadir was well-supported by his teammates with all six bowlers used, Mark Turner and Tom Kerr-Sheppard took 2 wickets each. With the two wins, Melville finished top of the table and moved onto the semi finals to be played the next day.

 

Semi Final – Melville 5/127 (18.2) def by University of Queensland 6/136 (17.5)

Sent into bat on Karen Rolton Oval, the Storm got off to a good start with Luke Towers making an important 52 off 40 including 3 sixes. Drew Porter again did the damage at the end hitting an unbeaten 31 off 17 balls before rain stopped play and ended the innings 5/127 with 10 balls to spare. Duckworth-Lewis came into play and gave University of Queensland 133 runs required off 18 overs. Usman Qadir was again economical with 1/14 off his 4 overs, Drew Porter and Ryan Duffield each picked up 2 wickets. Unfortunately University of Queensland scored the winning runs with one ball to spare.

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