Williams prove too strong

Narrogin Observer - - Observer Sport - CRICKET Laura Gru­bisa

Towns hosted Williams in the first round of the Up­per Great South­ern Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion’s A-grade matches on Satur­day, but could not con­tain the vis­i­tors.

Williams won the toss and sent Towns in to bat, with open­ers Per­rin Quar­ter­maine and Cam Al­li­son at the crease.

The Nar­ro­gin bats­man looked com­fort­able be­fore Liam Sweeney was claimed by Rod­ney Ford and they suf­fered a quick col­lapse to end the in­nings on 9-164.

Quar­ter­maine was Towns’ best per­former with 44, while Aaron Of­fer made 27 and Scott Fowler ended with a handy 22.

Williams looked strong from the out­set as Robert Rose made his way to 36 be­fore be­ing run out and Ford made it tough for Towns as he worked to 86 not out.

In the end, it was an easy vic­tory for Williams, who only had three ca­su­al­ties on their way to vic­tory at 3-165.

In the B-grade, Towns trav­elled to Cuballing but nei­ther side could grab the as­cen­dancy, the game end­ing in a thrilling tie.

Cuballing won the toss and elected to bat, send­ing in Michael Moore and Quin­lan Paice, but with Moore out with­out a run on the board they were in trou­ble early.

Paice stead­ied with 25 runs and Steve Con­way later made a team-best 35 runs as Cuballing reached a to­tal of 9-117.

Towns sent Tom Munns and Michael Shultz in to bat first and Shultz sin­gle-hand­edly kept Towns in con­tention with 74 be­fore be­ing claimed by the bowl­ing of Michael Moore.

The Nar­ro­gin side quickly col­lapsed af­ter Shultz’s depar­ture and ended their in­nings on 117, equalling Cuballing’s score to claim the tie.

In other A-grade games, Har­ri­smith made 6-209 while Dum­b­leyung could only man­age 4-176, Wan­der­ing’s 9-193 was just enough to stave off Cuballing on 4-191, and Pin­gelly had the bye.

Pic­tures: Laura Gru­bisa

Scott Fowler made 22 runs for Towns in a los­ing ef­fort against Wil­liams.

Towns fell to Wil­liams in their first game of the 2017-18 sea­son.

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