Williams prove too strong
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.
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.