Towns claimed a solid win at home over Williams in round 10 of the 2023-24 Upper Great Southern Cricket Association A-grade competition on Saturday. After winning the toss and electing to bat Williams set Towns a chase of 130 but great work in the field and with the bat from Scott Langford guided the home side to a four-wicket win in 42.5 overs. Langford claimed the first scalp of the day, catching Williams’ Kim Rintoul for a duck off a delivery from Liam Sweeney. Fellow Williams opener Robert Rose (5) fared only slightly better, caught by Langford in the 11th over off Jacob Wintle. Rodney Ford kept Williams in the game making a steady 26 runs from 29 deliveries. He was caught by Towns’ captain Perrin Quartermaine putting Riley Ford in the centre with Michael Cowcher with the visitors at 3-50. A catch from Tom Munns in the 18th over had Michael Cowcher (seven) follow Rodney Ford soon after. Toby Lavender joined Riley Ford but failed to make an impact as Towns’ bowlers restricted him to three runs off 31 deliveries before Mitchell Ackland sent Lavender’s bails flying in the 27th over. Riley Ford chipped away at a steady pace as the wickets of partners Roger Gillet (0) and James Moore (0) went cheap leaving a floundering Williams 7-74. Munns bowled Riley Ford (21) with the first ball of the 35th adding to Williams’ woes. Damion Johnson and Mitchell Hogg (10) briefly shared the centre before Hogg was bowled by Sweeney. Johnson (27) and Steven Ford (6) finished not out to leave Williams with 129 runs at the close of the final over. Best with the ball for Towns was Ackland who took three wickets off 10 overs and went for only 21 runs. Sweeney and Wintle took two wickets each off 10 overs and Langford also left for the break with two to his name. Towns started strongly when play resumed and Perrin Quartermaine and James Nicholson dominated until Rose dismissed Nicholson (30) with a brilliant one-handed catch off a high knock. Quartermaine (24) and Russell Cowcher paired up until the Towns captain was caught by Rintoul in the 24th over sending Langford to the crease at 2-69. Six balls later Russell Cowcher (14) was run out by Gillett assisted by Rintoul. An in-form Langford proved his worth sending seven deliveries to the boundary to make a tidy 28 runs. Sweeney (17) made a timely contribution before being caught by Rintoul while Ben March and Scott Fowler were unable to find runs before being bowled by Steven Ford and Rodney Ford respectively. Langford (40 not out) and Ackland (2 not out) got their side across the line in the 42nd over as Langford sealed the deal with a four off Steven Ford to claim victory. Captain Rodney Ford was Williams’ most valuable with the ball taking 2-10 from nine overs while Gillett (2-18) also kept the pressure on Towns. In the other A-grade contest, Wandering powered through to a devastating win at home over Cuballing thanks to weapon Ben Sherry. Starting with the bat, Wandering set a big chase for the visitors off the back of stand-out displays from Sherry (71) and Ben McMillan (51) to finish 5-203. A solid term at the crease after the change from Cuballing captain Grady Francis (42) failed to close the gap and Wandering’s bowlers ran rampant as Sherry took 4-10 and Bryan Hardie claimed 3-7.