Forrest stars for Cuballing

Laura GrubisaNarrogin Observer

Cuballing defeated Towns by five wickets in the Pink Stumps Match at Clayton Road Oval last Saturday, with captain Blair Forrest scoring his first century in A-grade cricket.

Forrest was outstanding for the visitors as they batted first and gave Towns a 238-run chase.

Bevan George started the batting for Cuballing but was out for a golden duck.

Kendal Ballard and Grady Francis were the next casualties as Cuballing were struggling to put runs on the board.

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Forrest was next in to bat and saved his team from an early departure as he ended the innings on 100 not out. Tom Forrest was also in form for Cuballing, and fell shy of his century on 90, falling to the bowling of Nic Mathwin.

Towns had a difficult task and this was made harder when opening batsman Aaron Offer was dismissed on the first ball, and opening partner Perrin Quartermaine was out for six.

Jordan Draper-Gibbs was Towns’ highest-scoring batsman with 35, followed by Max Evans on 23 and Adrian Dabinett with 20.

Towns finished the day with 140 runs, falling well short of Cuballing’s total.

With three rounds left before finals, it looks to be a battle between four teams in the A-grade — Harrismith, Wandering, Williams and Towns.

Harrismith and Wandering sit first and second on the ladder with 28 points each, separated by percentage. Williams and Towns are also only separated by percentage for third and fourth, with both teams sitting on 20 points.

Cuballing could make a surprise finals appearance but need other results to fall their way as they sit in fifth position with 14 points.

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