Cuballing handed Towns their third straight defeat and leapt to third spot on the Upper Great Southern Cricket Association standings in the process at the conclusion of round 12 last Saturday. The loss continued Towns’ slide down the ladder. They were in second spot a fortnight ago but have now dropped to fourth while Cuballing’s win propelled them into third place. Superb centuries from Cuballing opener Brock Francis and No.3 Joe Dowling ensured their side would register a fifth win of the season. Francis scored a magnificent 117 while Dowling also reached triple figures and remained unbeaten on 104. Cuballing batted first and ensured Towns were set a massive total, which proved too difficult as they fell to a third straight loss. Francis, along with fellow opener Blair Forrest, shared an 80-run partnership, with Francis whacking 61 before Forrest was removed for 19. Dowling joined Francis at the crease and from there onwards the runs flowed quickly. A 175-run partnership between Francis and Dowling was the highlight as their side reached 1-255 in 45 overs. In reply, Towns captain Perrin Quartermaine was removed early for just six, before Peter Kirby and Nick Corner steadied the innings with a 97-run stand to get their side back into the contest. Corner was dismissed for 48 to leave his side at 2-103 and Kirby continued on to post a half century. When Kirby fell his side were 3-131 but Towns could never reel in the big target despite some late cameos from Scott Langford (23) and Liam Sweeney (24). Towns finished at 6-200 off their allocated overs, falling 55 runs short.