Williams, Harrismith and Wandering look to finals
Skipper Ford in top gear
Williams have kept themselves in finals contention after stunning ladder leaders Towns with a 138 run win at home on Saturday.
Captain Rodney Ford led Williams at the crease first, posting the competition’s second highest score this season, 137no.
Robert Rose contributed 40 to the home side’s total of 4-250.
Daniel Roderick (2-32) was Towns’ best with the ball.
Steven Ford and Ben Cavangh both took three wickets for Williams as Towns fell for 112 all out in the 35th over.
Aaron McAuliffe fell one run short of a half-century for Towns.
Win over Pingelly-Noonebin earns Harrismith second
Harrismith pulled off a 23-run win over Pingelly-Noonebin to claim second spot on the UGSCA’s A-grade ladder. Batting first Harrismith posted 4-236, with opener Jamie Miller posting 81, captain Arron Quartermaine falling 9 runs short of a century and Caen Taylor unbeaten on 47 off 33 balls.
Brett Blechynden claimed 2-58 off 10 overs, including Quartermaine’s wicket while Tom Blechynden and Brayden Fairhead took the other two scalps.
Pingelly ran out of balls during their run chase, reaching 9-213 in their innings. Opener Tyson Kirk (48) and first drop Brett Blechynden (64) were the visitors highest scorers.
A tight spell from Adam Gray (2-32 off 10 overs) and three wickets to Mathew Orchard (3-22 off 6 overs) was enough to deny Pingelly their fifth win of the season.
Win sets Wandering on path to finals berth
Wandering have pushed themselves into third position in the UGSCA after a decisive 69-run win over Kukerin-Dumbleyung on Saturday.
UGSCA and country colts representatives Lincoln Joy (27) and Ben Sherry (55) posted early runs for Wandering, before Bryan Hardie propelled the home side’s total with a 93-run knock.
Wandering set Dumbleyung a 226-run target for the loss of six wickets, while Kalan Joyce was the visitors’ only multiple wicket taker with 3-48 off 10 overs.
Joyce (19) and Scott Jefferis (39) were the only double-digit run makers in Dumbleyung’s top order.
Cody Ditchburn’s 52 runs was the only figure that avoided a complete batting collapse for the visitors who were bowled out for 156 after 36 overs.
Joy (2-28 off 7 overs), Lewis Parsons (2-22 off 6.2 overs) and Bailey Parsons (2-29 off 5 overs) all claimed two wickets for the day.
Hardie finished with a spell of 1-29 off 9 overs.
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