A CLASSY 73 not out from Raywood’s Caileb Dickins proved too much to handle for Heathcote on the weekend as they fell 26 runs short at Barrack Reserve.
Heathcote won the toss and sent Raywood in to bat, hinting the home side may have known more about the pitch than their unsuspecting opposition.
After two early breakthroughs from opening bowler Tim Gleeson, Heathcote had Raywood in a spot of bother at 2/18.
A third wicket with the score at just 39 had the home side feeling as if it were on top.
But then, Raywood’s Jack Maher joined Dickins at the crease, and wouldn’t be removed until the pair had moved the score on to 146.
Maher was eventually dismissed for 38, but Dickins wasn’t done yet.
A few hefty blows at the end of the innings saw Raywood finish 5/156 after their 40 overs.
Gleeson was the pick of the bowlers on a tough day, and was well supported by Darcy McLean (2/38).
Heathcote’s Luke Bell and Dale Bish then strode to the crease, eager to put on a big opening stand and give their side the best chance of victory.
However, Bish (3) fell cheaply, Ben Connelly (1) soon followed and then Bell (16) after that.
Shane Cox, who finished with 44 not out, and Gleeson (25) offered some resistance, but once the latter was dismissed it was always going to be a tough chase.
Heathcote’s lower order collapsed as Cox watched on from the non-strikers end, eventually they would finish their 40 overs at 9/130.
Raywood’s Will Kenny did most of the damage with the ball, claiming four scalps, while Hugh Calder and Nick Simpson grabbed two each.
Heathcote will play Goornong next week as it looks to quickly jump back on the winners list.