All left to lone hand Luke

By McIvor Times

HEATHCOTE Cricket Club faces an uphill battle to make the Northern United Cricket Association finals after a heavy defeat to Bagshot on Saturday.

Playing at Barrack Reserve, Bagshot won the toss and compiled 9/135 off their 40 overs with Matthew Jeffries top scoring with 44.

Heathcote’s Ben Harris was the best with the ball, taking 3/18 off five overs.

In reply, the home side struggled. The ever reliable Luke Bell starred with an unbeaten 57 but no other batsman was able to reach double figures.

There were three ducks and scores of 1, 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8 in an unflattering output for the Heathcote batting line-up.

Jeffries was the chief destroyer, taking 6/10 to back up his efforts with the bat to cap off a great game personally.

Heathcote ended the day on 9/95 and the loss sees the side two games out of the top four.

It doesn’t get any easier for the Saints when they face second-placed Dingee in the next round before meeting top side Elmore the following week.

There are only four more rounds until finals and Heathcote — the reigning premier — is in danger of missing out on a spot in the top four.