Bowlers key in Heathcote’s first win

By Brayden May

DESPITE a stuttering start to the season, Heathcote's cricketers are now beginning to find their feet following their first win against Goornong.

In the first five rounds, the Saints have already failed to take to the field on two occasions following a forfeit against Bagshot in round two and last weekend's washout.

But now momentum is well and truly on their side, according to club stalwart Ben Harris.

“It's always important to get the monkey off your back,” he said.

“Despite losing two games, the guys always felt it wasn't going to be long before they did win a game.

“There had been plenty of encouraging signs, it was just about putting together a strong performance for an entire day.

“With some of the more senior guys coming back into the side it certainly made everyone walk that little bit taller.”

After winning the toss and electing to bat on Saturday, opener Darcy McLean ensured the Saints had a strong presence at the top of the order with 55 runs.

Following a mid-order collapse which saw six batsmen dismissed for less than five runs, Corey Gilmore provided some late resistance before he fell for 43 runs.

Goornong were simply no match in their chase, with just two batsmen reaching double figures.

In other Northern United Cricket Association matches, Colbinabbin stormed to a big seven wicket win over Calivil after restricting the visitors to just 109 runs from their 40 overs.

Meanwhile, Elmore put Bagshot to the sword by a whopping 146 runs.

Round six action will see Heathcote take on Colbinabbin, Bagshot travel to Calivil and Goornong welcome ladder leaders Elmore.