HEATHCOTE'S Northern United Cricket Association season is getting better on a weekly basis.
On Saturday, the Saints delivered another message of intent as they defeated ladder leader Elmore for the second time this season.
In a see-sawing contest, Heathcote was dismissed for just 116 as Luke Bell top-scored for the visitors with 37 runs after coming in at first drop.
Openers Darcy McLean and Alex Williamson struggled with the new ball early in the contest, after they were dismissed for just seven and six respectively.
Despite what looked like a comfortable chase for the hosts, Heathcote's bowlers once again underlined their importance by removing Elmore for just 112.
Bell proved to be just as valuable with the ball, taking 3-34 from eight overs which included a maiden. He was well supported by Jack Brooks and Kyle Seidel who each claimed two wickets of their own.
Patrick Ring's only wicket for the game proved to be critical after he dismissed the competition's leading run-scorer Matt Gilmour for just eight.
Heathcote will now enjoy a week off due to the Australia Day long weekend before turning its attention to the final two rounds of the season.
In their final two games, the Saints will do battle with Calivil and Goornong, both fo which sit outside the competition's top four.
In other results, Colbinabbin got the better of Bagshot in a thriller and Goornong defeated Calivil.