HEATHCOTE’S cricket side slumped to a heavy defeat on the weekend against Elmore but still retained a place in the top four on the ladder.
After losing the toss, Heathcote was in the field and struck early with the first Elmore bastmen dismissed for 19.
The second wicket fell with the score on 39 and with the undefeated Elmore at 3/51 the Heathcote players would have felt they were in with a chance of curtailing the opposition’s strong batting line-up.
That was until Joe Harney (29) and Tyler Oliver (55) steadied the innings with a 51-run partnership.
This was followed by Bailey Boyack’s 44 and a handy 20 from number seven batsman Luke Price which helped the Elmore side to 6/203 at the end of its 40 overs.
Heathcote’s cause was not helped by its bowlers contributing 15 wides to the extras.
Nick Malavisi was the pick of the bowlers taking 1/24.
Heathcote’s run chase got off to a bad start when opener Joel Condon was out when the total was only on seven.
Wickets fell regularly after that and at 6/37 Heathcote’s attempt to chase down the hefty target was effectively over.
The top order could not cope with Elmore strike bowler Matt Gilmour who removed Heathcote’s top four batsmen and finished with the impressive figures of 4/17.
Malavisi top scored with 28 to round off a good day for him personally and he was able to share in a 35-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Chris Slattery (17), the highest partnership of the Heathcote innings.
Heathcote eventually finished the match on 86.
The loss saw Heathcote slip from third to fourth on the Northern United Cricket Association ladder, still two games clear of fifth-placed Colbinabbin.
Heathcote hosts Calivil this Saturday in its last game before the Christmas/New Year break.