A 66-RUN stand between Luke Bell and Brayden Klemke guided Heathcote to a nail-biting win in its clash with Colbinabbin on Saturday and helped lock their side in for finals action this season.
The pair came together at the Barrack Reserve crease with Colbinabbin firmly on top — the home side was 6/44 chasing 114.
Klemke and Bell enjoyed a game-saving partnership and when Bell was eventually dismissed for 66 with the score at 6/110, his side needed just five runs to win.
It sounded so simple — but unfortunately it wasn’t.
Klemke (18) was also dismissed with the score still at 110 and Ben Connelly (0) then found himself on the way back to the pavilion.
Within a matter of balls Heathcote had gone from likely victors at 6/110 to needing five runs to win with one wicket in hand at 9/110.
Thankfully, number 10 Chris Slattery and number 11 Alex Williamson were able to get their side over the line as Slattery hit the winning runs in the 36th over.
This all came after Colbinabbin won the toss and elected to bat.
After Colbinabbin reached 30 without loss, skipper Patrick Ring made the breakthrough, dismissing opener Chris Guinane for 21.
Only three other players for Colbinabbin would go on to reach double figures as Heathcote bowled them out for 114 in the 36th over.
Klemke and Ring both finished with three wickets while Kyle Siedel grabbed two.
The win moved Heathcote 23 points clear of fifth placed Raywood — the same team it plays in the last round next weekend.
Unless a dramatic change of events occurs, Heathcote will be playing finals the following week.