HEATHCOTE cricketers enjoyed a morale boosting win one week out from finals, smashing Raywood by nine wickets in the Northern United Cricket Association.
The result was mainly thanks to the incredible figures of 5/5 from Nick Malavisi as Heathcote rolled Raywood in just the 30th over for the lowly total of 62.
Kale Hoggins (15) and Lachlan Holland (16) opened the batting for Raywood and got the score moving along nicely until Brayden Klemke dismissed Hoggins with the score at 1/23.
New man in Deepam Shah was next to go, falling victim to skipper Patrick Ring without troubling the scorers.
Braden Latter (4) and Holland moved the score along to 40, before Raywood lost their next 8 wickets for 22 runs.
Malavisi was the chief destroyer, ripping through the Raywood middle and lower order.
“Yeah they came out alright,” Malavisi said.
Despite his feat, Malavisi wasn’t getting too caught up in his own achievements.
“Nah (I won’t be asking for the new ball).”
It didn’t take long for Heathcote to secure the points in the run-chase.
Malavisi and Joel Condon (37no) opened the batting – unfortunately for Malavisi his day out didn’t continue with the bat in hand, he was dismissed for a duck.
Luke Bell (17no) joined Condon at the crease and the pair went to work, chipping away at the small total and adding 60-runs in a fruitful second-wicket partnership.
Heathcote passed Raywood’s total at the completion of the 13th over to finish a dominant performance.
The win cemented Heathcote’s spot at fourth on the table, meaning it will play first-placed Elmore this week for a spot in the big dance.
Asked whether this win puts his side in a strong position heading into finals, Malavisi had a simple answer.
“Yeah I guess so.”