Saints duck for cover

By Michael Mattingly

AN INNINGS that included five ducks and only two double-figure scores saw Heathcote beaten comfortably by Goornong on the weekend in Northern United cricket action.

After being sent in to bat by their opponents, Heathcote opener Darcy McLean and Alex Williamson strode to the middle to start the innings.

McLean worked the score to eight before Williamson was struck on the pads and dismissed for the first duck of the afternoon.

Williamson would become the first of four scalps to Goornong’s opening bowler Jeremy Blencowe.

Blencowe went on a devastating spell, grabbing Pat Ring, Joel Condon and Ben Connelly all for ducks with the score at just 16.

Heathcote’s demoralising 5-16 got worse when Jordan Marcroft was also gone for a duck, clean bowled by Goornong’s Sam Simmons.

Some late heroics from Heathcote’s Brayden Klemke (21) and Corey Gilmore (12 not out) allowed Heathcote to edge their total to 59 before being bowled out in over 19.

There was never much doubt in the run chase, as Goornong openers Jesse O’Connell and Blencowe got to work.

Blencowe’s great game continued, hitting 20 after finishing with figures of 4-4.

O’Connell finished with 28 not out and Tyler McNamara chimed in with 13 not out as Goornong eased passed the total just four wickets down.

After two rounds, Heathcote sits sixth on the ladder without a win. However, the side has bounced back from slow starts in recent seasons to still play finals.

Heathcote will face Bagshot next week in what is looming as a must-win match to get its season kick-started.