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Heathcote snags an easy win

By McIvor Times

AN UNBEATEN 138-run opening partnership saw Heathcote romp to a comfortable win over Calivil on Saturday in the Northern United Cricket Association.

Darcy McLean (75no) and Alex Williamson (51no) had no trouble chasing down Calivil’s total of 7/134 at barrack reserve.

Winning the toss and batting, Calivil made a good start with their openers putting on 48 for the first wicket.

But some tight bowling kept the run rate in check and wickets fell cheaply through the middle order.

Pat Ring (0/18) and Ben Harris (1/19) were particularly economical off their eight overs while Ben Conelly finished with 2/21.

In reply, Heathcote didn’t lose a wicket as McLean and Williamson knocked over the required runs in 35 overs.

The ease of the victory was a nice result for a Heathcote side who will miss the finals this season, just 12 months after winning the premiership.

A series of poor results and bad luck has thwarted Heathcote’s attempts to make an impact in 2018/19.

In the previous round, Heathcote hosted top side Elmore but the match washed out due to a heavy downpour of rain prior to the start.

Heathcote captain Corey Gilmore said the ground was pretty wet.

‘‘We met Elmore in the middle of the ground with the umpires and it was pretty wet in patches around the ground,’’ he said.

‘‘We waited a good 45 minutes to see if it would dry but it was just too wet so we called it off.’’

Gilmore said the resultant draw from the match ended any chance of Heathcote being able to qualify for the finals.

But the result that really hurt the side was the narrow defeat to Dingee a week earlier when Heathcote, defending 111, had Dingee 8/101.

However, Heathcote was unable to snare the last two wickets before Dingee made the required 11 runs to win the game.

‘‘Losing that close game against Dingee, if we had won that we’d still be a mathematical chance of making finals,’’ Gilmore said.

‘‘The draw to Elmore ruled us out.’’

The situation left Gilmore ruing missed opportunities earlier in the season.

‘‘We didn’t make enough of our chances earlier in the season and that’s come to bite us in the behind,’’ he said.

‘‘We thought we had a fair squad this year to play finals again but we weren’t able to build any real momentum going into the season.

‘‘There were a couple of games after Christmas we set ourselves to win but the loss to Bagshot and the couple after that hurt us.

‘‘We needed a few wins at the start of the season which would have given us a golden opportunity to set us up but we didn’t do that and we’ve paid the consequence.’’

His aim is to finish off the the season strongly.

‘‘If we can end on a high note with a couple of wins and gain some momentum heading into next season and just enjoy each other’s company and our cricket without the pressure of finals,’’ Gilmore said.