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HEATH­COTE has rock­eted to third spot on the lad­der in the North­ern United Cricket com­pe­ti­tion fol­low­ing a 49-run win over Bagshot on the week­end.

Af­ter los­ing captain Corey Gil­more early for just eight, Darcy McLean and Luke Bell carved out a 62-run part­ner­ship ton set up the Heath­cote in­nings.

Bell was next out af­ter mak­ing 43 but Tim Glee­son (23) and Joel Con­don (41no) en­sured the runs never dried up.

McLean was even­tu­ally out for 51 as Heath­cote posted the re­spectable total of 6/184.

Heath­cote ap­plied the pres­sure in the field early in Bagshot’s run chase, re­duc­ing their op­po­nents to 2/28.

Marc Sher­well (47) and Matthew Jef­fries (33) then stead­ied the ship for Bagshot, com­pil­ing an 82-run stand for the third wicket.

But when both bats­men fell within five runs of each other, the in­nings quickly fell away.

Bagshot lost 7/25 as Heath­cote ran through the bats­men to have them all out for 135.

Glee­son was the pick of the bowlers, fin­ish­ing with 3/21, while Bell chipped in with 2/22.

The lad­der in the run into the fi­nals is tight with only two wins sep­a­rat­ing third-placed Heath­cote and sev­en­th­placed El­more.

It means any slip-up could prove costly. Heath­cote faces a tough match at home next week against top side Dingee and will need to con­tinue its run of good form to re­main in fi­nals con­tention.

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