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.