Klemke quick to clean up

McIvor Times - - THE SAINTS ARCHIVES - By DAVID CHAP­MAN

A STUN­NING bowl­ing per­for­mance from Bray­den Klemke has shored up Heathcote Cricket Club’s po­si­tion in the top four of the North­ern United Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion.

The open­ing bowler snared the in­cred­i­ble fig­ures of 6/19 as Heathcote routed Goornong for 49 on Satur­day at Bar­rack Re­serve.

Heathcote’s open­ing bat­ting com­bi­na­tion of Luke Bell (41) and Pat Ring (24) scored more in their 60-run part­ner­ship than the op­po­si­tion’s team to­tal.

Heathcote was even­tu­ally all out for 144 and with fifth-placed Ray­wood los­ing on the week­end to Bagshot, the Saints now have some breath­ing space in se­cur­ing a fi­nals berth.

The pre­vi­ous round Heathcote was forced to for­feit which left it only only one game clear of Ray­wood but Satur­day’s win has re­stored the twogame buf­fer.

It was Heathcote’s first game since the Christ­mas/New Year break due to the pre­vi­ous round’s for­feit and the in­flu­ence of the weather.

‘‘We had a lot of peo­ple away due to the long week­end so we had to for­feit which was a bit un­for­tu­nate,’’ Heathcote cap­tain Corey Gil­more said.

‘‘It was good to get the win on Satur­day. It puts us in a good po­si­tion, two games ahead in fourth spot.

‘‘Ray­wood is the only team that can get us know and we’ve got them in the last round.’’

Gil­more praised the ef­forts of Klemke in set­ting up the win on Satur­day.

‘‘He was pretty dom­i­nant,’’ Gil­more said.

Klemke, a grey­hound trainer, has been un­able to play on a reg­u­lar ba­sis for Heathcote due to rac­ing com­mit­ments.

‘‘It was only his third game on the week­end for us and it was good to have him,’’ Gil­more said.

‘‘He’s quite sharp. He would be one of the bet­ter quicks in the league.

‘‘He plays footy at Heathcote so that’s how we’ve been able to bring him on board.

‘‘Hope­fully we can qual­ify him for fi­nals.’’

The fi­nals race has sud­denly opened up with the pre­vi­ously un­de­feated El­more los­ing on the week­end to Calivil.

Heathcote faces sec­ond-placed Dingee this week­end in a good test of the side’s fi­nals cre­den­tials.

‘‘It will be a tough one,’’ Gil­more said of this week­end’s match.

‘‘They’re one of the pretty good teams in the league and we are in rea­son­able form so it will be a good chal­lenge against a team we may come across in the fi­nals.’’

Bray­den Klemke took a stun­ning 6/19 for Heathcote Cricket Club on the week­end.

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