HEATHCOTE'S cricketers are on an upward trajectory and their push to reach the peak of the Northern United Cricket Association is only going to get stronger.
On Saturday against Bagshot, the Saints welcomed back Luke Bell and Kyle Seidel as the Saints strongest line-up began to take shape.
And their returns paid immediate dividends as Bell scored 46 runs while Seidel took two wickets as Heathcote ran out 12-run winners to move into the competition's top four.
“To finally get some consistency in our line-up is really pleasing,” opener Ben Harris said.
“Some of the results this year probably haven't proven some of the quality we've been missing from our side.
“We're still hopeful to get a few more guys back and when we do we're confident we can beat most sides in the competition.
“But there is still a lot of work to do before we even think about playing finals.”
Harris himself underlined his importance to the Saints finals hopes, as he fell just six runs short of a century.
“It's disappointing when you get so close because they don't come around on a regular basis,” he said.
“To get those big scores you need pretty much everything to go right and it's fair to say I rode my luck a bit throughout the innings.
“Hopefully my performance on Saturday can be the start of some consistent scores from myself at the top of the order.”
In other matches, Elmore ran out 159-run winners against Calivil off the back of another century from opener Matt Gilmour.
Meanwhile, Colbinabbin defeated Goornong by 98 runs after bowling out the visitors for just 44.