Saints hotter than heat wave

By Brayden May

SATURDAY'S weather may have been extremely hot, but Heathcote's cricketers are hotter.

The Saints extended their winning streak in the Northern United Cricket Association with a four-wicket victory over Calivil, while moving up to second on the ladder.

Despite the sweltering conditions, Heathcote captain Corey Gilmore said he and his teammates were desperate to get into the field.

“We want guys to be playing, especially those who might not have played consistently over the past few weeks,” he said.

“It's all about helping to build momentum heading into the finals series with confidence and knowing we can give ourselves the best chance of winning a premiership.”

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Calivil soon found themselves in trouble as the Saints ripped through their batting line-up.

Patrick Ring was the chief destroyer taking 3/7 from 7.4 overs, in a spell which included four maidens.

Off-spinner Luke Bell was just as effective taking 3/13 from eight overs.

“Patty is someone we can always rely on to bowl well,” Gilmore said.

“Even against the best teams in the competition, he always has an impact. He is a bowler batsmen struggle to score freely against.

“In the past three or four games, Luke has really become a key bowler for us. Changing to spin bowling has been a blessing in disguise for us as a team.”

In response, Gilmore said his side were always comfortable reaching 6/82 from 23.4 overs.

“There were probably a couple of decisions which didn't go our away but I always thought we were in control of the situation,” he said.

“In the coming weeks, there will be situations where we are under pressure and to know we are able to handle it gives me a lot of confidence.

Heathcote will close out the home and away season against Goornong on Saturday.