Heathcote claims back-to-back flags

TWO years in the Northern United Cricket Association have now yielded back-to-back flags for Heathcote.

Heathcote proved far too strong for Bagshot in Saturday's grand final at Elmore, winning by seven wickets.

Bagshot was restricted to 114 after it won the toss and batted.

Bagshot was on the backfoot early and unable to generate any momentum during its innings.

Bagshot was under pressure as it fell to 1-8, 2-12, 3-14, 4-24 and 5-31 against a Heathcote attack led superbly by captain Luke Bell and Patrick Ring.

Bell bagged 4-29 off eight overs, while Ring claimed 3-16 off his eight.

The experienced James Sexton (29) and Aaron Wheelhouse (20) worked hard in the middle-order to try to rebuild the Bagshot innings after the disastrous start.

They were the only Bagshot batsmen to make more than 20.

Bagshot had been 9-82 before Sexton and No.11 Ashley Patterson (10 n.o.) shared in the best partnership of the innings.

Sexton and Patterson added 32 for the last wicket as they pushed the score above 100.

While Bell and Ring were the dominant performers with the ball for Heathcote, Brenton Conforti (1-27), Jake Condon (1-17) and Mitchell McLean (1-0) provided solid support with one wicket each.

Bagshot's 114 proved nowhere near enough to defend as Heathcote took just 28.5 overs to answer with 3-116 to win the flag.

Heathcote had been 3-62 during its chase, before Conforti (50 n.o.) and Bell (18 n.o.) finished the job with an unbroken stand of 54 for the fourth wicket.

Bell and Conforti built on the foundation laid by Darcy McLean (15), Ben Harris (13) and Corey Gilmore (11).

Aaron Wheelhouse (1-6), Sexton (1-16) and Greg Hamilton (1-22) all took one wicket each for Bagshot.

Since joining the NUCA last year after coming out of recess, Heathcote is now 5-0 in games against Bagshot.

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