Round one of 2018/19 Victorian Premier Cricket season saw mixed results for the Heat as the club produced two wins and two losses against local rival Casey-South Melbourne.
At Casey Fields, the 3rd XI romped to a 185-run win after posting a massive 5/269 from their allotted 45 overs.
Opener Nick Mann was the star of the show, blasting a chanceless 121 not out from 125 balls, including 13 fours and one six. Contributions from debutant Mackenzie Gardner (26), returning-veteran Jason Wylie (39) and Billy Humphrey (39no) ensured the hosts would be chasing a formidable total.
The target was always well out of reach for Casey as they were cleaned up for just 84. The wickets were shared amongst the bowlers with skipper Aaron McIlroy claiming three and 16-year-old debutant Liam Collett picking up two from his seven overs.
On the adjacent ground, the 1st XI went down by four wickets in the match’s second last over.
Batting first, the Heat reached 7/203, however halfway through the innings would’ve hoped for more as Englishman Tom Wood (96) and Liam Tonkin (56) combined for an 86-run second wicket partnership.
Brodie Symons (3-35) battled hard with the ball however the home side were lead home by middle order pair of Sperling and Wyatt, who both scored half centuries.
At Butler Oval, the 2nd XI claimed a thrilling one-wicket victory, with paceman Jamin Barron-Toop hitting the match-winning single with 9 balls remaining.
After being asked to bowl first, the side, lead by Assistant Coach Dale Christie, had the visitors on the back foot immediately as they were reduced to just 2/10 after 10 overs.
On a flat Frankston wicket, Casey managed to reach 6/198 from their 50 overs, with Jackson Mockett the pick of the Heat bowlers with 2-33 from his 10 overs.
A solid 51 from opener Nathan Harford lead the reply for the Heat, and contributions from debutants Chris Cleef (26) and Ryan McDonald (23) helped the scoreboard tick over. Mockett hit a brisk 31 before Christie and Barron-Toop steered the side to victory.
Unfortunately it wasn’t to be two home wins for the Heat as the 4th XI went down by 6 runs.
After losing the toss, it appeared as though a long day lay ahead as Casey raced to 0/88 and then 1/110. However, the visitors’ main run scorer retired hurt and sparked a collapse that saw them lose eight for 30 and be all out for 141. Captain Simon Draycott (3-7), Jake Brown (2-0) and 16-year-old Lucas McConnell (2-29) were the chief destroyers.
The reply got off to a cautious start as youngsters Lachlan Walsh (20 off 42 balls) and Lachlan Klauer (16 off 67 balls) looked to see off the new ball.
Lachlan Curtis struck some lusty blows and started to get on top of the bowling, however partnerships were hard to come by and he was quickly running out of partners at the other end.
With just 7 runs required for victory, Curtis was bowled for a fine knock of 71, ending an up and down day for the 4th grade.