Round 3 saw the firsts and seconds play on Sunday against Kingston Hawthorn, while the thirds and fourths had the day off.
The 1st XI recorded their first win of the season at Walter Galt Reserve, easily accounting for the Hawks by 74 runs.
Tom Wood dominated the Heat’s innings, finishing with 141 from 160 balls, including 13 fours and 7 sixes. He received good support from Tom Ewing (35) and Gordon Waterfall (38), as the innings closed at 6/258.
Billy Humphrey took an early wicket in his return to the 1st XI, and the wickets continued to fall as the hosts slumped to 7/97 and eventually all out for 184 after some late order resistance. Nick Boland (3-47) was the leading wicket taker, while Brodie Symons (2-34), Humphrey (2-31), and Chris Dew (1-18) all chipped in.
At AH Butler Oval, the visitors got off to a good start with the bat as Ivetic (92) and Diggle (67) took the score past 200 for the loss of just the two wickets.
The Heat fought back in the last ten overs of the innings to keep the Hawks to 9/238. Will Crowder claimed 6-53 from his ten overs, while Jamin Barron-Toop, Harrison Barnes and Ryan McDonald picked up one wicket each.
Nick Mann continued his excellent start to the season with 93 to lead the home side’s reply, however a lack of considerable contributions elsewhere meant wickets fell at regular intervals.
There was still a chance a victory in the last over, however the Hawks closed it out to win by four runs.
After three rounds, Nick Mann is the club’s leading run scorer with 257 runs @128.5, with Tom Wood (246 runs @82) and Lachlan Curtis (190 runs @95) rounding out the top three.
With the ball, Brodie Symons leads the pack with 7 wickets @13, closely followed by Will Crowder (6 wickets @11.33) and 4th XI pair of Jake Brown and Lucas McConnell who have 5 wickets each.