Round 5 of Victorian Premier Cricket saw the Heat claim two wins and two losses against Carlton.
The 2nd XI got back on the winners list with a convincing win at Butler Oval.
Winning the toss and bowling first, the home side bowled the Blues out for 230 on day one. Jamin Barron-Toop (3-34), Tim Drummond (3-24) and Harrison Barnes (2-33) were the major wicket takers in a patient bowling performance.
The hosts were never troubled in the chase with Gordon Waterfall and Drummond leading the reply with a brilliant 158-run partnership for the second wicket.
Waterfall was dismissed for a superb knock of 97, while Drummond compiled a composed 78.
The 3rd XI continued their excellent form with a good win at Princes Park.
The Heat were dismissed for 178 in the first innings with Lachie Curtis continuing his strong start to the season, top scoring with 60.
Carlton went into stumps in trouble at 4/18 and were all out for just 97 halfway into day two. Captain Aaron McIlroy was the chief destroyer, claiming 7-46.
Batting for a second time, the visitors struck a bit of trouble, however were able to see off the day and claim first innings points.
On the adjacent ground at Carlton, the hosts batted first in the 1st XI clash.
The Blues were teetering on the edge at 7/174, however some lower order resistance from Crone (75) and Stevenson (44) steered them to 296. Brodie Symons (4-49) was the pick of Frankston’s bowlers in a good all round effort.
On day two, the Heat battled hard against a strong bowling attack but couldn’t put partnerships together and were eventually bowled out for 133. Dale Elmi (39) and Chris Dew (31) were the only batsman to score more than 15.
At Jubilee Park, the 4th XI asked the visitors to bat first and restricted the Blues to 2/40 at drinks. However from there the Carlton pair took over and helped push the score along to 9/264dec. Lucas McConnell (2-69 from 19.1 overs) battled hard with the ball while Simon Draycott (2-17) was the other multiple wicket taker.
The home side’s reply got off to a solid start with Lachlan Walsh (29) leading the team to 2/47. However a collapse of 4/9 saw the team hit trouble.
Jake Brown (55) and Draycott (23 not out) put on a 79-run partnership to add a bit of respectability to the score, however the side was eventually all out for 142, handing the Blues a 122-run victory.