SKIPPER Peter Randerson blazed away for an unbeaten century as Heathcoat steamed to a six-wicket win over Bradninch in the derby clash at Knightshayes.
Bradninch hoisted 251 all out in the last of their 50 overs – Charlie Walker top scoring in 98.
Randerson then stroked an unbeaten 130 as Heathcoat knocked off the runs with two overs to spare to stay third in the early table.
“It’s early days yet but I am pretty chuffed with the current standings,” said Randerson.
“We battled hard and are showing a few clubs we mean business this season.”
Walker went in when Bradninch were 49 for three and batted through until he was eighth out at 218.
There was plenty of support along the way in stands of 45 with Charlie Sheen (16) and 32 with Ross Acton.
Leon Horn (45) added 69 in 19 overs with Walker for the eighth wicket.
Jamie Drew (2-50) and Malcolme Cloete (2-50) were early wicket takers. Jack Menheneott (3-31) got into the middle order.
Heathcoat openers Jackson Thompson, against one of his former clubs, and Toby Lochead failed to fire in a r4unning total of 21 for two.
Randerson went in then and with Reid Mawdsley (41) at the other end wiped off 77 runs.
Drew (24) and Dylan Penberthy (25no) were Randerson’s running mates in stands of 47 and 107 unbroken that knocked off the target.
Randerson hit 16 fours and six from 136 balls faced. His previous Premier best was 120 against North Devon in 2016.
Bradninch opening bowler Ross Acton was injured in his second over, which skipper Gary Chappell felt was a contributing factor in the defeat.
“Ross pulling up was a massive blow as his nine overs would have made a huge difference to the outcome,” said Chappell.
“But we were not good enough. We bowled and fielded poorly and at the moment are only doing one thing (batting) well.
“To win a game we need to combine at least two of the three disciplines.”
Chappell said Randerson was brutal on anything capable of being dispatched, but added: “We made it too easy for him.
“Our total should have been plenty. Walker and Horn batted very well to put us in a position where we should have won.”