Bowlers shine as Hethersett and Tas Valley claim third win of season

Hethersett and Tas Valley opener Ian Bryce who scored 151 against Cambridgeshire side Foxton in the

Hethersett and Tas Valley opener Ian Bryce who scored 151 against Cambridgeshire side Foxton in the National Village Cup. Picture: Club - Credit: Archant

Hethersett and Tas Valley put in a first class bowling display to record their third Norfolk Alliance Division Two win of the season.

Defending a relatively small score of 205-8, the strike force bowled out Ashmanhaugh and Barton Wanderers for just 147 with Mark Gricks taking 3-36 and Indika Nanayakkara finishing off the tail with 3-7.

Earlier Damian Fahy hit 45, Nick Burrett 48 and Gricks an unbeaten 34 in Valley's innings.

Hethersett Seconds were narrowly beaten by three runs by Bircham. Chasing 180-5, they fell just short with a reply of 177-9 with Tom Osborn scoring a classy 85.

Valley Thirds had a good seven wicket victory over Wensum, who they bowled out for 133 with Robbie Jones taking 5-23 and Andy Baker 4-32. Hethersett replied with 136-3 with Dean Parfitt 52 not out and Andy Baker scoring 36.

Valley Fourths were bowled out for 96 as they went down to Swanton Morley (99-3) by seven wickets.

On Sunday, Hethersett succumbed to Foxton by 77 runs to make it a quartet of defeats over the past four years in the National Village Cup.

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Once again the Cambridgeshire side proved a class above Valley, setting a difficult target of 313-3 from their 40 overs in the Norfolk/Cambridgeshire group semi-final.

Valley were not disgraced in their all out reply of 236, which was largely attributable to opener Ian Bryce who produced one of the finest innings' from a home batsmen since the club moved to Flordon.

Bryce hammered boundary after boundary in his 151 before playing on in 38th over.

Hethersett Over-40s (141-6) beat Tivetshall (131-9) by 10 runs in the Veterans' League. Valley went down to Saxlingham by 10 wickets in the Midweek 20/20 league. Valley scored 97-2 and Saxlingham replied with 98 without loss.

This Saturday the firsts are away to Brooke, the seconds are home to Mundford, the thirds visit Ketteringham Hall and the Sunday side are home to North Runcton.