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Bryce has yet another weekend to remember as Valley stun league leaders

PUBLISHED: 22:34 20 June 2017

Action from Saturday's Norfolk Alliance match between Dereham and Lowestoft. Picture: Sonya Duncan

Action from Saturday's Norfolk Alliance match between Dereham and Lowestoft. Picture: Sonya Duncan

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Hethersett & Tas Valley caused an upset when they travelled to promotion-chasing Beccles and came away with an excellent five-wicket victory.

Valley defied the odds to take a maximum 25 points and, with leaders Topcroft also going down, Hethersett are now just 18 points off the promotion places in a tight and competitive division.

A few more results like this and Valley could force themselves into contention. Once again star of the show was Ian Bryce who finds himself an unlikely all-rounder after adding medium pace bowling to his armoury.

The home side batted first and were bowled out for 211 with the final wicket falling off the last ball to give Valley maximum bowling points. Bryce took 5-57 and was well supported by Leigh King, who took the first two wickets to fall and finished with 2-21.

Bryce then swapped ball for bat to plunder his sixth century of the season, four of which have come in the Norfolk Alliance. Unlike last week, Valley didn’t suffer a mid innings collapse with Bryce and wicketkeeper Damon Cresswell putting together an unbeaten 63-run partnership to see Valley to victory with over seven overs left. on Saturday Valley are home to Great Witchingham A.

It’s turning out to be a good season for Valley B as well. On Saturday they had a crushing 140-run victory over Reepham and Salle in the Norfolk League Division Three Central to move into second place. Hethersett hit an impressive 233-4 with Jack Gibson continuing his fine run of form with 70. Nick Powell hit an unbeaten 59 and Jonathon Cooper weighed in with 39. They then bowled Reepham out for 93 with Daniel Harris taking 5-15 and Jordan Buxton 3-27. This weekend the B team take on New Buckenham at home.

Valley C found Garboldisham’s score of 269-7 too much f in their Norfolk League encounter. They replied with 150-8 with Thomas Peacock hitting 40 and Ollie Kilbourn 37. This weekend they visit Rackheath. Valley A were without a game on Saturday. This week they visit Beccles.

Seventeen-year-old Sam Morton captained an adult side for the first time as Hethersett’s Sunday team lost to Great Melton. On Saturday they visit Swaffham.

Hethersett won by six runs in the Norfolk 20-20 League. They hit 138-8 with Cameron Clarke top scoring with 68 and restricted Hales and Loddon to 132-2.

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