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Double joy for Hethersett & Tas Valley

PUBLISHED: 17:45 22 July 2010 | UPDATED: 15:05 02 August 2010

HETHERSETT and Tas Valley moved top of the Norfolk Alliance Division Three with one of their most comfortable wins of the season.

With nearest rivals Horsford A and Great Witchingham A both drawing, Hethersett took the opportunity to leapfrog them to take top spot.

HETHERSETT and Tas Valley moved top of the Norfolk Alliance Division Three with one of their most comfortable wins of the season.

With nearest rivals Horsford A and Great Witchingham A both drawing, Hethersett took the opportunity to leapfrog them to take top spot.

Hethersett have reeled off a run of four consecutive wins, racking up 94 points out of a possible 100 on the way.

Hethersett have some tough fixtures left in their final six matches with a visit to Acle A this Saturday followed by a vital top-of the table clash at home to Great Witchingham the following week.

Hethersett were expecting a tough game against Ashmanhaugh, the only team to beat them this season.

It turned out to be a canter in the park for a rampant Hethersett team who seem to be improving with every game.

Ashmanhaugh batted first and looked a shadow of the team that approached 300 when the teams met earlier in the season.

They stuttered to an all out score of just 145 with the final wicket falling to the final ball of the innings.

Ironically, some of the Hethersett bowling was wayward with 40 wides comfortably out-scoring any of the visiting batsmen.

Spinner Devin Bellchamber put in an excellent spell to take 5-20 from eight overs.

Hethersett reached their target in 20.3 overs, scoring 149-2 and falling one run short of an additional batting point.

Openers Tim Shelley (87) and Rob Mitchell (20) put on 84 for the first wicket and Nick Burrett ended unbeaten on 32 as Hethersett cruised home to victory.

HETHERSETT and Tas Valley retained the Wensum 20-20 Cup with a three- wicket victory over Great Melton in the final at Drayton.

With the scores level, Paul Reeve hit the winning boundary off the last ball of the match to make it consecutive wins for Hethersett.

Melton won the toss and elected to bat, scoring 150 all out in their 20 overs with Alex Cooper hitting 35 and Marcus Godbold 30. Devin Bellchamber took 3-24 and John Curtis 4-24.

Hethersett matched Melton's run rate with Tim Shelley retiring not out on 35 and Nick Burrett scoring 29.

The scores were level with one ball remaining which Reeve duly dispatched for four.

Hethersett Seconds clung on for a spirited draw against runaway Division Five leaders Cromer A. It was a good result for the team against the unbeaten seasiders. As a result, Hethersett drop to third place but are still only a point outside the runners-up slot. Cromer scored 255-6 from their 46 overs with Rob Scott taking 4-39. Hethersett replied with 188-7 with Jack Smith scoring 51, Richard Ellis 37 and Tom Brandon Street 25.

This Saturday the team are home to Norwich & Coltishall Seconds.

Hethersett Thirds had a torrid time against Old Buckenham Fourths, being skittled out for 59 with only Dale Clarke (11) reaching double figures.

Old Buckenham took 20.4 overs to reply with 60-2. This week the Thirds are home to Felthorpe.

Hethersett Sunday had a good

22-run league win over a strong Mattishall side. Hethersett scored 205-8 with Matt Ellis, returning after a long-term injury, scoring 50. Mattishall replied with 183 all out with Jack Smith taking 5-24.

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