Dream double for Hethersett cricketers

Hethersett and Tas Valley CC's dreams of a double promotion have turned to reality.The first team made sure of the Norfolk Alliance Division Three championship on Saturday with a winning draw against Swaffham, whilst the seconds made sure of second place in Division Five with a four-wicket victory over Rocklands.

Hethersett and Tas Valley CC's dreams of a double promotion have turned to reality.

The first team made sure of the Norfolk Alliance Division Three championship on Saturday with a winning draw against Swaffham, whilst the seconds made sure of second place in Division Five with a four-wicket victory over Rocklands.

It has been a season of highs for the club with some outstanding team performances and players reaching their full potential with different stars throughout the campaign.

A winning draw against Swaffham was good enough to ensure that this week's first team visit to Dersingham is nothing more than a dead rubber.


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Valley batted first and scored an impressive 295 with the last wicket falling off the last ball.

There were valuable contributions throughout with Tim Shelley hitting 25, Mark Gricks 25, Simon Redhead 41, John Curtis 64, Paul Reeve 21 and Devin Bellchamber, batting at number 10, hitting 32.

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Curtis and Redhead put on 111 for the fifth wicket.

As so often this season Valley's opponents made no attempt to reach the target and Swaffham finished on 177-7 with Bellchamber rounding off an excellent match with 4-48.

Hethersett set up their title push the previous week with a six-wicket win over Kirkley and Lowestoft Railway with Mark Gricks hitting an unbeaten 74.

Valley Seconds made it a promotion double.

Rocklands batted first and hit 203-6 with Phil Walmsley capturing 3-40.

Hethersett replied with 206-6 with Stephen Hayes hitting 52, Rob Mitchell 45, Lee King 54 and Tristan Hunt 27 not out.

The previous week Tas Seconds drew with Diss after scoring 201-5 and then restricting the opposition to 198-8.

This week the seconds are home to Great Melton.

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