Ex-Canary star hits H&TV's hopes

HETHERSETT and Tas Valley had further success in the Alliance on Saturday but bowed out of the Carter Cup on Sunday, mainly thanks to ex-Canary star Chris Sutton.

HETHERSETT and Tas Valley had further success in the Alliance on Saturday but bowed out of the Carter Cup on Sunday, mainly thanks to ex-Canary star Chris Sutton.

On Sunday, Hethersett travelled to Sheringham in the second round of the cup. On a glorious sunning day several Hethersett supporters made the trip to enjoy a great day's cricket.

Captain Matt Ellis won the toss and decided to bat and at lunch Hethersett looked as if they were going to post a high score having just lost the one wicket they were 122-1.

After lunch Carl Puttock (74) and Matt Ellis (56) tried to push the run rate along but when both went the middle order collapsed with Hethersett eventually reaching 227 all out in the last over which at the time looked to be 20 or 30 runs short.

Pick of the Sheringham bowlers was James Moy with 6-44.

Early breakthroughs for Hethersett meant at one stage Sheringham were 92-4 but with in form Chris Sutton (80) in at number six he soon made sure that Sheringham were well up with the run rate.

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Some fine bowling by Lee King 3-36 and Shaun Barker 2-29 kept Hethersett in the game but with Sutton getting some great support from the Sheringham tail they eventually reached the Hethersett total in the final over with two wickets in hand.

In their first season of Carter Cup it has been a great experience for Hethersett, having played two teams from the higher leagues, beating Bradfield in the first round and coming so close with Sheringham.

The previous day Hethersett had travelled to Thetford and were put into bat. Losing their first three wickets cheaply, at one stage they were 37 for three.

The middle order then set about a recovery with Nick Burrett (42), Jack Smith (34) and some big hitting by Julian Emeny (35) and Dave Cosford (42) helping Hethersett to post a respectable score of 219-7.

A big setback for Hethersett in the third over when opening bowler Dave Cosford pulled up injured. Matt Steward made a early breakthrough 2-50 and then it was left to man of the match Julian Emeny 3-47 and some fine economical bowling by Steven Beck to make sure Thetford were always well behind the run rate, eventually getting to 200 for six just managing to reach their 90 per cent target.

A winning draw for Hethersett with a below par performance.

Hethersett & TV Seconds hosted their Thetford counterparts.

Batting first, Hethersett again relied on the middle order with Stuart Last (37), Robbie Mitchell (33), Dave Austin (34) and a quick fire 36 by Phil Walmsley helping them get to a total of 210 all out in the last over.

In reply, Thetford soon lost early wickets and never looked as if they were trying to chase down Hethersett's score. They eventually got to 172-7 with Phil Walmsley 3-43 the pick of the bowlers and a winning draw secured by the team.

Hethersett & TV Thirds had an easy 155-run victory against their Norwich Union counterparts. Batting first Hethersett reached a total of 208-8 Ross Jones (69) and Sam Smith (46).

In reply, NU were bowled out for 53 in just 19 overs with Joe Brett finishing with figures of 5-27.

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