Hethersett reach Plate semis

HETHERSETT and Tas Valley have reached the semi-finals of the Lady Mary Plate competition after a pulsating day's cricket at Flordon.Hethersett beat off the challenge of Dereham and Beccles in a three-sided 20-20 quarter-final to reach the final stages of the competition which will see the semi-finals and final played on the same day at Horsford.

HETHERSETT and Tas Valley have reached the semi-finals of the Lady Mary Plate competition after a pulsating day's cricket at Flordon.

Hethersett beat off the challenge of Dereham and Beccles in a three-sided 20-20 quarter-final to reach the final stages of the competition which will see the semi-finals and final played on the same day at Horsford.

Sunday saw Hethersett beat both Dereham and Beccles to join three other winners from around the county on finals day.

Hethersett started the day with a comfortable six- wicket victory over Dereham.


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The latter notched 147-7 with two wickets each for Paul Reeve, Julian Emeny and Steven Beck.

Hethersett replied with 149-4 from 17.5 overs with opener Tim Shelley hitting 43 and Nick Burrett an unbeaten 60.

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With Dereham beating Beccles by just one run, Hethersett knew victory over the Suffolk side would take them through to finals day.

Beccles batted first and scored a healthy 165-7 which meant Hethersett could have the luxury of losing the match but going through on run rate providing they reached 147.

The team were determined to win, however, and after a shaky start romped home with 166-2 once again from 17.5 overs.

Burrett produced a fine captain's innings with an unbeaten 67 to round off an excellent day both for him and his team.

All of Hethersett's league matches on Saturday were wiped out due to rain.

The previous week Hethersett bowed out of the Norfolk Cricket Officials Trophy when they went down to Norwich by eight wickets.

The club's U13 side lost to Garbolidsham by 79 runs in the South Norfolk Community League despite a good 48 from opener Joseph Wilson.

This Saturday the firsts visit Thetford Town and the seconds are home to Dereham Seconds in the Norfolk Alliance.

Meanwhile, the thirds visit Garboldisham in the Norfolk League.

On Sunday H&TV visit Narborough in the Mid Norfolk Sunday League Division One.

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