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It looks like being an exciting end to season for Hethersett & Tas Valley

PUBLISHED: 11:09 19 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:09 19 July 2017

Jasper Payne in full flight for Swaffham during Saturday's  match against Beccles in Division Two of the Norfolk Alliance.. Picture : Antony Kelly

Jasper Payne in full flight for Swaffham during Saturday's match against Beccles in Division Two of the Norfolk Alliance.. Picture : Antony Kelly

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Two of Hethersett and Tas Valley's Saturday teams are in an exciting battle for promotion following the latest round of matches in the Norfolk Alliance and Norfolk League.

In fact three of the club’s four Saturday teams still have everything to play for with the firsts and thirds in with a chance of promotion and the seconds still needing points to avoid relegation.

On Saturday, Valley Firsts hoisted themselves back into the Norfolk Alliance Division Two promotion race with a comfortable seven wicket win at bottom club Bradenham.

Despite being without a number of key players, Valley made short work of cutting through the Bradenham innings, humbling their opponents for an all out score of 120 in 35.4 overs with spinner Robbie Mathews taking 4-36. Valley took just 31 overs to reach their target for the loss of three wickets with opener Ian Bryce unbeaten on 71 and James Shipley scoring 32.

The victory puts them just three points behind second placed Beccles with six games to go. They will have to be on top of their game this Saturday as they host league leaders Topcroft.

Valley Seconds continue to suffer from first team call-ups and went down again on Saturday despite a brave fight against Hardingham. The visitors hit 258-7 and Hethersett replied with 235-9 with Nick Powell top scoring with 58. Despite the defeat Valley are still relatively safe in Division Four with only one team going down and Mundford rooted to the bottom of the division. This weekend they visit Stow.

Valley Thirds have their own promotion battle to look forward to in the coming weeks. On Saturday they completed the double against high flying Norwich Association of Malayalees and are now just five points behind second placed Wensum in Division Three Central of the Norfolk League. Hethersett bowled their opponents out for 176 in 43.2 overs with Ra Mason taking 3-34. Mason completed a fine all round performance with an unbeaten 34 as Valley replied with 177-7 off 41.4 overs with Jonathan Cooper scoring 58 and John Brandon-Street 41. This week the thirds are home to leaders Mellis.

The fourths return to league action after a week off with a visit to Old Buckenham. Valley Sunday side return to Sunday League action with a home game against Ashmanhaugh and Barton

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