Tas Valley suffer clean sweep of defeats - but there’s some joy on Sunday
Hethersett and Tas Valley's topsy-turvy season continued at the weekend.
Two weeks ago all four Saturday sides lost, a week ago all four Saturday sides won. But it was back to bad ways this week as all four again went down.
The first team visited Topcroft and looked to have an uphill struggle as the home side amassed 267-5 from their 45 overs at just under a run a ball. Ian Bryce was the pick of the Valley bowlers with 2-56.
Hethersett fell well short of their target with a reply of 155-9, with Richard Ellis top scoring with 34.
The seconds were on the wrong end of a seven-wicket defeat at Stow A. Batting first, Valley scored 179 in 43.2 overs, only to see Stow coast to victory with 180-3 off 42.4.
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The thirds looked to be in with a chance when they restricted Mellis to 196-7 in the Norfolk League (Isaac Birch 2-12), only to suffer a dramatic collapse to be bowled out for 39 with Ollie Kilbourn top scoring with 14.
The fourths put up a brave display but were well beaten by 10 wickets by leaders Old Buckenham. Valley were all out for 90 (Mark Worley 25, Thomas Peacock 24). Buckenham made short work of reaching their target with a reply of 91 without loss.
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Thankfully it wasn't all doom and gloom for Valley as the Sunday side travelled to Thetford in the Mid-Norfolk League and came away with a two-wicket victory. Thetford were bowled out for 128 with Jack Gibson taking 3-32 and Indika Nanayakkara 3-15. Hethersett's reply was slow but sure with opener Robbie Matthews batting for most of the innings before falling for a battling 60. James Hipperson helped to see Valley home with an unbeaten 30.
Valley also progressed to the second round of the Hunts County Cup with a narrow 11-run victory over Martham. Hethersett hit 164-8 from their 16 eight ball overs with Dave Cosford top scoring with 34. They then restricted Martham to 153-8 with Ian Bryce taking 3-31.
This Saturday the firsts are home to Ashmanhaugh and Barton Wanderers, the seconds visit Bircham, the thirds are home to Wensum and the fourths visit Swanton Morley. On Sunday, Valley are home to Cambridgeshire side Foxton in The Cricketer National Village Cup area semi-final.