What a difference a week makes for Hethersett and Tas Valley

Hethersett and Tas Valley’s unbeaten centenarians at the weekend are (left to right) – Nick Burrett

Hethersett and Tas Valley’s unbeaten centenarians at the weekend are (left to right) – Nick Burrett (100 not out on Sunday), Ian Bryce (128 not out on Saturday) and Richard Ellis (100 not out on Sunday. Picture: Hethersett & TV CC - Credit: Archant

What a difference a week makes. After a run of defeats the previous weekend, Hethersett and Tas Valley returned to form with a vengeance, with all five teams winning.

There were a number of outstanding performances, with Ian Bryce continuing his rich vein of form for the Norfolk Alliance first team with a second consecutive Saturday century and a third consecutive club ton.

His last three innings have been 128 not out, 113 and 121 and it is thought to be the first time a Hethersett batsman has hit three consecutive league centuries.

The firsts made short work of beating Bradenham who they bowled out for 209 with John Curtis taking 5-28. Hethersett openers Bryce and Robbie Matthews knocked off the runs in a 210 run partnership in 39.1 overs. Bryce ended on 128 not out and Matthews was unbeaten on 78.

The seconds made it an Alliance double with a 24-run win over Hardingham. Valley batted first and were bowled out for 195 in 41.3 overs with Tristan Hunt hitting 57 and Ian Harrison 43. Hardingham were then bowled out for 171 in 38.5 overs with Tom Worley taking 3-36 and Andy Baker 3-22.

Hethersett thirds beat the Norwich Association of Malayalees by five wickets in the Norfolk League. The Association hit 188n with Neil Davies taking 3-15. Valley replied with 192-5 in 34.2 overs with Tom Brandon-Street unbeaten on 92.

The fourths were awarded maximum points when opponents Dereham pulled out of their Norfolk League fixture.

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On Sunday Valley progressed to the second round of the Cricketer National Village Cup with a comfortable 125 run victory at home to Holkham.

Hethersett raced off with openers Damian Fahy and Richard Ellis putting on a century partnership before Fahy fell for 85. Ellis retired on 100 not out, as did number three Nick Burrett as Valley hit 307-4 from their 40 overs. Valley then bowled out Holkham for 182 with spinner Sam Morton taking five wickets.

Valley now go forward to take on arch nemesis Foxton in the semi-finals of the Norfolk/Cambridgeshire group at home on May 28. Cambridgeshire side Foxton have knocked Hethersett out of the competition in the last three seasons.

On Saturday Valley firsts visit Topcroft, the seconds are home to Stow, the thirds visit Mellis and the fourths host Old Buckenham.