Youngsters are rising to the challenge at Hethersett & Tas Valley
- Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016
Hethersett & Tas Valley came away from Saturday's matches with a number of individual reputations enhanced and a hat-trick of wins.
Youngsters stepping up to first team duties have added a new dimension to the club and hoisted the first team up to third place in the Norfolk Alliance Division Two.
Valley looked to be in desperate trouble at Brooke A as they slumped to 21-4 with a number of established players missing out.
Opener Robbie Matthews was back in form after a couple of ducks the previous week and hit 47. He was joined by a tremendous fightback by the later order with Tristan Hunt (30), Tristan Henderson (36) and David Mathews (23) contributing to a score of 180.
The importance of those runs soon became apparent as Brooke struggled and were bowled out for 146 in 39.1 overs to give Valley a 34 run victory. Ian Bryce was wicket-taker in chief with 3-29 and Robbie Matthews weighed in with 2-41.
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Valley Seconds had a beautifully controlled 25 run victory over Mundford in Division Four. They got the best possible start with a team record 168 run partnership between openers Stephen Hayes (93) and Dean Parfitt (68). Valley finished on 238-6 from their 45 overs.
Some well-controlled bowling from Andy Harris, Andy Baker, Ian Harrison and Chris Bolderstone (4-33) put Mundford behind the asking rate and regular wickets fell leaving the visitors with the virtually impossible task of scoring 25 off the last over. All Mundford could do was dig in to prevent Hethersett gaining an additional bowling point, finishing on 213-9.
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Valley Thirds thrashed Ketteringham Hall by 145 runs in the Norfolk League. Valley hit 250-9 with Nick Powell scoring 87 and Leigh King 66.
The home side were then skittled out for 105 with Craig Henderson returning the remarkable figures of 6-7 from 4.3 overs.
After the Saturday matches were completed Hethersett held a monthly Tea at Tas barbecue when the May player of the month award was presented to first team opener Bryce, who hit four centuries during the month.
This Saturday Valley are home to Swaffham, the seconds visit Rocklands, the thirds are home to Rocklands A and the fourths visit Diss.