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A Wonderful Club

Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club president Duncan Pigg was in reflective mood at the club’s annual meeting. 

Mr Pigg, who is now in his 80s, said he was proud to be associated with such a progressive club that had achieved so much in the past few years. His comments were prompted by two photographs from very different eras hanging in the club’s pavilion at Flordon, where the meeting was held. 

The first from 1960 featured Duncan as captain of Hethersett at the age of 34 and the second from a much earlier time featured a cup winning side from 1906 and included Frederick Curson who was killed in the First World War. 

“It was very poignant that Frederick Curson was one of the names of the fallen that I read out at the previous Sunday’s Remembrance service at the parish church,” said Duncan who is also Church Reader. 

“To be president of a club with such a heritage is a great honour for me and it is wonderful to see what is happening at the club,” he said. 

His words were echoed by another club stalwart Harold Kerslake who is vice-president: 

“The work undertaken by the club to encourage young people to play cricket is a great joy to me. These youngsters are the club lifeblood of the future,” he said. 

Officers elected at the meeting included: President, Duncan Pigg; Vice-President, Harold Kerslake; Chairman, Tony Smith; Vice-Chairman, David Johnson; Secretary, Richard Ellis; Fixtures’ Secretary, Richard Ellis; Treasurer, Susan Ellis; First Eleven Captain, Matt Ellis; vice-captain, Nick Burrett; Second Eleven Captain, Dave Austin; vice-captain, Tristan Hunt; Third Eleven Captain, Ross Jones; vice-captain, Stuart Cooper; Sunday Captain, Nick Burrett; Cricket Development Officer, Tony Smith; Club Development Officer, Peter Steward; Groundsman, Richard Ellis; Bar Manager, Tony Smith; Scorer, Al Watts; Auditor, David Johnson. 

The meeting agreed to raise annual subscriptions from £25 to £30 and £5 for juniors with match subs at £5 for weekend games, £3 for evening games and £2 for junior matches. 

Next season the club will once again be fielding three adult Saturday teams with two competing in the Norfolk Alliance and one in the Norfolk League. There will also be an adult Sunday team and a full programme of midweek and evening matches, Youth teams will be run at Under-11, Under-13 and Under-15 levels with the Under-11s competing in the South Norfolk Community and Alliance Youth Leagues and the Under-13s and Under-15s in the South Norfolk Community League. 

The club is also working towards gaining the prestigious nationally accredited Cricket Clubmark award. A new changing block is being built and will be ready for the 2011 season with existing changing facilities being used to increase the size of the clubhouse, bar and social areas.