(n)ICE Won Hethersett
With winter still holding us in its icy grip, thoughts
of most cricket clubs turn to the spring, warmer weather and the coming
Hethersett and Tas Valley are a hardy bunch, however,
and decided to swap the cold and snow of Norfolk for an even colder
climate many miles away.
The club has just returned from taking part in an ice
cricket competition in Tallinn, Estonia, where they played on a frozen
lake in temperatures of more than –9 degrees.
Hethersett proved it can play in all climates,
however, by winning the six-a-side tournament which was similar rule-wise
to the club’s own super sixes tournament held every August. All six
players bowled a single over. There were no wicketkeepers as such although
the teams were allowed a fielder behind the stumps. A plastic ball was
used to prevent holes being made in the ice. Three points were awarded for
a win and one for a draw and a system of bonus points was also employed.
Hethersett and Tas Valley fielded two sides in the
tournament. The first team beat Estonia after reaching their 38 run target
with more than an over to spare. They then beat Hethersett’s second team
after scoring 40 and bowling their opponents out for six. Next up were
Libanus from Wales. Hethersett scored 29 and bowled their opponents out
for four. In their final game they beat Nutley Hill from Surrey after
bowling them out for just seven and reaching their target in three overs.
Hethersett won the tournament with four wins out of
four. The second team lost to Estonia and Nuttley Hill, but beat Libanus
to finish fourth. Hethersett and Tas Valley’s John Curtis was named the
tournament’s best player and Sam Smith was awarded the catch of the
“It was tremendous fun and gave us an insight into
what we might have to expect in the new season if the temperatures don’t
soon improve,” joked club chairman Tony Smith.