Norfolk League Division One - Home to Great Melton
Hethersett and Tas
Valley are within touching distance of the Norfolk League Division One title.
An eight wicket
victory over local rivals Great Melton on Saturday means they need just five
points from their match at second placed Great Witchingham this week in a game
that has become a title decider.
On Saturday, whilst
Hethersett were racking up 24 points from their win over Melton, Witchingham
were restricted to 22 points from their victory over bottom club Rollesby.
It means that slide
ruler calculations will be the order of the day for the title decider. The
outcome of the championship could be effectively decided by the toss of a
coin. If Hethersett skipper Matt Ellis calls correctly and opts to bat the
title will be virtually in the bag. Witchingham will know they have to take
maximum points from the game whilst Hethersett know that they can lose and
still take the necessary points thanks to the system that awards a point for
every 40 runs scored and every two wickets taken. It will still be a
nail-biting afternoon for Hethersett supporters, however.
On Saturday Hethersett
saw off the challenge of Melton, but not before a few nervous twists and
Hethersett won the
toss and put Melton in on a damp wicket. Their decision paid off as Melton
lost their first three wickets cheaply before Jonathan Howard (24) and Alex
Cooper (47) steadied the ship.
towards the end of their innings to finish on 162-8 from their 45 overs with
Hethersett claiming a vital fourth bowling point with a run out off the final
ball. Matt Steward took 2-35 and Phil Walmsley 2-30.
Hethersett got off to
a scratchy start with openers Richard Ellis (8) and Tim Shelley (13) falling
cheaply and Simon Redhead having to retire hurt after a nasty blow to the
That brought the two
Matts together – Ellis and Steward. Whilst Matt Ellis played the
unaccustomed role for him of anchorman, Steward slammed the Melton attack for
four sixes and seven fours in a match winning unbeaten 66. Ellis provided
superb and intelligent support with an unbeaten 44 to take the score to 163-2
off 35.4 overs.
Hethersett and Tas Valley beat Great Melton by eight wickets in the Norfolk League Division One.
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