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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 turns. 

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. 

Melton accelerated 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 nose. 

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.

 

Great Melton 

Richard Wood +

ct john curtis

Philip Walmsley  

J Whiddett

ct Lee King

Matthew Steward  

Martin Bunn *

ct Matthew Steward

Philip Walmsley  

Jonathan Howard

Run out 

 

24 

Alex Cooper

ct Tim Shelley

Matthew Steward  

47 

Marcus Godbold

 

Asad Abbas  

Mark Scott

ct Nick Burrett

Mathew ellis  

P Lachowyczla

Not Out

 

19 

V Parith

Run out 

 

24 

Neil Hubbard

Not Out

 

Extras 

( 2b  4lb  14w  3nb  )  

23

Total 

(8 wickets, 45 overs) 

162

 

Bowling

 

O

M

R

W

Matthew Steward

12

3

35

2

Philip Walmsley

10

2

30

2

Asad Abbas

12

0

36

1

Lee King

10

3

52

0

Mathew ellis

1

0

1

1

 Hethersett and Tas Valley -

Richard Ellis

ct Jonathan Howard

Mark Scott  

Tim Shelley

 

Mark Scott  

13 

Mathew ellis *

Not Out

 

44 

Simon Redhead

Retired Not Out

 

19 

Matthew Steward

Not Out

 

66 

Extras 

( 2b  3lb  8w  )  

13

 

Total 

(2 wickets, 35.4 overs) 

163

 

 

Bowling

 

O

M

R

W

Mark Scott

9

2

36

2

Neil Hubbard

9.4

1

41

0

Jonathan Howard

9

1

18

0

Duncan Osborne

5

0

20

0

Alex Cooper

3

0

32

0