Norfolk League Division One - Away to Great Witchingham
We are the Champions
It was champagne Saturday as Hethersett and Tas Valley took the Norfolk League Division One title despite being heavily defeated by closest challengers Great Witchingham.
At the end just eight hundredths of a point separated the averages of the top two teams. Whilst Witchingham were left to ponder on what might have been and take some solace from having beaten Hethersett twice this season, the visitors were left to celebrate a remarkable charge through the Norfolk League.
“A number of years ago when we started playing league cricket we had a dream of reaching the Norfolk Alliance. Today that dream has come true,” said club secretary and opening batsman Richard Ellis.
Valley’s march into the Norfolk Alliance was anything but smooth, however, as they kept their supporters on the edge of their seats as they dug in for a very uncharacteristic defensive performance that proved once again what a subtle game cricket is.
This game was not about winning for Tas, but in scratching out
sufficient points whilst denying their opposition a win by more than a 21
point margin. At the end of the day Hethersett were left celebrating what
committee members were referring to as “the most meaningful defeat in
the club's history.”
The calculators were out in force during the tea interval and
Hethersett decided on obdurate defence rather than going out for the 160
runs that would have seen them home and dry. Openers Richard Ellis and
Carl Puttock survived 10 overs for 18 runs before Puttock fell.
Hethersett and Tas Valley lost to Great Witchingham by 149 runs
and Tas Valley