Cricket: Busy season ahead for Hethersett & Tas Valley

Hethersett and Tas Valley CC stalwart Duncan Pigg has stepped down as the clubs president.

Hethersett and Tas Valley CC stalwart Duncan Pigg has stepped down as the clubs president. - Credit: Archant

Hethersett and Tas Valley CC are gearing up for their busiest season ever.

The club's annual meeting agreed that promotion for the first team to Division One of the Norfolk Alliance and development of its youth set-up should be two of the top priorities for 2015, along with attracting new players to the club. The meeting set a number of aims that included integrating youth players into senior teams, ensuring that senior players are role models for young cricketers and improving standards on and off the field to provide a One Club ethos.

'Last year was rather disappointing with the first team finishing fourth in Norfolk Alliance Division Two and the second team finishing mid-table in Division Five. There was plenty of good news, however, with the third team gaining promotion to Norfolk League Division Three, the midweek team winning the Wensum Cup and the Sunday team reaching the regional final of the National Village Cup and the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup,' said secretary Richard Ellis.

The first and seconds will once again compete in Divisions Two and Five of the Norfolk Alliance, the thirds playing in Division Three of the Norfolk League (which this year has been organised along geographical lines to cut down travelling) and the fourth team in Norfolk League Division Five. On Sundays the club will be playing in the Mid-Norfolk Premier League, the Norfolk Challenge Cup, the Carter/NACO Shield, the Dividstow National Village Cup, the Broke Cup, the Wensum Cup, the Norfolk Junior Cup and the Bernard Matthews Cup.

At youth level, Valley will be running teams at under-9, under-11, under-13 and under-15 levels and junior coaching will take place on Thursday evenings with senior training on Wednesdays under the direction of former county cricketer Steve Goldsmith.

A grant from South Norfolk Council has seen the club purchase new covers and sight screens for the second pitch and changing rooms have been refurbished. Nets for adult players will take place at Taverham Hall School from 6 until 7.30 p.m. on February 10, February 24, March 10, March 24, April 7 and April 21 and new players are welcome.

One of the first games of the new season at Flordon will see Valley take on a Norfolk Select XI in aid of the Wymondham-based Star Throwers cancer charity on Sunday, April 12.

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The annual meeting saw club stalwart Duncan Pigg step down after many years as club president. He was appointed an honorary life member and vice president in recognition of his 72 year association with the club.