Tas Valley openers see their side home with unbroken 210 partnership

Action from Saturday's Norfolk Alliance match between Horsford A and Sprowston at Manor Park, with t

Action from Saturday's Norfolk Alliance match between Horsford A and Sprowston at Manor Park, with the visitors in the field. Picture: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Hethersett and Tas Valley openers Ian Bryce and Robbie Matthews put together an unbeaten stand of 210 to guide their side to a thumping 10-wicket win over Bradenham in Division Two.

The visitors had set a reasonable target, with William Dewing recording a half century, but it soon became clear it was going to be nowhere near enough as the Valley pair got down to work.

The game finished in the 40th over, with Bryce unbeaten on 128, including 18 fours and five sixes, and Matthews on 78. John Curtis had earlier taken 5-28,

Beccles made it three wins out of three when they hammered Swaffham, another previously unbeaten side, by 98 runs. The hosts made 238-6, with Rob Porter and Alex Wright both recording half centuries, and then bowled Swaffham out for just 140, with Ian Ruddock taking 5-15 in nine overs.

After a couple of lean years Ashmanhaugh and Barton Wanderers appear to be regrouping well at a lower level. They made it two victories in three games by winning at Downham A by 37 runs after successfully defending a total of just 181. Wicket-keeper Shishir Bhatia† was the undoubted star with the bat, making 73, while Jordan Everett took 4-32 when the hosts replied.

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Topcroft made the highest total in this section - an impressive 334-8 - and that was good enough to set up a 167-run win. Openers Greg Roston (83) and Harry Windridge (78) were the men who set up the victory, while Rostron and Harry Parkinson both took three wickets as Saham Toney were bowled out cheaply.

The best indvidual score of the day came in Division Three, with Fakenham A opener Harry Bammant making 189 as his side beat Winterton by six runs after reaching 267-7.

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There were a couple of unbeaten centuries in Division Four as Rocklands and Bircham both tasted success.

Will Defoe finished on 123 as Rocklands won by 63 runs at Sheringham while opener Will Pillinger carried his bat to make 121 in a Bircham total of 316-5 against Beccles A.

In Division Five, Hockwold had their match against Swardeston B sewn up after making 351-6 in their 45 overs, with Euan Gilmour top-scoring with 93.

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