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Big boost for Diss CC

PUBLISHED: 11:13 01 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:29 12 July 2010

Diss CC claimed a massive morale-boosting victory over last year's Division One champions Lowestoft from the last ball of the friendly.

Diss now head into this weekend's league opening fixture at home to Brooke full of confidence and prepared to make up for last seasons slow start.

Diss CC claimed a massive morale- boosting victory over last year's Division One champions Lowestoft from the last ball of the friendly.

Diss now head into this weekend's league opening fixture at home to Brooke full of confidence and prepared to make up for last seasons slow start.

Lowestoft batted first and were restricted by Germon and Rush early on. Simms fell for just two when a loose ball from Chris Germon was hit straight to debutant Mark Williamson who took a tidy catch.

Tight spells of bowling from both Simon Cooper and Rob Tooke ensured Lowestoft couldn't blaze away.

Both Mostert and Garrod passed 50s, with Mostert, Lowestoft's South African import looking in formidable form. The 150-run partnership was finally broken when Garrod was caught by Dave Tooke for 60. Former Kirkley player Marcus Bishop was caught by Henry Rush off his own bowling for a duck.

Mostert passed his deserved century, but fell just seven runs later after some fine spin bowling from Chris Cooper, Tooke again took the catch.

Cooper then picked up his second wicket in the same fashion removing Brice for just seven. Lowestoft passed the 200 mark in the final over, in which Horton was ran out for six which brought the innings to a close on 203.

In response, Diss got off to a nervous start and Simon Cooper was the first to go after chipping up a disappointing shot to Storey off of Reid's bowling. The next wicket to fall was Chris Cooper, caught playing a loose shot for a duck.

Skipper Dave Tooke blazed three fours on his way to 17 before being bowled. Will Dawson dug in hard but soon followed for 12 from 50 balls leaving Diss struggling at 57-4.

Roy Philpott was adjudged lbw for a 14 ball duck, followed by Mark Williamson for just four in the same fashion. But Robert Tooke was trying to steady the ship, and had moved in to the late 20s by the time Henry Rush joined him. The pair only managed to add another 15 before Tooke was caught behind by Mann.

Rush then took it upon himself to show maturity and class with the bat, guided by club captain Mike Tooke he set about the Lowestoft bowling attack. Diss needed a miracle to win the match, a challenge that Rush duly obliged to. He and Mike Tooke added a 72 runs for the eighth wicket before Tooke was bowled for a crucial 20.

Green joined Rush out on the middle on 48 and set about ensuring Rush bagged his 50 first.

Diss needed 40 off the final five overs. Good running from Green and strong batting from Rush put on 38 in just four overs before Green was run out.

Chris Germon guided the ball past mid on, putting Rush back on strike, needing one of the final ball he smashed a full toss over mid-off's head for four.

MoM: Henry Rush 71no and 2-28.

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