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Celebration time for Diss CC

PUBLISHED: 09:40 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 10:37 12 July 2010

DISS Cricket Club will celebrate promotion to the Alliance Premier Division tomorrow when they host Sprowston (1.30pm).

They need just one point to secure promotion and the home fans shouldn't have to wait long to start the celebrations.

DISS Cricket Club will celebrate promotion to the Alliance Premier Division tomorrow when they host Sprowston (1.30pm).

They need just one point to secure promotion and the home fans shouldn't have to wait long to start the celebrations.

With by far the best record in the league Diss still have the chance to win the title if Brooke fail to pick up five points against Bradenham.

With two fewer defeats than anyone else in the league Diss will be cursing the weather for washing out three more games than top side Brooke, giving them the slight edge as a washed-out match only gives you five points, as bad as a defeat.

All of this came after Dave Tooke's men slogged out a hard- fought win over bottom side Beccles, condemning them to life in Division Two, and after third-place Sprowston lost to top side Brooke.

Diss got off to a reasonable start but the first wicket didn't fall until the 14th over, when Henry Rush brilliantly ran out R Porter with a direct hit, Sydenham fell immediately after when young Tom Catalano held on to a catch off Simon Cooper's bowling. This was the beginning of one of the best spells of bowling seen this season by Si Cooper. His bag of all-sorts worked perfectly and he was rewarded with his second wicket trapping Porter lbw for 8.

It became three in a row for Simon when Steve Dungar bagged a catch to dismiss Holm. At one stage 85-8, Beccles posted a total of 135-8. Simon Cooper finished with figures of 5-23 off 12 overs.

In reply, a quick flurry of wickets had Diss looking in trouble on 90-6. If skipper Dave Tooke had to put faith in two batsman, then he'd probably chose those closest to him, and he had the luxury of his father Mike and brother Rob out in the middle. The pair got Diss back on track; needing 40 to win, they both showed patience and clinical finishing.

The bad balls were sent crashing to the boundary by the pair, including some glorious cover drives and a highly-important six when Mike Tooke sailed a ball over the sight screen. The team and spectators on the sidelines counted every run down until a four from showman Rob saw Diss home. Beccles CC 135-8, Diss CC 138-6.

Man of the Match: Simon Cooper for an excellent spell of bowling.

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