CRICKET: Diss get back to winning ways against Stow

The Rectory Meadow faithful were treated to a highly entertaining contest on Saturday, which saw Diss get back to winning ways with a hard fought four-wicket victory against Stow in the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division.

The star of the show was once again Mark Williamson, who claimed his second five-wicket haul of the season in a truly outstanding bowling performance.

On a benign pitch, which Diss decided to bowl first on, Diss' spinners were responsible for nine wickets, with the last wicket to fall a run-out.

Needless to say Diss' opening duo of Robbie West and Simon Cooper found the early going tough and both finished fruitless spells of bowling prematurely.

Diss had to wait until the 19th over for their first wicket as Chris Cooper had J Redhead caught by brother Simon for 17.

Five minutes later it was Chris Cooper striking again, this time helped in no small part by a wonderful catch from Williamson.

Williamson then set about destroying the Stow middle order, as he was responsible for dislodging the next three batsman. The pick was an unplayable doosra, which left Luandre Van Wyk bamboozled

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Unfortunately for Diss, Stow began to rebuild through Landymore (38) and Tom High (40 not out) as they were helped by some uncharacteristically dreadful bowling from the hand of Robert Tooke, who was visibly suffering from jetlag.

Chris Cooper returned to the attack, and together with Williamson finished off the Stow innings as they plummeted from 122 for five to 150 all out in the 47th over.

Diss' response didn't get off to the best start as L Brown (3) lost his off-stump in the third over. A promising partnership then followed between the promoted Williamson (18) and Ben Spinks (20), but the former was controversially caught behind off Van Wyk with the score on 47.

Diss soon slipped to 60 for four as Spinks and R Tooke, who completed a miserable day, lost their wickets in quick succession.

Chris Cooper (45) then joined brother Simon (17) at the crease and together played in contrasting manners while taking Diss up to 117, with Chris in particular playing with some wonderfully attractive stroke-play, before both lost their wickets within minutes of each other.

But there was to be no further drama as Kieran Pask and Will Dawson both saw Diss over the line , with each finishing on 16 not out to delight an ever growing partisan crowd.