Cricket round-up

DISS A travelled to Dereham looking for maximum points for a last push for promotion. Captain Tim Courridge, won the toss and put the home team into bat first, hoping that opening bowlers Robbie West and Gooderham could pick up some early wickets.

DISS A travelled to Dereham looking for maximum points for a last push for promotion.

Captain Tim Courridge, won the toss and put the home team into bat first, hoping that opening bowlers Robbie West and Gooderham could pick up some early wickets. They didn't disappoint when Gooderham first bowled Widdows for a duck, and shortly after Robbie West bowled Harbours for seven.

After this the wickets just kept coming for Robbie West, as he picked off Fletcher for two, West for eight and Simpson for two with some brilliant fast bowling. He finished with figures of 12-2-26-4.

Then the pick of the bowlers, Jack Bell, was brought into attack to keep the batsmen on their toes, Bell wasn't messing around as he took his first wickets in his second over, dismissing the only batsman who put up a fight, Batterlley, for 16.

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He then took another three wickets with some gorgeous in-swinging bowling, ending up with some dazzling figures of 6.2-3-3-4.

Captain Courridge brought himself on for a one-over wonder, taking a wicket on the second ball, with Diss cleaning Dereham up for 69.

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Diss were looking to get runs as soon as possible by sending big hitter Will Ward in to open the batting, with Kristen Williman at the other end.

Ward started to get into his stride, hitting some glorious shots to all parts of the ground, but was bowled by a ball that did a bit for a quick-fire 12.

Courridge then entered the fray, looking to emulate Ward and did so with some hard hitting, with Williman supporting well.

Courridge and Williman put on a quick 50 partnership before Courridge finished with a flourish, hitting 26 off one over and securing the victory for Diss with a leg-side shot for four.

Dereham A 69 all out; Diss A 72 for one (nine overs).

Diss end the season this weekend against Rocklands, hoping for a similar performance.

Diss CC President's game: The finale of the 2010 season with guests from all over the county was unfortunately ruined by the British summer.

The President's XI made a hopeful start at 11am as Rush and Barker put together an attractive opening stand of 62.

Rush was brilliantly caught on the boundary for a hard-hitting 38 to be followed by Barker who was bowled by the vastly under-rated Wilby who also accounted for Diss old boy Barton with a caught and bowled.

Yates, from Downham Market, made a fluent 22 before being well held by Jamie Allen off the bowling of Chris Cooper.

Robbie West opened the bowling for Diss showing he will be fighting for a first team place next season. Sadly after just 28 overs and with the score on 115-4 the rain came down, forcing the teams to take an early lunch and a fine one it was too. With the rain lashing down, and the wicket more akin to Diss Mere, the game was abandoned at 3pm.

Farewell to yet another season as Diss, under youthful veteran Simon Cooper, finished a creditable sixth place in the league which could have easily been second with a bit more good fortune.

Cooper ran a happy ship and did a fine job and has vowed to make himself available for the job next season.

Thanks must be given to all the personnel who did so much work for the club with mentions for Archie Moore, big Al Moyser and Godfrey Batley for the work on the pitch, Carol and all her helpers for the brilliant teas along with Barry and Steph behind the bar, Ian Beckford and the Cooper family for the smooth running of the club and finally Will Dawson for his superb match reports, assisted by Paddy Quick for holding things together.

MELLIS visisted Withersfield and there was a late start as it was wet and a reduction of overs to 32 per innings.

Withersfield elected to bat first with the underfoot conditions causing problems for the Mellis bowlers early on.

With a shorter run-up, Partridge clawed back some control, but with a looser delivery removed Farrant for 7. Goldsmith was in good form and he and Edwards started playing some hard-hit shots, pushing the total along.

Edwards fell lbw to Courridge on 35, who also thought he had Goldsmith caught behind, the umpire was unmoved though. Brown joined Goldsmith at the crease and continued the hard-hitting onslaught. Goldsmith carried his bat for 87 and Brown 36no at the break.

D Spence and Stringer started the reply strongly, despite some difficult deliveries from Ratford. Spence went for 23, Stringer for 30, but were well up with the required rate. Courridge anchored the reply with a well-constructed 66no, N Spence hit a quick-fire 39 despite being dropped on three occasions.

Chenery then joined Courridge, hitting the ball well over a close in field, and hit the winning runs, smashing the ball over mid-wicket for six, with six overs to spare.

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