Diss CC get Alliance campaign off to an excellent start


Diss began their Norfolk Alliance Division One campaign with an emphatic six-wicket win against Norwich A, chasing down 111 inside 24 overs.

Skipper Mark Williamson lost the toss, and Norwich somewhat surprisingly chose to bat.

Diss got off to the perfect start as Barnaby Chenery struck in the first over, having Clarke caught down the leg side expertly by Lewis Taylor.

He struck again with the very next ball, setting the batsman up with a perfect short ball before having him caught behind by Taylor.

A partnership then developed between Tipping and Borrett before Williamson brought himself into the attack and bowled the former through the gate.

With Borrett still looking dangerous at one end, it was important that Diss kept their heads in the field. The pressure eventually told as Borrett, who had reached 31, danced down the wicket to Williamson, only to be done in the flight, with Taylor taking the stumping. From then on it was a bit of a procession as the hosts slipped to 86-6.

Williamson picked up his third to finish with 3-22 and Chenery struck again in his second spell to finish with 3-27 off 10 hostile overs.

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There was also a wicket for Sam Hunt but the outstanding bowler was Rob Tooke, who after being introduced late in the piece, managed to pick up three wickets, while conceding just two runs as Norwich were bowled out for 111.

With the pitch being extremely up and down, Diss knew it wouldn't be an easy total to chase, especially after Andy Horobin (1) and Williamson (6) both played poor shots to leave the side on 14-2.

However once David Tooke joined Taylor at the crease, an element of calmness returned and the latter had reached an invaluable 34 when Borrett bowled him to end a match winning partnership of 67 with Tooke.

Rob Tooke then joined his brother and didn't waste any time, dispatching the ball to the ropes three times before one reared off a length from Borrett to have him caught behind. By this point there were only 17 runs required and the target was down to two when Chenery majestically hit Borrett for four to see Diss to a six-wicket victory.

David Tooke ended up with a high-class unbeaten 47.

Next up is a visit to Bradfield on Saturday (1pm).