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Diss CC survive in the Alliance

PUBLISHED: 16:42 02 September 2010 | UPDATED: 09:20 16 September 2010

Diss CC's first team ensured safety on Saturday to earn themselves another season in the Alliance Premier Division.

The league programme came to a watery end at Old Buckenham as Diss had a mathematical possibility to be relegated subject to other results going against them, but Diss gained the necessary points to stay put.

Diss CC's first team ensured safety on Saturday to earn themselves another season in the Alliance Premier Division.

The league programme came to a watery end at Old Buckenham as Diss had a mathematical possibility to be relegated subject to other results going against them, but Diss gained the necessary points to stay put.

Asked to bat the Diss total of 243-7 was notable for two sublime innings. James Wilby (MoM) opened with Henry Rush and Wilby dominated the opening stand of 60, keeping Rush to just 15. Spinks soon went but A team skipper Tim Courridge, drafted into the team for the unavailable Dawson, showed why he had scored a thousand runs this season with a powerful 25.

Rob Tooke joined Wilby and both exceeded 50 with some exquisite shots. Wilby finally departed for 77 with 11 fours and one six, caught by Harrison off former Norfolk player Rob Austin.

Skipper Simon Cooper joined in the fun with a hard-hitting 28 and Tooke weighed in with a majestic 60. Williamson and Mick Tooke took the score through to 243-7 at the close as Old Buckenham stuck to their task well in quite unpleasant conditions. King and Harrison took a couple of wickets each and Austin took three.

In reply the hosts lost Banham for 1 in Simon Coopers first over, caught behind by the remarkable Tom Weal who has kept wicket for 10 league games this season and has not conceded a single bye.

That is an incredible achievement, and standing up to the fast bowler has improved to the extent that he is undoubtedly the finest keeper in the league.

Perry and Harrison took the home side's score on to 90 when play was finally abandoned at the end of the 32nd over. Germon, Chris and Simon Cooper all bowled well with the wet ball.

The weather robbed Diss of a probable winning draw.


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