Diss form continues with win over local rivals
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Diss continued their recent good form with a nail-biting two wicket win over local rivals Old Buckenham at Rectory Meadow in the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division.
Visiting captain Terry Perry won the toss, and elected to bat. Openers Robbie West and Ross Knoll again started well before Perry got a thick edge off Knoll to keeper Green. With West bowling outstandingly at one end, Knoll got another wicket in the bag, with Alexander getting an under side edge on to his stumps.
Both openers bowled straight through their spells, West only conceding 13 runs off his 13 overs. Spinners Chris Cooper and Mark Williamson were then called upon and Williamson struck in his second over, pinning Thurley plumb in front from a 64 ball 16.
Cooper again bowled well without much luck, however he did lead the side well, and looks odds on to retain the captaincy next season. Barnaby Chenery and Williamson kept the rate down towards the end, both picking two wickets each.
At halfway Diss knew 158 was unlikely to be enough to challenge their confident side. James Wilby and Williamson walked out with a spring in their step but both looked uneasy against the moving ball. Wilby was first to go, the umpire giving him lbw. Williamson fell next, getting bowled playing to leg, and this left the home side on 24-2.
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Knoll was then partnered by the in- form Liam Brown, and the pair put on 42 before Brown was bowled for a silky 18.
Knoll unfortunately fell when set again, having played well for his 40, before captain Cooper fell for a second ball duck.
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Phil Squire looked in the mood, but was done by a superb ball which left the home side 105-6. Out stepped Rob Tooke to join his brother David, but after a couple of fours, he tamely chipped Austin to mid-wicket. The game was now riding on Tooke and Chenery. They both batted with great maturity, waiting for loose deliveries as well as taking calculated risks. It was with 10 runs needed that Chenery fell, getting bowled by Lawrence for 19. But man-of-the-match West waltzed out, knowing that this was his time to shine. He calmly held up an end for Tooke as they saw Diss over the line with four balls left, Tooke with the winning runs straight down the ground.
Diss now sit third in the table, and are at home to Swardeston A this coming weekend.