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Good day for Diss sides

PUBLISHED: 17:45 24 July 2008 | UPDATED: 10:35 12 July 2010

DISS A had a good day in their Division Three match against Kirkley Sports and ran out winners by seven wickets.

Good performances with ball, bat and in the field gave them an easy victory against their high-flying opposition.

DISS A had a good day in their Division Three match against Kirkley Sports and ran out winners by seven wickets.

Good performances with ball, bat and in the field gave them an easy victory against their high-flying opposition.

On winning the toss, Diss put the home side into bat and Jack Bell soon had the ball swinging as he bowled into a very strong wind and he routed Kirkley to finish with excellent figures of 5-36. Karl Gooderham was his usual miserly self and only a late flourish enabled the home side to reach 147-8.

In reply, Tom Catalano and Mark Williamson gave them a solid start before Darren Philpott (59no) and Ben Spinks (28) put together a stand of 80 to get close to the finishing line.

Skipper Steve Crane then joined Philpott and they finished the game in style, hitting the ball to all parts of the ground as they achieved 151-3 with three overs to spare.

Meanwhile, Diss B got a well-deserved win by three runs over their Lowestoft counterparts.

Having been inserted into bat, Diss knew they had a big task on their hands, and despite battling slumped to 57-4 thanks to wonderful line and length from Johnson, Mujtaba and Ali, who finished up with 3-18.

However, while opener Allen was still at the crease Diss still had hope.

But the double threat of slow bowlers Hills and Ellis accounted for the rest of the Diss batsmen and with no-one passing 15 Diss could only muster 118-9; indebted to 36 extras from Lowestoft.

Diss came out fired up. Opening bowlers Sparrow and Blakely warmed to the task and Lowestoft were reduced to 16-2, with Sparrow claiming both scalps, including a caught-and- bowled from Patra for nought.

Johnson and Hills slogged and slapped their way to a 50 partnership which was cleverly broken by the wily spin of captain Merrick.

From then on, Lowestoft collapsed like an unfinished brick wall with spin twins Merrick and Sage doing most of the damage, and with Johnson finally out for 49 the end was in sight.

Needing four to win with one wicket left, it was left to Sparrow (3-20) to come back and clean up with help from a good catch from Dan Williman. Credit must go to the Diss fielders who held their catches superbly.


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