Gr-eight win for Diss
Diss completed a resounding eight-wicket thrashing of Acle on Saturday which propelled them to third in the Norfolk Alliance Premier League.This week Diss will have the tricky fixture of travelling away to Lowestoft, where they will have their prolific South African, Mpho Sekhoto, to contend with.
Diss completed a resounding eight-wicket thrashing of Acle on Saturday which propelled them to third in the Norfolk Alliance Premier League.
This week Diss will have the tricky fixture of travelling away to Lowestoft, where they will have their prolific South African, Mpho Sekhoto, to contend with.
Against Acle, Diss found themselves taking the field first for the third week in a row.
Chris Germon opened proceedings keen to prove his critics wrong, and he did exactly that by trapping R Porter lbw for zero in only the fourth ball of the match.
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This was a massive wicket as the same player had put Diss to the sword earlier in the season by scoring a match-winning hundred.
From the opposite end Karl Gooderham bowled with venom, and was extremely unlucky not to make further inroads into the Acle line-up.
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It wasn't long until Diss turned to their strength, spin bowling, and it soon paid dividends as Rob Tooke had A Mundford caught for 40. H Nel (1) was next to fall as Mark Williamson produced a magnificent delivery, which left the South African bamboozled.
A patient partnership blossomed between P Nobbs (49) and T Wilson (43) only for them both to fall in quick succession as Benji Spinks collected his second and third catch of the innings.
Up to this point Diss had kept the scoring rate down well, but with wickets in hand Acle were still eying a score well over 200 with ten overs remaining. However, Diss' trio of spinners had other ideas, as Williamson and Tooke finished brilliant 13 over spells, it was the turn of Chris Cooper to play havoc with the Acle lower order as he finished with four wickets.
The other wicket to fall was instigated by a wonderful piece of athletic fielding by Williamson as he ran out D Huggins (8). Acle fell to 192 all out after exactly 50 overs.
Diss were in buoyant mood after a brilliant comeback with the ball, and their opening batsmen of James Wilby and Henry Rush strode to the crease beaming with enthusiasm.
After a very patient start the pair started to play their shots, with Rush in particular finding his touch.
Overseas pro Nel was brought into the attack to find the breakthrough, but he was dispatched to all parts going for 40 runs in a five-over spell.
The partnership soared past 100 and Diss looked set for a comfortable victory. Rush eventually fell for a beautifully timed 75.
James Wilby (43) was soon to follow after playing an excellent supporting role in Diss' invaluable opening partnership. This brought David Tooke and Chris Cooper together.
With Tooke (20no) rotating the strike from one end, Chris Cooper went boundary mad, smashing 30 not out in just 20 balls. He finished the match in style by striking a massive straight six to see Diss home with over ten overs left.
MoM: Henry Rush but Chris Cooper pushed him all the way with four wickets and 30no.