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High five for Diss CC

PUBLISHED: 09:22 11 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:07 12 July 2010

Diss continued their excellent Norfolk Alliance Premier form with a fine five-wicket victory at home over a strong Lowestoft side.

This week Diss host Acle at Rectory Meadow, 1pm start.

Diss continued their excellent Norfolk Alliance Premier form with a fine five-wicket victory at home over a strong Lowestoft side.

This week Diss host Acle at Rectory Meadow, 1pm start.

Winning the toss and fielding, Diss looked up against it as the visitors raced to 40 in the first five overs. South African Ayontoor looked a class act with three fluent boundaries when he was bowled by Gooderham, going for an ambitious pull shot.

The same bowler cleaned up number two and four. Number three, Garrod, ran himself out in an unhappy mix-up.

Suddenly Lowestoft were 48 for four.

Spin twins, Rob Tooke and Chris Cooper, took over and the visitors never really recovered, as they worked their way through the mid and lower orders. Edwin and Storey made 30 apiece and some resistance came from a nine-wicket stand of 55, broken by a stunning run-out from a direct hit by Simon Cooper, who then caught the number 10, Hebditch, for 31 next ball to finish the innings at 185 with two overs to spare.

Rob Tooke, despite alarming his admirers by conceding 14 in his first over, was back to his best, with only 23 runs and three wickets coming from his next 12 overs, backed up by some outstanding fielding and another fine wicket-keeping display from Tom Neal.

A target of 185 is the sort of score that the confident Diss side would expect to take in their stride, and this they did - with early scares.

Wilby (0) was bowled by Hebditch and the same bowler accounted for Dawson (3). An out-of-sorts David Tooke scored eight.

Luckily for Diss, man-of-the-match Henry Rush, in the form of his life, played another outstanding innings, hitting 13 boundaries in a match-winning 67.

Simon Cooper made an eye-catching 32 and brother, Chris, an unbeaten 38, as together with Rob Tooke, they saw Diss home with 13 overs to spare.

Hebditch, Sims and Bishop bowled well, but were powerless to stop the Diss run machine of Rush and Chris Cooper, who when in full flow is an awesome sight.

This was an excellent performance with everyone contributing.

Lowestoft (5 pts) 185. Storey 31, Edwin 30, Hebditch 30. K Gooderham three for 30; R Tooke three for 37. Diss (23 pts) 188 for five wickets. H Rush 67, C Cooper 38 not out, S Cooper 32.


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