Derby despair as Diss A go down to third straight loss

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NORFOLK ALLIANCE

DIVISION SIX

Thetford A 160-4 beat

Diss A 151 all out

by 9 runs

Diss A travelled to Thetford looking to secure their first win of the season, only to slump to a third successive defeat.

Winning the toss, Diss asked Thetford to bat first on a greenish wicket. Once again, early opportunities were spilled in the field, however tight bowling by Hunt and Qureshi made scoring difficult in the early overs.

Hunt was first to strike, bowling Greyson for 10.

Smead, mainly dealing in boundaries, eventually departed caught by Gregory off the bowling of Sparrow for 40.

Brawn bowled well with no reward after several close appeals before being replaced by Cokeley, who clean bowled Fowler with a slower delivery.

Sparrow returned to take his second wicket, with Young gratefully clinging on to a catch as Thetford closed their innings on 160-4, a target that, despite Horobin being unable to bat, Diss had high hopes of reaching.

Once again Diss suffered an early loss as Gregory was clean bowled first ball.

Young, playing with increasing confidence along with Tooke, pushed the score along to 35 before Tooke fell for 17 to the first of two good slip catches.

Brawn came and went for five, and with Young departing to the second catch behind for a patient 22, Diss were 78-4 after 20. Cokeley, batting with an injured finger, played a mature and patient innings as, along with Qureshi and later Paine, he guided Diss towards their target.

After a well-crafted 37, Cokeley fell for 37, bowled by Gray, to bring the tail in to bat with Paine to try to get the remaining 24 runs for victory.

Alas, despite a couple of well struck boundaries from Paine, wickets fell at the other end and with Phelps claiming both Sparrow and Hunt in four deliveries, the Diss hopes ended nine runs short.

n In Norfolk League Division 4SW, Diss B lost to Great Melton C by seven wickets.

For the second week running, Diss B failed to score above 100 runs and were comfortably beaten. At 33-6, Diss were in trouble with only Lewis Taylor (11) reaching double figures from the top order.

Owen Blakely was at the crease and after being dropped on one, he went on to hit nine boundaries in an excellent 49 and ensured Diss reached 85 before being all out.

Chris Wright (4-34) was the main wicket taker for Melton.

A quick breakthrough was needed early on and Will Ward did not disappoint, taking wickets with the first two balls of the first over both to LBW, and Diss were straight away on top.

However, Dutton (19) and McKay (55no) put on 70 before Blakely had Dutton caught and bowled, with the latter seeing Melton home in the 26th over.

n Diss were defeated by 124 runs at the hands of Fakenham at the weekend.

Chad Bowes scored a century for the visitors, who ended on 295-6.In reply, Diss could only muster 171 runs before they were bowled out.This Saturday, Diss face a trip to Swardeston.

n Danny Cash top-scored with 42 for Garboldisham, but they were comfortably beaten by an 84-run margin against Cromer. Garby put Cromer (241-3) into bat first and could only muster 157 in reply.