Diss stun the league leaders in a convincing 117-run win

IMPERATIVE INNINGS: Simon Cooper, who hit 75 to help steer Diss to a surprise 117 run victory over previously undefeated league leaders Fakenham
IMPERATIVE INNINGS: Simon Cooper, who hit 75 to help steer Diss to a surprise 117 run victory over previously undefeated league leaders Fakenham

NORFOLK ALLIANCE

PREMIER DIVISION

Diss 261-9 beat

Fakenham 144

by 117 runs

Diss caused a shock in the 
Premier Division to secure a convincing 117-run win over previously undefeated league leaders Fakenham.

Diss were invited to bat first with the opening pairing of Wilby and Simon Cooper starting confidently. After a flamboyant 19 Wilby was the first to go with the score on 34.

David Tooke came and went for zero, but Cooper together with the captain, Phil Squire steadied the innings, rotating the strike, running well and dispatching any loose bowling with the minimum of fuss.

The partnership was not broken until the 31st over, and some 124 runs later, as Simon Cooper made way for an important 75.

Squire was next to fall for a vital 60, somewhat dubiously caught behind off the bowling of Marshall and with just 15 overs to bat Diss looked on course for a dolid total.

It was not to be for Rob Tooke, though, as the all-rounder attempted a run and was sent on his way for 10. Chris Cooper (38) now had the task of shepherding the lower order to a winning total, and he did so magnificently as Chenery (11), Dawson (1), and Davey (11) all came and went in the search for late runs.

Cooper succumbed to a caught and bowled in the 46th over, which left Pierce Fletcher and Robbie West to see out the final few overs in admirable style as Diss finished on an imposing 261-9.

At the halfway stage the match was far from over. However, neither side were likely to account for the quite unbelievable spell of fast bowling that was to follow by Robbie West.

As Fletcher kept runs down from one end the other saw West tear the heart of Fakenham’s batting line-up with one of the best spells of seam and swing bowling the Rectory Meadow has seen for quite some years.

West finished his 13 over spell with five wickets, conceding just 37 runs. Fakenham were reeling on 86-5, and batting for a draw.

With the wicket offering assistance to the spin bowlers it was Chris Cooper and Rob Tooke’s turn to get in on the action, and that they did as the pair shared a further four wickets, three of which fell to Cooper, aided by some lovely slip catching from brother Simon.

An agonisingly resolute last stand was eventually broken after Tom Davey was given the old ball. The left-arm seamer managing to induce the faintest of edges from the bat of Spenceley, with David Tooke completing the necessities behind the stumps to spark wild celebrations.

n There was also joy for Diss B as they eased their way to a 95-run success over Hethersett and Tas Valley in Division Five East.

Having been inserted into bat, Diss were in early trouble as Josh Heaton (4) and Owen Bkakeley (0) were both dismissed to leave the hosts at 20-2.

However, James Skilleter (43) and George Paine (58) rescued the innings to help the home side post a reasonable total of 192 .

In reply, Ward (1-20) got himself a wicket while young Sam Hunt bowled superbly and was rewarded with a couple of wickets himself.

Hethersett never looked like chasing the total down especially when Mark Worley (22) gave Owen Bkakeley an easy caught and bowled chance as wickets tumbled at regular intervals.