ALLIANCE PREMIER DIVISION
Diss 100 lost
to Brooke 129
by 29 runs
Diss’ poor start to the new season continued as they suffered a second successive defeat going down to newly promoted Brooke.
Looking to bounce back from the opening day defeat away at Cromer, Diss elected to bowl and following a slow start picked up the big wicket of Panter for 30 courtesy of the returning Robbie West.
From this point on wickets fell at regular intervals. Next to go was Porter (6) when he was superbly run out by a direct hit from Chenery, before Brooke wicket keeper Collings was stumped by his opposite number, Ben Green to become Green’s first victim since returning to the club, off the bowling of Mark Williamson.
Watson became Williamson’s next victim with the very next ball when he was bowled for a golden duck, before Sturman fell the same way, being bowled by Williamson again for nought, giving the spin bowler his third victim of the innings.
Diss’ tails were up and they sensed they could skittle Brooke out cheaply. Chris Cooper opened up his wicket account when bowled Habersham for just three.
The seventh wicket fell with just 93 on the board when Dave Tooke snared a sensational slip catch off Williamson which accounted for Setchell.
A valuable tail end performance from Nudd earned him 12 not out whilst Stone reached double figures batting at number 10 before he was caught and bowled by Chris Cooper with Robert Tooke wrapping up the innings by trapping Beaumont lbw for nought leaving Brooke all out for a below par 129.
With 52 overs to chase down 130 Diss knew a they needed to simply bat sensibly on a wicket with variable bounce.
Williamson’s great form with the ball was not transferred to his batting as he was clean bowled for nought, giving Diss the worst possible start.
Dave Tooke came and went for just six when he nicked a Habersham delivery through to wicket keeper Collings, before Simon Cooper offered some hope for Diss and progressed comfortably into the twenties before he was given out for lbw off Habersham’s bowling.
Diss looked to be in some early bother with Rob Tooke falling in the same fashion just two balls into his innings to leave the hosts on 39-4.
Captain Phil Squire misfired with the bat again with a score of just seven as Habersham bowled him. Chris Cooper and Andy Horobin looked to have steadied the ship as Diss creeped up to 61 before Andy Horobin became Habersham’s fifth victim of the day.
A disastrous collapse then ensued with Chenery (1) Fletcher (0) and West (1) left Diss facing near certain defeat. Throughout all this Chris Cooper had remained as Diss’ only real shining light with the bat with his two sixes being a rare highlight of the day.
He was joined by Ben Green with the last pair needing 40 to win, unfortunately Cooper perished looking to score a big lofted drives leaving Diss all out for 100. Habersham finished with the incredible figures of seven wickets for 28 runs off 12 overs.
The result leaves Diss rooted to the bottom of the table and they will be hoping to turn their fortunes around quickly ahead of a trip to Ashmanhaugh and Barton Wanderers tomorrow.