Second successive victory continues Diss’ resurgence

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NORFOLK ALLIANCE
PREMIER DIVISION

Diss 248-8 beat

Swardeston A 130

by 118 runs

Diss continued to recover from a poor start to the season with a second successive win as they overcame Swardeston A in a 118-run victory.

After losing the toss, Diss made the worst possible start when James Wilby and David Tooke both fell for two apiece.

This left Diss staring down the barrel at 8-2 off three overs with captain Phil Squire out in the middle to join opener Simon Cooper. The score was on 57 when Cooper was trapped in front for 11, the ball keeping a shade low.

This brought Robert Tooke to the middle, and after a shaky start, he was just finding his groove when partner Squire fell for 24. This meant a lot of pressure was on new man Chris Cooper and senior statesman Tooke, both players with much Premier League experience.

Both batsmen are known for their aggressive stroke play but mixed sound defence with the odd maximum, Cooper in particular looking in peerless form. The score was on 121 when Tooke got a good ball from Gomer and was well taken by the keeper standing up.

Out strode Mark Williamson, who has struggled a touch with the bat so far this season. But after he was dropped at second slip on zero, he hit his next ball for four and looked a different man.

It was Cooper though who the large crowd were thrilled by, the in-form batsman manipulated the field superbly and both batsmen ran superbly. The partnership between the duo had reached 74 when Williamson was bowled for 27 by Thelwell.

This brought Will Dawson in who gained both men extra runs. Cooper was nearing a richly deserved ton that had contained eight fours and six gigantic sixes, when on 95 he skied Thelwell and was well taken.

Pierce Fletcher was stumped for two, as Dawson ended on 13 not out in a total on 248, which was around 60 above par. Thelwell ended with 5-53.

In reply, opening bowlers Fletcher and Robbie West started strongly, finding a perfect line and length and giving away nothing. West struck in his first over, having Martin plumb in front for three.

Two overs later disaster struck for the visitors, as Jason Reynolds was run out for zero. West was now bowling with real zest, swinging the ball late at real pace. He had overseas star Islam trapped on the crease for 15 and then tempted Levinson into a loose drive and had him well taken at point off Squire. He finished off his spell having taken 4-30, and took out the spine of the visitors’ batting line-up.

With Fletcher again luckless, spinners Tooke and Williamson came on. Tooke struck in his second over, having Tufts taken at slip by brother David.

After 25 overs Swardeston were 77-6 with no hope of victory. Williamson then picked up Gomer for one straight after the drinks break, pouched by Rob Tooke at mid on.

A steady partnership then formed, but the introduction of Tom Davey that got Diss the vital breakthrough, having Dale Reynolds taken at gully by David Tooke for 16. When Cooper had Hogg caught by Davey for 23, the hosts had 12 overs in which to take the final wicket.

When no bowling changes seemingly working, it was David Tooke that struck, having Thelwell taken at first slip, with man of the match Chris Cooper fittingly taking the winning catch.