DIPPLE & CONWAY
OPTICIANS NORFOLK CRICKET ALLIANCE PREMIER DIVISION
Diss CC 131 beat
Brooke CC 94
by 37 runs
Diss Cricket Club got their Premier Division season off to a winning start with a 37-run success over Brooke following a stunning comeback
Captain James Wilby lost the toss and Diss were inserted to bat. After a steady start between the skipper himself and Simon Cooper, the former was the first to fall with the score on 19, holing out to deep square leg.
This brought in the elegant Liam Brown, and like so many to follow him, looked assured and confident at the crease, before departing for 19, missing a straight one from Australian Jones.
S Cooper (17) and overseas professional for the season Nicholas Michaelides (13), both seemed to be setting themselves for a big score, before falling again in the teens.
With the dependable Robert Tooke out for eight, a desperately out of form Phil Squire out first ball and Chris Cooper suffering a brain fade to go for six, the score was 86-7 when Mark Williamson joined David Tooke.
Tooke was pouncing on anything loose and a score of over 150 seemed on, until he was strangled down the leg side, top scoring with 25.
When Williamson fell for 7, it was left to a last wicket partnership of 15 between another debutant, David Cokeley, and Robbie West, to see Diss scramble to a barely competitive 131.
However, an astonishing bowling and fielding display was about to commence.
West struck in his first over, bowling an out of his depth Carver for six, then having his opening partner, Porter, caught behind by a diving David Tooke.
When Michaelides claimed his first competitive wicket for the club, bouncing out Rob Porter courtesy of some bucket hands from Squire, the home side were cock a hoop with Brooke 11-3.
Rain seemed to take the stint out of Diss, as a half hour break aided the away side.
The pair of captain Habershon and overseas professional Jones had put on a seemingly match winning partnership of 63, until Chris Cooper had Habershon caught by Williamson.
No one would have predicated what was to follow, however. Williamson had Collinge(0) caught, Wilby ran out Murria(1) with a superb direct hit, before Williamson bowled Nudd through the gate for a duck.
This left Brooke a little nervy on 75-6. Jones was still batting, and with him at the crease, Brooke remained favourites.
This was until Williamson had him lbw for 47, sending the players and crowd into delirium.
When Cooper had Watson out for one, with Squire claiming his second catch, there was just one wicket to claim.
It was left to Williamson who nicked off Setchell to the safe hands of David Tooke, and complete a remarkable turnaround. In all, the visitors lost seven wickets for 20 runs in 14 overs.
Diss travel to Cromer tomorrow (1pm).
nLeague rivals Old Buckenham kicked off the season in style by beating reigning champions Fakenham by four-wickets.
Fakenham opted to bat but could only post 95, a total Bucks had no issue reaching as they finished on 96-6.
Bucks hit the road tomorrow in a trip to Swardeston.