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Batting collapse results in a second successive defeat



Diss 168 lost

to Cromer 186

by 18 runs

Diss missed out on the chance to get back to winning ways in the league as a batting collapse cost them victory at home against Cromer.

Newly-appointed skipper James Wilby won the toss and elected to field first following overnight rain.

Robbie West and Pierce Fletcher again took the newball, and after numerous close decisions going against the pair of them, West eventually bowled Warnes for nine.

This set the tone for Diss to turn the screw as Barnaby Chenery had Turner expertly held by Simon Cooper for 28 at long leg.

The spin twins of Mark Williamson and Chris Cooper then got to work, both bowling in good areas, with Cooper in particular gaining some vicious turn.

Cooper had Charlwood expertly stumped by a rejuvenated David Tooke, then had Davies held at backward point by the hugely impressive 16 year-old Campbell Young.

Cooper deservedly picked up two more victims to end with 4-40, while Williamson’s figures of 2-50 was a slightly harsh reward for his performance.

Captain Wilby then pulled a master stroke by giving Alex Blakely the ball, as the 22-year-old gained two wickets in just three overs.

A total of 186 was around par if the home side could bat well.

The reply got off to the worst possibly start however, as Wilby was bowled by Warnes for zero.

Williamson, promoted to number three, joined forces with Simon Cooper as the pair mixed stout defence with the odd muscular blow.

The partnership had put on a seemingly invaluable 68 runs before Simon Cooper was caught at slip for 39.

But the home side’s two key batsmen, in David Tooke (6) and Chris Cooper(16), could not get a substantial score to push Diss towards the finish line.

Williamson was next to go, caught behind for a patient 45 from 88 balls.

The out-of-form Will Dawson then fell third ball for zero. And when Chenery went for nine, playing a horrible heave to a Charlwood full toss, Diss still required 50 with seven wickets down.

Blakely and Young put on 18 before the former was harshly adjudged leg before wicket for 10.

All the while Young, in just his second match, was showing a mature head, and refused to go down without a fight.

However, both Fletcher and West fell in quick succession as Diss ended their chase 18 runs short of Cromer, on 168.

Young finished on a hugely impressive unbeaten 20 in what was an encouraging and promising performance.

Diss travel to Brooke on Saturday (1pm) looking to get back to winning ways after back-to-back defeats.

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