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Diss put further distance between themselves and the Norfolk Cricket Alliance Premier Division relegation zone with a third league victory in a row on Saturday.

ON FORM: Mark Williamson
ON FORM: Mark Williamson

Batting first, visiting Diss posted 186-6 from their 50 overs, before going on to bowl out hosting Stow for 100 to seal an emphatic 88-run win.

Diss captain Mark Williamson lost the toss and after his side were inserted into bat they lost Mark Brawn (4) early on to the bowling of Jamie Cook.

However, any panic was soon ended by a strong partnership between Williamson and Lewis Taylor as they steadied the away side’s innings.

The latter played some lovely strokes before being caught for 25, during a partnership of 56 with Williamson.

Jordan Warren (16) played a similar role, putting on 45 with the skipper, helping to keep the scoreboard ticking along as Diss reached 92-2 at the halfway stage.

Williamson passed his second league half century and although Diss were unable to accelerate the innings as in previous weeks, contributions from Robert Tooke (15) and Douglas Young (19 not out), who was involved in the third crucial partnership of the innings adding 49 with Williamson, gave them a respectable total.

Williamson anchored the innings, grinding out a score of 90 before falling to the bowling of Otto Esse.

Diss knew the wicket of Stow’s overseas player Amit Dhadwal would be key in defending their total, and delight struck with the second ball of the innings as Eli Meenhorst bowled him caught behind for a duck.

That was followed by Williamson (1-14), who added to his batting by removing other opener Ben Wilcox (0) to leave the home side on 2-2 from four overs.

Despite some resistance from William Denny, the wickets continued to tumble as Tom High (5) was trapped lbw by Daniel Taylor (1-12) and Finlay Wilcox (5) fell to Jordon Warren (2-29) in the same fashion, leaving Stow reeling on 31-4.

Sam Snoxall (10) was the next to go, falling to a brilliant one-handed grab by Warren off his own bowling, and Sam Hunt (2-22) picked up the key wicket of Denny for 40.

Stow never looked like winning from that point, and Diss capped a fantastic fielding performance with the run out of Cook (2) after great work from Campbell Young in the deep.

James Hardy (2-17) picked up the final wicket of Samuel Morgan (0) as Diss sealed a fine win that moved them 34 points clear of danger.

They will look to make four consecutive triumphs – five in all competitions – at home against league-leading Downham Town tomorrow (12pm).

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