Old Buckenham 153-6
beat Diss 152
by four wickets
Old Buckenham secured a third-placed finish after completing the double over local rivals Diss to cap a memorable season.
Diss brothers Simon and Chris Cooper had got the visitors off to a good start on a bowler-friendly surface after Bucks skipper Terry Perry finally won the toss and put them in to bat.
But the bowlers finally found their radar as Jon Lee had Simon Cooper (16) lbw in the sixth over.
Another Lee delivery tempted Chris cooper (39) to sky a front edge that saw him caught at mid-off to reduce Diss to 60-2 in the 12th over.
It only took another two overs for Lee to take his third wicket as a slow delivery bamboozled Diss’ overseas player Pierce Fletcher (1 from 5 balls).
Departing Aussie Trent Crittenden once again chipped in with another couple of key wickets as he had David Tooke mistiming a shot straight to Andy Lawrence and Rob Tooke lbw the very next ball to sink the away side further into trouble at 75-5 in the 25th over.
Robbie Austin bowled his first five overs for only two runs then accounted for Will Dawson (4 from 8 balls).
Diss’ innings was saved by stand-in skipper, James Wilby, whose 40 from 47 balls dragged his side to a defendable score.
Tom Davey (22) was bowled by Lawrence and usual opener Mike Williamson (1 from 2 balls) was adjudged lbw off Alexander’s spin.
Robbie West put on some vital runs with Wilby, before the latter also fell to Alexander lbw.
Andy Horrobin put another six runs on until Alexander had his third victim as Diss finished on 152 at the mid-point of the 48th over.
In reply, Perry (39 from 61 balls) Matthew Bint (26) got them off to a good start before the captain was dismissed with the score on 63 in the 17th over, dragging a turning ball from Chris Cooper back onto his stumps.
This brought Crittenden (29) to the crease for his final league innings of the year, the right-hander settling in quickly and unleashing an onslaught to the away side’s bowling.
Unfortunately for the home side’s crowd the Australian’s innings was curtailed by spin bowler Rob Tooke, caught at full stretch at deep square leg by brother David, preventing his fourth six of the day. But it left his side on 107-2 in the 27th over, only needing 46 runs to win from 23 overs.
Bucks where rocked by three quick wickets though, as Matt Long (0), Bint and Lawrence were all adjudged lbw leaving them 118-5 in the 30th over and swinging the momentum back in Diss’ direction.
But the big hitting Alex Guinness quickly muscled some boundaries and made short work with the requiring total, departing five runs before the end having scored 17 from 13 balls.
In the very next over, James Heaney hit a six down the ground to complete the 22-point victory and cap a successful season.
There will be one final game tomorrow though, when Horry Panks’ President’s XI take on an Old Buckenham XI (12pm).