DIPPLE & CONWAY
beat Diss A 151
by seven wickets
Diss A opened their league season with a disappointing defeat to Hockwold who have joined the league after winning the West Norfolk League last year.
Bowling first, the Diss attack kept both Hockwold openers quiet on what was to become a low, slow wicket. The first breakthrough came in the 12th over when some excellent fielding by Rory Taylor resulted in the run out of Gilmour for 29.
A miserly spell from Andy Gregory whose nine overs cost just nine runs helped continue to peg back the home side, but Diss spilled chances in the field, three off the bat of Smith, which were eventually to prove costly.
The second wicket eventually fell in the 31st over as Ruddick was out caught and bowled by Mark Brawn for 24.
With Story being well caught by Douglas Young off the bowling of veteran left arm spinner Mike Tooke, Diss’ chances of chasing a manageable total looked hopeful as Hockwold were 118-3.
However, Bland and Smith had other plans as they began to take apart the bowling, Bland was particularly ruthless in a quick fire 79, with Diss leaking a staggering 105 runs in the last eight overs to finish on 223-3.
In reply, a mix up as early as the third over saw Young run out for two, from that point onward, scoring was difficult and wickets fell at regular intervals.
Tooke fell for 10, Gregory for 12 as Diss soon fell behind the required run rate. Aidan Browne struck a couple of delightful boundaries before departing for 11 and with Qureshi departing for a duck and Campbell Young for four, Diss were in deep trouble at 46-6.
New skipper Andy Horobin (49) and Mark Brawn (32) took the attack to the Hockwold bowlers before one heave too many saw Brawn become the first of Ruddick’s four wickets.
Taylor followed next ball, to bring t Jody Sparrow to the crease. After a cautious start he began to open his shoulders. In the mean time Horobin departed to bring Jamie Young to the crease.
With the Diss side expecting the final wicket to fall in the next few deliveries, the two left handers had different ideas, with Young cracking two superb cover drives for four. Sparrow also struck some lusty blows to finish on 19 not out as Young was bowled for nine.