Diss beaten heavily in season opener
NORFOLK ALLIANCE PREMIER DIVISION
Diss 192 lost to
by eight wickets
Diss endured a torrid opening day in the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division, going down to a heavy eight-wicket defeat away at Cromer.
Losing the toss, Diss were put in to bat on a pitch with extreme variables in bounce.
Simon Cooper was first to go when he was adjudged lbw for 15 before his fellow opening batsman, James Wilby, followed just moments later for four.
With the score on just 35, newly-appointed captain Phil Squire came and went cheaply leaving Diss three wickets down. A mini revival looked on the cards as the Tooke Brothers restored some respect to the scoreboard.
Rob Tooke was then on the end of a nasty delivery which kicked up off a length and struck him close to the elbow, clearly unsettling Tooke who just moments later was dismissed.
Another promising partnership looked to be forming with both Dave Tooke and Chris Cooper finding the small Cromer boundaries with relative ease, before the former was dismissed for 39.
Diss’ long middle order was now under serious pressure to build an innings around Cooper, who was single handedly blazing Diss to a defendable total.
Mark Williamson (12) and overseas debutant Pierce Fletcher (0) came and went around Cooper, who reached an impressive 27 ball 50 before perishing on 60. Andy Horobin returned to the first team for the first time since 2003 and made a quickfire 16 before both he and Tom Davey fell victim to Warnes leaving Ben Green (2no) to wrap up Diss’ innings on a tame 192.
In reply Fletcher, looking to make up for this disappointing performance with the bat, caused the Cromer openers some issues with his tight lines but he was not to be rewarded with a wicket.
Dave Tooke was given the new ball at the other end and got an early breakthrough trapping Davies lbw for 11.
This was to be Diss’ only breakthrough until Cromer had notched up 131 and effectively were strolling to victory. Rob Tooke had Charlwood caught for a well crafted 54 but the hosts cruised to victory with 15 overs and eight wickets spare.