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The Diss (240) bandwagon shows no signs of letting up after they guaranteed their Norfolk Cricket Alliance Premier Division status with a 29-run win over North Runcton (211) on Saturday.

TOP FORM: The Tooke brothers
TOP FORM: The Tooke brothers

After losing the toss, Diss were inserted into bat by their hosts and lost two early wickets as Jordon Warren (6) was caught behind and Mark Williamson (10) was also caught.

That brought the in-form pair of David Tooke and Lewis Taylor to the crease, and they helped to briskly accelerate the innings, including Taylor hitting a huge maximum to add to his three the previous week

However, Taylor was bowled for 23 by Annakin (3-56), which left Diss in trouble on 63-3.

Robert Tooke joined brother David at the crease, and both steered Diss past the 100 mark, with David bringing up a deserved half-century.

Robert Tooke also passed another half century, while his sibling reached a superb ton off 105 deliveries, including three sixes, as Diss went to 200 and looked to register a mammoth total.

However, Robert was run out for a well-made 66 and David departed soon after for 105, as a frantic Diss collapse took place, something that has not been uncommon this season, going from 216-3 to 240 all out.

North Runcton reached 71-0 in reply, before the talismanic Warren (1-41) bowled George Rawlings (36) just before the first drinks break.

Sam Hunt (1-28) picked up the next key wicket, as he trapped Runcton’s Kirwin Christoffells lbw for 45.

Centurion David Tooke added to his innings with the run out of Michael Crisp (22) before Robert Tooke caught Mark Skipper (22) off his own bowling.

Jody Sparrow (0-20) also bowled well and helped to contain the hosts, as Runcton required 100 from the final 15 overs.

Although the home side threatened to yet again squeeze home, like in the reverse fixture, this time there would be no repeat.

Robert Tooke (3-46) picked up the wickets of Tom Tansley (9) and Major (14), while skipper Williamson (4-52) also starred.

Title-chasing Fakenham will be Diss’ visitors tomorrow (12pm).



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