Batting collapse and poor fielding costs Diss
Diss (203-9) were left to rue another missed opportunity in the Norfolk Cricket Alliance Premier Division on Saturday as they dramatically tied with fellow strugglers Acle (203-8).
After losing the toss, Diss were put in the field on another scorching day at Rectory Meadow, with a dry, lightning fast outfield.
Nevertheless, they made the perfect start through skipper Mark Williamson (1-15), as he bowled the dangerous Geoff Handley for 5 in his second over.
Fellow opener Thomas Wilson scored a few streaky boundaries as he looked to attack the luckless Eli Meenhorst (0-56) and make the most of the quick outfield.
A solid spell of pressure from Chris Cooper (3-63) and Daniel Taylor soon contributed to the wicket of Peter Nobbs (1).
The impressive Daniel Taylor also picked up the wicket of Joshua Rowe (13), and when Cooper caught Toby Adams (2) off his own bowling, the away side were 75-4.
Opener Wilson, still battling away, was dropped shortly before he brought up his half century, which seemed to swing the game largely in Acle’s favour, as they managed to score over 100 runs from the last 16 overs, primarily through Wilson (74), Craig Press (49) and Arran Dhesi (29), to reach a respectable 203-8 off 50 overs.
Daniel Taylor was the pick of the Diss bowlers, finishing with 4-41.
The Diss reply was quite remarkable in many ways, and seemed to highlight some of the problems they have faced.
Openers Cooper and Williamson batted splendidly, putting on over 100 runs and largely unchallenged.
Cooper passed 50 and when it seemed like he would go on to make a century, he was stumped for 71, with Diss requiring a further 80 runs to win from more than 20 overs.
His wicket sparked a surreal turnaround for the visitors, where the rest of the Diss batsman came and went, although Williamson (63) stuck around.
The home side still progressed through Robert Tooke (12) and Lewis Taylor (19), and victory was well in sight when they needed just 16 from the final five overs.
However, that became six from the final over, and with Meenhorst (2no) and Dan Betts (3), Diss scrambled their way to a tie, after a run out from the final ball of the innings.
That meant Diss finished on 203-9 and subsequently both sides claimed 18 points, with the away side still scarcely believing their luck.
Diss travel to face second-from-bottom Cromer tomorrow (12pm).