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Diss Cricket Club lose unbeaten record during trip to Cromer

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Diss (196) lost their grip on top spot in the Norfolk Cricket Alliance Premier Division after suffering a 29-run defeat at Cromer on Saturday (225-9).

Lewis Taylor’s men made the trip to the coast in positive form, having been unbeaten so far in 2021 and with victories in a row to their name.

However, the loss has seen the side drop to second, replaced by their conquerors at the weekend.

David Tooke batted well for Diss
David Tooke batted well for Diss

Having been put into the field, the new ball was once again taken by the pairing of Kadeem Alleyne and Sam Hunt. The duo started well but failed to make early inroads into the opposition for the second week in a row and after 10 overs Cromer were 40 without loss.

Mark Williamson was introduced into the attack to replace Alleyne and three overs later he provided Diss with the breakthrough, bowling Oliver Kimber for 18.

Hunt was once again bowling a tight spell up front for Diss and he was rewarded with a wicket in the final over of his spell as he removed Nat Laws for 7, finishing with impressive figures of 10-3-22-1.

Dan Taylor replaced Hunt and Rob Tooke was brought on to take over from Williamson. Both started off nicely and in his second over, Tooke removed Matthew Warnes LBW for a well made 43.

Taylor was beginning to settle into his spell and was keeping things tight for Diss at one end, but Tooke began to struggle with his line and length so was replaced by Williamson after three overs.

David Turner and Tom Davies were starting to build a healthy partnership and it took a good ball from Taylor to bowl Turner for 26 as the score moved on to 131-4 after 33 overs.

Tooke was reintroduced into the attack and immediately bowled Davies for 31, before Taylor picked up his second wicket by bowling Michael Warnes for 2.

Diss felt they now had the upper hand with the score on 157-6 with 10 overs left. However, a crucial dropped catch saw Paul Bradshaw given a life and then some wayward bowling allowed Robert Purton to capitalise for Cromer as the runs started to flow at the end of the innings.

Alleyne would come back to bowl his last five overs and kept the batsman largely in check with some good death bowling as Williamson was given the responsibility of completing the innings from the other end.

A late flurry of wickets saw Williamson remove first Purton for 28 and then Alan Stickells for 1, before Alleyne rounded off the innings by bowling Cameron Graveling for 1. Bradshaw finished on an unbeaten 37 for Cromer as guided them to 225-9 off their 50 overs.

At the halfway stage, the game was firmly in the balance and both sides were relatively happy.

The Diss run chase got off to a steady start as openers Dan Taylor and Williamson faced the ever-dangerous pair of Bradshaw and Warnes.

The pair put on 33 for the first wicket before Warnes had Taylor caught at first slip by his brother.

David Tooke joined Williamson and immediately set about increasing the run rate, dispatching young Graveling for two huge 6s. Williamson was also now starting to find the boundary as the pair brought up a 50 partnership.

However, a few balls later Williamson was undone by Martin Addison as he was caught behind for 33, leaving Diss 83-2.

Alleyne joined Tooke and picked up where he left off the previous week hitting Addison for two 4s in one over and then in the next over taking 10 runs from Warnes, the highlight a flat 6 over point.

But in the next over Addison would exact his revenge by trapping Alleyne LBW for 24.

Rob Tooke now joined his brother as the crease and saw him reach 50 with a slog sweep for 6 off the bowling of Purton. Yet, David Tooke would once again fail to go on as he was out just two overs later when Purton had him caught in the deep, leaving Diss 150-4, needing 76 to win.

A huge collapse ensued as Diss lost four wickets for as many runs; Rob Tooke was caught behind off the bowling of Bradshaw, Jordon Warren was run out without scoring and Purton trapped Mark Brawn LBW for 2.

Captain Lewis Taylor and Will Dawson were left to try and resurrect the innings, and the pair had inched their side to within 49 runs of victory before Dawson just failed to clear mid on and was caught off the bowling of Gravelling for 12.

Sam Hunt tried to support his skipper but was undone by a great piece of bowling from Gravelling as he departed for 2.

Ashley Cotton was the last man in and he squirted a four down to fine leg to get off the mark, but Bradshaw was brought back to pick up the final wicket and he did just that, having Taylor caught behind from a thin outside edge and Cromer deservedly won by 29 runs.

Diss take seven points from the match and host Garboldisham in a local derby on Saturday (12pm).

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