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Free strikes a boundary to complete derby success

GOTCHA: Old Buckenham's Andy Austin takes the catch of Diss' Dave Tooke during a two-wicket victory for Old Bucks at Rectory Meadow
GOTCHA: Old Buckenham's Andy Austin takes the catch of Diss' Dave Tooke during a two-wicket victory for Old Bucks at Rectory Meadow

NORFOLK ALLIANCE PREMIER DIVISION: Diss 164 lost to Old Buckenham 168-8 by two wickets: Old Buckenham earned a two-wicket victory against Diss in Saturday’s Premier Division clash.

Diss got off to a flier as, for the second consecutive week, the Buckenham bowlers sent down some brilliant deliveries, but lacked control.

Leaking boundaries to poor deliveries at least once an over allowed the home side to get off to a five-runs-per-over start.

Only the early loss of Mark Williamson (0), trapped lbw by Aaron Seekings, took the shine off the start obtained by Simon Cooper and Dave Tooke.

Bucks captain Terry Perry chucked the ball to Aussie Trent Crittenden, and he took the vital wicket of the in-form Tooke (21).

With the pressure mounting, Cooper (25) walked following an lbw decision, Diss slumping to 50-3 in the 13th over after flying at 50-1 in the 10th.

The dangerous Chris Cooper arrived at the crease to join skipper Phil Squire, the all-rounder doing the majority of the scoring with some punishing boundaries.

Andrew Lawrence was introduced into the attack and, after some close shouts against Squire (13) and some unplayable balls, it took a half-volley on leg stump to dismiss the Diss captain, Squire caught by Jonny Lee.

Rob Tooke joined Cooper, with both batsmen getting away some hefty blows off Lawrence and Tom Alexander.

Nevertheless, the short spinner had his revenge. Cooper was bowled when trying to advance down the wicket for 29.

Diss then had a mini-collapse; Alexander having Barney Chenery (0) caught at mid-on by James Heaney and Blakely (1) caught by Crittenden. Alexander then took his fourth and final wicket, Will Dawson (0) caught and bowled.

Diss’ capitulation was completed in the 43rd over as Tooke went for a well-made 59, caught by Crittenden off the bowling of Lee.

The very next ball saw Kiwi Fletcher (3) dismissed by the same bowler with the score on 164.

Bucks’ reply did not get off to a good start as James Alexander (1) was trapped lbw to Pierce Fletcher in the fourth over before Crittenden launched a massive six off a delivery from Robbie West.

Just as Bucks looked set, Perry (8) nicked Fletcher behind. Crittenden and Matty Long set a brilliant platform for the away side, especially when Diss introduce their armoury of spinners on the turning pitch.

Crittenden (36) was dismissed as he advanced and smashed the ball into his front pad, which then ricocheted onto his back foot and then onto the stumps.

The same bowler, Chris Cooper, dismissed Long (25), bringing Heaney (21) to the crease with the promoted Lawrence (26).

The pair got the away side within 15 runs required with 18 overs left, but both were then dismissed by Fletcher.

Austin (0) was trapped lbw to Fletcher and Chenery had Alexander (1) caught behind off a wide delivery as the away side started to crumble.

The experienced Peter Free (12 not out) struck his third boundary in his short partnership with Heaney, to register the 22-point victory.

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