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Diss (262) jumped out of the Norfolk Cricket Alliance Premier Division relegation zone with a 71-run home triumph at the expense of Brooke on Saturday.

OH BROTHER! The Tookes discuss tactics
OH BROTHER! The Tookes discuss tactics

The Tooke brothers – Rob and David – did much of the damage for the hosts, combining to score 169 of their side’s runs.

Diss skipper Mark Williamson won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first, on yet another scorching day at home.

He opened with Mark Brawn, and was the first to be dismissed when he was superbly caught at mid-on by Tinotenda Mutombodzi for 6.

Brawn (19) put on a further 31 with David Tooke, before receiving a fine delivery off Daniel Vihm.

Debutant Jordan Warren (12), who recently joined Diss from Eye, also had a short time at the crease, striking a huge maximum over cover, but was caught trying to do the same, which left the home side on 73-3.

Then followed a key partnership between Diss’ Tooke siblings, where they effectively took the match away from Brooke and accelerated the innings.

David Tooke passed an impressive half century as the score went past the 150 mark.

He eventually fell for a well-made 69 to John Habershon (2-47), but that did not stop Robert Tooke from bringing up a more sensible half century, as he put on 39 for the fifth wicket with Lewis Taylor (15).

Diss’ last five wickets fell relatively cheaply, but no bowler could stop Rob Tooke as in the final over he brought up a deserved 100 from 97 balls, with a wonderful late cut to the boundary.

He was bowled shortly after by Vihm (3-47), the pick of the Brooke bowlers, but Diss had amassed an attractive 262.

The Brooke run chase started confidently, with the opening batsman easing their way to 46-0 from 10 overs, until a match-winning over from Daniel Taylor (4-26).

First, he had Flynn Drinkell (11) caught behind, and then bowled Ben Watson (0) with a beauty the very next delivery.

With the penultimate ball he had the potential key wicket of overseas player Mutombodzi, caught behind for 0, as Brooke slipped to 47-3.

The away side recovered through Charlie Grisley and Sam Clabburn, who put on 40 for the next wicket, but the introduction of young spinner James Hardy (4-30) paid dividends for the hosts, as he had the dangerous Clabburn caught in the deep for 29.

Sam Hunt (10-1-35-0) also bowled well at the other end, as the game slipped away from Brooke.

Once opener Grisley (64) was removed by Hardy, Brooke never looked like winning the contest which ended with Robert Tooke and Daniel Taylor claiming two wickets apiece.

Sixth-placed Diss have a tough assignment tomorrow on the road at in-form Stow (12pm).



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