Tooke brothers settle derby
DIPPLE & CONWAY
Old Buckenham 236-5 lost to Diss 237-8 by 37 runs
Brothers Robert and David Tooke made match-winning impacts as Diss recorded a victory away at local rivals Old Buckenham on Saturday afternoon.
Both sides went into the clash on the back of defeats from the previous weekend, but it was the siblings from Diss, who scored a combined 193 runs with the bat, that got their side back to winning ways.
The away team’s stand-in skipper, Simon Cooper, guessed incorrectly at the toss, leaving his opposite number, Terry Perry, with the wet conditions in mind, to put Diss into bat.
This looked like a crucial toss as openers Liam Brown (1) and Simon Cooper (2) both departed very early and when they were followed by Nicholas Michaelides (8), Diss were 34-3.
However, those dismissals brought the brotherly pairing together, and while Old Bucks’ bowling attack probed, they could not break through.
The Tooke brothers regularly found the boundary with good batting and punishing wayward balls from the home attack.
A frustrating afternoon ensued for the home captain as he regularly changed his bowlers to try to end the duo’s stranglehold.
It took until the 41st over for Lewis Holden to snaffle a return catch from centurion Rob Tooke (100 from 102) to finally cease the dominance, reducing Diss to 226-4.
Wickets then fell regularly as the visitors chased quick runs.
Chris Cooper (2) and Barnaby Chenery (0) went to James Deacon (2-7), but it was the wicket of David Tooke that was the prized one for the home side and stifled the flow of runs.
He was eventually dismissed via a run out after compiling 93 from 152 balls, leaving his side 260-7 with two overs left to bat.
Holden then took the wicket of Mark Williamson (8) from the last ball of the penultimate over, which left Campbell Young (10) and Robert West (1) to gain six runs from the final over to progress Diss to 273-8.
This left Bucks an extremely competitive total of 274 to chase down and needing a positive start to achieve the victory total.
The partnership of Perry and youngster Matthew Bint started well, but the introduction of Chris Cooper (2-25) had Bint (12) stumped by Tom Weal in the 16th over with the score on 67-1.
Chris Cooper then struck 10 overs later, removing Aussie Deacon (20) with the score on 104-2 as Bucks’ chase started to dwindle.
Nevertheless, a determined knock from Perry was beginning to develop as he passed the half-century mark before suffering with cramp.
He was joined by James Heaney and the pair began to up the tempo of the innings.
But, after a few productive overs, the re-introduction of Williamson (2-45) spelt the end of the chase as he removed Heaney (39 ) and then Peter Free (0) two balls later with the score stuck on 177-4 in the 39th over and the bigger hitters now removed.
However, this did not deter Perry, who went on to score his first league century of the season.
Ben Askew (10) was dismissed by Michaelides (1-77) in the 46th over with the score on 203-5 and the chase was all but concluded.
Perry was joined by Jon Lee (20), who struck some clean balls to the boundary to get the home side full batting points when they finished on 236 from their allotted 50 overs.
Disappointingly, Perry’s 114 not out from 146 balls was in vain as the home side finished 37 runs short and ended on the wrong side of a high run-scoring game which saw over 500 runs scored for the loss of only 13 wickets.
The result means that Old Bucks are third in the table with 92 points from six outings, while Diss sit sixth on 84 points.
n This Saturday, Old Bucks will look to bounce back following three defeats on the bounce in another local derby, this time away at Garboldisham (1pm).
As for Diss, they are due to entertain North Runcton (1pm), who have lost their last two matches and sit one place below their hosts.