Ashmanhaugh and Barton Wanderers 243-5 lost to
Diss 244 by one wicket
A memorable innings from David Tooke ensured Diss earned their first victory of the season on the road at Ashmanhaugh and Barton Wanderers.
Hitting a century off just 89 balls, including 14 fours and a six, he eventually fell for 105, which proved to be enough for the visitors to avenge their opening two defeats of the season.
Skipper Phil Squire won the toss and elected to bowl in humid conditions. Given the new ball again were New Zealander Pierce Fletcher, and left arm Robbie West.
Both bowled tidily without much reward, but in the eighth over Diss made the breakthrough, West having Everett well taken at first slip by Rob Tooke for 19.
Two overs later, a mix up between the batsmen saw Pilch sent back by Caswell, as the cat-like Mark Williamson at mid wicket ran him out by half a pitch, with returning wicketkeeper Will Dawson whipping off the bails.
This brought overseas professional Cupido to the crease, who looked in fine form from the off. West and Fletcher were replaced by Chris Cooper and Williamson.
Williamson soon struck, having ex-Norfolk batsman Caswell smartly stumped by Dawson, who, after a nine month absence behind the stumps, performed admirably, for four.
Rob Tooke joined in from the pavilion, with all three spinners looking to keep the mercurial Cupido in check. Impressive second spells from West and Fletcher could not stop Cupido reaching a well deserved ton from 110 balls, only to be cleaned up by a West slower ball later in the over.
Fletcher then claimed his first wicket for the club, having Ewart caught by Dawson for 26.
Some late hitting saw Ashmanhaugh finish on 243, about par given the nature of the pitch and outfield.
In reply, James Wilby and Simon Cooper opened up, but the latter was somehow adjudged leg before to Caswell, despite being four yards down the pitch. This only brought in man of the match David Tooke.
The pair both mixed stout defence with classy stoke play, as Wilby rolled back the years to his junior days, and Tooke driving handsomely on several occasions down the ground.
The pair passed the 50 partnership in the 12th over, and raced passed a 100 stand in another six overs as David Tooke smoked Cupido out of the attack, hitting him for 18 off one fruitful over.
The hosts didn’t strike until the 22nd over when Wilby, having reached a superb 50, was bowled by Layer shortly afterwards. David was now joined by his brother Rob, promoted up the order.
With David Tooke now knuckling down and not looking like being dismissed all day, it was brother Rob who went on the attack, hitting Marrable for consecutive sixes.
Shortly afterwards came David Tooke’s century, with the pair on 101 when he was dismissed, but not before Rob Tooke had passed fifty in 36, and seemingly taking his side to a comfortable victory.
He would fall to Caswell though, having made 58, with only 12 runs required. This brought 16-year-old Campbell Young in on debut, with he and captain Squire calmly taking Diss over the finish line, with Young showing scant respect for Cupido, bludgeoning him for four through the covers.
He would be caught behind two balls later though with the scores tied, leaving Williamson to join Squire in getting the last run as the skipper earned his first competitive win in charge.