Tooke salvages a share of the spoils
NORFOLK ALLIANCE PREMIER DIVISION
Fakenham 247-8 drew
with Diss 191-6
Diss visited table-topping Fakenham on the back of a run of poor results, but came away with a commendable losing draw, mainly thanks to David Tooke’s pivotal 97.
After winning the toss and electing to bowl, Diss made a change to their new ball pairing as Mark Williamson shared duties with Robbie West.
The latter struck in his second over, having the dangerous Findlay caught behind by David Tooke for zero. From then on though it was all about Fakenham’s South African international Chad Bowes, as he dispatched the bowling wherever he pleased, racing into the 40s with only seven overs on the board.
Once Pierce Fletcher and Chris Cooper tightened the screws, West returned to have the professional bowled for 62. It was now a different game, and once Cooper bowled Blackiston for 46 and West removed Keegan for zero, honours were even with the score on 133-4 off 28 overs.
However, Dunger had other ideas, starting slowly before accelerating into his innings. Williamson returned to bowl Marshall (11), and have Yarham (2)caught by Wilby, but no bowler could stop Dunger.
He would pass a superb 50 and his innings of 79, which did not end until the penultimate over, as Cooper beat him in the flight and Williamson held well in the deep.
Once Wilby (0) fell in the first over of the reply, Diss knew it was about occupying the crease as much as ticking the scoreboard over.
Simon and Chris Cooper, with 13 and 12 respectively, both supported Dave Tooke in solid stands, but once they fell and Fletcher followed soon afterwards, Diss’ innings was in danger of unravelling at 72-4 at the halfway stage.
The innings would take a turn for the better though, as Rob Tooke (53no) mixed hearty defence with the odd muscular pump, and in partnership with his brother, would assure that Diss would not lose outfight for a third straight week.
The pair had batted 24 overs together and put on 118 when David ran himself out going for the extra run. Tom Davey (0) was run out but Williamson who joined Rob Tooke for the final few balls as Diss held on.