DIPPLE & CONWAY OPTICIANS
Diss A 151 lost to Happisburgh 153-3 by seven wickets
After an opening game defeat last week, Diss again faced stiff opposition as last year’s champions Happisburgh visited Rectory Meadow.
Winning the toss, Diss decided to make first use of the track, knowing they would need to bat well to set a reasonable target.
After the early loss of Douglas Young, experienced campaigners Andy Gregory and Mike Tooke steadily built a foundation on to which Diss should really have achieved in excess of 200.
However, the introduction of spin did for Tooke in the 20th over for 35.
Once again Diss lost key wickets in quick succession, as Gregory mis-timed a pull to be caught for a useful 30 when he looked set.
Two overs later, Qureshi departed to a similar shot for 1 and Diss had slumped from 78-1 to 80-4 in the space of three overs.
As with last week, Andy Horobin and Mark Brawn came together and began the process of rebuilding the innings, punishing some loose deliveries, as they pushed the score along to 131 from 32 overs.
Then, Sturgess’ right boot changed the course of the innings as he deflected a Brawn straight drive onto the stumps, with Horobin just unable to make his ground.
Despite the set-back, there were still 13 overs remaining to try and to post a decent score, but the tail was removed quickly and Diss were all out for 151.
Given Sturgess’ mammoth innings the previous week, 151 was not going to offer much of a challenge to the Happisburgh batsmen and this proved to be the case as they eased to the target in only 30 overs for the loss of just two wickets, with Diss unable to bowl a single maiden over.
n Meanwhile, in the Premier Division, Diss’ first team could not chase down Cromer’s score of 345-3.
The hosts had two batsmen reach centuries, which left Diss up against it.
In reply,Nicholas Michaelides top-scored for Disss with 70, but they were eventually bowled out for 304, 42 runs short of their target.