League leaders Diss are too strong for Lowestoft in Norfolk Alliance Division One
PUBLISHED: 05:10 30 June 2017
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Lowestoft Town were no match for Norfolk Alliance Division One leaders Diss on Saturday, going down by seven wickets at The Denes Oval.
Diss made the perfect start when Chris Cooper struck with his fourth ball, finding the outside edge of Peter Mitchell (4).
Both Daniel Taylor and Cooper made runs tough to come by, and their pressure was rewarded through a sublime piece of fielding from Sam Hunt, who ran out Nathan Garrod for eight.
Hunt (9-2-22-0) replaced Taylor and bowled tightly, while Williamson eventually got Adam Savoury (21) as Lowestoft’s frustration was telling. After good work from Diss wicketkeeper Lewis Taylor, Williamson the got the key wicket of Tom Brice for 26, which left Lowestoft in deep trouble at 69-4.
There was some resistance from Elliott George, who batted aggressively until he was adjudged lbw to Williamson, the Diss skipper’s third victim. He struck again by bowling David Brown for four, leaving Lowestoft 116-6.
Opener Taylor (10-0-39-1) returned and struck immediately, trapping Charlie Duckmanton lbw for 0 before Williamson (10-4-27-5) finished off a superb spell with the wicket of Cameron Nichols (0) as Lowestoft eventually scrambled to 137 all out from 45.5 overs,
Openers Williamson and Cooper put on 22 for the first wicket before Williamson (13) was caught off Alex Haverson (1-30) to a good low catch. Diss briefly wobbled again after Brice (2-7) trapped David Tooke lbw for eight and bowled Taylor (0), leaving the away side 57-3.
Robert Tooke and Cooper sensibly steered Diss towards the finishing line until thunderous hitting from both made sure the game came to a prompt end. Cooper hit three huge sixes, including a square six that nearly went over the wall towards the seafront.
Tooke played his part, including a flat straight six into the sightscreen.
Cooper hit the winning runs to wrap up a seven wicket victory and finished unbeaten on 90 from just 69 balls. Tooke ended 25 not out.
Lowestoft have another tough home match tomorrow when they take on third placed Swardeston A. The seconds, who lost at Old Catton by seven wickets after being dismissed for 83, travel to Swardeston/CEYMS. Both matches get under way at 1pm.