NORFOLK CRICKET ALLIANCE
Diss 111-2 beat Ashmanhaugh and
Barton Wanderers 110-9
by eight wickets
Diss got their delayed season under way in style following a comprehensive eight-wicket victory over Ashmanhaugh and Barton Wanderers.
Starting a week later than some of their league rivals, adverse weather restricted the game to a 30-over-a-side match with the hosts winning the toss and selecting to bowl.
With the score on 10 the prize scalp of test player Gareth Hopkins fell to 16-year old Barney Chenery (1-19), assisted by a good catch from Will Dawson, before wickets started to fall at regular intervals.
The pick of the bowlers were Chris Cooper finishing with figures of 4-32 and Robert Tooke 2-24 as Diss restricted the visitors to 110-9.
In reply the responsibility of opening the batting fell to skipper Simon Cooper and new recruit Phil Squire.
However, the innings started badly with Squire falling for one with the score on the 18, before his replacement Chris Cooper, promoted up the batting order, showed his intent with a six before departing shortly after, following a fine catch on the boundary, as S Hayes (2-19) claimed another wicket.
In the meantime, captain Simon Cooper quietly kept the run rate ticking over with a mixture of boundaries and well-run singles and along with Tooke, kept the hosts moving along to their target.
The turning point came in the 17th over when Tooke took it upon himself to play more adventurously and hit spinner Edge for fifteen off his first over.
This placed the home side within touching distance of victory and but for a few nervous moments, Cooper (45no) and man-of-the-match Tooke (46no) secured victory in the 25th over, the latter hitting the winning runs.
Diss travel to last year’s champions Norwich tomorrow before hosting Beccles in a Carter Cup tie on Sunday (11am).