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League leaders Stow leave Diss in a spin

Stow were indebted to their spinners as they registered a fourth Norfolk Alliance Premier Division success on the bounce.

Winning the toss, Stow captain Otto Esse elected to bowl first on a good-looking surface for batting at Rectory Meadow.

Diss, Norfolk. Cricket action from Diss vs Stow - Diss Bowling - Dan Taylor.Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography (2232151)
Diss, Norfolk. Cricket action from Diss vs Stow - Diss Bowling - Dan Taylor.Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography (2232151)

The Diss openers put on 36 for the first wicket until Dan Ward (1-31) managed to nip one back through the gate to bowl Williamson for 15.

David Tooke joined Chris Cooper at the crease as Diss moved to 83 from 19 overs with Cooper passing 50 with ease.

Stow's Jamie Cook came into the attack and began to exert more control over the run rate before the Stow spinners took control.

Esse started the fightback as he bowled Tooke for 15.

The same bowler struck again before the drinks interval as he removed Taylor leg-before-wicket for 4 and to peg Diss back to 110 for 3 at drinks.

The next phase of the game was crucial, but Stow struck three overs after the break as Brassett (1-27) got dangerman Cooper when a flighted delivery outside off-stump tempted a drive which was well-caught by Ed Landymore at cover.

Amit Dhadwal then removed Diss overseas player Eli Meenhorst for 10 and Dhadwal (3-47) before accounting for L. Taylor, caught for 10.

He then removed Sam Hunt first ball and all of a sudden Diss were 142 for 7 and in deep trouble.

Buckenham came in and played sensibly as he supported Tooke who did most of the scoring in their partnership of 46.

This was broken when Esse (3-27) returned to remove Buckenham.

Lloyd Richmond (2-32) then had Tooke caught at short fine-leg for 48 and then finished the innings, removing Eagle leg-before-wicket as Diss finished on 191.

Stow’s reply began watchfully as the in-from Dhadwal and Esse saw off the opening few overs from Meenhorst and Taylor.

Both batsman struck boundaries at ease and the home spinners failed to extract the same sort of turn out of the surface as their Stow counterparts.

Esse was bowled by Cooper for 19 to leave Stow 56-1 before Tom High joined Dhadwal out in the middle.

The pair put on 77 for the second wicket when a mix-up in the running saw Tom High run-out for 36.

The returning Will Denny joined Dhadwal at the crease as Stow closed in on their victory target.

Dhadwal was finally removed when he was bowled round his legs for 85.

Diss got another wicket before then end, but Tom Davey ended the game with a lofted drive for four as Stow won by six wickets.

Anglia Car Auction man of the match: Amit Dhadwal.

Norfolk Alliance

Division Four

Stow A

beat Beccles

by 6 wickets

Captain Matty Blowers lost the toss and was surprised Beccles decided to bat first on a green-looking pitch.

Sam Morgan (3-13) made full use of the surface to pick up two more wickets with a sharp catch at second slip by Peter Griffin.

He was backed up by Jack Southgate (1-23) while Kieran Knott (0-16) and Robbie Wiseman (0-17) bowled in good areas, but the pick of the juniors was Bishop (2-30).

Stow also picked up two very good run-outs from Mike Broad and Griffin (1-21) as Beccles finished on 133 for 9.

In reply, Mike Broad was the first man to go caught trying to put away a rare lose ball from the Beccles openers.

Ben Wilcox came to the crease and began to build a partnership with Jack Redhead.

Wilcox was bowled for a well-made 45 and also slost Jack Southgate (4) and Redhead (27) in quick succession to find themselves 85 for 4.

Finlay Wilcox (39no) and Matty Blowers (10no) took a few overs to just steady the ship before seeing Stow home.

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