Diss batsmen Cooper and Tooke get their side up to a huge total

Action from Saturday's Norfolk Alliance match between Horsford A and Sprowston at Manor Park, with t

Action from Saturday's Norfolk Alliance match between Horsford A and Sprowston at Manor Park, with the visitors in the field. Picture: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

There was an incredible display of big-hitting as visitors Diss piled up a huge total in Saturday's Division One fixture at Mattishall,

The hosts opted to field first after winning the toss and were soon regretting that decision as the Diss batsmen took advantage of a firm surface and a quick outfield to get the scoreboard moving at a rapid rate.

Chris Cooper and Robert Tooke were the men to catch the eye as the visitors made it all the way up to 372-4 in their 50 overs. Cooper was the main contributor, making 174 in only 118 balls with 22 fours and nine sixes - but even his superb scoring rate was eclipsed by Tooke, whose unbeaten 114, featuring eight fours and 10 sixes, came off only 58 deliveries.

In reply Mattishall were dismissed for 222 in the final over.

Newly-promoted Bradfield also went well over 300 to maintain their perfect start at a higher level.

Ed Botwright made 143 off 125 balls to help the north Norfolk side up to 337 against Vauxhall Mallards A, for whom Sam Tinkler kept going well to finish with 5-43. The hosts ended up losing by 127 runs after being all out for 222.

Thetford, the side who went up with Bradfield from Division Two last season, are also going great guns. They made it three wins out of three by bowling out Lowestoft for just 121 (Chris White 4-36) before getting home for the loss of just four wickets.

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There was a high-scoring game at The Common, with Swardeston A and Stow scoring 661 runs between them and the hosts winning by six wickets in the penultimate over. Keith Thompson (78) and Will Denny (66) were the mainstays of Stow's 330-9 while Dan Martin, Ben Hogg, George Walker and Dale Reynolds all scored half centuries for Swardeston.

Up in the Premier Division it was an afternoon to forget for champions Brooke as they were skittled for just 67 at Garboldisham.

The home side made 233-9, with Alex Hogg contributing 42 before going on to complete a 166-run success as Hogg (3-18), Gavin Barnes (2-10) and Dan Constable (2-10) all impressed. New boys Acle lost for the first time, going down by six wickets at home to North Runcton after being restricted to 159-7.

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