Diss are aiming to rewrite the history books this year

LEADING THE WAY: New Diss Cricket Club captain Phil Squire (pictured in bat) will be aiming to improve on the club's highest ever finish of third in the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division last year

LEADING THE WAY: New Diss Cricket Club captain Phil Squire (pictured in bat) will be aiming to improve on the club's highest ever finish of third in the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division last year

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New Diss Cricket Club captain Phil Squire believes his side are capable of challenging for promotion this season, but conceded it will not be easy.

The Rectory Meadow-based club enjoyed a memorable Norfolk Alliance Premier Division campaign last year, narrowly missing out on promotion to finish in a highest ever position of third.

And while the new skipper believes his side can eclipse that achievement ahead of this season’s opening match away at Cromer tomorrow (1pm), he is well aware of the topsy-turvy nature of their strongly challenged league.

“We are looking to finish as high as possible,” he said. “We did well last season and so hopefully we can build on that.

“Promotion is definitely possible for us but it is so for anyone in this league because it can so tight.

“At one point we were challenging to avoid relegation as much as promotion and so that shows how the league can be.

“Everyone was really well matched last season and so it is difficult to know who will start out as favourites.

“It is the same for our first match at Cromer. We haven’t had the pre-season we would have liked with a lot of friendly matches being called off and so it is hard to know what our form is like.

“All I can hope for is a good performance and then I can see where we are at for the season.”

Having replaced Simon Copper as captain, Squires will have the same core squad of last season, which include key figures like Rob Tooke and Mark Williamson.

Following the success of Ross Knoll last year, the club have once again signed an overseas player with Auckland Under-19 bowler Pierce Fletcher joining their ranks. And Squire is expecting a major impact form their new recruit.

“Pierce is a very good bowler but he is not just here to play. He is also a good coach and will do a lot of work with the kids at the club,” he added.

“We don’t look for our overseas players to come in and take over the club but it is great when they can have a massive impact off the field and we’re hopeful he can.”