Squire backs Diss to regain form in his injury absence

INJURY BLOW: Phil Squire, who will miss the remainder of the season
INJURY BLOW: Phil Squire, who will miss the remainder of the season

Diss Cricket Club captain Phil Squire has backed his side to get back on track in his absence after he was ruled out for the season through injury.

After suffering a broken thumb in a defeat against rivals Old Buckenham two weeks ago, the skipper was again forced to watch on from the sidelines as Diss slipped to a third successive loss in the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division, going down by five wickets to high-flying Brooke on Saturday.

However, despite the loss of form, Squire is not panicking just yet, as he backed his side to respond under the guidance of stand-in skipper James Wilby.

“I broke my thumb against Old Buckenham and was told I would be out for 10 weeks, which is the entire rest of the season, unfortunately,” he confirmed.

“Our form is not great at the minute but last week we were in a good position but ended up losing after one of their players proved a class above; that was the major difference.

“It also didn’t help the fact that we were missing our top three batsmen, including myself and Rob and Dave Tooke.

It is always difficult when you are missing the top end of your batting order but I thought the players who came in performed well.

“Mark Williamson has done really well in recent weeks as have Alex Blakely and Andy Horobin from the second team.

“Although it is not ideal to be sat out of the team, it is pleasing as captain to see players from the second team stepping up and playing well.

“It is great for them to be involved and prove they are good enough to make the step up into the first team.

“I am sure they will continue to do so in the coming weeks and get the club back to winning ways.”

On paper, Diss will be presented the perfect opportunity to do just that tomorrow as they prepare to host Premier Division basement-boys Ashmanaugh and Barton Wanderers (1pm).

A four-wicket victory over Wanderers back in May kickstarted a purple patch of form in which Diss won four out of five matches, and Squire is hopeful of a repeat.

“We beat them earlier in the season and that turned our form around,” he added.

“Hopefully that will act as a good omen if we can do it again. We’ll be going all out for the win.”