Struggling Diss lose services of overseas all-rounder

Cricket - Diss v Cromer. Diss celebrate catching a ball. ANL-160907-210400006
Cricket - Diss v Cromer. Diss celebrate catching a ball. ANL-160907-210400006

Diss CC will have to continue their battle against relegation from the Dipple and Conway Opticians Norfolk Alliance Premier Division without the services of their overseas player, Nicholas Michaelides, writes Liam Apicella.

Personal issues mean the all-rounder has returned to his native South Africa earlier than planned.

“Nick did not perform as well as he would have liked,” said Diss captain James Wilby.

“On his day he is capable of taking five wickets or scoring a quick 70 or 80, but it has not happened.

“In fairness, it is a bit like the team because it has been an inconsistent season so far.”

A final-ball victory over Fakenham last time out ended a run of three straight defeats for Wilby’s men.

Nevertheless, ahead of tomorrow’s home clash against fellow strugglers Swardeston II (1pm), Diss still occupy one of the two relegation spots.

Even so, Wilby is confident that his team has the quality to keep their heads above water.

“I have every faith in those lads. We have some very talented players,” he added.

“If you look at the table, a couple of wins and we will move right up.

“The team stuck together last week, even though things looked grim, so I have no concerns.”

Wilby will miss the game with a knee injury, while Robbie West and David Cokeley are also unavailable.