Struggling Downham still pose a threat for hosts Diss

Cricket - Old Buck v Diss. Old Bucks' Glen Meredith  bowls. Diss' Simon Cooper in bat. ANL-160406-212405006

Cricket - Old Buck v Diss. Old Bucks' Glen Meredith bowls. Diss' Simon Cooper in bat. ANL-160406-212405006

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Simon Cooper has insisted that there is no danger of Diss Cricket Club taking their Downham counterparts lightly when the two sides meet at Rectory Meadow on Saturday afternoon (1pm), writes Liam Apicella.

The visitors go into the clash having lost five of their seven matches so far this season, which has left them in the bottom two.

Diss, meanwhile, are in sixth position, but with just five points splitting the two sides, batsman Cooper is not expecting an easy contest.

“I don’t think that anybody is expecting Downham to be in the bottom two come the end of the season,” he said.

“They are a tough side that we have played many times over the years.

“We know that they have good players with bat and ball that are capable of winning the match.

“There is no danger of us being complacent, so hopefully we can come out on top.”

With three wins and three defeats to their name, it has been an unpredictable Diss side that has taken to the field in recent weeks.

Nevertheless, Cooper is not concerned by the prospect of a relegation battle if that form were to continue for much longer.

“It is very early days.We are not even half-way through,” he added.

“We have been consistently inconsistent, which is frustrating.

“But, we are a good team with some good individuals and once we start showing that we will be fine.”