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Diss captain Mark Williamson believes they can turn their form around to steer clear of relegation worries

Mark Williamson is confident Diss can pull away from a potential battle to avoid relegation from the Norfolk Cricket Alliance Premier Division, writes Alex Moss.

The Rectory Meadow-based outfit find themselves second from bottom in the table after six games of the season, having picked up just one win so far in 2019.

Diss have not been helped by the recent weather either, as last Saturday’s derby against Garboldisham was cancelled; the second time Williamson’s men have seen a scheduled fixture go unplayed.

Cricket action from Diss v Cromer..Mark Williamson bowling for Diss...Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (12154947)
Cricket action from Diss v Cromer..Mark Williamson bowling for Diss...Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (12154947)

A trip to a Norwich side only two places and six points above them in the table is next up for Diss tomorrow (12pm), and captain Williamson is hopeful of a change in fortune.

“Norwich were relegated from the EAPL (East Anglian Premier League) and we thought they were going to be one of the stronger sides, but they’ve struggled at the beginning of the season,” he said.

“We want to go there and get another win on the board. We need to play well, but even then you never know what can happen in this league.

“It’s been hard to judge where we’re at as a team, as we’ve had a few games already cancelled or affected by the weather.

“Saturday’s game was our second one to be cancelled. We also had a friendly called off, so it’s been hard to really build any momentum when you’re playing one week and then not playing the next week, with games being called off as often as they are.

“We haven’t started the season as we would have liked to, but we’re still feeling confident that we can compete at this level. We’ll be doing our best to try and climb up the table as quickly as we can.”

Campbell Young returns from university to make his first appearance of the season for Diss this weekend, but Williamson will be without the services of Dan Taylor, who is unavailable with work commitments.

Following tomorrow’s trip to Norwich, Diss face a run of four games against the sides all currently in the top four.

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