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Diss Cricket Club looking to kick on after recording their first win of the 2019 Norfolk Cricket Alliance Premier Division season

‘Our season starts now’ – that is the message from captain Mark Williamson after Diss recorded their first win of the new Norfolk Cricket Alliance Premier Division campaign last weekend.

The Rectory Meadow-based outfit had opened up the 2019 term with defeats to reigning champions Fakenham and Dereham either side of the clash with Stow being cancelled without a ball being bowled because of the weather.

However, they are now off the mark, having moved out of the bottom two thanks to a six-wicket home win over Cromer, who dropped to the foot of the table.

Cricket action from Diss v Cromer..Diss Bowling ..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (11325779)
Cricket action from Diss v Cromer..Diss Bowling ..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (11325779)

“There was no panic within the squad but it is still nice to have got that first win,” said Williamson, who will take his side to face Brooke tomorrow (12pm).

“It was a bit overdue because we should have beaten Fakenham but ended up collapsing with the bat and against Dereham we were pretty poor.

“We started poorly with the ball on Saturday but after the first drinks break we turned things around and dominated much of the match.

“After the game we said to the lads that the season starts now. There is no use winning one game and then going on to lose the next two or three.

“We need to be putting two, three or four wins on the board and we can do that if we keep the performances up.”

One player that has produced characteristically good form so far is Rob Tooke, who has been the team’s leading run scorer in three of the last four seasons and currently tops the club’s batting and bowling charts in 2019.

He top-scored with an unbeaten 59 runs during the successful run chase against Cromer, having earlier claimed three wickets.

Williamson said: “Rob has been vital ever since I joined the club 10 or 15 years ago.

“He has not had a failure this year, either with bat or ball. We just need to make sure we are there to back him up.”

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