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Diss captain Lewis Taylor to use top-of-the-table clash with Fakenham to see if they should have loftier ambitions and praises impact of Kadeem Allyene after his six-for home debut




Having found themselves in the relegation places last time out in the Norfolk Cricket Alliance Premier Division, Diss lead the pack ahead of hosting second-placed Fakenham tomorrow (12pm).

A team amalgamation ended up giving the Rectory Meadow club a reprieve back in 2019 ahead of last year’s Covid cancelled campaign.

Skipper Lewis Taylor went into 2021 setting the aim to be ‘more comfortable’ with a mid-table finish in mind.

Diss' Barbadian Kadeem Alleyne made it a memorable home debut, taking six wickets for 48 runs against Brooke Picture: Mark Bullimore
Diss' Barbadian Kadeem Alleyne made it a memorable home debut, taking six wickets for 48 runs against Brooke Picture: Mark Bullimore

But after back-to-back wins put them top following five weekends, albeit three weather affected, tomorrow is set to provide a gauge ahead of possibly resetting their targets.

“Saturday will be a good benchmark for us,” said the skipper.

“If we can beat a good side like Fakenham I think that will give us a lot of confidence to go on for the rest of the season and feel like we can beat any team on our day.

Daniel Taylor top scored for Diss with the bat on Saturday with 54 from 119 deliveries Picture: Mark Bullimore
Daniel Taylor top scored for Diss with the bat on Saturday with 54 from 119 deliveries Picture: Mark Bullimore

“This Saturday is a big game for us and we will probably be resetting our aims after that.”

He added: “Fakenham won the league two or three years ago and they will be a strong side but we are in confident mood and we feel like we can definitely go out and beat them.”

The renewed confidence comes after a 40-run home success over Brooke which saw his younger brother Daniel hit an important half century (54) in their 177 total on a tricky batting wicket.

But the match winner for Diss proved to be overseas player Kadeem Alleyne with the former Barbados youth international taking six wickets for 48 runs.

Mark Williamson helped get Diss off to a good start with the bat on Saturday Picture: Mark Bullimore
Mark Williamson helped get Diss off to a good start with the bat on Saturday Picture: Mark Bullimore

The captain said: “He has been a great addition already. He took six-for on Saturday which was brilliant and that obviously helped us secure the win.

“He has brought a really good mentality to our team and is helping to get the best out of everyone.

“Hopefully we are going to start to see some big performances soon with the bat as well.”

Fakenham are currently one point behind Diss.

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