Diss captain outlines what is required to fight off relegation from the Norfolk Cricket Alliance Premier Division
Captain Mark Williamson has conceded that his Diss side must win at least two of their final three fixtures to stand any chance of retaining their Norfolk Cricket Alliance Premier Division status.
The writing appeared to be on the wall for Williamson’s men following a six-match losing streak between June 22 and July 27, but back-to-back victories at the expense of Brooke, and most recently Garboldisham, has reignited the hope at Rectory Meadow.
Nevertheless, with 20 points still separating Diss from safety, Williamson is well aware that there is still plenty of work left to be done to avoid a second relegation in four years.
They host sixth-placed Norwich tomorrow (12pm) and then travel to Downham Town (7th) seven days later, with the season due to end with a tough-looking home encounter against title-chasing North Runcton.
Assessing his team’s survival hopes, Williamson said: “We made the players aware that they had to win the previous two games and, to be fair, they have gone and done it.
“We have batted first in both games, set a decent score and then the bowlers have backed that up.
“We are going to need to win at least two of the last three – maybe even all of them – to stand any chance of staying up and hope other results go for us.
“It is frustrating in a way because the last couple of weeks have shown what we are capable of and it is a shame it has taken too long to come through. But we have given ourselves a chance and it is important that we do not throw it away.”
Williamson is unable to completely identify the reasoning behind the recent upturn in form, but he has pinpointed the return of two bowlers.
“It is tough to put your finger on it but Daniel Taylor and James Hardy have played the last two having missed a lot of the season,” he added.
“And other players are also coming into form after lean spells.”
Campbell Young will come into the team against Norwich.