Williamson wants to keep run going
Diss’ impressive run of form may have all but secured their Norfolk Cricket Alliance Premier Division status, but with a cup final on the horizon, captain Mark Williamson has urged his players to not lose any momentum.
A matter of weeks ago Diss, who were promoted back to the top flight last season, looked to be entrenched in a battle for survival.
However, four straight wins in the league – including a triumph over table-topping Downham Town last time out – has allayed any relegation fears at Rectory Meadow.
But, rather than rest on their laurels and relax, Williamson wants Diss to finish strongly, particularly with the final of the Lady Mary Cup against Sheringham on September 2 in mind.
“We started the season not too badly and then went on an awful run,” said the skipper.
“I was always confident we could turn it around, but maybe not by winning five in a row in all competitions.
“To win four games in a row in the Premier Division is not easy – it is a brilliant achievement.
“It does look like we are safe because of that run, but we cannot stop there and let the league season peter out.
“We would have taken anything outside of the bottom two at the start of the season, but now we should be looking at a mid-table finish.
“There is also the cup final to keep us motivated and we want to be in a good run of form going into that.
“We have a 14-man squad for that game, so there are places to play for.”
Of more immediate concern for Williamson and his team is tomorrow’s trip to third-placed North Runcton (12pm).
The hosts have been in inconsistent form of late, winning three and losing the other three of their last six matches.
“Runcton are tough, especially at home,” added Williamson.
“We have momentum, though, and if we can build on that we can get a good result.”
Bowler James Hardy is unavailable for selection.