Pierce Fletcher has said that winning the league is now an achievable target at Diss Cricket Club, following their recent upturn in form.
A 117-run victory against leaders Fakenham at the weekend saw Diss continue their recent resurgence in the Norfolk Cricket Alliance Premier Division.
And after ending Fakenham’s unbeaten start to the season, Diss’ overseas player Fletcher believes they can mount a serious challenge at the top of the table.
“The league is definitely achievable,” the New Zealand all-rounder said. “The first few weeks everyone was down in the dumps.
“But the last four weeks we’ve turned it round and we’re now on the right track.
“The top scoring from the front runners has put teams under pressure.
“Chris Cooper is in the form of his life and David Tooke has been smashing in the runs.
“Robbie West bowled unbelievably well against Fakenham. They’ve all helped us push on in the last few weeks.”
Fletcher, pictured bleow, arrived at Diss in the summer as an exciting young prospect, following an impressive showing at the National Provincial Under-19s tournament in New Zealand last summer.The 19-year-old enjoyed a successful first stint in the UK last year, taking 15 wickets for Scottish side Poloc at an average of 13.13.
Yet Fletcher admitted it was an ‘easy decision’ to make his next stint abroad at Rectory Meadow after being impressed by the club’s facilities and plans for the future.
“It was an interesting one,” said the Kenyan-born teenager when recalling how the move to Norfolk came to fruition. “My agent got in touch with me about an opportunity at Diss.
“I spoke with Martin Fairweather (Diss chairman) and Phil Squire (Diss captain) who showed me what the club had to offer.
“They told me about how they are building the junior side of the club and wanting to improve the first team.
“Last year I was up in Scotland and had a really good time there, but this was a really good opportunity for me to come over to Diss.”
This weekend sees Diss look to continue their good form when they travel to Downham Town, as fifth plays sixth at the Memorial Field.
And ahead of their clash on Saturday (1pm), Fletcher is looking forward to renewing a friendly rivalry with fellow Kiwi Nick Kelly, who plys his trade for Diss’ Premier Division rivals.
“We played cricket at school together,” he said. “Nick’s started really well for them, but I think we can win if we play our game.
“If we can do that, especially away, it will put is in real contention of the top two.”