Diss overseas signing Kadeem Alleyne reflects on destructive match-winning display against Fakenham
He produced a devastating batting performance last weekend – and Diss’ overseas signing Kadeem Alleyne is confident there is plenty more to come.
When the 21-year-old from Barbados came to the crease against Fakenham, Diss – chasing 192 for victory – were in a little spot of bother on 41-3.
But what followed will live long in the memory of those in attendance at Rectory Meadow, with Alleyne smashing six 4s and 11 maximums on his way to a match-winning knock of 114 from just 51 deliveries.
“When I came in we were in a little bit of trouble, but I said to Rob (Tooke) that if one or both of us were in at the end then we would win the game comfortably,” he said.
“Unfortunately Rob got out after the partnership reached about 30 but I just continued to play my natural game.
“I’m a positive player and I back myself to hit the ball to the boundary. Everything just seemed to click.
“I think this is just the start, very much so. I only ever have one personal goal and that’s to bat for as long as I can.
“I don’t like to focus on scoring a certain number of runs or targeting a number of wickets. If you do that, your focus can drift.
“The way I play is risky so I might get out early at times. But if I bat time then I will score big runs.”
Unfortunately for Diss, playing commitments in his homeland mean that Alleyne will depart before the season’s end – likely in late July or early August.
His performances so far have helped the team to top the early Norfolk Cricket Alliance Premier Division standings, and he is keen to ensure they remain in a positive position when he departs.
“I really hope I can leave them in a good place,” added Alleyne, who a fortnight ago took six wickets in the 40-run victory against Brooke.
“I’m really enjoying it at Diss, especially now the weather is a bit nicer! It’s a great group of lads and everyone has made me feel welcome.”