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Diss Cricket Club hopeful of enjoying a full summer of competitive cricket




Nothing has been rubber stamped just yet, but Diss Cricket Club are hopeful of having some new additions to their squad over the coming weeks.

Like so many clubs up and down the country, last week Diss were buoyed by the news that they are likely to be able to enjoy a competitive summer of cricket, subject to both government and England & Wales Cricket Board approval.

That is in stark contrast to 12 months ago when Covid-19 resulted in the cancellation of all Norfolk leagues, with some teams going on to play a handful of friendlies.

Lewis Taylor is looking forward to a competitive 2021 season after last year's restrictions. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Lewis Taylor is looking forward to a competitive 2021 season after last year's restrictions. Picture: Mark Bullimore

And while Diss are not planning to make wholesale alterations, captain Lewis Taylor is keen to freshen things up a little bit.

“We’re hoping to get an overseas player in. It might be a little bit complicated this year with the Covid restrictions, but hopefully something can be worked out,” said the 24-year-old.

“We’ve also kept the core of the squad. The likes of Mark (Williamson) and the Tooke brothers (Rob and David) are staying, so we don’t need many players.

“We’ll probably look to add a couple along with the overseas – that is our aim.

“Everyone is just hopeful of getting a full season in. The lads are very excited to get back out there playing some competitive cricket.”

Last year was Taylor’s first as skipper of the Rectory Meadow-based club, though they were limited to just five friendly fixtures.

Nevertheless, he is confident the experience will act as a ‘good taster’ for the season ahead.

“It was nowhere near the first season I had hoped for as captain. We only ended up playing five mini league games so it was a little underwhelming,” he added.

“But at the same time it was a good taster for getting into the role and everything that needs doing.

“We’ve got plenty of experienced players in our core squad to help, and hopefully last summer will be a stepping stone.”



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