Mark Williamson decides to relinquish captaincy of Diss Cricket Club
Mark Williamson has opted to step down as skipper of Diss, regardless of what division the club finds itself in next season.
Diss finished within the Norfolk Cricket Alliance Premier Division’s relegation zone this term but they will secure a reprieve if champions North Runcton get the better of Sawston & Babraham in Sunday’s Read Brothers East Anglian Premier League play-off.
Nevertheless, having felt that his form suffered as a result of the captaincy in 2019, Williamson believes that the time is right for someone else to take on the responsibility.
“I have done the job for three years so it has been a medium term sort of thing,” said the all-rounder.
“Stepping down has been on my mind for a few weeks because it was a tough season for the team and it was not a great season for me personally.
“It feels like the time is right to concentrate on my own game and making sure that is right.
“If you are going to be captain you need to be 100 per cent committed and I was able to do that during the first two years without it affecting my form too much.
“I have played for the club for a number of years now and I have not had many seasons like this one, so I did not feel like my place was under threat or anything like that.
“But it was getting harder with how things were going and with it playing on my mind so much, this is the right decision.
“I will still be playing and will be ready to go in January when the winter training starts.”
With regards to his team’s chances of a relegation lifeline, Williamson added: “We were not good enough for most of the season so it would be very lucky if we got to stay up.
“It looks like Sawston are the big favourites and obviously if they win we go down.
“But it is a one-off game and you never know in that situation. Hopefully Runcton can play well and do us a favour.”
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