Williman’s starring role is not enough to stop the rot

In a bottom-of-the-table clash, a weakened Diss A team arrived at Norwich and Colitshall Wanderers with high spirits and some expectations of a result from the game.

But despite Williman's starring role with bat and ball it didn't manage to stop the rot.

On a warm, sunny day Diss were put into bat and it fell to the young pairing of Barney Chenery and Kristian Williman to make a start to the innings, they showed patience and resilience against the opening attack both playing with good technique and poise.

After starting to find a few gaps in the field Chenery was caught off the bowling of Bunting for 19 and in the very next over Williman fell for seven, to a very good catch, this time the other opening bowler Mackintosh was the one to pick up the wicket.

This brought Kieran Pask and Craig Barker to the crease, Pask showing good form in previous weeks struggled to cope with the bowling of Pepper and was triggered lbw for 11.

Barker was then joined at the crease by the other Williman brother Dan, and between them they started to form a good partnership in the middle of the order, Barker pushing the ball around on his way to 46 before being caught on the boundary looking for a maximum.

Dan Williman was batting with excellent technique and maturity beyond his years and had made his way to a solid 39 before falling to Parker, and Liam Fairweather was unlucky to be run out after some confusion between the two youngsters.

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Nearing the end of the innings it was left to Ward and Betts to try and pile on the runs in the last three to four overs, Ward was generous with the strike, leaving Betts to work away and with some quick running and belligerent hitting they managed to add extra 30 runs to the total, before Ward was ran out for five and Betts was stumped, for 21 after trying to put a ball into next week.

Jamie Allen then made a three-ball cameo adding another four runs to the total, whilst Atkinson was left on 0 not out, leaving Diss on a decent total of 181-9.

Parker was the pick of the Norwich and Coltishall bowlers with figures of 3-57.

The bowling attack of Diss A always knew that they were going to have a job on their hands and this became reality when the two Norwich and Coltishall openers made their way to 99-0 off only 15 overs, although Jack Bell bowled with his usual good line and length and was unlucky to pick up the wicket of Littlehales after Betts dropped a diving chance in the early part of the innings.

Chenery and Betts then joined the attack, Chenery removing the first of the openers after Bunting played into a safe pair of hands from Ward for 29.

Amongst the dross Betts bowled a few decent balls and picked up the wicket of Littlehales for 67, ending a very scratchy innings by the opener, after a good catch from Barker at mid-off.

After a few overs of not managing to pick up a wicket, captain Barker turned to K Williman, and after bowling with good variation and flight the youngster picked up two wickets and finished with very respectable figures of 2-38 off 11 overs.

Again no luck in the field hampered Diss A's chance of winning this game and it finished in the 36th over with the home side ending up on 183-5.

Diss A are at Rectory Meadow next week facing Brooke, start time 1pm.