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Happisburgh’s season drawing towards an unhappy conclusion

PUBLISHED: 05:15 10 August 2017

Spinner Luke Schlemmer in full flight for Great Witchingham against Sudbury. Picture: Tim Ferley

Spinner Luke Schlemmer in full flight for Great Witchingham against Sudbury. Picture: Tim Ferley

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Happisburgh looked doomed to relegation from the top flight of the Norfolk League after their game at Great Yarmouth was cut short by the weather on Saturday.

The visitors, who needed to win the game to stand a realistic chance of staying up, were struggling on 86-7 in the 33rd over when the rain arrived.

With three sides going down Happisburgh are now 63 points adrift of the safety mark with just three fixtures left to play, starting with Saturday’s home game against promotion chasing Sandringham.

Saxlingham moved clear at the top of Division One as they narrowly beat Castle Rising in the top-of-the-table clash by nine runs. Oli Browne (53) and Mohammed Nifras (58) led the way for the home side as they piled up 217-7 while Paul Hudson’s knock of 57 was not quite enough for the visitors.

Sandringham are two points behind in third place after comfortably beating Overstrand, thanks mainly to Steve Dobing’s 74 not out.

They finished on 228-6, with Overstrand then losing just four wickets while totalling 133-4 in their 45 overs. Billy Yarham finished unbeaten on 38 as the mid-table visitors ensured they came away with seven points from the game.

Overstrand are at home to Felthorpe on Saturday.

In Division 2 West leaders Narborough were inactive but Reepham & Salle dodged the showers to close the gap, George Wright (3-6) and Mark Lester (3-15) whipping out East Harling in a 20 over game for just 66. Holt were deducted another 24 points after conceding their scheduled fixture at Garboldisham.

In Division 2 East leaders Caister were beaten by the weather while second placed Southwold beat Eaton in a 35 over game despite Dom Clark’s 84, Sam Booker (58 not out) and Adil Naseem (4-26) seeing the hosts home.

Aylsham St Giles stayed in touch 31 points behind Southwold after beating Blundeston in a 30 over fixture. The two sides meet in Aylsham on Saturday in what is a must-win game for the hosts if they are to have any hope of going up.

Blundeston were restriced to 110-7, with Aylsham going on to win by six wickets as Robert Bingham top scored with 35. Jakir Hussain had earlier taken 3-27 following his hat-trick of the previous week.

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