Shield win for Happisburgh

HAPPISBURGH won the 2008 Ken Ottaway Shield final at Hethersett and TV's ground at Flordon on Wednesday night against Drayton by nine runs in a keenly fought contest.

HAPPISBURGH won the 2008 Ken Ottaway Shield final at Hethersett and TV's ground at Flordon on Wednesday night against Drayton by nine runs in a keenly fought contest.

Stand-in skipper Danny Kelly lost the toss and Happisburgh were asked to bat first. Solid foundations were laid by Raven and M Woolston, but a three-wicket burst from Cornfield left the Lighthousemen at 33-3 off five overs.

David Trivett, with the aid of Jonno Smith (12), helped the innings recover. Trivett retired on 35 not out. A cameo innings of 33 from Catchpole took the score past the 130 mark, including a couple of big sixes.

An entertaining last couple of overs from youngster Leigh Rowley and Kelly took the score to a competitive 145 from 20 overs.

In reply, Drayton were faced with some hostile bowling from Huckle, who picked up the wicket of the dangerous Smith.

The introduction of Cousins to the attack, who has been reliable in the 20/20 games this year, swung the game Happisburgh's way as at the 10 over stage Drayton were well up with the run-rate. He picked up the key wickets of Hawes - thanks to a well-judged catch from Matt Woolston - and Kay. With Kelly then picking up the wicket of Eggett, caught in the deep by Matt Woolston, the game was in the balance at 81-4.

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Cornfield launched himself at the bowling with a couple of massive sixes to the leg-side boundary. With four overs remaining, 46 runs were needed for victory. The final overs were bowled by Catchpole and Jeary.

Eighteen runs were needed from the final over. Jeary picked up the wicket of the dangerous Cornfield with an excellent catch from Huckle at deep mid-off with the first ball of the last over.

Happisburgh won the final by nine runs.

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