Fine win for Great Yarmouth - but it might not be enough

Great Witchingham bowler Andy Hanby heads back to his mark during Saturday's EAPL match at Swardesto

Great Witchingham bowler Andy Hanby heads back to his mark during Saturday's EAPL match at Swardeston. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Great Yarmouth kept their outside hopes of avoiding relegation from the top flight of the Norfolk League alive by claiming a timely win on Saturday.

They returned from promotion chasing Castle Rising with an excellent five wicket victory to give themselves something to play for when they entertain St Andrews tomorrow.

But with three teams going down it’s still a big ask, with Yarmouth 30 points from safety with just two matches to left to play.

Chasing Castle Rising’s solid 178-5 the visitors got home in the final over with Simon Ruddick making 64 and Mark Thompson 53.

With two games to go, Saxlingham are 23 points clear at the head of Division One after beating St Andrews. Sandringham move into second place after beating Happisburgh, who have been relegated.

Castle Acre join Happisburgh in Level Two after being shot out for 69 by Kirkley & Belton, all ten wickets unusually being bowled.

Abdul Rehman (3-2), Sajid Ali (3-22) and Sam Nash (3-10) did the damage while Wayne Goreham finished unbeaten on 33 as Kirkley got home by seven wickets. They are at home to leaders Saxlingham tomorrow.

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Level Two leaders Narborough and Caister have confirmed their promotions, Narborough overcame East Harling, while Caister squeezed past Gillingham in a low scoring encounter, winning by four wickets after bowling the opposition out for 76.

Southwold, Aylsham St Giles, Reepham & Salle and Garboldisham B are all scrapping it out for the final promotion spot, Jakir Hussain grabbing 5-18 as Aylsham beat Southwold in a big promotion showdown. Southwold were bowled out for 126 chasing Aylsham’s modest 146-8.

Southwold make the short trip to Blundeston & Somerleyton tomorrow.

At the other end of the table, winless Holt & Blundeston drop to Level Three.

Rollesby return to Level Two at the first time of asking thanks to Matt Duxbury’s 90 not as they sealed promotion from East with a comfortable win at Acle B, while Kirkley & Belton A & Ketteringham Hall are jostling to join them.

Southwold A, Bircham A and Lowestoft B will all be playing Level Four cricket in 2018 after their relegations were confirmed.