Fakenham eye route to escape

Gibbs Denley EAPL: Fakenham could take a giant stride towards safety tomorrow if they manage to complete the double over Cambridge Granta.Last weekend's high-scoring draw at Great Witchingham moved Fakenham off the bottom for the first time in more than month.

Fakenham could take a giant stride towards safety tomorrow if they manage to complete the double over Cambridge Granta.

Last weekend's high-scoring draw at Great Witchingham moved Fakenham off the bottom for the first time in more than month. They were replaced by Clacton, who host reigning champions Bury tomorrow and Fakenham know another positive result against Granta could put a comfortable cushion between themselves and the Essex side.

Last Saturday's rain-affected results also proved beneficial for another Norfolk side, Swardeston, as they increased their lead at the top to 26 points.

They could increase that tomorrow as they travel to face their nearest rivals, Godmanchester.

Swardeston won the reverse fixture by eight wickets earlier in the season when Jaden Hatwell hit an unbeaten century, but they are likely to find the Huntingdonshire side a different proposition tomorrow. Godmanchester are unbeaten in their last seven games and have won five of them, to move into contention at the top.

Behind the top three, a trio of Norfolk sides are battling for supremacy and two of them, Vauxhall Mallards and Great Witchingham, meet at Brundall.

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Witchingham's in-form opener James Spelman, who has hit more than 450 league runs this year, could be facing up to his brother Jonathan, who plays for Mallards. Witchingham dominated the drawn game between the two sides earlier this year, when Carl Rogers - who is just ahead of Spelman in the runscoring stakes - hit a century.

Horsford's home form has been key to them steering clear of relegation trouble and they are at Manor Park again tomorrow, when they face Norwich.