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Lawes set to miss Quins clash as Mallinder sweats on fitness of star trio

Courtney Lawes looks likely to miss Saints' crunch clash with Harlequins next weekend after being forced off at Sandy Park on Saturday.

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Exeter smothered Saints at Sandy Park (pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

Exeter Chiefs 36 Northampton Saints 12: Tom Vickers' review and player ratings

What Saints would have given for another agonising late loss here.

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JJ Hanrahan scored for Saints (pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints made to suffer by Exeter at Sandy Park

Saints were overwhelmed at Sandy Park as Exeter Chiefs stormed to a 36-12 victory.

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Jim Mallinder admits Saints really need a win at Exeter (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Saints seek to rediscover winning formula at Sandy Park

If it happens once, it could be put down to a slip.

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Kettering will be hoping for another bumper crowd when they host Bournville tomorrow

The season is a success already for the Blues but going up would seal it well

Kettering can be proud of their achievements this season – no matter what the outcome of this weekend’s Midlands One play-off with Bournville happens to be.

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Andrew Radd

Andrew Radd - Schedule needs some spinning if the next slow bowlers are to develop well

The news that my son and heir wants to bowl spin this season was greeted with predictable delight by my old friend John Wake.

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Oundle host Coalville in their play-off tomorrow

Eagles are prepared to fly even higher

Oundle are just 80 minutes away from keeping their amazing run of promotions going.

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Saints suffered an agonising defeat to Saracens at Stadium MK (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Tom Vickers' Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints preview

Fixture: Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints (Aviva Premiership - round 21)

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Andy Peaks believes AFC Rushden & Diamonds are heading into an 'exciting time' next season

Diamonds boss Peaks looks forward to ‘exciting time’

Andy Peaks believes “exciting times” lie ahead for AFC Rushden & Diamonds as they come to terms with another heartbreaking finish to a season.

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Chris Bradshaw's Desborough Town round off a fine season this weekend

Bradshaw ‘very happy’ with Desborough’s season

Desborough Town go into the final weekend of the United Counties League Premier Division season knowing they are guaranteed a top-four finish.

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Rikki Clarke impressed with the ball for Warwickshire, but Rob Keogh (left) stood tall for the Steelbacks (pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

Steelbacks' showing was 'pretty grim', says Ripley

David Ripley reflected on a 'pretty grim' performance from Northants after they lost by 10 wickets to Warwickshire in the Royal London One-Day Cup opener at the County Ground.

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JJ Hanrahan is set to be handed a key role in Saints' final two fixtures (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints boss Mallinder backs Hanrahan to step up in Myler’s absence

Jim Mallinder has backed JJ Hanrahan to step up for Saints, with Stephen Myler set to miss the final two games of the season.

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Kettering's Dermot Bailey enjoyed success in Sheffield

Kettering’s Bailey seals hat-trick of titles

Dermot Bailey made it a hat-trick of men’s singles titles over the weekend at Sheffield Futures Wheelchair Tennis Tournament.

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Kyren Wilson suffered a second successive quarter-final exit at the World Championship. Picture by Tai Chengzhe

Frustrated Kyren ready to come back stronger

Kyren Wilson has vowed to come back stronger next season after he suffered his second consecutive Betfred World Championship quarter-final defeat, going down 13-6 to John Higgins.

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AFC Rushden & Diamonds goalkeeper Matt Finlay kept this effort from Tom Owens out with a fine save during the first half of the 1-0 loss at Witton Albion. Picture by Keith Clayton

‘Gutted’ Finlay wants to stay with Diamonds

Matt Finlay admitted the AFC Rushden & Diamonds players were “gutted” after their season came to an end on Tuesday night.

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Stevie Noble is hoping brighter times lie ahead at Steel Park

Noble: We all want the best for Corby

Stevie Noble insists Corby Town remain ambitious as they come to terms with their final-day relegation.

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James Brighton has signed a new contract with Kettering Town. Pictures by Peter Short

Brighton and White sign deals as Poppies get to work

The rebuilding process for next season is already firmly under way at Kettering Town.

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Alex Waller is ready to square up to Exeter (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints prop Waller ready for 'massive' Exeter showdown

Alex Waller admits Saints face a 'massive challenge' at Sandy Park on Saturday.

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Jim Mallinder has recruited several players for next season (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints 'close' to finalising squad for next season

Jim Mallinder says Saints are close to finalising their squad for next season.

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David Ripley is expecting good things from his Steelbacks side (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Northants set sights on Royal London One-Day Cup glory

David Ripley is expecting Northants to be in the shake-up once again in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

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