Peale power the key as Harling rock the leaders

LUCAS FETTES NORFOLK LEAGUE: Top flight newcomers East Harling underlined their title ambitions as they put the first dent in league leaders Rollesby's previously unbeaten record.

An outstanding spell from left- arm swing bowler Michael Peal held the key as visitors Rollesby were dismissed for a paltry 85.

The veteran medium-pacer bagged five wickets for just five runs in an excellent 12 overs which included nine maidens.

In his first six overs he conceded one run and claimed two wickets.

Former Alliance club Harling's six-wicket victory saw them climb into fourth position, where they are well placed to mount a challenge for the top flight title the club won in 2000 and 1992.


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'We are just taking each game as it comes,' said team skipper Barry Wells.

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'It's our first season back in the top flight after we came up as Division Two champions.'

Despite the crushing defeat Rollesby stay top but both second placed Yarmouth and third-placed Old Catton narrowed the gap.

Yarmouth played their get-out-of- jail card as they managed to bowl Cringleford Lodge out for 81 after posting a meagre 94 themselves.

It was largely due to a disciplined spell of bowling from medium-pacer Paul Vickers who produced a vital 4 for 29 spell from his 12 overs.

He had earlier top scored with a crucial 15 as Yarmouth's total proved to be 13 too many for Cringleford Lodge.

Old Catton were more convincing as they dismissed Hales and Loddon A for 105 before reaching their target in 33 overs with five wickets in hand.

A cameo 22 from 13-year-old Chris Read had been the highlight of a disappointing H&L innings which fizzled out in 38 overs at Postwick.

Catton were steered to victory by a hard-hit unbeaten 23 from Max Smith, with support from Jon Cooke (18) and Sean Ames' patient 21.

An unbeaten century stand between Andrew Denny (55no) and Phillip Wright (62no) helped mid-table Drayton A to a nine-wicket Divsion Three win over Kirkley and Lowestoft Railway.

Railway's 165 total had featured 54 from D Hayes with Drayton's Ravi Sharma taking 3 for 54 on his debut.

Old Buckenham B spinner Mike Banham bagged 4 for 22 as Colney could only muster 100-7 in their Division Five clash.

Opener Simon Newbery steered his side to an eight-wicket win in the 27th over with an unbeaten 44.

Divison Seven high-flyers Bunwell had their wings clipped in a 59-run defeat by Happisburgh A who posted the day's biggest total of 253-5.

Division Eight leaders Gillingham marched on as they swept aside Martham A by 181 runs.

For many clubs the weather had the overriding say on the day with 16 of the league's 35 scheduled matches unable to proceed.

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