Ross the boss as Harling foil high-flyers

LUCAS FETTES NORFOLK LEAGUE: Ross Pickerill scored a century as East Harling put the first dent in the armoury of previously unbeaten Divsion One title-chasers Great Yarmouth.

Pickerill's 105 was the cornerstone of Harling's 224-4 total as the visitors were made to labour in the field.

Yarmouth's reply ran out of steam as they were comfortably beaten by 31 runs.

Meanwhile leaders Rollesby had an early finish as they overpowered bottom-of-the table Ketteringham Hall by dismissing them for 94 and knocking off the runs with eight wickets in hand.

Shipdham climbed off the bottom after posting their first win of the season in style at Hales. Shipdham openers Matt Hammond and Paul Kasulki put on a match-winning 147 stand. Kasulki scored 60 and Hammond went on to post an unbeaten 110 including 21 fours in his side's 221-4 total. Hales were then dismissed for 144.

Norwich Bystanders marched on at the top of Division Two with Peter Wright's unbeaten 92 the key knock in ther nine-wicket demolition of Horsford B. Belton kept up the pressure in second place with A Savory (65 not out) topscoring as they beat lowly St Andrews by 31 runs.

Division Three promotion-chasers Costessey were grateful for an economical bowling performance from C Smith, whose 12-over spell cost a mere 11 runs, three of them from his last nine overs, as Yarmouth were restricted to 169-9, with veteran Keith Nicols contributing 57.

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Costessey were able to achieve victory with four wickets in hand. Division Four promotion hopefuls Hingham were boosted by Cley Allan's 5 for 44 haul from nine overs as they kept the pressure on leaders Hemsby with a 104-run win over visitors Norwich Bystanders A.

Hales and Loddon B beat second-placed Norwich and Coltishall Wanderers B by two wickets. After the visitors had posted a 184-7 total Brian Read (44) and Matthew Plummer (39) gave the run chase impetus with a stand of 89 for the fifth wicket.

Fourteen-year-old Liam Jones kept his cool to steer the team home with an unbeaten 14.Dean Parfitt hammered 111, Nick Aston weighed in with an unbeaten 70, Dean Thurtle took four wickets and Chris Brook claimed a hat-trick as Bunwell demolished Shipdham A in Division Seven.