Studley Royal came out on top against a resurgent Pickering, but missed out on maximum points in their York Senior League Premier Division despite the efforts of Matthew Coad.
His century (125) and an unbeaten 60 from Nick Stuart contributed to the third-placed side’s impressive total of 311-5 in Saturday’s clash.
Royal’s Oliver Fryer finished with the best figures in the match of 3-33 and Ryan Taylor made 58 but it was thanks largely to Kieran Bowes (56 not out) that the home side avoided defeat, and in doing so continue to distance themselves from the bottom two.
Second-placed Harrogate 2nds increased the advantage over their Division One rivals with a resounding eight-wicket win over Goole Town at St George’s Road.
Ben Bartlett took 4-16 as the visitors were all out for 136, that despite the efforts of Oscar Sugden (39) and Scott Thorpe (36).
Andy Hawkswell is among the division’s leading run-scorers and he set up the victory with 75, and it was later finished off by George Owram (30no).
Carlton Towers’ excellent recent run which has seen them go from relegation candidates to promotion hopefuls continued with a comprehensive victory over Knaresborough by nine wickets.
Dave Girling made 87 of the visitors’ total of 142, as host team’s bowlers Tom Collins (3-49) and Jake Dawson (3-16) both picked up three wickets.
Collins completed a memorable all-round performance by remaining unbeaten on 77 as the visitors eased to their target, with Henry Bayston the only casualty making 35.
Connaire Bratten’s 6-22 helped Pocklington to a 56 runs victory at Ripon, his performances somewhat over shadowing a fine all-round performance for the hosts by Jake Briscombe who took 3-33 and scored a half-century in a losing cause.
Neal Jackson’s 69 was the other stand out performance of the match as the visitors’ made 159-8 before bowling out the home side for 103.
Clifton Alliance 2nds had a crucial victory against fellow pacesetters Sessay 2nds in Galtres Division Two.
Clifton were asked to bat first by the hosts and Sid Corley became the second centurion of the day making 102 not out in his side’s total of 230-5.
The home side found contributions from Matthew Wass (34), Chris Till (43) and Tom Sowerby (37 not out), but they had no answer to Rich Carroll (4-35) and Ryan Turner (5-30) as they were bowled out for 162 and as a result slip to second place in the table.
Thorp Arch & Boston Spa remain in third after a winning draw at Easingwold 2nds.
The visitors batted first and racked up 248-9 with runs for Guy Whatmore (54), Andrew Gough (36) and George Gibson (45).
In response Easingwold battled for a draw at 189-9.
Pannal recovered from last week’s defeat and recorded a comfortable win at home to Tadcaster Magnets.
The visitors batted first and made 184-5, Matt Hunt and Rob Hill both making 45.
In response Andy Ellis made 47 and John Strover 71 not out as they achieved their target in the 29th over for the loss of only three wickets.
Andy Walker made 57 for Bilton in Ainsty as they entertained Duncombe Park and found support from Brett Garbutt (28), Tim Lambert (26) and Graham Hutchison (37) in their total of 207 all out.
Medd then top scored for the visitors with 38 but 3-40 for Hutchison and 3-34 for Lambert took the home team to victory as Park were bowled out for 127.
Matt Hattee made a huge 195 off 131 balls and in doing so broke a number of club records as Osbaldwick hammered visitors Thirsk by 267 runs.
Hattee’s partnership of 189 with Sam Thompson (52 not out) put Thirsk to the sword.
Thirsk were unable to recover as Dan Ellwood took 5-26 and Drew Horner 3-13 as the visitors were bowled out for 73 in the 24th over.
A fantastic individual performance by David Hull saw his Sheriff Hutton side to a winning Galtres Division Three draw when they visited Knaresborough 2nds.
He made 112 in their first innings total of 201-5 and then followed up with 4-40 with the ball as Knaresborough were grateful to Dan Howard (44) as they managed to hold out for the draw at 173-9 from their overs.
Spin twins Paul Stimpson (3-37) and Martyn Hewitson (6-53) caused mayhem for visitors Wetherby as they were bowled out for 167 in the 35th over when they visited New Earswick.
Andrew Twitchen made 53 and Ian Twitchen also chipped in with 40 before he then had the home team in trouble as he took 5-37 with the ball.
However knocks from Andy James (29) and Stimpson again (26) scraped their team home with two wickets remaining in the 41st over.
Thorp Arch & Boston Spa 2nds also recorded a comfortable victory at home to Huby who made 172 all out batting first.
Rob Williams claimed 4-28 for TABS as Hugh Shedden (39) and Dan Grainger (28) made contributions.
Despite losing both openers for ducks, TABS raced to their target in the 32nds over as Jim Riley made 54 and Michael Cole 91 not out.