Flixton and Scarborough 2nds both suffered defeats in the York Senior League this weekend.
Flixton bowled first at home to Sessay in division one, the visitors posting a total of 200-8.
Topping their batting was Mark Wilkie with 61. In-form youngster Jamie Nesfield claimed 3-54 for the home side but then saw his efforts trumped as Liam Carver took 3-39 and Richard Till 5-42.
Rich Malthouse made a steady 37 but his side capitulated to 139 all out as Sessay maintained their 100 per cent record to lead the division by 22 points.
Scarborough 2nds slumped to a nine-wicket division three defeat at Osbaldwick whose Matt Dunne, 83, and Johnny Rawsthorne, 42, saw the hosts overtake Scarborough’s 137-9 for the loss of just one wicket.
Earlier Andy Hall claimed 3-32 for the hosts.
Back in division one, at Beverley, Ryan Boyes made 56 and Chris Nichols 26 as Pickering were dismissed for 162.
For the hosts, Steve Blake claimed 3-44. His side then lost four wickets for 54 before their fortunes were restored by a partnership of 69 between P Best, who made 39 and A Nightingale who scored 32. Phil Duboulay added 24 but the home side were unable to force a win as the game ended in a tie with their total on 162-7.
On a day that saw many drawn games, Malton & Old Malton had the better of such a result when they visited Welton & Brough in division two.
Batting first, Malton reached 177-7 with Martin Woodliffe making 39 and Jim Baxter 27 as Neil Thompson claimed 3-51.
After tea, Summerville’s 4-26 kept Malton in front despite solid knocks by Rhys Duerden, 49, and Adam Boasman, 35. However these proved to be inadequate as Welton’s innings only progressed to 159-6.
In division three, despite being held to a draw by Pocklington, Duncombe Park have taken over the leadership of division three.
After hitting two unbeaten centuries in the opening two games, Brian Leckenby’s dismissal for only 72 could be regarded as a ‘failure’ although it does at least provide the long-serving Park batsman with a seasonal average – no less then 351.00. With Phil Marwood also making 72 as the pair shared an opening stand of 144, the Helmsley side were able to post a total of 234-5 despite Geoff Woodward’s 3-36.
Pocklington, who are now operating out of their new changing facilities, then eased to a comfortable draw at 132-6 due to a large extent to an unbeaten 53 by Neil Readman who was aided and abetted by Gary Milner with 27 and Woodward who made 34. Peter Kent took 3-16 for Park.
Hovingham find themselves rooted at the foot of the table after Sessay 2nds sneaked home by just one wicket in a close-fought battle.
Steve Mosey made 60 in Hovingham’s 143 but Sessay bowler Jim Easton proved to be a real villain of the piece as he captured 7-17.
Mosey then hit back with 3-25 to assist Paul Deverell’s 4-31 but Joe Watson with 33 and Tom Sowerby, 25, did just enough to ease Sessay to victory.
Division four joint-leaders Civil Service fielded first at Malton & Old Malton 2nds where home batsman Shaun Harland made 80 in a total of 152-3 in what seems to have been a rain curtailed match.
Will Phelps then hit back in making 62no as Service emerged winners by five wickets.
At Mill Lane, hosts Pickering 2nds took first use of their pitch when they had Drax as visitors.
Charlie Marwood hit a decisive 71 while Stephen Temple chipped in with an unbeaten 20 to help supply a total of 168-7.
There were two wickets apiece for Paul Smith and Paul Vickers.
The latter then followed with 39 but Tim Whincup and Johnny Bayes each picked up a pair of wickets before Drax closed on 106-8.