An unbeaten last-wicket stand of 67 between Adam Morris, 41no, and Chris Clifford, 4no, steered Seamer to an unlikely one-wicket win at Filey in the Readers Scarborough Beckett Cricket League premier division.
Solid knocks from Andy Burrell, 45, Phil Dickens, 35, and teenager Aaron Howard, 33, helped Filey to 180 all out against Seamer, for whom Clifford bagged 4-55 and Gary Lawton 3-33.
After tea, the Clarence Drive club looked set to claim victory as, despite Darrol Lewis hitting 30 and Dave Lawty 27, Nathan Robson’s eight-wicket haul sent Seamer crashing to 114-9, but the last-wicket duo of Morris and Clifford had other ideas and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
Another thrilling clash in the top flight saw Ebberston by a single run in the fourth ball of the final over of their home game against Staithes.
Veteran Ady Turnbull hit 26 and Jonny Mason 29 as the hosts took tea at 169 all out, Paul Theaker the pick of the visiting bowlers with 5-45.
The hosts looked to be closing in on a straightforward win when Staithes slumped to 118-8 with only eight overs remaining, but Stuart Pearson gave them some worries, crashing three sixes from one Dillon Bolton over, reducing the defecit to seven from the final three overs.
Ebberston stepped up a gear in the field and tightened things up to leave Staithes needing four runs to win from the final over of the game, bowled by Tom Bumby. Pearson was bowled by Bumby from the fourth ball of the over to secure a thrilling win and confirm superb final figutes of 6-58.
Another close game saw last year’s champions slump to an 11-run loss despite dismissing visitors Cayton for only 112 runs.
Adam Spaven bowled unchanged from one end to take 3-48 from 18.3 overs and Daley Wharton took 3-31 from his nine overs, knocks of 35 from Mark Jackson and 29no from youngster Harry Holden proved to be crucial to Cayton. Jackson smacked six fours and Holden five fours.
Sam Triffitt, 30no, was the only home batsman to show any confidence in the face of fine bowling from father-and-son duo Steve McAleese, 4-24, and Jake McAleese, 4-37, Heslerton slipping to 101 all out.
Forge Valley are also struggling for form, their latest defeat an eight-wicket defeat at Flixton 2nds.
Will Tindall fell one short of his half-century as Valley posted 176-7.
Mick Walmsley got off to a flying start with five fours off the first over, and featured in an opening stand of 109 with Leigh Franks, 44.
Walmsley continued his attacking approach to smash an unbeaten 120, including 18 fours and four sixes as the hosts knocked off the runs for the loss of just two wickets.
Staxton maintained pole position with a swift 10-wicket win at home to early leaders Flamborough.
Jon Artley top-scored for the visitors with 12 as spinner Rich Flinton snapped up five wickets for as many runs in his 3.4 overs, Rich Webster chipping in with 2-16 as they were skittled for 50.
In reply, Nick Gibson continued his good form with an unbeaten 35 taking his total during the last three matches to 327 without losing his wicket.
Adam Hargreaves also remained unbeaten on 14 as the hosts ran out winners in just nine overs.
In division A, Kirkbymoorside were knocked off top spot by their four-wicket loss at home to title rivals Brompton - Tom Pateman shining with bat and ball for the villagers.
Pateman, 3-18 from his 12 overs, and ex-Cloughton paceman Ian Atkinson, 5-67 from 16 overs, teamed up to send Kirkby back to the pavilion for just 98 runs.
Jordan Rivis, 33, was the only Kirkby batsman to impress.
In reply Pateman struck an unbeaten 52, and with Sam Cooper smacking 21 from 14 balls, Brompton secured victory by four wickets. Kieron Bowes, Dan Jeminson and Sean Walker took two wickets each to keep the Moorsiders in the game.
Wold Newton are the new leaders after they eased to a nine-wicket success at home to struggling Sherburn.
Stu and Phil Pickard scored 25 runs apiece for the visitors, but Sherburn were dismissed for 106, Richard Riley bagging 3-16.
An unbeaten 35 from Paul White, allied to Charlie Gray’s 26, steered the hosts to an easy win.
Bridlington 2nds are still looking for their first league win after succumbing to a six-wicket loss at Wykeham.
Rob Middlewood, 34, and Pete Bowtell, 31, tried their best for Brid, but they were all out for 102, Stephen Day taking 3-14 for the hosts.
Despite losing some wickets along the way, Ian Spence, 41, and Ian Johnson, 21, helped Wykeham to victory.
Charlie Allott’s unbeaten 68 and 6-21 by Dean Coote helped Nawton Grange to a 128-run win at Sewerby 2nds.
Allott’s fine innings helped Grange post 174-6 on the cliff-top ground, and in reply Sewerby sank to 46 all out, Coote taking his six wickets in 12 overs, five of which were maidens.
Cloughton kept up their unbeatebn start with a 161-run hammering of visitors Snainton.
Jake Dudding, 38, and Gary Pickup, 37, shared an opening stand of 82 for the hosts, Paul Virr’s 74 helping them to 231 all out.
James Wilson took 6-71 from his 14 overs, while Leigh Watson bagged 3-74 from 12.5 overs.
Only Jason Oakley, 25, made any headway in reply, as Callum Ferrie, 3-12, Michael Readman, 4-42, and Jack Hakings, 3-14, joined forces to skittle Snainton for just 70 runs.