Despite losing by one wicket in a cracking match at Staithes Heslerton remain top of the Readers Scarborough Beckett Cricket League premier division on another weekend spoiled by heavy rain showers.
The pacesetters batted first and were dismissed for 172, a fine knock of 72 from Aussie Tim Clarke, along with 32 from in-form batsman Anthony Stones giving the visitors a fighting chance of victory.
Simon Bowes took 4-52 and Paul Theaker 3-40 for the home side.
Staithes were troubled by the tight bowling of Daley Wharton (3-30) and 4-62 from Adam Spaven, but Rich Heggarty’s unbeaten 72 saw the hosts home with just one wicket to spare.
Another thriller at Ebberston saw the hosts boost their battle against the drop with a three-wicket win against fourth-placed Kirkbymoorside.
Neil Eddon’s 87 proved to be the match-winning effort for the hosts, the youngster helping Ebberston past the Moorsiders’ 159-8.
Second-placed Flixton 2nds won by 49 runs in a low-scoring contest at home to Cayton, while Forge Valley defeated visitors Staxton by 44 runs, both results helping the victors keep the pressure on Heslerton.
In division A, relegation rivals Scalby and Sewerby battled it out in a game which saw the ball dominate, 19 wickets falling for just 182 runs, hosts Scalby edging home with the final pair at the crease.
Brompton stunned leaders Filey, the hosts winning by seven wickets thanks to a fine spell of bowling by Ian Atkinson.
The former Cloughton man claimed 6-38 as the visitors were all out for 104, although Filey had a fine 30 from Nathan Robson to thank for earning one batting point, as they were 25-5 at one stage.
Joe Bayes hit the highest score of the day with a powerful 135 for division C side Ravenscar at home to Cloughton 2nds, but unfortunately the rain brought play to a halt with the visitors 137-5 chasing the hosts’ 213-9.
The best bowling display of the day came from Cayton 2nds’ Simon Glave who took an outstanding 8-18 at home to Forge Valley 2nds in division B.
Glave helped skittle Valley for just 63, but with the hosts struggling on 34-4 in reply the wet weather wiped out all chance of further play.
Readers Scarborough Beckett Cricket League results for June 22
*Ebberston 161-7 (N Eddon 87, M Turnbull 33, D Meredith 5-67) beat Kirkbymoorside 159-8 (D Gardner 30, E Craggs 3-40) by 3 wickets. Pts 17-6
*Flixton 2nds 137-8 (R Baldry 37, G Hill 32, S McAleese 3-31, B Crowe 3-20) beat Cayton 88 all out (C Grant 6-41) by 49 runs. Pts 17-4
*Forge Valley 154-5 (T Brough 86no, A Hargreaves 3-39) beat Staxton 110 all out (N Khan 6-35, T Bumby 3-50) by 44 runs. Pts 18-3
*Staithes 173-9 (R Heggarty 72no, S Marsey 31, A Spaven 4-62, D Wharton 3-30) beat Heslerton 172 all out (A Stones 32, T Clarke 72, S Bowes 4-52, P Theaker 3-40) by 1 wicket. Pts 18-7
*Brompton 106-3 (R Lockey 28, T Pateman 27no) beat Filey 104 all out (N Robson 30, I Atkinson 6-38) by 7 wickets. Pts 16-2
*Nawton Grange v Seamer – Rained off. Pts 5-5
*Scalby 92-9 (C Rusbridge-Burns 4-34, V O’Grady 3-15) beat Sewerby 2nds 90 all out (C Briggs 25, C Rusbridge-Burns 29, G Elwell 7-28) by 1 wicket. Pts 16-4
*Sherburn 120-9 (K Metcalfe 29no, P Pickard 26, A Storey 3-44, E Rounthwaite 4-39) v Settrington Rained off. Pts 6-9
*Cayton 2nds 34-4 (J Pettitt 3-18) v Forge Valley 2nds 63 all out (S Glave 8-18) Rained off. Pts 10-7
*Duncombe Park 2nds 93-0 (D Medd 48no, F Ward 42no) beat Scarborough 3rds 91 all out (K Howard 37, A Medd 4-26) by 10 wickets. Pts 20-0
*Fylingdales 182-7 (M Spagnolo 87, B Heyes 33, P Bowtell 3-40) beat Bridlington 2nds 88 all out (M Estill 7-11) by 94 runs. Pts 19-3
*Grindale 129-1 (I Cousins 83) beat Ryedale 127-7 (I Smith 39, A Smith 4-39) by 9 wickets. Pts 15-2
Wykeham 85-1 (C Bateman 37) beat *Staxton 2nds 84 all out by 9 wickets. Pts 20-0
*Ganton 114-3 (E Cooper 33, A Limb 53no) beat Ebberston 2nds 111 all out (J Tyson 29, M Snowball 5-34, R Bannister 3-10) by 7 wickets. Pts 16-2
*Heslerton 2nds v Scalby 2nds 135-3 (T Gregory 29, H Clapham 26) Rained off. Pts 6-7
*Ravenscar 213-9 (J Bayes 135, M Smith 32, C Malthouse 4-33, R Thompson 3-38) v Cloughton 2nds 137-5 (P Virr 56no, R Barker 43) Rained off. Pts 12-11
*Seamer 2nds v Staithes 2nds 175-7 (P Wilson 56, M Allen 71, C Myerscough 3-51) Rained off. Pts 8-9
Thornton Dale 77-3 (L King 59) beat *Wykeham 2nds 74 all out (C Lockwood 3-21) by 7 wickets. Pts 19-1