IN one of only five games to be completed due to the rain, Division A leaders Duncombe Park 2nds secured a six-wicket success at home to Muston to edge closer to the title.
The best weather was in the Ryedale area on Saturday, with four of the completed games in this region, and Helmsley played host to a crucial encounter, Park extending their lead to 41 points in the top flight.
Veteran slow bowlers Dave Dunn, 3-29, and Chris Ford, 4-32, helped skittled Muston for 87, Ady Hammond top-scoring with 25.
Dan Medd’s 35 secured the points for pacesetters Duncombe Park.
Oriel’s promotion hopes are still intact despite their 87-run loss at Heslerton 2nds.
John Howden’s 55 and Ryan Oxendale’s 51 steered the hosts to 196-6, Steve Pease remaining unbeaten on 34 in the face of fine bowling from Oriel skipper Simon Saxton, 3-44.
Kevin Pettit’s cracking 69 was the driving force behind Oriel’s reply, but three wickets apiece from youngsters Alex Chapman and Mark Dring, as well as 3-15 from Pease saw them stumble to 109 all out.
Sewerby 3rds kept their slim chances of promotion from division B alive with a 112-run win at rivals Great Habton.
Paul Dandy’s 43 helped the visitors post 157-7, while James Kellett took 3-23, the concession of 33 extras harming Habton’s chances of victory.
This proved to be the least of the home side’s worries though, as they were shot out for 45.
Ernie Moorhouse was the pick of the Sewerby bowlers, his 13 overs including 10 maidens and final figures of six wickets for 14 runs.
Harry Burton also chipped in with three wickets for seven runs.
Division C leaders Sewerby 4ths also claimed victory, seeing off visitors Cayton 3rds by 76 runs.
Dominic Warters hammered an unbeaten 83 as the hosts posted 152-6, Trevor Davies taking 3-71.
Lawrence Pearson, 3-9, and Simon Porter, 3-22, then teamed up to dismiss Cayton for 76, despite a plucky unbeaten 26 by Bob Kimm.
Former first-team batting star Jodie Robson smacked an unbeaten 70 to guide Kirkbymoorside 2nds to a nine-wicket win at home to Ravenscar 2nds.
Jamie Harper, 55, also shone as Kirkby gained the win.
Matthew Butler and Jack Walsh took three wickets each as Kirkby dismissed Ravenscar for 127, despite an unbeaten 37 from John Morrison and 36 by Gipi Napa.