FORGE Valley 3rds captain Sean Pinder underlined his all-round talent with a century and a five-wicket haul in his team’s 157-run success at winless Sherburn 2nds.
Pinder hammered 117 as Valley racked up 280-4 in 40 overs, with assistance from Stephen Bayes, 37, and Graham Jackson, 25 not out.
The basement team tried their best in reply, Nick Dobson making 60, but Pinder’s 5-31 saw Sherburn slip to 123 all out.
Ebberston 2nds remain in top spot after their 50-run victory at home to struggling Muston.
Jonny Metcalfe, 57, and all-rounder Eddie Swiers, 36, helped Ebberston to 186 all out, Dan Baldry securing 3-37.
Baldry then hit 28 and Phil Marr 31 as Muston slumped to 136 all out in reply, Frankie Beal taking 5-21 and James Gunn 3-48 as Ebberston wrapped up the win.
Heslerton hung onto second place after earning a four-wicket win at another lowly side, Fylingdales 2nds.
Robbie Hurworth’s 46 steered the hosts to 142-9, James Duffill the top Heslerton bowler with cracking figures of 6-20. John Howden, 35, and Mark Dring, 26 not out, took the visitors to victory.
Oriel kept their promotion chances afloat with a 50-run success at home to second-from-bottom Whitby 3rds - although they have the same points as both Muston and Fylingdales 2nds.
Adam Robertshaw sparkled for the hosts with a flamboyant 85, support coming from Jamie Haxby, 32, and Chris Bryan, 27 as they were dismissed for 225, Mark McCarthy doing well to take 5-44.
Tim Richardson’s 76, allied to Adam Hoggarth’s 45, kept Whitby in the hunt, but top bowling from Paul Greenhough, 4-39, and Scott Wardman, 3-42, saw them limited to 178-7.
Ravenscar still have a faint hope of muscling in on the promotion party after a one-wicket win at Brompton 2nds.
Jai Praveen, 5-33, and Jees Vargese, 4-37, dismissed the hosts for 118, Karl Theobold top-scoring with 39.
Ross Triffitt, 3-28, and Ben Lockey, 3-31, gave Ravenscar a few worries, but they edged home with the last pair at the crease.