FORGE Valley 2nds batsman Andrew Toal was the star of another Beckett League Saturday wrecked by rain.
Toal struck a magnificent unbeaten 132 at Ryedale in division B, sharing an unbroken second-wicket stand of 172 with Simon Dobson, who was unbeaten on 80, as Valley posted 228-1.
In reply, youngster Dan Hardey top-scored with a fine 63 and Ian Smith added 39, but Wesley Wharton scooped 5-57 from his 15 overs and Nick Cook 4-44 in 14 as the hosts were dismissed for 169.
Cayton 2nds were 120-7 when rain stopped play in their game at home to Staxton 2nds.
Steve Roswold, 31, and Ian Dennis had shone for the hosts, Mark Dove having taken 3-33.
Grindale had visitors Lockton on the ropes on 82-8 after 36.3 overs when rain wiped out their game.
Andy Smith, 5-63 from 18 overs, and Ian Cousins with a miserly 3-17 from 18.3 overs - 12 of which were maidens, were the home stars.
In division A, three low-scoring contests were completed.
Brompton moved into second place after a 55-run win at Wold Newton.
The visitors only made 105-7 in a match reduced to 31 overs, but this proved to be more than enough as Neil Fletcher’s 4-16 helped to dismiss the hosts for just 50 runs.
Cloughton also improved their chances of promotion with a six-wicket success at lowly Wykeham.
The hosts were dismissed for just 83 runs in an innings repeatedly intterupted by heavy showers, Jack Hakings taking a superb 5-20.
After the interval, the visitors lost four early wickets, spinner Matthew Vincent bagging three of them for 34 runs, but a forceful 43no from number six batsman Sean Exley steered Cloughton safely home.
Sewerby 2nds also kept the pressure on the top three with a six-wicket home victory against Sherburn.
The visitors were bowled out for just 92 at the cliff-top club, only Craig Sanderson’s 31 giving Sherburn hope, but top bowling from Cameron Rusbridge-Burns, 5-31, and Vince O’Grady, 3-12, skittled them.
Rusbridge-Burns, 39no, and Chris Briggs, 32, then wrapped up the win for the hosts despite fine bowling from Stu Pickard, 3-39.
Leaders Kirkbymoorside limited Nawton Grange to 120-9 in a match reduced to 35 overs.
Martin Charlton and Sean Walker took three wickets each for the Moorsiders, while Steve Dodsworth struck 29.
After four rain-breaks, the match was abandoned with Kirkby on 10-0 from six overs.
Bridlington 2nds had made their way to 62-2 after 17.3 overs when the heavens opened at relegation rivals Snainton and called an early halt to proceedings.
Seven-man Hospitals suffered a swift defeat at Staithes 2nds.
Stuart Theaker claimed all six wickets for 12 as Hospitals were dismissed for 40, the hosts knocking off the required runs in six overs for the loss of four wickets, Marcus Edwards taking 2-16.
Thornton Dale earned a three-wicket win at Ganton.
Stuart Ward struck 40 for the hosts, who recovered from 44-6 to post 115-5 from their 35 overs.
In reply, John Bannister took 4-47 to keep the home side in the game, but Paul Waring’s unbeaten 47 sealed the Dale win.
Seamer 2nds were 75-2 after 21 overs when rain stopped play in their game at leaders Duncombe Park 2nds, Nigel Moore having hit 36 of the runs for the hosts.
In the only premier division game to be completed, leaders Staxton increased their lead at the top with a nine-wicket home win against Flixton 2nds.
Spin duo Lindon Gray, 4-27, and Richard Flinton, 2-29, sent the visitors crashing to 100-8, Leigh Franks hitting a defiant 38.
James Armstrong, 48no, and Dan Bulman, 43, secured the points for the home side, who have a 34-point lead over second-placed side Ebberston.
Paul Bowes was unbeaten on 47 when rain stopped Filey’s home match against Staithes, the hosts having made 86-1 from 23 overs.
Heslerton were 53-1 from 15.3 overs at home to Seamer, Ebberston 48-1 after 15 overs when hosting Cayton, and Forge Valley 68-3 from 16 overs, entertaining Flamborough, when rain stopped all three games.