Scarborough 2nds remain in a relegation dogfight in division three of the York League after a five-wicket loss at home to Sheriff Hutton on Saturday afternoon.
Ash Kundi hit 45 and Josh Mainprize added 24 as the hosts were limited to 126-9 from their 45 overs at North Marine Road on a very warm afternoon.
David Hull was the pick of the Hutton bowlers, ending with 3-31 as the hosts limped along to their meagre total.
Matty Kay and Jordan Welford took two wickets apiece to give second-from-bottom Scarborough a fighting chance, but Vijay Jayagopal’s 29 helped the visitors secure the win.
Leaders Duncombe Park did Scarborough a favour when they won by six wickets at Osbaldwick, who are just13 points ahead of Bob Carver’s team.
Bri Leckenby top-scored yet again for the Helmsley side with 78 as Park overhauled the home side’s 212 all out, James Skelton smacking 52 alongside valuable knocks from Phil Marwood (35) and Paul Wilkie (32no).
Youngster Jack Cranage and veteran Peter Kent had earlier taken three wickets apiece to help Park dismiss Osbaldwick for 212, the home side eing grateful to 42 each from Adam Burton and Matt Hattee.
Hovingham moved up into fifth place after their 121-run home success against Carlton Towers.
The hosts batted first and were all out for 178 from 44 overs, Rich Hudson falling one run short of his half-century, with excellent support from Dave Bowling (31) and John Wainwright (26).
Rich Bowling then took centre stage as his devastating spell of 5-13, allie to Will Lund’s 3-16 saw Towers collapse to 57 all out, despite a defiant 31 from Jonathan Dilks.
Pickering suffered a four-wicket loss at home to Hull Zingari in division one.
Chris Nichols (38) and fellow veteran Dave Greenlay (25) produced the only knocks of note for the Mill Lane club as they were limited to 178-9.
Jack Storey’s unbeaten 104 ensured the win for leaders Zingari.
Malton & Old Malton edged home by two wickets in a low-scoring division two match at Clifton Alliance 2nds.
Tom Hoggard claimed 4-12 and Wayne Dawson snapped up 3-25 as Clifton were all out for 92.
Steve Linsley’s 35 then proved to be crucial as Malton just about made it home.
Malton & Old Malton 2nds claimed a winning draw at home to Fenners 2nds in division four.
Max Fraser struck 54 and James Baxter chipped in with 40 as the Gannock club posted 201-7.
Oliver Gilbank then turned on the style to grab a magnificent 7-21 as Fenners collapse, but the visitors hung on for a draw with 129-7.
Pickering 2nds were on the wrong end of a draw in their match at Hull Zingari 2nds.
The Hull side declared after 38.2 overs having reached an imposing 240-5 from 38.4 overs thanks to top batting from James Micklethwaite (79), Mark Thompson (56) and Anthony Knowles (42), Les Welburn the pick of the visiting bowlers with 4-47.
In reply, Welburn scored 49 and there were 34 apiece from youngsters Tim Whincup and Matthew Butler, but the rest of the Pikes batsmen buckled to see the visitors end on 199-7 from 51 overs.