RUNAWAY leaders Duncombe Park 2nds took another step closer to the division A title with a four-wicket home victory against rivals Commercial.
Chris Ford was the star bowler for the Helmsley-based team, snapping up 6-35 to help dismiss the 10-man visitors for 140.
After a steady start which saw them reach 47-0 from 18 overs, Commercial then stepped up a gear with the arrival of Eric Hall Jnr, whose powerful 46 included four sixes.
After Hall’s dismisal, skipper Sean Pinder also hammered three sixes in his 32, but Ford’s bowling ripped through the rest of the Commercial line-up. Opener Scott Wardman had earlier struck 25 for the visitors.
In reply, the home batsmen also struggled, with slow bowler Wardman bagging 4-49, but a tidy 34 from Ford helped Park to victory.
With only one promotion slot this season, due to Staithes 2nds going straight into division C of the Beckett League, Park look odds-on to earn that berth as they are 49 points clear of second-placed Muston.
Sherburn 2nds gave Muston a run for their money in a cracking match at the Hunmanby Road ground.
The hosts must have fancied their chances of wrapping up a simple win after posting 204 all out, Phil Marr and Will Marson both hitting 43 and Steve Pratt adding 42.
Veteran Rich Pickering, 3-55, and youngster Dan Stocks, 5-20, shone with the ball for the visitors.
Stocks also impressed with the bat, his fine 66 keeping Sherburn in the hunt, while youngster Ben Simpson, 25, also played his part.
The visitors - who are second-from-bottom in the table and locked in a battle against the drop - eventually fell to 192 all out, Scott Orange bagging 5-51 and Darren Newland 3-20 for the hosts.
Oriel’s slim hopes of bagging the title were dashed by a shock two-wicket loss at home to basement club Bridlington 3rds.
Batting first, the hosts posted 178-7, Adam Robertshaw, 46, Anoosh George, 39, and Jamie Haxby, 33, among the runs for Oriel. Tom Woodhouse, 5-32, was the pick of the Brid attack.
Pete Robson’s 54 paved the way for the visitors to edge to a two-wicket win despite top bowling from the in-form Haxby, 4-51.
Forge Valley 3rds eased to a crucial seven-wicket success at home to fellow strugglers Heslerton 2nds.
John Wharton, 35, was the only visiting batsman to impress as Liam Glaves and Sam Craggs took three wickets apiece to send Heslerton crashing to 115 all out.
Tim Farrant’s unbeaten 62 sealed the win.
Flamborough 2nds also boosted their chances of avoiding the drop with a six-wicket win at home to Brompton 2nds.
Ross Triffitt, 63no, and Robin Siddle, 59, helped the visitors to 171-5.
Andy Dixon, 50no, and Mel Dixon, 42, guided Flamborough to victory, while youngster Ben Briggs, 27, also sparkled.