Cayton 3rds kept their cool to win by just one run at home to Derwent Valley League division B title rivals Valley Bar Nomads, claiming the last wicket with just three balls needed - and the hosts needing just two runs to claim victory.
Ian Dennis top-scored with 34 as the home side were dismissed for just 116, Jim Hunter snapping up 4-15 and fellow veteran Dave Parkinson taking 3-34.
Skipper Rhys Standfield gave Nomads a fighting chance with a knock of 28, but top bowling from Daz Jones, 5-46, and Shaqil Iqbal, 3-21 saw the visitors come up agonisingly short of their target.
This win was crucial as Cayton are second in the table behind leaders Muston 2nds, who suffered a five-wicket loss at home to Thornton Dale 2nds, who could still force their way into the promotion battle.
Pete Bray struck a superb 72 as Muston posted a respectable 162-9, Tom Snowden and Matthew Knowles scooping three wickets apiece for Dale.
Veteran Pat Stephenson hit 48 for Dale, while Paul Waring blasted 56 and Pat’s son Robert Stephenson sealed the win with an undefeated 27.
Snainton’s title push continued with a routine win at struggling Scalby 3rds.
Matt Davies’ unbeaten 27 was the home innings of note as Scalby slumped to 95 all out in the face of fine bowling from Michael Eyre, 3-31, and Ryan Cooper, 3-22.
Carl Wilson’s undefeated 42 wrapped up the 19-point win for the visitors.
Thirteen-year-old Adam Eustace was the star with bat and ball as a youthful Wykeham 3rds side kept their promotion ambitions afloat with a two-wicket home win against lowly Ganton 2nds.
Eustace took 3-28 as Ganton were dismissed for 153, Mark Lockwood hitting 45 and Richard Horsman 37.
Veteran Dan Reardon’s 4-51 sent Wykeham crashing to 76-8 in the 19th over and Ganton seemed to be cruising to victory, but young Eustace and Charlie Wrightson, 20no, shared an unbroken stand of 78 in just 13 overs for the ninth wicket to ensure victory with two wickets and seven overs to spare.
Pacesetters Kirkbymoorside took a massive stride closer to securing promotion to the Beckett League as division A champions with a 115-run win at second-placed Flixton 3rds.
Jamie Harper was the star man for the Moorsiders, he smashed an unbeaten 93 as they posted 239-6, then took 6-18 as the hosts limped to 124-8.
Andy Bayes added a fine 52 and James Blacklock was unbeaten on 34, Joey Harris bagging 3-45 for Flixton.
John Sowden’s unbeaten 57 was the only reason Flixton made it to three figures, but Harper ripped through the batting order to leave the hosts well adrift of their target.
Flixton 2nds will be relieved that their closest challengers for second spot, Nawton Grange 2nds, slumped to a shock 45-run defeat at home to Lockton
The visitors were dismissed for 142, Guy Nattrass their main batsman with 36, Neil Ward and Rory Talling taking three wickets apiece.
Ward then weighed in with 41 but keen bowling from Keith Eddon, 4-33, and George McClaren, 4-17, saw the Grange innings slip to 97 all out.
Hospitals/Rugby Club climbed off the foot of the table with a seven-wicket win at Sherburn 2nds, Marcus Edwards continuing his one-man campaign to save the Silver Royd club from relegation.
Kiwi Edwards took 5-44 and Mark Kelly 5-32 as the hosts slipped to 82 all out, Matthew Lickes top scoring with 28.
Edwards then hammered an astonishing 72 not out in Hospitals’ winning total of 83-3.
Forge Valley 3rds batsman Tim Farrant hit 94 but still ended up on the losing side as his team were beaten by three wickets at home to Wold Newton 2nds.
Farrant was dismissed six runs short of a deserved century, Chris Hodgson taking 3-32 as Valley’s other batsmen failed to help Farrant as they posted 152-5.
Chris Calvert kept Valley in the hunt withy 4-27, but Pete Auty’s 53 helped Wold Newton edge their way home.
DERWENT VALLEY CRICKET LEAGUE RESULTS SATURDAY JULY 11
DIVISION A (*Denotes home team)
Kirkbymoorside 239-6 (Jamie Harper 91no, James Blacklock 34no, Andy Bayes 52, Joey Harris 3-45) beat *Flixton 3rds 124-8 (John Sowden 57no, Jamie Harper 6-18) by 115 runs. Pts 19-4.
Wold Newton 2nds 153-7 (Pete Auty 53, Chris Calvert 4-27) beat *Forge Valley 3rds 152-5 (Tim Farrant 94, Chris Hodgson 3-32) by 3 wkts. Pts 15-6.
Lockton 142 all out (Guy Nattrass 36, Neil Ward 3-23, Rory Talling 3-26) beat *Nawton Grange 2nds 97 all out (Neil Ward 41, Keith Eddon 4-33, George McClaren 4-17) by 45 runs. Pts 17-5.
Hospitals/Rugby Club 83-3 (Marcus Edwards 72no) beat *Sherburn 2nds 82 all out (Matthew Lickes 28, Marcus Edwards 5-44, Mark Kelly 5-32) by 7 wkts. Pts 19-1.
No game this week - Filey 2nds.
*Cayton 3rds 116 all out (Ian Dennis 34, Jim Hunter 4-15, Dave Parkinson 3-34) beat Valley Bar Nomads 115 all out (Rhys Standfield 28, Shakil Iqbal 3-21, Darren Jones 5-46) by 1 run. Pts 16-6.
Thornton Dale 2nds 164-5 (Patrick Stephenson 48, Paul Waring 56, Robert Stephenson 27no) beat *Muston 2nds 162-9 (Pete Bray 72, Tom Snowden 3-27, Matthew Knowles 3-31) by 5 wkts. Pts 17-5.
Snainton 96-3 (Carl Wilson 42no) beat *Scalby 3rds 95 all out (Matt Davies 27no, Michael Eyre 3-31, Ryan Cooper 3-22) by 7 wkts. Pts 19-1.
*Wykeham 3rds 154-8 (George Shannon 27, Adam Eustace 67no, Charlie Wrightson 20no, Dan Reardon 4-51) beat Ganton 2nds 153 all out (Richard Horsman 37, Mark Lockwood 45, Adam Eustace 3-28) by 2 wkts. Pts 18-7. (Note Wykeham 3rds were at the 19th over 76-8 chasing Ganton’s 153 total when 13 year old Adam Eustace 67no and Charlie Wrightson 20no put on 78 runs together to win in the 32nd over
No game this week - Ravenscar 2nds