Reigning champions Ouseburn benefited from the inclement weather conditions to drag back some vital points in the Division One title race.
In a rain-reduced fixture against Killinghall, Ouseburn’s class with the ball shone through. Sam Dale took 4-24, as Killinghall were restricted to just 94-6 from 22 overs. Despite two early wickets, Ouse’s Dave Cummings (34no) and John Moorhouse (32no) guided them to a seven-wicket win.
Meanwhile, league leaders Pannal had a frustrating afternoon against Hampsthwaite. The wet weather halted their progress and the umpires called an early end with Pannal on 72-2 from 10 overs. Andrew Taylor had raced to 42 not out.
It could be a case of too little too late for Ouse’, but the weekend’s twist took them 12 points behind Pannal with six matches to go.
Blubberhouses drew ahead in the battle for survival at the bottom with a 10-run success over Alne. Tom Goodday struck a valuable 41 as Blubberhouses were pegged back to 170-9 batting first, mainly due to Toby Stirke and Edward Myers sharing eight wickets equally between them.
Myers then struck 41 to give Alne a chance, but Umar Jamil took a crucial 4-35 as the innings ended on 160-8.
Darley failed to stay above Blubbs after a 27-run loss at Spofforth. Spoff blazed from the off as they posted 160 from 21.4 overs. Dave Bird compiled 44 not out in Darley’s response, but the run rate proved too slow.
Ryan Lamb smacked 46 not out from just 23 balls as Bishop Thornton totalled 161-6 to beat Burton Leonard by 39 runs. Leonard struggled to find the boundary in their response and Will Wray led Thornton’s attack with 3-23.
Bottom side Newby Hall fell closer to the trap door after an eight-wicket defeat to Helperby. Dave Henstock (47) and Mike Shires (34) gave Newby a strong start that they failed to capitalise on in making 160 from 34.4 overs. Charlie Grasby took five wickets.
In reply, Luis Rees-Hughes fashioned an unbeaten 70.
The rain showers boosted West Tanfield’s Division Two title push, as the grudge match between second-placed Pateley Bridge and third-placed Knaresborough Forest was washed out.
Tanfield earned a simple eight-wicket win over Lofthouse and Middlesmoor as half centuries from Sam Abel (59no) and Andrew Hodgkinson (51no) took them over a modest 145 all out. Tom Hope had earlier done the damage with 4-33, while Stuart Burton made 51.
Scotton got the better of a low-scoring game against Ripley thanks to Iain Campbell’s 5-5. Campbell skittled Ripley for just 58, after Sam Halliday’s 46 helped Scotton post 117-8.
Studley Royal 2nds took a seven-wicket victory against Masham. Andy Smith (68) and Ben Fielding (49) took Masham to 162-3. Justin Perkins cracked an unbeaten 88 in Royal’s victorious reply.
Goldsborough collected maximum points with a four-wicket win over Dacre Banks, surpassing 141.
Ripon 2nds could only muster 60-6 in 25 overs against Birstwith, a total the visitors reached in just 65 balls.
Division Three: Bishop Monkton 162/6 bt Burnt Yates 160/8; Bolton Abbey 102/3 bt Whixley 100/7; Thornton-le-Moor 250/7 bt Rainton 112ao; Sharow 137/7 bt Raskelf 126ao; Markington abdn Galphay and Winksley; Harrogate 3 140/1 bt Pannal 2 139/6
Division Four: Birstwith 2 abdn Wath and Melmerby; Alne 2 183/4 bt Blubberhouses 2 136/8; Masham 2 144/4 bt South Kilvington 143ao; Kirkby Malzeard 143/3 bt Helperby 2 139/8; Middleham 134/5 bt Hampsthwaite 2 133/7
Division Five :North Stainley 164ao bt Thornton Watlass 161ao; Crakehall 197/4 bt Glasshouses 127ao; Spennithorne and Harmby 100/5 bt Studley Royal 3 98ao; Boroughbridge and Staveley 220/5 bt Ripley 2 138ao; Pateley Bridge 2 116/3 bt Newby Hall 2 112/4
Division Six: Goldsborough 2 182/0 bt Little Ribston 180/7; Arthington abdn Newton-le-Willows; Sessay 3 155/7 bt Pannal 3 154ao; Pannal Ash abdn Knaresborough Forest 2
Division Seven: Burnt Yates 2 147/7 bt Dacre Banks 2 107/6; Ripley 3 133/4 bt Scotton 2 127/9; Marton-cum-Grafton 182/3 bt Bolton Abbey 2 57ao; West Tanfield 2 159/7 bt Studley Royal 4 80ao; Darley 2 184/6 bt Middleham 2 126/9; Boroughbridge and Staveley 2 171/6 bt Thirsk 2 156/9
Division Eight: Ouseburn 3 108/9 bt Arthington 2 66ao; Birstwith 3 247/8 bt North Stainley 2 166/9; Bedale 2 245/2 bt Rainton 2 216/7; Beckwithshaw 3 155/8 bt Knaresborough Forest 3 154/5
Division Nine: Burton Leonard 3 262/5 bt Wath and Melmerby 2 245/6; Ripley 4 129ao bt Studley Royal 5 68ao; Whixley 2 76/5 bt Little Ribston 2 74ao
Division One: Darley v Bishop Thornton; Blubberhouses v Helperby; Alne v Ouseburn; Spofforth v Pannal; Newby Hall v Burton Leonard; Killinghall v Hampsthwaite
Division Two: Knaresborough Forest v Ripon 2s; Goldsborough v Pateley Bridge; Dacre Banks v Scotton; Ripley v Lofthouse and Middlesmoor; Masham v Birstwith; Studley Royal 2s v West Tanfield
Division Three: Raskelf v Rainton; Harrogate 3s v Bolton Abbey; Burnt Yates v Galphay and Winksley; Bishop Monkton v Sharow; Pannal 2s v Thornton-le-Moor; Markington v Whixley
Division Four: Hampsthwaite 2s v Alne 2s; Birstwith 2s v Kirkby Malzeard; Wath and Melmerby v Killinghall 2s; Ouseburn 2s v Blubberhouses 2s; Middleham v South Kilvington; Helperby 2s v Masham 2s
Division Five :North Stainley v Crakehall; Pateley Bridge 2s v Studley Royal 3s; Thornton Watlass v Spennithorne and Harmby; Bishop Thornton 2s v Newby Hall 2s; Burton Leonard 2s v Ripley 2s; Boroughbridge and Staveley v Glasshouses
Division Six: Pannal 3s v Little Ribston; Pannal Ash v Harrogate 4s; Sharow 2s v Goldsborough 2s; Arthington v Knaresborough Forest 2s; Newton-le-Willows v Raskelf 2s; Sessay 3s v Spofforth 2s
Division Seven: West Tanfield 2s v Middleham 2s; Bolton Abbey 2s v Boroughbridge and Staveley 2s; Thirsk 2s v Darley 2s; Scotton 2s v Burnt Yates 2s; Marton-cum-Grafton v Ripley 3s; Studley Royal 4s v Dacre Banks 2s
Division Eight: Thirsk 3s v Helperby 3s; Newby Hall 3s v North Stainley 2s; Bedale 2s v Birstwith 3s; Rainton 2s v Arthington 2s; Hampsthwaite 3s v Beckwithshaw 3s; Knaresborough Forest 3s vOuseburn 3s
Division Nine: Little Ribston 2s v Studley Royal 5s; Ripon 3s v Ripley 4s; Whixley 2s v Wath and Melmerby 2s