PICKERING closed the gap to leaders Kirkbymoorside in the Ryedale Beckett League thanks to a 45-run win over Hovingham.
The Moorsiders were not in action and Pickering cut the gap to the top to two points thanks to a daunting first innings total of 157-6.
Openers Mark Shepherd (51) and Tom Sigsworth (42) took the attack to Hovingham, and Ryan Boyes finished the innings with a classy 44 before destroying the Hovingham reply with 4-25, backed up by Sigsworth’s 3-16.
Only Ebberston ace Tom Bumby (46) showed any real form in the response of 112.
Settrington, in third, pulled off a two-run win over an underperforming Harome side who chose to blood some young bowlers.
One of them, Jack Cranage, took 2-26 but 30 extras added to scores of 31 by Stephen Beal 31 and 26 by Jonty Rounthwaite as Setty reached 126-7.
In reply, nobody could answer the Setty attack led by Tristan Midgely until Dave Greenlay, batting down the order at eight, stroked 48.
This result probably ends Harome’s hopes of silverware.
Most significant were the aggressive knocks of 58 by Stephen Linsley and 38 by James Baxter, the pair being particularly brutal on Dunn and Schofield, whose six overs went for a combined total of 80. Only the wily slow bowling of Peter Kent kept a grip on the run-rate.
In reply, Park stuttered to 62 all out.
Division two leaders Burythorpe were not in action, allowing Great Habton to narrow the gap with a crushing 134-run win over Westow.
Ryan Boyd (4-55) struck early for Westow but then runs flowed from the bats of Fisher (56), Alex Ibbotson (68) and Danny Harper (58no) pushing Habton to a high total of 216-3.
Westow batsmen struggled against Liam Allenby (4-27) and George Lumley (3-12) until a flurry of runs from Ali Fothergill (17), including two huge sixes, and J Boyd (20) saw Westow finish on 82-8.
Nawton Grange lost both openers for ducks against Ampleforth but a partnership between D Ward (69) and D Coote (53) rescued the innings and set a challenging total of 139-4.
York & District Senior League ace Mark Wilkie hit 73 in reply his team-mates could only total 23 between them as they ended on 96-6.
Ryedale beat Whitwell in a low-scoring affair.
James Browne led the Whitwell innings of 92-8 with a season high score of 46 but James Mudd finished off the good work from Stephen Temple (39) to secure a six-wicket win for Ryedale.