STEVE OLDFIELD’S unerring accuracy was they key to Malton & Old Malton’s victory against Askham Bryan II in the HPH York Vale League.
Askham had to reshuffle their batting order after arriving at The Gannock missing half their team who were stuck in traffic.
Oldfield was bang on the money with 3-11 from a dozen overs. With Ollie Varey, Wayne Cullen and Nick Lock chipping in with two wickets each, Askham were bowled out for 116.
Malton’s batsmen made hard work of it with Kevin Wilson top-scoring with 24 and they lost nine wickets before a boundary from Oldfield won the division three game.
Westow’s division two relegation worries deepened as they lost at home to Melbourne by six wickets.
Batting at number eight, Dave Coverdale hit a rapid 56 not out to lift Westow to 181-9 at tea. Earlier, Andy Phillips (40) and Mark Earle (30) had built a decent platform for the Ryedale side.
Melbourne, one of the favourites for promotion, won by six wickets with wicketkeeper-batsman Mark Beevers starring with 51 not out.
Thixendale were swamped by Stockton & Hopgrove by 126 runs and remain anchored at the foot of division one.
Giles Smith blasted 115 as Stockton piled up 272-6. Dale battled hard for batting points with Will Megginson starring with 40 to lift his side from 84-5 to 146-8 at the close.
Malton & Old Malton II were on the receiving end of a 119-run defeat at Heworth II in division four on Sunday.
The home side amassed 225-9 with Mick Liversidge taking 4-87 while Will Scofield bowled well for his 2-19 in eight overs. Malt were never in the hunt, John Sims top-scoring with 24.