BOTTOM placed York III had a convincing eight-wicket win when they entertained Hovingham in division two north.

Stuart Prest hit 42 for the visitors but Graham Mackfall took 5-28 in 10.2 overs to dismiss Hovingham for 121.

When York responded, Steve Jones fell for 29 but Tom Boyle then made 33 not out and Matt Wright 32 not out to clock up York’s third victory of the season.

Duncombe Park maintained their promotion drive when a big partnership between Brian Leckenby, who made 76 not out, and Ali Holmes, who made 89, steered the Helmsley side to a victory at Sheriff Hutton.

Two of the home batsmen also made good runs, with Geoff Schofield hitting 55 and Tom Harrison 41, but the triple attack of Holmes, with 3-32, Adam Leckenby, with 3-35, and Peter Kent, who also had 3-35, had Sheriff all out for 171.

Tenth-placed Dringhouses had a good result when they won by two wickets against Woodhouse Grange.

Matt Durkin was another player to make a seasonal best when he scored 75 as Grange batted first.

Wicket takers for Dringhouses were George Wilson, with 3-32, and L Chipchase who had 4-39. After the interval there were wickets for Paul Grewer, with 3-46, and Alex Burton, 4-39 but the honours were taken by Chris Storey who,steered Dringhouses to the winning post with an undefeated 87.

Relegation-threatened Ripon trounced Pocklington by eight wickets.

The two Readmans both made runs for the hosts, with Richard making 43, and Neil 29 not out, while Ben Stephenson provided 26 in a total of 187-6.

Ripon’s dominating reply included two half-centuries, with Tom Leeming making 71 not out and Robert Taylor 63. With J Waterfield popping 36 into the pot, Ripon won by eight wickets.

James Wilkinson hit 63 but lacked support as Rob Stanworth grabbed 5-44 to oust Thirsk for 132. James Porter then struck back with 3-31 but an unbeaten 25 by Henry Burton saw his side to 136-4.

Leaders Osbaldwick had to be satisfied with the worst of a draw when their last pair held out against third-placed Tadcaster Magnet. There were attractive half-centuries for Magnets from Tyrone Naude (70) and Ed Day (66) as Magnet made 231-9, with Anthony Butterfield taking 5-53.

When Osbaldwick responded with 174-9, Jonny Rawsthorne made 27 and Rich Carew 41 but Nadeem Shefta’s seasonal best 4-35 had Osbaldwick tottering on the edge of defeat.