JOHN LUMLEY just missed out on a century but his Great Habton side still closed the gap to Derwent Valley League division ‘A’ leaders Flamborough thanks to a big win over third-placed Whitby 3rds.

While Flamborough had a free weekend, second-placed Habton faced a crucial game and they came through with flying colours as Lumley was left on 98 not out when their overs expired, Steve Hall also making 41 as they totalled 200-6.

Liam Allenby then took 4-28 as Whitby were all out for just 66.

Lockton eased relegation worries with a nine-wicket win over bottom club Sewerby 3rds - Will Lancaster taking 6-29 to set up the victory.

Wold Newton 2nds were the big winners in the division ‘B’ title race at the weekend - leapfrogging Kirkbymoorside 2nds into second place thanks to a three-wicket win over leaders Flixton 3rds.

Newton bowled Flixton out for 94 and - despite some scares courtesy of John Snowden, who followed his top score of 27 for Flixton with 5-23 - were taken to victory by Adam Lee (38) and Chris Hodgson (31no).

The Moorsiders lost by 50 runs at Filey 2nds, despite Dean Hugill’s 4-18 which helped to dismiss the hosts for 91. Kirkby crashed to 41 all out, Lewis Adams (5-21) and Kevin Chapman (4-18) ripping through them.

Meanwhile, the final of the Welford Cup, for division ‘B’ teams, between Kirkbymoorside 2nds and Sherburn 2nds at Ebberston, was put back to tonight (Wednesday) after rain caused last week’s clash to be abandoned without any play.

Cayton 3rds maintained their title surge in division ‘C’ as Ian Wright hit 65 not out and Daz Jones 67 not out to take them to victory in a high-scoring match at Forge Valley 4ths.

There was a hat-trick on either side as second-placed Muston 2nds beat Wykeham 3rds. Matthew Remmer took a treble in his 4-19 as Muston were all out for 114. Babu Matthew did likewise in his superb 6-21 as Wykeham crashed to 71 all out.

Meanwhile, third-placed Scalby 3rds lifted the Murray Brown and Son Cup, for division ‘C’ teams, by beating leaders Cayton 3rds by eight wickets with some six overs to spare.

Scalby won the toss and put Cayton into bat which initially seemed a bad decision as Cayton raced to 46 without loss. However, when Tom Poor was out for 18, wickets began to fall and the run rate slowed dramatically, Cayton finishing on 95-8 off their 20 overs. Shaun Rennison carried his bat for 62 to win the man-of-the-match award.

Scalby set off quickly in reply, hitting two sixes in the first three balls, one right over the top of the pavilion, as Steve Shannon made 16 and Phil Perry 13 in an opening partnership of 29. Skipper Jack Boddy (35no) and Paul Danby (21no) then eased Scalby to victory with an unbroken 68-run partnership.