On a day when most games were abandoned in the York and District Senior League, division two side Pocklington pulled off a mega surprise when their 54-run home win over third placed Malton belied their seasonal form and lifted them from the foot of the division up to 10th place - albeit not for long.
The game actually provided the bulk of Saturday’s better performances as it included the quickest century and two six wicket hauls.
The quickfire batsman was Pocklington’s Matt Atkinson whose 106 came off only 67 deliveries. Neil Jackson supported with 32, but a 6-55 haul by Chris Hudson kept Malton’s target below the 200 mark as Pocklington were dismissed for 194.
Hudson’s figures were then bettered by Joss Room, who took his sweater after claiming a match-winning 6-31. Batting successes for Malton were Mike Linsley (33) and Tom Hoggard who made 40, but their side fell away to 140 all out.
No fewer than five teams are caught up in the battle to avoid relegation in divison two.
This was made more intense by the fact that the two bottom placed sides, Dringhouses and Osbaldwick both earned fine victories on Bank Holiday Monday.
This resulted in Pocklington dropping from 10th place back to the foot of the division - a position they had only escaped on Saturday.
Osbaldwick started the day at the bottom of the division when they entertained Pocklington in a crucial fixture.
The visiting batsmen fared well, particularly Jamie Kember, who made 92. Additional runs were provided by Neil Jackson with 33 and Ed Gallagher who was undefeated as Pocklington reached 187-3.
Needing nothing less than victory, Osbalwick’s batsmen gave a command performance with Matt Dunne topping the show with 51.
Alex Downey took 3-39 for Pocklington but Martin Baguley’s 31 was followed by Dave West who hit an unbeaten 46 to see Osso home for the loss of seven wickets.
Dunnington’s abandonment after 12 overs against Pocklington was a shattering blow and resulted in the Common Road side relinquishing second place with just one game to play.
In the small amount of play possible, Pocklington had reached 21-1.