UNBEATEN Bubwith have clinched promotion back to division two at the first attempt in the Foss Evening Cricket League.
Connaire Brattan (4-13) and Stu Rushton (3-25) shared seven wickets as Bubwith restricted Aviva Vikings to 94-9, Ali Khan (33) and Manas Dixit (24) top scoring for the visitors.
N Goddard then made an unbeaten 24 and was assisted by 23 extras in a five-wicket win.
Victory over title rivals Ovington next week will see Bubwith claim the divisional honours.
Ovington were unexpectedly beaten as Tang Hall Tigers recorded the fourth win of their debut campaign to put them comfortably in mid-table.
The Tigers made 127-9 despite the bowling of Ben Svenson (3-30) and youngster Op Sorn-in (3-31).
Joe Whale, with an unbeaten 34, was Ovington’s last man standing as they were bowled out for 93 in reply as S Tait took 3-8.
The Retreat II recorded their third victory of the summer, which is likely to ensure winless Heworth Nomads will be wooden spoonists.
The Retreat posted the highest score of the evening, 173-5, as Zaheer Ahmed and Fida Hussain both scored exactly 50 in response to J Ainsworth’s 3-35.
The Nomads batsmen then comfortable negotiated their overs but were never in danger of overhauling the target, finishing at 91-3.
Bishop Wilton hosted Heworth Colts and emerged with a seven-wicket victory.
G Davison took 4-22 for Wilton to hold the Colts to 99-8 before Nick Edwards (41) and M Besford (38no) led the Worsendale Roaders home.
The destiny of the division one title is still up in the air after defeats for Woodhouse Grange and York.
Woodhouse lost their first home game of the season after conceding 100-5 in 18 overs against Heworth.
A tidy spell of 2-15 from Chris Suddaby was rectified by the batting of Tom Neal (28no).
Heworth restricted the leaders to 76-9, with only openers Mike Hattee (18) and Matt Durkin (15) making double figures as Martyn Boothroyd took 3-13.
Dunnington had an all-round performance from youngster Tom Loten to thank in defeating York.
Loten made 45, with support coming from Gareth Miles (23) and Adam Dyson (22), in Dunnington’s 138-5 before following up with 3-14 to keep York 11 runs short of victory.
Jake Murphy continued his good all-round form with 48, while Matt Hodsdon (23) and Oliver Scurry (20no) also made runs.
Stamford Bridge captain Matty Beckett was another all-round performer as he hauled his side back into the title hunt with a victory at Osbaldwick.
Beckett took 4-21 to reduce Osbaldwick to 115-9, as Matt Hattee made 28, before top-scoring with 47.
Beckett received support from Kev Murphy (36no) as Bridge came home winners by six wickets.
Melbourne’s relegation back to division two was confirmed with defeat at Londesborough Park.
Tim Blackmore (48) produced a valiant innings to guide Melbourne to 75-5 in the face of Tom Williamson’s 3-15. Rob Hildreth then made 28 in Park’s reply to claim victory by seven wickets.
North Dalton’s unbeaten run in division two came to an end at Bishopthorpe, who improved their chances of avoiding relegation.
Shaun Tate (74) and Ricky Woodmansey (50) recorded half-centuries in registering 140-3, Ian Holmes (3-28) claiming all the wickets.
Bishopthorpe’s skipper Scott Clapham hit 82 and Holmes completed a fine all-round match with an unbeaten 21 to lead the Bishops home by five wickets.
Pocklington made the most of Dalton’s stumble, defeating The Retreat by 24 runs, to maintain outside hopes of the title.
Pock’s Alex Downey (31) and vice-captain Andy Anderson (62) scored the bulk of their side's 117 all out as Rohit Virayan took 3-6 and Suranga Uragaha 2-27.
Anderson followed up with 3-22 to stunt The Retreat’s progress, despite runs from Salman Syed (24) and Dinuk Mirando (23no).
Stockton & Hopgrove sneaked home by one run at Yapham to swap places in the table with their hosts. Stockton posted 111 all out before Yapham replied with 110-7.
Dunnington Academy handed out a heavy defeat to Thixendale, meaning Dale must win at least two of their last three games to have any hope of an immediate return to division three.
Sam Tattersall’s 3-4 in 11 balls and two wickets each for Richard Verrier, Sam Gray and Grant Bulmer bundled out Thix for 59, despite 23 from A Machen.
Josh Archer (24) and Sam Beavers (19) top-scored in the reply to see Dunnington home for the loss of four wickets. Dean Tyler took 3-4 from three overs.