LOWLY Pickering were denied a valuable 18 points when their division one game against Fenner was abandoned in the Hunters York & District Senior Cricket League.

The Pikes needed only 27 more runs for a victory over their promotion-chasing visitors when the rain came.

Fenner were dismissed for only 96 as Tom Croot (5-23), Mark Shepherd (3-14) and Ryan Boyes (2-28) worked their way through the order.

Shepherd then moved to 29 not out before play was abandoned with Pickering on 70-2.

Second-placed Heworth saw off one of their strongest promotion rivals when they beat Sessay by five wickets.

No Sessay batsman could make a mark as Sam Lingard took 3-27 in a total of 129-9.

Heworth’s Neil Johnson then provided a masterclass as he made 63 not out to steer his side home.

Two mid-table sides drew at Driffield as visiting Goole Town claimed the better of the spoils.

Neil Foster made 55 as Goole moved to 214-6, while Driffield’s reply of 201-8 included 72 from Greg Halder as Steve Hicks took 5-41.

Beverley held out for a draw against leaders Hull Zingari, closing on 198-6 in reply to 239-9.

Tim Smith hit 68 and John Vodden was unbeaten with 59 for Beverley.

Folkton & Flixton had the edge in a draw at Bridlington.

Neil Elvidge (136) hit his 13th league ton and Scott Cooper added 47 as Flixton moved to 244-6.

Bridlington’s reply featured 61 by Nick Tenant and 66 from John Major, but Jamie Nesfield’s 3-40 kept Flixton in command as Bridlington closed on 202-8.

In division two, solid batting by a quartet of Tom Malloch (47), James White (26), Ali Rigby (36) and Pete Houseman (40) saw Bolton Percy reach the target of 181-4 set by Clifton Alliance to win by three wickets.

Earlier Alistair Wray had hit 83 as Alliance set a reasonable target. Team-mate Mark Askham then took 3-57.

Malton & Old Malton moved into third place when they beat leaders Londesborough Park by seven wickets. Park were only able to make 112-8 as Wayne Dawson took 4-25.

Dawson then made 33 while Martin Woodliffe and Steve Linsley chipped in with 27 each as Malton won at 114-3.

Tadcaster Magnet beat struggling Thorp Arch & Boston Spa by seven wickets. The Arch made 154 as Nasir Shefta took 3-29 and Ed Day 3-7. Paul Clark then hit 75 in the Brewers’ successful response.

Woodhouse Grange took over as leaders with a 25-point advantage after they beat York III by four wickets.

A Szepitowski made 28 in York’s 91-6, with Dave Suddaby claiming 3-18. Luke Cattle then hit 28 as Grange reached their target.

Thirsk veterans Des Wyrill and Barry Petty played major roles in an impressive 67-run win over Hornsea. Wyrill hit 63 as he and Stuart Christon (53) shared a second-wicket partnership of 113 in Thirsk’s 176-7. Petty then took 7-27 as Hornsea slid to 109 all out.