BATTING points were scarce as New Earswick entertained Hemingbrough in a closely fought game in division six.

John Routledge with 6-24 and Rob Wood 3-57 ensured that no points would be earned when they bowled the visitors out for 93. Mal Walker then took 3-35 and Nigel Briggs 3-8 to put the squeeze on Earswick, who managed to scrape home by one wicket thanks to Craig Stimpson 26 and Dave Scott who kept his head to make 32 not out.

Rowntrees gave a totally disastrous display of how not to catch a cricket ball when they spilled 11 chances to hand Cawood a six-wicket victory.

Alan Roberts 29, Steve Aldous 25 and Andy Main 28 coped with a slow wicket to see the factory side to 126-7 with John Gibson taking 3-46 in a 23-over spell.

Phil Walls then bowled an impressive 17-over spell to claim 2-29 but, like his fellow bowlers suffered as his fielders put down chance after chance with Dave Bath being a particular beneficiary as he rode his luck to make a match-winning 40.

Andy Jarvis made 27no and Kevin Lund 37no to take Selby to a six-wicket victory over Dringhouses who had made 104-9.

Like their first team, Civil Service have made a good start to the season and took the better of a draw at Stillington where the home side held on at 70-9.

Clive Wakefield 4-25 and M Kay 3-44 bowled well for the hosts as Service reached 141-7.

Thorp Arch lost to Wilberfoss whose Brian Room made 47 in his side's Wilberfoss 46 all out with Simon Ball taking 4-53 for TABS. Des Healey 3-26 and Peter Edmondson 3-17 then tumbled Arch out for 98.

Updated: 11:33 Monday, May 03, 2004