HARRY BUCKLEY scored his highest HPH York Vale Cricket League score of 99 not out to give Ovington victory against Kelfield.

He fell agonisingly short of a ton as Ovington made 172-4 after being 54-3 at the midpoint of the innings.

Matt Walker (55) seemed to be guiding Kelfield towards their target when he was superbly caught in the deep by Simon Rogerson, whose bowling brought him 4-43, as Kelfield were all out for 136.

Mark Earle picked up where he left off last week by racking up another century for leaders Westow at Burn.

Harry Cruise (42) gave Burn a good start, then Scott Hunt hit 53 before being caught on the boundary by a superb one-handed catch by Shane Marshall.

Needing 229 to win, Westow got off to a flier thanks to Earle and Andrew Welford (49). Welford was caught on the boundary going for his half-century but Earle powered on to 113 as Westow won with ease.

Sam Coulson (78), Mark Ash (53) and Ben Scorah (59no) helped South Cave & Brantingham reach 248-4.

Askham struggled after Tony Scotter (3-27) removed fifth-wicket pair Pete Wood (49) and K Smith (42). After that Askham had little to offer as Cave won by 74 runs.

Thixendale were soundly beaten by Clifton Alliance after being dismissed for 114. Clifton cruised to victory, with openers Allan Barton (40) and Ali Wray (52no) doing the majority of the work.

Wheldrake fell from 18-0 to 18-5 off 10 overs against Melbourne after tight bowling from Scott Coupland (3-20) and Andy Forman (2-12). Wheldrake again collapsed from 67-5 to 72 all out. James Coupland (35no) ensured Melbourne wrapped up victory.

In division two, Yapham skipper Mark Fairey contributed 63, exactly half of his side’s total against Hemingbrough.

Matt Bradshaw (3-44) bowled with venom, destroying a bail when claiming his first wicket. Yapham lost their last five wickets for eight runs and were bowled out for 121.

Hemingbrough’s Johnny Cockerill (98no) sped his team to victory.

Jamie Kerrison bowled Stockton & Hopgrove to an 11-run win against Malton & Old Malton.

Stockton were bowled out for 134 after being 34-4. Malton were also on the rack at 54-7 with Kerrison taking 5-46. Chris Bingham (65) kept Malt in the game but only two other batters made double figures.

Thorpe Willoughby finally won after six attempts by restricting Bishopthorpe to 75-6 on an unpredictable surface. The highlight of the innings was a great left-handed catch just inside the boundary by Alex Kirk.

Charlie Wilson scored 93 as Stamford Bridge defeated Ben Johnson by 67 runs. With Lewis Wilson making an unbeaten 51, Bridge reached 222-4 at tea. Ben Johnson looked secure at 82-2 with Danny Cameron (39) and Martin Reynolds (54) at the crease but once they departed the innings fell away.

Dunnington’s team, comprising nine under-17s, held their nerve in a tight division three match at Stamford Bridge II.

Max Wilson (58) top-scored in Dunnington’s 193-7. Bridge’s innings subsided to 125-5 before Sam Browne clubbed 41 not out from 22 balls but they fell just short at 186-8.

Leaders Sessay lost for the first time as Liam Herringshaw (48) and Jimmy Taylor (45) shone in Ovington II’s 186-9. Sessay lost early wickets cheaply and struggled to recover despite 46 from Ophelia Watson.

Clifton Alliance beat Pocklington, who were bowled out for 72, Mick Knowles returning figures of 6-2-6-4.

Yapham II defeated Burn II, the key innings coming from 13-year-old Flynn Sanguin, who batted 20 overs for 26 not out to get Yapham over the line in the penultimate over.

Thorpe Willoughby II emulated their first team by claiming their first win of the season, comfortably seeing off Selby.

Press Performance of the Week: Man-of-the-moment Mark Earle picked up his second successive award after his dazzling 113 for Westow against Burn in division one.