DRINGHOUSES claimed only their second victory of the season to move a step closer to climbing off the bottom of the Hunters York & District Senior Cricket League division one table.

In a high scoring encounter, visiting side Clifton Alliance II posted 233-5 from their 48 overs, with opener Kevin Bradley striking 96 runs in an innings which featured 17 fours.

The hosts chased down that total brilliantly, though, as an unbeaten 119 from Sam Lingard - a personal high score for the batsman - inspired them to a winning 237-4 with overs four overs to spare.

Dringhouses remain at the foot of the table but, with a game in hand, sit just 22 points behind Heworth, who respectably fought to a draw with second-placed Driffield Town.

Carl Busfield top-scored on 52 with Kevin Woodcock making 37 and Jon Vodden 42 not out as Town posted a score 216-6, in which Guy Wilkinson took four wickets.

Neil Martin hit 61 when the two sides last met and once again he was on hand to lead the reply with 33 and Chris Klays also contributed a 30. But, despite Andy Rodgers’ 3-42, Driffield could only manage a draw with the side sitting nine places below them in the table.

That draw means that Goole Town have opened up a 24-point lead at the top of the table after a comprehensive win over Welton.

The visiting Welton made a positive start as openers Matthew Wilkinson and Chris Goodwin batted to 37 not out. But, 10 wickets quickly fell at a cost of just 33 runs, with the final seven batsman making just a dozen runs between them. Guy Richardson and Kevin Murphy took four wickets each, the latter for just nine runs.

Goole needed less than 10 overs to reach the winning target, Antony Gibbins their top-scored with 29 runs from 23 balls, as they scored 74-2.

Carlton Towers moved into third-place with an 18-run victory over Knaresborough,

Opener Henry Bayston anchored the Carlton innings with 56 runs, his third half-century of the season, but Towers fell to 150 all out in the final ball.

Jordan Tear took three of those wickets and hit 39 in response with the bat, but a six-wicket haul from Tom Collins led the bowling attack and sent Knaresborough all out for 132 inside 36 overs.

Carlton’s victory moves them 13 points clear of Harrogate II who could only manage a draw against Woodhouse Grange II.

Will Topham surpassed last week’s 60 against Hornsea with 79 this time out as Grange reached 228-9, Alex Burton (3-34) with three wickets for the hosts.

Matthew Shepherd and Ted Baty both struck half-centuries, striking 51 and 52 respectively, in the home side’s reply as they ended the match on 207-8. The result leaves both clubs well in contention for a promotion place as two of five sides separated by 31 points.

Bolton Percy completed the double over Hornsea and picked up maximum points for the first time on their travels in 2019.

The hosts’ total of 246-8 presented a stern challenge, with Ashley McKinley leading the way with an unbeaten 112.

But, the visitors overcame with four wickets in hand but only 11 balls to spare, Jacob Green their top scorer with 102 not out and Mathew Howden adding 57 in the middle order to steer them towards victory.