MELBOURNE have won the Guy Mitchell Cup, beating South Cave & Brantingham by eight wickets in the final.

Melbourne skipper Coupland (102no) scored his maiden century in leading his side to victory in the HPH Vale League competition.

Chasing a competitive total of 163, built around the innings of South Cave opener Harshal Deshmukh (65), Coupland completed the victory and his ton in style hitting the winning four to seal the silverware.

Clifton Alliance maintained their dominance in division one with another commanding performance as the Vale league season enters its final weeks.

Lewis Clark was the star of the show with an unbeaten century (130 not out) and wickets (2-29) as Clifton (277- 5) comfortably secured the points against bottom side Askham Bryan (183-9).

Yapham (57) were on the wrong side of a heavy defeat on their travels to fellow strugglers Kelfield (258-6) losing by more than 200 runs.

The home batsmen made use of first knock with telling contributions from John Cockrill (76), Matthew Walker (77), and Craig Lawson (52).

The visitors then had no answer to the bowling of Craig Lawson (3-27) and David Stephenson (4-8).

Thixendale (163) were also big winners on their trip to Ovington (92) as Ben Brown (3-12) and Adrian Brader (3-9) ensured the home side were never in contention.

The Stockton & Hopgrove (169-2) openers continued their recent good form with a century partnership as Rich Kerrison (62) and Rob Cockerill (51) laid the foundation for a successful run chase against Melbourne (168-7), whose James Coupland (98) fell agonisingly close to a first ton.

Division two leaders Stamford Bridge (184-6) made light work of second-placed Pocklington (82) as veteran Des Healey (4-16) and Sam Browne (4-29) ensured the title headed to Low Catton Road.

Healey also weighed in with runs (28) to complement those of Martyn Stevens (45), Alex Jubb (34) and Ian Fraser (61no) as the home side continued their domination of the division.

Thorpe Willoughby (107-2) eased their relegation concerns with a strong performance against visitors Hemingbrough (106) with teenage all-rounder Ed Hutchinson again at the forefront with ball (4-28) and bat (31no).

Wheldrake (232-3) came out on top of a high-scoring encounter at Clifton Alliance (230-4) with Alex Carter (104no) eclipsing the earlier batting exploits of Chris Elliot (98no) as bat dominated ball.

A low-scoring affair saw extras top scoring for both sides as Ben Johnson (89-7) scraped home against Hirst Courtney (87-7) in difficult batting conditions.

Burn (98-1) moved to top spot in division three, needing fewer than 15 overs to ease past Bishopthorpe (94).

Bishy's below-par total was indebted to some late-order hitting from skipper Mark Deamer (48) after his side wilted under the pressure of tight bowling by the hosts.

Bob Adamson (4-20) was among the wickets.

Tom Harland (41no) and Mark Webster (33no) then completed the win for the hosts.

Stamford Bridge 133-2 completed the club’s second defeat of the weekend of near-neighbours Pocklington (132) with Dan Mosley enjoying his afternoon with both bat (37no) and ball (4-25).

Extras accounted for almost a third of the runs as Bolton Percy (151) edged home against Heslington (144).

A half-century from home bat Anil Parmar (57) and five-wicket haul for Andrew Tessier (5-31) were the features of the first innings with Rich Simpson (30) top scoring for the visitors in reply as the hosts conceded a staggering 61 extras.

Player of the week is shared between Lewis Clarke of Clifton Alliance for his 130 not out and two wickets, and James Coupland of Melbourne for his weekend run fest (98 and 102no).