LOW scores and dramatic batting collapses were the order of the day as Vale League cricketers negotiated their way through the damp conditions.

Division one champions and early pacesetters Clifton Alliance posted the largest score of the round, amassing 297-7 with 15-year-old Chris Gwilliam Lopez claiming his maiden senior cricket century (123 off 104 balls).

Yapham (100) had no answer to the onslaught in reply as Matt Mellor (4-35) inspired the emphatic win.

Young Dunnington bowlers were at the forefront of a collapse by Melbourne (123) who, after dismissing the home side cheaply for 137, slumped from 97-4 to lose their last six wickets for 26. Ewan Davies (5-28) led the way with the ball.

Stamford Bridge (78) were also victims of a batting collapse in a resounding defeat to Kelfield (79-2), with Chris Walker (4-18) taking four wickets.

Dan Durkin (50) provided the mainstay of Stockton & Hopgrove’s (124) win over Ovington (100-7), with Thomas Irwin (41) the only Ovington player to reach double figures.

The Thixendale (93) game against South Cave & Brantingham (3-1) succumbed to the May rain.

In division two, low scores were also seen as Hirst Courtney (110) secured a home win against Thorpe Willoughby (73).

Ryan Whitley (74) top-scored for Heworth (205-7) in a comfortable rout over Ovington (82-9).

A low scoring game at Hemingbrough (113-7) saw Ben Johnson (114-8) creep over the line with opener Simon Castle to battling 47.

George Breheney (57no) anchoring Clifton Alliance's (145) innings which was backed up by cheaply dismissing Pocklington (60).

Division three batting collapses were in the fore at Thorpe Willoughby (53).

Heworth battled to score (104) batting first with Kush Sehgal (53) leading the way from his half century.

Thorpe’s bats failed to capitalise on this as Oliver Foster (3-5) and Alistair Simpson (3-18) ripped through the home side’s top order.

Heslington (79) continued the theme on their trip to Selby (80-4).

Dan Mcloughlin (4-9) led the way for a home win completed thanks mainly to a winning knock by home skipper Richard Mustill (45).

Opener Duncan Sanford (41) provided the decisive runs for Bolton Percy (167-5) in a reduced overs game against Stamford Bridge (95) as James Wilson (3-23) and Thomas Pears (3-16) bowled the home side to victory.