Theo Smith’s unbeaten 112 helped Scarborough 2nds to a morale-boosting 105-run success at home to Sessay 2nds in the York League third division on Saturday.
Smith was well-supported by Josh Mainprize’s classy 72 along with 36 from teenager James Pick as the hosts posted 230-3 from their 45 overs.
In reply, the basement club never looked like passing Scarborough’s total, youngster Callum Ferrie snapping up 3-21 as the visitors slipped to 125 all out from 36.5 overs.
Scarborough, who still have seven games left, are only 20 points adrift of third-from-bottom Carlton Towers, but more importantly are 80 points ahead of Sessay, who seemed doomed to the drop into the fourth division.
Flixton moved up to fifth spot in division one after seeing off visitors Goole by two wickets.
Jamie Nessfield’s 4-33 helped to limit the visitors to 210-9, Ollie Ounsley top-scoring with 55 and Ben Earl hitting 50.
Neil Elvidge hit 26 and Rob Lacey added 34 as Flixton edged home with two wickets and four balls to spare in a tense finale.