THE Hunters ECB Yorkshire Premier League North remains on course for a gripping finale after a day in which the entire programme went to form, leaving both the title and relegation pictures no clearer.

Leaders Yorkshire Academy, who entertain third-placed Stamford Bridge next weekend, made it eight wins in a row with victory at Sheriff Hutton Bridge by 96 runs.

Ben Birkhead top-scored with 40, and Matthew Fisher, playing against his parent club, made 33 as the visitors, who had been put in, were bowled out for 204, Russ Robinson (5-63) getting among the wickets.

James Logan took 4-16 as the hosts struggled in reply and were eventually bowled out for 108, which included an unbeaten 30 from Ben Gill.

Acomb offered little resistance against title-chasing York as the local rivals met at The Green, with the match reaching its conclusion inside 31 overs.

There were wickets for Kyle Brockley (3-30) and Charlie Elliot (3-15) as the home side were dismissed for 89, 28 of which were scored by Jonny Rawsthorne.

The visitors raced to their target off 9.1 overs, Jack Leaning (32) being the only batsman to lose his wicket, with both Duncan Snell and Matthew Waite finishing on 29 not out.

The match at Back Lane involving Easingwold and third-placed Stamford Bridge was an equally one-sided affair, but this time it was the visitors who batted first.

Half-centuries from Ryan Gibson (67) and Stuart Boyle (67) paved the way for Ryan McKendry (46) and, despite six wickets from John Greenlay (6-43), the hosts were set an unlikely victory target of 267.

Stephen Piercy (37) and Charles Ramsey (35) were responsible for the majority of their side's total of 108 as Will Rhodes (4-17) and Max Maciver (5-32) combined to great effect.

Despite an unbeaten run stretching back to the beginning of June, Bridge go into next week's crunch game at Weetwood knowing that a defeat will put an end to their title ambitions.

Harrogate's chances of retaining the title were finally extinguished, despite a commanding victory over relegation-threatened Clifton Alliance.

The visitors looked to be in trouble at 66-4 but runs down the order from Josh Atkinson (65), Edward Wilson (40) and David Foster (72) boosted their total to an unassailable 278.

Thomas Brown finished with three wickets but was also at the forefront of some destructive strokeplay conceding 109 from 12 overs.

The home side then came up against Yorkshire's Ben Coad, who took 5-17 in only his second outing for the club in 2017.

Harry Stow (4-37) was also in the wickets as the hosts were all out for just 59.

Hull must win at least one of their last two matches – against either Acomb or Easingwold – to avoid relegation after they lost at home to Scarborough by six wickets.

There were wickets each for Theo Smith (3-12) and Ben Elvidge (3-35) as the visitors were bowled out for 138, with only Ross Davy (34) making any impression for the home side.

A century opening stand between Joe Padmore (43) and Neil Elvidge (62no) ensured that the result was never in any serious doubt, despite a brief wobble in which four wickets fell in the space of 32 runs.

Only pride was at stake at Kings Mill Road, where Woodhouse Grange triumphed over Driffield Town, despite an unbeaten century from hosts' skipper Danny Broumpton (101no).

A strong display by the visitors' top order, including 63 from captain Andrew Bilton and 85 from Mike Hattee, helped them reach 270-6 and, despite Tom Kohler-Cadmore's 58 and Broumpton's heroics, his side fell short by 37 runs.