THE regionalised opening round of the Rudgate Brewery Yorkshire League Knock Out Cup included three ties between Yorkshire Premier League North clubs - with Sheriff Hutton Bridge, Woodhouse Grange and Driffield Town progressing.

Three catches and two stumpings from Ben Gill helped Sheriff Hutton Bridge dismiss Sessay for 174 at Moor Farm.

Freddie Collins took 3-39 for the hosts while Joseph Watson (28) headed a list of four batsmen who reached 20, none of whom were able to go on to make a dominant contribution.

Louis Foxton (40) and Oliver Grayson (40) provided a positive start to the hosts' replay and an unbeaten half-century from Tommy Hudson (50no) saw them to victory despite the loss of three wickets in the closing stages as they ended with four wickets and eight balls to spare.

It was a similar story at Sandhill Lane where Woodhouse Grange overcame a determined challenge from Castleford, winning a tight game by three wickets.

Eitan Litvin (32) top scored in the visitors’ total of 187-9 as Sam Tennant (3-41) and Chris Wood (3-56) shared six wickets.

Matthew Rees (2-38) and Liam Hyde (2-53) responded and, despite a solid performance from the Grange top order, led by Chris Bilton (40), the result remained in doubt until the last couple of overs.

Alec Drury produced a man-of-the-match performance for Driffield Town as they won at Clifton Alliance by 85 runs.

The opener made 87, sharing an opening stand of 124 with Grant Halder (29). Kavindu Kulasekara added a quick-fire 43 as the visitors reached 221-7 off 40 overs.

Paul Walton was the pick of the hosts' attack, finishing with figures of 3-22.

Skipper Scott Hopkinson (69) top scored in the home side's reply, but was one of only three batsmen to reach double figures. Drury finished with 4-43 including the wicket of Hopkinson, who was last out with the score on 136.

The remaining first round match will see Acomb host Scarborough on Sunday.

Meanwhile, victory in their rearranged fixture at Harrogate allowed Scarborough to take over top spot in the Hunters ECB Yorkshire Premier League North.

The visitors took an early grip on proceedings thanks to Kristian Wilkinson (4-24). All four of his wickets were caught by wicketkeeper Jonathan Read, who set a new league record when he took his fifth later in the innings.

There were also four wickets for Jack Holt (4-27).

The only bright spot in a disappointing batting performance from the home side came from a 51-run third-wicket partnership between William Bates (39) and Edward Wilson (22) as the 2016 champions were bowled out for 110.

However, this was far from a one-sided contest as Tom Geeson-Brown (5-33) led a Harrogate fightback which at one stage reduced the visitors to 46-5.

It took an assured innings from opener Darren Harland (50no) to see them over the line eventually reaching their target for the loss of eight wickets.

Meanwhile, in the York & District Senior League Hunters Cup first round played on Monday, Pickering had a thrilling one-run last-over victory over Bolton Percy.

The Pikes were all out for 187 but then bowled out Bolton for 186 with two balls of the innings remaining.

Elsehwere, Dunnington beat Diffield Town II, Beverley Town won at Folkton & Flixton, Knaresborough beat Hull Zingari, Malton & Old Malton had a narrow win over Goole Town, and York II skittled Easingwold for 50 in an easy win.