YORK are top of the Hunters York & District Senior Cricket League Premier Division, despite missing out on victory against Driffield Town.

Alex Collins top-scored for the leaders with an unbeaten 81, and a half-century from Nick Kay (67) alongside 32 from Ben Robinson, helped the home side reach 239-4.

Robinson (3-49) shared six wickets with Matthew Hodsdon (3-32) as York went in pursuit of a third straight win but Kevin Woodcock (64) and Joe Caley (36) defied them, and the ninth Town wicket fell off the final ball of the match with the score on 183.

Easingwold kept pace with the leaders, despite also been held to a draw at home.

Having been put in, Stephen Piercy (83) and Kyle Waite (42) put on 80 for the second wicket after which Bolton Percy's Joe Stowe took charge of the innings, finishing with 7-43, Max Cosgrove being the only batsman to offer further resistance, making 37 as the hosts were bowled out for 234.

The visitors found the going tough, with James Postill picking up 4-13, and had it not been Giles Anderson, whose unbeaten 29 took 92 balls, then the visitors would almost certainly have slumped to a third straight defeat.

Studley Royal's first victory of the season came against bottom side Pickering, who, despite restricting their hosts to 192-9, thanks largely to Tom Croot (5-35), were unable to take advantage.

The home side's total owed much to an unbeaten half-century from Anthony Mackle (58no) but also included contributions from James Clarkson (30) and Charlie Scatchard (38).

Andrew Sharman (34) top-scored as the visitors were bowled out for 115 in reply, with Dan Craven (4-34) and James Clarkson (3-28) being the chief wicket-takers.

Beverley Town were denied a probable victory when their match at Pryers Cricket Ground against Dunnington was abandoned due to rain.

The visitors were sitting pretty on 112-2, chasing 152, when the game ended with Brad Dobson (64no) and Ben Hatfield (43no) both well set.

Earlier George Drury had made an unbeaten 70 for the home side, who were dismissed cheaply thanks in part to Kieran Thompson (3-44) and Jamie Roe's (3-33) fine efforts.

Simon Webb was at his imperious best, scoring an unbeaten 154 as Whitkirk reached 267-5 at home to Folkton & Flixton.

Such was his dominance that the next best score was Mark Murphy with 32.

Jamie Nesfield was not immune from punishment and, despite picking up three wickets, conceded 79 runs.

Harry Walmsley (75) top-scored for the visitors, who took the attack to their hosts, with Will Hutchinson (40), Will Norman (31) and Connor Stephenson (44) all keeping their side in the hunt, and although Michael O'Brien (4-70) helped ensure the home side took the lion's share of the points, there was little to separate the sides by the close.

It was a similar story at Old Malton Road, where Hull & Zingari were the visitors.

Danny Foxton (45), Mike Linsley (35) and Ryan Gaughan (30) were all among the runs for the home side as they reached 192-8, with James Anson being the pick of the visitors' attack with 3-50.

Tom Appleyard (60) and Guy Martinson (33) replied for the newly-formed club, who came close to snatching victory, having reached 185-9,

Adam Spaven (4-36) and Nick Schofield (3-48) shared seven wickets for the home side, who only just came out on top.