SHERIFF Hutton Bridge II retained the leadership of Hunters York & District Senior Cricket League division one despite being denied victory by Dringhouses.

The Bank Holiday Monday match at Moor Farm was a tight, low-scoring affair, Jordan Grose’s 30 the top score in the hosts' 164-8 which featured four wickets from George Wislon (4-37).

While Andrew Simpson (47) and Liam Hancy (36) were at the crease, the visitors must have fancied their chances of pulling of the victory, but Grose, having earlier starred with bat, kept his side in the game with 5-30, the visitors eventually falling eight runs short with the final pair at the wicket.

Beverley Town left it late to secure their first win since the opening day, beating visitors Goole Town with just three balls to spare.

Owen Parnaby (4-26) took four of the hosts’ wickets as they reached 217-8, which included a half-century from Kevin Murphy (53) and 45 apiece from Ollie Ounsley and Ben Earl.

Robert Fish and Tim Smith replied with 59 and 40 respectively and the cool-headed Alex Nightingale saw the innings through with an unbeaten 46.

Sewerby dropped out of the top two as they lost at home to Harrogate II by 26 runs.

Having made the long trip to the east coast, the visitors may have feared the worst when Chris Mann (3-20) and Lewis Beasley (3-45) bowled them out for 146, Tom Smallwood the top scorer with 29.

But the cliff-top wicket clearly favoured the bowlers with Will Topham (4-36) and Ashley Griffin (3-28) taking full advantage as the hosts were all out for 120.

The result made Harrogate the only side in the division to win both games over the weekend.

An unbeaten century from Andy Ward Jnr (116no) was not enough to prevent Pocklington securing their first victory of the season at home against Knaresborough.

Ben Rees (3-37) took three wickets as the visitors were held to 213-9 despite Ward’s effort.

The match then hung in the balance until a fourth-wicket partnership of 96 between Ben Shingles (72no) and Alex Downey (57) turned it the home side's way.

Heworth were one of two teams to record a first win in 2018 but they came close to missing out, the winning runs coming with only four balls to spare.

Tom Collins (46) and Henry Bayston (64) put on 94 for Carlton Towers’ opening wicket and skipper Robert Holah (45) helped his side reach 205-7.

The hosts made a solid start and, when Oliver Sherwood (46) was second out, Heworth were already over halfway to the target. Sam Lingard held his nerve through a tense finale, securing the victory with an unbeaten 84.

Hornsea are the only side in the division without a victory, Ben Crewe’s 94 not out helping visitors Ripon see them off.

Dave Henstock scored 45 and Glen Ratcliffe took 3-52 in what turned out to be a winning total of 211-8. Rich Medford (43), Joe Butterworth (32) and Ashley McKinley (31) did their best to challenge the target but four wickets from Jake Briscombe (4-34) proved decisive as the hosts were dismissed for 149.