YORK saw their lead of the Hunters ECB Yorkshire Premier League North increase, despite suffering a 17-run defeat to Stamford Bridge at Low Catton Road.

Openers Pradeeptha Gunaratne (42) and Ryan Gibson (65) put on 104 but once both had been dismissed by Jack Leaning (3-42), the innings fell away, with Ryan McKendry (62) one of only two further batsmen to reach double figures.

Daniel Woods collected his 150th wicket and finished with identical figures to Leaning as the hosts were all out for 195.

Nick James' half-century was the stand-out innings for the visitors, who lost wickets at regular intervals, with Max Maciver taking 3-54, and in the end they had to settle for four points, with their last pair at the crease for the final few overs.

Five wickets from Tom Geeson-Brown (5-26) helped Harrogate to victory over second-placed Woodhouse Grange. Skipper George Ross played the pivotal role in the St George's Road side's 231-8, his 62 coming between Josh Atkinson's 39 and an unbeaten 46 from William Bates.

Chris Wood replied for the visitors with 39 and Mike Burdett added 32 but they fell well short, a 77-run win for the home side completing a notable double over the top two, coming a fortnight after they enjoyed similar success against York.

Sheriff Hutton Bridge's 21-run defeat at Scarborough completed a disappointing day for the top three, and they have now been replaced in the trio by Stamford Bridge.

Half-centuries from Darren Harland (56) and Oliver Stephenson (51) followed opener James Pick's 38 as the home side scored 224-8.

Dulash Udayanga (53) and Robert Stevens (55no) both passed 50 for the visitors but the afternoon belonged to Ben Elvidge, who became only the third bowler to reach 100 YLN wickets on his way to match-winning figures of 4-46.

Spin bowling siblings Harry (5-29) and Joshua Sullivan (3-39) heaped further misery on bottom-of-the-table Acomb, who were bowled out for 108, despite the efforts of Joe Dale (38).

That came in response to the home side's 217-8.

Visiting skipper Tom Neal (4-62) took wickets at either end of the innings but runs from George Hill (59), Bilal Anjum (30) and an unbeaten 45 from Edward Barnes ensured a target that proved well out of reach.

Defeat to the competition's form side put Sessay back in the relegation places, with another inspirational performance from David Wainwright taking Castleford to a sixth straight win.

Despite a creditable showing from Navin Kavikara (3-53) and Stephen Langstaff (4-58), the visitors were still able to post 240-8, thanks to a strong showing from the top four.

Openers Wainwright (64) and Rizwan (35) provided a platform for Liam Hyde (40) and then Connor Hyde (34no) through the closing overs.

Mark Wilkie (50) and Matthew Till (43) began the reply in positive fashion, but with five of the top eight out for single-figure scores, it was left to Mark Jackson (70no) to keep the game alive as Wainwright took 5-38 to leave them on 209-8.

A third win on the trot for Danny Broumpton's Driffield Town side moved them further away from the relegation places, with the captain scoring an unbeaten half-century in a 122-run victory over Clifton Alliance.

An opening partnership of 129 between Alec Drury (60) and Grant Halder (79) set the home side on the way to 236-5, with visiting captain Scott Hopkinson (3-50) among the wickets.

The visitors' reply never got going as they lost half their wickets for 54, and things only marginally improved before they were all out for 114, with wickets for Harry Burnhill (3-16) and Jamie Greavson (3-34)