THERE was no change at the top of cricket's Hunters ECB Yorkshire Premier League North on Bank Holiday Monday after the leading two title contenders both recorded comprehensive victories.

Front-runners York beat Castleford at Savile Park, where Jack Leaning took 6-17 as the home side were bowled out for 67 to lose by 105 runs.

Leaning had earlier top scored for the visitors with 41. After he was dismissed his side slumped to 99-5 in the face of some accurate bowling from David Wainwright, who finished with figures of 6-32, but recovered to reach 172 thanks largely to a 56-run partnership for the seventh wicket between Nick James (32) and Toby Giddings (29).

Luke Edwards top scored with 23 for the home side, who had been 32-0 before Leaning stepped up to bowl.

In a similarly one-sided game at Sandhill Lane, second-placed Woodhouse Grange beat bottom side Acomb by eight wickets.

Six of the visitors' top eight failed to reach double figures, with James Finch taking 4-21.

Gavin Paton and Aiden Burton, batting at nine and 10 respectively, finished joint top scorers each with 21 before both fell to Simon Tennant (3-12) as Acomb were all out for 125.

Tom Neal (2-51) struck twice for the league’s bottom side but the in-form Christopher Bilton led the hosts to victory, following Saturday’s unbeaten century against Yorkshire Academy with 52 not out.

York remain nine points clear at the top with two games left.

Third beat fourth at Moor Farm as Stamford Bridge came through a stern test against Sheriff Hutton Bridge before achieving a four-wicket win with nine balls to spare.

Dominic Rhodes was the hero for the visitors with an unbeaten 125 to see them home after Ryan McKendry had made 40 as they chased a target of 228.

Having been put in, the hosts had looked in trouble on 43-3 but a stand of 97 between Dulash Udayanga (70) and Robert Pinder (93) got SHB's innings back on track, and a total of 227-7 looked like it might just be enough.

However, despite three wickets from Mark Fisher (3-67), the visitors made it seven wins in a row to stay just about in the title picture.

At the bottom of the table, above the already doomed Acomb, four sides are now covered by just 12 points following a couple of head-to-heads.

Harrogate captain George Ross led from the front at Clifton Alliance and secured a vital victory which saw his side climb above their hosts to fifth-from-bottom.

Ross's half-century in the middle of the innings, alongside 32 from Harry Stothard, laid the foundations from which William Bates (23no) and Tom Geeson-Brown (27) built late on to take the total to 212-8.

Liam Hope-Shackley (36) and Samuel Grant (52) looked the most likely to earn the hosts victory but Ross accounted for both in a spell of 6-48 which swung the match the visitors' way and, by the close, the home side had struggled to 185-9, the last pair earning what could yet prove to be two vital points.

Sessay kept alive their hopes of Premier League survival with a five-wicket victory at home to Driffield Town, who now sit in the drop zone along with Acomb.

Kavindu Kulasekara (34) and Danny Broumpton (55) looked to have put Town in control until a devastating spell from Stephen Langstaff (5-18) saw them slide from 104-2 to 150 all out.

Midway through the home reply, the game still hung in the balance, three wickets from Nick Hardgrave (3-32) contributing to a score of 74-5. But opener Mark Jackson held his nerve to finish unbeaten on 55 and found a willing partner in Christopher Till (41no) as they steered the side to 10 vital points.

Yorkshire Academy conceded their mid-table match to Scarborough.