“IT is in their hands,” believes Stamford Bridge CC captain Matt Beckett of the race for the ECB Yorkshire Premier League North title.

With two games to play, Bridge sit 11 points behind leaders York and just two behind second-placed Woodhouse Grange – and it is their responsibility to keep it that way.

Bridge head into Saturday’s game at Clifton Alliance having taken the lion’s share of the points from their last seven games.

Bank Holiday Monday saw Bridge earn a winning draw at Ryedale rivals Sheriff Hutton Bridge, in which Dom Rhodes struck an unbeaten 123 to see the visitors past their target of 227.

This run may have come too late to put them right in the mix for top spot but, should either of the top two drop points, Bridge could have hope yet.

Beckett said: “We’ve had a pretty good run of form. We’re playing consistent cricket and kept up pressure on the top two sides. Our key players have all stood up and performed, and our batting has finally come together.

“Both Woodhouse Grange and York have had fantastic seasons and they have left us with a lot to do in the last two games.

“All we can do is concentrate on our own performances, win our remaining games and see what happens elsewhere.

“It’s in their hands.

“Sheriff Hutton Bridge are an excellent side. They have been in the top four for most of the season and have got some fantastic players.

“There didn’t deserve to be a loser on Monday - it was the closest game we have had over the last few months.

“We bowled and fielded really well to limit them to 227, then a fantastic innings from Dom Rhodes almost single-handedly won us the game.

“We’ll have to be at our best on Saturday. Clifton Alliance have got some very dangerous players and they play attacking cricket.

“They have got a lot to play for themselves and we expect another very difficult match.”

York travel to Acomb tomorrow while Grange welcome Driffield Town. Fourth-placed Sheriff Hutton Bridge host Yorkshire Academy and strugglers Sessay visit Scarborough.