RAIN played havoc with the opening day of the Hunters ECB Yorkshire Premier League North with all but one of the matches falling victim to the weather.

In the only game that survived, Dunnington celebrated their return to the top flight with victory at Castleford.

The home side were in early trouble before a partnership of 67 between Eitan Litvin (31) and new signing Scott Hopkinson (47) got the innings back on track. But four wickets from Dave Brent (4-30) and two from Luke Kilby (2-33) saw the hosts dismissed for 162.

In their first game back after a two-year absence, Adam Sutcliffe (37) and George Drury (36 not out) ensured they kept ahead of the rate to win by the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method when play was abandoned.

Sheriff Hutton Bridge skipper Adam Fisher recorded the day’s highest score with an unbeaten 72 but it proved to be in vain, his side reaching 146-1, Dulash Udayanga (35) sharing an unbroken partnership of 92 at Norwood Park against a Beverley Town side making their debut in the competition.

There were two wickets each for Navin Kavikara (2-20) and Matthew Till (2-8) as last year’s runners-up Woodhouse Grange reached 111-7 of 21.5 overs against Sessay, opener Tom Young top scoring with 31.

The home side were one over into their reply when the rain came putting paid to any chance of a positive outcome for either side.

Luke Robinson (2-34) marked his return to Low Catton Road with two wickets as hosts Stamford Bridge reduced visitors Clifton Alliance to 92-4, although their visitors overseas signing Mathew Montgomery made a positive start scoring an unbeaten 27 before the rain arrived.

Only six overs were possible at Clifton Park in the match between York and Scarborough and the match at St George’s Road between Harrogate and Yorkshire Academy was called off before a ball was bowled.