AFTER the faltering start of a rain-affected opening day, the Hunters ECB Yorkshire Premier League North got under way in earnest with Clifton Alliance, Harrogate and Woodhouse Grange all picking up maximum points.

On paper at least the most eye-catching of the round two fixtures looked to be the game at Clifton Park between last year’s top two.

But it produced the day’s most one-sided result thanks to an outstanding individual performance from Grange’s Simon Tennant who hit a century and took four wickets as the visitors eased to victory over reigning champions York by 141 runs.

Helped along the way by Tom Young (41) and Mike Burdett (49), Tennant guided his side to a total of 257-8 despite four wickets from Jonathan Moxon (4-43).

The hosts stumbled to 116 all out in reply – James Finch with figures of 3-30 adding to Tennant’s 4-21 from 12 overs.

On the other side of Clifton Park, Clifton Alliance won a rollercoaster game against Sheriff Hutton Bridge.

Dave Friend (3-44) and Thomas Brown (3-10) looked to have put the home side in control as Bridge were bowled out for 123, Louis Foxton (32) one of only four batsmen to reach double figures.

Alliance were almost halfway to their target thanks to David Taylor (43) and Matthew Montgomery.

But three wickets in an over from Yorkshire’s Matthew Fisher (3-27) and a further three from county colleague Karl Carver (3-25) reduced the home side to 95-7. It needed the cool head of Montgomery (44 not out) to see them over the line.

Stamford Bridge held on to beat Yorkshire Academy at Low Catton Road by 16 runs in the first of two matches between the pair in three days. The reverse fixture having been brought forward due to ground availability problems later in the summer.

A partnership worth 88 between Oliver Sherwood (46) and Dominic Rhodes (56) helped the home side recover from 49-4 to reach 195, Harry Harding (4-21) restricting the total with wickets late on.

Openers James Wharton (49) and Finlay Bean (62) gave the visitors the perfect platform to go on and win the game.

However, five wickets from James Keast (5-53) – one of a number of new signings in the Bridge line up – turned the game on its head before the match ended with the Academy on 179-9 which was enough to earn them four points.

Dunnington were unable to repeat their opening day success against Castleford, going down to a 75-run defeat against Harrogate at St George’s Road.

Harry Stothard fell one short of a half-century while Ross Sedgley and Tom Geeson-Brown each contributed 31 as the home side reached 222-8.

Opener Adam Sutcliffe (63) looked to anchor the visitors reply but found little support as Tom Geeson-Brown (4-32) and Ishan Abeysekara (3-52) bowled their side to victory.

Rain plagued the match at Norwood Park between Beverley Town and Scarborough but visiting skipper Sam Drury (107) made light of the conditions to score his fifth YLN century.

Sizeable partnerships with Darren Harland (22) and James Pick (36no) saw the away side reach 180-2 off their innings having been restricted to 33 overs.

David Snowball had already taken three wickets before the visitors reached double figures and went on to finish with five for 14.

Rain eventually brought an early end to proceedings with the score on 65-8 – well short of the required rate, handing Scarborough a comfortable victory.

Castleford suffered a second successive league defeat, this time at the hands of Sessay, despite a valiant effort from Umair Khan (107no) and Dan Robson (37no).

They shared a new league record tenth wicket stand of 109 at Oval View to rescue two points for the visitors.

Matthew Rees (3-47) had earlier taken three of the five wickets to fall as the home side reached 258, a total which included half-centuries from Mark Jackson (76) and Will Hunt (79).

Stuart Peirse (3-23) and Navin Kavikara (3-64) looked to have set their side on the way to maximum points before the last wicket pair’s marathon effort which took them to within 29 runs of their target.