SHERIFF Hutton Bridge went clear at the top of the Pilmoor Evening Cricket League first division after a comfortable win at Newburgh while Thirsk were losing heavily at home to a Mark Jackson-inspired Sessay.

Jackson smashed 149 off only 73 balls for what is believed to be the highest individual score in the history of the league.

Newburgh batted first against SHB and struggled to score freely. James Banks, Josh Sargent and Geoff Pears all got into the teens, but the hosts were kept well in check by J Judge (2-18), D Duke (2-18) and A Eardley (2-14) and closed on 70-7.

Connor Campbell was Bridge's only casualty, for 19, as Arthur Campion, with 23 not out, and Danny Cass, on 24 not out, took them to a comfortable nine-wicket win.

Sessay made the short trip to Thirsk and had skipper Jackson in sensational form - dominating the Thirsk attack to such an extent he cracked 17 fours and five sixes for a startling unbeaten 149, going at quicker than two runs a ball. Sessay closed on 202-3.

Tom Spence largely escaped the punishment to return 1-23 for Thirsk from four overs, while James Wilkinson took 2-52.

The Thirsk reply disintegrated to 15-7 by the sixth over, with George Swiers (4-8) and

youngster Cameron Luck (3-28) doing the damage.

Ross McAndrew (23) defied the visitors briefly, but Ian Watkinson chipped in with 2-6 as Thirsk were bundled out for 44.

The 2018 champions Clifton Alliance recorded their first win of the season with a narrow victory at Helperby.

Dan Marston (28) and Luke Fletcher (26) did most to take Helperby to 101-5, Matthew Montgomery (3-6) having the best return for the York outfit.

Sam Grant and Montgomery each made 23 when Clifton replied, while Dan Marston returned 2-14 before the visitors reached a winning 103-6 with just three balls to spare.

In the second division, Crayke recorded their second win of term with a five-wicket triumph at Sheriff Hutton.

Geoff Schofield, who retired after reaching 50, was the cornerstone of Sheriff’s 89-5, but Crayke made his efforts in vain as Graeme Dawson (34) and Peter Thomas (29) took their side to 90-5, despite Richard Ainley’s return of 3-24.

Raskelf batted first at Alne and made 108-9, largely thanks to Richard Galtrey’s 52 retired.

Louis Otterburn took four wickets and R Raper three for Alne but their team's reply closed short on 92-8 despite 29 from W Bell as Toby Baker, with two wickets and Sam Porter, with three, kept Raskelf on top.