SHERIFF Hutton Bridge have built up a convincing five-point lead at the top of Pilmoor Evening League division one with a 10-wicket demolition of Sessay.

Alongside this, second-placed Clifton Alliance were not able to play their home game against Thirsk - the only casualty of the weather across the league.

Newburgh, meanwhile, are languishing at the foot of the table after being caught on a wet wicket when they entertained Helperby.

Dringhouses moved into the lead in division two with a big win over Alne, with Sheriff Hutton winning the other fixture when they entertained Raskelf.

Crayke were the side to take their turn on the sidelines.

Sessay batted first at Sheriff Hutton Bridge, hoping to close the gap on the leaders, but were held to 83-5. A decisive early spell from Dave Henstock, who finished with 3-13, reduced Sessay to 7-3 in the sixth over.

Although Navin Kavikara’s 26 and an unbeaten 36 from Liam Carver took Sessay to 83-5, Bridge were untroubled in reply as Dulash Udayanga made an unbeaten 50 with support from Ben Gill (29 not out) as the hosts won easily in 14 overs.

Newburgh had successfully made every effort to get the game on when they entertained Helperby, and were asked to bat first on a damp pitch.

Batting was always going to be difficult and the Helperby attack took full advantage, dismissing the hosts for 28, with Jake Fletcher (3-6), Dan Marston (2-4) and Paul Vogels (3-2) the destroyers-in-chief.

Helperby lost a couple of wickets in reply, but reached 34-2 in seven overs, with Vogels' 11 the top score in the match.

Dringhouses took advantage of Crayke’s inactivity to move two points clear at the top of the second tier. The fixture was switched from Alne, and it was Alne who batted first.

The hosts were soon on top as Alne lost wickets regularly to George Wilson (3-5), Danny Snaith (whose 3-9 included a hat-trick), H Watkinson (2-12) and S Dixon (2-12) before being all out for 39.

Tom Storr’s 26 helped Dringhouses to a comfortable win at 43-1.

Raskelf batted first at Sheriff Hutton, where Richard Brown top scored with 31 in their total of 99-6, Dan Chivers taking 3-24 for Sheriff.

Geoff Schofield with 51 (ret) then provided the base of Sheriff’s successful reply of 100-5.