BENJAMIN Pearson (107) announced his arrival in Hunters ECB Yorkshire Premier League North with a debut century.

Having joined Stamford Bridge just a couple of days earlier, the former Lancashire League batsman – alongside overseas signing Zec Keune (110no) – shared a league record second wicket stand of 222 at Low Catton Road.

That took the record from another Bridge pair, Stuart Boyle and Will Rhodes, who scored 195 against Sheriff Hutton Bridge in the first year of the competition - 2016.

The partnership set up a comfortable 114-run victory over Sessay which lifts Bridge to second place in the table, 12 points behind the leaders.

The visitors' reply rarely gathered momentum as wickets fell at regular intervals, James Keast the pick of the bowlers finishing with 3-24 as they were dismissed for 127.

Woodhouse Grange asserted their authority in the title race with a dominant performance over nearest rivals Dunnington at Common Road.

The visitors’ innings, after being put in, was dominated by the Bilton brothers Andrew (75) and Christopher (72no).

The pair shared a third wicket stand of 71 before the latter went on to add an unbroken 80 with skipper James Finch (40no) for the fifth.

It left Dunnington chasing 226 for victory. Opener Adam Sutcliffe’s 37 proved to be the highlight of a disappointing batting display.

Josh Jackson (2-33) and Steve Burdett (2-16) shared four of the first five wickets to fall but it was a third 'four-for' of the season from Simon Tennant (4-13) that clinched victory as the hosts were bowled out for 136.

There was little evidence of the euphoria of the previous Sunday’s Hunters T20 Blast victory as newly crowned champions Harrogate were bowled out for just 90 at Moor Farm.

Matthew Fisher cannot be far off a return to Yorkshire’s ranks after he sent down 12.2 overs in three spells, finishing with figures of five for 27.

It was the best return by some margin from a Sheriff Hutton Bridge bowler this season and went a long way to setting up the side's fifth straight win.

Openers Louis Foxton (25no) and Edward Barnes (43) needed less than 16 overs to score the runs required to secure the victory which moves their side up to fourth and firmly in the hunt for a first league title. At the other end of the table Harrogate slip into the relegation places.

Three wickets and an unbeaten 87 from skipper Duncan Snell helped secure maximum points for his side for only the second time in 2019, York beating Yorkshire Academy at Weetwood by seven wickets.

The home side looked well placed on 122-2 with James Wharton well set, but once Anjun Ramkumar (30) became the first of three wickets for Clarke Doughney (3-46) the innings subsided.

Wharton went for 71 as the hosts lost their last seven wickets for 61 runs. The result was seldom in doubt once Snell and James Billington (46) had added 107 for the second wicket and a welcome ten points lifts the defending champions into the top half of the table.

The battle of the bottom two at Clifton Park went the way of the home side, but only just.

Beverley Town came within 14 runs of what would have been their second win in the space of three weeks but in the end had to settle for four points.

Alliance’s total of 219-6 was a real team effort – after losing their openers the next six batsmen all contributed at least 20.

Matthew Montgomery narrowly missed out on a half-century, finishing top scorer with 47, and Mathew Hindle made 40 with both becoming part of Jamie Roe’s 3-39.

Hayden Bradley made a quick-fire 30 before a seventh-wicket partnership worth 57 between Craig Nicoll (34no) and John Gilham (23no) pushed the total up to 219-6.

Opener Ben Hatfield made 61 to give the visitors a solid start before Samuel Grant struck with three quick wickets.

Skipper Andrew Burton showed the kind of fight his side will need if they are to stay up with 57 from 54 balls, but after Grant struck twice more finishing with 5-37 he was left to block out the final over.