SHERIFF Hutton’s slim chances of taking the Pilmoor Evening Cricket League division two title ended with a crushing defeat at Raskelf.

Alec Snowball top-scored with 27 in Raskelf’s 84-9 as Richard Ainley (3-15) and I Lumley (3-18) had good returns for Sheriff, but the visitors collapsed to 25 all out, which included a five run helmet penalty.

Toby Baker (2-10), Matt Burn (4-4) and Jordan Green (2-0) ran unopposed through the Sheriff line up.

Alne’s recent improvement continued with a narrow win over Dringhouses, who despite the defeat cannot be overhauled at the top of the division.

Alne made 112-6, with Dringhouses falling just short.

Division one champions Sheriff Hutton Bridge continue to sweep all before them with another win, this time at Sessay.

Sessay were put in to bat and slipped to 33-4 by the ninth over, but skipper Mark Jackson held firm and found great support from Cameron Luck.

The pair took the score past the 100 mark by the 17th over before Luck was caught at the wicket for an impressive 29, while Jackson went on to reach a superb unbeaten 78 as Sessay closed on 139-7.

Dave Henstock was the most effective Bridge bowler in returning 3-7 from five overs, while Joe Judge took 2-56.

Bridge responded strongly through Dave Bradshaw’s excellent 60 and Dulash Udayanga's unbeaten 52 as they won at 142-2 in the 19th over.

Clifton Alliance batted first at Thirsk and were largely indebted to Lewis Clark (46no) and Nic Hindle (43no) for their 126-3. Thirsk came close in reply, being all out for 120 with Tom Scott (31) and Jamie Hogg (30) almost getting them home.

Jack Mayfield (3-29) and Matthew Caruthers (3-19) tipped the scales Alliance’s way.

Newburgh’s difficult season continued with another reverse at Helperby. Luke Fletcher’s 42 and an unbeaten 39 from Dan Spink were the top scores in Helperby’s 124-7.

Anthony Maluf returned 2-23 for Newburgh, whose reply could only reach 68-9 as Tom Messenger claimed 4-20.