SHERIFF Hutton Bridge are celebrating after clinching the Hunters ECB Yorkshire Premier League North title with a victory over Harrogate.

In-form Karl Carver (6-38) took six wickets to set the Moor Farm side on the way to their first title as hosts Harrogate were bowled out for 143.

Ishan Abeysekara, the top scorer with 17, was one of seven batsmen to reach double figures but no-one was able to come up with a more telling contribution.

Rain at the start of the match left the visitors chasing a revised target of 145 off 46 overs.

Three wickets in seven overs early in the reply did little to ease the nerves, Tom Geeson-Brown (3-32) striking twice.

The same bowler removed Dulash Udayanga (41) but not before he had added 66 for the fourth wicket with Matthew Fisher, who finished 44 not out striking the winning runs to seal the title with a match to spare.

Sessay needed a victory at home to Stamford Bridge to have any chance of staying up but, despite season's-best figures from Navin Kavikara (6-24), they succumbed to a 39-run defeat.

The Sri Lankan spinner looked to have given his side a chance as the visitors were bowled out for 163, a total which included opener Kyle Waite’s (53) third half-century of the campaign.

The hosts came under pressure early in their reply, Dominic Rhodes (4-15) with the first four wickets to fall before the score had reached 50.

Tim Hall fought back with 31 before becoming the second of three wickets for Ryan McKendry (3-39). Fellow spinner James Keast (3-42) helped bowl the home side out for 124.

Woodhouse Grange, who led the title race for much of the season, face a fight to claim the runners-up spot after they lost for the third time in four matches, the latest a one-wicket home loss against Dunnington.

The visitors' last wicket pair of Dave Brent (12no) and Jonathan Anderson (23no) put on 47 to win the game with just three balls to spare.

In a match dominated by spin Luke Kilby returned a season's best 6-59 as the home side were bowled out for 152, the bulk of those coming from a 43-run second-wicket partnership between Ted Baty (25) and Chris Bilton (25).

The visitors lost three wickets in the first dozen overs, Josh Jackson with two on the way to figures of 3-26.

George Drury made 30 before he fell to Grange skipper James Finch (3-34).

York recovered from back-to-back defeats over the Bank Holiday weekend to beat Yorkshire Academy at Clifton Park, where they were comfortably ahead on DLS when bad light forced an end to a game that was held up by rain.

Finlay Bean, would played at York prior to joining the Academy, made a triumphant return, recording a league career-high 74 against his former team-mates.

That formed the backbone of the visitors’ total of 171-7 from their 38 overs.

A partnership of 61 between Ben Robinson (27no) and James Billington (44) kept the home side in front on the scoreboard as the light began to fade and a score of 104-2 from 23 overs was enough to take the points, a result which leaves them level with Woodhouse Grange.

Clifton Alliance, who narrowly avoided relegation in both their previous seasons in the competition, could yet finish in the top half of the table after a comprehensive victory over Beverley Town.

David Taylor got the visitors off to a positive start with a half-century but the batting honours went to Matthew Montgomery, who completed his maiden Premier League century.

He went on to finish 122 not out as the side reached 249-6, the wickets to fall shared equally between Thomas Haytack (3-69) and Keiran Thompson (3-72).

The home side soon found themselves 19-4 in reply, the league’s leading wicket-taker Samuel Grant (5-34) striking early.

At 55-7, another double digit total looked on the cards but Jamie Roe ensured that would not be the case as he finished unbeaten on 41 in a total of 122.

Sam Drury became only the second player in the league history to score a century and take five wickets in the same match.

The Scarborough captain shared a 104-run opening stand with Darren Harland (25) at Castleford.

Both were eventually dismissed by Jack Young (3-44) but not before Drury (111) had reached three figures for the fifth time this season as the visitors closed on 203-4.

Christopher Briggs (46) and Eitan Litvin (37) provided the hosts with a solid base in pursuit of a DLS amended target of 207 from 46 overs.

But 5-39 from 10 overs by Drury checked their progress and they finished seven runs short with nine wickets down by the close.