IT was a frustrating day for two of the top three in Hunters ECB Yorkshire Premier League North with the games at Kings Mill Road, Driffield, and St George’s Road, Harrogate, both abandoned without a ball bowled, Kevin Hutchinson writes.

It leaves Stamford Bridge and Sheriff Hutton Bridge locked together on 17 points, and now trailing Dunnington, with just two rounds of matches remaining.

With their title rivals side-lined Dunnington seized the initiative with a dramatic victory over York at Common Lane.

The hosts needed 12 from the last over, Jack Bolam halved that off the first two balls only to be caught off Tom Forsdike (3-50) for what turned out to be a match-winning 94, but then skipper Dave Brent cleared the rope to send his side top of the table.

A fifth straight win for the home side looked unlikely after Guy Darwin (88no) and Harry Adair (36) had helped the visitors reach 196-3 and Clarke Doughney’s (3-22) wickets had left them needing 76 off 11 overs with three wickets left.

The recent heavy rain at Savile Park denied would-be hosts Castleford the opportunity to make it three wins in a row had they been able to take on Woodhouse Grange.

The visitors tied a with Driffield Town last Sunday, in a rain-affected game the hosts could not surpass a revised target managing instead to match the par score set for them by Duckworth-Lewis-Stern.

It was only the second time a match had finished with scores effectively level since the League began five years ago, the only previous time was at Acomb in 2018 when Driffield were the visitors on that occasion too.

Clifton Alliance and visitors Acomb went into their game on the back of defeats and it was the home side who ended their two-match losing run, a four-wicket win coming with just six balls to spare.

The visitors struggled through the early part of their innings Samuel Grant (3-34) taking three wickets but then a 59-run sixth wicket partnership between Joe Schofield (27) and Dan Watkinson (36) helped their side reach 136-7.

It was a similar story for Alliance who found themselves 56-4 following Chris Aplin’s ten over spell with the new ball which brought him three wickets at a cost of 26 runs.

Jake Atkinson (35no) led the fightback and alongside his captain Liam Green (25) got the side to within a couple of runs of victory before Green was out with two needed off the final couple of overs.