AFTER another last gasp win, this time at Acomb, Dunnington will go into their final match of the season knowing victory at home to Castleford will see them finish top of the Yorkshire Premier League North table.

The home side needed six off the last four balls at the end of an absorbing contest at The Green, but spinner Nick Thomas held his nerve to deny them, and in doing so extended the visitors winning run to six matches and took them to within touching distance of the title.

Andrew Burton and George Drury both scored 55 for Dunnington who looked set for a big total before four wickets from Charlie Marshall (4-44) helped reduce them from 170-4 to 187 all out.

Rain between the innings left the hosts facing a revised target of 172 to win from 34 overs and whilst brothers Matthew (48) and Joe Dale (27) were adding 71 that looked within reach before the bowlers fought back to secure an eventual victory by two tuns.

Should Dunnington fail to win next Saturday the title will be decided at Moor Farm where Sheriff Hutton Bridge and Stamford Bridge, the sides currently tied in second, are due to meet.

Woodhouse Grange will no doubt be looking forward to returning to Sandhill Lane in 2021.

Ground works have seen them host fixtures at Osbaldwick and defeat to Sheriff Hutton Bridge in their final match there meant they have failed to register a win at their temporary home this season.

Visiting captain Adam Fisher, who had made scores of 112 and 73 in his last two innings, again led by example making 75 out of a total of 171-9.

It came as Christopher Suddaby returned competition best figures of 6-39, Alex Burton (3-41) also taking three wickets.

Dave Henstock picked up two of three early wickets to fall when Woodhouse batted and a partnership of 67 between Henry Wilson (36) and Mark Burdett (25) only temporarily held the visitors at bay.

Mark Fisher (3-27) picked up the wickets of both and added a third, Suddaby underlined his all-round credentials making 34 before becoming the third of Henstock’s 4-43, the last of which sealed victory by a margin of 11 runs.

Stamford Bridge were comfortable winners at home to Driffield Town, James Pick taking three wickets against his former side.

Pick’s wickets came after young Noah Kelly (49) had helped put on 120 for the first two wickets alongside opening partner Alec Drury (43) and then skipper Grant Halder (33), but the visitors were unable to build on the strong start and closed on 171-6.

Kyle Waite (36) and Martyn Woodliffe (41) responded with an opening stand of worth 78 before the hosts wobbled losing four wickets for just eight runs, they were rescued by James Keast (41no) and his captain Dominic Rhodes (43) who took the side to the brink of victory with a partnership of 85, Rhodes one of three wickets for James Anson (3-24) falling just before the target was reached.

Clifton Alliance have Ian Mansfield (53no) to thank as he kept alive their slender hopes of topping the table, his second half-century of the campaign holding the visitors innings together as they lost seven wickets chasing down Castleford’s total of 118 all out at Savile Park.

Youngster Jack Young was moved up to open for the home side and scored 25, which was only bettered by his captain David Wainwright (37no) as batting proving difficult, David Friend the pick of the bowlers with 3-25.

The visiting batsmen found the going equally tough and needed 38 over to reach their target, Young rounding off a memorable individual performance with two wickets.

York ended the season with a 37-run win over a Harrogate side who have now lost all four away games in 2020. Three of the home side’s top four scored half-centuries.

Harry Adair (78) was the top scorer, sharing partnerships of 104 with Duncan Snell (62) and 90 with Nick James (53) as York posted a competition best 253-4 from 40 overs.

The visitors reply of 216-7 was built around an unbeaten 95 from William Bates, while Harry Stothard contributed 38 before being dismissed by Tom Forsdike (4-35), the competition’s leading wicket-taker picking up four or more wickets for the fourth time this season.