NEWBURGH, Sheriff Hutton Bridge and Clifton Alliance lead the way after two rounds of fixtures in the Pilmoor Evening Cricket League first division.

Newburgh (101-9) served notice of their intentions to retain the title with victory over Sessay. Tommy Banks (32) and Rob Proudley (21) took Newburgh past the 100 mark before Ben Scaling took four wickets, including a hat trick from the final three deliveries, in the final over. Sessay needed 19 from the final three overs (Paul Flintoff 39) but finished on 93-5.

Clifton Alliance recorded their second win away at Dringhouses. The hosts made 110-5 (Paul Milner 49) with Will Moll taking 2-31 for Clifton.

In reply, Alliance won comfortably at 113-1 (Nick Hindle 39, Ryan Partington 49*) in 14 overs.

Sheriff Hutton Bridge beat Thirsk (118-4) thanks to a partnership between D Bradshaw (37*) and Jack Hugill (26*) which took them to 119-3.

Helperby posted 130-2 against Acomb with Dylan Steyn 63 not out and Lewis Rees-Hughes 51. A fine partnership between Jack Spence (67*) and Aidan Burton (54*) took Acomb to victory at 132-2 with more than three overs to spare.

In division two, Raskelf and Huby are the early pace-setters.

Raskelf enjoyed a narrow victory over Rowntrees and Huntington.

Raskelf posted 135-6 (A Snowball 44, Harry Ellis 32) with Tom Shaw taking 4-32. Shaw and Josh de Silva hit unbeaten 50s yet R&H (129-2) still fell short of the target.

Huby (119-4) beat Sheriff Hutton who scored 118-4 (Richard Reynolds 51). Thomas Piercy (54) and A Mead (55) set up Huby’s win.

Easingwold (123-4) got off the mark against Alne (57-9). Crayke beat Stillington by three wickets. Stillington made 105-4 (B Sanders 42*) with Charlie Wentworth taking 2-20. In reply, Sam Fielding (49*) took Crayke to 108-7.