NEWBURGH continue to dead Pilmoor Evening Cricket League division one by a point from Sheriff Hutton Bridge with three games to go - and with the sides due to meet at Moor Farm in the penultimate fixture.

Openers Andrew Kenyon (32) and Paul Milner gave Dringhouses a good start against Newburgh with a 60-run partnership.

Milner then lost a series of partners as Tommy Banks (3-21) and Liam Medley (2-30) struck, but he got the hosts to a competitive 127-6, finishing on 63 not out.

The leaders' reply began shakily as they fell behind the clock after losing the prolific Mark Mierzwinski and Luke Ramsay, but Tommy Banks played a captain’s innings and did most to set up another victory.

Dropped on 25, he got Newburgh in sight of victory when finally out for 80, including five sixes, and the supporting Josh Sargent (26no) took them over the line with seven wickets in hand.

Sheriff Hutton Bridge kept up the pressure with a convincing eight-wicket home win over Helperby.

The visitors made 111-6, Luke Fletcher making 27 not out and Dan Spink 23 while Tom Magee took 2-11.

The hosts cruised to victory in the 13th over, with Jack Hugill making 20, Mark Fisher 32 and Connor Campbell 50 not out.

Thirsk’s plight at the bottom worsened when they lost narrowly at Acomb.

Acomb’s 137-7 included 34 from both Jack Spence and Jonny Rawsthorne, Ben Collinson taking 3-25.

The spirited Thirsk reply came close at 126-9 as Josh Peirse made 39 and T Scott 23, but C Brookes (2-17), Jack Spence (2-5) and Dan Watkinson (2-12) kept Acomb in front.

Sessay rose into the top half after winning in the last over at Clifton Alliance.

Jack Beath make 31 for Alliance before he was stumped off the bowling of Jonny Scaling, while Tom O’Connor made 35 and Lewis Clark 26 not out in their 132-5, having scored at an average of 10 per over in the second half of their innings.

Craig Easton (2-24) had the best return for Sessay, who stumbled to 22-3 in reply as Jack Heartshorne (2-10) made early inroads.

Opener Tom Wilkinson (85no) and Liam Carver (27), though, put together a match-winning partnership of 90. Wilkinson lost another partner, but saw Sessay home at 133-5 with four balls to spare, in an innings which included four fours and six sixes.

Huby recorded another win in the second division when they beat Rowntrees & Huntington by seven wickets.

Josh de Silva (53no) again held the R&H batting together in their 106-9, Kieran Edmund (2-26) and Ian Varney (4-20) taking the bowling honours.

Jake Fox (50 retired) led Huby's reply and Thomas Piercy was 22 not out when they reached 112-3 despite D Jones' 2-10.

Raskelf stayed level with Huby after another nailbiting win, this time against Sheriff Hutton.

Raskelf were all out for 72, only Sam Porter with 30 putting up resistance as Joe Schofield (2-16), Richard Ainley (2-18) and Ed Ramsden (3-7) bowled Sheriff into a winning position.

But Raskelf struck back through Toby Baker (2-22), Chris Brown (3-18) and man-of-the-match Porter (3-3) as Sheriff were dismissed for 67 at the start of the last over, Geoff Schofield (17) top scoring.

Easingwold consolidated third place after skittling neighbours Crayke for 62, Tom Wilson (5-15) and Aubrey Towler (4-18) ripping through the home batting. Towler made 38 as Easingwold avenged their defeat earlier in the season.

Stillington had their best win of term when beating Alne by 10 wickets. Alne made 89-5, largely through Sam Lupton (40) as Ben Wood took 4-15. Steve Crowder (30no) and Karl Simpson (48no) knocked off that target.