THE penultimate round of fixtures in the Pilmoor Evening Cricket League turned out to be almost a non event with only one game played, two fixtures conceded and the rest rained off.

However the game that was played was the fixture between the two first division title contenders - Sheriff Hutton Bridge beating leaders Newburgh to keep their hopes alive and taking the title down to the wire.

An interesting evening also awaits at the foot of the division, as Dringhouses' concession to Thirsk means that Thirsk, whose position looked hopeless a couple of weeks ago, still have a chance of survival.

Helperby stay in danger, while Clifton Alliance could also be relegated if other results go against them.

Huby were confirmed as division two champions when Easingwold conceded.

Sheriff Hutton Bridge batted first on their own ground and made 112-6, Mark Fisher (46) and Paul Scaling (25) setting up their total after Josh Sargent had taken 2-21 for Newburgh.

Mark Mierzwinski (21) and Luke Ramsay (25) both threatened for Newburgh, but Danny Cass took a vital 3-10 and the reply petered out at 66-6.

Newburgh will still take the title with a win in their final fixture at Acomb, while Bridge, a point in arrears, must beat Clifton Alliance and hope Acomb do them a favour.