THE only outstanding issue on a rain-affected final day in the Hunters York & District Senior League was which side would be runners-up and therefore join champions Sessay in the Hunters ECB Yorkshire League North next season.

That was resolved after Castleford swept aside the challenge of Pickering to secure the second promotion place.

A handful of points separated two sides hunting an immediate return to the top flight, having both been relegated at the end of 2016, with Castleford holding the advantage over Dunnington.

The abandonment of the match at Common Road, where Mark Wilkie (37no) and Matthew Till (47no) were in an opening stand worth 90 for visitors Sessay effectively ended Dunnington's challenge.

Meanwhile at Pickering, Connor Hyde (40) and Zaid Javid (39) were helping Castleford reach 193, despite wickets from Dave Greenlay (5-47).

The home side struggled in reply and, despite batting for more than 20 overs, they scored only 46, with Matthew Butler making 30 of those as Eddie Morrison controlled proceeding with an outstanding spell of 7-13.

Malton & Old Malton, who struggled through the early part of the season, ended the campaign comfortably in mid-table, their position secured after they came out on top in a drawn game with a Studley Royal side who had, until recently, been pushing for promotion.

Neil Johnson top-scored with 66 in the home side's 179 as Joshua Chandler picked up 5-52. Anthony Mackle replied with 59 for the visitors and Dan Coad contributed 32, but their side were left hanging on with the final pair at the wicket with the score on 136 by the close, William Spencer leading the Malton attack with 3-37.

They may have finished bottom of the table but Goole Town signed off with a four-wicket win at home to Bolton Percy, who will join them in Division One next season.

The pairs' fate was already sealed well before Ben Lamb took 4-43 as the visitors were bowled out for 158, with Alistair Rigby (52no) running out of partners.

Ben Earl (56no) responded with an unbeaten half-century to steer the hosts to victory, Ben Shelton (30) also helping to bring an end to the club's 15-match winless run.

There was no play in the match between Whitkirk and Beverley Town, and it was the same story at Kings Mill Road, where Driffield Town were due to host York.