SHERIFF Hutton Bridge were knocked off top spot in division one of the Pilmoor Evening League as they lost to new leaders Thirsk.

Bridge batted first on their home track and posted 97-7, Steve Clipston top-scoring with 20.

In their reply, Thirsk lost three relatively early wickets, but were seen home by Kieran Fenwick, who was unbeaten on 35, and Mark Cook, who made 32 not out.

Newburgh had their best win of the season so far when they welcomed Helperby, who had been joint top with Bridge.

Reigning champions Sessay kept their hopes alive with a comfortable win over visitors Sheriff Hutton.

Sheriff were hampered by John Armitage having to retire hurt on 16 when he took a nasty blow from a top edge, and they closed their innings on on 92-6. Youngster Josh Ainley made 24 not out, with Chris Gartland adding 21, while Craig Easton (3-18) bowled a good five-over spell for Sessay.

Stuart Peirse led Sessay’s response with 57 not out, while fellow opener James Mannion supported well with 29 not out as Sessay reached 96 without loss at the start of the 15th over.

Meanwhile, Stamford Bridge dropped into the relegation zone in division one of the Foss Evening League after a heavy defeat against Heworth.

Bridge, the 2012 league champions, made 96-8 with Danny Harper top-scoring on 28.

But Heworth then raced to 102-4 with 31 balls remaining as the in-form Olly Sherwood (34no) and Steve Baxter (23) again got in among the runs.

North Dalton continued to dominate division two as Jamie Nesfield and Colin Suggitt made batting difficult for visiting Thixendale.

Dale were bowled out for 89 as Nesfield (5-21) and Suggitt (3-31) shared eight wickets.

Danny Broumpton (44no) then settled any North Dalton nerves as they lost five wickets in successfully chasing their target.