SHERIFF Hutton Bridge can be satisfied with their start to the Hunters York & District Senior League premier division season as they followed victory last week with 19 points from a decent draw with York.

They ended closer to defeat than victory, though, finishing 21 short with their last pair at the wicket.

Richard Love had hit a fine century for York in a high-scoring drawn match, surviving one chance before going on to make 125.

K McAdam, batting at number eight did a fine job in making 39 not out to boost the home total to 231-8.

Successful with the ball for the Bridge were Mark Fisher with 3-56 and Ben Harrison with 3-52.

A number of SHB batsmen moved into the early 20s but failed to build big scores. It was left to Ben Gill, who added 27 to a good day as stumper, and then Mark Fisher, whose unbeaten 48 was crucial as Bridge's innings closed on 210-9.

Chris Burn (3-51) and McAdam (3-37) were the pick of the home bowlers.

Stamford Bridge were left looking for their first win of term as they fell to Fenner in a bowler-dominated affair.

Stamford were bowled out of 111 by a three-pronged attack of Luke Laybourne (3-24), Steve Sergeant (3-27) and Grant Van Es (3-31). Fenner then lost a trio of early wickets before Will Parker (46 not out) and Graham Williamson (29no) logged a seven-wicket victory.

Folkton & Flixton fell to in-form Heworth, who completed their second outright win as they had hosts Folkton all out for 138, some 58 runs short of Heworth’s 196.

Topping the poll for the visitors was Sam Lingard (66), though there were good bowling figures for home players Rich Malthouse (4-46) and M Hunter (3-53).

Pickering’s veteran star Dave Greenlay was in fine form with ball and bat to help his side to an eight-wicket win over Driffield in division one.

Greenlay firstly claimed 3-21, well supported by J Christopher (3-30) as Driffield were held to 179-9, and he then made an unbeaten 86 to take his side home.

Christopher also contributed 25 to complete a decent day's work, and Colin Frank compiled 42 not out alongside Greenlay.

Driffield's principal run-makers had been Kev Woodcock (35), Carl Busfield (29), Andy Chapman (44) and Owen Goldsworthy (29).

Wayne Dawson was on fine form for Malton & Old Malton but his side still had to scrape a draw against Goole.

Dawson had impressive figures of 6-47 to dismiss visitors Goole for 151, of which Steve Smith made 48.

Dawson followed with 25 and Will Spencer chipped in with 36 as Malton held out for a draw at 104-9.

Nick Schofield was the key man as Sheriff Hutton beat Tadcaster Magnet by four wickets in division two north.

Schofield made an unbeaten 71 out of Sheriff’s winning 107-6. Earlier, Joel Wilford had taken 4-25 as the Magnets made a modest 106.

Batting star Brian Leckenby was quickly into the groove this season as he helped Duncombe Park to victory at Pocklington.

Pock made a reasonable 188 thanks to Neil Readman’s 48 and a good 63 from former Woodhouse Grange player Andy Anderson.

Andy Medd took 3-35 for Park, who were then powered to victory by Leckenby's 92 and Paul Wilkie with 34.

Hovingham held out for a draw at Thirsk as they closed on 112-9.

Thirsk had earlier made 146-8. Home batting honours were claimed by the Cook brothers with Mark making 27 and John 35. Rich Bowling took a fine 5-26 for Hovingham but saw James Wilkinson (3-22) and Jake Petty (3-26) leave his side struggling.

Last season Sheriff Hutton Bridge II finished second in the old division five while Woodhouse Grange III ended top of division six. The difference was emphasized when the two teams met at Moor Farm in the new-look division three north, as SHB ran out early winners by nine wickets.

Grange were whipped out for just 72 as Nick Scaling (3-16) and Dan Cass (3-3) did the damage.

Josh Cocrill then hit 34 before, being the only home batsman to fall as Steve Crowder (25no) took Bridge to victory by nine wickets.

Malton & Old Malton II had the better of a draw at Whitkirk II after hitting one of the day’s highest totals - being denied victory by the last pairing.

A Blackley struck 64 and M Fraser 41 in a Malton total of 249-7 declared. G Weir then claimed 4-29 as Whitkirk struggled to a draw at 103-9.

In division three south, Sam Earl took 4-32 for Goole II as Stamford Bridge II were restricted to 120-9. Goole then romped to a nine-wicket win with Neil Webster making 46 not out and Al Gibbons 50.

Pickering II had the better of a draw when they entertained New Earswick II and posted a target of 184-7. Charlie Marwood topped the shop with 43 while M Allison (36), Kieron Boyes (30) and D Ward (38) all made good contributions.

Having taken 2-30, Andy Freeman then made an unbeaten 48 for Earswick after A Pepper had made 41 in an eventual total of 141-7.

In division four central, Sheriff Hutton II players took all the plaudits at Duncombe Park II thanks to a 137-run win.

For Sheriff, D Bentley hit 81 and Wayne Fawcett 39 in a total of 186-7.

D Dunn claimed 4-48 for the Helmsley side, who were then bowled out for 49 as Mick Bradley grabbed 6-20. Rob John made 35 out of Hovingham’s 135 against Copmanthorpe but the York side went on to win by eight wickets as G Hicks and A Godfrey each made an unbeaten 53.