THIXENDALE must win at least two of their three remaining games in the Foss Evening League to avoid an immediate return to division three.

Relegation-threatened Thix were on the end of a heavy defeat by Dunnington Academy in division two.

Sam Tattersall’s 3-4 in 11 balls helped to bundle them out for 59, despite 23 from Alec Machen.

Dean Tyler took 3-4 from three overs in the reply but Josh Archer (24) and Sam Beavers (19) saw Dunnington home for the loss of four wickets.

Stamford Bridge got back into the division one title race with a win over Osbaldwick as top two Woodhouse Grange and York both lost.

Stamford captain Matty Beckett was another all-round performer.

Beckett took 4-21 to reduce Osbaldwick to 115-9, before top-scoring with 47. He received support from Kev Murphy (36no) as Bridge came home winners by six wickets.

Meanwhile, Sheriff Hutton Bridge’s division one title hopes in the Pilmoor Evening League were dented by a 25-run defeat against lowly Alne.

Champions Sessay took advantage of defeat for Bridge and fellow high-fliers Thirsk to move to the summit. One point separates the trio.

Alne batted first against SHB and posted a seemingly modest 87-9, with Luke Vincent (21) top-scoring. Dan Clipston (2-17) and Ben Harrison (2-11) appeared to have put Bridge on top.

Vincent then hit back with 3-8 and, although Mark Fisher made 23, the Bridge were all out for 62.

Sheriff Hutton inflicted a sixth successive defeat on Helperby.

Sheriff had Joe Schofield (78) in fine form as they reached 146-5, with David Hull adding an unbeaten 23.

Helperby made a spirited response led by Dan Marston (53no), but David Hull claimed 2-32 and Helperby were left short on 132-5.