Cricket: Title climax afoot for Sheriff Hutton Bridge

SWAT: Sheriff Hutton Bridge batsman Nick Scaling showing the sort of pugnacious style that yielded his maiden York Senior League century

SWAT: Sheriff Hutton Bridge batsman Nick Scaling showing the sort of pugnacious style that yielded his maiden York Senior League century

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SHERIFF Hutton Bridge are right in the mix for the Pilmoor Evening Cricket League division one title after toppling rivals Sessay.

With one round of fixtures remaining, the Bridge are now joint top with Thirsk, with reigning champions Sessay a point further back.

Sheriff Hutton Bridge batted first at Sessay and lost three early wickets before a quickfire 22 from Nick Scaling set them on the road to recovery.

Steve Clipston's 23 not out saw them to 105-8 as Mark Jackson took 2-27 and Tom Wilkinson 3-37.

Tim Hall made 33 to keep Sessay on track but the innings fell apart when he was out. Wilkinson made 17 but Mark Fisher (2-14), Jordan Grose (3-26) and Alex Ibbotson (3-17) had them all out for 77.

Thirsk overcame a strong challenge from visiting Sheriff Hutton.

Thirsk batted first and made 131-7, James Wilkinson making 25 while Eddie Hull took 2-43 and David Hull 2-23.

Geoff Schofield then hit 61 and Joe Schofield 25, but they fell agonisingly short on 129-2.

Meanwhile, Thixendale were pushed closer towards the drop in division two of the Foss Evening League after a crushing defeat against The Retreat.

The Retreat improved their own hopes of avoiding relegation as an all-round performance from Salman Syed and a hat-trick from Rich Carroll proved too much for Thix.

Syed made an unbeaten 52 and, with support from Buddhi Mirando (34), led The Retreat to 137-3.

Syed then picked up 3-13 with the ball, but Carroll was the main tormentor of Thixendale with 5-23.

Alex Machen was the only Thixendale batsman to resist with 38 as they were bowled out for 71.

Stamford Bridge lost to York as the Clifton Parkers closed in on the division one title.

York made 128 at Low Catton Road before restricting the 2012 champions to 98 in reply.

York's championship rivals Woodhouse Grange suffered a second straight defeat against Dunnington.

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