SHERIFF Hutton Bridge’s title challenge in the Pilmoor Evening League comes down to a play-off at Sessay after they tied at the top of division one with Thirsk.

In their last game of term, Bridge saw off on Newburgh, who avoided relegation despite this result.

Mark Fisher (39), Danny Kiernan (28) and Shaun Harland (43) took SHB to 136-3 and, although S Speck made 36 in reply, Newburgh never challenged the target and closed on 92-8, Jonny Eleanor taking 3-9.

Thirsk, though, saw off Helperby by three wickets to remain joint-top.

Sheriff Hutton confirmed a top-half finish with a win at Clifton Alliance - which condemned the hosts to bottom spot and relegation.

An unbeaten 89 from Nick Schofield helped Sheriff to 151-4. Clifton made a spirited reply through Josh Bean (43no) and Chris Elliot (35)but Tony Hull claimed 3-14 and the response closed short on 128-6.

Stamford Bridge made the highest score of the night in division one of the Foss Evening League when beating hosts Londesborough Park.

Andrew Healey (49no) and Dom Rhodes (31) helped the Battle Axes to 146-4. James Beavers made 34 for Park but Dan Davies (3-20) and Rhodes (2-0) had them all out for 106.

Victories for The Retreat and Bishopthorpe kept both in with a chance of division two survival, and confirmed Thixendale’s return to division three. Thixendale lost to Bishopthorpe, who rattled up 147-5 before restricting Thix to 110-6.