Both sides earned maximum batting points when Sessay had the better of a draw at Dunnington. There were Hambeltonian half-centuries from Matt Till (53) and Jacob Spencer (60) and further valuable contributions from Nick Thorne (37) and Nick Hamson as Sessay posted a total of 235-9.
Former Sessay star Dave Johnson took 5-76 against his one-time team mates and followed with 46. However Dunnington then lost five wickets before Adam Sutcliffe with 66no and Paul Miles (33no) saw their side to a comfortable draw at 204-5.
Runs flowed at Sessay where Pocklington’s 211-5 was easily overturned by the home side, thanks to a second-wicket stand of 106 between Matt Wass who made 97no and 18 year-old Paul Flintoff who scored 43. Earlier, Neil Readman hit 43 in his first outing in Pocklington colours. Other good batting was provided by Andy Inns (46), Neil Jackson (37) and Ted Donkin who made 47no. Luke Ramsey was unbeaten with 38 when Sessay ran out eight-wicket winners.
The Fisher Brothers were prominent as Sheriff Hutton Bridge maintained their status as premier division leaders with a good win over the fancied Stamford Bridge side. Batting first, Stamford eased to 48, thanks to 38 by Phil Hill, before losing their first wicket to Jamie Hopper. The same bowler then took two more wickets before a game changing spell by Mark Fisher earned him a career best 7-47 in 19 overs. This bag included the last five wickets who were all clean bowled as Stamford were bowled out for 133. Hopper gave sterling support in bowling a full stint of 25 overs to close with figures of 3-66. Sheriff Hutton Bridge’s innings started in dramatic fashion when Mark Fisher fell to the first delivery from Steve Sergeant. The bowler then had further success when Matt Fisher fell to the fifth ball of the opening over as SHB slumped to 0-2.
All four wickets to fall went to Steve Sergeant, who closed with 4-46 off 15 overs.
Richard Mann made an immediate impression for his new team when Woodhouse Grange finally got their season underway after two blank Saturdays. The former Goole player took 4-30 as Beverley Town tumbled to 97 all out on their own patch at Norwood Park. Andrew Burton’s match best score of 43 proved to be ineffective as Chris Bilton’s 21 helped Grange to a four-wicket victory with Mal Mudd claiming 3-51 for the hosts.
Matt Westwood made a return to the Bolton Percy ranks and scored 32 when Bolton took first use of the Fenner pitch. Peter Houseman was unbeaten with the same score but Richard Barker took the first four Percy wickets in an analysis of 4-33 to restrict the travelling team to 129-9. Two quick wickets for Ally Rigby reduced Fenner to 6-2 but they were able to ease to a winning 130-5 with Sam Fuller making 24 and Jason Helwig finishing off the proceedings with four boundaries.
Richard Sherwood took 5-23 to inflict a 75-run defeat on hosts Londesbrough Park when Selby visited in division five.
In the same division, Oliver Pimlott’s unbeaten 76 went unrewarded when Stamford Bridge became the second side to lose to newcomers Patrington.
Martin Pearson took 5-17 for Yapham at Whitkirk, who were all out for 103. But Yapham were then blown away for just 53 as P Johnson (4-20) and P Matthews (5-9) proved to be a deadly duo.
It has been a somewhat traumatic week for Rowntrees with the sale of their ground to St John’s College and the sad passing of long-time player Pete Topping. Sadly their problems continued on the field of play when they lost to Dunnington by five wickets in division six.