Former Derbyshire all-rounder Chesney Hughes returned a standout display to propel Castleford a step closer to Yorkshire Premier League North title success.

The Anguillan claimed 5-29 from 8.5 overs of left-arm spin to bowl Sheriff Hutton Bridge out for 123 inside 39 overs before a revised target of 116 from 42 was set and achieved for the loss of six wickets.

Hughes, who has played league cricket on both sides of the Pennines since last playing for Derby in 2016 opened the batting and hit 46 off 60 balls before falling to leave the score at 84-4. However, it mattered not as the target was achieved with 14.1 overs to spare.

Castleford, captained by David Wainwright, won for the 11th time in 15 games and moved to a points average of 8.13, better than Yorkshire Academy’s average of seven after 13 in second.

The league is being decided on an average points per completed game basis because of Coronavirus issues during the summer.

Yorkshire Academy were not in action during a five-game round on Saturday.

2018 champions York, seen as title favourites by many in pre-season, continued a strange campaign which could yet end in relegation having yielded T20 title success late last month.

They were beaten at home by Scarborough by 82 runs chasing 252 and sit 10th in the table, one place above the drop zone with five rounds remaining.

They have a points average of 4.35 to second-bottom Harrogate’s 3.88 after 17 games. The pair play each other at Clifton Park on the final day of the season on September 4.

Having elected to bat on Saturday, Scarborough’s 251-8 included scores of 82 and 81 from openers Oliver Stephenson and Duncan Brown, the pair sharing a 124 partnership.

York did well to drag things back, with no one else bettering 25 and Ryan McKendry claiming three wickets.

In reply, York made a bright start at 61-0 and opener Simon Lambert went on to make a measured 79. Unfortunately for the hosts, however, wickets fell all too regularly from 93-2 as they slipped to 169 all out inside 41 overs.

Former White Rose seamer James Wainman opened the bowling for Scarborough and was one of four players to claim two wickets.

The North Marine Road side are third having won half of their 16 games and will believe a title shot is not yet beyond them.

Dunnington, who won last season’s shortened YPL North competition, claimed a thrilling two-wicket win with three balls remaining chasing 144 at Acomb. They sit fourth.

George Drury and Luke Kilby were Dunnington’s stars.

They snared three wickets each as Acomb battled hard to make 143-9 in 50 overs, with Finn Baqai’s 34 their top-score.

And, in reply, both made half-centuries to steer their side away from serious danger at 16-4.

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