After something of a false start thanks to the wet weather last week a full round of matches took place in the Hunters ECB Yorkshire Premier League with Castleford beginning life under new skipper David Wainwright.
In his first match in charge the former Yorkshire and Derbyshire all-rounder tried hard to inspire his troops with a top scoring knock and three wickets with the ball, but they came up short against Sheriff Hutton Bridge, losing by a five-wicket margin.
After being put in to bat first, Castleford hit early trouble with opener Byron Grant out for a duck and Connor Hyde gone for 10 to leave them 16-2.
Liam Hyde hung around a while to make nine before a 94-run stand for the fourth wicket gave Cas hope of making a decent score.
Wainwright was the main contributor to the partnership, hitting seven boundaries in a knock of 71, and James Sykes gave him solid support with 43 before the stand came to an end with the run out of the senior batsman with the score on 142.
This sparked a collapse with the last seven wickets going down for only nine runs to leave Castleford all out for 151 and well short of their target score, although they knew they had the worst of the conditions. Current Yorkshire spinner Karl Carver took 3-33 with Stephen Croft also claiming three wickets for Bridge.
Sheriff Hutton made a fast start to their reply as they tucked into opening bowlers Hyde and Tom O’Connor, but the introduction of Eddie Morrison and Wainwright changed things and they went from 33-0 to 57-3.
However, Adam Fisher (46) and Carver (34 not out) responded and they got over the line with five wickets to spare in the 33rd over, Wainwright taking 3-38 and Morrison 1-56.
Castleford seconds also suffered a defeat in their Ebor Division Three game at Londesborough Park II despite a decent batting display.
Going in first, they lost openers Oran White and Nigel Ling cheaply before Edward Cole began a fight back with a knock of 50 that included eight fours.
Good support came from David Tomlinson, with 27, before Darren Tomlinson took up the cause with 53, including nine boundaries. James Lockett also contributed 21 as Cas made 203.
But Londesborough Park were able to knock off the runs with four wickets to spare, getting home at the end of the 44th over thanks largely to opener Ian Hodson’s 75 not out. Cole claimed 3-60 for Cas with George Gibson taking two wickets and Martin Gibson one.