Finan’s 50 helps Castleford CC to first complete win

Castleford batsman Dominic Sharp.
Castleford batsman Dominic Sharp.

A half century by Charles Finan and a good all-round effort in the field helped Castleford to a six-wicket win over Appleby Frodingham in the ECB Yorkshire Premier League on Monday.

Putting their opponents in proved a good decision as Appleby were dismissed for 166 and Castleford had no problem knocking off the runs for their first outright win in the league this season.

All the Castleford bowlers were among the wickets as they kept a tight control of the Appleby batting.

Opening bowlers Alex Romaniw and Jarran Cook did not make an early breakthrough and were quickly taken out of the attack, but Eddie Morrison (3-42), Jack Shutt (2-47) and Oran White (1-8) put Cas in control.

Romaniw and Cook then came back to clean up the tail with two wickets each and Appleby were all out in the 53rd over.

In their reply, Castleford made a sound start with a 71-run opening stand between Finan and Luke Frankland (16). Finan fell soon after for 50, having hit four boundaries, and Freddie Collins was out for four, but Dominic Sharp (29), James Sykes (31 not out) and Shutt (16 not out) steered Cas to their full point victory.

Castleford were bouncing back from a three-wicket defeat to Doncaster Town on Saturday.

After being put in, Cas found themselves deep in trouble at 37-5 and 76-7, but John Randerson (54) led a late order fight back with Romaniw contributing 23 and Cook 16 not out. They were able to bat out their 55 overs to finish on 159-9.

However, Doncaster were able to knock off the runs in 36.5 overs, although they did lose seven wickets in the process.

Stuart Guy (54) top scored while Shutt and Collins took three wickets each ultimately in vain for Cas.

Castleford seconds beat Pocklington II by one run in a thrilling match in Division Three North of the York Senior League.

Needing just two runs to win, with two wickets in hand, Pocklington looked sure to secure victory, but new signing Nathan Smith had other ideas, taking two wickets in two balls as he bowled his side to victory and ended with 4-32.

Earlier in the day, Castleford posted 163-9 with Darren Tomlinson hitting an unbeaten 48 to add late impetus to the innings and Edward Cole scoring 27.

Castleford under 15s travelled to Rothwell on a cold evening and lost by 20 runs.

Rothwell batted first and scored 112-6 with William Day taking 3-5 in four overs and one wicket each for David Tomlinson, Lucas Whipp and Hamish Elwis.

Cas fell short in their reply despite an unbeaten 51 from Luke Edwards as they finished on 92-2 from their allotted overs.

Castleford under 11s were winners as they entertained Normanton after making a net score of 240 with Jack Young (15) top scoring.

Normanton in reply ended up on 175 in their 20 overs.