Mixed fortunes for Castleford CC

Castleford captain David Wainwright.
Castleford captain David Wainwright.

Castleford suffered a second defeat in the new Yorkshire Premier North as they produced a disappointing batting display away at Hull.

David Wainwright’s men got nowhere near the 230 target set by their hosts as they were all out for 129.

They were soon in trouble at 6-3 with Wainwright among the batsmen to go early, although a stand of 46 for the fourth wicket between opener Amol Vani, who hit 36, including three fours and a six, and James Sykes (19) did briefly raise hopes.

Connor Hyde battled 42 balls to make 20, but the only other batsman to offer any resistance was last man Eddie Morrison who hit four boundaries in a 19-ball unbeaten 25.

Hull’s innings had earlier been given a good start with a 90-run opening stand between Matthew Wilkinson (88) and Andrew Simpson (37).

Spinner Wainwright did peg them back as he took 4-54 from 16 overs and he received support from Morrison (2-60 off 16 overs, but Hull’s 229-6 total was always going to be difficult to overhaul.

The JP Plant Yorkshire League Knock-out Cup, a competition for clubs from the newly formed North and South Yorkshire Premier Leagues, got under way with a regionalised preliminary round on Monday and a win in a tight finish for Castleford, who beat Dunnington by nine runs.

Sykes (69 not out) and Wainwright (77) shared a third wicket partnership of 148 as the hosts reached 183-4.

Although Harwood Williams (53) replied some miserly bowling, not least by Eddie Morrison (3-13 from seven overs), meant the home side won.

Castleford seconds managed to hang on at 91-6 after Dunnington II racked up 276-6 in their Ebor Division Three game in the York League.

Josh Tattersall hit 118, while Harrison Mussell contributed 88 to what turned out to be a challenging total. George Gibson was the pick of the Cas bowlers with 3-37.

In a match reduced to 43 overs a side Castleford settled for batting out their innings with Darren Tomlinson hitting 29 and Eddy Cole 20.