Wainwright hits century as Castleford revive hopes

David Wainwright, who hit a century and took three wickets for Castleford against Dunnington.
David Wainwright, who hit a century and took three wickets for Castleford against Dunnington.

An unbeaten century from captain David Wainwright helped Castleford to return to winning ways in the Hunters Yorkshire Premier League North.

A 48-run victory over fellow strugglers Dunnington lifted Cas off the bottom of the table – at their opponents’ expense and kept alive their hopes of avoiding relegation.

Castleford elected to bat first at their Savile Park ground and recovered from a shaky start to post a decent 198-6 score.

Connor Hyde, Amol Vani and Mohammad Waqas all went cheaply at the top of the Cas order, but Wainwright joined with James Sykes for a 123-run stand for the fourth wicket.

Sykes went for a battling 30, but Wainwright went on to reach his hundred and ended on 121 not out, having hit 14 fours.

Dunnington were quickly reduced to 3-2 and 27-3 in their reply and never got going before the innings ended on 150 all out. The wickets were shared round with Wainwright taking 3-25, Eddie Morrison 3-40, Tom O’Connor 2-30 and Waqas 1-16.

Castleford seconds made it a double success for the club as they beat Cawood by seven wickets in the York Senior League’s Ebor Division Three.

Opening bowler Darren Hyde paved the way for the victory as he took 4-18 from 9.2 overs as Cawood were dismissed for 126.

Byron Grant, Ardash Vani and Darren Tomlinson all chipped with two wickets each.

Castleford were reduced to 28-2 in their reply, but lost only one further wicket in reaching their target in 23.4 overs with Darren Tomlinson top scoring with 44.