Castleford CC suffer double holiday disappointment

Eitan Litvin, who top scored for Castleford.
Eitan Litvin, who top scored for Castleford.

Castleford endured a difficult bank holiday as they suffered two defeats in the Hunters ECB Yorkshire Premier League North.

After going down by nine wickets to Clifton Alliance on Saturday they were beaten by 105 runs by leaders York on Monday.

In the first of the games, an unbroken second wicket partnership of 140 between Scott Hopkinson (46 not out) and Liam Hope-Shackley (87 not out) saw relegation threatened Clifton Alliance cruise past a disappointing Castleford total to move them to within 10 points of David Wainwright’s men.

The visitors had earlier slumped to 12-3, Samuel Grant with a couple of early wickets on his way to remarkable figures of 3-6 from nine overs.

Resistance came from skipper Wainwright (37) and Eitan Litvin (63, including nine fours), who combined in a 72-run stand for the fifth wicket.

But there was little else to cheer from the batting line-up with just Edward Cole (11) of the others reaching double figures as Cas were all out for 146, Hopkinson finishing with 4-27.

Despite the defeats Castleford remain in seventh place.

In Monday’s game Castleford did well enough in the field as they pegged table topping York back from 78-1 to have them all out for 172.

The key was managing to dismiss Yorkshire’s Jack Leaning, who has been in brilliant form for York. He was threatening to cut loose again, but was out for 41, caught by Matthew Rees off the spin bowling of Cas’s former Yorkshire player Wainwright. The skipper was in fine form as he went on to take another five wickets and finish with the impressive figures of 6-32 from 13 overs. Eddie Morrison also took 2-39 in 13 overs to provide a good foil for Wainwright.

Castleford’s reply started solidly with a 32-run opening stand between Luke Edwards (23) and Liam Hyde (18), but it all went wrong from there as 10 wickets went down for only 35 runs to leave them all out for 67. Leaning did most of the damage with 6-17.