Castleford CC made a disappointing start to life in the Hunters York Senior League Premier Division as they went down by four wickets at home to Pickering.
Following relegation from the ECB Yorkshire Premier, Castleford are looking to rebuild in 2017 under the captaincy of former county player David Wainwright, but struggled with the bat initially on the opening day of the season as they were restricted to 171-7.
Opener Liam Hyde hit 21 and George Swaby 25, but Castleford found themselves on 86-6 before fighting back through an 82-run stand between Connor Hyde (50) and Edward Cole (32 not out) who at least gave their side a chance.
They could not force a victory, however, as Pickering reached the target set with four wickets and two overs in hand, although there was a promising display from opening bowler Connor Hyde, who took 2-27 in 10 overs, and there were two wickets each for Wainwright and David Young.
Castleford took six points from the match with Pickering harvesting a full 30 points.
Castleford seconds came out on top against Heworth seconds in their first game in Division Three Ebor.
David Tomlinson began his season in great style with an unbeaten knock of 103, while Colin Murray contributed 39 and Darren Tomlinson 31 in Castleford’s 255-6.
Rob Draper, with 3-61, was the pick of the Heworth attack.
In a closely contested game Heworth made 252-8 in their 45 overs with good batting efforts from Will Etty (94), Joel Johnson (52), Matthew Huffer (41) and Dan Davison (30 not out).
David Hyde, with 4-24, did most to restrict them and was the pick of Castleford’s bowlers in a game in which they collected 27 points to their opponents’ 18.