Castleford suffered a potentially crucial one-wicket defeat in a thrilling York Senior League Premier Division game against promotion rivals Studley Royal.
The game went down to the penultimate ball with Studley Royal’s last batsmen at the crease in a climax befitting a match between two sides scrapping for promotion.
They looked set for a comfortable victory chasing Castleford’s 175 total when reaching 146-4, but a tremendous fightback made a real game of it until last batsman Oliver Fryer managed to squeeze out the winning run.
Defeat was tough on Cas bowlers David Wainwright (5-53), Connor Hyde (2-45) and Eddie Morrison (2-30), who kept plugging away.
Connor Hyde also batted well with a knock of 52 from 56 balls while Connor Fisher contributed 39 and Wainwright 21 in Castleford’s 175-9 score.
Defeat in the nail-biter saw Castleford slip back out of second place with Studley Royal leapfrogging them and going five points ahead in the race for the second promotion spot.
However, being in second has offered few guarantees, for each of the last five Saturday’s the side that went into the weekend there has lost.
Castleford seconds remain in danger of relegation from Division Three Ebor after losing by seven wickets to Whitkirk seconds. They could only muster 94-8 from their 45 overs with their total comfortably passed by their opponents, for who Stuart Pickles hit 42 not out and took three wickets.