It was a mixed weekend for Castleford as they moved back up to second place in the York Premier Division with a victory on Saturday, but missed out on a place in the final of the Yorkshire Premier League North Hunters Cup a day later.
In the league game David Wainwright’s men bounced back from defeat the previous week and went back above Studley Royal into second after a four-wicket win at Beverley Town.
Former Yorkshire spinner Wainwright led the way again with three wickets for eight runs as the home side were dismissed for 117.
Greg Whyley top scored with 26, but it was always a struggle against an attack that also included Connor Hyde taking 2-33, Connor Fisher (2-33) and Liam Hyde (2-12).
Jamie Roe took 3-25 in the visitors’ reply, but an unbeaten 64 from Connor Hyde was enough to secure victory and keep the Savile Park club in the hunt for an immediate return to the Premier League. Eddie Cole also contributed 24.
Sunday’s cup semi-final was against Premier leaders Sessay, who went in first and posted a 205-7 score from 40 overs. Amir Ditta (2-41) and skipper for the day Eddie Morrison (2-40) were the most successful Castleford bowlers.
In reply, Castleford were reduced to 48-4 and never really recovered as they were all out for 139 with Morrison (30 not out) top scoring, Cole hitting 24, Ardash Vani 19 and Liam Hyde 18.
Castleford seconds’ opponents Londesborough Park conceded their scheduled Division Three Ebor match.