Castleford CC stuck at the bottom after run chase fails

David Wainwright, who took three wickets for Castleford against Woodhouse Grange.
David Wainwright, who took three wickets for Castleford against Woodhouse Grange.

Castleford were unable to climb off the bottom of the Hunters Yorkshire Premier League North table as they failed to get a run chase going against Woodhouse Grange.

After doing a good job in the field to restrict their opponents to 196-8 they fell behind the asking rate in their reply and fell 62 runs short.

The victory enabled Woodhouse Grange to take a giant step to securing their Premier League status while Cas remain a point behind Dunnington and are now 39 behind third from bottom Scarborough.

Skipper David Wainwright did his bit again to try to reverse Castleford’s fortunes as he took the first three Grange wickets and finished with 3-54 from 16 overs.

He was backed up by three run outs and a wicket each for Mohammad Waqas and Liam Hyde, but runs at the top of the order from Andrew Bilton (46) and Scott Shepherd (31) and 30 late on from Chris Suddaby helped the visitors post a 196-8 score.

That proved well beyond Cas with only Wainwright (36) making more than 30, before he was one of three wickets for Suddaby (3-16) who was well supported by Josh Jackson who despite finishing wicketless conceded just 34 runs in his 16 overs.

Opener Connor Hyde hit 26 off 20 balls at the start, but the innings stagnated after that with the hosts finishing on 134-9 to at least deny their opponents full points.

It was a similar story for Castleford seconds as they could not chase down a 210 target in their Ebor Division Three game in the Hunters York Senior League.

Opponents Copmanthorpe made 209-1 with Hughes 85 not out and Syed 79 not out in a strong unbroken second wicket stand.

In reply Castleford never looked in danger of being bowled out, but fell behind the run rate required and ended on 131-5 with Byron Grant hitting 38 and Nathan Smith 33 not out.

Castleford under 17s went down by 22 runs when they played Ackworth under 17s in the Jack Sykes Cup final at Featherstone CC.

After being put in, Ackworth responded well to post a 129-3 score. Bailey Matthews (50) led the way with Regen Spencer contributing 32 and one wicket each for Ardash Vani, David Tomlinson and Byron Grant.

Castleford started their reply well with Tomlinson scoring 20 and Eddy Cole 28, but although a number of their batsmen got a start they could not go on to play a major innings.

They ended their 20 overs on 107-6 with Grant hitting 17, George Swaby 14 and Vani 13 not out. James Clark and Keelan Booth, with two wickets each, were the pick of the Ackworth bowlers while Matthews bowled four overs for 11 runs to put a squeeze on.