Castleford failed to reverse their fortunes as despite another half century from skipper David Wainwright they went down to a five-wicket defeat at the hands of Driffield Town in the Yorkshire Premier League North.
Batting problems once again were at the heart of the loss with only three batsmen reaching double figures in Castleford’s 138-9 total, made off 50 overs.
Opener Connor Hyde (10) put on 42 for the second wicket with Wainwright, but only Daniel Robson, with 13 not out, could stick around for long to help the captain in trying to post a challenging score.
Wainwright reached his fourth half century in five weeks, compiling 57 from 101 balls, with six fours, but knew his team had not mustered enough runs to end their losing run.
Driffield lost opener Ali Asad, caught by Darren Tomlinson off the bowling of Eddie Morrison, without score in the first over of their reply, but a 55-run stand for the second wicket eased any nerves they had.
Although Wainwright had Casey Rudd stumped by Arron Grant, opener Ben Dobson reached his half century and went on to make 60 before becoming Morrison’s second victim.
Two more wickets fell to Wainwright and Robson, but Driffield reached their target in the 47th over to leave second from bottom Castleford well adrift of the nearest team above them, Scarborough, who have 19 points more.
Castleford seconds battled to avoid outright defeat in their Ebor Division Three game in the York League, but finished 28 runs short of opponents Pocklington II.
In reply to Pocklington’s 198-9, Cas ended their allotted overs on 170-9 with Nathan Smith hitting 49 and Byron Grant 62.
George Gibson claimed a hat-trick as Castleford under 17s convincingly beat Hundhill Hall by 72 runs in the Opella Cup.
Gibson took 5-7 in four overs and took the wickets of Joe Stanton, Harry Carr and Joe Lavery with the Hundhill score on 32, two going bowled and one stumped by Luke Edwards.
Hundhill were kept to 40-7 off their 16 overs to fall well short of Castleford’s 112-6, a total that included knocks from Byron Grant (44), David Tomlinson (31), William Day (12) and Oran White (12 not out).
Mitchell Bullock took 3-35 to be the pick of the bowlers for Hundhill Hall.