Cole and Wainwright hit centuries as Castleford enjoy league and cup wins

David Wainwright.
David Wainwright.

Castleford enjoyed a successful Bank Holiday weekend as they produced two good batting displays to record league and cup victories.

David Wainwright’s men followed up their first victory in the York Senior League’s Premier Division on Saturday with an 85-run win over Whitkirk in the first round of the Hunters Cup on Monday.

In the league Driffield Town were the opponents and Castleford were soon in charge despite being put in to bat with openers George Swaby (38) and Liam Hyde (41) putting on 75 for the first wicket.

Skipper Wainwright and James Sykes then took over with a third wicket stand of 116 and Castleford were able to reach a big 273-3 total in their 50 overs.

Wainwright reached his century and struck 17 fours and a six in a superb 81-ball knock of 114 while Sykes made 51 not out and there was a handy 26 not out from 27 balls at the end from Zaid Javid.

Driffield made a decent start to their reply as they reached 126-2, but they fell behind the asking rate and ended on 215-6 with Eddie Morrison taking 3-53 and David Young 2-45.

Morrison (3-29) and David Young (4-26) were among the wickets again in Monday’s cup tie as Whitkirk were bowled out for 157.

They were replying to Castleford’s 242-5 from their 40 overs, an innings which saw Eddie Cole lead the way with exactly 100. Good support came from Connor Hyde with 78.

Half centuries from Oran White and David Tomlinson paved the way for Castleford Seconds to win their game against Drax first XI in Ebor Division Three.

After being put in, they responded well with openers Nathan Smith (21) and Nigel Ling (13) putting on 39 for the first wicket then White (56) and Tomlinson (51) coming together to add 86 in a third wicket partnership.

James Clarke (25), Jaskaran Dutta (17) and George Gibson (12) contributed handy runs down the order and Castleford reached 214 before the last wicket fell in the final over.

Drax had a good go at reaching the target set, but fell 15 runs short, ending their allotted 45 overs on 199-7 with Clarke taking 2-24, White 2-38 and Martin Gibson 2-50.