Hyde hits century as Castleford make it back to back wins

Eddie Morrison, who took three wickets for Castleford against Stamford Bridge.
Eddie Morrison, who took three wickets for Castleford against Stamford Bridge.

A superb unbeaten century from opening batsman Liam Hyde helped Castleford to a second successive victory as their fight to stay in the Hunters Yorkshire Premier League North continued last Saturday.

Up against Stamford Bridge, they posted a decent 233-6 total then restricted their opponents to 196-7 to keep up hopes of avoiding the drop.

Castleford’s innings was built on a solid start and a commanding second wicket stand.

Liam and Connor Hyde put on 44 for the first wicket before the latter was bowled by Dominic Rhodes.

Mohammad Waqas then joined Liam for a partnership of 130 with the overseas player hitting two sixes and six fours in his 69-ball knock of 72.

None of the other Castleford batsmen could make any impact in a push for further quick runs, but Liam Hyde stayed to the end and finished 100 not out exactly, having hit six fours.

Stamford Bridge suffered an early blow in their reply, Stuart Boyle falling to an Arron Grant catch off the bowling of Connor Hyde, before a stand of 80 for the second wicket threatened to put them in a good place in their run chase.

Two quick wickets set them back as Kevin Murphy went caught and bowled to Eddie Morrison for 18 and Dominic Rhodes fell for 46, caught Liam Hyde off Morrison for 46.

Donovan Sinclair quickly followed, giving Morrison his third wicket, and although Sam Tennant (34) and Phil Hill (24) rebuilt the Stamford Bridge innings they fell behind the asking rate, ending 37 runs short.

Morrison finished with 3-61 from 16 overs while Connor Hyde took 2-36 and David Wainwright 1-43.

Castleford seconds climbed off the bottom of the Ebor Division Three table as they beat Civil Service by eight wickets in the Hunters York Senior League.

A good effort in the field paved the way for the convincing victory as Civil Service were dismissed for 162.

This represented a big collapse after both openers, Ian Clish and Simon Brown, hit 51 each.

Only two of the remaining batsmen could reach double figures as Castleford’s attack was well led by Darren Hyde, who took 5-28. Byron Grant chipped in with two wickets and Martin Gibson one with two run-outs completed.

Castleford had little trouble reaching their target with eight wickets and plenty of overs to spare as opener George Swaby hit 88 and Ardash Vani 38.