Sykes’ 86 proves in vain for Castleford CC


Despite a battling knock of 86 from opener James Sykes, Castleford fell short in their big run chase against Hull CC in the Yorkshire ECB Premier League.

Set 275 from 55 overs, Cas batsmen knew they faced a tough task and it got harder when they saw their first four wickets go down for 56 then after a brief recovery two wickets fell on the same score to leave them on 86-6.

Sykes remained in the middle and found a willing ally in Jack Shutt with the pair putting on 94 for the seventh wicket to revive hopes.

However, the dismissal of Shutt for 44 when he became one of Jahangir Alam’s six victims, was the beginning of the end with Freddie Collins falling four runs later and Sykes’ brave resistance ending after he had reached 86 from 120 balls, hitting nine fours and a six.

Castleford were all out for 211 to lose by 63 runs.

In Hull’s innings of 274-9, Tom Appleyard had hit 97 and fellow opener Andy Simpson 55 while Shutt took 4-65 from 13 overs and John Randerson claimed 3-53 from 12 overs.

Third from bottom Castleford seconds were in winning form in Division Three North of the York Senior League when they beat second bottom Woodhouse Grange III.

Sam Stokes (32) and Vani (31) top scored as Cas made 135-4 against Woodhouse Grange’s 130 all out when Vani took 4-44 and Nathan Smith 3-39.