Seaside misery for strugglers Castleford

David Wainwright's half-century was in vain.
David Wainwright's half-century was in vain.

Castleford’s relegation worries increased in Yorkshire Premier League North with Saturday’s defeat at fellow strugglers Scarborough.

Having recorded their first victory in the competition the previous week, Scarborough made it two successive wins by beating Castleford by 40 runs at North Marine Road.

A half-century from opener Darren Harland was the highlight for Scarborough as Castleford’s Eddie Morrison dominated the middle of the innings.

Morrison claimed 5-44 to restrict the home side to 194.

Captain David Wainwright (54) hit his third half-century in four weeks in Castleford’s reply.

He shared a 79-runn stand with Connor Hyde (43) but they were the only two to reach double figures as Ben Elvidge (4-29) and Kristian Wilkinson (3-20) toppled Castleford for 154.

Castleford remain second bottom, nine points adrift nof second bottom Acomb.

Scarborough now sit fourth from bottom sandwiched between Acomb and Woodhouse Grange their game having been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

The top three sides in the table are separated by just a solitary point after the latest round of matches with all three winning, whilst at the foot Scarborough made it back to back victories to climb away from the relegation places.

Harrogate moved level on points with Yorkshire Academy at the head of the table after a seven wicket victory at Stamford Bridge.

The home side were indebted to Donovan Sinclair who top scored with 32 as struggled to 90-6, but once he departed Harry Stow took control for the visitors finishing with figures of 5-23 including the final four wickets to fall as ‘Bridge were bowled out for 131.

Matthew Good (60) and Jonathan Tattersall (51) then shared a stand of 97 for the second wicket as their side breezed to victory with almost 20 overs to spare.

Leaders Yorkshire Academy made it five wins in a row but missed out on maximum points thanks to a determined display by visitors Hull.

There were three wickets each for Andrew Simpson (3-43) and Jahangir Alam (3-66) as the hosts were all out for 194 losing four wickets for just five runs late in the innings, after Mosun Hussain had made 43 and Matthew Waite 40.

Skipper Chris Grey then lead from the front scoring 73 from 115 balls out of a total of 178-7 which was enough to earn Hull four points, despite the efforts of James Logan (4-51) and Jordan Thompson (3-39).

Sheriff Hutton Bridge remain third after they heaped more misery on bottom side Dunnington.

Robert Pinder scored 77 for the visitors in a total of 191-7, replacement overseas signing Steve Liburd (2-58) marking his debut with two wickets.

In reply the home side lost regular wickets, including three to Mark Fisher (3-30) until the seventh wicket pairing of Jack Bolam (50) and Mubtada Akhtar (24) gave them hope of an unlikely victory only to be dashed as they lost their last three wickets cheaply to finished 35 runs short.

York climbed one place to fourth after an unbroken century stand between Duncan Snell (79no) and Alex Collins (43no) saw them chase down Driffield Town’s 173 with a couple of overs to spare. Earlier a fifth half-century in eight innings from Ali Asad (57) under-pinned the start of the visitor’s innings but when he was fourth out Dan Woods (4-51) and Tom Pringle (3-56) were able to take advantage of the favourable conditions, the latter picking up the vital final wicket with one ball of the innings remaining.