Yorkshire Premier: Battling Castleford earn first points

Eitan Litvin, making an early impression after signing for Castleford CC in 2018.
Eitan Litvin, making an early impression after signing for Castleford CC in 2018.

Castleford CC picked up their first points of the season and denied their opponents full points in Saturday’s Hunters Yorkshire Premier League North game at home to Scarborough.

Although Scarborough were winners by a 52-run margin, the rules of the league gave Cas two points as they were able to bat out their allotted overs.

The visitors’ total of 223-6 owed much to their winter recruitment with former Driffield duo James Pick (97) and newly appointed skipper Sam Drury (45) sharing a stand of 95 for the third wicket.

Cas wicket-keeper Eitan Litvin equalled the record for most dismissals in an innings, taking a catch and a stumping off both David Wainwright (2-33) and Eddie Morrison (3-57).

Skipper Wainwright (34) led the reply, but after his departure the score went from 96-3 to 125-8. Ben Elvidge and Linden Gray finished with identical figures of 4-45 from 13 overs, but a cameo from Amir Ditta (27 off 13 balls) helped the hosts reach 171-9, enough to see them collect their first points of the campaign.

Castleford were knocked out of the Rudgate Brewery Yorkshire Leagues Knockout Cup at the first round stage when they lost a close contest to Woodhouse Grange on Monday.

Batting first, Castleford made 187-9 in their 40 overs with several batsmen making starts without going on to play big innings. Litvin hit 32, Wainwright 26, Liam Hyde 25 and Connor Hyde 22, but the total was not quite enough.

Grange got home with eight balls and three wickets to spare despite two wickets each from Matthew Rees and Liam Hyde.

Castleford seconds were in winning form in the Hunters York League Division Three Ebor as they beat Drax by four wickets.

They suffered a mini mid-innings collapse after reaching 102-2 chasing their opponents’ 164-6 total, but opener Harry Wilkinson brought them home with an excellent knock of 88 not out after he had earlier combined with Oran White (34) for a 68-run opening stand.

Jack Young, with 4-40 from 12 overs, did most to restrict Drax.