Caistor 2nds would have hoped to gain some compensation for the sound beating given to the 1st team by neighbours Market Rasen, but felt equally frustrated by a heavy defeat in Lincoln at Hartsholme 2nd.
The home side won the toss and decided to bat on what looked to be an excellent wicket.
Henry Gillett struck early for Caistor when he clean bowled opener Bassingthwaite for 5. However Nick Wilkinson was soon scoring well on both sides of the wicket and he rattled up 66 before Dan Healey had him stumped by skipper Kev Parker.
Moir-Holland with 30, Birkitt with 46 and Leverett also with 30, stopped any hopes of a Caistor breakthrough.
By the time the 45 overs were up Hartsholme had scored 242 for the loss of 8 wickets, clearly a score that Caistor were going to find it difficult to beat. Gillett with 5 for 55 from 12 overs was the pick of the Caistor attack, Ryan Farrow, Chris Laister and Dan Healey each claiming one wicket.
Matthew Travis was out without troubling the scorers when Caistor commenced their innings after tea and Kev Parker and Dan Healey also fell cheaply.
Ryan Farrow with 55 and Mark Gowshall with 68 staged a recovery as they put together a fine partnership of 99.
When they went there was little Caistor could do as Hartsholme bowler David Smith cleaned up with five wickets. The Caistor innings did bat out the 45 overs but the total of 169 for 9 meant a defeat by 73 runs.
It means Caistor lie too close for comfort to the foot of the Division 2 table.
This Saturday sees Cleethorpes 3rds as the visitors to Brigg Road for the scheduled Lincolnshire Premier League game, starting at 1pm.
Caistor 2nds have no game while Ernie Allison’s 3rd team make the short journey to Holton le Moor to play South Kelsey in a Division 3 Wolds derby, starting at 1.30pm.
Nathan Davis captains the youthful Caistor Cougars in the affectionately named Amazing Smiles North Lindsey League game with Broughton at Brigg Road on Sunday.