BATLEY squandered a half-time advantage and eventually lost out to never-say-die hosts Whitehaven.
Whitehaven opened the scoring with a Craig Calvert try, converted by Cain Southernwood, but Miles Greenwood crossed twice in reply, and Scott Leatherbarrow added points from a couple of goals and a drop-goal for a 13-6 half-time lead.
But that was the last scoring Batley were to do as Whitehaven simply took charge in the second half.
Within five minutes of the second-half re-start Whitehaven were only a point adrift. Thomas Carr scored the try and Jordan Burns crossed for the final try on 52 minutes before Southernwood put the boot in to keep the score ticking over.
whitehaven: Carr, Burns, Taylor, Parker, Calvert, Seymour, Southernwood, Foster, Newton, Jackson, McAvoy, Mitchell, Doran. Subs: Thorman, Hand, Crellin, Tahraoui.
batley: Greenwood, Reittie, Bretherton, Heaton, Brown, Paterson, Leatherbarrow, Smith, Blake, Johnson, Applegarth, Scott, Davies. Subs: Nicholson, Rowe, Gledhill, Chandler.
referee: Warren Turley (Leigh).