Rothera is all-round star in key win for Ledsham

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Ledsham boosted their promotion hopes in Division Two of the Wetherby League as a fine all-round effort by Adam Rothera helped them beat rivals Headingley Bramhope.

A 14-run victory enabled second-placed Ledsham to open up an eight-point gap on the third-placed Headingley side.

In a low scoring contest, Ledsham batted first and hit early trouble with Joshua Ware and Johnny Smales out cheaply and Simon Strafford and Andy Baron soon following for 15 and 13 respectively.

But although they struggled to increase the tempo they battled away to make an eventual 134-6 with Rothera hitting an unbeaten 43 and valuable contributions also coming from Oliver Baron (28) and Freddie Dewhirst (19).

Headingley Bramhope batsmen also found it difficult as they lost two early wickets in their reply.

Ian Rogers (19), Matthew Frosdick (13) and Gul Fida Hussain (29) kept them in touch, but wickets went down at regular intervals and the home side were all out for 120. Rothera was the pick of the Ledsham attack with 4-32 while Smales claimed 3-35 .

Kippax were without a match in Division Three, but remain four points clear of Crossgates at the top with a game in hand.