Final day success for promoted Ledsham and champions Kippax

Kippax batsman Daniel Hall, who has played his part in taking the side to promotion in the Wetherby League.
Kippax batsman Daniel Hall, who has played his part in taking the side to promotion in the Wetherby League.

An exciting final day of the season in the Wetherby League saw Ledsham and Kippax Welfare both achieve their aim with victories they needed.

After missing a chance to claim promotion the previous week when they suffered a surprise defeat, Ledsham were determined to make the most of a second chance to clinch the runners-up spot in Division Two.

After producing a good effort in the field they took charge of their last game of the campaign at Garforth Parish Church and went on to win by a six-wicket margin to earn their place in the league’s top flight in 2017.

Garforth were soon in trouble in their innings with opener Simon Hustwit out for seven and three batsmen, Jake Thompson, Angus Fairbairn and Damian Locke, all following after failing to trouble the scorers.

The hosts battled back, initially with opener Hayden Mortimer hitting 32 and David Ross 12 then as Robert Fisher made 35 and was supported by Terry Lyons (19) and Dave Steel (17).

But they were all out for 132 with Andrew Kelly leading the wicket taking for Ledsham with 4-48.

Adam Rothera claimed 3-32 and there was one wicket each for Oliver Baron, Jonny Smales and Freddie Dewhirst.

Ledsham made a solid start to their reply through openers Joshua Ware (25) and Oliver Baron (13), but when Andy Baron was out without score and Kelly fell for two the result still remained in the balance.

However, an unbroken fifth wicket stand between Smales (61 not out) and John Speight (27 not out) saw Ledsham home with the latter hitting the winning four runs to spark the promotion celebrations.

Ledsham finished in second spot, one point above Headingley Bramhope.

After clinching promotion a couple of weeks ago, Kippax Welfare put the icing on the cake by going up as champions of Division Three.

They won their final game of the season as they beat Barwick in Elmet A by 84 runs.

There were a few nervy moments along the way as Kippax were bowled out for 127 despite 45 from Zaf Iqbal.

The top order was made to struggle, although lower order men Ian Prince (17) and Imran Mohammed Pandor (14) came up with some handy runs.

Supporters need not have feared as Barwick’s batsmen found conditions even more tough and could only muster 43 runs in their reply, with 23 of them coming from Ewan Hardy.

Kippax only used two bowlers with Iqbal taking 6-20 and Pandor 4-18 to clinch the title.