Battling Kippax are edged out in cup final


Kippax Welfare produced a tremendous batting effort, but fell just short in their run chase to lose to Barwick in Elmet in Sunday’s final of the Fred Fleetwood Cup.

Set 234 to beat their top flight opponents, Division Three side Kippax put up a great batting display, but found the asking rate just too steep and finished on 205-9 to go down by 28 runs.

Openers Syed Hussain (37) and Lee Thompson (15) set the tone for the run chase then Zaf Iqbal (19), Wasim Patel (41) and Rizwan Darr (45) all played well to keep Kippax in the hunt.

But although Zuber Patel hit 14 the lower order fell away and it was Barwick who picked up the Wetherby League’s major cup.

Earlier, they had made 233-8 after going in first with James Todd hitting 108 and wickets falling to Zuber Patel (3-22), Hussain (2-19), Iqbal (1-46), James Goodall (1-48) and Imran Mohammed Pandor (1-61).

In the league, Kippax went 10 points clear in Division Three when they beat promotion rivals Crompark by 90 runs last Saturday.

Crompark started the day in second place, but were dismissed for only 98 as Pandor led the way with 4-24 and was backed up by Daniel Hall (2-12) and Zuber Patel (2-13).

Kippax had batted first and posted a 188-9 total thanks to useful contributions all down the order. Hussain hit 41, Hall 26, Zuber Patel 23 and Iqbal 37.

Half centuries from Joshua Ware and Andrew Kelly helped promotion seeking Ledsham to a six-wicket success against Saxton in Wetherby Division Two.

Set a testing 229 for victory, the Ledsham batsmen produced a fine effort to get home comfortably with opener Ware (74) getting the ball rolling.

Simon Strafford (13) and Johnny Smales (25) also contributed before Kelly (69 not out) and Freddie Dewhirst (20 not out) brought the side home.

Saxton had made 228-8 with Smales (4-64) doing most to restrict them and Kelly also taking two wickets.

The result kept Ledsham in second place, maintaining their three-point advantage over third-placed Headingley Bramhope with St Chads Broomfield a further 15 back in fourth.