Wetherby League: Bhoola’ nap hand in vain as Kippax winning run ends

Kippax Welfare's Moosa Bhoola.
Kippax Welfare's Moosa Bhoola.

Kippax Welfare’s winning run came to an end when they missed a chance to put pressure on the leading teams in Division One of the Wetherby League with a surprise defeat to lowly Thorner Mexborough.

After victories in their previous seven league games Welfare must have been expecting to collect another when they did a good job in the field to have Thorner all out for 115.

But a hugely disappointing batting display left them eight runs short and still in third place. With leaders Garforth Parish Church losing it proved a missed opportunity, although they are only nine points behind them in the Division One table.

All looked well when Thorner went in first and struggled to post a big score. Dave Clark (25) and Jamie Warriner (22) briefly threatened in a second wicket stand, but the innings fell away after their dismissals and the 115 total looked well short of a winning one.

Leading the attack for Kippax were Museji Bhoola, with 5-11, and Imran Mohammed Pandor, 2-16, with one wicket each for Intekhab Ravat, Ghulam Hussain and Zubair Badat.

However, Kippax did not get off to a good start in their reply with the prolific scoring Connor Williams and his opening partner Badat going cheaply.

More wickets tumbled and although Syed Hussain (14) and, particularly Wasim Patel (36 not out) began a fightback the latter ran out of partners and they were all out for 107.

The result lifted Thorner off the bottom of the table, with Ledsham dropping to the basement after their seven-wicket loss to Barwick-in-Elmet.

Batting first, Ledsham were all out for 187 with Josh Ware (45) top scoring and support coming from Freddie Dewhirst, with 36.

Openers Mark Kelly (16) and John Speight (19) had given the innings a solid start while Adam Rothera (14) and Paul Dewhirst (20) added some useful late runs.

But Barwick’s batsmen enjoyed the hot conditions to breeze past their target for the loss of only three wickets. James Watford (88) led their reply with Robert Nicholls hitting 53 not out. Rothera (2-47) and Andrew Kelly (1-54) were the only Ledsham bowlers to have any success.

A strong all-round display by John Henshaw went to waste as Kippax A went down to a 26-run defeat to Thorner Mexborough A in Division Three.

Henshaw starred with bat and ball, initially taking 6-48 as Thorner were dismissed for 166.

Jamie Wills also took 3-38 with James Goodall claiming 1-30 while Thorner owed much to top scorer Gareth Waddington, who made 75.

Kippax were quickly in trouble in their reply before ninth wicket pair Ian Prince and Henshaw began a fightback.

They fell short, however, with Henshaw following up his bowling exploits with a knock of 53 not out and Prince hitting 30.

Ledsham A remain second from bottom in Division Four after being bowled out for 111 on the way to suffering a seven-wicket defeat to mid-table Long Marston A.