Wetherby League: Hard work for Ledsham, but Kippax continue winning run

Ledsham's Adam Rothera.
Ledsham's Adam Rothera.

Ledsham continued to struggle in the Wetherby League’s Division One as they remained bottom of the table following a 66-run defeat to Garforth Parish Church.

Garforth went in first and found conditions to their liking with opener James Allinson (33) giving them a sound start, which was built upon by Michael Fisher (77) and James Baldwin (54).

They went on to reach 229-6 by the end of their allotted overs with the Ledsham bowlers getting through plenty of hard work, the pick of them being Adam Rothera (2-31) and Andrew Kelly (2-50).

Ledsham ‘s reply saw opener Mark Kelly hit 27 at the start, but wickets went down at regular intervals and although seven players reached double figures they were unable to go on to make big scores.

Sam Wright (31) top scored, but Ledsham were all out for 163.

Improving Kippax Welfare made it five wins in a row when a good team effort saw them record an 115-run win over Rufforth in Division One.

The batsmen did their bit first as they posted a 209-9 total with Ghulam Hussain (55) top scoring and decent efforts also from opener Connor Williams (38), Munawar Chariwala (26) and Mohammed Mulla (21).

In the field Kippax were equally strong as Rufforth never got close to chasing down the target and were all out for 94. Zuber Patel led the attack with 4-35 and Imran Mohammed Pandor took 2-24. Welfare are now in fifth place, five points behind Sicklinghall in second.

Kippax Welfare A were beaten by seven wickets as they took on Division Three leaders Green Hammerton.

Only Syed Hussain (33) made much of an impression with the bat as Kippax were all out for 107. The Table toppers then comfortably reached their target although Hussain took 2-44.

Mitchell Morley’s 75 helped Ledsham A to a 28-run win over Meanwood A in Division Four.

He did not get much support, but Ledsham were able to defend their 164 total as they bowled their opponents out for 136, Morley following up with 3-33 and Jake Wright 3-21.