Wetherby League: Kippax let down by batting display


After winning seven games on the spin Kippax Welfare have now lost two successive matches in Division One of the Wetherby League.

After the disappointment of defeat to Thorner Mexborough another poor batting display brought about their downfall away to Barwick-in-Elmet.

As had been the case the previous week Welfare were unable to recover from a poor start with openers Connor Williams and Zubair Badat only managing three runs between them.

There was a brief recovery with Soyeb Patel (13) and Museji Bhoola (16), but wickets again tumbled and although late runs were made by Wasim Patel (14) and Intekhab Ravat (24) Kippax were all out for only 91.

Mitchell Cullen (4-12), Andrew Styan (3-36) and Robert Nicholls (3-31) did the damage.

The target was easily passed by Barwick as they lost just one wicket in their reply to inflict the heaviest defeat of the season on Kippax.

The result saw Barwick climb above Welfare into third place with Kippax now down to fifth ahead of their local derby with Ledsham this Saturday.

Ledsham were unable to complete their Division One match away against Scholes.

The game was abandoned halfway through when evenly poised after Scholes had completed their innings and made 186 all out.

The total was based round a strong partnership between Gul Fida Hussain (82) and Sultan Mehmood (44), but Ledsham stuck to their task well in the field with Andrew Kelly taking 4-40, Josh Ware 3-51 and William Day 2-22.

The point they gained did take Ledsham back above Thorner Mexborough to second from bottom, but they remain nine points adrift of safety from relegation.

Kippax Welfare A returned to winning ways in Division Three with a successful run chase at Sherburn Eversley.

Set 101 for victory, they lost early wickets with Dan Hall and James Goodall departing, but Jamie Wills put them on course with a knock of 42 and the job was completed by Paul Eastwood (34 not out) and Mohmed Ayub Sheikh (11 not out), Welfare getting home with seven wickets to spare.

Sherburn were short of numbers and were all out for 100 with Tom Eastwood taking 5-21 and one wicket each for Danny O’Connor, Goodall and Hall.

Ledsham A missed a chance to climb out of the bottom two when they went down by a five wicket margin after being restricted to 168-9 by opponents Rufforth A in their Division Four match.