Wetherby League; Speight leads way in crucial victory for Ledsham


Ledsham climbed off the bottom of the Division One table when they came out on top in a huge relegation clash with Thorner Mexborough in the Wetherby League.

A good effort in the field and an improved batting effort saw a four-wicket win achieved – only the second league success of 2018 for Ledsham.

Thorner went in first and saw wickets go down at regular intervals with several of their batsmen making starts without being able to go on to make big contributions.

Muhammed Ali, who made 29 after going in at number 10, was top scorer as the visitors’ main batsmen struggled against a bowling attack that included good spells from Adam Rothera (3-30), Andrew Kelly (3-37), Paul Dewhirst (2-37) and Freddie Dewhirst (2-11).

Ledsham lost two early wickets in their reply, but nerves were settled by a knock of 42 from opener John Speight.

Josh Ware gave him support with 21 before Freddie Dewhirst (36 not out) brought the team home past their target, with help from Jake Wright (12 not out) and Sam Wright (12).

Kippax Welfare had two century makers in their ranks as they piled up a huge score on their way to another victory in their Division One game at South Milford.

Opener Connor Williams is enjoying a prolific season and added to his run tally with a superb knock of 135, combining to great effect with Mohammed Nadim (112) in a commanding second wicket stand.

With Soyeb Patel also contributing 36 Kippax were able to post a 351-5 total.

South Milford batsmen also found the hot conditions to their liking, but the asking rate was always too high and they finished on 304-7 with Ben White hitting 126 and Intekhab Ravat taking 3-76. The result saw Welfare leapfrog their opponents into third spot.

South Milford A turned the tables in the battle of the second teams, beating Kippax Welfare A by eight wickets in Division Three.

Kippax were kept to 180-7 when batting first. Paul Rhodes hit 39 and there were knocks of 36 from opener Paul Eastwood and Stephen Henshaw, but the target proved easy for Milford to chase down, Gary Liddle (87 not out) leading them home.

Ledsham A lost by nine wickets to Walton Park A in Division Four after a poor batting effort.

Going in first, they could only muster 84 runs with opener Chris Woodall (29) the only batsman to make much of an impact. Harry Woodall took 1-17, but it was easy for Park to get home.