Despite five-wicket hauls from Andrew Kelly and Thomas Delmont, Ledsham suffered a 10-run defeat in their low scoring Division One game at home to Old Leodiensians in the Wetherby League.
Hopes of an important win must have been high at the half-way point as an outstanding effort in the field saw Leos, who are one place above Ledsham in the table, all out for only 98.
Most of their batsmen had no answer to an attack well led by Kelly (5-38) and Delmont (5-11).
Tashmial Henry’s battling 40, however, proved crucial as Ledsham batsmen also found it a struggle.
They started their reply well enough with openers Andy Baron and Kelly contributing 20 runs between them and Simeon Bambrook hitting 24 after coming in at number three.
But it all went wrong after that with none of the other batsmen able to reach double figures as Ledsham were all out for 88. Henry (5-31) and Jacob Peter (4-31) were their chief tormentors.
Despite the result they remain nine points clear of second from bottom side Hillam and Monk Fryston, who also lost.
Kippax Welfare batsmen found it more difficult after posting some huge scores recently, but the team were able to maintain their promotion challenge in Division Two with a two-wicket success at Meanwood.
The bowlers were the stars this week with Museji Bhoola taking 5-23, Aamir Malik 3-21 and Sharaz Ali 2-33 as Meanwood were dismissed for 125.
Kippax did not find it a cake walk to knock off the runs, but got home for the loss of eight wickets with James Goodall (44) top scoring and valuable contributions also from Dan Hall (22), Bhoola (18), Mahmed Navsarka (14 not out) and Imran Pandor (9 not out).
Kippax stay in fourth spot, but are only six points leaders Scholes. home
An unbeaten 81 by Paul Eastwood led Kippax Welfare A home for a big nine-wicket win at home to Meanwood A in Division Four.
Eastwood’s fellow opener, Paul Rhodes, also played well to hit 70 while Sam Ward hit 21 not out as Kippax cruised past the 181-8 total posted by their visitors.
Ward had earlier taken 3-57 with Ian Prince claiming 3-20 and John Henshaw 2-63 as Kippax did a sound job in the field.
The winning points keeps Kippax in with a shout of promotion as they are up to fourth and are only four points behind second-placed Rufforth A with a game in hand.
Ledsham seconds climbed a place up to ninth in Division Four after a crushing 119-run win at Hillam and Monk Fryston A.
Up against a side fielding only nine players, they made short work of polishing off their hosts as Hillam were all out for only 50 in reply to Ledsham’s 169-7.
Freddie Dewhirst led the attack with 3-19 while Adam Rothera, Harry Woodall and Jack Edmondson took a wicket each. In Ledsham’s innings opener Mark Kelly top scored with 64 while Rothera contributed 34 and Kevin Weston 22 not out.