Wetherby League: Fantastic week for Kippax crowned by semi-final win

Connor Williams.
Connor Williams.

Kippax Welfare were celebrating after a great week capped off by reaching the final of the Fred Fleetwood Cup.

After becoming the first team to beat Garforth Parish Church in the league on Saturday, Kippax followed up by defeating the same opponents again in the cup semi-final a day later.

Garforth were missing a few players and never looked like gaining revenge for the league loss as they were beaten by eight wickets.

Going in first, none of their batsmen were able to build a big innings with opener James Allinson their scorer with 27.

They were all out for 117 with Mohammed Nadim taking 3-29, Intekhab Ravat 3-56, Imran Patel 2-3 and Zubair Badat 2-10. Kippax had no problems reaching their target for the loss of two wickets as Siddik Mulla hit 48, Connor Williams 42 not out and Badat 21.

In the league game Kippax made it six straight victories and cut the gap to 14 points on Division One leaders Garforth Parish Church as they won a higher scoring contest by 11 runs.

Opener Williams was in good form again when he hit 72 while good contributions also came from Mahmed Munaf Navsarka (54 not out), Ghulam Hussain (26) and Museji Bhoola (23 not out) as Welfare totalled 218-9.

Garforth set off well in their run chase with runs from all their top order, but fell behind the asking rate and in a search for quick runs wickets went down as they were all out for 207. Ravat (4-27) led the Kippax attack with Nadim taking 2-7.

Kippax also made it to the semi-finals of the Senior Evening Cup in midweek, beating Sicklinghall by 44 runs.

Munawar Chariwala hit a superb 77 as Welfare posted a 170-6 score from their 20 overs. Wasim Patel also weighed in with 28. Sicklinghall were all out for 126 in reply with Bhoola taking 3-15, Ravat 3-28 and Ghulam Hussain 2-20.

Ledsham were knocked out in a close contest with Garforth Parish Church.

Chasing Garforth’s 154-3, they were kept to 141-7 with Sam Wright hitting 72 and Robert Fisher 23.

Ledsham conceded their league away to South Milford on Saturday.

Ledsham A played their home game with Walton Park A in Division Four on Sunday, but suffered a seven-wicket defeat to stay second from bottom after being bowled out for 144.