Wetherby League: Kelly and Ware star as Ledsham achieve first win of season

Ledsham's Joshua Ware.
Ledsham's Joshua Ware.

A top knock from Joshua Ware and a strong all-round display by Andrew Kelly helped Ledsham to a fantastic maximum point victory over previously unbeaten Barwick-in-Elmet in Division One of the Wetherby League.

Ledsham went into the game with defeats in their first two league games while Barwick were boasting two wins so it was a fair turn round for the local village side to complete an 115-run victory.

It was based on a fine batting effort when they went in first and posted a big 242-5 total after Ware (84) and Kelly (52) combined in a dominating second wicket stand.

William Day then weighed in with an unbeaten 34 and there were handy contributions from Adam Rothera (20) and Sam wright (16 not out).

Barwick lost three early wickets in their reply and never looked getting close to the target set them as they were all out for 127.

Kelly followed up his batting exploits by being the pick of the Ledsham bowlers with 4-23, while Day took 3-20 and Rothera 2-39.

Kippax Welfare won their first game since promotion to Division One as they edged out Thorner Mexborough in an exciting finish.

Set 188 for victory, Kippax got home with just one wicket to spare as their last pair saw them over the line for a five points to one victory.

A late order collapse had threatened to derail their run chase after they had started it positively with good contributions from top three Wasim Patel (45), Zubair Badat (49) and Mohammed Mulla (26).

Thorner, who had won their one game previously played, were kept to 187-9 as they batted first with Badat taking 3-20 and Museji Bhoola 2-51.

Kippax Welfare A suffered a 92-run defeat when they were away to Thorner Mexborough A in Division Three.

Only Ian Prince (23), Paul Rhodes (20) and Steven Allison (19) put up much resistance as they were all out for 112 in reply to their opponents’ 204-4.

Danny O’Connor, with 2-68, was the most successful of Kippax bowlers.

After being restricted to 148-7, Ledsham A went down to a four-wicket defeat at Long Marston A in Division Four.

Opener Peter Boothroyd (47) and Jake Wright (51 not out) batted well for Ledsham, but only Chris Hey (24) could give them much support.

Long Marston lost three early wickets in their reply, but only lost three more as they were able to reach their target.

l Ledsham produced a disappointing batting display as they went out of the Fred Fleetwood Cup with a four-wicket defeat to Rufforth.

Going in first, Ledsham were all out for 90 with Andrew Kelly (19) and Joshua Ware (16) top scoring. Rufforth lost six wickets in their reply, with Adam Rothera taking 2-6 and Freddie Dewhirst 2-15, but progressed to the next round.