Wetherby League: Navsarka’s 50 in vain as Kippax lose first top division match

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Kippax Welfare finally got their top flight campaign under way following promotion in the Wetherby League, but started disappointingly with defeat despite a decent batting display.

There was some encouragement for the Division One newcomers as they took on South Milford and posted a respectable 202 total.

But their eventual four-wicket defeat will also give them an indication of where they will need to improve to establish their place in the top division this year.

A number of batsmen got starts as Kippax went in first with top four Zubair Badat (30), Mohammed Mulla (13), Raja Nadeem (22) and Munawar Chariwala (30) giving them a solid base before Zakaria Valimulla (32) and Mahmed Navsarka (50) weighed in with good runs lower down the order.

South Milford were able to surpass the Welfare score, however, with Stuart Morley (75) leading the way. Zuber Patel (3-46) was the pick of the Kippax bowlers.

Ledsham suffered a second defeat in Division One as their batting let them down against Thorner Mexborough.

Set 187 for victory, it was never going to be easy, but they got nowhere near their target.

Only William Day, with 20, reached double figures as the batsmen struggled from the off and they were all out for only 71.

In Thorner’s innings of 186-8 Day took 2-36, Andrew Kelly 2-22, Adam Rothera 2-41 and Thomas Delmont 2-39.

Kippax Welfare A earned their first winning points in Division Three as they beat South Milford A by seven wickets.

A solid effort in the field saw South Milford kept to 150-9 and Kippax sailed past their target for the loss of just three wickets.

Ledsham A were well beaten by Headingley Bramhope A in Division Four.

After Headingley posted a big 250-7 total they went on to win by 209 runs as Ledsham were all out for only 41 in reply.

Only Jake Wright, who contributed 11, was able to reach double figures for Ledsham, who were also made to work hard in the field with none of their bowlers managing to take more than one wicket.