Wetherby League: Kelly gets eye in as Ledsham celebrate

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PROMOTED Ledsham achieved their first win in their first season in Division Two by beating Crossgates by six wickets in the league’s only completed match.

Jonny Smales (4-11), Olly Baron (3-16) and Simeon Sambrook (2-19) routed Crossgates for 82, despite Shirish Vishnumohan’s battling 22.

Vishnumohan was also Crossgates’ best bowler with 2-24 but Ledsham recovered from a poor start to knock off the runs, thanks to an unbroken fifth-wicket stand between Andrew Kelly (33no) and Chris Hall (16no).

Thorner Mexborough are still without a win after being foiled by rain at Church Fenton.

Peter Hughes (63), Dave Clark (32) and Joel Riley (31no) guided Thorner to 208-8, their highest total of the season.

In reply, Robert Lancaster (36no) and captain Kendal Edgeley (32) led Fenton to 80-2 from 18 overs before the match was abandoned.

In Division One, Barwick in Elmet’s Daniel Fitzpatrick (4-37) and Rob Nicholls (3-22) bowled out Walton for 153, which included 49 from Mohammed Hamid Bashir and 48 from Qulzam Mahmood. Rain ended proceedings before Barwick replied.

In the only other top-flight game that started, Shadwell reached 1-0 from just two balls against Bilton in Ainsty when play was washed out.

It was a similar story in Division Three where only three games started and none were completed.

Great Preston A were cursing their luck after Adrian Sharp (4-29), Richard Gandy (3-17) and Matthew Beedle (2-35) toppled Thorner A for 138.

No 8 batsman Ishtiaq Ahmed single-handedly held Thorner’s innings together. He hammered 88 and was the only player who reached double figures.

Preston’s reply started excellently, with openers Sharp (20no) and Neil Carter (16no) putting on 41 without loss before the weather intervened.

Points were shared in all six rain-ruined Division Four matches.

Chasing Saxton A’s 107-8 that featured 41 from Ian Cunningham, Barwick A reached 44-4.

Opener Steve Korko hit 77 as South Milford A posted 158-7 at Garforth Parish Church A, who replied with 28-1.

Andrew Turner hammered an unbeaten 134 as Division Six promotion contenders Meanwood piled up Saturday’s highest total of 245-7 in a rain-affected game against Rufforth A.

David Gill (41), Ciaran Barker (28) and Matthew Roe (27no) were Meanwood’s other main scorers.

Holders Wetherby host Garforth Parish Church and last season’s losing finalists Great Preston visit Saxton in the Fred Fleetwood Cup first round this Sunday.

Other ties: Bilton in Ainsty v Ledsham, Old Modernians v Headingley-Bramhope, South Milford v Green Hammerton, Walton v Crompark, Church Fenton v Sherburn Eversley, Crossgates v Barwick in Elmet, Meanwood v Hillam and Monk Fryston.

Byes: St Chad’s, Rufforth, East Keswick, Long Marston, Shadwell, Thorner Mexborough, Scholes.

Kirk Deighton start their defence of the Senior Evening Cup with a home tie against Bilton in Ainsty on Tuesday, May 27.

Old Modernians, who lost to Deighton by nine wickets in last year’s final, have a bye in the opening round and host Old Leodiensians or Headingley-Bramhope in the second round on June 17.

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