Wins for Ledsham and Middleham as rain frustrates Saturday’s cricket

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Thunder and lightning interrupted the season on Saturday as heavy showers frustrated cricketers across the Wetherby Leagues and Nidderdale Leagues.

Only two matches were completed across the 15 divisions of both leagues, as covers were put to full use across the district.

Middleham 2nds were the only club able to beat the weather and their opposition in the Nidderdale League.

They they took maximum points out of their rain-reduced bottom of the table clash with Bolton Abbey 2nds in Division Six.

Basement side Bolton Abbey could only muster 98-8 from their 30 overs, before Middleham, second bottom before the game took place, squeezed home with three overs and two wickets to spare.

And the victory was good enough to lift Middleham out of the relegation spots, as they benefited from the rest of the league being out of action.

This Saturday, reigning champions Spofforth host Hampsthwaite while table toppers Helperby travel to Alne.

In hot pursuit of the league leaders, Pannal will head to Burton Leonard and last season’s runners-up Ouseburn welcome Killinghall.

In the top division’s two other ties, Dacre Banks host early season basemen boys Goldsborough and Blubberhouses go to Bishop Thornton.

The Wetherby League had more luck with the weather, but like its Nidderdale counterpart, only one match reached a conclusion.

Newly promoted Ledsham were the only team to claim maximum points from the afternoon of limited action as they blitzed past Crossgates to leap off the bottom of Division Two.

Ledsham opening bowler Jonny Smales snaffled four victims for just 11 runs as Ledsham ran through the Crossgates order and disposed them for only 81.

Four quick wickets gave the bottom side a whiff of victory in the second innings, but Andrew Kelly’s 33 not out saw Ledsham over the winning line.

The weather got the better of Wetherby’s hotly anticipated derby against Kirk Deighton as only two matches in Division One got under way.

Mohammed Bashir (49) and Quizam Mahmood (48) helped Walton amass 154 all out at Barwick-in-Elmet, but the game fell victim to the rainfall at the tea interval.

James Proctor scored the only run of the game, as Shadwell were halted on 1-0 against Bilton-in-Ainsty.

Thorner Mexborough were in a commanding position at Church Fenton before the abandonment struck, thanks to Peter Hughes’ 63.

Thorner totalled 207-8 in the opening knock but, with Fenton on 80-2 in their reply, the rain hit.

Second-placed East Keswick were on 140-8 when their match at home to Scholes was abandoned.

Division Three: Thorner Mexborough A 138ao (Ishtiaq Ahmed 88 Adrian Sharp 4-29) Great Preston A 41 / 0; Rufforth 0/0 Sherburn Eversley 23/1; Kirk Deighton A 40/2, St Chads 0/0.

Division Four: St Chads B 116ao (Oliver Ozols 4-33) Meanwood 0/0, Headingley Bramhope A 0/0 Old Leos A 102.8, Saxton A 107/8 Barwick in Elmet A 44/4; Old Mods A 0/0 Shadwell A 193ao (Chris O’Reilly 4-33) (Phil Sharratt 64); Garforth Parish Church 28/1 South Milford A 158/7 (Steve Korko 77); Long Marston A 17/0 Wetherby A 87ao (Andy Acaster 4-24).

Division Five: Sicklinghall A 7/1 Hillam and Monk Fryston 71ao; Sherburn Eversley 84/3 Kippax Welfare 121ao; Crompark 0/0 Headingley Bramhope 69/5; Gledhow 201/1 dec (Adam Kham 123no, Zabiullah Khan 70) Whixley 30/1.

Division Six: Meanwood A 245/7 (Andrew Turner 134no, David Gill 41, Matt Barker 4-64) Rufforth A 0/0; Kirk Hammerton A 33/1 Crossgates 111/7.

lMeanwhile, the Wetherby League chairman Zai Ali and secretary Alan Haysom have announced they will step down from their roles at the end of the season.

The WCL has asked for volunteers to come forward to replace the duo on the senior league committee.