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Openers Bottomley and Stead help Keighley gain revenge
Unpredictable Keighley returned to winning ways with a six-wicket success at Bowling Old Lane in Division Two.
Having lost to Brighouse and New Farnley – after beating leaders Farsley – the Lawkholme Lane side gained revenge for a seven-wicket defeat on their own patch by the Bradford side earlier in the season.
Opener Matthew Bottomley made 88 and Freddie Pearson 39 as they chased down a Lane score of 193.
Ayyaz Akram (48) and Arsalan Ijaz (38) were the main contributors for Old Lane as opening bowler Joe Stead (4-56) and Amjid Hussain (3-48) proved to be the best of the Keighley bowlers.
Victory lifted them up a place to eighth, 13 points behind Lane, and they have another chance to gain ground on a team above them this Saturday as they host Bottomley’s former club Undercliffe, who are in fifth place.
Meanwhile, the Division Two title race is hotting up after leaders Farsley suffered only their third defeat of the season at Brighouse.
The Huddersfield side defeated second-placed New Farnley earlier in the season and are certainly having an impact on the battle for promotion.
Sohail Hussain (4-27) and Mohammad Hafeez (3-39) helped dismiss Farsley for 175 to secure a five-run win.
New Farnley are now just 13 points adrift of the summit after their crushing 153-run win over Idle.
Yeadon, who are ten points behind New Farn-ley, were boosted by another good performance from all-rounder Oliver Halliday as they defeated Gomersal by 155 runs.
Halliday made 69 in his side’s 230-8 before taking 4-27 as he helped dismiss Gomersal for just 75.
Keighley II’s Ashley Robinson took 6-50 and Jason Perry 3-46 to seal a 46-run win at home to Hanging Heaton II, who were bowled out for 184. Nafeez Hafeez top scored with 45.
Keighley II had made 230-6, with Paul Wilkinson (51) and Richard Wood (41) leading the way as Umar Rehman took 3-62.
The victory lifted the hosts above their visitors into sixth place in Division One of the second-team competition. Keighley II head to Woodlands II this Saturday, with both sides level on 167 points.
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