Robinson starts in Keighley triumph

Keighley News: All-rounder Richard Robinson All-rounder Richard Robinson

The JCT600 Bradford League’s all-time record run-scorer Richard Robinson was the key figure for Keighley as they defeated Saltaire by 77 runs to stay at the top of Division Two.

Robinson top-scored with 65 as Keighley made 202 and followed up by taking 4-29 as Saltaire were bowled out for 125.

Mark Beckett (33) got runs at the top of the order for the hosts but 200 looked a tough ask when they slipped to 139-7.

But having made an impact with the ball the previous week, new Australian signing Andrew King showed his value with the bat. He put on 55 for the eighth wicket with Robinson before the veteran all-rounder was caught off the bowling of Mohammad Munir.

The same bowler had King stumped for 41 to end with 4-54 but the partnership was crucial to ensuring a fourth batting bonus point. Ijaz Khan also weighed in with 4-48 for Saltaire.

Opening bowlers King and Joe Stead both struck twice to leave the visitors reeling at 14-4 with a mountain to climb.

And though Amer Ayub’s unbeaten 58 helped steady the ship, it was not enough as Robinson turned the screw with his slow bowling.

Overseas player Nawaz Sardar (4-27 and 49) produced a match-winning performance as Undercliffe defeated Spen Victoria by three wickets to leave them three points behind Keighley.

Hartshead Moor are the third side to maintain a 100 per cent record after they beat Idle by 15 runs.

Keighley II went down by 48 runs at Baildon II, who recorded their first victory.

Tom Hopwood (67no), James Butt-erfield (49) and Majid Hussain (30) helped the hosts to 183-6 before Tawseef Ahmed (4-33) and Jamie Abbott (3-33) restricted Keighley to 135-9.

Richard Wood top-scored for the visitors with 29, while Ashley Robinson (28) and Alex Towler (28no) also contributed.

Keighley head to Hartshead Moor on Saturday, while the seconds host Bradford & Bingley.

l Keighley have been drawn at Division One side Pudsey Congs in the second round of the Sovereign Health Care Priestley Cup on Sun-day, May 18, having had a bye in the first round.

Keighley II will host Woodlands II in the Sovereign Health Care Priest-ley Shield on the same day.

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