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Keighley back on form with big victory
KEIGHLEY bounced back from Saturday’s defeat by Saltaire with a 181-run victory against Division Two’s bottom team Windhill.
Max Davidson (78no), skipper Richard Wear (51) and Jonathon Wilkinson (51no) guided their side to 223-3 at Lawkholme Lane.
Windhill were rolled over for just 42 as Aussie Andrew King (5-31) and Joe Stead (4-10) polished them off in double quick time.
The result meant they closed the gap on second-placed Saltaire to 14 points, having lost at Roberts Park the previous day by five wickets.
Amer Ayub set up the win by taking 6-26 as Keighley were dismissed for 195 after failing to capitalise fully on the half-centuries made by Wilkinson (60) and new skipper Wear (52).
Saltaire scored briskly in reply and raced to their target in 27.4 overs as Asia Ayub (69no) and skipper Adrian Monk (48) showed no mercy for the bowlers.
Meanwhile, opener Hamid Khan hit a century as Undercliffe extended their lead to 18 points on Sunday with a hard-earned 22-run victory over Saltaire at Roberts Park.
Khan struck one six and 16 fours in an unbeaten 113 that was the cornerstone of a challenging total of 251-6. Matthew Crowther (33) and Liam Brearley (33) provided support.
Saltaire weren’t daunted by the target and were in the hunt while their impressive overseas player Israr Ullah was at the wicket. He made a fine 70 but once he departed Saltaire lost momentum and finished on 229-9 as Zeeshan Qasim took 3-47.
Qasim had produced a match-winning performance for Undercliffe the day before to keep them at the top.
He top-scored with 62 as Undercliffe were bowled out for 169 at Spen Victoria as Abid Awain produced a fine spell of 7-49.
Qasim then took 3-43 as Spen Victoria were restricted to 145-9, despite a battling unbeaten 62 from George Deegan.
Keighley II lifted themselves off the bottom of Division One in the second-team competition as they won the basement battle with Baildon by seven wickets. Alex Towler took 5-18 as Baildon were dismissed for 95, then Andy Waggett hit 66 as Keighley relegated Baildon to last place.
Travel difficulties due to the Tour de France mean Keighley’s first team game at Bowling Old Lane on Saturday is postponed but the seconds will host Yeadon.