Last-wicket stand crucial in Keighley win

Last-wicket stand crucial in Keighley win

Andrew Waggett on his way to a top score of 44 for Keighley II

Allan Birkett in action for Keighley II against Yeadon II

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KEIGHLEY II boosted their survival hopes in Division One of the second team competition with a much-needed 19-run win at home to Yeadon II.

Andrew Waggett (44) top-scored as the hosts made 145 all out, despite the efforts of Paul Machell (3-41) and Matt Yeadon (3-47).

Crucial to the home side’s success was a last-wicket partnership between former first-team skipper Steve Reape (16no) and No 11 Hammy Shahzad (24).

When the pair came together they were 101-9 but their 44-run stand not only secured a batting bonus point but it also proved vital in winning the match as ten-man Yeadon could only make 126-9 in response.

Robbie Walsh top scored with 44 as Alex Towler was chief destroyer, taking 4-30.

Victory saw them go 14 points clear of bottom club Baildon but they remain ten points behind third-from-bottom Lightcliffe, who thrashed East Bierley by nine wickets after bowling them out for 63.

Keighley visit East Bierley on Saturday before visiting Pudsey St Lawrence in the Sovereign Health Care Priestley Shield semi-final on Sunday.

The Lawkholme Laners’ first team return to action on Saturday when they host Gomersal following last week’s break due to the Tour de France.

Their promotion hopes were given a boost when second-placed Saltaire suffered an 81-run defeat at Bankfoot. Third-placed Keighley now trail the Roberts Park side by 17 points but have a game in hand.

Undercliffe extended their lead with an eight-wicket win at home to strugglers Windhill.

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