Bankfoot put dent in Keighley hopes

LEADING FROM THE FRONT: Keighley skipper Richard Wear was top wicket-taker (4-55) and run-scorer (37) for his side in their narrow home defeat to Bankfoot last Sunday

LEADING FROM THE FRONT: Keighley skipper Richard Wear was top wicket-taker (4-55) and run-scorer (37) for his side in their narrow home defeat to Bankfoot last Sunday

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KEIGHLEY missed the chance to go second in Division Two when they were beaten by seven runs at home to Bankfoot last Sunday.

Playing the match a week in advance due to the Priestley Shield being held at Lawkholme Lane this weekend, it was a great chance to put pressure on rivals Saltaire in the race to claim the second promotion spot behind Undercliffe.

But mid-table Bankfoot had other ideas as their 219-6 proved just out of reach for the hosts.

Aaqib Uppal (67) and Rob Ellis (65no) were the mainstays of their innings, while skipper Richard Wear was chief destroyer for Keighley with 4-55.

At 86-5, the home side's response looked like it would fall well short but some battling middle-order contributions saw them make a decent fist of it.

Wear led the way again with 37, with Sam Murphy (35), Andrew King (28) and Tom Stead (23) all weighing in.

However, the visitors took the spoils as Keighley were dismissed for 212 as Greg Colehan (3-40) and Kamran Siddique (3-44) took the plaudits.

Wear's side made light work of Brighouse in a rain-reduced match 24 hours earlier.

Aussie Andrew King (4-19) and Tom Stead (4-29) helped bowl them out for 77 when they replied to Keighley’s total of 151-9 in a 25 overs a side contest. Freddie Pearson (39), Jonathan Wilkinson (34) and Richard Robinson (32no) all made useful contributions, while overseas player Fakhar Hussain (6-38) and skipper Umar Salim (3-22) impressed with the ball for Brighouse.

With leaders Undercliffe having a day off on Saturday, Saltaire were involved in a match reduced to 30 overs a side at Roberts Park against Idle and they were made to work hard for their ten-run win.

Saltaire were bowled out for 122 with only Rashid Ayoub (32) making an impression as they were kept in check by Ijaz Ahmed (3-35) and Nik Cumming (3-32).

Cumming followed up with a good knock of 48 and while he was at the wicket, Idle had a good chance. Saltaire’s bowlers kept plugging away and eventually dismissed Idle for 112.

Keighley, who have no game this weekend, trail Saltaire by six points but have played a game more.

Meanwhile, Keighley II continued their climb up the Division One second-team table with a five-wicket win at Farsley. Jason Perry (4-29) and Ben Jagger (3-17) helped bowl out the home side for 103.

Richard Wood (27), Perry (25) and Hassan Qureshi (24no) saw the visitors to the points.

Farsley are now fourth from bottom and just 17 points above the relegation positions.

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