Keighley undone by old boy Bailey

Simon Bailey

Simon Bailey

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KEIGHLEY’S promotion hopes continued to fade last week after their six-wicket defeat at Baildon, coupled with Saltaire’s eight-wicket win over Gomersal, left them 38 points off second place in Bradford League Division Two.

They were put to the sword by one of their former players in Baildon skipper Simon Bailey.

He took 4-19 and was backed up by fellow spinner Mushtaq Ahmed (4-22) as Keighley were dismissed for just 95.

The league’s all-time record run-scorer Richard Robinson provided the only resistance with an unbeaten 31.

The Jenny Laners were powered to victory by their overseas player Waqas Maqsood.

He struck an unbeaten 55 to see them home.

Undercliffe will return to the top flight next season. Their 70-run win over Great Horton and third-placed Keighley’s loss confirmed their promotion.

Young spin bowler Amir Hussain, a key figure in their success this season, took 5-28 as he and Nawaz Sardar (3-41) helped dismiss Great Horton for 136 in reply to Undercliffe’s 206-7.

Undercliffe’s innings was dominated by a fine unbeaten 93 from Ahmad Raja.

Saltaire are favourites to go up with Undercliffe after brushing aside Gomersal.

Mohammed Munir took 3-28 as Gomersal crumbled to 102 all out. Overseas player Israr Ullah sped Saltaire to their target with an unbeaten 55.

Keighley II’s run of good form was halted at home to Woodlands, who enjoyed a 27-run success.

Visiting batsman Tom Clee had the misfortune to be dismissed on 99, one of four victims of Hammy Shahzad (4-47). Joe Bowman (46) was the other main contributor to a final total of 226-5.

Keighley were dismissed for 179, with off-spinner Jack Baildon picking up 4-34. Andrew Waggett (36) and Ashley Robinson (35) were Keighley’s top scorers.

Keighley’s first team have a free Saturday this weekend, while the seconds host Morley.

l Keighley host the Bradford & District Evening League finals on Bank Holiday Monday.

The first game, starting at 11am, is between Division Two champions Wibsey Park Chapel and Les Benson trophy holders Denholme.

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