KEIGHLEY had a fourth straight victory in the All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League Championship Division Two snatched away from them.
Having made 159, they had hosts Carlton at 125-9, but their last-wicket pair had an unbeaten partnership of 37 to steal victory and end Keighley's unbeaten record.
As the away skipper, Andy Wear elected to have a coin toss, which he won and opted to bat.
Despite putting on 37 for the first wicket, the Carlton attack started to make inroads into the visitors' batting line-up, and wickets fell at regular intervals.
Wear top-scored for his team for the second week running, making 35 as Keighley were all bowled out for 159 in the 48th over.
In reply, Carlton’s batsmen also found the going tough, especially when spin was introduced to the attack, and despite a sold knock of 49 from Adam Hayton, they found themselves on 125-9.
Although Wear weighed in with 3-20 and vice-captain Matt Haines took 4-46, Keighley could not break the partnership of Liam Morris and Joshua Thurwell, who guided their team home to a one-wicket victory.
Saddened to lose their 100 per cent record, Wear can console himself that his fourth-placed team will be strengthened for Saturday's fixture at home to top-of-the-table Hartshead Moor.
The reverse fixture against Carlton at Lawkholme Lane was also close, with the visitors gaining a Championship Division One victory by two wickets.
Made to bat first without a toss of coin, Keighley’s batsmen dug in on what appeared to be a green wicket but which offered little benefit for the bowlers.
Despite a determination to not collapse like they did at Undercliffe the previous week, wickets fell at regular intervals, with the home side eventually bowled out for 154 in the 36th over.
Pick of the batsmen was 16-year-old Danny Murphy with a fine 42.
Carlton’s reply was very similar to the Keighley innings, with wickets again tumbling at regular intervals.
However, the difference was the much experienced Carlton batsman Stephen Leatherdale, whose guile and patience saw him compile an innings of 64 not out, steering his team to victory.
Keighley’s opening bowler Ben Jagger returned 4-29, while young spinner Owen Narey took 2-28.
Keighley Seconds make the long journey to Ossett on Saturday, with hopefully a much stronger team.