KEIGHLEY Cricket Club crashed to a narrow 11-run defeat to Buttershaw St Pauls in Bradford Premier League Division Two.

Keighley won the toss and elected to field first in Saturday’s clash.

Buttershaw would ultimately make them pay for this decision as they scored 264-5 from their allotted 50 overs.

Opener Abdul Rehman was the nut Keighley could not crack as he outlasted his team-mates to end Buttershaw’s innings on an unbeaten 153 from 152 balls which included 26 fours.

Amer Ayoub supplied the best support for Rehman with 60.

Iyaz Ahmed was the best bowler for Keighley, ending with figures of 3-55 from his 13-over spell. Mohammad Shahnawaz took the other two wickets to fall, ending with 2-44 from his six-over spell.

In reply, Keighley fell just short of their target as they were skittled out for 253 from 47.1 overs.

Raees Hussain was the top scorer for Keighley with 54 from 48 deliveries. His quickfire innings included eight fours and two sixes.

Wicketkeeper Johandre Barnard was not too far behind him as he reached 52 from 55 balls until he was trapped lbw by Buttershaw’s Harris Cunningham. He hit seven fours and one six in his time at the crease.

Opener Mohammad Shahnawaz also chipped in with 40 from 46 balls.

Zahir Shah was also a scorer of note for Keighley as he fired 27 from 48 deliveries which included six fours.

Mussawar Shah was the top bowler for Buttershaw ending with figures of 4-64 from his 14 overs.

Zafar Jadoon, Cunningham and Ayoub took two wickets apiece for Buttershaw.

The defeat sees Keighley in seventh place in the Division Two table.

Keighley will be looking to avenge their defeat against Buttershaw St Pauls on Saturday, July 1 when they travel to face Crossflatts at Ryshworth Park (12.30pm start).

Meanwhile, Keighley seconds were also beaten last Saturday.

They crashed to a 75-run defeat against East Leeds.

Batting first after winning the toss, East Leeds reached 240 all out from their 40 overs.

But in reply, Keighley fell short, as they were dismissed for 169 all out from 35.5 overs.