THERE was a thrilling finish to the All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League Championship Two title battle with Keighley taking the trophy by a single point.

They started the day in second place and made short work of their game at Northowram Fields as they romped to a 10-wicket win.

Skipper Paul Quinlan took 5-23 as Northowram Fields were skittled out for just 52. Only John Lister, with 14, made double figures.

Experienced opener Richard Gould hit an unbeaten 46 as Keighley romped to their target in just 8.1 overs.

The result earned them a maximum 20 points and left Wakefield St Michael’s requiring 10 points from their encounter at Hopton Mills to take top spot.

It was a target they were unable to achieve as they went down to an agonising 22-run defeat. They were bowled out for 203 in pursuit of the home side’s 225-9.

Charity Cooray (53), Ayaz Seedat (52) and Ollie Lightfoot (39) tried their hardest to get their side over the line, but the Mills bowlers Umar Abbas (3-69) and Ashley Mackareth (3-49) had other ideas.

Mackareth had earlier top scored with 48, while Gary Senior (47) and Mark Ashton (45) helped Mills to maximum batting points.

The result left Wakefield St Michael’s, who have clinched a second successive promotion, a point behind Keighley.

Third-placed Buttershaw St Paul’s suffered a three-run defeat against a Brighouse side who have made a strong finish to the season.

Openers Deron Greaves (81) and Chris Wynd (59) gave Brighouse a great start with an opening stand of 133, while Sohail Hussain chipped in with 33 as Brighouse made 220 all out. Left-arm spinner Ben Platt impressed with 5-63 for St Paul’s while Brandon Waddington took 3-12.

The St Paul’s reply was dominated by Amer Ayoub (92), but once he was out, Abid Awain (4-88) and Greaves (3-32) wrapped up victory for Brighouse.

Arman Hussain was in fine all-round form for Carlton as they capped off their season with a four-wicket win over Birstall.

Hussain took 6-45 as Birstall, despite 36 from James Misty, were bowled out for 132. Hussain followed up with an unbeaten 49 as he an opener Daniel White (49) ensured a Carlton win. Peter Gregersen was the best Birstall bowler with 3-35.

Veteran bowler David Battye impressed with 5-11 as East Ardsley bowled out Liversedge for 94 to round off their campaign with a 103-run win.

Jake Alleston (60) was instrumental in guiding East Ardsley to 197-9 when they batted first. Samir Farooq (5-24) and James Lunn (4-52) took the bowling honours for Liversedge.