KEIGHLEY’S first XI made the trip to Pudsey Congs at the weekend for their fixture in Division One of the Bradford League, looking to make up for their disappointing opening day defeat to Bankfoot.

And they did just that, with veteran Paul Quinlan the star of the show, scoring a half-century and taking four wickets to guide his side to a 32-run win.

Skipper Max Davidson won the toss and elected to bat first; his team bolstered by new signings Henry Moore and Lukas Robinson, who had joined in the week.

Early seam movement, especially from Vinit Patel (3-29), had Keighley in trouble at 46-4, but new boy Moore and Quinlan steadied the ship, putting on a magnificent fifth wicket partnership of 103 until Quinlan was removed by a fine catch for 60.

Moore soon followed for 64 but their good foundation work meant the lower order could play freely and the Lawkholme Laners closed their innings on 192-9.

Despite an opening partnership of 59, Pudsey’s reply was slow and once Quinlan and spinner James Massheder were introduced to the attack, wickets began to tumble.

Despite a valiant effort from Jacob Slater (61) and a fine rearguard action from Patel (38 not out), the home team were dismissed for 160.

The ageless Quinlan (4-34) and Massheder (4-39) were the pick of the Keighley bowlers, with new boy Shahzada Khan also chipping in with two wickets.

Keighley will be tested by early frontrunners Gomersal down at Lawkholme this coming weekend.

Keighley’s second string welcomed Congs to Lawkholme at the weekend, but they struggled to make runs, and slipped to a four-wicket defeat in the process, meaning they are still without a league win this year.

Home skipper Dillon Birkett won the toss and opted to bat first on a wicket that should have produced runs.

But tight Pudsey bowling and some excellent fielding made the going tough, with the hosts batting out their allotted 45 overs, but only scoring 101-9.

Keeper Abid Hussain seemed to be the only batsman who could play the spin, top scoring with 26no.

It is not always easy to chase a low score and with Harry Barker continuing his good start to the season (4-27), Pudsey were reduced to 52-4 and Keighley could sniff an unlikely victory.

Unfortunately for Keighley, veteran Bilal Butt (43no) steadied the ship and was able to get his team over the line with six wickets down.

The seconds make their longest trip of the season this coming weekend to Great Preston.