AFTER winning three games on the bounce, a highly confident Keighley side made the long journey to Carlton at the weekend in Division One of the Bradford League.

But they fell short on this occasion, going down by 62 runs.

Carlton won the toss and elected to bat first on a good pitch, but wickets toppled at regular intervals and at 87-6 they were in huge trouble.

Sadly for Keighley, the home side’s lower order dug in and led by Jonathan Rudge (50), Carlton eventually amassed 213-9.

Pick of the Keighley attack were Paul Quinlan (4-66) and Ben Hemsley (3-68).

Keighley’s reply was not a good one. Batsmen struggled to forge partnerships or scores and with Quinlan top scoring with 30, the Lawkholme Laners crumbled to 151 all out.

With Keighley's position in Division One still very much in the balance, they travel to local rivals Baildon this Saturday, who are just 10 points ahead of them in the table.

Keighley’s second eleven, struggling at the bottom of the league, entertained Carlton at Lawkholme, grabbing a vital big win.

Keighley were boosted by several players coming back into the team, including veteran captain Allan Birkett.

Carlton won the toss and put the home side in.

Led by the impressive Adam Qurban (65), the Keighley batting line up finally found some form.

There were several positive partnerships, with good contributions from Haz Haider (32) and Louie Wilkinson (19) taking Keighley to 182 all out in the 44th over.

Dillon Birkett then single handedly set about the Carlton top order, taking three quick wickets to leave them reeling.

Fine back up bowling and a couple of smart run outs saw the away side dismissed for 123.

The victory has given the second team a glimmer of hope of survival in Division One of the reserves set-up. They entertain Baildon at Lawkholme this weekend.

Elsewhere in the Bradford League, Crossflatts continued their charge towards the Division Three title.

They compiled a massive 315 as they defeated Adwalton by 167 runs to extend their lead at the top to 24 points.

With regular openers Josh Brooksbank and Joe Hicks absent, Mohammad Shahnawaz was pushed up to the top of the order and responded with 47.

Joe Greenwood (68) and skipper Dom Bennett (59) carried on the good work while adding 108 for the third wicket before Brannan Law weighed in with a breezy 53.

Adwalton were dismissed for 148 when they replied as Shahnawaz (4-73) and Mayank Singh (3-54) ensured Crossflatts bagged another 20-point maximum.