KEIGHLEY stormed to a superb seven-wicket victory over high-flying Undercliffe in their Bradford Premier League Division One clash.

Keighley travelled to Undercliffe looking to make amends after being narrowly beaten the week before by East Ardsley.

Winning the toss, Undercliffe skipper Bailey Worcester opted to bat first on a flat looking wicket.

But Keighley have in-form bowlers in Noah McFadyen and James Massheder with the former removing Danish Hussain for a duck in the first over.

Undercliffe’s danger batsman Oliver Hardaker was joined by Byron Boshoff at the crease and the pair put on a bright 62 together. This was before McFadyen struck again, removing Hardaker for 34.

Despite Boshoff’s 43, the remaining Undercliffe batsmen could not cope with the leg spin of Massheder or the pace of McFadyen and skipper Scott Etherington (2-25) with the home team being dismissed for just 124 in the 43rd over.

McFadyen finished with 3-25, while Massheder took 4-25 to add to the nine wickets he got the previous week.

The Lawkholme Laner’s chase was nothing but decisive with positive shots played from the outset. Billy Whitford (12), Adam Smith (18) and McFadyen (14) got the away side into a good position.

But it was Nathan Storton (31 not out) and veteran Simon Bailey (41no) who put the game to bed in just the 19th over and a crushing seven-wicket victory.

A satisfied Etherington was more than happy with his side’s response to the previous week’s defeat especially against a top team like Undercliffe.

The firsts have a double weekend this week, travelling to Pudsey Congs on Saturday in the league and then entertaining top league side Cleckheaton in the Priestley Cup on Sunday down at Lawkholme.

Meanwhile, Keighley’s second entertained Undercliffe reserves at Lawkholme in the reserves Division Two of the Bradford Premier League.

Stand-in Keighley skipper Allan Birkett won the toss and elected to bat first on another fabulous wicket which would benefit batting.

Humayan Shahzad did just that, as the Keighley opener brutally destroyed the Undercliffe bowling attack hitting a brilliant 107 in just 71 deliveries which included 14 fours and five sixes.

With good supporting knocks from Ben Weatherall (38) and Azeem Hussain (35), the home side were able to amass 232 before being bowled out with just 10 balls left.

Keighley’s defence got off to a good start with two quick Undercliffe wickets going to evergreen Steve Butterfield (3-64). But this brought to the crease Huzaifah Azam.

The Undercliffe number four cautiously built a total helped by supporting innings from Amaan Ali (42) and Usman Fareed (34no) and his excellent unbeaten 104 took Undercliffe to victory with 15 balls spare.

The seconds entertain Buttershaw St Paul’s at Lawkholme this Saturday.