Undercliffe return to the top flight after defeating Great Horton to secure promotion

Nawaz Sardar has been a key figure for Undercliffe

Nawaz Sardar has been a key figure for Undercliffe

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UNDERCLIFFE will play in Division One of the JCT600 Bradford League next season. For weeks they have enjoyed a large lead at the top of Division Two and their 70-run win over Great Horton, coupled with Keighley’s six-wicket defeat at Baildon, confirmed their promotion.

Ahmad Raja’s unbeaten 93 enabled Undercliffe to reach 206-7. Young spinner Amir Hussain then took 5-28 and overseas all-rounder Nawaz Sardar 3-41 as Great Horton were bowled out for 136, Naeem Khan top scoring with 59.

Undercliffe’s latest win gives them a 45-point lead over Saltaire, who look likely to join them in Division One next season. Their eight-wicket home win over Gomersal means they are 38 points in front of third-placed Keighley with four matches to play.

Mohammed Munir took 3-28 as Gomersal were shot out for 102. Overseas player Israr Ullah then sped Saltaire to their modest target with 55 not out.

Former Keighley all-rounder, skipper Simon Bailey, played a big part in Baildon’s win against his old club.

Bailey took 4-19 with his off-spin while slow left-arm bowler Mushtaq Ahmed took 4-22 as Keighley were dismissed for a mere 95, with only Richard Robinson showing much resistance with 31 not out against his former club.

Overseas player Waqas Maqsood struck 55 not out as Baildon cruised to victory.

Hartshead Moor are fourth after their 57-run win at Spen Victoria. Overseas player Fahad Ul-haq struck five sixes and 12 fours in his 109, sharing a fourth-wicket stand of 204 with Craig Field (84) after Hartshead were struggling at 17-3.

Wickets fell cheaply after they were out with Abid Awain taking 5-51 and Rob Burton 5-61, but Hartshead’s total of 264 proved too many for Spen, who replied with 207-8.

Peter Jackson top scored with 73 not out while Khalid Mehmood made 61 to enable Spen to achieve the consolation of four batting points. Will Smith (3-33) and Daniel Squire (3-72) were the best Hartshead bowlers.

Bankfoot beat Brighouse away by five wickets with ten balls to spare after overtaking the home side’s total of 198-8. Aaqib Uppal (48) and Micky Hutchins (45) led the run chase.

Zahir Khan (60) and Muhammad Khurshid (40) were Brighouse’s top scorers.

Idle were made to battle hard for their two-wicket win at bottom club Windhill.

The home side were bowled out for 159, Salman Ali (40) top scoring while overseas player Nik Cumming took 4-40 and Mohammed Zahid 4-26 for the visitors.

Wajid Hussain (32no) and William Sharp (31) then led Idle to their narrow victory.

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