BAILDON's stay at the top of Bradford Premier League Championship One proved to be a short one as their 27-run defeat at East Bierley enabled Keighley to regain the leadership with a 56-run win over Scholes.

Improving East Bierley are now up to third on 87 points, 10 adrift of Baildon and 13 behind Keighley.

Experienced batsman Gulsheraz Ahmed is proving to be a shrewd signing for East Bierley. He struck seven sixes and 11 fours on his way to a superb 120 which helped his side post a challenging 262-7.

Overseas player Ompal Boken (53) continued his good form and shared in a fourth-wicket partnership of 119 with Ahmed.

Australian Blair Oakley (3-78) and Haris Mohammed (3-51) were the best of the bowlers for Baildon, who made 235 all out in their reply.

Opener Jack Hainsworth (73) and skipper Jonny Reynolds (50) both batted well but Tawkal Zadran and Boken both took 4-72 to seal Bierley’s win.

Any worries Keighley had after being bowled out for 134 were brushed away as they responded by dismissing struggling Scholes for 78.

Young Jude Roberts took his second five-wicket haul of the season for Scholes as he returned figures of 5-43, but Alex Antoine (5-13) and James Rogers (3-18) struck back for Keighley.

Skipper James Lee produced another match-winning performance as Bankfoot scored a convincing 110-run victory over Pudsey Congs.

Lee dominated his side’s score of 200 with a powerful knock of 110. Four sixes and 10 fours flowed from his bat as he kept the pressure on a Congs attack in which Ryan Heptinstall took 4-76, Yasir Ali 3-23 and Sam Wisniewski 3-36.

The former Yorkshire paceman followed up his batting exploits by taking 4-18 as he and spinner Andrew Stothart (4-28) sent Congs tumbling to 90 all out.

A fourth-wicket stand of 127 between Mohammed Khan (80) and Adam Greenwood (75) helped Hartshead Moor to secure a welcome five-wicket win over Gomersal.

For skipper Greenwood the victory was particularly satisfying as he has played much of his senior cricket at Gomersal.

Hartshead Moor chased down a Gomersal score of 190-9 which owed much to Callum Flynn’s 79. Josh Tingle impressed with ball as he returned figures of 5-45.

Another lowly side to secure a much-needed triumph were Wakefield St Michael’s. Ollie Lightfoot took 7-33 as they skittled out Batley for 71 on their way to a seven-wicket victory.

Morley returned to winning ways with their second 10-wicket success of the season. This time their victims were Ossett who they rolled over for just 69. Spinner Akash Senarathna took 3-0.

Opener James McNichol (33no) and Matthew Baxter (31no) sped Morley to their meagre target.