Bradford League: Undercliffe confirm promotion

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UNDERCLIFFE’S promotion to the top-flight was confirmed after victory over Great Horton – coupled with Keighley’s Division Two loss at Baildon.

Ahmad Raja’s unbeaten 96 was the cornerstone of Undercliffe’s 206-7, with Amir Hussain (5-28) then taking centre stage with the ball to help dismiss the visitors for 120.

Saltaire (103-2) are huge favourites to join Undercliffe in the top flight next term following a powerhouse eight-wicket success over Gomersal.

The Oxford Road outfit were blown away for 102, batting first, before Saltaire sealed victory in 23 overs, with Israr Ullah seeing them home with an unbeaten 55.

Hartshead Moor (264) boosted their hopes of a highly-impressive top-three finish with a 57-run derby victory at near-neighbours Spen Victoria.

Opening, Moor were indebted to a sparkling 109 from overseas player Faraq Ul-Haq.

The big-hitting batsman, who smote five sixes and 12 fours, shared in a marvellous fourth-wicket stand worth 204 with Craig Field (84) – after the Highmoor Laners were toiling at 17-3.

Abid Awan (5-55), pictured, and Rob Burton (5-61) shared the wickets for Spen.

Replying, Spen fell short at 207-8, despite the best efforts of Peter Jackson (73no) and Khalid Mahmood (61).

Ex-Spen man Will Smith took 3-33 for the victors.

Moor are now just seven points behind third-placed Keighley with four matches to play. Keighley were skittled for 95 against Baildon, who replied with 98-4. Waqas Maqsood hit an unbeaten 55 for the Jenny Laners, for whom Simon Bailey (4-19) and Mushtaq Ahmed (4-22) were in the wickets.

Brighouse’s poor campaign continued with a five-wicket loss to Bankfoot (204-5).

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