Aussie all-rounder Chris Lloyd ensured the shock result of the season as champions Hoylandswaine suffered their first defeat in just short of a year at Moorlands, who gained their first win.
He returned figures of six for 12 in 9.2 overs to leave Swaine up effluent billabong on 56 all out – 39 of which were scored by West Indian quick bowler Kesrick Willians at No7.
Michael Rounding ensured few problems in the chase for the top-flight new boys, hitting 33 not out as Swaine lost their place among the early co-leaders.
He bettered Lloyd’s figures to finish with a brilliant six for 11 from 15 overs, including nine maidens, as Skelmanthorpe were restricted to 102 at Far End Lane.
Tim Taylor then stood solid on 54 not out to guide Honley to an eight-wicket win.
For Scholes in a 25-over game at Elland, New Zealand-based Englishman Joe Carter remained top of the league batting pile with 63 not out as they knocked off a home target of 140-8 for the loss of just two wickets – with opener Tom Chadwick getting 47.
Niall Lockley had led the Elland order with 54, but they were pegged back after a bright start by Tom Brook with three for 36 and his brother Josh, who took three for 34.
Barksland leapfrogged Swaine into third after a four-wicket win in a 45-over game at Kirkburton, who posted 186 thanks to 61 from Asif Hussain and 48 not out from Nick Sharp. Hussain steadied the ship after the home side slid to 15-3 and he hit seven fours and four sixes in all, going to his 50 in 39 balls and 52 minutes.
Alex Scholefield with three for 23 and spinner Chris Williams with three for 41 made sure Burton were restricted.
In reply, Jamie Summerscales was the match-winner for the Woodfield side with 89 off 103 balls including eight fours and six sixes (113 minutes).
His 50 came off 62 balls in 72 minutes. Burton picked up a point for getting six wickets.
The only ton in the top section came at Shelley, where former Slaithwaite batsman Abdul Wahid finished on 112 against his old club as the home side totalled 306-7.
Martin Sykes hit 55 of those while Sash Naidoo was the man in form, also hitting 55 before taking three for 79 as Slaithwaite were dismissed for 202. Greg Wadsworth also had three wickets while Alex Walker had 56 for Slaithwaite.
Golcar’s poor start continued as they went down by seven wickets at Shepley, where Nasir Jamal took five for 23 as Golcar were restricted to 159-9 (Steve Whitwam making 52 and James Howson 36).
Aussie Christian Smith with 43 not out and Amar Rashid 41 made sure Shepley eased home, Tom Denton also making 37.
There was no play at Broad Oak against Delph & Dobcross, where the sides picked up two points apiece.
In the Jedi Sports Championship, a ton from Bilal Khiljee kept Holmfirth powering along while Armitage Bridge and Clayton West also remain unbeaten at the top.
Khiljee hit 104 as Holmfirth posted 220-5 at home to Linthwaite, Jake Morley hitting 54 while Saifur Rehman picked up a three-for.
Asif Qayyum led the Linthwaite reply with 76 but they were dismissed 24 short, Max Gummerson taking five for 89.
Carl Jump had four for 26 and Daniel Moorhouse three for 23 as Armitage Bridge sent back Almondbury Wesleyans for 117.
Jaycob Curtling hit 50 as the Bridge went to a four-wicket win.
Tom Gibson picked up four for 44 and Dan Barber and Kyle Hitchman three wickets apiece as Almondbury were bowled out for 101.
Hitchman then scored an unbeaten 39 as Clayton West picked up a five-wicket win.
Matt Smith had 75 as Cawthorne beat Lascelles Hall in a 20-over match, while Kirkheaton were out for 107 and lost by eight wickts to Thongsbridge.
Darren Hinchliffe hit 89 as Meltham totalled 202-5 and beat Marsden (167).
In the Cedar Court Conference, overseas Rehan Khan hit 152 not out as Birkby Rose Hill beat Emley. David Stratford had 134 in reply as Emley picked up two points.