Matty Sykes was the hero as Honley clinched a last-ball victory in their crunch relegation clash with Shelley in the Drakes League Premiership.
Set a challenging 206-7 in their 45-over showdown at Far End Lane, Honley battled for their lives to leapfrog Shelley and get out of the bottom two.
It was nail-biting stuff, however, with the stakes extremely high.
Honley reached only 30-2 after 10 overs, leaving them a mountain to climb with 178 needed off 35.
Eddie Wilson hit 20, Steven Nuttall 26 and then Sykes shared a valuable partnership with experienced Danny Howard, who eventually went for 37.
Martin Green, another member of Honley’s all-conquering team of a few years ago, then took them closer with 21 before being run out, and Honley were left needing 39 from the last six overs and 18 from three.
Sam Denton was out, leaving a target of 14 from the last two, which was reduced to just three off the last with Sykes and Tom Craddock at the wicket.
They tied the scores with one delivery to go and then managed to scramble a bye to reach 207-7 as the Shelley keeper fumbled.
Sykes, one of the players who has been stepping up from the seconds to help battle the crisis, finished on a match-winning 61 not out.
Kiwi Ben Cant was the best of the Shelley bowlers with three for 51, and he also hit 44 to back up Louis Sykes’ 60 and Mo Bhoola’s 43 when Shelley batted.
Tommy Woodhead picked up three for 24 for Honley, who are now third from bottom on 29 points and just four behind Cawthorne, who lost by eight-wickets at Skelmanthorpe.
Iqbal Khan top scored for Cawthorne with 48 and Matt Smith finished 33 not out in their 152 all out, which proved no problem for the hosts.
Opener Allan Greenwood batted through for 58 not out and, after Liam O’Dea had gone for 26, Amar Rashid finished on 59 not out as Skelmanthorpe posted 153-2 in 32 overs.
Leaders Delph & Dobcross were tested in retaining their unbeaten record when home side Barkisland totalled 292-5 with 76 from Zimbabwean Gary Chirimuuta and 76 not out from Ben Westbrook.
But IPL player Shree Goswami led the way with 110 not out as Delph got home, Arron Lilley hitting 50 and Chris Laker 46.
Hoylandswaine remain second after a solid win against Broad Oak – gaining revenge for their T20 Trophy defeat in the Colne Valley.
Alex Morris hit 59 and Max Joice 48 as Swaine totalled 277-9, despite a six for 82 return from Jack Hargreaves.
The Oak never really got going, despite 53 from Kiwi Henry Cooper, and after opener Iain Wardlaw had returned two for 31 from his 10 overs, SP Singh cleaned up with five for 32 from nine.
Shepley, in third, brushed aside Scholes at Marsh Lane, dismissing the visitors for 133 as only Tom Chadwick (34) and Kiwi Callum Hill (37) put up much resistance to spinners Oli Davidson (three for 31) and Danny Wood (four for 32).
Dan Wood (47 not out) and talented Aussie Daniel Anderson (79 not out) then made short work of the reply, getting Shepley to a nine-wicket win in just 16.5 overs.
Elland are now looking in deep trouble at the bottom after an eight-wicket loss at Armitage Bridge.
Danny Moorhouse picked up five for 26 as Elland were bowled out for 169 before New Zealander Dylan Steyn hit 90 not out to take the Bridge to victory.
Sam Evans was back in the runs for Kirkburton, hitting a fantastic 153 in their 312 total at Golcar.
Andy Smith also had 71 while Upul Bandara took six wickets for Golcar and Will Hinchliffe four.
Golcar were all out for 123 in reply, with Craig Horner making a rare appearance these days and top scoring on 49.
Thongsbridge have gone top of the Jedi Sports Championship thanks to a fine win at Moorlands while leaders Rastrick went down by 10 runs at home to Linthwaite.
Meanwhile, in the Cedar Court Conference, Terrance James hit 146 not out as leaders Mirfield Parish Cavaliers posted 450-3 against Birkby Rose Hill.
The visitors were then removed for 163.