Hoylandswaine are on the verge of wrestling the Byrom Shield from Shepley after coming through a potentially tricky test at Kirkburton.
Their five-wicket success at Riley Lane means Swaine hold a 12-point lead at the top of the Drakes Premiership with just four matches to play.
And, because they have more outright wins than second-placed Shepley, it means the Haigh Lane men – already Sykes Cup and T20 Shield winners – could add the big title with six-point wins at Meltham on Saturday and at home to Golcar on Sunday.
In-form opener Alex Morris was the man to see them home against Burton, hitting 92 not out to enable them to reach 173-5 in reply to 172 all out.
Ben Potter claimed six for 53 in the Burton innings which, after skipper Andy Smith had gone for 31, Ibrar Latif 27 and Iqbal Khan 26, was pulled round by talented all-rounder Tom Burkinshaw at No9.
He finished on 43 not out off just 30 balls in 38 minutes, hitting three fours and three sixes.
It gave Burton something to bowl at and, when they snared the prolific Gharib Nawaz for eight and SP Singh for one, the home side were definitely in the hunt.
Ryan Robinson steadied things with 23, Yasir Abbas added 30 and Potter 15 and, with Morris anchoring things, Swaine edged nearer the total, eventually getting over the line in the 42nd over.
Morris brought up his 50 in 89 balls (107 minutes including five fours and three sixes), while his unbeaten 92 came two and three quarter hours and included six sixes and seven other boundaries.
Shepley didn’t hang around long in taking six points from bottom club Holmfirth, who are now 13 points short of safety.
Liam Wiles took six for 30 and skipper Danny Glover three for 45 as Holmfirth were sent back for just 77, South African Justin Gamble putting up the only resistance with 26.
The Marsh Lane side then romped to a 10-wicket win with Amar Rashid 42 not out and Dan Wood 31 not out.
Meltham also lost at the bottom and remain in relegation danger, 10 points adrift of Slaithwaite in the final safe slot (third from bottom).
Bjorn Taylor hit 72 to lead Skelmanthorpe to 248-8 against Meltham at Lidgett Lane, Irfan Amjad and Ryan Jagger posing 33 apiece and Paul Cummins and Luke Webster weighing in with 31 each.
Mohammad Kashif took four for 72 for Meltham and the Dutch international then led their batting reply with 47, but they were dismissed for 164 as young Jack Hinchliffe on 33 was the only other batsman to make much headway.
Slaithwaite looked like heading towards a valuable victory against Scholes when they were denied by bad light.
Jack Bryson hit 36 and Alex Walker 27 not out, but Slaithwaite were all out for 149 in the last over when Adam France claimed the last of his wickets, clean bowled with a yorker, in a haul of five for 71.
Skipper Tom Brook had four for 53 at the other end and Scholes were confident of seeing the job through, but they had reckoned without the excellent bowling of Aussie Nathan Freitag, who returned four for 39 to leave the visitors on 88-7 when the weather closed in and it was two points apiece.
Andy Alsop was in fine form with the bat for Golcar, hitting 81 not out as they took six points off Elland at Swallow Lane.
Alsop’s knock pulled Golcar around and enabled them to reach 186-9 – the returning Niall Lockley hitting 37 – while Wasim Qasim had four for 76 and Jack Hendy three for 46 for the visitors.
Aussie Daniel Arms (44) and Ashton Blakey (29) again led the Elland reply, but Jake Lockwood and Will Hinchliffe had three wickets apiece and ended the reply at 140.
Grant Jones hit 60 not out and Andy Gleave 51 to help Delph out of a big hole against Shelley and eventually post a six-point win by 86 runs.
Jamshad Ahmad also had 33 for the home side as they reached 196-9, a total which Ahmad and Craig Fletcher defended with ease, taking four for 27 and three for 38 respectively as Shelley were sent back for 110 – Hasnat Yousaf making 30 not out.
Barkisland, who had moved strongly into third place, were comfortably beaten at Honley after being bowled out for just 86.
Aussie Jak Jowett with six for 44 did the bulk of the damage, although Ritchie Howarth picked up three for 14.
Skipper Simon Kelly with 37 and Max Joice with 28 pushed Honley along to a comfortable eight-wicket success at 89-2.