Northowram Fields sprung the surprise of the day in the Central Yorkshire League, winning their first Premier Division game of the season at Wrenthorpe.
Robert Larner’s side went into the contest with only six points from their opening 10 fixtures - four of those coming from two rained off games - but they stunned the fourth-placed side with a much-improved effort.
Northowram reduced them to 50 for four in the 33rd over and the hosts needed Greig Batty (32) and the rest of the middle to late order to get them up to 171 for nine with slow bowler Chris Thompson taking four for 41.
Larner (21) and Australian Smith (31) put on 57 in 15 overs for the first wicket before the customary Rams slump to 77 for five.
However, the rapidly-improving Dru Patel (60 no) and Ben Grech (22) added 81 in 17 overs before Steve Elliott (8 no) helped Patel see the visitors over the winning line with four wickets and an over to spare.
Illingworth maintained their good form in the Aire/Wharfe League’s third division with a three-wicket success at home to Hall Park, a result which puts them second.
Aussie Matthew Battle took six for 55 as Hall Park subsided from 30 without loss to 136 all out.
Battle followed up with 35 but the game was in the balance at 49 for four. However, skipper Luke Brooksby (32) and James Lawton (33 no) made vital contributions as the home side banked another victory in their promotion quest.
It was a disappointing day for Calderdale clubs in the Bradford League.
Lightcliffe’s inconsistent form continued at Hanging Heaton where home skipper Mark Lawson took six for 44 with his leg spin to dismiss them for 152. Oliver Robinson and Suleman Khan each made 39 for the visitors.
Hanging Heaton had earlier posted 220 for nine with 56 from opener Jamie Sykes and 33 from Imran Dawood, Mahmoon Rasool taking three wickets for Lightcliffe, who remain sixth in Division One.
Brighouse looked to have done the hard work when they bowled out visitors Undercliffe for 82 in Division Two with Sadaqat Zaman (four for 19) showing the way.
However, Brighouse made only 70 in reply, keeper Muhammad Khurshid finishing on 17 not out with six of his teammates falling to Michael Kelsey.
Elland and Barkisland were both beaten in the Huddersfield League’s top section.
Elland skipper Paul Winrow sat out his side’s first game of the weekend, at Golcar, with a long-standing knee injury and batsman Adam Wood was also missing when his flight home from holiday was delayed.
The pair were missed as Elland could only manage 153 in reply to their hosts’ 228 for nine and opener Niall Lockley got 101 of those.
Elland slipped to fifth while Barkisland were left looking over their shoulders near the foot of the table after a one-wicket defeat at home to bottom club Holmfirth.
They only totalled 143, with Jamie Summerscales (30) again their top scorer, and although Lorenzo Ingram (six for 61) bowled them back into the contest it was not quite enough.