STREETHOUSE’S hopes of lifting the Division One title for the 11th time in 16 seasons were rocked when they lost to championship rivals South Kirkby.
Ashley Vickers (40) guided Kirkby to a four-wicket victory after Max Heritage (3-17), Jimmy Scott (3-29) and Liam Rollin (3-32), above, routed Streethouse for 90.
Second-placed Kirkby, aiming to be crowned league champions for the first time, are eight points adrift of leaders Ackworth, who were indebted to Joe Seddon (64) as they maintained their unbeaten league record by inflicting Fairburn’s first defeat.
Craig Piggott (93) and Jake Abdy (4-18) were Fairburn’s best performers.
Defending champions Old Sharlston halted their slide with a one-run victory at Hooton Pagnell.
Chasing Sharlston’s 141-9 that included 43 by skipper Dale McMullan, Hooton fell for 140 when David Kaye was run out by Tom Craig off the final ball attempting a second run that would have tied the scores.
All-rounder Shane Payne, who recently rejoined Frickley Colliery from Denby, was outstanding as they ended their slump by thrashing Fishlake.
Khadim Hussain (48no) and Payne led Frickley to 207-7 and Payne then snapped up 6-34 to send Fishlake’s reply collapsing to 106 all out.
Strugglers Nostell’s batting again let them down in a 68-run defeat at Monk Bretton.
James Rowett (4-38), Jamie Buttery (2-35) and Tim Oram (2-48) restricted Monk Bretton to 155-9 but Nostell managed only 87 in reply.
Featherstone and Barnby Dun are Division Two’s only unbeaten teams after West Bretton slipped to their first defeat of the season at Hemsworth. Knottingley and Allerton Bywater improved their chances of avoiding relegation with victories at Crofton and Rothwell respectively.