captain John Wood showed the way as champions Cleckheaton raced to a six-wicket win at Pudsey Congs.
Wood blasted a rapid 88 as he shared a decisive second-wicket alliance of 163 with Mally Nicholson (70) which enabled his side to chase down a total of 243-8.
There was also a big partnership in the Congs innings with openers Callum Geldart (75) and Nick Lindley (59) putting on 157 before Cleckheaton’s new Indian leg-spinner, Tanzeel Altaf, took 4-70.
Woodlands gave an early indication of their intention to try and regain the title with a 61-run win over well-fancied Hanging Heaton
Captain Pieter Swanepoel played a key part in their success, making 37 not out in his side’s 203-7 before taking 5-36 as Hanging Heaton were bowled out for 142. Grant Soames (42no) and Simon mason (37) were the other main contributors for Woodlands.
Former Yorkshire player Ismail Dawood made a battling 59 but it was not enough to save Hanging Heaton.
Lightcliffe’s Suleman Khan hit the season’s first century as he hammered 128 off 92 balls in his side’s 179-run win at East Bierley.
Khan smashed 10 sixes and 11 fours as his side recovered from 0-2 to make 288-8. Neil Gill took 5-111 for East Bierley who made just 109 in reply as Daanyaal Ahmed took 4-36
Yeadon made a miserable return to Division One as they were dismissed for 66 to lose by 10 wickets to Pudsey St Lawrence. Richie Lamb took 4-33 on his debut and leg-spinner Tom Hudson (3-11).
Farsley were the only one of the three promoted teams to win as they overcame Bradford & Bingley by 86 runs.