Alnmouth & Lesbury need just one more point from their final three games to ensure they take the league title.
The Northumbrians won twice at the weekend in the Northumberland Cricket League, Premier Division, including the derby against Warkworth on Sunday.
On the Saturday, they won at home by eight wickets against Bedlington, largely thanks to Ian Clough, who finished with bowling figures of 4-29, and Ian Pearson, who hit 59 in Alnmouth’s winning reply of 133-2.
In the derby on Sunday, Alnmouth again won by eight wickets, this time at near neighbours Warkworth.
The home side again struggled to deal with the table-toppers’ bowling attack.
Clough was again impressive, taking three for 30, while Paul Straker took 3-15, as Warkworth were limited to 115-9 off their 50 overs.
And in reply, as with ball, Straker took control, eventually finishing on an unbeaten 70 from 55 balls as Alnmouth chased the total down to sit 90 points clear with three matches remaining.
Warkworth were more successful the previous day as won by 66 runs away at Bates Cottages.
Batting first, the away side only managed to post 139 for 7 despite a 57 not out from Chris Younger.
However, the bowling attack did its business as Bates were bowled out for just 73.
Younger was again the star man, ending with figures of 4-16.
Fellow north Northumbrians Tillside also had a mixed weekend winning on Saturday by 28 runs over Blyth but slumping to defeat the following day.
Tillside batted first at home to Blyth, posting 122 all out, with opener Gavin Turnbull posting a 43.
In reply, a brilliant five-for from Cameron McGregor (5-14) ensured that the visitors were all out in 26 overs for just 94, falling 28 runs short.
Sunday brought defeat though as Tillside slipped to a four-wicket loss at Ashington.
Batting first, the away side posted a respectable 173-8, in large part thanks to a 63 from opener Turnbull and a 38 from Keith Bickerton.
But Ashington put their heads down and went for the win, surpassing the Tillside total in 43 overs for the loss of six wickets.