Warkworth travelled to third placed Stobswood on Saturday knowing that a victory would secure the Division One league title with one game still to play title.
Put into bat by the home side, Warkworth made a good start with the openers putting on 93 for the first wicket. Scott Gibson scored a quick 59 ably assisted by skipper Dargue who chipped in with 39. A few middle order wickets fell cheaply before Gibson Snr and Pringle steadied the ship leaving Warkworth to finish on a below par 174 for 7.
Stobswood got off to a steady start with D .Watson and Marshall both in the twenties but the introduction of Clark, who took yet another 5 wicket haul, turned the game in the visitors favour and Stobswood reached only 152 all out, despite brave efforts by Moore and A. cook, the former being top scorer for Stobswood.
The result sees Warkworth crowned champions and leaves Stobswood needing to win their last game with a high points tally to have a chance of joining Warkworth in the Premier League next season.
Warenford are on the verge of clinching the Division 2 title in the Northumberland League.
Their game against Whitley Bay 2nds was conceded on Saturday, and second placed Cramlington beat Monkseaton by 118 runs.
Warenford now take on Monkseaton at home in the final game of the season on Saturday, holding a 25-point lead over Cramlington (471-446).
Waren have only lost two of their games played so far this season and would be worthy champions, but there will obviously still be a few nerves comes match day.
Tillside 2nds, who last week won Division 3, had a four wicket win over Howick, Alnmouth and Lesbury.
Alnmouth batted first and were all out for only 90, with opener Joseph Dilnot the top scorer on 26.
In the main this was down to the bowling of Kevin Logan who returned figures of 6-25 off his 10 overs.
Wooler went down by five wickets when they travelled to face Kirkley in Division 3.
The Glendale side batted first and with Mick Leybourne on 44 and Michael McLean on 42 they managed to push the score along before Robert Matthewson added a late 28 before the innings closed at 148-8.
Craig Moore was the pick of the home bowlers with figures of 5-37.
In reply Kirkley got off to a poor start, losing three early wickets, But David Alexander hit 44 and Moore 39 as the hosts recovered to finish on 150-5 in the 25th over.
Mathewson was Wooler’s best bowler with 2-11.
In reply Tillside made a slow start, but 33 from Dave Reay steadied the innings and they went on to,pass their target at 91-6 in the 35th over.
Meanwhile, Embleton had a big ten wicket win over Warkworth 2nds.
Keith Puddephat hit 55 and John Briggs Junior 45 as Warkworth put on a respectable 212-7 in their 40 overs, with Gary Davison taking 3-43.
But the Embleton opening partnership of Scott Lawson and Paul Carss both carried their bats to steer the visitors to victory.
Lawson hit an unbeaten 117 and Carss 81 not out as Embleton posted 213 without loss.
Rock claimed a one wicket victory over gateshead EM in Division 3.
GEM’s batted first and were all out for 92 with their top scorer on 38.
Thomas Parkinson claimed 5-11 and Kieran North 4-12.
in reply Rock reached their target in the 23rd over, but not without a scare, as they only had one wicket in hand with North top scoring on 20.