LEAGUE position proved to be the key in the Premier Division – with all of the top six sides beating their counterparts in the bottom half.
Blue Flames captain Keith Brown led by example, taking six wickets en-route to an emphatic 101-run victory.
Having registered a total of 214-9 against Stocksfield, Flames made easy work of their opponents – with just 113 scored by the time the last wicket fell.
That result leaves them second, with Bedlington still out in front after their 37-run victory over Bates Cottages.
The Terriers enjoy a 24-point buffer at the top of the league and looked fairly comfortable in defending their score of 223-4.
Captain Paul Straker led from the front with 78 from the opening bat before Craig Robinson ripped into the Cottagers’ batting with 6-63.
Berwick’s two-run win over Alnmouth and Lesbury kept them in touch at third in the standings, with Elliott Keenan top-scoring in their innings of 191-3.
His 62 not out paved the way for a thrilling climax to the game, with Alnmouth skittled out for just two shy of their victors’ total.
Martyn Elliott inflicted the brunt of the damage with 4-34, with Berwick now 29 points shy of Blue Flames going into the business end of the campaign.
Warkworth, in fourth place, were also in the winning groove courtesy of their eight-wicket win over basement side Clara Vale.
Having bowled out the strugglers for just 83, Warkworth had little difficulty in hitting their mark for the loss of only two wickets to claim a 30- point haul.
Fifth-placed Corbridge kept up the top-versus- bottom pattern as they earned a four-wicket victory against Bomarsund.
They restricted the second-bottom strugglers to just 182 all- out, Steven Pittman their tormentor-in-chief with an impressive 7-48.