TOTAL washouts for Blue Flames and Warkworth meant Bedlington were singing in the rain as their seven-wicket win at Stocksfield sent them 24 points clear at the top of the Northumberland League.
In a 25 overs per side match, the Terriers hounded Stocksfield to a score of 121-8, Nicky Douglas picking up 3-24 as the home team were kept on a tight leash.
Paul Straker (23) and Sean McCafferty (29) then provided the base from which Craig Robinson (35no) took Bedlington to success with eight balls left.
Bates Cottages were denied the chance to make it three wins in a row when their game at Tillside ended early, although they were struggling on 44-4 after Mattie McCreath had bagged three cheap victims, while Clara Vale and Blagdon Park made it to 32 overs before they, too, were halted with the Vale on 146-7, Mohammed Rehan having made 42 of those to keep Graeme Gaff (4-28) at bay.
Corbridge’s title dreams look all but over after Berwick defeated them by seven wickets to leapfrog them in the table.
This was another 25 overs per side affair, Scott Middlemist the hero for the winners following up three wickets with 41 runs, as Berwick successfully chased down 127-9 with five balls of the match remaining.
Fittingly, skipper Martin Golightly (51no) was at the crease to play the winning stroke.