RYTON did their NTSL survival hopes the power of good as they toppled Burnopfield by three wickets.
However, defeat left the visitors' ambitions of finishing second in the table in limbo as Annfield Plain chased down a target of 200 at Tynedale to take over as favourites for the runners-up mantle.
David Bailey and Saleem Akhtar shared six wickets as Burnopfield were bowled out for 155 despite a feisty late 43 from Adam Tinnion.
Then Roald Badenhorst piloted the home team to success as he carried his bat through the run chase for an unbeaten 60.
Victory took Ryton clear of the drop zone, but defeat left Burnopfield's second place under threat as Annfield Plain moved to within four points with a game in hand.
Plain's success was inspired by Neil Killeen, the former Durham man picking up 4-38 as Tynedale were bowled out for 199, and then hitting an unbeaten 68 to steer his side to success after the loss of early wickets had set nerves jangling.
Lanchester overcame the problem of their bowling shortages by scoring plenty of runs, their 50-over total of 263-5 proving 30 too many for Leadgate.
Paul Underwood was in sublime form, his unbeaten 124 the bedrock of Lanchester's impressive total, although 46 apiece from Michael Lukic and Kevin Dixon embellished his efforts, and then Dixon (4-29) rounded off a fine personal day as Leadgate ended on 233-9. Consett put up a decent fight against Swalwell before losing by 49 runs, the rampant run makers held to 242-8 in 50 overs with Chris Hewison 'only' making 57 of those before Guy Saxton and Nicky Phillips shared eight wickets to thwart the home team who had John Chapman (50) in form.
Lintz look doomed after crashing to a 13th consecutive defeat.
This time they were undone by a superb individual performance by Graham Brinton who, not content with cracking 15 fours and six sixes in a bruising 83-ball 123, then rubbed salt in the relegation wounds by claiming six for 22 as the hapless visitors went down by 167 runs at Shotley Bridge.
In Division A2 Ashington took a massive step towards promotion when they toppled leaders Backworth by 38 runs to move to within two points of them - and with a game in hand.
Daniel Grant (75) and Simon Prudhoe (56) shared a 107-run second-wicket stand which set the Colliers on the way to a total of 191, and this proved 38 too many for the table-toppers as Chris Watson and Greg Williams shared six wickets.
554 runs were scored in 100 overs in the Northumberland League game up at Warkworth, the home team coming out on top by 82 to inflict Kirkley's eighth defeat in their last nine games.
Opener Scott Gibson (85) initiated the run fest before handing over to William Pringle (87no) and Steve Anderson (69no), but a humungous 73 extras rubbed salt into Kirkley wounds as the home team rattled up 318-2. Skipper Mick Nicholson then tried to rally the Kirkley troops with 93 from 111 balls, but his team eventually had to concede defeat on 236-8. The two leading sides added more maximum point wins to their records, Bedlington's Peter Finch in chirpy mood after taking 7-22 to set up a nine wicket success over Stocksfield, and young Matthew Senior (5-26) ensuring Blagdon Park had too much in the tank for Berwick.
Blue Flames went down by five wickets to Blyth as Chris Harwood (73) ensured there were no upsets. Defeat left the Flames 49 points from safety at the bottom of the table.