Bedlington first XI survived another poor batting display to complete a five-wicket victory over Backworth at Hirst Head on Saturday.
Bedlington were without Ben Harmison, Kevin Harnett and Connor Leason but were able to call upon Sean McCafferty, Chris Taylor and Ian Campbell.
Paul Rutherford once again lead the side in the absence of Darren Leason.
Rutherford won the toss and asked Backworth to bat first.
After a steady opening period by both sides, the game quickly swung in Bedlington’s favour as they reduced Backworth to 22-4, Craig Robinson and Chris Younger with two wickets each.
The introduction of Daniel Younger and Nick Carr to the attack brought further success via two excellent catches from Taylor and Carr himself. This reduced Backworth to 34-6.
A small recovery was staged by Ian Stubbs and Paul Robson as they shared a partnership of 25, which was ended as Nicky Douglas had Robson stumped with the score at 59-7.
Chris Younger cleaned up the final three wickets in his tenth over to leave Backworth all out of 60.
Chris Younger finished with 5-16, Robinson 2-23, Douglas 1-5, Carr 1-6, and Daniel Younger 1-8.
Bedlington were keen to banish the memories of their recent poor batting displays and complete a comfortable victory.
This plan quickly fell apart as they were reduced to 16-5 by Backworth’s opening bowlers Stubbs and Chris Liddle.
Thankfully for Bedlington, Sean McCafferty and Craig Robinson combined in an unbroken partnership of 45 runs to see their side over the finishing line.
McCafferty finished on 25 not out with Robinson on 23 not out.
With other teams at the top of the table also winning their games, Bedlington remain in second place with three games remaining.
Bedlington 20 points
Backworth 2 points