WOLD Newton's 145-run win at home to Staxton 2nds clinched promotion for the leaders.
Shannon Bowen, 85, and Will Hall, 43, featured in an opening stand of 136 that gave Wold Newton the perfect start, with Charles Gray’s unbeaten 32 and 28 from Chris Hodgson helping the hosts to post 229-3.
Hodgson then snapped up 5-11 as Staxton slipped to 84 all out, with only Mick Bates, 30, showing any defiance for the visitors, whose own promotion hopes were dented by this loss.
Langdale End have been relegated to the Derwent Valley League after suffering an eight-wicket defeat at home to high-flying Sewerby 2nds.
Spinner John Blythe took 5-25 as Langdale sank to 90 all out, then Mathew Dandy’s 26no saw Sewerby home, giving them an 18-point lead over nearest rivals Staxton.
This completes a dreadful season for Langdale, whose second team were forced to resign from the Derwent Valley League just before the start of the season due to a lack of players.
Six clubs are battling to avoid finishing in the remaining relegation spot, and Nawton Grange 2nds saw off fellow strugglers Muston to boost their survival hopes.
Nawton’s Dean Coote took 3-6 as Muston were bowled out for 109, Nathan Robson top-scoring with 39 for a weakened Muston.
Philip Moston, 39, and Rob Rymer, 24no, steered the hosts to a key victory.
Ravenscar look to be safe from the drop after seeing off second-from-bottom club Ebberston 2nds by four wickets.
Alan Huby top-scored with 49 as Ebberston reached 166 all out, Rob Ireland adding 29 and Arthur Devine making 24. Dave Russell, Jish Rewcroft and Steve Barker took three wickets apiece for Ravenscar.
William Warwick, 56, and Barker, 40no, saw Ravenscar safely to a crucial victory.
Grindale also boosted their chances of staying in the division with a thrilling eight-run win at fellow strugglers Seamer 2nds.
Ernie Moorhouse’s unbeaten 56 helped the visitors to 169 all out, Zac Moore adding 42.
Steven Winwood took 4-38 for Seamer, while Chris Garrard and Mark Sawdon also snapped up three wickets each.
Dave Lunn, 77, and Phil Metcalfe, 48, looked to have put Seamer on the right track, but keen bowling from Andy Smith, 6-37 and James Deri, 4-44, made sure of the win for Grindale.