WASHINGTON are celebrating lifting the Third Division title in the Maxim Cleaning Services North Durham League.
Despite losing 8-6 in their final match at Birtley, the George Washington club held on to top spot by a single point to pip Ryton, who finished strongly, routing fellow title challengers Boldon 12-2.
Chris Oliver, James Morrison and Wright scored wins for Washington in their derby defeat.
Seaham, beaten 8-6 at Brancepeth Castle despite wins from Dave Patterson, Steve Maratty and Sam Pearson, are two points adrift of Second Division leaders Ravensworth with four games to go. On Tuesday, they host Wearside, who stayed in touch in the promotion race thanks to a 12-2 drubbing of bottom club Hobson.
David Vest, Derek Goldsmith, Martin Ellis, Richard Jenkins, Kevin Moore and Howard Walton all triumphed for Wearside.
In Division One, Houghton secured only their second win of the summer in dramatic style, crushing leaders Chester-le-Street 13-1. Club champion Greg Southwick managed the half, with Ingram, Ellison, Foster, Stabler, Pringle and Bell all victorious.
Results, Div One: Crook 11 South Moor 3, Heworth 10 Durham City 4, Houghton 13 Chester-le-Street 1, Whickham 12 Consett 2.
Div Two: Brancepeth Castle 8 Seaham 6, Ravensworth 8 Ramside 6, South Shields 6 Beamish Park 8, Wearside 12 Hobson 2.
Div Three: Birtley 8 Washington 6, Garesfield 9 Whitburn 5, Ryton 12 Boldon 2.
Standings (10 games played) – Div One: Chester-le-Street 87, Consett 75, Heworth 75, South Moor 74, Whickham 73, Crook 69, Durham City 66, Houghton 41.
Div Two: Ravensworth 89, Seaham 87, Wearside 82, Ramside 72, Beamish Park 66, South Shields 63, Brancepeth Castle 60, Hobson 41.
Div Three: Washington 82, Ryton 81, Boldon 76, Whitburn 67, Birtley 67, Garesfield 47.