A superb treble by Adam Wilson paved the way for Corby Smash A to beat Kettering Town 7-3 in the Premier Division.
The young attacker put on a fine display to dispatch league veteran John Fuller for the loss of 12 points before edging past Ian Johnston 10-12, 11-9, 13-11, 15-17, 11-5 in a mammoth game.
He then beat Nigel Metcalfe in four before his treble was followed by a huge scalp in game nine.
Peter Hillery, playing up from Division One, beat Johnston – a regular at the World Championship of Ping Pong on Sky Sports - in five.
Earlier, Fuller recovered from his surprise defeat to beat Colin and made it a brace with a 3-0 win over Hillery.
The two Wilsons came from 2-1 down to claim the doubles and seal the 7-3 win.
Town’s defeat was music to Westfield A’s ears as they beat club rivals Westfield B 6-4.
Kevin Bird was the maximum man, defeating Dan Smalley, Bogdan Capusa and Matt Horrocks for the loss of one end.
All three Westfield B players beat Brian Wooding – Horrocks from 2-0 down – and Smalley came from 2-1 down to beat Steve Silk.
With the match poised at 5-4 to the A side Wooding and Silk won the doubles in four ends to take the bragging rights.
Higham are top of the league by five points, albeit having played a game more than Westfield A, after hammering bottom side Harborough B 10-0.
Just one match went beyond three games when Phil Dixon levelled at 1-1 against Richard Elliott before falling away.
Richard Bashford was in imperious form, dropping just 34 points in nine successful ends.
Two-man Harborough A failed the make the most of their game in hand as they went down 10-0 at Corby Rothbury.
Rothbury raced into a 7-0 lead but Barry Thompson threatened the upset the apple cart in game eight.
He fought back from 2-0 down against Chris Haynes to level at 2-2 before Haynes scraped through 11-9 at the last.
Thompson and Shield then almost grabbed the doubles but lost at the last again, this time 14-12.
The result leaves Harborough 13 points clear of Westfield C in the drop zone, but Westfield still have bottom side Harborough B to play.
Results: Corby Smash A 7 (A Wilson 3, C Wilson 2, Hillery, Wilson/Wilson) Kettering Town 3 (Fuller 2, Metcalfe), Westfield B 4 (Smalley 2, Capusa, Horrocks) Westfield A 6 (Bird 3, Silk 2, Silk/Wooding), Higham 10 (Bashford 3, Elliott 3, Harrison, Bashford/Harrison) Harborough B 0, Corby Rothbury 10 (Smith 3, Arthur 3, Haynes 3, Arthur/Haynes) Harborough A 0.
Team of the week: Corby Smash A
Players of the week: Adam Wilson and Kevin Bird
There was a really close match in the first game to be rearranged in Division One after the snow break as Westfield in fourth visited Thrapston in fifth, just a point behind.
There was only two games that were over in three, ends that were won with 19 and 20 points – both involving Pete Briggs - and a fifth end victory in the doubles by Westfield to secure a hard fought draw from 2-5 down.
Stewart Williams was the star player with his fourth hat-trick, in the process coming from two down to beat Paul Malpass to deny him his maximum.
David George was also only denied by Williams for a strong brace, beating Briggs and Bob Hickson, then teaming up with Malpass for that crucial doubles to secure their first draw.
Westfield followed that up with a thumping of bottom club Buccaneers.
Ivor Jones took Duncan Brudenell to five, and Kelvin Linnett got two ends overall, with Pete Rowbotham getting one, but Paul Malpass got his sixth treble, without a blemish, David George his seventh and Brudenell his third to repeat their earlier success and take them to 100 points for the season.
Something strange was in the air in Church Langton when Harborough C hosted a very close match with Lakeview.
Three games were over in straight ends, in the other seven, if you won the first end you were destined to lose the game.
Not only that, but of the five five-enders, four went to the player who lost the first two ends, including the doubles.
Adam Bendyk had a storming night and helped Lakeview to a 4-1 lead at halfway on his way to his sixth maximum, but late victories for Phil Dixon (his second), Dave Coombs and Vaughan Allington almost swung it back to Harborough, until Bendyk and Stephen Woolston’s doubles success secured the win, taking Lakeview into fourth, although it was an improved result for Harborough after a 1-9 loss earlier.
Arrows return to the top of the table, defeating Thrapston 8-2.
Again the only four ender went to the player who lost the first end – Helen Watts – and one of the two five-enders, both contested by Chris Warliker, went to the Thrapston man after losing the first two!
Thrapston were unfortunate in losing Peter Briggs to car trouble so unable to make the game, but it is unlikely it would have stopped Watts on her way to another treble, her eighth in twelve matches.
Warliker spoilt the party in beating Martin Watts and Sean Smith – for only the second time this season - in his first match since week 11.
Having drawn their previous match Smash B hosted Burton B with Alex Cochrane guesting for them and Kelvin Marshall playing up for Burton, and this time Smash won 7-3.
Tyler Hillery repeated his prior maximum, losing one end to each of his opponents, brother Peter got his hat-trick too, in the process gaining revenge for an earlier loss to Derek Muggleton, but needed to come from 1-2 down to Nash Hooda.
Cochrane beat Muggleton in four, lost to Hooda in four, then, after winning the first end 18-16, lost in four to Marshall.
Muggleton and Hooda got the third in a close five-end doubles, finally taking it 13-11 in the fifth.
Results: Corby Smash B 7 (P Hillery 3, T Hillery 3, Cochrane) Burton Baptist B 3 (Hooda, Marshall, Hooda/Muggleton), Harborough C 4 (Dixon 2, Allington, Coombs) Corby Lakeview 6 (Bendyk 3, Hunt 2, Bendyk/Woolston), Rothborough Arrows 8 (H Watts 3, M Watts 2, Smith 2, Smith/M Watts) Thrapston 2 (Warliker 2), Thrapston 5 (Williams 3, Briggs, Hickson) Westfield D 5 (George 2, Malpass 2, George/Malpass), Westfield D 10 (Brudenell 3, George 3, Malpass 3, George/Malpass) Rothborough B 0
Player of the week: Phil Dixon
Team of the week: Harborough C
In Division Two, Rothborough Comets could be promoted in the next round of matches following their 8-2 win against Corby Harrogate.
Pete Rowbotham of Comets completed a hat-trick which included a fine comeback from 6-0 down in the final end against Stewart Abraham.
Alan Brisley gained an easier maximum with the experienced Rothborough player surrendering just one end.
Lee Mordecai lost only to Abraham who joined John Hunt to inflict a rare doubles defeat on Comets.
Harborough D remain second after their 9-1 win against Corby Lincoln but the final score does not demonstrate how close the match was.
John McGowan and Danny Verrall were unbeaten for Harborough.
McGowan was stretched to five ends by Callum Donaldson but came through unscathed.
Verrall beat Ann Woolston and Charlie Frost but then found himself 10-4 down in the fifth end against Donaldson – in an amazing turnaround he won eight points in a row to take the end 12-10.
A double for Ron Palfrey was also not straightforward as he beat Frost 11-7 in a decider and Woolston 11-6 at the same stage.
A tremendous display by Nathan Dixon of Corby Chesham saw him achieve his first league hat-trick against Corby Smash D.
He followed a victory against James Lock with fifth end wins over Andy Frearson and Chris Winter.
Frearson is ranked 35 places above Dixon.
Lock was also beaten by Claire Dixon but Smash took the remaining singles games and completed a 6-4 success with an untroubled doubles success.
Burton Baptist C gained their second win of the season at Corby Smash E.
Kelvin Marshall kept his unblemished record intact with wins over Piotr Knitter, Mike Wilson and Tom Reygan.
He was given excellent support by David Marks who came from 2-1 down to beat both Wilson and Reygan.
Marshall and Marks joined together for a doubles win which sealed a 6-4 victory.
Knitter was the top performer for Smash with two wins.
Westfield E repeated an earlier 6-4 win against Burton Baptist D.
Evie Elliott had a successful evening which included an excellent win against Jon Sanders.
Sidney Wright also won twice for Westfield as did Sanders for Burton.
David Marks returned to his regular Baptist team and beat Bronwen Grigg who gained a single herself by defeating Mark Waterfield.
Old Village played twice and chalked up two victories to keep their slim promotion chances alive.
Alan and Beth Tyler hit trebles and Wendy Bradford won twice as they beat Rothborough Dakotas 9-1 with Pete Sturges replying for the visitors.
The same Old team travelled to Corby Harrogate and all won twice in a 7-3 win.
Harrogate’s John Hunt beat Beth Tyler and Bradford but the best win of the match came from returning Corby stalwart Tom Cardwell who defeated Alan Tyler in a decider.
Results: Rothborough Comets 8 (Brisley 3, Rowbotham 3, Mordecai 2) Corby Harrogate 2 (Abraham, J Hunt/Abraham), Harborough D 9 (McGowan 3, Verrall 3, Palfrey 2, McGowan/Verrall) Corby Lincoln 1 (Donaldson), Corby Chesham 4 (N Dixon 3, C Dixon) Corby Smash D 6 (Frearson 2, Winter 2, Lock, Frearson/Winter), Corby Smash E 4 (Knitter 2, M Wilson, Reygan) Burton Baptist C 6 (Marshall 3, Marks 2, Marshall/Marks), Burton Baptist D 4 (Sanders 2, Marks, Sanders/Marks) Westfield E 6 (Elliott 3, Wright 2, Grigg), Old Village 9 (A Tyler 3, B Tyler 3, Bradford 2, Tyler/Tyler) Rothborough Dakotas 1 (Sturges), Corby Harrogate 3 (J Hunt 2, Cardwell) Old Village 7 (B Tyler 2, A Tyler 2, Bradford 2, B Tyler/Bradford)
Player of the Week: Nathan Dixon
Team of the Week: Old Village