Reigning champions Westfield A slumped to their third Premier Division defeat on the trot as they went down 6-4 at Kettering Town.
But it could have been so different had they won more than one of the six games to go the distance.
Kevin Bird got Westfield’s night off to the perfect start by beating Nigel Metcalfe 3-0 and, after John Fuller’s deciding-game win over Brian Wooding put Town 2-1 ahead, Bird was at it again by beating Craig Brown 3-0 to level it up.
Metcalfe put Town 3-2 up when he beat Wooding 11-9 in the fifth before Roumen Stefanov evened it up again when he claimed a fine win over Fuller in five.
But Town turned the game on its head by winning the next three matches in deciding ends to put themselves in an unassailable 6-3 lead.
Brown made it a hat-trick of losses in the decider for Wooding, Fuller came from 2-1 down to deny Bird a superb maximum and Metcalfe rubbed salt in the wounds for Westfield after coming from 2-0 down to beat Stefanov.
Westfield won the doubles to reduce the arrears but it’s going to be a tough ask for them to retain their title this year.
Burton Baptist A scored their biggest win of the season as they thumped two-man Harborough A 9-1.
Baptist ran through the card in quick succession with Dave Needham, Pete Hillery and Jacob Tattersall proving too strong for the visiting duo of Barry Thompson and Kevin Shield.
But Harborough avoided the whitewash in the doubles with a surprisingly easy 3-1 win.
Westfield B took the club bragging rights by beating their C team rivals 8-2.
Matt Rushton put the C team in the lead by beating Nick Howard in the opening match.
Bogdan Capusa and Nicole Bird won their trebles with ease with Howard made to work for his brace by edging Guy Sparrow 11-9 in the fifth in game nine.
Westfield C got their second notch on the scorecard in the doubles with Rushton and Sparrow beating Howard and Bird 11-9 at the last.
Another club derby took place in Corby with Lyveden Fields crushing Rothbury 10-0.
Rothbury had their chances with three games going the distance but Lyveden Fields showed their class when it mattered.
Lee O’Boyle scored his first treble of the season with Henry Arthur making it three maximums in a row.
Corby Smash A were also big 10-0 winners against Rothborough A.
14-year-old Alex Cochrane stole the headlines with his first Premier Division maximum although he had to do it the hard way.
He came from 2-1 down to beat Helen Watts in his first match before holding off a comeback from Martin Watts to win 16-14 in the fifth.
And he sealed his treble by beating Ivor Jones 3-1.
Colin Wilson and Gary Pells were also maximum men.
Results: Kettering Town 6 (Fuller 2, Brown 2, Metcalfe 2) Westfield A 4 (Bird 2, Stefanov, Bird/Stefanov), Burton Baptist A 9 (Needham 3, Tattersall 3, Hillery 3) Harborough A 1 (Thompson/Shield), Westfield B 8 (Capusa 3, Bird 3, Howard 2) Westfield C 2 (Rushton, Rushton/Sparrow), Corby Lyveden Fields 10 (Arthur 3, O’Boyle 3, Murie 3, Haynes/Arthur) Corby Rothbury 0, Corby Smash A 10 (Wilson 3, Cochrane 3, Pells 3, Pells/Wilson) Rothborough A 0
Team of the week: Kettering Town
Player of the week: Alex Cochrane
Westfield D continue their challenge at the top of Division One with an 8-2 victory over a depleted Smash B.
Scott Dixon’s second appearance produced a second maximum, although he needed five against Andy Frearson.
Norman Wooster and Duncan Brudenall only lost to Tyler Hillery, who needed five to dispose of Brudenall.
In fact only the doubles of the contested games was over in three in a tight match.
Smash C match their club mates on 30 points with an 8-2 defeat of Rothborough B but go ahead in the table by virtue of winning more games.
Gabor Toth was again rarely troubled for his fourth treble in five outings, and Andy Parrott also impressed playing up for a hat-trick, and joined Mike Burrows for a fifth end doubles.
Kelvin Linnett got his first win this season beating Burrows, as did Ivor Jones.
Thrapston fell to their first defeat and as a consequence drop from top to fourth.
Harborough B’s impressive 7-3 win only takes them to third but they are now the only team not to have lost, and are only two points behind the co-leaders.
Dan Busby now has fifteen from fifteen, but he was taken to four by both Nitin and Virat Patel.
The latter was taken to five both times before winning a brace, and in the process inflicted Liam Burnham’s first defeat, finishing 10-12, 12-10.
Mike Brocklebank gained the other singles point in beating Nitin in five, then added the doubles for good measure with Busby, which saw Stewart Williams make an appearance for the hosts.
Church Langton hosted Burton this week as Burton B visited Harborough D, and the two C teams met.
The first two games when Vaughan Allington’s D team hosted Steve Smith’s B team took nearly an hour as first the two captains fought out a five ender won by Smith, then Danny Verrall (ranked 132) got the better of Nash Hooda (75) 14-12 at the death for an excellent victory.
Verrall then beat Smith (83) to maintain his progress.
Half of the games finished on a deuce end and could have gone differently but Burton took the tie 8-2 as Harry Lade got three.
Burton also took the honours over Harborough C 9-1, the only blot when John McGowan beat Kelvin Marshall for the first time, in three straight.
Mark Pearson was two up on Gerry Crasto, before Crasto turned it round.
Crasto previously needed a 20-18 end to overcome Phil Dixon.
The doubles between Crasto and the other hat-trick man Derek Muggleton, and McGowan and Dixon was also tight, finishing 16-14, 10-12 to the away team.
Lakeview’s big 9-1 win over Lincoln took them up a place and gave both Stephen Woolston and Neil Stone their first maximums.
Woolston needed five to make the hat-trick against Ken Knott – who got Lincoln’s sole point in the very first game against Tom Lathom in five - but Stone dropped only one end.
Lathom in turn needed five to defeat Tom Cardwell. Lincoln have yet to win a doubles.
Results: Corby Lincoln 1 (Knott) Corby Lakeview 9 (Stone 3, Woolston 3, Lathom 2, Stone/Woolston), Harborough C 1 (McGowan) Burton Baptist C 9 (Crasto 3, Muggleton 3, Marshall 2, Crasto/Muggleton), Harborough D 2 (D Verrall 2) Burton Baptist B 8 (Lade 3, Hooda 2, Smith 2, Hooda/Smith), Rothborough B 2 (Jones, Linnett) Corby Smash C 8 (Parrott 3, Toth 3, Burrows, Burrows/Parrott), Thrapston 3 (V Patel 2, Briggs) Harborough B 7 (Busby 3, Burnham 2, Brocklebank, Brocklebank/Busby), Westfield 8 (Dixon 3, Brudenall 2, Wooster 2, Brudenal/Dixon) Corby Smash B 2 (T Hillery 2)
Player of the week: Danny Verrall
Team of the week: Harborough B
With leaders Corby Smash E not in Division Two action, Rothborough D had the chance to climb to the summit.
However, opponents Old Village were not in the mood to let this happen and won the match 8-2.
Beth and Alan Tyler remained unbeaten in singles and doubles, although it was not plain sailing.
Pete Sturges took both players to a fifth end and joined Peter Rowbotham for a close doubles which Old took 11-9 in a decider.
Sturges and Rowbotham beat Wendy Bradford to limit the damage.
Rothborough C have recovered following a difficult start to the season.
Maximums from Sally Taylor and David Steele took them to an 8-2 victory when they entertained Westfield E.
Consolation wins for Sidney Wright and Evie Elliott against captain Cathy Fleming gave Westfield their two points.
Bronwen Grigg lost to Fleming, but gave defender Steele a scare by going 2-1 up before narrowly losing the deciding end 11-9.
The match between Burton Baptist D and Corby Smash D also included a number of exciting finishes.
Neil Marlow of Smash was on the wrong end of two of these as he lost 11-9 in a fifth end against Jon Sanders before being beaten 11-9, 11-6, 4-11, 2-11, 13-11 by Harry Andrews.
This was the best individual win of the week as Andrews is ranked thirty places below Marlow.
The other tight finish did go the way of Smash as James Lock recovered from 2-0 down to beat Samuel Tattersall 11-9 in a decider.
A trio of wins for Sanders and a doubles success with Andrews helped Burton to force a draw – only the second in the division this season.
For Smash, Lock also beat Andrews and Chris Winter picked up two solid wins.
In another Corby club derby, a youthful Harrogate side beat Chesham 8-2.
It has been an excellent start for the newly formed Harrogate team who move onto 30 points from five matches.
Nathan Dixon and Ted Eastman both hit trebles with Dixon only dropping one end which came against mother Claire.
Sam Pedley added another singles win against Mia Solomon and Harrogate also took the doubles which featured a surprise appearance from John Hunt.
For Lincoln, Ann Woolston and Claire Dixon beat Sam Pedley.
Results: Old Village 8 (B Tyler 3, A Tyler 3, Bradford, Tyler/Tyler) Rothborough D 2 (Sturges, Rowbotham), Rothborough C 8 (Steele 3, Taylor 3, Fleming, Taylor/Fleming) Westfield E 2 (Wright, Elliott), Burton Baptist D 5 (Sanders 3, Andrews, Sanders/Andrews) Corby Smash D 5 (Winter 2, Lock 2, N Marlow), Corby Harrogate 8 (Eastman 3, N Dixon 3, Pedley, Eastman/Hunt) Corby Chesham 2 (C Dixon, Woolston)
Player of the Week: Sally Taylor
Team of the Week: Old Village