CARL Parnell came within a whisker of posting the highest Spalding and District League break of the season last week.
Long Sutton B ace Parnell (O42) pocketed a super 71 break against Pyramid A in Division One last week, which was only seven shy of the benchmark set by fellow club man Sean Swinburn in February.
His heroics helped Sutton see off Pyramid A 5-1, with Steve Godfrey (O14), Wayne Dent (O35) and Phil Goodman (O28) also victorious. They are now five points clear of the bottom two.
Bren Bowman (O56) was also on cracking form in the top flight as Tulips A kept their title bid on-track. He made a 49 break as the Spalding side dispatched Pyramid C 4-2 to stay clear at the top.
BSC A did cut their lead to eight points though, having brushed aside Long Sutton A 5-1. A 23 break from Swinburn (O42) was in vain for the visitors.
Towards the foot, Mark Spiller (scr) made a 22 clearance in Services C’s pivotal 4-2 triumph over BSC D. Kev Fitter (O7) also registered a 24 break for the struggling Spalding side.
In the race for promotion to the big time, leaders Holbeach A slipped to a second defeat on the bounce - but their rivals failed to capitalise.
Despite Bobby White’s (O14) 24 break, the table toppers were beaten by friendly foes Holbeach C 4-2. They stay ten points ahead of Donington A though, after Gosberton B beat them by the same score.
Those defeats allowed Consti F a way back into the championship picture.
They edged past Whittlesey B 4-2 to move level on points in second, despite Simon Norris (R14) hitting a 21 break.
Elsewhere, the best break in the second tier was made by Services B’s Steve Bowell (scr). He trousered a cool 30 but saw his charges beaten 4-2 by Whittlesey A.
Down in Division Three, BSC B hauled themselves level at the top after a big 5-1 win over Bourne SC A. David Twelves (R14) and Rod Quinton (R14) both won crucial black ball games en route to the victory.
At the wrong end of the standings, Whittlesey D picked up a 4-2 win against Q@Southside B to pull away from the drop zone. But Darren Crosby (O21) did make a 21 break for the Bourne boys.
Crowland B’s Derek Tinkler (O14) boasted the best break at this level, though. He amassed a 32 score in a 5-1 triumph over Consti H.
Meanwhile, Consti E took a massive step towards the Division Four crown by beating one of their nearest rivals.
Having played less games then their closest challengers, they moved nine points ahead of the rest with a 5-1 success at Consti D. John Cooper’s (R14) 20 break for the D side was scant consolation.
Second-placed BSC C lost ground too, having been beaten 4-2 by Consti A.
Best break in tier four was a 35 from BSC E’s Nick Keeble (O21).