The longest winning streak in Spalding and District Snooker League was shattered as Bourne SC B kept their Division Four title hopes alive.
Leaders Consti E were on the receiving end, with the 4-2 defeat being their first league loss in ten games – a run that started way back on November 22.
Duane Atkinson (scr) sealed the vital victory for hosts Bourne in the final frame, seeing off Peter Tingle (R14) 64-32. That leaves the second-placed side just eight points off top spot.
Long Sutton C couldn’t capitalise on the battle between the top two as they went down 6-0 at Consti A – slipping to fourth in the process.
That’s because Pyramid B jumped up to third with a 5-1 success over Donington D. A 27 break from youngster Jackson Andrews (O14) was the highlight for the Bourne side.
The Division One title race looks to be all over after runaway leaders Long Sutton B extended their already massive lead to 23 points with a 4-2 home win over Pyramid F.
A 47 break from Pyramid’s Jason Green (O56) was in vain, as the defending champions slipped into the bottom two.
Tulips B are now second, having knocked off Pyramid A 5-1 on the road. A 34 break from Darren Woodberry (O28) helped them on their way to victory.
The form team in the top flight remains Tulips A, though. Having lost ten of their first 11 games, the Spalding side now have designs on second place after racking up an eighth win in nine.
Their latest triumph was against high-flying Holbeach D, with the talismanic Bren Bowman (O63) pocketing a stunning 53 clearance.
Meanwhile, the destination of this season’s Division Two title is still anyone’s guess.
With leaders Boundary B having a week off, second-placed Holbeach C missed the chance to go top as they went down 4-2 at Consti B.
That allowed Services A to make up vital ground on the top two with a 4-2 victory over Consti F. Mike Knight’s (O7) black-ball win in the opening frame ultimately proved key.
Best break in the second tier came from Boundary A’s Nick Heywood (O14), who trousered a 34 in his sides 6-0 win against Gosberton B.
In Division Three, leaders Bourne SC B lost for the second week on the trot as Whittlesey B upset them 4-2 – despite big breaks of 71 and 45 from Mark Gray (O98) and Carl Gibson (O7) respectively.
Cue ace Gray had to give a league record handicap of 119 in his frame, meaning he needed snookers while ten reds were on the table. But the Baston native cleared up with a fine 34 to win incredibly on the final black.
That result allowed Whittlesey C to move within six points of the summit with a 4-2 win at Gosberton A, despite Andy Ward’s (R14) 20 break.