LONG Sutton D shaded a cracking top-of-the-table clash in Spalding and District League Division Two to move three points clear at the summit.
Second-placed Holbeach D hosted the heavyweight tussle, but went down 4-2 thanks to frame wins from John Dawson (O14), Tom Turner (scr) and Adam Braybrook (R14).
Turner’s win over Neil Grant (R14) was on the final black and proved key, while Donald Monk (R7) made a 22 break for Holbeach.
A defeat by the same score cost Consti I the chance to go second as Boundary B took their scalp on home baize.
Black ball wins from Tug Wilson (R14) and Brian Addy (R7) were vital for the Deeping side.
In the top flight, Donington C are still one point clear of the rest after a 4-2 home success over Long Sutton B.
Wayne Dent’s (O35) 24 break in a black ball win denied the Dons a bigger winning margin, but they still made it eight wins from nine.
Pyramid F remain hot on their heels following their 4-2 home triumph over Donington A. Jason Green (O56) trousered breaks of 38 and 31 for the high-flying Bourne outfit.
The big break of the week came in Holbeach A’s 4-2 home loss against Tulips A.
Bren Bowman (O63) pocketed a super 58 for Tulips, but finished on the losing side. A 28 from Jem Merrison (O35) helped see Holbeach home.
At the foot, BSC A’s 4-2 victory at Pyramid D lifted them off the bottom of the pile.
Elsewhere, Holbeach B missed out on a chance to leapfrog Crowland A at the top of Division Three.
They were dispatched by Bourne SC C 4-2 and could only move level with Crowland A, who are unbeaten again following the removal of Tulips C’s results.
Performance of the week in the third tier goes to Boundary C’s Robin Boalch (R21), who reeled off a super 25 clearance against Whittlesey C’s Ken Jeremy (R14).
That helped seal a 4-2 win for the Deepings side, who edge clear of the drop zone.
Down in Division Four, leaders Donington B were turned over by title rivals Consti J 4-2.
Nick Keeble (O14) led the charge with a 24 break and impressive win, while Stuart Davies (O14) chipped in with a 29 break. Consti are now just two points off top spot in third.
Pyramid B took advantage of Donington’s slip up to move within a point of the leaders.
They beat Consti D 5-1 to make it back-to-back wins.
Whittlesey D are now fourth after handing early season pacesetters Long Sutton C a 4-2 loss, which is their third defeat on the spin.