A BLOCKBUSTER week in Spalding and District League Division One saw the leaders beaten, a new highest break set and the end of a 13-game losing streak.
Sean Swinburn (O42) was the star of the week, pocketing a superb 78 break as Long Sutton A defeated Pyramid D 4-2.
His superb offering puts him in pole position for a first-ever Harold Hardy Memorial Trophy, having surpassed Jason Bates’ previous best.
But history suggests he’ll have to go even higher to win the trophy, with only two people in the last 20 years – Matt Allen (78) and Rob Childs (73) – taking the title with a break in the 70s.
Team-mate Matt Smith (O49) added a 54 break in the same game, making it an excellent week for Sutton.
But the big result of the week saw table-topping Tulips A hammered 5-1 by BSC A – bringing an end to their ten-game winning run.
Bren Bowman (O56) reeled off a 24 break for the leaders, but wins for Joe Garland (O7), Mark Woodberry (O28), Darren Woodberry (O28) and Martin Deacon (O14) put them to the sword.
Their lead at the top is now just five points, after second-placed BSC D crushed Crowland C 5-1.
Down at the bottom, 13 proved lucky for Pyramid C as they ended a four-month losing run by smashing Services C 5-1.
Paul Charlton (scr) made a 20 break for the Bourne side, who stay four points adrift of the rest.
Elsewhere, Jason Green (O56) trousered a super 56 break to help guide Pyramid F to a 4-2 win over club rivals Pyramid A.
Away from the top flight, a black-ball win from Mark Hubbard (O14) helped Division Two leaders Holbeach A stay seven points clear at the summit. They dispatched friendly foes Holbeach D 4-2.
Another fine break came from Tulips C’s Josh Fell in a rearranged game. Fell (O14) hit a cracking 55 in a rare win for the basement side, who saw off Services A 4-2.
It’s as you were in the third tier, with the top three all landing 4-2 wins.
BSC F are two points clear of the rest after dispatching Tulips B, while Bourne SC A won their derby at Pyramid B.
Meanwhile, Mark Lynch (O21) hit the best break at this level. His 32 helped inspire a black-ball win, but he couldn’t stop Q@Southside B from losing 4-2 to Crowland B.
Also on-song were Holbeach B duo Barry Haynes (R7) and Neil Harvey (O14). They made breaks of 28 and 21 respectively in a 5-1 win over Consti G.
Down in Division Four, runaway leaders Consti E suffered only their third loss of the season. Club rivals Consti A beat them 4-2.
Second-placed BSC C cut their advantage to ten points by beating Gosberton C 4-2.
The highlight at this level was once again provided by Bourne SC B’s Jason Bates (O70), though.
He made a cool 45 break against Consti D, but his team were on the wrong end of a 5-1 scoreline.