Three of the remaining quarter-finalists in the Industrial Electrical Services Sudbury and District Bar Billiards Knockout Cup will have their work cut out in the second leg of their matches if they are to make any further progress in the competition.
The Saracens played hosts to Memphis Belles and were soon in control, easily winning both doubles.
Ian Furlonger included a 1050 break in his 1430-420 victory to extend the lead.
Max Berger managed to stem the tide with an impressive 1470-960 win against Dick Cheshire, but that was the only success the Belles would record as wins by Nick Cheshire, Chip Millins and Ken Drake gave the hosts a commanding 6-1 lead to take into the return leg.
Edwardstone Wild Horses have been in good form recently and quickly found themselves 2-0 up against Mauldons Adders before Georgia Munson increased the lead with a narrow 880-870 win.
Dennis Watts excelled for the visitors, top scoring with 2210 to reduce the arrears.
The Wild Horses were in no mood to give up their advantage and straight forward wins by Doedy Munson, Paul Rose and Melvyn Willis ensured they take a healthy 6-1 lead into this week’s second leg.
The Bay Horse A travelled to The Thatchers Arms and came away with a convincing 7-0 victory.
Jeremy Fry top scored in the opening singles with 2650 and the hosts were unable to really challenge their opponents.
Jon Dean went closest when he went down 1130-1010 to Colin Norledge.
Other Bay Horse players recording wins were Jason Lawrence, Alasdair Carnegie and Dave Lillie.
The closest match in the round involved The Bay Horse B and Hadleigh Eight Bells, who fought out an interesting 4-3 match.
The hosts dominated early on and won both doubles before David Stiff halved the deficit in a nip-and-tuck encounter with Tom Arbon.
Horse’s Chris Day was in his usual high-scoring mood and regained the home side’s two-game advantage with a 2520-1310 win.
The following game made sure the Bay Horse took a lead into tonight’s match when Chris Drake beat Melvin Tilbury.
The remaining two games went the way of the visitors with victories by Graham Rolfe and John Raine.