Two of the three leading teams in the Industrial Electrical Services Sudbury and District Bar Billiards League had to produce fighting comebacks to claim the points in their matches.
Pacesetters, The Saracens, travelled to Cornard to take on the Memphis Belles and found themselves trailing after the doubles. Chip Millins halved the arrears in the opening singles but the two game advantage was quickly restored when Luke Cole-Watts won 1500-600.
The following game was pivotal in the outcome of the match, as Alan Giles and Dick Cheshire had a real battle and despite the former compiling an 810 break it was not enough to stave off defeat 1220-1460.
With the visitors gaining a lifeline, Ian Furlonger brought the match level leaving Dan Ackland-Lang and Ken Drake to play the decider.
The latter produced the game of the evening with a top scoring 1970 to comfortably ease The Saracens to a vital 4-3 victory.
Mill Green Pirates called off their match at Hadleigh Cock, giving The Bay Horse A an opportunity to leapfrog the Hadleigh team into second spot when visiting the Brewery Tap. The visitors narrowly won the first doubles but the Tap immediately levelled the score.
Jason Lawrence gave the Horse the lead before the match was turned on its head.
Brett Parker played well to win 1760-490 to make it 2-2 before Charlie Sansum beat Alasdair Carnegie in a low scoring affair giving the hosts a 3-2 advantage.
A defeat was not an option for The Bay Horse and Jeremy Fry battled well to a 1970-1410 win to make it all square.
Casey Parker and Dave Lillie contested the deciding game with the latter prevailing 1260-840 to claim a 4-3 win for the Bay Horse.
Edwardstone Wild Horses clung onto the chance of a top two spot when they beat Stanningfield Red House 5-2. The doubles were shared and two easy single wins were gained by Doedy Munson and Melvyn Willis to put the Wild Horses in the driving seat.
Matt Leeks reduced the deficit, winning by a mere 10 points, but this was the visitors’ last success.
Jeff Bridges top scored with 1880 and Tracy Reeve followed with a 1850-750 win to keep the pressure on the teams above them.