A recent blip in form had seen Stanningfield Red House slip down the Industrial Electrical Services Sudbury and District Bar Billiards League, but they overcame a seemingly ominous tie at previously-unbeaten Saracens.
The teams halved the doubles before John Henderson put the visitors ahead with the highest score of the evening, winning 2130-850.
Elaine Wright beat Chip Millins to double the lead and Red House required just one more win to cause an upset.
Ian Furlonger and Ken Drake managed wins to bring the scores level in what had been a subdued Saracens’ performance.
The deciding game paired Dick Cheshire and James Baker, with the latter prevailing 920-670 to give his team an excellent, but unexpected away victory and a first defeat for their hosts.
Mid-table Bay Horse A had found themselves nicely poised to make a challenge for honours.
They made the short trip to Cornard to take on the Memphis Belles and, after sharing the doubles, the hosts gained the lead when Luke Cole-Watts scored breaks of 1050 and 920 in his 2240-1090 win against Dave Lillie.
Steve Hale levelled the scores for the visitors in a 2250-300 win that included a break of 940.
The Bay took the lead in the next with Jeremy Fry again recording in excess of 2000, and Alasdair Carnegie ensured the win beating Alan Giles 1910-1560.
The final score was made 5-2 when Jason Lawrence won the last game.
A hugely-anticipated local derby took place at Edwardstone, where the Wild Horses entertained the Mill Green Pirates.
The Horses galloped into a two-game advantage after the doubles and this was extended to 3-0 with Melvyn Willis accounting for James Pipe.
The following game proved vital as Paul Rose just edged out Matt Robinson 1350-1330 to give his team an early victory.
It was now damage limitation for the Pirates, but Tracy Reeve increased the lead and Jeff Bridges made it 6-0 with the possibility of a whitewash on the cards.
However, Andy Garvin top-scored for the evening with a 2010-940 win over Doedy Munson.