Kevin Bird was the hat-trick hero as Westfield A played out an entertaining 5-5 draw with Kettering Town in the Premier Division.
The left-hander, who has had a below par season by his own standards, had his best night of the season to help his side avoid defeat.
After beating Ian Brown he held off both Nigel Metcalfe and John Fuller in deciding ends to claim a treble before joining Roumen Stefanov to claim the match-saving doubles.
Fuller and Brown both scored two for Town with Nigel Metcalfe adding a single win.
Brian Wooding was the unluckiest player on the night for Westfield, losing 11-9 in the decider and 13-11 at the last to Metcalfe and Brown respectively.
Joint-bottom Rothborough A scored their second win of the season as they beat Corby Smash A 7-3.
Martin Watts, Helen Watts and Sean Smith all carded braces, with Helen's win over Gary Pells the biggest upset.
She then joined Smith to win the doubles an ensure the Rothwell side scored seven points for the first time this season.
For Smash, Pells picked up two wins and youngster Alex Cochrane added one.
Corby Rothbury also sit joint-bottom, albeit with a game in hand, after they went down 7-3 to club rivals Corby Lyveden Fields.
Only Henry Arthur stayed unbeaten and he did so in style, not dropping a single end in his three singles and the doubles.
Dave Welsman scored two of Rothbury's three with wins over Kyle Murie and then Chris Haynes 11-8 in the fifth end.
Nigel Hunt scored their third with the scalp of Murie.
Jacob Tattersall had a sensational night as Burton Baptist A beat Harborough A 7-3 at Church Langton.
He claimed his first hat-trick of the season in remarkable circumstances, taking the maximum 15 ends for his treble.
He started his evening by beating Kevin Shield with all the nines, winning 11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 11-9, before coming from 2-0 down to beat Barry Thompson 11-9 in the decider.
When he trailed Nathan Thompson 15-13, 11-9 it looked like he'd have to settle for a brace - but with other ideas he stormed back to win 11-9, 11-3, 11-8.
Dave Needham added a pair, himself denied a maximum in five by Nathan, with Denise Jacobi scoring one win against Barry in one of six games to go the distance.
Westfield B moved into third place by thrashing club-mates Westfield C 9-1.
Only Bhavika Mistry got on the scoresheet for the lower-ranked side, beating Matt Horrocks in five ends.
She had earlier lost 11-9 at the last in an entertaining match with Nicole Bird.
Every other match resulted in 3-0 scorelines to Westfield B.
Results: Westfield A 5 (Bird 3, Stefanov, Bird/Stefanov) Kettering Town 5 (Fuller 2, Brown 2, Metcalfe), Rothborough A 7 (H Watts 2, M Watts 2, Smith 2, H Watts/Smith) Corby Smash A 3 (Pells 2, Cochrane), Corby Rothbury 3 (Welsman 2, Hunt) Corby Lyveden Fields 7 (Arthur 3, Haynes 2, Murie, Haynes/Arthur), Harborough A 3 (N Thompson 2, Shield) Burton Baptist A 7 (Tattersall 3, Needham 2, Jacobi, Tattersall/Needham), Westfield C 1 (Mistry) Westfield B 9 (Bird 3, Howard 3, Horrocks 2, Howard/Horrocks)
Team of the week: Rothborough A
Player of the week: Jacob Tattersall
When the two Division One leaders met it was ebb and flow, with Harborough B taking the first two, Thrapston the next four then Harborough three of the last four to make it an honourable draw, the second for each club this season, an improvement for Thrapston after their 3-7 loss earlier.
There was though only one five ender, when Pete Briggs overcame Mike Brocklebank, and half of them over in three.
Dan Busby and Mike Brocklebank both got a pair and teamed up for the doubles to prevent their first defeat; Busby’s third defeat this season came at the hands of Chris Warliker.
Warliker lost to Brocklebank but otherwise got two, and he was matched by Briggs, who lost only to Busby.
A similar 8-2 win as in the previous match for Westfield against a resurgent Smash B could have taken them level with Thrapston in second, however the Corby outfit prevailed 6-4 with man of the match Andy Logan (ranked 110) getting his fourth maximum, over players ranked 87 (Paul Malpass), 74 (Duncan Brudenall) and 58 (David George).
Tyler Hillery was denied his treble when he lost out 12-14 in the fifth to George in the last singles, a rare poor night for George as he lost as many in one night as he had previously all season; one of these was Andy Fearson’s only win.
Malpass and Brudenall both won one each.
Rothborough B had a fine 3-7 away win over Smash C, with straight game hat-trick hero Lauren Ainsworth leading the way, her third maximum, and she is now on 54% wins.
Ivor Jones chipped in with a pair, although his three singles took 14 ends to complete and he lost out on his treble in the last game against Mike Burrows.
Lee Mordecai got his third win of the season by beating Lewis Hillery 12-10 in the fifth, and added icing to the cake when he teamed up with Ainsworth for the doubles.
It could have been even better as all three that Rothborough lost were in the fifth ends.
Corby Lakeview’s 9-1 defeat of club mates Lincoln took them above Smash C.
There were hat-tricks apiece for Stephen Woolston, Neil Stone and John Hunt, taking the first two to above 60% wins.
Woolston and Hunt won in straight ends but again Ken Murie was unlucky as he lost out in five from ahead to Stone.
Lakeview did lose the doubles to Callum Donaldson and Stewart Abraham in five ends, although Lincoln needed to come from behind to win their first doubles win this season.
Burton Baptist B’s injury troubles continue and they had to play another replacement, this time Kelvin Marshall stepped up and managed a single victory in their second consecutive draw, this time against Harborough D, which the Burton team won 8-2 last time.
Nash Hooda got a couple, Harry Lade one, but Danny Verrall beat Lade this time, from behind, on his way to a brace, and then came from two down to beat Marshall as he did earlier in the season; Rhys Emery didn’t lose an end and made it two hat-tricks from two for consecutive draws – Harborough D’s fourth.
Burton C meanwhile repeated their earlier 9-1 victory over Harborough C, with Marshall this time gaining revenge over John McGowan, but Phil Dixon gained his revenge in turn over Marshall.
It started closely with the first four games taking 19 ends, culminating in Dixon’s win, statistically Harborough C’s best regular player.
Thereafter there was only one game that went beyond three as Derek Muggleton and Paul Goodman got a maximum each.
This takes them to fifth, above Smash B.
Results: Burton Baptist B 5 (Hooda 2, Lade, Marshall, Hooda/Marshall) Harborough D 5 (Emery 3, D Verrall 2), Burton Baptist C 9 (Goodman 3, Muggleton 3, Marshall 2, Goodman/Muggleton) Harborough C 1 (Dixon), Corby Lakeview 9 (Hunt 3, Stone 3, Woolston 3) Corby Lincoln 1 (Donaldson/Abraham), Corby Smash B 6 (Logan 3, T Hillery 2, Frearson) Westfield 4 (Brudenall, George, Malpass, George/Malpass), Corby Smash C 3 (Burrows 2, Reed) Rothborough B 7 (Ainsworth 3, Jones 2, Mordecai, Ainsworth/Mordecai), Harborough B 5 (Brocklebank 2, Busby 2, Brocklebank/Busby) Thrapston 5 (Briggs 2, Warliker 2, Williams)
Player of the week: Andy Logan
Team of the week: Rothborough B/Corby Smash B
Old Village are 20 points clear at the top of Division Two, but five other teams are also involved in the race for promotion.
With Corby Smash E inactive, Rothborough C briefly moved into second place thanks to their 8-2 win at Westfield E.
Alan Brisley and Sally Taylor hit trebles and both players now feature in the top ten of the divisional averages.
Evie Elliott and Sidney Wright picked up the points for Westfield by beating Tony Yeomans with Wright recovering from two ends down to take the last three ends 11-2, 14-12, 14-12.
The following evening, Rothborough D took second position as they held Old Village to a draw at Montsaye.
Rothborough’s Peter Rowbotham gained excellent victories against Beth and Alan Tyler before going close in his hat-trick bid, eventually bowing out 10-12 in a fifth end versus Wendy Bradford.
Pete Sturges also carded two wins including an entertaining victory against Alan Tyler in which three of the five ends were decided on deuce, with Sturges winning the crucial end 12-10.
The Old trio all beat Alex Woodford and Beth was victorious in straight ends against Sturges.
Rothborough levelled the match by securing a doubles win also in straight ends.
Corby Harrogate and Corby Smash D also still have a chance of promotion.
The young Corby Harrogate side continue to excel and showed no mercy against their club colleagues Corby Chesham.
Nathan Dixon, Ted Eastman and Sam Pedley took Harrogate to a 10-0 win.
Eastman and Pedley rarely looked in trouble, but Dixon required two superb recoveries to stay unbeaten.
Firstly he came back from 2-0 down to beat improving Mia Solomon 11-9 in the decider and then from 2-1 down against Ann Woolston to take the last end 12-10.
He completed his maximum in more comfortable fashion against mother Claire.
Corby Smash D beat Burton Baptist D 8-2 in a marathon encounter at John Yeomans Hall.
Chris Winter beat Neil Biggs, Dave Marks and Samuel Tattersall to take him to a 70 per cent average for the season, losing just one end to Biggs.
Four of the other singles games were extended to five ends with James Lock and Dominic Elrington both involved in two of these.
Lock was successful in an 11-4 finish against Tattersall, but lost on deuce in the final end when he faced Marks.
Elrington beat Biggs 11-6 in a decider, but lost by the same score in the fifth end against Tattersall.
Winter and Lock won the doubles as the clock ticked towards 11.30pm.
Results: Westfield E 2 (Wright, Elliott) Rothborough C 8 (Brisley 3, Taylor 3, Yeomans, Brisley/Taylor), Rothborough D 5 (Sturges 2, Rowbotham 2, Sturges/Rowbotham) Old Village 5 (Bradford 2, B Tyler 2, A Tyler), Corby Chesham 0 Corby Harrogate 10 (N Dixon 3, Eastman 3, Pedley 3, Dixon/Eastman), Corby Smash D 8 (Winter 3, Lock 2, Elrington 2, Winter/Lock) Burton Baptist D 2 (Marks, Tattersall)
Player of the Week: Peter Rowbotham
Team of the Week: Corby Harrogate