Higham made themselves the early Premier Division title favourites with a resounding 7-3 win at reigning champions Westfield A.
Andy Trott was Higham’s hat-trick hero, winning all three singles matches and being involved in what could be a crucial doubles win.
Westfield fell 4-0 down early on, defeats for Roumen Stefanov and Brian Wooding against Richard Elliott and Richard Bashford sandwiched between two Trott wins.
They got themselves on the board when Kevin Bird came from 2-1 down to beat Bashford 11-8 in the fifth and when Wooding cruised past Elliott 3-0 it looked like the comeback was on.
But Bashford made it a rare blank night for Stefanov and Trott made it 6-2 with a win over Wooding.
Bird reduced the deficit by beating Elliott 3-1 before Higham’s doubles success.
Kettering Town made it three wins from four with an 8-2 win over Corby Smash A.
Only Dawid Przybysz could get on the scoresheet for Smash, beating both Nigel Metcalfe and John Fuller 3-0.
But with a treble in sight Ian Brown he had to concede when tied at 1-1 with a groin injury.
Gary Pells and Alex Cochrane fought hard for the visitors with nothing to show for it with Fuller and Metcalfe bagging a brace for Town.
On an adjoining table Corby Lyveden Fields were the victors against Westfield C with a close 6-4 win.
Bhavika Mistry came from 2-0 down to beat Kyle Murie in the night’s opening match.
The game ebbed and flowed before Guy Sparrow scored a fine win over Chris Haynes to make it 3-3.
Henry Arthur sealed a hat-trick with a win over Steve Hobbs and Haynes beat Mistry to make it 5-4 to Corby, before the pair won the doubles in four ends to seal the win.
Denise Jacobi was Burton Baptist A’s star as they saw off Corby Rothbury 6-4.
She scored her first maximum in the Premier Division with wins over Rob Warrander, Nigel Hunt and Stephen Woolston.
A brace from Dave Needham and a win for Jacob Tattersall over Woolston made it 6-2 to Baptist.
Warrander came from 2-0 down to beat Tattersall in game nine before Rothbury’s doubles success reduced the arrears further.
Westfield B were the week’s biggest winners after beating Rothborough A 9-1.
Nick Howard and Bogdan Capusa won their singles with ease, Capusa dropping just 36 points in nine ends.
But Matt Horrocks was involved in three five-end epics, holding off a spirited fightback from Helen Watts to win 13-11 at the death before coming from 2-1 down to beat Sean Smith.
But his luck was out against Julian Marlow, coming from 2-0 down to level before running out of gas to lose 11-9 in the fifth.
Results: Westfield A 3 (Bird 2, Wooding) Higham 7 (Trott 3, Bashford 2, Elliott, Trott/Elliott), Kettering Town 8 (Brown 3, Fuller 2, Metcalfe 2, Fuller/Brown) Corby Smash A 2 (Przybysz), Westfield C 4 (Sparrow 2, Hobbs, Mistry) Corby Lyveden Fields 6 (Arthur 3, Haynes 2, Arthur/Haynes), Corby Rothbury 4 (Warrander 2, Hunt, Warrander/Woolston) Burton Baptist A 6 (Jacobi 3, Needham 2, Tattersall), Rothborough A 1 (Marlow) Westfield B 9 (Capusa 3, Howard 3, Horrocks 2, Horrocks/Howard)
Team of the week: Higham
Player of the week: Denise Jacobi
As we approach a cup break there appears to be a breakaway group of four at the top of the table in Division One, as evidenced by many extreme scores in week five.
It was definitely a one-sided affair at John Yeomans’ Hall when Burton Baptist B and C hosted Harborough C and Corby Lincoln respectively.
All twenty games went the way of the hosts.
In the B team’s case they did it dropping only four ends all night, with three of them going to John McGowan.
Dariusz Gulbicki made his seasonal debut, and after dropping the first end in his first two games finished with an end to zero in his last.
Nash Hooda also dropped a couple, but Harry Lade won three straight to be on 87 per cent wins so far and the team move onto 40 points in second place.
The C team won seven games in straight ends, but the other three went to five.
Stewart Abraham was 2-1 ahead of Gerry Crasto, then Ken Murie pegged Kelvin Marshall back twice before they teamed up in the doubles to twice go ahead of Marshall and Derek Muggleton before all missing out in the death.
Muggleton was the only player to win all his singles in straight ends.
There were three 9-1 victories this week as well.
Thrapston went top of the table on 41 points with two debutants scoring maximums against Corby Lakeview.
Virat and Nitin Patel helped Thrapston to straight end victories until game nine, when the tables were turned when Stephen Woolston got an excellent straight ends win over Stewart Williams, who had previously lost only once this season.
It was nearly two points with Woolston and Tom Lathom getting the first two ends in the doubles – the only game to go beyond three ends - until Williams and Virat Patel retrieved the situation.
Westfield D went into equal second onto 40 points when they won all their singles but Danny Verrall and Dave Coombs for Harborough D came from two down to win an impressive doubles.
Danny had previously been the only player to take any ends, when he was 2-1 ahead of Norman Wooster.
Wooster, Scott Dixon and Duncan Brudenall all got their hat-tricks, with Brudenall on 92 per cent and Wooster on 83 per cent victories.
Harborough B lost six ends to Rothborough B, but three of these were for Ivor Jones against Steve Crook for their only win.
Jones has won four out of Rothboroughs six points so far.
Liam Burnham and Dan Busby continue untroubled, with Steve Crook adding a brace, so stay close on the heels of the top three with 39 points.
The closest match came at Smash Centre, when the C team took on the B team, and secured a notable 6-4 win, although seven games were over in three ends.
Gabor Toth dropped one end all night, and Mike Burrows added a brace, although needed five to beat Andy Frearson.
Then they paired up in the doubles to defeat Tyler Hillery and Frearson in three very close ends to take the tie and rise two places in the table.
Tyler was B’s best player with a pair, and Frearson and Lewis Hillery adding one each.
Results: Burton Baptist B 10 (Gulbicki 3, Hooda 3, Lade 3, Gulbicki/Hooda) Harborough C 0, Burton Baptist c 10 (Crasto 3, Marshall 3, Muggleton 3, Marshall/Muggleton) Corby Lincoln 0, Corby Lakeview 1 (Woolston) Thrapston 9 (N Patel 3, V Patel 3, Williams 2, V Patel/Williams), Corby Smash B 4 (T Hillery 2, Frearson, L Hillery) Corby Smash C 6 (Toth 3, Burrows 2, Burrows/Toth), Harborough B 9 (Burnham 3, Busby 3, Crook 2, Burnham/Crook) Rothborough B 1 (Jones), Westfield D 9 (Brudenall 3, Dixon 3, Wooster 3) Harborough D 1 (Coombs/D Verrall)
Player of the week: Stephen Woolston
Team of the week: Corby Smash C
Week five in Division Two saw Neil Marlow, Chris Winter and Alan Tyler lose their unbeaten records.
Marlow and Winter of Corby Smash D were beaten by Sally Taylor of Rothborough C, who has hit a purple patch.
She also added the scalp of James Lock in her excellent hat-trick.
In his first appearance of the season, Alan Brisley overcame Winter and Lock and partnered Taylor in a match winning doubles.
Smash claimed four points with two victories from Marlow and one each for Winter and Lock.
Alan Tyler lost his 100 per cent record when Old Village visited Corby Smash E, with the Corby based outfit eventually running out 6-4 winners.
He found Andrew Parrott too strong, but did gain wins against Pete and Mike Wilson.
Daughter Beth and Wendy Bradford also beat Mike Wilson, but Beth lost out in two fifth end finishes – firstly 11-9 against Pete Wilson, then 11-4 versus Parrott.
It was a fine effort by Tyler as Parrott has rarely been extended to a fifth end this season.
For the hosts, Parrott completed a fifth successive maximum and Pete Wilson won twice.
Pete Sturges hit a treble as Rothborough D beat Corby Smash F 7-3.
Alex Woodford and Akbar Pokkakkillath defeated Joe Corner and Adrian Gardiner, with the former registering his first league wins.
Reece Radford starred for Smash as he beat Woodford in four ends and Pokkakkillath in three.
He then guided Corner through his first doubles outing as they came out on top 11-8, 12-10, 13-11.
A first league hat-trick for Dave Marks was the highlight when Burton Baptist D won 8-2 at Corby Chesham.
He beat Ann Woolston and Mia Solomon, but was in trouble at two ends down against Charlie Frost.
A spirited comeback followed as Marks took the last three ends on deuces 12-10, 17-15, 12-10.
Jon Sanders also recorded his first maximum in three matches.
On his seasonal debut, Chesham captain Frost contributed with a win over Neil Biggs who was also beaten by Woolston.
Biggs took the final singles of the evening in five ends against Solomon and joined Sanders for a first doubles success of the season.
Results: Corby Smash D 4 (N Marlow 2, Winter, Lock) Rothborough C 6 (Taylor 3, Brisley 2, Taylor/Brisley), Corby Smash E 6 (Parrott 3, P Wilson 2, Parrott/P Wilson) Old Village 4 (A Tyler 2, B Tyler, Bradford), Rothborough D 7 (Sturges 3, Woodford 2, Pokkakkillath 2) Corby Smash F 3 (Radford 2, Corner/Radford), Corby Chesham 2 (Woolston, Frost) Burton Baptist D 8 (Marks 3, Sanders 3, Biggs, Sanders/Biggs)
Player of the Week: Sally Taylor
Team of the Week: Rothborough C