Stubbington Hawks’ title challenge looks to be over as they endured a crushing defeat to champions-elect 147 Legends.
Mick Jurd’s men continued their blistering start to the second half of the campaign with an 8-4 win at Village Snooker Club.
Jurd held 16-year-old potting star Jordan Winbourne to a 1-1 draw, while there were wins for Pascal Richard (48 break), Rick Jurd and Colin Norton (31, 31).
With 17 points now between the two teams, only a run of double-digit victories could put third-placed Hawks back in the frame.
The only possible challengers to 147 are Metrose.com who are 15 points behind but have a game in hand. They boosted their title ambitions with a hard-fought 7-5 win over Stoke B, with Nick Beer and Adam Bobat (33) both chalking up braces.
At the other end of the table, Hill Park B battled to a 6-6 draw against Carry on Mayfair to leave them outside the relegation zone.
Terry Osman and Richard Elliot picked up wins for the Fareham side, while Steve Davis and Paul Stracey were on form for Mayfair.
Steve Bennett notched a 33 break but still lost as his Mayfair Masters side romped to an 8-4 away success over HMS Collingwood.
Hill Park C recorded only their third win of the season – a 7-5 triumph against Stubbington C – but they still lie second from bottom.
In division two, leaders LWMC Nomads continued their poor run of games as they slumped to a 9-3 home defeat to third-placed 147 Select.
The Lee side could do no wrong in the first half, but have faltered so far in the next stage of the season.
147 Debut remained second as they turned over Bramstokerz 7-5. Dave Randall hit a 32 break for the Stoke side.