It was a case of top-class cueists playing at a top-class venue.
The pockets at Craneswater are often called large, particularly when the home side dominate.
Craneswater A took a 5-1 lead over rivals Copnor B but could only stand and admire as the visitors fought back to 6-6.
There were breaks aplenty. New-signing Steve Baldwin hit 82 and 49, Pascal Richard 75 and 52, with Dave Hume knocking in a half century.
The early work by Tony Hansford and Steve Toms was erased in fine style.
Gosport 147 were on the prowl again, winning 10-2 at Copnor A.
The top visits were by Mick Jurd (54), Scott Stoneage (44), Steve Davis (39) and Simon Chapman.
The former Fareham side are odds-on to make it a hat-trick of titles.
They face Craneswater and Copnor B before the festive break in two away games. Will they pass the test?
Portchester X are still looking for a win.
Post Office picked up an 8-4 victory at Castle Street thanks to a brace apiece from Tom Sproates and skipper Jamie Farrow.
Cowplain Z broke their duck with a 7-5 success at Al’s Club.
Leigh Park’s draw against Copnor D kept them in pole position in division two.
Bob Baldacchino and Doreen Loveday gave the city side the lead twice but ‘Big Mark’ Raynor and Danny Lumsden kept the Workies ticking.
Second-placed Cowplain A also had to settle for an equal share as Waverley held on.
Dave Rees and Neil Stewart were on target but Ringo Polley and Tony Lee fought back bravely.
Emsworth are far happier now after thrashing Cowplain Gas 10-2.
Greg Harding (35 break) led the charge and it was one-way traffic as skip Chris Hardyman, Hugh Pollard and Phil Andrews added two each.
The top spot in division three is still being shared.
Copnor E and Craneswater R both celebrated 8-4 wins.
Peter Rook, Den Hushley and John Oldfield played well for Copnor as they beat SESA, who hit back through Steve Scott. Mick Doney picked up a double for North End Bowls against Craneswater R but Andy White, Gary Moore and Harry Yard put the Southsea gang back in front.
Bill Parsons battled on his own again as Leigh Park B went down 8-4 at Carlton.
Gary Marshall, Richard Cutter and Mick Mo gave the Hillsiders their first win.
Alexandra slipped to a 7-5 defeat at the hands of Craneswater Z.
Copnor G leapfrogged the Cue Stars to take over as division four leaders.
A 7-5 success at Top Spot was enough as the youngsters dipped out against the Xcels by the same margin.
Mark Timmons and Paul Simmonds served Shane O’Driscoll’s outfit superbly.
Jamie Wilson and Brad Lane shone for the Cue Stars but Dave Gowing’s men used the experience as Graham Farr, Tony Horton and Wayne Laxton took no pity.
Ted Dowse tried to rally his Cowplain C troops. However, Leroy Grigg and George Garrett provided Copnor F with a 7-5 verdict.
Cowplain won again, albeit a 7-5 win over Castle Heating.
Dave Pitman and Ray Steere pulled Doug Powell’s boys through a tight situation.