Fareham C suffered defeat at the hands of Hampshire Police in the Palmerston Cup.
Both teams put their undefeated records on the line in the group A encounter.
But it was the Police who strengthened their title push by claiming all 12 points with a 60-33 triumph.
The eventual winners had settled down quickly on two rinks – but struggled to find their rhythm on the third.
This left the tie wide open and after six ends, with Fareham trailing 18-17.
It was a similar situation after 12 ends, too.
Although the Police had extended their lead slightly to 31-28.
John Lind – skipping for the Police against Fareham’s Mike Coleman – had to battle hard to keep his lead and eventually ran out the winner 22-10.
Derrick Fulker took on the C team’s Cyril Friend.
And they were also having a thrilling battle, with Fulker playing some great shots to get his side out of trouble.
Twelve of the 18 ends were decided by a single shot – but it was the Police who ran out winners on the rink 18-7.
Dave Jackson (Fareham C) opened up a 12-3 lead against Keith Bridgeman after just six ends.
Bridgeman’s Police side managed to stem the flow of shots but at 12 ends they still trailed 15-6.
Suddenly the Police team got their act together – allowing Fareham C just one shot in the final six ends.
The skip and his team picked up six shots on the 16th end to bring them back into contention.
And when they picked up three shots on the next end, they took the lead for the first time.
It was a lead they did not surrender as they won the rink 20-16, sealing maximum points for their side.
In the other scheduled group A game, Atherley Incorrigibles were unable to meet their commitment and the game was awarded to Fareham B.
The B team top the group, with the Police just two points behind with a game in hand.