Mike Talmondt bounced back from illness to make a brilliant break of 65 in the Portsmouth League.
Following a hospital stay, he helped Craneswater A to record a 10-2 win over the chasing Al’s Club in division one.
Andy Boulton registered a 55 and Rob Kirby pocketed 46 as the Portchester men suffered.
Skipper Tony Hansford also won both to see his side top the table by 23 points.
Craneswater Z moved up to second spot after sharing the frames with Copnor A.
Ian Carter hit a 47 to add to a double by Mark Jones.
The home side fought back through Scott Compton, who rolled in a 36 break, and Lee Eden.
Leigh Park and Emsworth also finished all square at Dunsbury Way.
Danny Lumsden and Dusty Tingley were on target for the Workies but Chris Hardyman and Hugh Pollard brought it level.
Jason Tame’s Portchester gang slumped to a 10-2 defeat at the hands of Cowplain Z.
The visitors scored through Frank Baxter, Heath Smith, Steve Hughes and Mark Tillison as the visitors produced a better display.
The top two in division two struggled to draws.
Top dogs Craneswater Q were held up by Bellair B’s Andy Peat and Wayne Talley.
Graeme Tregardine and Matt Small, who struck a 33 break, were the home marksmen.
Russ Linkhorn rolled in a 43 for Cowplain A.
John Stewart also troubled the scorers to rub out away doubles by the consistent Dave Glover and Ant Bushnell for Copnor D.
Carl Fuggle and captain Terry Lees pulled Cowplain Gas over the line 7-5 at Bellair A, despite the attentions of Alan Smith.
North End Bowls moved closer to top-of-the-table Copnor Xcels in division three with an 8-4 win over their fellow bowlers Alexandra.
Colin Elliott and Richard Jones put them in front before Ian Cotton reduced the arrears.
Ian Pledge and Mark Richmond stretched the lead but Martin Power ran in a 37 break to cut the deficit again.
High-flying Xcels went down 8-4 at Carlton.
Gary Marshall, Roger Mo and captain Alan Munday were in top form again before Andy Chambers got the visitors on the board.
Daniel Compton scored a 33 break but still lost both to Andy Carter as Cuestars A were beaten 8-4 by Craneswater R.
Jamie Wilson and Pascal Richard tried to stop the rot but Jack Frost, Harry Yard and Andy White held all the aces for the visitors.
It was back to earth with a bump for Leigh Park B after last week’s cup win over Broadoak.
The former SESA team found it easy without handicaps as Gerry Wheeler, Mark Restall, Simon Fleming and Steve Scott bagged a brace each.
Dave Riddell cut the score to 9-3 late on.
Copnor Cuestars B lost their unbeaten record to the experienced Cowplain B in the fourth tier.
Five of the pairings finished in draws but two decent frames from James Curtis gave Cowplain the edge 7-5.
Top Spot also moved up thanks to a 7-5 success over Copnor F.
Colin Johnson gave the Gavant men the lead before Barry Wooley and Alex Bearne staged a comeback.
However, the home side got back into a winning lead as Steve Wilson and Harry West jnr grabbed the glory and moved the team up to joint top.