Old Grammarians A picked up their first victory of the season in Division One of the Wellingborough & District League with a 7-3 defeat of Higham Band B.
The win moves them off the foot of the table and they now sit a points above Higham.
Phil Laurence edged out Alan Woolston 11-5, 7-11, 12-10, 5-11, 14-12 in the opener and Mick Ball and Perce Sharp followed suit with easier wins.
Tony Penn failed to register to ensure the visitors of their first win.
Stephen Woolston ploughed a lone furrow with an expected treble easily seeing off Sharp and Laurence but was extended by Ball in a five-end victory.
To complete the icing on the cake, Laurence and Ball gained their first doubles win over the Woolstons, whose form has fallen away drastically.
This win came on the back of a 7-3 defeat to St John A.
Laurence gave his best display of the season with a three-end win over Perkins and then a surprise win over Richard Wills.
Ball edged out Perkins but failed to trouble either Wills or Pete Boustred. Sharp failed to register and Laurence and Ball went down in the doubles to Perkins and Boustred.
Division One results: Old Grammarians A 3 (Phil Laurence 2, Mick Ball) St John A 7 (Jon Perkins, Pete Boustred 3, Richard Wills 2, doubles Perkins/Boustred); Higham Band B 3 (Stephen Woolston 3, Tony Penn) Old Grammarians A 7 (Phil Laurence 2, Mick Ball 2, Perce Sharp 2, doubles Laurence/Ball).
Not much Christmas spirit was dished out by Westfield D in Division Two as they walloped their club mates Westfield C 10-0.
Owen Morris, Alfie Wright and Milan Modha did the damage with Morris and Wright having an easy double victory against Dave Long and Jamie Coombes who could only muster fourteen points in three ends.
The writing looks on the wall for Wanderers D as they went down 9-1 to an in-form Westfield D.
No less than six games went to the final end but Wanderers came out with just one success as Mike Howorth defeated Jamie Coombes.
There were hat-tricks for both Jon Edlund and Milan Modha.
Will Shepherd’s third hat-trick of the season paved the way for Westfield E to overcome St John B 7-3.
Cameron Elliott won twice and this pair won the doubles against John Betts and Paul Lipczak in the last end. Lipczak was most successful for the visitors by also winning twice.
Chesterwell C were leading Old Grammarians B 4-2 but were pegged back to finish all square.
Maxine Shears finished on a high note for the first half of the season by hitting her fourth treble.
Stuart Coles backed up well by winning twice, Coles then joined Shears but lost out in the doubles to Chris Smith and Martin Rice in the fourth end.
Wanderers C finished a fine first half of the season with a 9-1 defeat of Westfield.
There was just one blip in their victory, as Peter Sheldrick came through 12-10 in the fourth end against Maurice Jones, although Jon Taylor-Burt did need a fifth end to defeat the same player.
Taylor-Burt finished with his own fifth hat-trick this term with James Findlay claiming his third. This pairing also won the doubles over Dave Long and Mark Ramsden in three ends.
Division Two results: Westfield C 0, Westfield D 10 (Owen Morris 3, Alfie Wright 3, Milan Modha 3, doubles Morris/Wright); Westfield D 9 (Jamie Coombes 2, Jon Edlund 3, Milan Modha 3, doubles Coombes/Modha) Wanderers D 1 (Mike Howorth); Westfield E 7 (Travis Holly, Cameron Elliott 2, William Shepherd 3, doubles Elliott/Shepherd) St John B 3 (Alan Hill, Paul Lipczak 2); Old Grammarians B 5 (Chris Smith, Martin Rice, Colin Lord 2, doubles Smith/Rice) Chesterwell C 5 (Stuart Coles 2, Maxine Shears 3); Wanderers C 9 (Maurice Jones 2, Jon Taylor-Burt 3, James Findlay 3, doubles Taylor-Burt/Findlay) Westfield C 1 (Peter Sheldrick).
A re-arranged Division Three match on Harriers turf went as expected as Higahm Harriers A eased past their B side 10-0.
Mick Malins, who has only played three times, registered his second hat-trick.
Westfield G moved back into second place at the halfway mark with a 7-3 win against Stanwick TTC.
Three players, Joel Storr, Mark Holly and Glenn Morris, each recorded a brace apiece as they all lost out to Stanwicks Carl Eaves, who gained the home team’s only points.
Both Holly and Morris came close to overcoming him but went down in the fifth ends.
The doubles was a close three-end game which went to Westfield 12-10, 11-9, 12-10.
Higham Band D have found it hard this season, but pulled a good win out of the bag against neighbours Chesterwell D (7-3).
It was an excellent match for Chris Kiziak who previously hadn’t won a point and won twice. Teaming up with his mother Deirdre, they easily took the doubles in three ends.
Raylee Burton and Deirdre Kiziak also added two points each to their tally but couldn’t overcome Chesterwell’s Bryan Farrar who hit his fifth hat-trick of the season.
The mid-table clash between Old Boys TTC and Wanderers E ended all square at 5-5.
For Wanderers, experienced veterans David May and Derek Shears both won twice and Steve Hoole pitched in with a single over Thadd Wronek.
For the Old Boys, Mark Smith and Aarron Shelton won twice and added the all important doubles for the tie.
Division Three results: Higham Harriers A 10 (Graham Bird 3, Mick Malins 3, Norman Wooster 3, doubles Bird/Wooster) Higham Harriers B 0;
Stanwick 3 (Carl Eaves 3), Westfield G 7 (Joel Storr 2, Mark Holly 2, Glenn Morris 2, doubles Holly/Morris); Chesterwell D 3 (Bryan Farrar) Higham Band D 7 (Deirdre Kiziak, Chris Kiziak 2, Raylee Burton 2, doubles Kiziak/Kiziak); Old Boys 5 (Mark Smith 2, Aarron Shelton 2, doubles Smith/Shelton) Wanderers E 5 (David May 2, Derek Shears 2, Steve Hoole