Following recent reverses, champions Waddington Red got the defence of their title back on course in the Dorothy Southworth Indoor Bowling League at the Roefield Leisure Centre.
Having ended 2014 with three defeats, the Reds made a winning start to the new year with a maximum 6-0 points victory over Hurst Green.
The battle for the title looks to be developing into a three-horse race as both Sabden and the Tigers also recorded maximum wins.
But the All Blacks slipped to a 4-2 points defeat at the hands of Read, who themselves are making a determined push up the league.
The Tigers posted a comfortable 51-19 shot victory over The French Connection, with the Reds overcoming Hurst Green 48-29.
Sabden’s maximum victory, however, was in doubt right until the final end of the match.
On mat two, the Sabden trio of Jean Isherwood, John Cooper and John Boocock just got the better of Jim McCall, Gavin Ward and Henry Duerden by 16 shots to 14, but the game on mat one proved an even tighter affair - as the game entered the final end, the scores were tied at 18-18, but the Sabden squad of Mary Griffiths, Marjorie Cooper and skipper Dave Cunnliffe held their nerve and scored a single shot against Read’s Alec Slater, Les Hart and Kevin Crook.
And so, with that, they secured a tight but well-earned 35-32 shot and maximum 6-0 victory.
The games between Clitheroe Blue and West Bradford, The Wanderers and Longridge and Read and the All Blacks all ended in 4-2 points victories for the former teams, with Waddington Blue completing the weekly fixtures with a 43-25 shot maximum 6-0 points victory over Clitheroe White.
Longridge 2 pts, Wanderers 4 pts - 27-34 (16-11, 11-23)
All Blacks 2 pts, Read 4 pts - 34-45 (6-32, 28-13)
Tigers 6 pts, French Connection 0 pts - 51-19 (28-8, 23-11)
West Bradford 2 pts, Clitheroe Blue 4 pts - 28-47 (19-12, 9-35)
Clitheroe White 0 pts, Waddington Blue 6 pts - 25-43 (10-18, 15-25)
Waddington Red 6 pts, Hurst Green 0 pts - 48-29 (20-17, 28-12)
Read 0 pts, Sabden 6 pts - 32-35 (18-19, 14-16)