Belper-based Jazz Q Club made ground on second-placed Bolehill No 2 in the Darley Dale Snooker League with a 3-2 home success over Matlock’s Edgefold No 2.
Ben Turner and Jak Groom (22 break) set the ball rolling in fine style for the hosts with comfortable victories, but in-form Luke Thomas pulled one back in the next to narrowly end the unbeaten run of Tim Maslin.
Craig Sheppard’s black ball win made the game secure before the Matlock visitors took the consolation doubles frame.
Also in the mix for second but looking a little less likely due to their extra games played are Bolehill No 1 and Belper Strutt No 1.
Strutt edged past Alfreton Palmer Morewood 3-2 with Mark Newby and Steve Bullock taking the decisive doubles frame after Ben Monk (breaks of 27 and 25) and Simon Mayes (23 and 21) had turned on the style earlier for their respective teams.
And Bolehill defeated Matlock Club 4-1 with Graeme Wood giving the hosts the lead before the visitors turned the screw with Ricki Slack gaining a century points haul including breaks of 49, 27 and 25 on the night.
Leaders Edgefold No 1 look all but home and hosed as they continued to pile on the points courtesy of a 5-0 home win over Matlock Cons.
Duncan Harwood edged a narrow opener before powerhouses Richard Ferguson and Andy Russell (37 break) wrapped things up.
Russell also booked his place in the OMYA Cup Individual Scratch final with a 3-0 win over Chris Stubbs.
Jim McCann scored 339 points in seven visits during Whitworth Institute’s 9-8 win over Belper Strutt Club to keep them well in contention at the top of the Elliott Carpets Billiards Division.