THE battle for Widnes & District Billiards League honours is about to reach boiling point.
Widnes Bowling Club are five-and-a-half points clear of Farnworth A and they each have two games left - one of these against each other.
Tony Bibby (100-19) and Chris Smart (100-17) led by example as Farnworth A destroyed Widnes Conservative A 6-1.
WBC gained a comfortable 5-2 win with Willie Barnwell (100-39) and John Twist (100-42) seeing them home.
Widnes Conservative B gained a much-needed 5½-1½ win with Leo Milne (100-66) and Dave Whittle (100-58) instrumental.
Simms Cross B won their derby 5-2, Billy Murnane's 100-73 the pick.
USC A won 4-3, Howard Jones (100-18) starring, and Cricket Club's Leon Hosking making a 61 break.
Moorfield B were also 4-3 winners, Danny Magee (100-77) and John Mercer (43 break) providing the impetus.
Widnes Rec won 4-3 as Mick Anderson (100-37) continued his fine for m. n In the Widnes and District Snooker League, Division One's third-placed WCC A demolished St Joseph's A, in second, 8-1.
Andy Knight's 75-16 and Danny Morris' 36 break blew the race for honours wide open.
Farnworth A suffered a huge setback when whitewashed by struggling St Bede's (Andy McKay 61-51 and Greg Lawrenson 60-27).
Weakened Widnes Conservative A breezed past Stadium B with Ste Andrews (87-7), Mick Anderson (84-21) and John Mercer (52 break) superb.
Dark horses St Basil's B (Paul Summerfield 69-34 and Ian Chisnall 85-29) thumped Overton 7-2.
Resurgent St Joseph's B gained a second consecutive win - the 7-2 success anchored by John Twist (64-20) and John Cunnliffe (55-40).
Ford won 5-4, Jimmy Jenkins (84-28) rekindling old form, while Neil Whelan was the 73-32 star in USC A's similar victory.
Division Two's Ford B (Jimmy Dunn 71-28 and Ken Yeomans 61-31) shot down HGSC A 8-1,
HGSC B remain title outsiders after an 8-1 win spearheaded by Barry Connor (86-34) and Mark Cuerden (84-34).
Pavilions A (Andy Ralph 80-14 and Dave Ellison 97-9) won the Runcorn showdown against Hallwood Raven 7-2.
Farnworth C (Danny Magee 97-8, Dave Boswell 76-33) look a safe bet for the top two after winning 7-2.
Paul Taylor (68-13) and skipper Mick Baldwin (55-24) chipped into USC B's 7-2 victory while RAOB B (Andrew Langley 102-18) turned over WCC C 6-3.
Division Three's Birchfield (Geoff Illidge 70-17) thrashed ELE 8-1.
Widnes Conservative B still command top spot after winning 7-2, Tommy Galloway's 66-33 getting them under way.
Mill Brow's 7-2 featured a 47-35 victory from Rico Locke.
Farnworth E (Brian Cafferty 44-34) maintained their push for honours with a 6-3 success.
Village C (Ste Brennan 77-20) nicked a 5-4 win against high-flying Prescot Reform (Ged Jones 31 break).
WCC B also won 5-4, anchormen Alan Mercer and Joe Parry proving experience counts.