East Cessnock Comets have jumped to the top of Big Bowls group two courtesy of a bonus point 15-0 win against Edgeworth on Thursday.
The Comets are on 79.5 points one point clear of Maitland City Hunters and Raymond Terrace Jets with two rounds to go.
The big win against the Eagles followed an 11-4 win on Monday against competition heavyweights Raymond Terrace Jets.
Group three top-two rivals Kurri Kurri and Nelson Bay played out an 8-7 thriller at Kurri Kurri.
The victory takes the Cannons to just one point behind Nelson Bay.
Kurri stormed back into contention with 13-2 win against East Maitland Griffins 13-2 at Kurri last Tuesday night.
In round nine action this week East Cessnock will again need to be at their best against Kahibah on Thursday and Kurri Kurri is at home to Wallsend on Friday.