THE summer season of the Westoe Removals Sunderland League began in memorable fashion for Railway’s Bob Nelson.
In Group 5, Nelson produced a remarkable performance – the highlight of his side’s match against the Victory Club.
He was 51-0 behind in his singles before compiling a 32 break to reduce the deficit, and completed the recovery with a 22 clearance to win 53-52. This inspired his compatriots, who went on to claim a 3-1 success.
A hard-fought 2-2 draw between Seaham Conservatives and Mill View B was a fair result. John Spruce of Mill View was in control before Ian Hughes came alive to win the first frame, and it took Ken Sands to steady the ship in levelling the match. A fine potting performance by Gordon Elliott was decisive against Sid Bate, in the third, before Sands and Bate took the pairs to force the draw.
In Group One, the Duck, aided by the handicaps, forced a 2-2 draw with Steels B, the winter season winners. Lee Dixon had a 24 start and had a 24 break in resisting a brave attempt by Tom Feenan, who only lost 61-53. Adam Smith recovered from a 20 deficit and went on to win 67-27.
Neil Thubron scored 72 in taking the third before McLaren and Smith won the pairs 90-40.
Pennywell Comrades A and Green Baize drew 2-2. Joe Turner won his singles against Open champion Craig Kane. He then joined Stephen O’Wellen to take the pairs.
Dean Wilson beat Mark Anderson in the opener before Jeff Burn took the second for Baize.
In Group Two, Washington Snooker faced a new team from Cheemas, who included a number of well-known players from previous seasons and shared the points.
Ken Cunningham took the first before Mark Bell levelled. Graham Rutland beat Paul Yuk in restoring the lead but could not repeat the performance in the pairs as Yuk and Fox won 71-41.
Farringdon B visited Steels A and it was Paul Grant who took the first in a 63-32 battle against Tom Ayre before Jim Galas levelled. Steven Scott restored the lead before Robinson and Grant sealed a 3-1 advantage in the pairs.
Murton Officials took full advantage of a generous handicap in beating Pennywell Comrades B 3-1. Robin Midson and Stephen Clementson won the first two before Steven Joyce replied. Midson and Ashcroft clinched the pairs for a 3-1 success.
In Group Three, Hylton enjoyed a splendid 4-0 win over Second Division champs Grindon.
The Avenue shared the first two frames with Biddick B, with Gary Moore having a 32 break in the first. Bob Fisher won the third and Moore and Henderson took the pairs for a 3-1 success.
Anth Longstaff and Gurd Cheema took the first two frames for Cheemas before Gary Dormand replied. Glen Edwards and George Dormand took the pairs to level at 2-2.
In Group Four, Gary Ablett, Bob Milne and Martin Johnson took all the singles for Woodside A against Pennywell C before Michael Burnikell and Brian Parkin replied in the pairs. Mill View A had a bye and the other match was cancelled due to players working away.
Results, Group 1: Pennywell Comrades A 2 Green Baize 2, Duck 2 Steels B 2; Group 2: Washington Snk 2 Cheema C 2, Steels A 1 Farringdon B 1, Mutton Officials 3 Pennywell Comrades B 1; Group 3: Hylton A 4 Grindon 0, Seaham Knack 2 Cheemas B 2, Avenue 3 Biddick B 1; Group 4: Biddick A 0 Hylton B 0, Woodside 3 Pennywell Coms C 1; Group 5: Cheemas A 0 Bye 0, Seaham Cons 2 Mill View B 2, Victory 1 Railway 3.