HYLTON A consolidated their second position in the Westoe Removals Sunderland Snooker League, with a maximum against Seaham Knack, with all their players in good form.
Mill View A had a 3-2 win against the Avenue with John Burnell scoring a 32 break in his singles. Gary Moore took the first for the Avenue and joined Chris Henderson in winning the pairs.
Chances of improving their position were missed by the two top teams in Division Two, by only winning their matches 3-2.
Grindon only had three players against The Duck and shared the first two frames before Jim Tutty restored the lead. Brigham and Mustard took the pairs to prevent their first defeat of the season.
Biddick took the first frame against Murton Officials and narrowly lost the second as Stephen Cork beat Graham Smith. Mick Riley and Rod Turnbull took the next two, before Taylor and Clementson claimed the pairs for Murton.
Biddick B whitewashed St Gabriel’s 5-0.
Cheema took all the singles against The Victory before Burnikell and James rescued a point for the home team in the pairs.
Washington stopped Seaham Cons’ recent run of good form by beating them 3-2, before Monsghan and Elliott took the pairs for Seaham.
H In the Five Man Team event, Washington Snooker played Steels A with the result going to the final frame before the winner emerged.
Michael Sayers started well against Jason Dewar but could not maintain his form as Dewar grew stronger as the match progressed.
Tom Ayre had a 33 break in the second for Steels, and steadily pulled away to go 41 and made the game all square.
Ken Haley took an early lead for Steels but was undone as a 51 break by Mark Bell was sufficient to take Washington into a 2-1 advantage.
With Steels needing the two remaining frames, it was Phil Baker who started the brighter to open up a lead for Washington. This brought the best out of Jim Gales who finished with a flourish to level.
The last frame was very tense with Mark Baker inching ahead. Ray Charlton laid a good snooker on the green and from the miss took the colours to put Steels into the final.
H The Three Man event saw Pennywell Comrades A play Green Baize, last year’s winner.
Mark Anderson produced a superb show in the first frame leaving his opponent chasing shadows. Paul Wyatt took full advantage of his handicap start to control the second.
Craig Kane was 38 behind with one remaining red and came back well, only to lose out as Wyatt produced a terrific shot on the pink to clinch the tie.
Railway created a surprise by beating Grindon, who lead the Second Division to win on the last black.
H The committee meeting will be held at the Railway on Monday to draw the next rounds. Clubs are reminded that the monthly meeting is early and will be at The Avenue on March 31.
Results: Division One: Mill View A 3 Avenue 2, Seaham Knack 0 Hylton 5. Division Two: St Gabriel’s 0 Biddick B 5, Victory Club 1 Cheema Snooker 4, The Duck 2 Grindon Social 3, Washington Union 3 Seaham Cons 2, Biddick A 3 Murton Officials 2.