Lumley teams step up bids for runners-up spot

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THE two teams from Lumley are making a late challenge for the runners-up position, in the Second Division of the Danby Autos Sunderland Snooker League, with Washington Snooker C holding a considerable lead at the top of the table.

The match between Seaham Cons and Biddick B, who were both in contention for second place, has been delayed and expected to be played this week.

Cheema was the latest team to feel the full force of the prospective champions and suffered as they lost 5-0.

The first frame between Roff Hoque and Lee Campion was fairly close until Hoque pulled one away on the colours.

A more dominant second frame was played by Derek Collins, who increased the lead.

A steady and controlled third frame went to Billy Shotton, followed by a good finish in the fourth by Bryan Jeffrey after a slow start.

The whitewash was achieved with little difficulty as Collins and Shotton had control from the start in the pairs.

Lumley B visited St Gabriel’s and had a 5-0 victory with strong performances right through the match.

Ritchie Tiffin started the ball rolling, with Brain Meuse having a 37 break in winning the second.

A close third went to Andrew Drinkwater in a 53-42 result against Tony Grimes.

Roberts and Meuse took the pairs to complete a fine finish.

Railway and Murton Officials were closely matched with the first frame going to Gary Turner 54-34 against Robin Midson.

The second was won by Manna Singh 44-43 against Joe Beston to level, before Jackson Mason took Murton into the lead.

Norman Lynn took the fourth before Banks and Mason won the match for Murton, when winning the pairs 46-35.

Murton Vic lost the first frame as Ian McDermott, for Pennywell Comrades C, ran out winner, but levelled in the second thanks to Dale Greenfield.

A break of 27, led to Stephen Clementson winning the third, for Murton, before Eddie Williamson increased the lead in the fourth.

Ian McDermott and George Clark took the pairs for the Comrades to restrict the result to a 3-2 defeat.

The table has been adjusted allowing for seven points being deducted from Biddick B.

After looking home and dried, Washington Snooker A are facing a challenge from Green Baize, who have moved back into a promising position.

Washington lost the first frame to Jordons A with Kevin Cunningham tasting victory.

Graham Albett increased the lead with a fine performance against Marc Farnsworth.

The third frame saw Norman Leslie facing Chris Grimmer, who has reached the semi-final stage of the Open Singles.

In an enthralling match, Leslie won through in a 67-53 result.

A break of 51 by Paul Kirsop, left his opponent clutching straws and levelled the match.

Kirsop nad Leslie completed the recovery in the pairs for Washington, who had won three in a row.

Green Baize are on a remarkable run and registered another 5-0 result with victory against Seaham Knack.

This week’s match at home to Washington could be decisive in the direction of the championship.

Biddick A met Mill View B, who are languishing at the bottom of the table, and had a surprise as Mill View started brightly by winning the first two frames.

Carl Davis had a tight frame before beating Terry Froud 58-44. Gary Simpson found improved form to score 47-16 in the second.

John Spruce has been playing well recently and hopes were high, but he met a resolute Graham Smith, who stopped the rot with a 55-47 black ball result.

Steve Chandler settled quickly in the fourth and took Mill View in to a 3-1 match winning lead.

Turnbull and Smith played Brown and Spruce in the pairs, but were unable to restrict the defeat as Mill View won 67-37.

Washington B took all the singles against Jordons B and only lost the pairs 54-42 in claiming a 4-1 result.

Pennywell Comrades A lost the first two frames with Adam Smith and Michael Sayers being successful for Steels.

Mark Anderson won the third, but Ray Charlton restored the advantage.

A break of 41 by Adam Smith determined the outcome of the pairs for Steels.

Mill View A could feel that luck was not on their side after a 5-0 defeat by Whitburn.

Mill View had a decent lead in the first before Jason Rodgers cleared the table to win.

Phil Freeman was on form in the second and Derek White took the third.

John Smith had the run of the green in winning the fourth, before scoring a double by winning the pairs with Freeman.

A nip and tuck frame eventually went to Whitburn as Freeman took the colours.

Results: Division One: Washington Snooker A 3 Jordons A 2, Mill View A 0 Whitburn 5, Biddick A 1 Mill View B 4, Jordons B 1 Washington Snooker B 4, Avenue 2 Glendale 3, Pennywell Comrades A 1 Steels A 4, Seaham Knack 0 Green Baize 5.

Division Two: Railway 2 Murton Officials 3, St Gabriel’s 0 Lumley B 5, Murton Vic 3 Pennywell Comrades C 2, Washington Snooker C 5 Cheema A 0.