Bell rings time on Rutland

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GARY BELL sealed the Captain’s Cup with a 3-2 win against Washington clubmate Graham Rutland.

Bell started the first frame well with a terrific long pot leading to a decent break.

He continued to control the frame, leaving Rutland little chance of replying as he went one up.

Bell took the second frame and was within touching distance of the title.

A scrappy third frame allowed Rutland back into the match.

In the fourth, Rutland recovered ground and points that helped him to level at 2-2.

After Rutland had a 21 break to take an early lead, a magnificent 51 break from Bell took him back into the lead.

After a small reply from Rutland, all chances was extinguished as Bell had a break of 31 to claim victory.

Stephen Burdis, of Whitburn, and Mark Bell, of Washington, met in the final of the First Division competition.

The opening phase of the first frame showed Bell in a more comfortable mode, while Burdis was not having the best of luck in his play.

A break of 19 by Burdis was soon negated as Bell replied with a 21. Burdis then made a 22 to regain the lead before Bell took it to a black ball decider, and the frame was won by Burdis after Bell missed a difficult pot.

It was nip and tuck in the second frame, before Bell compiled a magnificent break of 55. The door was soon shut on Burdis as Bell had a 23 to level the match.

With only three reds left on the table, a lead of nine was held by Burdis before he had a 23 break going up to the green – leaving Bell needing two snookers.

After getting one and leaving an opening after another attempt, Bell conceded to put Burdis 2-1 up.

A shaky start by Burdis in the fourth saw him give 12 points away in fouls and a more composed Bell took the initiative. This brought a reply from Burdis, who fought back to eventually lose on the pink and make it all square.

The deciding fifth frame was won as Bell held his composure to take the last two reds with colours to leave Burdis in an impossible position.

The final of the Over 55s saw John Danby, of Glendale, take on Michael Monaghan, of Seaham Conservatives, at the Avenue. A very hesitant start by both players saw a tight opening frame which Danby just edged.

The second frame was a complete contrast with Danby going in-off after potting the black, leaving an opening for Monaghan to level.

Both players had fouls at the start of the third frame before Danby took control, to make it 2-1.

In the fourth, Danby potted some good reds, but did not capitalise on the colours, and Monaghan upped is game to go 29-11 ahead.

Monaghan eventually recovered to take the frame on the brown.

In the last frame Danby went for broke, while Monaghan was not as composed as usual.

Danby moved 33-26 ahead with a fine shot on the black from the spot into the middle pocket.

Danby was still producing good shots from nothing and he eventually prevailed to claim the match 3-2.

In an intriguing encounter between Sid Bate of Mill View, and the up-and-coming Paul Wyatt of Pennywell for the Over 45 played at Seaham Conservatives, the outcome was difficult to forecast.

Steady play by Bate in the early stage of the first frame helped him build a lead that left Wyatt chasing to reduce the deficit helped by the handicap difference.

Moving into the colours both players had their chances before Bate claimed it to lead 1-0.

The second frame followed the first with Wyatt unlucky at times with his position after taking a red and Bate having the run of the green to take the frame on the colours.

A revitalised Wyatt started to show his real form in the third, and he dominated with good potting and clever safety to leave Bate playing badly and confounded at the change in fortune.

It reached the colours with Bate needing snooker that did not materialise as Wyatt pulled one back.

The fourth frame was much closer with both players keeping it tight, before Bate took the last colours after Wyatt had needed snookers to seal the win.

H The most prestigious competition of the Westoe Removals Sunderland League – the Open Singles Final – takes place this week at Mill View Club on Thursday between Mark Farnsworth of Cheema and holder Craig Kane of Green Baize.

The Summer Season is starting week commencing May 21.