THE quarter-finals of the Westoe Removals Sunderland Snooker League summer season knock-out stage produced some tense matches with two games going to the right down to the deciding drawn frame.
Steels A played Green Baize. Michael Sayers faced Dean Wilson in the first frame with a 25 handicap and played solidly until a 40 break by Wilson reduced the deficit.
Wilson then went ahead, leaving Sayers needing snookers on the colours. This proved to be a bridge too far and Wilson took the Baize into the lead.
Tom Ayres had to reply for Steels and he moved into a 40-point lead with the aid of 15 handicap.
Peter Dambrosie came back to close the gap, but an immediate response by Ayres levelled the match.
Ray Charlton was holding a 32-point lead before Jeff Burn had a 23 break. An inspired Charlton took the last red and colours to take Steels into a 2-1 lead.
The pairs frame was very close until Wilson fluked the last red. He followed with the colours to force a draw and a deciding fifth frame.
It was ironic that the draw brought a repeat of the third frame giving Jeff Burn a chance revenge. The opening fell to Burn, who took the pink to advance Green Baize into the semi-final.
Pennywell Comrades A and Steels B played out a good game with Mark Anderson in superb form and gave Pennywell the early advantage.
Joe Turner, with a 15 start, compiled a 23 break to put Pennywell 2-0 up.
Jim Gales responded with a 42-18 win to make it 2-1.
The fourth frame went Pennywell’s way as Anderson and Turner repeated their success in the first two frames to go forward into the next round.
Mill View B took on Seaham Knack as Carl Davis played George Dormand, who had a handicap start.
It was Davis who stated the better, until a charge by Dormand reduced his deficit to two points. David eventually recovered his composure on the colours to win for Mill View.
In the second, Gary Dormand was potting well and going into the colours it was Dormand who made the match all square.
Sid Bate had a handicap advantage over Gary Stockton in the third.
Stockton capitalised on a number of flukes to reduce the deficit to two points but the Mill View went 2-1 ahead. In the pairs, Mill View won the frame to make it 3-1.
Seaham Cons played Woodside and a first frame between Robert Cougle and Martin Johnson, of Woodside, saw a handicap start for Cougle increased to take the early lead for the Conservatives.
The second frame between Les Pinder and Chris Grimmer saw Grimmer level the match.
Graham Albett soon took control of the third frame and his opponent was clutching at straws trying to respond. Albett took the first frame comfortably to put Woodside ahead.
It was not looking good for Seaham as the two impressive winners came to the table in the pairs for Woodside. Albett played well and Grimmer slipped from his previous high standards. The combination of Gordon Elliott and Will Cowell took advantage and gathered the points to win the frame and make it level.
The deciding frame saw Robert Cougle have the run to frustrate Graham Albett and take Seaham into the Semi-finals.
Semi-finals: Mill View B v Green Baize at Hylton tonight and Seaham Conservatives v Pennywell Comrades A at Mill View tomorrow.