WITH the Danby Autos Sunderland Snooker League season now finished, the interest remains with the conclusion of the knock-out competitions.
At the semi-final stage of the Open Singles, the match between Chris Grimmer and Alex Hannan played at Jordons developed into a thriller.
After sharing the opening frames, it went to a last-frame decider, before Hannan took the last pink to move into the final against Marc Farnsworth, a Washington Snooker team-mate.
The Handicap Singles had Adam Smith v Tom Walton in a semi-final, and both players seemed to struggle with the table in the early exchanges.
Smith settled the soonest and a break 22 helped him build a decent score before clearing the colours to one frame ahead.
The second frame brought an immediate response from Walton, who seemed to bring a more determined approach to the frame and he quickly had a lead of 40 points.
A difficult red that was missed by Walton left an opening that was gratefully accepted by Smith, who compiled a break of 24 that brought him back into the game.
This gave the impetus to Smith, who now started to flow and another break of 22 saw him gain the advantage going into the colours.
After a small period of tit-for-tat, it was Smith who seized an opening to clear to the black to advance into the final against Stephen Thompson of Washington, who had been the victor in the inter-club match with Roff Hoque.
The First Division Singles brought Dean Wilson of Green Baize against Adam Smith of Steels in a match of interesting possibilities.
With both players being of an attacking nature, the sparks soon started to fly with Smith in scintillating form in the first frame. Good breaks soon took him into a lead that culminated in a good finish on the colours to take the early advantage.
Not to be outdone, Wilson responded in the second with some fine shots that shook Smith, who seemed unsettled. It was a complete reversal of the first frame with Wilson being the dominant force to level and take it to a decider.
Smith pulled himself together and steadily built a lead of 36, with Wilson unable to counter until he made an opening with a terrific long red that brought him back into the game.
Wilson eventually brought the scores level to leave an exciting run-in, but it was Smith who turned it on with good potting and positioning to claim the match on a colour clearance.
In the final, he will face Marc Farnsworth, who had been in a close encounter against Gary Bell of Washington in the other semi-final.
A pairs match threw together four of the better players in the league attempting to get to the Pairs Final.
Stephen Burdis and Phil Freeman of Whitburn are both exciting players, and were well matched against Gary and Mark Bell of Washington.
The first frame saw breaks by the Whitburn pair, that gave them an early advantage that never looked like being caught with the Washington pair conceding on the last red.
A more competitive second frame had both teams playing well, and it was close until only three reds remained on the table.
A burst by Burdis saw him take all the reds with colours, and continuing on the colours until the black in a well constructed 36 break that moved them into the final.
Their opponents in the final will be the strong pairing of Kane and Burn of Green Baize, who had a dig deep to dispose of Smith and McLaren of Steels. The final is at Mill View Social tonight.
The team events also reached a conclusion with Murton Vic and Glendale winning their semi-finals in the Three-Man Team competition and Steels and Washington A competing in the Five-Man event.
H At the monthly meeting the importance of the players, and clubs, supporting the Presentation Evening on Friday, July 5, at the Railway Club, was stressed by the Committeem – and a written statement from the Chairman was given to the representatives for display on the clubs’ notice board.