Lumley are early leaders in Sunderland league

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LUMLEY B is making its mark in Group One of the Danby Autos Sunderland Snooker League with a 3-1 against Murton Big Club to take over at the top of the table.

Ryan Lowes had a 24 break in winning the first frame for Murton before Brian Meuse replied with a 25 to level.

Ritchie Tiffin (jnr) gave Lumley the lead with a comfortable win in the third, and Andrew Drinkwater and Don Roberts took a 3-1 overall win, by winning the pairs.

Improving Mill View A had a 3-1 win against a strong Seaham Knack.

John Burnell faced Gary Stockton who had been the runner up in the Over 45s and won a close frame 57-47.

Kevin Harrop narrowly missed increasing the lead when losing 66-59 to Ian Stewart.

The lead was restored as Adam Burnell beat Tony Hazard in another close match 48-46.

Father and son, Kevin and Dan Alderson, took the pairs against Keith Williamson and Gary Dormand 56-39.

Cheema took all the singles against the Railway with Gurj Cheema, Anth Longstaff and James Hair being the successful players.

Gary Turner and Norman Lynn had compensation by winning the pairs 52-47 against Gurj Cheema and John Longstaff.

Group Two is looking very competitive with five of the six teams covered by one point.

Seaham Conservatives had a difficult game against the Avenue, with both teams not at their best.

Bob Boyce was giving a handicap start to Robert Coogle, a task that was a repeat of his game last week, that he won on the black.

He got back to within four points before Coogle had a 26 break to move away and eventually win.

The game was levelled as Kev Harrop had the edge against an unsettled Michael Monaghan, who needed snooker on the last three colours that failed to materialise.

Les Pinder was on top form against Graham Ablett, who seemed unable to find his touch.

Pinder always controlled the frame and pulled away to restore the lead.

A rampant pair of Mark Fox and Graham Ablett punished the Seaham pair with a constant series of breaks, including 31 and 35 to make it all square on the night.

Ablett put his singles behind him with a much better performance showing his true capabilities.

The Victory had three players in their team who had previously paced for Mill View, so the match was a jovial and loud affair.

Andy Newby was on first against Gary Simpson, and met Gary on form as he soon moved away to leave Newby trailing.

John Butler started well against Sid Bate and produced some good shots to take an opening lead.

Bate was soon back in contention to build a lead, but three bad shots gave Butler the chance to catch up.

It was nip and tuck for most of the way until Butler produced a brilliant brown and blue, and was unlucky to see his pink rattle in a bottom pocket leaving the chance for Bate to take the last two colours for the game.

Darren Dowell is an attacking player and soon showed his intention against John Spruce to take a lead.

It was very close with Spruce never quite there, until the opportunity came when he took the pink and needed the back for a respot.

A difficult shot from the cushion failed, leaving Dowell the chance to pot and pull one back for the Victory.

Brown and Spruce hit form in the pairs with the Victory team unable to score.

A great 37 break by Mill View took the frame out of reach for the Victory and gave Mill View a 3-2 result.

Tom Ayre was impressive in taking the first frame for Steels A against Pennywell B, before Michael Burnikell levelled.

An exciting third frame had Reece Black up against the experienced Brian Park and it went to Steels in a 53-52 score.

Ayre and Allan won the pairs for Steels 59-45 against Ian and Kevin McDermott.

A good game was expected between Green Baize and Lumley A in Group Three, and it started with a bang as Paul Stoves had a run-away result in the first frame for Lumley.

A terrific battle ensued in the second with Stephen Rushworth winning 62-51 against Peter Dambrosie to put Lumley two ahead.

Jeff Burn rose to the occasion with a 70-25 result in the third.

He twinned with Dean Wilson in winning the pairs 81-21, to complete a good fight back and level.

Steels B have a strong team and are expected to do well in this group, and Chris Cowie set them on the way in the first against Farringdon.

Colin Wrathmall levelled in the second with a 68-30 score, before Adam Smith restored the lead in the third.

McLaren and Cowie secured the 3-1 to Steels in the pairs.

After a great result last week, Murton Officials came a cropper with a 3-1 defeat by Pennywell A.

Joe Turner took the first 55-18, Dean Taylor 79-32 the second and Mark Anderson 86-61 in the third. Ashcroft and Mitson replied for Murton with a 59-15 in the pairs.

The pairs final between Stephen Burdis and Phil Freeman, of Whitburn, and Jeff Burn and Craig Kane will take place at Mill View on Wednesday, June 5.

Clubs are reminded that applications should be considered for teams wishing to enter the Winter Season and early indications would be welcomed.

Teams seeking extra tickets for the Presentation should contact Vince Flynn at the monthly meeting being held at the Avenue on Thursday, June 6.

Results – Group One: Mill View A 3 Seaham Knack 1, Cheema 3 Railway 1, Lumley B 3 Murton Big Club 1. Group Two: Steels A 3 Pennywell Coms B 1, Victory 1 Millview B 3, Avenue 2 Seaham Cons 2. Group Three: Green Baize 2 Lumley A 2, Farringdon 1 Steels B 3, Pennywell Coms A 3 Murton Officials 1.