Lumley see off Mill View A to reach the summit

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LUMLEY B hit the top of Group One in the Danby Autos Sunderland Snooker League with a 3-1 win against Mill View A.

Thomas Gwynn won the first frame, and was followed by a good performance by Richard Tiffin, who won the second.

The third frame had a break of 30 by Brian Meuse, and a break of 20 by Adam Burnell before Meuse took the frame to increase Lumley’s lead.

He was not able to take Lumley further ahead, as Dan and Kevin Alderson won a tight pairs frame for Mill View with a 55-47 result.

Murton Big Club had a bad night against Cheema, losing 3-1, with Gurj Cheema beating Ryan Lowes in the first frame.

Anthony Longstaff had a 34 break in the second, before Stephen Clementson won the third 72-42, to pull one back.

A surprisingly high-scoring pairs frame saw John Longstaff and Gurj Cheema beat Ryan Lowes and Stephen Clementson 78-62 to complete a good night for Cheema.

Railway met Seaham Knack and shared the first two frames, with Ian Stewart winning for Seaham and Fred Warren for the Railway.

George Dormand took the third for Seaham before Turner and Warren levelled when winning the pairs 45-31.

The second group saw Seaham Conservatives take a one point lead at the top with a 3-1 win over the Victory Club.

A tight game was expected when Michael Monaghan took on Andy Newby, but Monaghan held on to win 47-33.

Ian Hughes increased the lead in the second before Blue Butler pulled one back for the away team.

Elliott and Cougle consolidated the victory with a 75-46 win in the pairs.

The best mover in this group was the Avenue who took the points against Steels A to shoot up the table.

Bob Boyce faced Tom Ayres and had a 27 break in the first frame.

The second frame was well contested with Mark Fox facing Ray Charlton.

It went to the last colours before Fox took the pink and black for the game.

It was now looking dire for Steels, as they were struggling to gather any of the points, as Kevin Harrop dominated in winning the third.

A strong pairs of Fox and Ablett took control of the pairs frame and made it 4-0 to the Avenue.

A mixed performance by Mill View B and Pennywell Comrades B, saw them draw 2-2.

Kevin McDermott had a 23 break early in the first, but was unfortunate to find John Spruce on fire, as Spruce took control to win 76-37.

Sid Bate and Brian Parkin played an over-55 match. The frame was always close with Bate missing a simple green with all the rest of the colours in good potting positions.

Bate took the blue, only to find his white touching the pink, preventing an attempt for a pot.

A seemingly good safety shot failed, as Parkin pulled out a long shot on the pink, with the white on the cushion.

Gary Simpson, of Mill View, built a lead of 20, but seemed out of touch there on in, and some good play by Ian McDermott soon reduced the deficit.

McDermott played with aplomb to finish the winner and take the Comrades into a lead.

Needing a win, brought Brown and Spruce together in the pairs, and they controlled the frame.

Things are hotting up in Group Three with Lumley A and Murton Officials setting the pace.

Murton Officials had Farringdon as visitors, and the steady Robin Midson faced Paul Grant.

The 15 handicap helped Midson win the first frame 67-36. Manna Singh increased the lead in the second.

A newcomer in Rob Calvert, played well and won the third to lift Farringdon hopes, and inspired Dave Robinson and Paul Tate to force a draw, when winning the pairs.

Lumley A had a difficult match away at Steels and started well as Martin Ball won 56-4 in the first.

In a complete reversal, the second frame went to Steels with Chris Cowie sparkling in a 85-7 result.

After two dominant frames, the third was more competitive, as Jim Gales and Stephen Rushworth fought well before Rushworth won 69-58 to put Lumley into a 2-1 lead.

An even better pairs frame went to Lumley on the black with Ball and Stoves winning 64-62 against Neil McLaren and Ken Haley.

Dean Wilson, of Green Baize, overcame a 20 handicap start to the first frame against Pennywell Comrades A.

Stu Taylor was impressive in levelling for the Comrades, before a terrific third frame went to the home team as Jeff Burn only lost by one point after giving Stephen O’Wellen 20 start.

Jeff Burn had a 32 break, and aided by Wilson, the Baize won the pairs for a hard fought 2-2 result.

Results – Group One: Railway 2 Seaham Knack 2, Murton Big Club 1 Cheema 3, Lumley B 3 Mill View A 1. Group Two: Mill View B 2 Pennywell Coms B 2, Seaham Cons 3 Victory 1, Avenue 4 Steels A 0. Group Three: Steels 1 Lumley A 3, Murton Officials 2 Farringdon 2, Pennywell Coms A 2 Green Baize 2.

Group One

P W L D Pts

Lumley B 4 3 1 0 10

Cheema 4 2 0 2 8

Mill View A 4 1 1 2 8

Seaham Knack 4 1 1 2 8

Murton Big Club 4 1 2 1 7

Railway 4 0 3 1 5

Group Two

Seaham Cons 4 2 0 2 10

Mill View B 4 1 0 3 9

Avenue 4 1 1 2 9

Penny Coms B 4 1 2 1 7

Victory 4 1 2 1 7

Steels A 4 1 2 1 6

Group Three

Lumley A 4 2 0 2 10

Murton Officials 4 2 1 1 10

Steels B 4 2 2 0 9

Penny Coms A 4 1 1 2 7

Green Baize 4 0 1 3 6

Farringdon A 4 0 2 2 4