Lumley still hold the advantage

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DIVISION Two of the Danby Auto Sunderland Snooker League is developing nicely, with the top group fluctuating week by week.

Lumley A still hold a three-point lead over the chasing pack after they won 3-2 against Murton Big Club.

Biddick B slipped up slightly against the Railway, losing the first two frames.

Gary Turner, of Railway, won easily in the first and a close second went to Joe Beston, with a 50-47 win over Peter Mills.

Terry Walton pulled one back in the third before Norman Lynn restored the lead.

An important pairs frame went to Temple and Lewins 57-47 to rescue a point that could have implications at the seasons end.

Mill View B arrived at the Victory and soon settled in well with Gary Simpson in superb form in beating Nobby Newby.

Darren Dowell met an inspired John Spruce, who won 62-12 to put Mill View two ahead.

Aidan Daniel was not to be outdone and increased the lead, before Steve Chandler took the fourth. The whitewash was achieved as Dixon and Brown took the pairs with aplomb.

Lumley cancelled their game against Mid Boldon until a later date.

Murton Officials are struggling for players, but are still involved in interesting games.

Gurj Cheema, Lee Campion and Anth Longstaff took the first three frames for Cheemas, and looked likely to win the fourth as James Hail built a substantial lead before Manna Singh came back strongly to win 56-48.

The Officials welcomed back Harland Davison after his recent heart surgery, and he played well as he joined Manna Singh in winning the pairs on the black to restrict the defeat to a 3-2 for Cheemas.

St Gabriel’s have been involved in 3-2 games for the last six matches and had Ken Rackstraw, Tony Grimes and Steve Hagel to thank as they built a 3-1 lead.

However, they could not increase their total as Robinson and Grant had a comfortable pairs victory for Faringdon.

Pennywell Comrades have recovered from last week’s defeat and with a 4-1 win, made Washington Union suffer.

Peter Stafford took the first for Washington, but they could not improve their score as all the rest of the frames went to Pennywell.

The last of the unbeaten teams in the league were beaten this week, as Seaham Knack overcame Washington Snooker A 3-2.

A good first frame saw Glen Edwards have a break as Washington won 68-41.

Paul Kirsop had a 33 break in taking the second, inflicting a rare defeat on Tony Hazard.

Breaks of 36 and 20 in the third, by Gary Stockton, started the fight back for the Knack, who levelled the game as Ian Stewart had a 23 break in winning the fourth.

The former Farringdon stalwarts Stewart and Hazard controlled the pairs with Stewart having a 30 break to give the Knack the tremendous 3-2 victory.

Adam Smith has struck a rich vein of form recently for Steels and a 78 break soon captured the first frame against the Avenue.

Mark Fox responded by taking the second against Chris Cowie, before Neil McLaren restored the lead.

A very good fourth frame saw Colin Cruddace win the battle against Tom Ayre, before Ablett and Boyce won the deciding frame to give the Avenue a 3-2 result.

Glendale took the first frame against Mill View A via John Danby beating Keith Johnston.

John Burnell levelled and Mill View went into the lead as Kevin Alderson won 50-25.

Another close frame saw Adam Burnell beat John Wiseman, who suffered another misfortune when losing the pairs to Peter Davies and Dan Alderson.

Phil Freeman had breaks of 41 and 21 in taking the first frame for Whitburn against Seaham Cons.

Michael Grieveson had to come from behind to claim the second for Whitburn.

Jason Rodgers had to take the last three colours in the third to increase Whitburn’s lead, and a further increase was more than possible as John Smith had a 40 point lead before Ian Hughes fought back to eventually claim the frame.

Whitburn took the pairs for a 4-1 result.

Green Baize took the four singles before Biddick A took the pairs in a 4-1 victory to the Baize.

H A number of games are behind in this division and teams are asked to make contact and try to play as soon as possible during the Christmas period.

Results: Division One: Washington Snooker C Bye, Seaham Knack 3 Washington Snooker 2, Glendale 1 Mill View A 4, Green Baize 4 Biddick A 1, Washington Snooker 0 Pennywell Comrades A 0, Steels 2 The Avenue 3, Whitburn 4 Seaham Cons 1. Division Two: Murton Big Club 2 Lumley A 3, Pennywell Comrades B 4 Washington Union 1, Biddick B 2 Railway 3, Mill View B 5 Victory 0, Murton Officials 2 Cheemas 3, Lumley B 0 Mid Boldon 0, St Gabriels 3 Farringdon 2.

Danby Autos Sunderland Snooker League Division One

P W L PTS

Washington Snooker A 11 10 1 39

Washington Snooker B 10 7 3 32

Steels 11 7 4 31

Seaham Knack 11 7 4 30

Seaham Cons 12 6 6 30

Green Baize 11 5 6 30

Washington Snooker C 11 4 7 25

The Avenue 9 5 4 23

Biddick A 10 4 6 22

Mill View A 11 5 6 21

Glendale 11 7 4 17

Pennywell Comrades A 9 0 9 10

Division Two

Lumley A 12 10 2 43

Mill View B 12 10 2 40

Biddick B 12 8 4 39

Lumley B 11 10 1 36

Cheema 12 7 5 33

Murton Big Club 12 6 6 30

Railway 12 6 6 29

St Gabriels 12 5 7 28

Victory 12 6 6 26

Farringdon 12 6 6 25

Pennywell Comrades B 12 3 9 22

Washington Union 12 2 10 20

Mid Boldon 11 2 9 20

Murton Officials 12 2 10 20