Norman Leslie sets the pace for Hylton A

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THE winter season of the Westoe Removals Sunderland Snooker League began this week with some outstanding results.

In Division One, Hylton A started with a 4-1 win against Steels A, with Norman Leslie giving Hylton a flying start in the first frame.

Tom Ayre responded with a hard-fought 58-52 win against Kevin Harrop to level.

Bob Boyce and Ken Bradley took the next two before Bruce and Leslie claimed the pairs in a 49-45 success.

Farringdon A have recruited former players from Grindon and will be certain to post a challenge this season. Tom Feenan, Ryan McKenna and Mick McLoughlin took the first three frames before Michael Johnson pulled one back for Woodside A. Feenan and Stewart took the pairs for a 4-1 result.

Whitburn travelled to Washington A and had a convincing win in the first three frames before Mark Bell claimed the fourth for the home team. Freeman and White repeated their singles successes by winning the pairs.

Seaham Knack kept their run going by beating Hylton B away in a 4-1 result after Donnelly and Edwards had taken the early lead in the first two frames.

Green Baize and Pennywell Comrades A were involved in an interesting game before the Baize won 3-2.

Mark Anderson had a 44-break in winning the first frame for the Comrades, but Peter Dambrosie levelled in the second. Craig Kane had a 35-break in the third and Sid O’Wellon played well in taking the fourth to level 2-2.

Kane and Burn claimed the pairs to secure the overall result.

The inter-club match between Mill View A and B was as tight as usual. Carl Davis took the first frame for the B team but Paul Jenkins, aided by a 27-break, was a convincing winner to level.

John Spruce regained the lead in the third, and Steve Chandler took the fourth to give the B team a 3-1 advantage. A strong show by Alderson and Burnell reduced the lead by winning the pairs.

Avenue took an early two-frame lead against Woodside B before Dave Manning started a fightback in the third. Ritchie Milner levelled in the fourth and Manning and Qazi took a tight pairs 76-68 to claim the overall 3-2 result.

The Second Division should be very interesting this year with the additions of some strong teams.

Murton Vic, one of the new entrants to the league, started in brilliant style with a 5-0 win against Washington Union with Stephen Clementson having a 28 break in his frame. Stephen Cook had a 21-break in the third and Eddie Williamson a 25 break in the pairs.

Cheema C powered to a 4-1 win. Mark Farnsworth set an early standard with a 70 break in the first frame with Steven Thompson, Anthony Miller and Paul Yuk claiming the singles before Longstaff and Hunter pulled one back for Cheema B.

Pennywell Coms C met Cheema A and started well with Brain Parkin winning the first 67-60 and increasing the lead in the second, via Kev McDermott.

Lee Campion took the third before Ian McDermott took his singles and joined George Clark in winning the pairs.

Rivals Seaham Cons met the Railway in a close game, sharing the first two frames before Vince Flynn gave the Railway the lead in winning the third.

Michael Monaghan levelled in the fourth before Flynn and Lynn clinched the match by winning the pairs 63-57.

Results. Division One: Woodside A 1 Farringdon A 4, Hylton B 1 Seaham Knack 4, Green Baize 3 Pennywell Comrades A 2, Mill View B Mill View A 3, Pennywell Comrades B 2 Biddick A 3, Steels A 1 Hylton A 4, Washington Snooker A 1 Whitburn 4, Avenue 2 Woodside B 3.

Division Two: Cheema A 1 Pennywell Comrades C 4, Seaham Coms 2 Railway 3, Murton Vic 5 Washington Union 0, Farringdon B 4 St Gabriel’s 1, Cheema C 4 Cheema B 1.