With the Winter League of the Danby Autos Sunderland Snooker League now finished, it was competition finals time and this week saw the final of the doubles played at South Hylton.
Washington Snooker had brothers Mark and Gary Bell playing against Dean Wilson and league newcomer David Compton from Division One champions Green Baize.
The first frame saw Dean and David start brightly and two small breaks of 16 and 15, by David, saw the Green Baize lads build up a good lead.
This saw the Bells respond and manage to get back into the frame going down to the colours.
Some excellent safety play followed by all players and an excellent snooker by David left Gary in trouble.
This proved costly as the failed escape saw the white hit the blue and it let Dean in.
An excellent brown, blue and pink by Dean saw them go a frame up.
The second frame saw a 17 break by Dean followed by a 20 break by David to give the Green Baize pair an early 42 points advantage that never looked like being caught.
After a little safety play, a long red by David got him in and led to a well constructed 36 break, winning them the frame 87-4 to make it 2-0.
The pressure was now on the Bells and they needed to get off to a good start in the third frame.
An opening start of 18, by Mark, gave Washington the advantage, but their lead was quickly wiped out as a few small breaks saw Green Baize level the scores.
The frame continued with all players playing excellent safety and keeping it close and going down to the pink and black, where Mark and Gary had a two-point lead.
A failed long pot by David left Mark an awkward shot on the pink into the middle pocket, knowing if he missed he would give Dean a chance to claim the frame.
Sadly, it wasn’t to be as the pink caught the middle pocket knuckle and followed the white down the table.
Dean quickly potted the pink and black which saw the Green Baize pair win the frame 67-55 and claim the doubles title 3-0.
H Could members please be aware that the handicap meeting for the Summer League is on Monday, April 27, at the Railway Club and everyone is welcome.