CHRISTMAS Spirit came early in the Westoe Removals Sunderland Snooker League with some surprising results in the matches before the festive break.
In the Second Division, the status quo was maintained with the top two Cheema’s C and Washington Snooker B both having 5-0 results to move further away from the chasing pack.
In the inter-club match between Washington B and C, a 47 break by Gav Dixon was the deciding factor in taking the B team ahead. Billy Shotton took the next before Alex Hannan, with breaks for 38 and 24, took the next and Gary Bell claimed the last single before joining Richard Tiffin winning the pairs.
St Gabriel’s had Cheema’s C as visitors and suffered as Mark Farnsworth took the first, with Jim Maddison losing a tight frame 36-50 to Paul Kirsop. A break of 49 was enough for Steve Thompson to claim the third and Anthony Miller had a 64 in taking the fourth.
Thompson and Farnsworth took the pairs for a clean sweep.
Glendale are surging up the table and a 5-0 win against Farringdon B was started as John Danby took the first. John Wiseman, Frank McParlin and Craig Bell also won in the singles. A 23 break by Bell, twinned with Frank McParlin, helped win the pairs.
Biddick B beat Pennywell Comrades A 4-1. A 38 break by Peter Mills helped him to win 48-30 against George Clark before John Temple had a tight 49-45 win against Brian Parkin. Kev McDermott claimed a consolation win for Pennywell.
Cheema’s B took the first three singles against Washington Union before Peter Stafford took the fourth for Washington. Cheema and Longstaff took the pairs for a 4-1 result.
A 5-0 win for Seaham Cons gave them a lift against old rivals Murton Officials, winning two of the singles in tight finishes.
Murton Vic took an early lead against the Railway before Joe Beston levelled in winning 54-52 in the second. Vince Flynn won 62-32 in the third before the game was squared by Eddie Williamson in the fourth. Turner and Beston finished strongly in winning the pairs for the Railway.
The Avenue cancelled the game against Whitburn but the challengers failed to take advantage to substantially close the gap.
Biddick A visited Washington Snooker A and shared the singles with Mick Riley and Rod Turnbull successful. Mark Bell and Graham Rutland responded for Washington with Rutland winning 61-52 against Graham Smith. Riley and Froud won the pairs, giving Biddick the 3-2 result.
Hylton A were away to Woodside B with the first frame going to Bob Boyce 57-50, with his victim having a 31 break in the frame. Ritchie Milner levelled in the second before Norman Leslie restored the lead in the third. Kevin Harrop increased the lead in the fourth.
Milner and Stavers claimed the pairs in a tight 51-48 success to restrict the defeat to 3-2.
Mill View B hosted Seaham Knack, who had a strong team on show. Shaun Donnelly lost 50-42 to Carl Davies before Glen Edwards levelled in the second, aided by a 29 break.
Steve Chandler fought back to take the third and John Spruce increased the lead in the fourth. A tactical game saw Dowell and Bate take the pairs for a 4-1 win to Mill View.
Green Baize are still not producing their strongest team due to illness but Dean Wilson aided by a 43 break gave them the lead in the first.
Mick McLoughlin took the second for Farringdon with Craig Kane and Jeff Burn following suit. They twinned in the pairs to give the Baize a 4-1 result.
Results, Division One: Hylton B 1 Woodside A 4, Green Baize 4 Farringdon A 1, Mill View B 4 Seaham Knack 1, Pennywell Comrades B 4 Pennywell Comrades A 1, Steels A 4 Mill View A 1, Washington Snooker A 2 Biddick A 3, Woodside B 2 Hylton A 3.
Division Two: Victory 1 Cheema’s A 4, Biddick B 4 Pennywell Comrades C 1, Seaham Cons 5 Murton Officials 0, Washington Snooker C 0 Washington Snooker B 5, Murton Vic 2 Railway 3, Farringdon B 0 Glendale 5, Cheema B 4 Washington Union 1, St Gabriel’s 0 Cheema’s C 5.