STEELS B only need one point from their final two matches to secure the First Division title in the Westoe Removals Sunderland Snooker League.
Tom Feenan set them on the way in the first frame against The Avenue before Adam Smith, Anthony Miller and Chris Cowie gathered the rest of the singles. Moore and Henderson gained a consolation win in the pairs.
Pennywell A ended Hylton A’s faint title hope by winning 3-2, Bob Boyce having a 59 break in levelling in the second for Hylton. Paul Wyatt had a good result against Darren Browne and Kevin Harrow made it all square before Anderson and O’Wellen took the deciding pairs for a 3-2 success.
Green Baize’s hospitality to Seaham Knack did not extend to giving them points, as they secured a 5-0 win, with Craig Kane beating Glen Edwards 49-40 and partnering Jeff Burn to win the pairs 61-55.
Whitburn looked as if they had recovered form as they took the first two frames against Washington Snooker, with Derek White having a 43 break in his singles. It was downhill all the way after that as Washington took the last three frames in impressive style to squeeze home 3-2.
Steels A boosted their survival hopes with a 3-2 success against Farringdon after losing the first frame. Jim Gales beat Tony Hazard, Ken Haley lost 72-62 to Ian Stewart and Tom Ayre beat Andrew Grant 45-44. Ray Charlton joined Tom Ayre to take the deciding pairs 50-41.
Mill View A recovered well against Woodside, with Keith Johnson needing two snookers before winning the first frame, and John Burnell restoring the lead after needing a snooker in his frame. Peter Davies took the fourth before Adam Burnell and Paul Jenkins won the pairs on the black to give Mill View a 4-1 success.
Mill View B completed a double against the Woodside teams with a 3-2 win against Woodside B.
Dave Manning, for Woodside, was always in the lead in the first frame before being mugged as Sid Bate took the last four colours in a 55-47 success. Norman Brown was impressive in the second before Ken Sands dominated the third to give the hosts an unassailable 3-0 advantage. The run was stopped as Wayne Foreman comfortably took the fourth and Milner and Qazi had little difficulty in the pairs.
In Division Two, Biddick A maintained their challenge to Grindon with a 5-0 victory against St Gabriel’s. Graham Smith had a 32 break in his singles and a 28 when teaming up with Dave Adamson to claim the pairs.
Ian Hughes of Seaham Cons had a 28 break in the first frame against Grindon, and Robert Cougle fought hard before losing 61-47 to Neil Brigham. It was comfortable in the last three frames as Grindon won 4-1 to become joint leaders with a game in hand.
Murton Officials shared the first two frames against Victory Club before Jim Ashcroft had a 25 break in the third in pipping Michael Burnikell 49-47. Stephen Clementson took the fourth and Murton the pairs.
Railway surpassed themselves with a 4-1 win over Biddick B. Norman Lynn impressed in the fourth frame, but Bob Nelson was the star as Railway took the pairs after Peter Mills had a 30 break for Biddick.
Bottom club Cheema’s are staging a late run and a 3-2 success against Washington was their third consecutive success.
The last five matches in the knockout competitions have been drawn and Dave Adamson will play Robin Midson at Seaham Knack on Thursday.
Openings are still available for late entrants to the Summer League, but applications and players’ registrations must be forwarded as soon as possible to Sid Bate.
Results, Westoe Removals Sunderland League, Division One: The Avenue 1 Steels B 4, Pennywell Comrades 3 Hylton A 2, Mill View B 3 Woodside B 2, Woodside A 1 Mill View A 4, Hylton B 2 Pennywell Comrades B 3, Steels A 3 Farringdon 2, Washington Snooker 3 Whitburn 2, Green Baize 5 Seaham Knack 0.
Division Two: Railway 4 Biddick B 1, Murton Officials 4 Victory Club 1, Biddick A 5 St Gabriel’s 0, Washington Union 2 Cheema’s 3, Seaham Cons 1 Grindon Social 4.