THE race for promotion in Division Two of the Danby Autos Sunderland Snooker League looks sure to go to the final week of the season.
Leaders Lumley A gained a point on their main rivals, Mill View B, with a 4-1 win over Pennywell Comrades B.
Paul Stoves and Martin Ball soon took command in the first two frames, before Comrades’ George Clark replied by winning the third.
Brian Parkin and Joe Nord had a battle before Nord won 53-46 to restore the Lumley lead. Stoves and Bell took the pairs 69-37.
Mill View B faced a depleted Railway team and struggled to win 3-2 to drop to three points off top spot with two games to go, and a match in hand on the front-runners.
The first frame eventually went to Gary Simpson after a spirited comeback from his opponent.
Joe Beston was in exceptional form for Railway and levelled the match at 1-1.
Adrian Daniels took Mill View into the lead in the third, and they went 3-1 ahead as Railway only had three players available and had to concede the fourth frame.
A devastating display by Beston and Turner left Mill’s Spruce and Chandler shell-shocked in the pairs.
Lumley B are still in the hunt and Thomas Qwyn had a 20 break in winning the opener against Cheema.
Alex Hannan took the second and Brian Meuse claimed the third.
James Hair replied for Cheema before Hannan and Roberts took the pairs for Lumley.
Biddick B enjoyed a 5-0 win against Washington Union, with Peter Mills having breaks of 27 and 22 in his first-frame success.
It was very much one-way traffic as Terry Walton, Alex Lewins and John Temple took the next three singles.
Straughan and Mills completed the whitewash in the pairs.
A fine first frame in Murton Officials’ clash with Victory Club saw Manna Singh beat James 46-45, before Harland Davison took the second for Murton.
Gary Porter and John Butler replied for Victory in the next two, but a 28 break by Jackson Mason was the defining point as Murton won 3-2.
Green Baize are the main challenger to Washington Snooker A in Division One, but Washington Snooker B could still be involved as they have a game in hand.
Against Glendale, Stephen Thompson had a 50 break in the third frame for Washington A, and Frank McPartlin controlled the pairs for Glendale to restrict the leaders’ victory margin to 4-1.
Green Baize kept up their challenge with a 5-0 win over Mill View A, with Craig Kane starring in his singles match.
The closest frame saw Jeff Burn edging out Kevin Alderson 44-37.
Seaham Knack had a bye, although their challenge has faltered in recent weeks.
Pennywell Comrades A have struggled for most of the season with players not being available, and they would have been delighted with their performance in a 3-2 success against Steels.
Adam Smith won 67-11 and Chris Cowie triumphed 94-31 to take Steels into a two-frame lead, before Stephen O’Wellen took the third for Pennywell against Mick Sayers.
The fightback continued as a very tight fourth frame went to Alf Turner against Jimmy Gales.
Steels must have thought the roof had fallen in as Pennywell’s last two winners combined to take the pairs.
Washington C’s Derek Collins dominated to win the first frame before Billy Shotton lost the second after missing the last black, leaving Seaham Cons’ Michael Monaghan a chance to win 69-67.
Another close frame went to John Hall against Gordon Elliott, before Roful Hoque played a solid and steady game to increase Washington’s lead to 3-1.
Jeffrey and Collins always looked in control in the pairs as they sealed a 4-1 victory.
Washington B took an early lead against neighbours Biddick A as Gavin Dixon beat Mike Riley.
Mark Bell had a solid frame, leaving his opponent little chance of scoring and he put Washington two ahead.
Graham Rutland and Jay Dewar both hit good form and the lead progressed to 4-0.
Breaks of 32 and 26 by Mike Riley proved sufficient in the pairs as Biddick claimed a consolation point.
The Avenue were in fine form in a 4-1 victory over Whitburn.
Washington B won their rearranged game against Seaham Knack 4-1.
H The tables have been adjusted, with Mid Boldon deducted seven points after missing their match in week 24, while Washington Union missed a monthly meeting and have been deducted two points.
H The knockout sheets were given to the club representatives and players are asked to be aware of the closing date of April 26.
Neutral venues have been arranged for the finals of the Division One singles, Over-45s singles, Division Two singles, Captain’s Cup singles, Over-55s singles and the three-man and five-man team events.
Results: Division One: Glendale 1 Washington Snooker A 4, Green Baize 5 Mill View A 0, Washington Snooker B 4 Biddick A 1, Steels 2 Pennywell Comrades A 3, Whitburn 1 The Avenue 4, Washington Snooker C 4 Seaham Cons 1.
Division Two: Pennywell Comnrades B 1 Lumley A 4, Biddick B 5 Washington Union 0. Mill View B 3 Railway 2, Murton Officials 3 Victory 2, Lumley B 4 Cheema 1, St Gabriel’s 0 Mid Boldon 0