MARK Farnsworth collected his second winter title by beating Gordon Elliott in the Westoe Removals Sunderland Snooker League’s Second Division singles final.
Already crowned Open singles champ, Farnsworth (Cheema’s) overpowered Elliott’s 40-point handicap start.
Farnsworth cleared the deficit with a break of 57 in a cautious first frame, and another good break of 35 put the frame out of the reach of Elliott (Seaham Conservatives).
In the second, a positive Elliott missed two reds and was fortunate to leave the white in a safe position.
A third miss was costly as Farnsworth nipped in with a 51 break to go ahead. Elliott, reverting to safety play, was unfortunate when a good red went in off, and Farnsworth claimed enough points to go two frames ahead.
Elliott needed to win all the remaining frames to take the title and started the third with a period of cagey play that helped him to contain Farnsworth. Two good snooker helped his cause, and after being 54 in the lead he constructed a fine break of 24 to go 78 ahead with 73 on the table.
Farnsworth replied with a 24 break before conceding.
An early miss by Elliott proved fatal in the fourth frame. An excellent break of 69, played with panache, took Farnsworth within striking distance of the title and another break of 33 saw the frame conceded, making Farnsworth a worthy winner justifying his high handicap after a spirited display by Elliot.
The new summer league is into its second week, with interest in how the handicaps influence the results, as the better scoring teams will have to play with a deficit.
Green Baize head Group One after beating Farringdon 4-0, with Dean Wilson, Peter Dambrosie and Jeff Burn successful in the singles, before Wilson and Burn took the pairs.
Steels B and The Avenue were involved in a good draw, with Chris Cowie taking the first before Mark Fox levelled. Adam Smith restored the lead before Moore and Fox took the pairs 69-60.
Stephen Clementson had a 25 break as Murton Victoria went 2-1 up, but Robertson and Taylor edged the doubles 54-47, allowing Pennywell B to square the match.
In Group Two, The Duck lost the first two, with Kev Stabler and Bob Boyce triumphing for Hylton, before Darren Dowell pulled one back and joined Thomas Stobbart in winning the pairs for a 2-2 draw.
Pennywell A’s Joe Turner surprised Washington in the first frame, leading his team to a fine 3-1 victory, but Steels A top the section after their 3-1 defeat of Woodside B, who had Ritchie Milner to thank for their win, helped by a 44 break. Charlton and Sayers won the decisive pairs.
Railway enjoyed a fine 4-0 Group Three win against Biddick A, but were fortunate when Mick Riley fell away to lose after clearing his 30-point deficit. A close pairs went to Railway in a tight finish.
Seaham Knack recovered after losing the first frame to Mill View A’s Keith Johnston. Gary Stockton and Gary Dormand took the next two to lead 2-1, and a tight pairs was won by Dormand and Henderson 65-63.
Woodside A beat Cheema’s 3-1. Gurd Cheema took the first, but Chris Grimmer levelled. Graham Ablett had to fight in the third against Michael Austin, winning 55-45, then joined Martin Johnson to take the pairs.
In Group Four, Mill View B outgunned Victory 4-0. Norman Brown pipped Ray James 60-52 in a tight opener, then Carl Davis and John Spruce made it 3-0 before grabbing the pairs.
Cheema’s B crashed 4-0 to Seaham Cons. Les Pinder won the first comfortably, then Ian Hughes squeezed past Anth Longstaff 59-50 before Gordon Elliott beat Ran Cheema 56-41. In the pairs, Cougle and Cowell impressively won 52-16.
Results, Group One: Steels B 2 Avenue 2; Farringdon 0 Green Baize 4, Murton Vic 2 Pennywell B 2; Group Two: Duck 2 Hylton 2, Pennywell A 3 Washington 1, Woodside B 1 Steels A 3; Group Three: Seaham Knack 3 Mill View A 1, Railway 4 Biddick A 0, Woodside A 3 Cheema A 1.
Group 4: Cheema B 0 Seaham Cons 4; Mill View 4 Victory 0.