Grindon still have the upper hand in the snooker title race

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GRINDON still hold a three-point lead over Biddick in the Westoe Removals Sunderland League’s Division Two title race after both teams secured 4-1 wins.

Gary Burdon won a high-scoring first frame for Grindon, with Alan Mustard doubling before Ken Rackstraw took the third for St Gabriel’s. Neil Brigham clinched victory in the fourth, before Burdon and Mustard pipped Rackstraw and Grimes in a tight pairs frame.

Biddick A hoped for maximum points against Cheema’s but were thwarted as Lee Campion won 54-50 to claim a consolation point for the hosts.

Biddick B also triumphed 4-1, against Victory, who had Ray James to thank for their point.

Ian Hughes won the opener to set up Seaham Cons’ 4-1 win against the Duck, whose only success came thanks to Darren Dowell in the battle of the captains.

Railway suffered a surprising 3-2 loss to Washington Union.

Nothing changes in Division One, with Steels B still being chased by Hylton A.

Adam Smith left his opponent floundering on the way to victory in Steels’ opening win, followed up by Tom Feenan and Anthony Miller. Mark Baker cut the gap before Rutland and Bell convincingly won the pairs, restricting Steels to a 3-2 win.

Hylton took the first two frames at Whitburn before Phil Freeman and John Smith made it 4-0. Hylton’s Browne and Boyce took the pairs.

Milner and Wayne Foreman won the pairs to see Woodside B squeeze home 3-2 against Farringdon. Earlier, Paul Grant won a tight opener, then Foreman held off Ian Stewart for a black ball win to level. Jason Qazi and Tony Hazard shared the next two.

Mill View A led Pennywell B 2-0, thanks to Keith Johnston and Paul Jenkins, but Dean Taylor and Bob Klein levelled matters before John Burnell dominated the pairs to give Mill View a 3-2 win.

Green Baize were in top form in a 5-0 rout at Steels A and took all the frames in a surprising 5-0 victory.

Woodside A’s run of wins ended with a 4-1 defeat to Pennywell Comrades A. Paul Wyatt won the third and Alf Turner edged the fourth, with O’Wellen and Anderson taking the doubles.

Andy Newby, Sid Bate and John Spruce eased Mill View B home 3-2 against Seaham Knack, with Gary Dormand winning his singles, plus the pairs with Edwards.

Hylton B took the first frame, but ended up losing 3-2 to the Avenue. Chris Henderson and Bob Fisher won singles, with Moore starring in the pairs. Daram Harm hauled Hylton level at 2-2.

H Sid Bate beat Bob Nelson in the Over-55s championship to seal a final clash with Vince Flynn or Tony Lyon, who meet tonight.

Results, Division One: Washington Snooker 2 Steels B 3, Whitburn 2 Hylton A 3, Farringdon 2 Woodside B 3, Pennywell Coms B 2 Mill View A 3, Steels A 0 Green Baize 5, Hylton B 2 The Avenue 3, Woodside A 1 Pennywell Coms A 4, Mill View B 3 Seaham Knack 2.

Division Two: Biddick B 4 Victory Club 1, Grindon Social 4 St Gabriel’s 1, Seaham Cons 4 The Duck 1, Railway 2 Washington Union 3, Cheema’s 1 Biddick A 4.