A BREAKTHROUGH in the battle between Grindon and Biddick A for the Second Division title in the Westoe Removals Sunderland Snooker League has been created by Victory Club, who surprised Biddick, by beating them 3-2.
Alan Hough, Ray James and Michael Burnikell took the first three frames before Graham Smith and Smith and Adamson responded in the last two.
Grindon took top place by beating Railway 4-1 and still have a game in hand on Biddick. M. McLoughlin, Gary Burdon and Neil Brigham took the first three singles before Fred Warren claimed a consolation for Railway.
Cheemas hit top form against Seaham Cons with Gurd Cheema in fine form in the first. Gordon Elliott replied for the Cons before Michael Austin won a tight third frame. Robert Coogle was on fire to level in the fourth before Cheema and O’Connor took the pairs for Cheema.
The Duck died a death against Washington Union going down 4-1 after Dowell had given them a winning start, lost the third and fourth singles in tight finishes.
Murton Officials ground out a 3-2 result against Biddick B, by winning the pairs after sharing the four singles.
Hylton A reduced the deficit on leaders Steel B by beating Mill View B 5-0 with Norman Leslie leading the charge in the first frame. It was one way traffic in the singles with Darren Browne scoring a massive 103 points in his frame. Brown and Leslie took the pairs to complete the whitewash.
Adam Smith had a 47 break as Steels B beat Pennywell Comrades A 4-1 with Alf Turner being the winner for the Comrades.
In the inter club game between Woodside A and B, the singles were shared, with the deciding pairs frame going to the A team. Dave Manning and Jassan Qazi gave the B team a flying start in the first two frames before the A team took the last three for victory.
Washington Snooker took the first two frames away at Farringdon, before Ian Stewart reduced the lead. Mark Baker restored the lead, before Stewart had a 53 break as, aided by Andrew Grange Farringdon, won the pairs.
Dean Wilson of Green Baize had a 48 break in the first frame against the Avenue, before Gary Moor beat Peter Dambrosie to level.
Convincing results in the last three frames gave the Baize a 4-1 success.
The match between Pennywell Comrades B and Steels A was a relegation battle between the two bottom teams, who are steadily dropping off the main pack.
Dean Taylor and Kevin McDermott took the first two frames, before Ken Haley and Jim Gales replied for Steels. The deciding pairs went to McDermott and Joyce, to seal a 3-2 result.
Mill View A had a 4-1 win against Hylton B, the result moved them up the table. Kevin Stabler gave Hylton the early lead before Kevin Alderson took the second. John Burnell had a 29 in the third as Mill View collected all the remaining frames.
Whitburn started brightly against Seaham Knack, Phil Freeman took the first frame, before the Knack responded in taking the last two. A break of 61 by Glen Edwards was the dominant factor as the Knack won the pairs.
H In the knockout final for the over 45s title, Steve Joyce of Pennywell Comrades produced some fine pots as he won 3-0 against Tony Hazard of Farringdon.
H Representatives are reminded that the registrations of players and teams for the Summer League are needed at the monthly meeting, to be held on Thursday, May 5, at The Avenue.
H A presentation evening has been arranged for Hylton Club on Thursday, July 14.
Results: Division One: Steels B 4 Pennywell Coms A 1, Hylton A 5 Mill View B 0, Woodside B 2 Woodside A 3, Mill View A 4 Hylton B 1, Pennywell Coms B 3 Steels A 2, Farringdon 2 Washington Snooker 3, Seaham Knack 2 Whitburn 3, Green Baize 4 The Avenue 1. Division Two: Biddick B 2 Murton Officials 3, Victory Club 3 Biddick A 2, The Duck 1 Washington Union 4, Grindon Social 4 Railway 1, Cheemas 3 Seaham Cons 2.