IN THE Danby Autos Sunderland Summer League Group Two, Mill View B and Railway improved their position at the top of the table with 3-1 wins, while Seaham Cons and Victory had a 2-2 draw.
Michael Monaghan took on Darren Dowell, and it was Seaham’s Michael Monaghan who won the first frame.
A break of 25 by Andrew Newby proved the decisive point in his win over Gordon Elliott.
Gerry Porter put Victory into the lead before Monaghan and Cowell in claimed the pairs.
Railway won 3-1 against Cheema.
Mill View B and Biddick A game could easily have gone the either way.
Adrian Daniel had a 10-point start against Mike Riley and started in fine style to build a lead. Riley steadily pulled back and had Daniel rattled.
Riley took the pink to go two points ahead before Daniels held his nerve to take the black to win.
A second frame saw Lee Dixon beat Graham Smith to ensure Mill View had at least a draw.
Rod Turnbull defeated John Spruce to pull one frame back.
It now all depended on the pairs with Spruce and Brown, for Mill View, and Riley and Adamson for Biddick.
Mill View had Brown to thank after they built a lead. Biddick came back into the game before a 22 break by Spruce restored the lead, but Mill View took the match 3-1.
Murton Officials had Hylton (deducted points for missing the monthly meeting) as visitors and Robin Midson took on Mark Fox, who had a 30-point head start.
This proved not to be a deterrent for Fox as a break of 28 put him back into the game and Fox cleaned the colours to win 68-59.
Manna Singh had a 22 break against Bob Boyce and he held the lead to eventually win 66-53.
In the third frame, a break of 22 by Kev Harrop did not prove sufficient, as Jason Mason moved on to claim the frame 69-34 to put Murton 2-1 ahead.
Midson and Singh won the pairs to give Murton a 3-1 result.
Biddick B lost the first two frames against Steels A, with Adam Smith beating John Temple and Chris Cowie beating Trevor Walton.
A fighting 39 break for Peter Mills was the turning point as Biddick responded by wining the third.
The come back was completed as Walton and Straughan beat Smith and Haley in the pairs.
Lumley B had a 2-2 draw with Pennywell Comrades B.
Michael Burnikell beat Brian Meuse in the first, but Richard levelled. Andy Drinkwater had a 24 break in the third, but lost to Kevin McDermott.
Alex Hannan had a 30 break in winning the pairs with Don Roberts.
Pennywell Comrades A benefited from Green Baize being deducted points, due to missing the monthly meeting, to move three points ahead in Group One.
Playing Lumley was always going to be interesting for Pennywell, and Joe Turner received 15 points head start from Paul Stoves in the first frame.
Stoves was up to the task and he had a 10 point result in a 65-57 victory.
Steve O’Wellen faced Steven Rushworth, and found Rushworth on form, when aided by a 15 break, he won 59-13 to put Lumley two ahead.
Alf Turner pulled on back for Pennywell, winning 68-39.
Dean Taylor and Alf Turner played Paul Stoves and Steven Rushworth in the pairs and won 46-37 to force a draw.
Ray Charlton, of Steels, had a 30 handicap start over Ian Stewart, of Seaham Knack, and survived a strong response as Stewart came back well.
It was only on the late colours that Charlton claimed the win. Gary Stockton was not to be denied as he levelled for Seaham.
A close third frame went to Steels after Lee Norton beat George Dormand.
Ian Stewart and Keith Thomas played Ray Charlton and Tom Ayre in the pairs and made it 2-2 with victory.
A 34-point break by Dan Wilson cleared a 25 handicap deficit, before he powered to the win in the first for Green Baize against Murton Colliery.
Eddie Williams was on form against Craig Kane and made the match all square.
Jeff Burn won 61-19 in the third to put the Baize ahead.
Stephen Cook and Steve Jennings had a good win for Murton in the pairs. The matches in this group all finished in 2-2 draws.
Results: Group One: Pennywell A 2 Lumley A 2, Murton Colliery 2 Green Baize 2, Steels A 2 Seaham Knack 2. Group Two: Cheema 1 Railway 3, Seaham Cons 2 Victory 2, Milll View B 3 Biddick A 1. Group Three: Lumley B 2 Pennywell B 2, Biddick B 2 Steels B 2, Murton Officials 3 Hylton 1.
P W L D Pts
Pennywell A 5 2 0 3 13
Green Baize 5 3 1 1 11
Murton Colliery 5 0 0 5 10
Lumley A 5 0 1 4 9
Seaham Knack 5 0 1 4 9
Steels A 5 0 2 3 6
Mill View B 5 5 0 0 15
Railway 5 3 1 1 12
Biddick A 5 2 2 1 10
Seaham Cons 5 1 2 2 9
Cheema 5 0 3 2 7
Victory 5 0 3 2 7
Biddick B 5 2 1 2 11
Murton Officials 5 2 1 2 11
Steels B 5 2 1 2 11
Lumley B 5 2 2 1 10
Pennywell B 5 0 1 4 9
Hylton 5 1 3 1 6