THE new season in the Westoe Removals Sunderland league started in dramatic fashion.
Players who last year went undefeated as Cheemas C in Division Two, transferred to Washington Snooker A in Division One and lost their first match 3-2 to Mill View A.
The opening frame saw Mark Farnsworth retain his impressive form in compiling a 58 break to give the home team an early advantage.
The match was levelled as Kevin Alderson won the second 67-38 against Paul Kirsop.
Peter Davies played an excellent frame to win 73-21 against Norman Leslie to put Mill View ahead, and that was increased as Adam Burnell beat Anthony Miller 54-38.
Miller and Farnsworth took the pairs 52-16 to restrict the defeat.
Biddick A won 4-1 and then unfortunately found their score squashed as Hylton withdrew (see below).
Green Baize had their normal strong team of four players out, and Jordons B suffered as the Baize won 4-1. It was fairly conclusive in the singles with Peter Dambrosie the only loser as Dan Elliott won 66-64 on the black.
Kane and Burn won the pairs 55-38 for Green Baize.
A bright start by last year’s champions Whitburn saw them win 5-0 against Steels. Phil Freeman beat Adam Smith 56-38, Steve Burdis cleared the colours to win 64-31, Derek White won 55-30 and John Smith had to battle in beating Jim Gales 67-54. Rodgers and Burdis took the pairs 66-32 to complete the whitewash.
Houghton Glendale visited Mill View B who made them welcome by losing the first two frames. Craig Bell was very solid in the first, and Frank McParlin came good as Sid Bate went in off the black leaving the home team two down.
A close encounter between John Spruce in beating John Danby 47-38 started a fightback, and that was continued as Norman Brown recovered from a deficit to take the fourth. Simpson and Spruce could not believe their luck as calamities struck Bell and Danby in the pairs allowing Mill View to finish as 3-2 winners.
Washington Snooker B were away at Pennywell Comrades A and started well as Trevor Herbert took the first frame. Gordon Dixon took the next 70-17 followed by Graham Rutland in the third.
Mark Bell was in fine form in the fourth leaving his opponent little chance of getting into the game. Gary and Mark Bell took the pairs with Gary Bell dominating the frame with a 58 break to give Washington a 5-0 result.
Seaham Cons won their match against Murton Vic, and Lumley A beat Seaham Knack but unfortunately both matches were affected by the changes in the fixtures.
Railway could possibly wish they had been affected by the changes as their visit to Washington Snooker C saw them beaten 4-1. Joe Beston played well in winning the first frame for Railway, and a close game in the second went to the black before Derek Collins beat Gary Turner to level.
Roff Hoque and Bryan Jeffrey took the next two before Shotton and Collins took the pairs to complete a good night’s play.
The four singles between Cheemas and St Gabriels saw some good matches with Gurj Cheema beating Bill Longley 58-40 in the first. An exciting second frame ensued with Eddie Robson of St Gabs taking the black to beat Lee Campion.
Ken Rackstraw took the Saints into a lead before Anthony Longstaff levelled.
Cheema and Butler won the pairs to give the home side a 3-2 result.
Michael Simpson took the first frame for Biddick B against the Victory, and Peter Mills was in fine form with breaks of 38 and 27 to take the second.
T Walton took the third against Anth Kemp for a 3-0 lead before Darren Dowell pulled one back for the Victory.
A pairs win for Straughn and Lewins saw Biddick home 4-1.
Pennywell Comrades C started the season with last year’s fine form and took the first three frames against Murton Officials with George Clark, Ian McDermott and Brian Parkin being successful.
Boyd Banks made a reply for Murton before Kevin McDermott/George Clark took the pairs for Pennywell. Farringdon opened with wins in the first two frames, before Lumley B responded by taking the last three for a 3-2 winning result in their first match since joining the league.
Results: Division One: Washington Snooker 2 Mill View 3; Seaham Knack 0 Biddick A 0; Green Baize 4 Jordons B 1; Jordons A 0 Avenue 0; Whitburn 5 Steels A 0; Mill View B 3 Glendale 2; Pennywell Comrades A 0 Washington Snooker B 5.
Division Two: Lumley A 0 Seaham Cons 0; Washington Snooker C 4 Railway 1; Cheema 3 St Gabriels 2; Jordons C Murton Vic 0; Biddick B 4 Victory 1; Murton Officials 1 Pennywell Comrades C 4; Farringdon B 2 Lumley B 3.
Hylton Social have withdrawn from the Westoe Removals Sunderland Snooker League because they could not guarantee fulfilling their fixtures.
This necessitated changes to the fixtures.
In Division One, number 13 is now Seaham Knack playing on Wednesdays. Division Two is now Seaham Conservatives playing on Tuesdays and number 11 is Jordons C, playing on Wednesdays. Teams are asked to check carefully that they play at the correct venue.
H Players who missed entering their names on to the knock-out sheet should contact Vince Flynn as soon as possible for a late inclusion into the competition.