EXCITEMENT is building in the Danby Autos Sunderland Summer League as the competition enters the knockout stages this week.
A terrific finish saw the closest ever results leading to the qualifiers, with some unexpected teams now being involved in the later stages.
Group Two provided four teams into the quarter-finals with group winners Avenue followed by runners-up Seaham Conservatives, second by virtue of winning two more games than Mill View B, who had the same number of points.
Victory Club took the last place by winning one more game than Green Baize, who finished level on points.
Quarter-final draw: Seaham Conservatives v Lumley A, Victory v Seaham Knack, Avenue v Steels B and Mill View B v Lumley B.
Semi-final draw (ties next week): Avenue or Steels B v Mill View B v Lumley B. Seaham Conservatives or Lumley v Victory or Seaham Knack.
Matches will be played over five frames, not the four of the league stage, with a player involved in the three singles drawn from each team to play a decider if required.
The results should be forwarded to Sid Bate as soon as possible in order to find suitable neutral semi-final venues.
H At the annual general meeting, held at The Avenue last week, satisfaction was expressed at the state of the league, with high hopes for continual progress.
The officials and committee were re-elected en bloc – chairman Michael Monaghan, secretary Vince Flynn, fixture secretary Sid Bate and committee members Ray Charlton and Gary Dormand.
Washington Snooker C and Seaham Conservatives were confirmed as promoted to the First Division, with the relegated teams to be decided when the winter season’s fixtures are compiled.
Washington Union and Farringdon have been welcomed back into the league. It was proposed, and passed, that the knockout semi-finals should be played over five frames instead of three.