Shock troops make it tight at the top

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ONLY five points separate the six teams in Group One of the Westoe Removals Sunderland Summer League after defeats for the top three last week.

Green Baize lost 3-1 at Steels B. Adam Smith took the first frame before Peter Dambrosie levelled.

Jim Gales had a good win over Jeff Burn to restore the lead, then Neil McLaren had a decisive 42 break in winning the pairs with Ken Haley.

Farringdon lost the first two singles against Pennywell B, with Dean Taylor and Stu Coffey successful, before Tom Feenan, with breaks of 37 and 24, won the third.

Feenan and Scott lost the crucial pairs frame to Pennywell’s Taylor combination.

Murton Vic slipped to fourth place after losing 3-1 to The Avenue.

Pennywell A consolidated top spot in Group Two with a 3-1 victory against Hylton. Mark Anderson led from the front with a 64-33 first-frame win for Pennywell, but Bob Boyce (90-25) levelled it up, aided by breaks of 37 and 25.

Stephen O’Wellen restored Pennywell’s lead with a strong performance in the third frame, before Anderson and Turner clinched victory by winning the pairs.

The Duck produced a decent 2-2 draw against Steels A. Mickey Sayers won the first for Steels, but Gavin Russell levelled.

Ray Charlton put Steels back in front, but Kemp and Stobbart snatched the pairs.

Washington Snooker and Woodside B were well-matched in their 2-2 draw.

Ritchie Milner gave Woodside a good start in the first before Alan Office replied. Mark Bell steered Washington ahead before Woodside’s Milner and Manning took the pairs.

Seaham Knack are turning out a strong team and Cheema’s suffered accordingly, crashing 4-0 in Group Three. Glen Edwards’ 31 break helped win the opener, before Gary Stockton edged home 50-48 against Lee Campion.

George Dormand, with a 30 break, belied his age to comfortably win the third, before newcomers Anthony Price and Paul Henderson sealed the whitewash in the pairs.

Woodside A led Biddick A, but Rod Turnbull took the second to equalise. Martin Johnson impressively beat Mick Riley for 2-1, then joined Graham Ablett in winning the pairs.

Railway took the first two frames against Mill View A before claiming the pairs in a nip and tuck frame.

Group Four has tightened up with leaders Seaham Cons held 2-2 at Mill View B after four close frames which could have gone either way.

Les Pinder won the first 54-44, but John Spence replied, winning 47-38 on the black.

Sid Bate and Gordon Elliot had a good game, with Elliot strong on the last colours. A tight pairs frame saw Mill View force a draw, with Brown and Spruce winning 53-45.

Biddick B had Peter Mills and Alex Lewins to thank for the first two frames against Victory before Ray James replied.

Mills and Temple enjoyed an easy pairs success to clinch a 3-1 success.

Ever-unpredictable Pennywell Comrades C produced a good performance to ease home 4-0 at Cheema’s B.

Ian McDermott, Kevin McDermott and Michael Burnikell won the singles, with McDermott and Parkin taking the pairs 44-24.

H The league’s monthly meeting will be held at the Avenue on Thursday, when all outstanding trophies should be returned. Extra tickets for the presentation evening at Pennywell Comrades on July 13 will be available if required. Teams will be required to give an early indication of entry to the winter season.

Results, Group 1: Murton Vic 1 Avenue 3; Farringdon 1 Pennywell B 3; Steels B 3 Green Baize 1; Group 2: Woodside B 2 Washington 3, Duck 2 Steels A 3; Pennywell A 3 Hylton 1; Group 3: Woodside A 3 Biddick A 1; Seaham Knack 4 Cheema’s A 0; Railway 3 Mill View A 1; Group 4: Mill View B 2 Seaham Cons 2; Biddick B 3 Victory 1; Cheema’s B 0 PennywelL C 4