Steels hit back to draw at Washington

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STEELS A have made a fine start in Group Two of the summer season of the Westoe Removals Sunderland Snooker League.

Facing a difficult match away at Washington Snooker, they lost the first frame as Trevor Herbert won 95-45 and Mark Bell took the second 66-56 aided by a 36 break.

Ray Charlton took advantage of his handicap start to pull one back in the third and then partnered with Michael Sayers in forcing a draw by winning the pairs.

Pennywell Comrades A lost the first frame on a re-spotted black with Darren Dowell of the Duck being successful. Joe Turner and Stephen O’Wellen took the next two and joined in winning the pairs for a 3-1 result.

The frames alternated in the match between Hylton and Woodside B with Bob Boyce and Tom Stavers sharing the first two. Kevin Harrop won the third 69-62 but was not successful as Stavers and Manning won the pairs 68-52 for Woodside.

There are joint leaders in Group Three with Railway and Woodside A both on eight points. Woodside were away to Mill View A and took the early advantage as Graham Ablett won 59-47, but a 45-39 win for Peter Davies in the second made the score level.

Chris Grimmer restored the lead with a 68-56 result in the third. The all-important pairs went to Johnson and Alderson of Mill View 59-48 to force a draw.

Railway had a difficult game against Seaham Knack, who seem to turn out a stronger team at home, but still did well in claiming a 3-1 result.

Biddick A have not been producing their normal strong results but came back to form against Cheema A. Mike Riley was impressive and with breaks of 27, 26 and 18 took the first frame 88-43.

Dave Adamson was giving his opponent a 20 start and pulled this back to win 67-50. Graham Smith had a deficit of 25 and played well to win 87-45. A very close pairs went to the black before Froud and Turnbull won 54-53 to claim maximum points.

Seaham Cons and Mill View B are setting the pace in Group Four and both registered 3-1 results this week.

Victory Club were the visitors at Seaham Cons and took the first frame as John Butler won 56-47. A tight frame between Les Pinder and Ray James saw the match squared as Pinder won 58-47 and the Cons moved ahead as Ian Hughes took the third.

Cowell and Cougle are having a fine run in the pairs for Seaham and took the pairs 68-33 to complete the recovery.

A fun game was seen between Pennywell C and Mill View B with The Ladies Dart Team providing the entertainment.

Norman Brown took the first frame 82-42 for Mill View before Carl Davis increased the lead in the second. John Spruce of Mill View had chances to win the third but struggled on the table before Brian Park fluked the black to win 57-50 for the home team.

A dour pairs frame was ground out before Davis and Bate won 43-24 to register a satisfactory result.

Biddick B seem to be draw specialists as they had their third game in 2-2 result this week against Cheema B.

Anth Longstaff took the first 65-37 before Peter Mills levelled 58-48 in the second. Biddick took the lead as Peter Straughan won 69-22 in the third, but were unable to get their first victory as Anth and John Longstaff won the pairs for Cheema.

Green Baize are reacting well to their high handicaps in Group One, and gained revenge for their cup defeat by Murton Vic in winning 3-1.

Dean Wilson gave the Baize the early advantage in the first before Peter Dambrosie increased the lead in the second. Stephen Clementson was impressive in winning the third for Murton before Burn/Wilson took the pairs for the Baize.

M Robinson’s handicap start was the deciding factor as he won 63-40 in the first frame for Pennywell B. A fine second frame between Mark Fox of the Avenue and Dean Taylor was eventually won 66-63 by Fox to level.

Bob Fisher took the Avenue into the lead in the third and Moore and Henderson completed the 3-1 recovery in winning the pairs.

Steels B had a strong team out but lost the first frame as Paul Grant of Farringdon won 69-61. Chris Cowie levelled in the second before Tom Feenan took the third for Farringdon. He twinned with Steven Scott in winning the pairs for 3-1 away team.

H The tickets for the presentation evening to be held at Pennywell Comrades on July 13 were given to the club representatives at the monthly meeting, and clubs requiring more should contact Vince Flynn.

Results, Group One: Avenue 3 Pennywell B 1, Steels B 1 Farringdon 3, Green Baize 3 Murton Vic 1.

Group Two: Washington 2 Steels A 2, Pennywell A 3 Duck 1, Hylton 2 Woodside B 2.

Group Three: Biddick A 4 Cheema A 0, Railway 3 Seaham Knack 1, Mill View A 2 Woodside A 2.

Group Four: Seaham Cons 3 Victory 1, Cheema B 2 Biddick B 2, Pennywell C 1 Mill View B 3.