SEAHAM Knack produced a major surprise in group one of the Danby Autos Sunderland Snooker League, with a 3-1 victory over Lumley B, the current leader of the group.
Ian Stewart led the way with a 70-58 win against Brian Meuse, followed by George Dormand, aided by a 20 start, with a 78-42 victory against Richard Tiffin Jun.
Tony Hazard won the third comfortably to take the Knack into a match-winning lead.
Thomas Gwynn and Don Roberts prevented the whitewash with a 55-54 result against Gary Stockton and Keith Thomas.
Murton Big Club took a ride to the Railway and enjoyed the trip with a 3-1 result.
All the singles went to Murton, with the Railway back on track in winning the pairs to claim a consolation point.
A close game was seen as Cheemas shared the points with Mill View A after Mill View had taken the first two frames.
Pennywell Comrades B seem to produce some shocks over a season, and this week it was the Avenue who suffered.
In the first frame, Mark Fox, of Avenue, had a 35 break to clear his 25 handicap deficit and soon pulled away for a convincing win.
Kev Harrop gave Brian Parkin a 25 start, and was right back into the game when leading on the colours, before Parkin produced a 22 clearance to win 80-79.
Kevin McDermott had a 26 break in winning the third 67-33 to give Pennywell a 2-1 advantage.
Bob Boyce and Mark Fox made a good attempt in the pairs before Michael Burnikell and Ian McDermott took the colours, winning 59-46.
Victory Club are on a roll at the moment and another good result came their way with a 2-2 draw against Steels A.
Tom Ayre took the first frame for Steels with a 64-46 win against Andy Newby before Darren Dowell levelled with a 55-49 win over Ray Charlton.
Anth Kemp restored the lead with a 57-38 win against Reece Black.
The draw was achieved when Tom Ayre and George Allen controlled the pairs with a 62-36 success for Steels.
Seaham Conservatives always seem to be involved in tight games and this week was no exception.
Les Pinder controlled the first frame and took Seaham into the lead with a 55-26 success.
The second frame was full of incident, with Ian Hughes, of Seaham, not having the best of luck when going in-off on two occasions after potting high-counting balls.
Another incident caused a foul when mistaking the colour of the ball.
Gary Simpson was having a nightmare and was struggling with his game until a late burst saw him take the last three colours for a fortunate win for Mill View.
Captain Gordon Elliott was in good form when taking Seaham into the lead on the third frame.
Needing to win the pairs, Spence and Bate combined well to win 60-28 and force a draw.
Group three had three teams in a group at the top with Steels B and Murton Officials leading Lumley by one point.
Lumley A started badly with Paul Stoves having a 27 break, but was well matched by Stu Taylor, who recovered ground to eventually win 69-40.
Stephen Rushworth levelled, beating Mark Anderson 56-40.
Joe Nord, aided by a 25 break, overcame Joe Turner to put Lumley ahead in the third, before Turner paired up with Stephen O’Wellan and they took the pairs to make it 2-2.
Farringdon faced a difficult task when they took on Green Baize, although Baize were weakened as two of their players were involved in a final the same evening.
Paul Grant lost on the black in the first frame to give Green Baize the early advantage, but the steady play of Colin Wrathmall in the second proved decisive enabling Farringdon to level.
With a 20 start, Rob Calvert consolidated his position and took Farringdon back into the lead.
The strong team of Peter Dambrosie and Dean Wilson showed their experience when taking the pairs for the Baize to rescue a 2-2 draw.
Steels B will expect to be in contention at the quarter-final stage, but had a stutter as they were beaten at home 3-1 by Murton Officials.
Adam Smith showed his quality in the first, with breaks of 52 and 40 soon removing a 30-handicap deficit to take Steels ahead.
Manna Singh faced Chris Cowie with a 15 start, and held his advantage to win 60-47 to level.
Jimmy Ashcroft took Murton into the lead in the third, and paired with Manna Singh to win an exciting pairs match 57-53, for a terrific 3-1 result.
The tables were adjusted as Cheemas and Farringdon had points deducted for not attending the monthly meeting.
H Marc Farnsworth, last year’s winner of the Open Singles, successfully retained the Sid Loads Cup after beating his team-mate Alex Hannan in the final held at Washington Snooker.
H Forms were given to the club representatives for entry into the Winter Season, and should be returned at the A.G.M. in August or next months meeting.
Results – Group 1: Railway 1 Murton Big Club 3, Cheemas 2 Mill View A 2, Seaham Knack 3 Lumley B 1. Group 2: Mill View B 2 Seaham Cons 2, Victory 2 Steels A 2, Pennywell Comrades 3 Avenue 1. Group 3: Steels B 1 Murton Officials 3 Farringdon 2 Green Baize 2, Lumley A 2 Pennywell Comrades 2.
P W L D PTS
Lumley B 3 2 1 0 7
Mill View A 3 1 0 2 7
Murton Big Club 3 1 1 1 6
Seaham Knack 3 1 1 1 6
Cheemas 3 1 0 2 5
Railway 3 0 3 0 3
Seaham Cons 3 1 0 2 7
Mill View B 3 1 0 2 7
Steels A 3 1 1 1 6
Victory 3 1 1 1 6
Pennywell Comrades B 3 1 2 1 5
Avenue 3 0 1 2 5
Steels B 3 2 1 0 8
Murton Officials 3 2 1 0 8
Lumley A 3 1 0 2 7
Pennywell Comrades A 3 1 1 1 5
Green Baize 3 0 1 2 4
Farringdon A 3 0 2 1 2