The only way is up for Mill View after a run of good form in snooker

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MILL View A continued their recently improved form against Farringdon, one of their rivals near the bottom, to move within one point of them in the Westoe Removals Sunderland Snooker League.

A close game between Keith Johnston and Ian Stewart went to a 62-54 score for the home team. The advantage was increased as Kevin Alderson and John Burnell took the next two. Colin Wrathmall pulled one back for Farringdon before Jenkins and Burnell took the pairs.

Seaham Knack came back to form with a 4-1 win against Pennywell Comrades B, who are suffering a dip in form.

Glen Edwards and Gary Dormand took the first two frames for Seaham before Ian McDermott replied for Pennywell. Stephen Henderson restored the lead and this was followed by a tight 53-45 by Edwards and Dormand in the pairs.

Whitburn lost the first frame against Woodside B as Dave Manning won 63-50, before recovering to take the next three. Milner and Qazi took the pairs for Woodside to restrict the defeat to 3-2.

Steels B increased their advantage at the top of the table with a 4-1 win against their A team.

Tom Feenan claimed the first frame. Adam Smith, Anthony Miller and Chris Cowie had few problems in claiming the next three before a fighting reply from Ayre and Charlton rescued a point in the pairs.

Mill View B visited Pennywell A and came away with a 3-2 victory. Ken Sands took the first frame before Alf Turner returned the compliment.

Paul Wyatt was solid in winning the third to put Pennywell ahead. Joe Turner was unlucky after dominating the fourth but went in-off the black allowing John Spruce to level. In the deciding frame Sands was the leading light, although he was ably helped by Steve Chandler in sealing the victory.

Hylton took the first two frames against Washington Snooker with Norman Leslie and Bob Boyce being successful. Graham Rutland won the third singles and was joined in the pairs by Mark Bell to finish with a 3-2 result to Hylton.

Chris Henderson of the Avenue had a 43 clearance in the first frame against Woodside A and the advantage was increased as Gary Moore took the second. Chris Grimmer and Martin Johnson made it all square in the next two, before the first two winners sealed a 3-2 result in the pairs.

The highest break of the season in Division Two was claimed by Ryan McKenna with a 73 in the first against Washington Union. This inspired Neil Brigham and Gary Burdon to take Grindon into a 3-0 lead before Peter Stafford claimed the fourth. Tutty and McLoughlin took the pairs for Grindon.

Biddick A kept in touch with Grindon with a 4-1 victory against the Railway, after losing the first frame as Joe Beston won 55-41.

The Victory were true to their name with a 3-2 win against St Gabriel’s. After sharing the opening frames, Peter Mills and John Temple both had 27 breaks in their 4-1 success against the Duck.

H Knock-out matches this week: Haley and Gales v Dixon and Dowell, Rutland and Bell v Kane and Burn, both on Monday, April 4.

H Open Singles semi-finals: G Bell v A Smith at Railway and Norman Leslie v Craig Kane at Mill View, both on Thursday, April 7.

H Over 55s final: Sid Bate v Vince Flynn at Woodside on Monday, April 11.

Results, Westoe Removals Sunderland Snooker League (Week 24), Division One: Steels B 4 Steels A 1, Hylton B 3 Washington Snooker 2, Woodside B 2 Whitburn 3, Mill View A 4 Farringdon 1, Seaham Knack 4 Pennywell Comrades B 1, Green Baize 4 Hylton B 1, The Avenue 3 Woodside A 2, Pennywell Comrades A 2 Mill View B 3. Division Two: Biddick B 4 The Duck 1, Victory Club 3 St Gabriel’s 2, Grindon Social 4 Washington Union 1, Railway 1 Biddick A 4.