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IN DIVISION One of the Danby Autos Sunderland Snooker League, a fine performance by Washington Snooker B produced a surprise 3-2 victory against league leaders Green Baize.

Billy Shotton won the first frame on the black before a 23 break by Dean Wilson helped level the match.

Breaks of 24 and 22 by Derek Collins moved Washington back into the lead, but Craig Kane once again levelled.

Craig Kane and Jeff Burn got off to an excellent start in the pairs, with Craig having a 40 break, but an excellent comeback by Billy Shotton and John Hall saw John pot the blue, pink and black to pinch the frame 68-57.

Washington Snooker A had a tough match away to South Hylton and suffered as a 25 break by Graham Rutland helped him win the first frame, Bobby Boyce won the second frame soon after.

Stephen Thompson beat Kevin Harrop in the third frame to spark a comeback, and a 21 break by Gavin Dixon helped him win a high-scoring fourth frame.

Norman Leslie and Stephen Thompson completed the comeback, winning a close pairs on the pink to claim a 3-2 victory.

Glendale were away at Seaham Conservatives and started well as Mark Smithson took the first frame.

Liam Irving took the next, followed by Thomas Gwyn in the third.

John Danby was in fine form in the fourth, leaving his opponent little chance of getting into the game, winning 70-19.

Mark Smithson and Liam Irving took the pairs 66-19 to give Glendale a 5-0 result.

Biddick A had a tough match away to Lumley A and got off to a bad start as Martin Ball won the first frame.

Graham Smith levelled the match when he beat Paul Stoves in the second frame, before Dave Adamson moved Biddick into the lead winning the third.

Joe Nord made it all square before Martin Ball and Paul Stoves took the pairs 56-32 to claim a 3-2 victory.

Mill View B recovered from last week’s defeat with a surprise 4-1 win against Whitburn.

Adrian Daniels had a tussle in beating John Smith in the first frame before Ernie Lunney took the second frame for Whitburn.

A 31 break by John Spruce moved Mill View back into the lead before Norman Brown potted well to beat Jason Rodgers in the fourth.

Adrian Daniels and John Spruce won a close pairs 54-35 against John Smith and Tony Hazard.

Steels had a good 3-2 win away to Pennywell Comrades A, with Adam Smith getting them off to a flyer beating Dean Taylor in a close first frame.

Darren Browne made it 2-0, winning the second frame 71-16.

Steve O’Wellen pulled one back for Pennywell and Joe Turner levelled the match.

Ray Charlton and Lee Norton had a battle with Joe Turner and Steve O’Wellen in the pairs before winning the frame 59-58.

In Division Two, a terrific 5-0 result by Lumley B away at Railway has set a high standard for the rest of the league to follow.

Sean Henderson got Lumley off to the perfect start before Brian Meuse won the second.

Richie Tiffin increased the lead before Alec Hannan potted well against Norman Lynn to win on the pink.

The pairs soon followed suit as Alec Hannan and Brian Meuse controlled the frame, winning 64-34 for the whitewash.

A 5-0 win for Biddick B against Pennywell Comrades B kept the pressure on Lumley at the top.

Michael Simpson had a 20 break in the first frame against Brian Parkin to win 60-38, and Peter Mills a 29 break in winning the second.

Craig Bell won a close frame 56-44 against Michael Burnikell in the third, before Trevor Walton won a high scoring fourth 75-44.

Philip Straughan and John Temple won the pairs 51-38 for the clean sweep.

The match between Mid Boldon and Cheemas was close with the singles frames alternating into a 2-2 situation before Cheemas took the pairs for the overall 3-2 result.

Gurj Cheema won the first frame and Paul Hanney the second.

Anthony Longstaff put Cheemas back in front before George Matthews levelled it again.

John Longstaff and Anthony Longstaff claimed the victory winning a close pairs 47-44.

Mill View B took the first three frames away at Murton Officials, with Keith Johnston, John Burnell and Adam Burnell the winners.

Harland Davidson pulled one back for Murton and a 25 break by Manna Singh, when paired with Jimmy Ashcroft, won the pairs 59-42 to make the final score 3-2 to Mill View B.

Murton Colliery had a good 4-1 win away against St Gabriel’s with Eddie Williamson getting them off to a good start.

Steven Jennings increased Murton’s lead and Dale Greenfield potted well to claime the third frame.

Stephen Clementson won the fourth before Steve Hagel and Tony Grimes got St Gabriel’s a consolation point by winning the pairs 73-32.

Results: Division One: South Hylton 2 Washington Snk A 3, Lumley A 3 Biddick A 2, Mill View B 4 Whitburn 1, Pennywell Coms A 2 Steels 3, Washington Snk B 3 Green Baize 2, Seaham Cons 0 Glendale 5. Division Two: Mid Boldon 2 Cheemas 3, St Gabriels 1 Murton Colliery 4, Murton Officials 2 Mill View A 3, The Victory – Bye –, Railway 0 Lumley B 5, Biddick B 5 Pennywell Coms B 0.