Washington B take charge in hunt for title

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WASHINGTON B are leading the way in the Second Division of the Westoe Removals Sunderland Snooker League.

They were dominant against Pennywell Comrades C, who have had a good run but are now starting to falter.

Washington are a point ahead of Cheema C, who maintained their high standard with a 5-0 win against Murton Officials, with Stephen Thompson having a 37 break in the pairs.

Glendale visited the Victory and enjoyed the hospitality by collecting four frames, with only the second between Alan Hough and Frank McParlin being close. Seaham Cons beat St Gabriel’s 3-2. They won the first two frames before Steve Hagel stopped the rot in fine style with a 68-14 success.

Gordon Elliott restored the lead before Long and Grimes took the pairs for the Saints.

Washington Snooker C registered a 5-0 win against Cheema B, but two of the frames could have gone either way, with John Hall only beating Kevin Hunter 44-42 and Derek Collins winning on a re-spotted black against Rab Cheema.

Biddick B had a tough game against local rivals Washington Union and eventually won 3-2.

Fortune seems to be with Whitburn as they continue to dominate the First Division with their rivals falling by the wayside.

A 5-0 win against Mill View B was not a true reflection of the game as Mill View had chances in two of the frames.

Steve Chandler had the early lead before Derek White came back with two breaks of 20 to claim the result.

Phil Freeman had a 39 break in the fourth before Spruce and Davis lost 67-50 in the pairs to Garvin and Burdis.

In the match of the week, Green Baize beat Hylton after a terrific battle with both teams playing at the top of their form. Norman Leslie gave Hylton the early lead before the Baize took the next three to lead 3-1.

Hylton were not to be denied and took the pairs to restrict the defeat to 3-2.

The Avenue had a surprisingly good result against Seaham Knack, who did not appear to have some of their strongest players with them.

Gary Moore had a terrific win against a notable player, beating Gary Stockton 60-25.

Mark Fox, Emma Wilkinson and Bob Fisher took the next three singles before Moore and Wilkinson took the pairs 45-41 against Stockton and Dormand.

Steels started badly when losing the first two frames against Washington Snooker A before Neil McLaren pulled one back. Jason Dewar restored the lead in the fourth with Smith and Charlton winning the pairs 65-55 to keep the score a respectable 3-2.

Woodside B visited Pennywell Comrades B and had to be pleased with a 5-0 result. Tom Stavers showed some of his old form with a 66-33 success against Dean Taylor before Dave Manning ground out a result against Stu Taylor.

Ritchie Milner and Wayne Foreman took the next two singles and combined in winning the pairs.

Hylton B struggle to put out a regular team with so many of their players working away but held Biddick to a 3-2 defeat with a win in the second frame and the pairs. They played their postponed game against Pennywell A and won 4-1 but unfortunately had seven points deducted for not cancelling a match in the approved time.

H In the Handicap Singles, Tony Hazard of Farringdon beat Kevin Brown of Green Baize, while in the Open Singles Craig Kane of Green Baize beat Graham Rutland of Washington Snooker.

Gibson and Cowell had a good win in the pairs against Collins and Jeffrey of Washington Snooker, while Green Baize won in the Five-Man Team event and the Thee-Man against Cheema C.