WHITBURN produced a stunning win in the battle of the top two in the first division of the Westoe Removals Sunderland Snooker League.
Playing away to Hylton A, every Whitburn player rose to the occasion to win 5-0.
Phil Freeman had a 29 break in the first frame, followed by Derek White with 37 and 22 in the second.
Stephen Burdis and John Smith both had 27 breaks in the next two singles.
Phil Freeman had a 36 break as he was twinned with Stephen Burdis in winning the pairs.
Biddick A beat Woodside B 4-1 to move into joint second place, alongside Hylton.
Farringdon A beat Mill View B 3-2 with Tom Feenan outstanding. In the singles, he had breaks of 48 and 28 to leave his opponent bemused, and in the pairs, breaks of 43 and 33 beat Mill View.
Mick McLoughlin was fortunate in his singles, with his opponent completely missing the brown for the game after leading for most of the frame. It left an opening for McLoughlin to have a clearance.
John Spruce had a 24 break to pull one back and Steve Chandler followed suit to level.
Mill View A started well with Keith Johnston winning the first but Washington Snooker A powered ahead to take all the remaining frames.
Seaham Knack had a 3-2 win against Pennywell B, with Gary Dormand having a 24, Gary Stockton a 25 and Shaun Donnelly a 25 in winning their singles. Dean Taylor won the first frame for Pennywell and joined Stu Coffey in winning the pairs.
Steels won 3-2 against Pennywell A with Adam Smith taking the first frame. Neil McLaren increased the lead before Ken Haley and Ray Charlton took the next two to level. Gales and Sayers took the pairs for Steels.
Hylton B had a 4-1 win against The Avenue.
Two 5-0 victories for Cheema and Washington Snooker B left the first two positions in the Second Division unchanged as they opened up a gap from the third-placed team.
Gordon Dixon had 37 and 20 in the first frame for Washington, leading his team to a comprehensive 5-0 against Murton Vic.
Glendale kept third place with a 4-1 win against Cheema B, taking all their singles before Rab Cheema and Anth Longstaff took the pairs for Cheema. Railway came back on track with a 4-1 win against Farringdon B, who have lost their form after a bright start to the season. Colin Wrathmall took the first for Farringdon before Gary Turner won a tight second 55-49 to level.
Norman Lynn and Vince Flynn both scored heavily in the next two to move Railway 3-1 ahead before Turner and Nelson claimed the pairs for a good night’s work.
Biddick B are flying at the moment and a 5-0 win against Cheema A took them into joint fourth with Washington C.
Seaham Cons had a bad night against Pennywell Comrades C with Michael Burnikell giving his team a start in the first frame. Ian McDermott won 46-40 in the second and George Clark 63-37 in the third to move Pennywell 3-0 ahead. Michael Monaghan pulled one back before Burnkell and McDermott took the pairs for a 4-1 result.
H Competitors in the knockouts are reminded to arrange matches early taking into account the holidays, and forward their results to Vince Flynn as soon as playing to help in compiling the names for the next round.
Results: Division One: Farringdon A 3 Mill View B 2, Seaham Knack 3 Pennywell Comrades B 2, Pennywell Comrades A 2 Steels A 3, Mill View A 1 Washington Snooker A 4, Biddick A 4 Woodside B 1, Hylton A 0 Whitburn 5, Avenue 1 Hylton B 4.
Division Two: Cheema A 0 Biddick B 5, Pennywell Comrades C 4 Seaham Cons 1, Murton Officials 3 Washington Snooker C 2, Washington Snooker B 5 Murton Vic 0, Railway 4 Farringdon B 1, Glendale 4 Cheema B 1, Washington Union 4 St Gabriel’s 1, Cheema C 5 Victory 0.