Whitburn close the gap on the top two

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WHITBURN made up some lost ground in their rearranged game against Seaham Conservatives, winning 3-2 in Division One of the Danby Autos Sunderland Snooker League

The first frame saw some excellent potting by John Smith, with breaks of 35 and 22, which saw him the convincingly beat Michael Monaghan 71-7 to get Whitburn off to a perfect start.

Craig Barron increased Whitburn’s lead beating Robert Cougle in the second, but Ian Hughes started a comeback for Seaham Conservatives, beating Tony Hazard in the third.

Gordon Elliott levelled the match with a brilliant win over Jason Rodgers.

In the pairs, John Smith and Craig Barron faced Michael Monaghan and Gordon Elliott and dominated the frame to win 78-12.

The 3-2 win for Whitburn moved them into third place, but sadly leaves Seaham Conservatives level at the bottom.

There was also some Knock-out competition taking place and in the Open Singles Jason Dewar take on Stephen Clementson.

A 42 break in the second frame helped Dewar to a win 2-0.

Graham Smith also ran out a 2-0 winner over Chris Cowie.

Alan Office had a 30 break in the second frame, before Peter Dambrosie followed with a 28 break, but it was Office who took the pink and black for the 2-0 win.

Liam Irving was a 2-0 victor against Roful Hoque.

In the Handicap Singles, Graham Smith celebrated a 2-0 win over John Temple.

Jason Dewar edged out Thomas Gwyn 2-1.

Graeme Ablett won the first frame with a 22 clearance, before Bobby Boyce levelled with a 36 break.

In the decider, a 20 break by Bobby helped him win 2-1 with three reds left on the table.

Adam Smith toasted success over Stephen Thompson.

The Division One Singles saw Dean Wilson edge out Lee Dixon 2-1.

A 45 clearance in the first frame by Chris Cowie helped him win 2-0 against Allan Office.

Paul Kirsop had a 32 break in the first to win on the black and a 48 break in the second to also win on the black 2-0 against Graeme Smith.

Jason Dewar v Gordon Elliott, Gordon Elliott had a 37 break in the second frame, but Jason Dewar came back to win on the pink to make it 2-0.

Lastly, Adam Smith beat Gary Simpson.

In the Division Two Singles, Paul Hanney beat James Hair and Stephen Clementson defeated John Temple.

Bobby Boyce and Kevin Harrop saw off Gurj Cheema and James Hair to win 2-0 in the Doubles.

In the 3-a-side, South Hylton took on Mill View B.

Stephen Chandler beat Graeme Ablett in the first, before Bobby Boyce defeated Lee Dixon levelled.

John Spruce claimed the win for Mill View after beating Kevin Harrop in the final frame for the 2-1 win.

Craig Bell won the first frame for Biddick C and John Temple the second for the 2-0 win over Seaham Conservatives A.

Washington Snooker A were 2-0 winners over Steels A and Glendale edged out Lumley 2-1.

H Could members please be aware that the next monthly meeting has been brought forward a week to Thursday, November 27, at the Victory Club, starting at 7.30pm.