Whitburn show their quality to pass Green Baize test

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IN AN important match in the First Division of the Westoe Removals Sunderland Snooker League, leaders Whitburn claimed a fine 4-1 win against the talented Green Baize.

Derek White had a 34 break in the first frame to set the ball rolling and Phil Freeman increased the lead in the second.

Craig Kane, the Open Singles winner, had a 39 break to win 81-44 and reduce the deficit – but Jason Rodgers took the last singles and Smith and Freeman claimed the pairs to seal the win.

The inter-club match between Hylton A and B normally goes to a tight finish. The A team won the first two singles but eventually needed the pairs for a 3-2 victory.

Bob Boyce and Normal Leslie won for the A team, but Darren Harram and Chris Watkins triumphed for the B team. Boyce and Leslie then won the match on the pairs.

For the second week running, Mill View B were unfortunate to lose 4-1 with luck against them in two of the frames.

In the first, a lead of 20 looked likely to be enough, until a missed brown over the pocket gave Tom Stavers an opportunity that he grabbed to make a clearance to win the frame.

In the second, Jassan Qasi had a clever opening break of 29, before Carl Davis responded brilliantly to lead by 21 with 22 left on the table. A fluked snooker on the brown was hit by Davis but unfortunately left a chance for Qasi to coolly clear to win 64-63.

Instead of being two up, Mill View found themselves two down. There was no doubt in the third as Ritchie Milner, aided by a 31 break, was in control and Dave Manning potted cleanly in winning the fourth.

Milner and Manning started well in the pairs and built a good lead before Chandler, with a 14 break, gave Mill View a breathing space. They steadily reduced the deficit to eventually take the pink and black for a consolation point.

Pennywell Comrades A had a 3-2 win against Seaham Knack after losing the first frame when Gary Stockton had a 30 break for the Knack.

Steve O’Wellen and George Dormand shared the next two before O’Wellen and Turner took the pairs.

Trevor Herbert had breaks of 32 and 30 and Graham Rutland a 25 in the first rames for Washington Snooker A before Stu Coffee and Steve Joyce replied for Pennywell B. Herbert and Rutland won the pairs for Washington.

Mill View A won 3-2 against Farringdon. Ian Stewart won his singles and potted well in the colours, aided by Tony Hazard, in winning the pairs.

Mark Fox had a 39 break for the Avenue in the second after Gary Moore had won the first on a re-spotted black. Neil McLaren and Ray Charlton won the next two for Steels before Moore and Wilkinson sealed a 3-2 win.

Breaks of 45 by Mick Riley, 35 by Graham Smith and 35 by Martin Johnson contributed to a fine match between Biddick A and Woodside A, eventually won by Biddick 3-2.

An ever-increasing gap between the top two, and the rest, in the Second Division leaves Washington Snooker B and Cheema C in a prime situation for promotion.

Washington B saw breaks of 29 by Gordon Dixon, 38 by Gary Bell and 32 by Richard Tiffin to thank for a 5-0 win against Murton Officials with only the first frame being competitive.

Murton Vic lost 5-0 as Cheema C turned in a strong performance in the singles, and resisted a challenge in the pairs as Williamson and Clementson lost out 54-42.

Biddick B visited St Gabriel’s and Peter Mills had a 34 and John Temple a 37 in the singles as they won 4-1.

Steve Hagel continued his good form in winning his singles for the Saints.

Results, Division One: Biddick A 3 Woodside A 2, Mill View A 3 Farringdon A 2, Pennywell Coms A 3 Seaham Knack 2, Hylton A 3 Hylton B 2, Whitburn 4 Green Baize 1, Woodside B 4 Mill View B 1, Washington Snooker A 3 Pennywell Coms B 2, Steels A 2 Avenue 3.

Division Two: Glendale 3 Cheema A 2, Railway 3 Pennywell Coms C 2, Washington Snooker B 5 Murton Officials 0, Washington Union 3 Victory 2, St Gabriel’s 1 Biddick B 4, Cheema B 1 Seaham Cons 4, Farringdon B 1 Washington Snooker C 4, Murton Vic 0 Cheema C 5.