Whitburn have opened up a four-point lead over second placed Murton Officials in Group One of the Danby Autos Sunderland Snooker Summer League after a 3-1 win over Lumley A.
John Smith won a close first frame, beating Paul Stoves 64-54, before Stephen Rushworth levelled.
A 28-break helped Joseph Cromby move Whitburn back into the lead before a 25-break by Mark Fox, when paired with Graeme Ablett, helped seal the win the frame 68-48.
Robin Midson got Murton Officials off to an excellent start at home to The Victory wining the first frame against Andrew Newby.
This was quickly followed by Manna Singh who won the second frame against Ray James 52-39.
Jimmy Ashcroft potted well to win the third frame 69-34, before Justin Ebdy/Bobby Carne won the pairs beating Darren Dowell/Gerry Porter 54-38 to complete the whitewash.
Pennywell Comrades welcomed Steels and started well with Joe Turner winning the first frame against Chris Cowie 55-34.
Lee Norton levelled the match before Anthony Longstaff moved Pennywell back into the lead.
In the pairs, Ray Charlton Snr/Jimmy Gales teamed up well to beat Dean Taylor/Steven Smith 68-22 to force a 2-2 draw.
In Group Two, Gary Stockton got Seaham Conservatives off to a good start against South Hylton.
A 22-break helped Graham Rutland level the match and Kevin Harrop moved Hylton into the lead with a win over Michael Monaghan.
In the pairs, Adam Smith/Ian Stewart beat Robert Cougle/Les Pinder 64-33 for the 3-1 win.
Farringdon started well at home to Biddick with Paul Brooke winning the first frame against Steven Tate 65-35.
In the second frame, a 23-break saw Terry Froud start the frame strongly only for David Robinson to reply with a 22-break which helped win the frame 57-41.
Rod Turnbull pulled one back for Biddick before teaming up with David Adamson to force a draw, beating David Robinson/David Agar 72-35.
Murton Colliery travelled to Lumley B and got off to an excellent start with Stephen Cook winning the first frame against Sean Henderson 69-57.
Eddie Williamson increased the lead with a success over Andrew Drinkwater.
Brian Meuse started a comeback for Lumley against Stephen Clementson 59-39, and then paired with Andrew Drinkwater to defeat Eddie Williamson/Stephen Cook 65-52 to force a 2-2 draw.
H Could members please be aware that the next monthly meeting is the AGM meeting and is on Monday, August 1, at The Railway Club, starting at 7.30pm.
Any outstanding entry money for the Summer League must to be paid and all teams wanting to enter the Winter League must attend the meeting and return the entry form that were sent out on the last newsletter or downloaded from the website.