Back­spin stun the Ban­dits to take over at the sum­mit

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The Sun­der­land League’s Third Di­vi­sion fix­tures threw up an in­trigu­ing top-of-the ta­ble clash as Back­spin B squared up to East Boldon Ban­dits.

Fit­tingly, the match was a tight con­test with five-en­ders aplenty. The vis­i­tors grabbed the ini­tia­tive when Ryan Camp­bell beat John Cook 117, and Jeff Hope clawed his way back from a 2-0 deficit to pip Alex Ni­choll 12-10.

How­ever, this was to be no smash-and-grab raid for the Ban­dits as Back­spin’s Adam But­ler and Ni­choll stead­ied home nerves with a cru­cial 11-8 dou­bles suc­cess.

An­other last-ditch win by Hope, 13-11 over Cook, tied up the score at 4-4. Ni­choll then beat Adam All­sopp to set the stage for a thrilling fi­nal game be­tween Adam But­ler and Camp­bell.

But­ler found him­self 2-0 down, but ral­lied as he took the de­cid­ing end 11-9 and the re­sult for Back­spin.

The 6-4 score-line looked in­creas­ingly valu­able for these pro­mo­tion con­tenders as the near­est chas­ing team, Lanch­ester Ea­gles, failed to close the gap af­ter suf­fer­ing a nar­row de­feat at Redby B.

Ist­van and Bence Franko com­bined to de­liver Redby’s knock­out punch.

St Gabriel’s E trav­elled to Brandon Devils and Derek Buller pulled off an 11-4 fifthend win over Ian Cump­son.

Paul Lup­ton re­dressed the bal­ance by edg­ing an 11-9 de­ci­sion over Jonathan Haynes, but a triple-strike from Gabriel’s Joseph Miller proved piv­otal as the Saints pre­vailed 6-4 over the Devils.

Else­where, Lanch­ester Ea­gles B took the sting out of the vis­it­ing Sacriston Scor­pi­ons in a 9-1 vic­tory.

In Di­vi­sion One, Old Eng­land No­mads find them­selves rooted to the bot­tom af­ter go­ing down 6-4 at home to West CA.

The West vic­tory was en­sured by an Adam Web­ster hat-trick, Web­ster prov­ing too strong for Brian Bate­man and Colin Rob­son. Both No­mads scored sets against Tom Fowle and Ken Lee.

An­other fiercely-con­tested af­fair saw Back­spin A see off Mount CA, 7-3.

Dan Dodds and Jamie Dent put Back­spin in the driv­ing seat, but David McAl­lis­ter went down in five to David Pringle.

McAl­lis­ter man­aged to sneak an 11-9 last-end win over Rod Roberts, but de­feat to Bai­ley Pye saw Mount grasp an­other set.

The home team even­tu­ally took the spoils as Dent beat Pye and Pringle in four ends, while Dodds’ hat-trick in­cluded com­ing back from 2-0 down to de­feat Pringle 12-10.

Two sets of teams could not be sep­a­rated in Di­vi­sion Two, as bot­tom-of-the ta­ble Silksworth IM B held Sacriston Bombers to a draw.

Silksworth’s Jeff McKenna was in dom­i­nant form and his haul in­cluded the top­pling of Daniel Hutchin­son and Nigel Coe.

At Union­ist Club B, dou­bles from Ray Purves and Jamie West­wa­ter were not enough against West B as both play­ers found Mike Lyons too hot to han­dle.

Lyons’ tre­ble was sup­ported by sets from Linda Spens­ley and Kishore Srid­ha­ran as the match ended 5-5.

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