The Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Breakers Pool Bar and Blyth Comrades Club, saw teams taking part in the preliminary rounds of the Premier and Super League KO Cups.
Meanwhile at Breakers, 35 players took part in the BVPA’s sixth Open Singles event.
Premier League KO Cup
Breakers C 7 Breakers E 4
Premier League form went out the door as Breakers E team took a 3-0 lead. The C team took three of the next four frames to tie the match at 4-4, and then the last two singles and the first scotch doubles to seal the victory. Darren Hall took the man of the match honours with three from three, Sarah Jane Perry was also 100% with two from two and Chris Scott chipped in with two from three for Breakers C. James Sayers’ break and dish for the E team was a highlight.
Newsham Side Club 7 Bank Top 6
Bank Top took the first set of singles 3-2 only for Side Club to take the second by an identical scoreline to tie the match at 5-5 going into the scotch doubles. Side Club took the next frame only for the visitors to take the final frame and take it to sudden death. Bank Top had the first chance but a foul let in Side Club’s David Hewitson who cleared the table with two visits.
Super League KO Cup
Seahorse B 7 Wharton Arms 3
Wharton Arms were on course for a place in the quarters after taking a 3-1 lead, but that was as good as it got for the visitors, and with lady luck deserting them, Seahorse B took the next six frames in a row to seal the victory. Ray and Alan Erridge shared the man of the match honours with two singles wins each.
Sports D 7 Comrades A 5
The last of the preliminary round fixtures was another close match that went to the final frame. Sports D had dominated the first set in taking a 4-1 lead only for Comrades A to return the favour and tie the match at 5-5. But Sports D took both the scotch doubles to book their place in the quarter-finals.
Premier League quarter-final draw: Breakers v Side Club; Breakers C v Irish B; Kings B v Breakers D; South Beach v Phoenix
Super League quarter-final draw: Station v Sports D; Breakers A v Irish A; Comrades B v Seahorse A; Seahorse B v Sun Inn.
At the Breakers BVPA Open, there was a 35-player field and £100 sponsorship from Breakers, while the prize pot for the Open was £450.
Players were divided into six groups with the top two from each qualifying for the knockout stages while all the third place players were placed in a shoot-out with only four of the six able to qualify for the last 16.
Players that automatically qualified from the round robin groups were Carl Sweet, Steven Foggett, Brendan McCann, Connor Hickson, Trevor Brewis, Scott Elliott, Alan Parker, Davy Robson, David Young, Carl Turner, Kevin McGarry and Gary Spooner.
The biggest crowd of the night gathered around table three as the BVPA played its first ever shoot-out. After the opening five shots were played in a tremendous atmosphere, Spears, Barbour and Wilson qualified for the knockout and the final place was taken by Cunningham, who won a lengthy sudden death shoot-out with Gavin Stewart to take the final place.
With the first round played, the quarter-finals saw Turner beat Robson in a deciding frame. In the second quarter-final, Hickson also went to a final frame before edging out Spears.
McGarry beat Elliott 4-1 and Wilson beat Barbour 4-0.
The first semi saw Turner come back from 2-0 down to beat Hickson 4-2, and then McGarry beat Wilson 4-1.
The final saw McGarry beat Turner 4-0 and take his second BVPA Open title.
McGarry received the £150 winner’s prize, whilst Turner pocketed £100 as the runner-up.
The semi-final losers each received £50 and the beaten quarter-finalists £25.