Comrades B win battle of second and third placed teams

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The Blyth Valley Pool Association Superleague continues to be close and competitive following the latest round of matches.

Irish A 7 Sports B 5

Sports B nearly produced a major upset but the Irish A’s undefeated run continues as they stay top with 166 points from 19 matches. Sports B’s Ian Straughan produced a magical clearance to secure one of his two singles wins on the night, just eclipsing team-mate Richie Cook who also won a brace in the singles. Sports B slip a place to eighth on 111 points.

Comrades B 8 Sports C 4

Second and third went head to head and Sports C started well with Alan Parker Taking a tense opening frame before Paul Riley doubled the lead with a break and dish. John Laird pulled one back for Comrades B with his second turn at the table but Ian Carr restored the two-frame lead. Alas that was as good as it got for the visitors as Ray Irving took the last frame of the first set of singles. Comrades then took the first four of the second set with Laird Completing a quickfire break and Dish. Gary Wilson stopped the rot winning the last singles, but Comrades secured the win with their second turn at the table in the first doubles. Davy Styles and Irving rounded off the match with a break and dish in the final Scotch doubles. Comrades B stay second on 163 points, but have narrowed the gap at the top to three points. Sports C stay third on 157 points

Side Club 7 Sun B 5

Sun B looked to be on the wrong end of a hammering after losing the first set of singles 4-1. But a turnaround saw them take the second set and going into the doubles they were 6-4 down. They shared the Scotch doubles and Side Club eventually secured their seventh win of the season. BVPA treasurer Stu Cavens secured a brace of points from his three frames, and team-mate Nathan Murther won both his singles. Star men for the Side Club were Ronnie Smith and Garry Schulz with two points apiece. Side Club hold tenth place with 106 points but Sun B remain bottom with 51 points. Sun B are narrowing the gap to the teams above them following some improved performances and new recruit Dean Dobson is predicting there will be positional changes in the next few weeks.

Seahorse B 8 Seahorse A 4

Bragging rights for the season have been won by Seahorse B. Even A team talisman John Welsh’s cameo victory in the doubles was not enough to inspire his team. Star men for the B team were Andrew Brownlee with a hat-trick of wins. Team-mate Nathan Irving also was 100 per cent from his two singles games for the second week running. Seahorse B are still in fifth on 130 points, nine away from a top four place. Seahorse A stay ninth on 107 points.

Sports A 5 Irish B 7

Paul and Craig Johnson were the match winners for Irish B, securing a hat-trick of wins apiece to help push them up to seventh on 112 points. It went to the wire with the score tied at 5-5 after the singles. Irish B secured both Scotch doubles to secure the victory. Sports A stay 13th on 81 points.

Sports D 5 Comrades A 7

Sports D captain Phil Welch won both his singles but it was not enough as the Real Comrades secured a valuable 7-5 away win which saw them move up a place to tenth on 106 points. Stars of the night for Real Comrades were Stu Taylor and Darren Meins who secured a brace of singles wins apiece. Sports D hold 12th with 97 points.

Sun A 5 Station 7

Sun A created one of the upsets in the BVPA with a victory over Station in their first meeting. But there was to be no double trouble for Station as they avenged that defeat with a 7-5 victory that sees them keep fourth place with 139 points. Sun A hold sixth on 114 points. The closing pack have narrowed the gap, however, Sun A’s game in hand should hold them in good stead.

Two of the new teams in the BVPA had byes this week and other results saw Wharton Arms stay in 14th with 72 points. South Beach stay 15th place with 60 points.

In other local pool news, the Northumberland trials have taken place and the first match of the season on March 8 will see Northumberland play host to Durham at Pots n Slots in Ashington.

The Bedlington Wednesday night Pool League is enjoying its most competitive season in recent years with the top four teams separated by five points. New team Shambles are in first on 121 points, Cambois A are second with 120 points, Bedlington Station are third with 119 points and Grapes A with 116 points are in fourth.

In the Blyth & District Pool League, after 16 games High Street with points 119 points have an 18-point lead at the top of the Premier League over Services A. Masons A and B teams are third and fourth respectively with 98 and 90 points.

The BDPL’s first division is a closer affair with Isabella B leading the table with 118 points. In second with 115 points are North Blyth and a further point back are Percy Arms. New boys Clef & Cask are fourth place with 109 points.

Congratulations to Constitutional Club’s Les Morris after securing a 100 per cent record on the night from his singles and doubles games.