THE Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Union Private Hire & Goschen Street Garage, saw the top teams with an opportunity to open a gap at the top of the Superleague.
New leaders Percy Arms played host to third placed Bedlington Station, and in a hard fought game Percy were 6-4 up after the singles.
The quality of the pool then went up another notch with a break and dish from Percy’s Ray Irving and Alfie Powley, and following a dry break in the last frame Kevin McGarry and John Laird cleared the table with another eight-ball clearance.
In the other prestige game of the night, fifth placed Comrades B played host to second placed Joiners Arms A.
Joiners took the early frames only for Comrades to come back. It was 6-4 to Joiners after the singles, but Comrades fought back again to win both games and take it to sudden death, and they won the decider for the bonus point. Man of the match went to Comrades’ Ian Carr with four important wins including a break and dish in the singles, winning the last doubles to take the game to sudden death and finally taking the decider to complete the victory.
The game also had the distinction of the two tallest players in the league playing each other, with a combined height of more than 13 feet, Phil Didsbury beat Richie Cook.
At the other end of the table, the Sun Inn A and Dudley WMC were also involved in another game that went all the way to wire with Sun A taking the play-off frame to record their third victory of the season.
Star man for the Sun Inn was John Armstrong with three victories including the decider.
The two Seahorse teams celebrated matching 9-3 victories. The A team beat Cramlington Village Club and move up to seventh. Man of the match was Kevin Barker, with three wins on the night for the Seahorse captain.
The B team had a slightly tougher game on paper against the Brockwell Seam. However, two players shined, with Richard Glass in sparkling form again, winning three from three, only for team-mate Alan Erridge to match his total with another hat-trick of points won.
Comrades A made it a bad night for Joiners, beating the B team 7-5, whilst Side Club had to win both doubles to secure a deserved 7-5 victory over Seaton Terrace.
Annitsford Irish continued their return to form with a convincing 12-0 whitewash of the Sun Inn B.