The Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Breakers Pool Bar, saw both the Premier and Super League play their 17th week of fixtures as they passed the halfway stage of the fifth season.
In the Super League, Irish A continue to lead the way, while in the new Premier League, the title race is closer with three teams all in with a shout of sealing the inaugural title and promotion to the Super League.
Bedlington Station 10 Comrades A 2
Bedlington Station enjoyed a comfortable win over Comrades A as they maintain third place on 113 points. Comrades A are fifth on 90 points.
Comrades B 10 Sports B 2
Comrades B halved Irish A’s lead at the top but still trail by a hefty ten points after an impressive 10-2 home win against Sports B. Birthday boy James Taylor opened the match with a break and dish before Sports’ Richie Cook produced a clearance against the odds to level. Comrades took seven of the next eight frames to lead 8-2 going into the scotch doubles. Sports B had chances in both doubles only for the home team to pinch them at the last minute. Man of the match awards went to Gary Wilson and Scotty Chisholm with three from three, while Taylor was also 100 per cent from his two singles. A brilliant thin cut plant from Ray Irving in the final frame was one of the highlights. Sports B are in the relegation zone in tenth on 71 points.
Newsham Side Club 6 Seahorse A 6
The first of two draws in this week’s Super League fixtures between two of the teams in the bottom third of the league has not really altered the situation much with the bottom four separated by six points and the bottom three by only three points. Side Club’s Gary Schulz with three was the man of the match, team-mate Chris Anderson was also 100 per cent with two from two. For the Seahorse, their talisman John Welsh was back with two from two, as was team-mate David Brown with two from two, and team captain Kevin Barker matched both their tallies with two singles win. Side Club are 11th on 70 points and have a game in hand on the teams above them. Seahorse A are eighth on 76 points and are just above the relegation zone.
Seahorse B 6 Sun Inn A 6
The teams started the match with only a point separating them and after 12 frames they could not be separated on the night. For Seahorse B, Richard Glass with three from three shared the man of the match honours with the Sun’s Alan Halliday. Steven Sweeney with two from three was the home team’s other main contributor. Sun A’s captain Mark McCann also had figures of two from three along with team-mate Lee Cook. Sun A stay sixth on 87 points and Seahorse B seventh on 86 points.
Sports C 7 Irish B 5
Sports C secured their tenth win of the season with a narrow 7-5 victory over Irish B. Sports C stay fourth on 101 points, whilst at the other end of the table Irish B are ninth on 71 points.
Irish A had a bye but remain top on 132 points.
Breakers A 8 Breakers C 4
Premier League leaders Breakers A put a big dent in their C team’s title hopes with a solid 8-4 derby victory. The scoreline could of been even wider had the C team not taken three of the last four frames. A team captain Dan Patterson and team-mate Robert Riley were both 100 per cent with two wins each. The ever reliable Trevor Brewis chipped in with a brace to help the A team to victory. Glenn Brookes and Paul Jobson were also two from three for the C team. Breakers A continue to lead the table with 133 points. Breakers C are still fourth on 109 points, but the gap to the top three has increased to 19 points.
Percy Arms 3 Sports D 9
The Percy and Sports D served up an brilliant of a night of pool with the visitors coming on top. Darren Fletcher with three from three including an eight-ball clearance took the match of the match honours from team-mate Shaun Galbraith, who also had a three from three record. Sports D took the singles 7-3 and wrapped up the match by taking both doubles to seal a 9-3 win that was a bit harsh on the Percy. With 130 points, the Sports D are second, whilst Percy Arms are fifth on 98 points.
South Beach Pub 6 Cambois Club 6
The third draw in this week’s fixtures doesn’t paint the full picture of a match where South Beach came from 5-1 down and could of pinched the win. With a rousing comeback going on there was a great atmosphere at South Beach as both teams struggled to secure the win. Steven Campbell, Robert Fairbairn and Colin Royal were all two from three for the home team, whilst Craig Dunwoodie’s break and dish for South Beach was the icing on the cake. South Beach are ninth on 78 points, whilst Cambois Club are sixth on 92 points.
Sports A 8 Hastings Arms 4
Like a bus, Sports A waited ages for a win but have now produced two in quick succession. Sports A captain Geordie Reay with three from three was matched by team-mate and stand-in vice-captain Marie Murphy. Sports A are now tenth on 76 points whilst Hastings Arms are eighth on 78 points.
Sun Inn B 9 Prince of Wales 3
Sun B edged the first set of singles 3-2 and then won the second set 4-1 before taking both scotch doubles to secure their sixth win of the season. Mick Oliver, with a new cue, and team-mate Davy Bradford were in fine form with a 100 per cent record from each of their three frames. Team-mates Steve Neal and Dean Seymour were two from three on the night. Sun B are seventh on 84 points.
Wharton Arms 9 Breakers B 3
Wharton got back to winning ways with a solid home victory over Breakers B. In a match played in good spirits, Freddy Chambers’ three from three haul saw him take the man of the match honours, and team-mate Alan Cunningham was also 100 per cent from his two matches. David Young and Andrew Cunningham were both two from three. Wharton are in third on 128 points, whilst Breakers B are 11th on 71 points.
BVPA players will be trying their hand at black ball rules in a singles competition at Breakers Bar on Saturday, February 13, and a month later on Saturday, March 12, Breakers Bar will be also playing host to the first ever Premier League only singles open with another £400 prize pot.
In April the BVPA will also be playing another Open Singles Competition with a 48-player entry field.