The Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Breakers Pool Bar, sees Irish A continue to lead the Super League while Sports Club D hold onto top spot in the Premier League for the second week running.
Breakers Bar A 6 Wharton Arms 6
For the second time this season, two of the top teams could not be separated. Wharton were 5-2 ahead but history repeated itself and Breakers A fought back to draw. The man of the match award went to Kevin Harnett from Breakers A, team-mate Stephen Carr chipped in with two from three. Star men for Wharton were Jamie Spratt and Andrew Cunningham with two from three. The result sees Breakers A stay second on 145 points whilst Wharton hold third on 140 points.
Breakers Bar C 11 Prince of Wales 1
Breakers C closed the gap on the top three to 12 points following a big win over Prince of Wales. Brandon McCann, Cameron Wintrip, Dean Dobson, James Stewart and Darren Hall were all 100 per cent for the home team. Prince of Wales are 12th on 17 points.
Cambois Club 6 Hastings Arms 6
The second draw in this week’s fixtures between two of this season’s new teams meant that Cambois Club stay sixth on 105 points, but Hastings drop to tenth on 88 points.
Percy Arms 4 Sports Club A 8
It was an abysmal night for Percy Arms as a resurgent Sports Club A inflicted an 8-4 away win on them. The only shining light was Paul Dodds’ man of the match performance that saw him record a hat-trick of points for the home team. After a dozen games without a victory, Sports A have recorded three wins in just over a month, which has helped them climb to ninth on 90 points. Percy Arms stay fifth on 109 points.
South Beach Pub 7 Sun Inn B 5
South Beach have shown a newer resilience and steel in their performances in recent weeks, and after recording three draws on the spin they finally secured their third win of the campaign which sees them stay eighth on 91 points. The man of the match honours were tied between Barry Marshall and Craig Dunwoodie for South Beach with three from three each. For Sun B, BVPA treasurer Stu Cavens, Steve Neal and new signing Neil McLaughlin all secured a brace of points from their three games. Sun B are now seventh on 94 points.
Sports Club D 10 Breakers Bar B 2
New Premier League leaders Sports Club D have opened up a six-point gap at the top on 151 points following a comfortable 10-2 home win over Breakers B. Sports D captain Phil Welch, Darren Fletcher and Sean Craddock were all three from three, team-mate Chris Scott was also 100 per cent with two from two. Breakers B are 11th on 78 points.
Irish A 7 Side Club 5
Irish A avoided a major shock in recovering from 5-3 down to secure the win in a top against bottom fixture. John Wilson Snr with three from three including a break and dish helped him secure the man of the match honours. The other highlights of the match played in a great spirit saw Side Club’s Phil Chadwick and Irish A’s Chris Gill both clear the table after dry breaks from their opponents. Irish are top with 146 points following their 15th win of the season. Side Club move up a place to tenth on 78 points.
Comrades B 6 Sports Club C 6
A match of two halves saw Comrades open up a 4-0 lead including a break and dish from James Taylor in the opening frame. Sports C took four of the next six frames with Comrades potting the black twice to lose frames. Scotty Chisholm cleared the table following a dry break in the last singles to give Comrades a 6-4 lead but Sports C took both doubles to tie the match and remain fourth on 115 points. Comrades B stay second on 137 points. There were no 100 per cent records on the night but Alan Parker, Ian Carr, Steven Spears and Carl Turner were all two from two for Sports C. Kevin McGarry was two from three for Comrades B.
Seahorse B 5 Bedlington Station 7
The close results in this week’s fixtures saw Station edge a tight match 7-5 with Seahorse B. Ayton Stewart was Station’s star player with three from three, ensuring his team remain in third position on 125 points after their 12th win of the season. Seahorse B team-mates Mark Lillico and Raymond Erridge were both two from three. Seahorse B stay seventh on 95 points.
Sports Club B 4 Comrades A 8
Sports B are ninth on 79 points following an 8-4 home defeat against Comrades A. Sports B are a point above the relegation zone and the bottom teams still have a game in hand on them. Comrades A are sixth on 98 points following their eighth win of the season.
Sun Inn A 7 Seahorse A 5
Carl Sweet was man of the match with a hat-trick of wins as Sun A scraped a narrow 7-5 home win against Seahorse A. Sun A team-mate Alan Halliday took a brace of points from his three games. The result sees Sun A stay fifth on 101 points whilst Seahorse A are hovering above the relegation zone on 89 points in eighth.
Irish B sat out this week’s fixtures and results elsewhere saw them drop to 11th in the Super League table on 77 points.
Away from league action, players will be taking part in a Black Ball rules competition at Breakers Bar on Saturday, February 12, with £400 in prize money up for grabs.
At the same venue on March 12, the BVPA’s Premier League will be involved in a singles competition with another £400 prize fund.
In April the BVPA will be staging another of their Open Pool competitions with a 48-player field and a £540 prize fund.
Northumberland are planning to enter men’s A and B team in the English Blackball Pool Federation’s NE Region for 2016.
Players wanting to take part can contact BVPA secretary Gary Wilson or Brian Moss on the BVPA Facebook page or the BVBL Facebook group.
The first match will be in April with trials probably taking place in late February at Breakers Bar in Bedlington.