The Blyth Valley Pool Association’s fifth season has seen the number of teams almost double in four years and it has been split into two leagues.
In the Super-League are the top 11 teams from the previous season and the all new Premier League contains the five other teams from the previous year and six new teams.
Teams from each league will have their own singles, doubles and three-a-side competitions as well as a separate Team Knockout Cup which has been sponsored by South Beach pub.
Irish A 10 Irish B 2
It was business as usual with Irish A going top with a comfortable derby victory over Irish B. Jason Ritson and Chris Gill both had 100 per cent records from their three games, but two eight-ball clearances from Ritson including a break and dish gave him the man of the match honours. Brian Wakenshaw and Steven Robinson secured the B team’s points.
Bedlington Station 7 Sun Inn A 5
The derby matches on the opening day continued with two top the top eight teams from the previous season involved in a game in that went to the wire with the Station just edging the match 7-5.
Comrades B 5 Comrades A 7
Bragging rights went to Real Comrades as they secured the result of the week with a narrow 7-5 victory over their B team. The A team won both sets of singles 3-2 and the first scotch doubles to secure the victory. Ray Irving was the man of the match with three wins including an eight-ball clearance from a dry break in the singles.
Seahorse B 6 Seahorse A 6
Seahorse B had their best season in the BVPA last year and secured the bragging rights in both derby games, but the A team probably had a point to prove and the teams could not be separated after 12 frames this time round. Seahorse A captain Kevin Barker claimed the man of the match honours with a hat-trick of points on the night.
Sports Club C 9 Sports B 3
Sports C are in second following a solid 9-3 victory over their B team.
Newsham Side Club had a bye on the opening week.
Percy Arms 8 South Beach Community Centre 4
New boys Percy Arms are in second in the Premier League following an impressive 8-4 win against Community Centre, who were also playing their first game in the BVPA.
South Beach 5 Hastings Arms 7
South Beach played host to another of the new teams, Hastings Arms, who secured a 7-5 away win after a good night of eight-ball action that could have gone either way.
Sports Club A 4 Sports Club D 8
Phil Welch and Chris Scott secured a hat-trick of points each for the D team as the they secured an 8-4 victory over the A team. Lisa Marie Wray with a brace of points for the A team was the highlight for the home team.
Sun Inn B 4 Bank Top 8
New boys Bank Top raced to a 5-0 lead after the first singles only for Sun B to take the second set 3-2. The the teams shared the doubles. Rory Mander and Anthony Simpson were the star men on the night with a 100 per cent record from their three frames. D Thain produced a great clearance in the singles which was one of the highlights of the night. Adam Scott on his debut for the Sun B won a brace of points. Bank Top lead the Premier League along with two other teams on the same points.
Wharton Arms 7 Breakers Bar C 5
Alan Cunningham was the man of the match for Wharton with a hat-trick of wins to help secure a close opening day Bedlington derby win for the hosts. James Stewart was the Breakers’ star man with a brace of points for the visitors.
Breakers Bar A had a bye on the opening week.