Irish A require four frames to retain Super League title

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The Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Breakers Pool Bar, concludes next week after 33 rounds of matches.

In the Super League, Irish A have opened up a five-point gap, which means they only need to win four frames when they play second place Comrades B, who need to win 9-3 to take the title.

In the Premier League, Breakers A have a two-point advantage over Sports D and mathematically need to win 11-1 to secure the inaugural title. In reality, Breakers A need to only match Sports D’s result or even win one less frame to secure the title.

Super League

Irish B 7 Seahorse A 5

Irish B boosted their chances of Super League survival after their sixth win of the season gave them 138 points and more importantly opened up a six-point gap over Sports B. Seahorse A are mathematically safe with 144 points in eighth due to their higher win ratio over the two teams below them.

Comrades B 6 Bedlington Station 6

The second against third game started off with three long tactical frames before Ayton Stewart secured a break and dish in the fourth frame. Station took the first set 3-2 only for Comrades to take the second by the same margin to tie the scores at 5-5. A break and dish from Scotty Chisholm and Gary Wilson gave the home team the lead for the first time, only for Jason Watson and Stewart to win the last frame and secure the draw. Chisholm was the man of the match with three from three, Jason Watson, Stewart and Wilson were all two from three. Comrades B are still second on 238 points and must beat Irish A 9-3 or better to take the title off the defending champions. Station also hold position in third place with 203 points.

Seahorse B 4 Irish A 8

The reigning champions took their 25th win of the season with an 8-4 win at Seahorse B. With 243 points they only need to win four points in their title showdown with Comrades B. Seahorse B are fifth on 175 points in a night full of quality pool. Highlights were a Ray Erridge break and dish in the singles, then he broke and dished again in the doubles with his brother Alan.

Sports C 7 Side Club 5

Sports C took a close match 7-5 to secure their 17th win of the season, which brings their total to 187 points and fourth place. Side Club remain 11th on 126 points. Malcolm Joyce was 100 per cent on the night for the visitors with two from two.

Sun A 5 Comrades A 7

Another close game saw Comrades A just edge out Sun A. Comrades A’s 13th win of the season keeps them sixth on 168 points. Sun A are a place behind in seventh with 165 points, so the teams could easily swap places on the final week of the season.

Sports Club B had a bye and are in tenth on 132 points.

Premier League

Breakers A 7 Sun B 5

This match took an hour and 20 minutes, with some quickfire pool being played on the night. Davy Bradford was man of the match with three from three for Sun B. BVPA treasure Stu Cavens had impressive figures of two from three against a top team. Breakers A have been the front runners in the Premier League this season and their 22nd win of the season gives them 244 points and a two-point lead over Sports D. As long as Breakers A match or win one less point than Sports D on the final week, they will take the title, however, if both teams finish on equal points, Sports D will take the title due to their higher win ratio. Sun B are ninth on 140 points.

Breakers B 7 Hastings Arms 5

Breakers B made it a double for the home venue as they secured a narrow 7-5 win, their eighth of the season, which sees them tenth on 136 points. Hastings Arms are eighth on 159 points in their first season in the BVPA. Carl Armstrong and Robert Eastlake were both three from three on the night, whilst Brian Phillips chipped in with a brace of points.

Cambois Club 9 Percy Arms B 3

Cambois Club secured their 14th win of the season with a 9-3 home win over Percy B. With 181 points in sixth place they now lead Percy A by a point, and a possible tie on points would have to see teams placed due to their head to head results. Percy B remain 12th on 53 points after being allowed to join the BVPA after the first third of the season. Adam Reith was Percy B’s star player with two from three on a bad night for the visitors.

South Beach Pub 5 Percy Arms 7

South Beach’s recent run of impressive results came to a halt as Percy A secured their 14th win of the season to give them 180 points in sixth spot. South Beach, who will undoubtedly be title contenders next season, are seventh on 174 points. Robert Fairbairn was the home team’s star man with two from three. Percy A players Connor Hickson, Kevin Sams, Paul Dodds and Vince Palmer also had two from three stats on the night.

Sports D 10 Breakers C 2

Sports D secured their 24th win of the season with a big 10-2 home victory against fourth placed Breakers C. With 242 points Sports D are two points behind Breakers A with the title still up for grabs. Breakers C, guaranteed fourth place, have 212 points. Sports D trio Phil Welch, Anthony Marshall and Sean Craddock all secured a hat-trick of wins to share the man of the match honours.

Wharton Arms had a bye and remain in third place with 228 points.

Following the end of the season, the BVPA Festival of Pool will be taking place at sponsors Breakers Pool Bar on Thursday nights between May 19 and June 9.

New teams wishing to join the BVPA for the 2016-17 season, which will start on Thursday, September 1, can get in touch via the Facebook group, or the website Blyth Valley Pool Association 2015-16.