The Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Breakers Pool Bar and Blyth Comrades Club saw teams take a break from league action and compete in the quarter-finals of the Knockout Cups.
The highlight was Phoenix Inn securing their first ever victory in the BVPA in their inaugural season in the Premier League.
Premier League KO Cup
Breakers Bar B 4 Newsham Side Club 7
Side Club took the opening singles set 3-2 only for Breakers B to level the match in the next frame. Side Club then won the next three frames to take a 6-3 lead. Cameron Wintrip won his second frame for Breakers to ensure the match went into the doubles. Phil Chadwick and Davy Hewitson, each with three from three, took the first scotch doubles to seal the victory. Side Club’s Ronnie Smith was also 100 per cent with two singles wins in a match played in great spirits.
Breakers Bar C 3 Irish B 7
Annitsford Irish will have teams representing the venue in both KO Cups after Irish B produced a hard fought 7-3 win at Breakers C.
Kings Arms B 7 Breakers Bar D 4
Kings Arms B produced one of the results of the week in beating Premier League leaders Breakers Bar D 7-4 to book their place in the semi-finals.
South Beach 4 Phoenix Inn 7
Phoenix recorded their first ever win in the BVPA after a few close calls in recent months. The match was played in good spirits and the teams completed the final doubles even though the match had already been won. Jay Docherty and Sean Gray shared the man of the match honours with a hat-trick of wins apiece. Gray with a full length double on the black to seal the match was the highlight of an amazing night of pool. Phoenix Inn’s other points were won by Stewart Timlin,two from three, Scott Sidney and John Blakey were both one from three.
Super League KO Cup
Bedlington Station 7 Sports D 1
Station gained revenge for their recent Super League defeat to Sports D to seal their place in the semi-finals once again after a comprehensive 7-1 home win.
Breakers A 0 Irish A 7
Irish A regular Gary Spooner was not badly missed as the replacements stepped up to the mark and produced a 7-0 away whitewash to book their place in the semi-finals.
Comrades B 7 Seahorse A 5
The closest game on the night was a see-saw match with Seahorse A taking the first set 4-1 and then lead the match 5-1. Seahorse had another four good chances to seal the match only for lady luck to desert them and with some outstanding potting from Comrades. David Irving, making only his second appearance of the season, was the man of the match with two singles wins which included an unbelievable finish, doubling a red off the top cushion into a middle pocket, then clearing the table to tie the match at 5-5. His reward was to be dropped for the doubles, which meant the team regulars had to step up. John Laird and Ray Irving broke and dished in the first doubles and then Gary Wilson and Steven Foggett sealed the match with a scrappy last frame. David Brown top scored for Seahorse A with two singles wins.
Seahorse B 2 Breakers F 7
Breakers F will be the venue’s sole representatives after a 7-2 win at Seahorse B.
The BVPA will be staging another Open competition on March 18 with Regent St Snooker and Pool Club staging and sponsoring the event, which will have a maximum entry of 48.