Leaders drop points as chasers close gap in BVPA leagues

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The Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Breakers Pool Bar, saw the gap at the top of the two leagues close after the 30th week of action.

In the Super League, Irish A’s lead has been cut to six points by Comrades B, and with all the top five playing each other in the run-in, a title deciding match between the pair on the last week of the season could be a fitting climax.

In the Premier League, Breakers A were held to a draw by their C team while titles rivals Sports D and Wharton Arms narrowed the gap with victories.

Premier League

Cambois 5 South Beach 7

South Beach secured their sixth win of the campaign with a narrow victory over Cambois Club. The win keeps them in seventh on 147 points. Despite the defeat, Cambois Club stay sixth on 160 points.

Sports D 7 Percy A 5

Sports D were on fire in opening a 4-0 lead on one of the tables at Sports D before the other match at the venue had completed their first frame. Two break and dishes from Martin Hunter and Chris Scott plus a couple of eight-ball clearances and the home team were looking at a big win. But Percy responded and took five of the next seven frames to give the scoreline respectability. Sports D are now only five poin ts adrift of the leaders in second place on 218 points after their 21st win of the season. Percy A also held position in fifth on 161 points.

Percy B 5 Sun B 7

So near yet so far as Percy B continue their search for that elusive first victory. Sun B’s experience and knowledge was enough on the night to take their seventh win of the season as they stay 11th on 125 points. Percy B remain 12th. The match was a mix of close and scrappy frames. Steve Neal took a marathon ten-minute first frame as Sun B took a 3-0 lead only for Percy to tie the game at 3-3 and again at 4-4. Sun B took the last two singles and the first doubles to seal the victory before Percy took the final doubles frame. Sun B’s Davy Bradford was the only player with a 100 per cent record from his three frames, whilst Karl McNally was Percy B’s star man with two from three.

Breakers C 6 Breakers A 6

A derby game between two of the top four in the Premier League always had the possibility to be a tight match, but with the C team missing some of their regular players, the odds favoured the league leaders. The C team’s stand-in players stood up to the test and proved to be a match for their A team. The A team took the first set 3-2 only for the C team to take the second by the same margin before the teams shared the doubles. Man of the match honours were shared by the A team’s Trevor Brewis and Gavin Slaughter with three from three. For the C team, Darren Hall had two from three, Cameron Wintrip two from two and Brandon McCann two from three. For Breakers A it was definitely a case of points lost as their lead at the top was reduced to five points, however, with 223 points, the title is still their’s to lose. Breakers C remain fourth on 193 points.

Breakers B 2 Wharton 10

Wharton Arms continue to pile the pressure on the top two as they narrow the gap after a big 10-2 win against an improving Breakers B. Following their 21st win of the season, Wharton stay third on 214 points and have closed the gap to the leaders to nine points. Breakers B are twnth on 125 points. David Young with three from three including a break and dish edged the man of the match honours from teammate and Wharton captain Christopher Stone, who also had 100 per cent success with three from three Jamie Spratt and Andrew Cunningham were both two from three for Wharton.

Hastings Arms 8 Sports A 4

Hastings Arms’ sixth win of the season keeps them in eighth place on 142 points and also sees them narrow the gap to South Beach and Cambois Club above them. Sports A are ninth on 132 points.

Super League

Sun A 4 Seahorse B 8

A match full of good games saw Seahorse B score their ninth win of the season with an 8-4 win at Sun A, who are seventh on 144 points.

Comrades A 5 Station 7

Bedlington Station stay third following a narrow 7-5 win at Comrades A. The victory was Station’s 18th of the season and their points tally is 182. Comrades A are sixth on 146 points in a competitive mid-table group.

Sports B 3 Comrades B 9

Comrades B recorded their 19th win of the season to give them 205 points, and more importantly narrow the gap to league leaders Irish A to six points. A break and dish from man of the match Ray Irving, who scored three from three, in the second singles game was one of the match highlights along with an eight-ball clearance from Scotty Chisholm and Gary Wilson in the first scotch doubles. Both teams rued missed chances which could have significantly altered the final score. Richie Cook, Paul Gibson and Ian Straughan won Sports B’s points with singles wins and they stay tenth on 113 points, ten points from safety.

Irish B 2 Sports C 10

Sports C stay fourth on 167 points following their 16th win of the season. Irish B are ninth on 123 points. Mark Jenkins, two from three, was Irish B’s saving grace, taking two points and sparing his teammates’ blushes.

Seahorse A 8 Side Club 4

Seahorse A were the only team in the bottom four to secure a win, and the result saw them move up a place to eighth on 125 points following their seventh win of the season. Gordon Foster smashed three from three to take the man of the match honours from teammate David Brown, two from two. Seahorse A captain Kevin Barker produced a highlight of the match with another break and dish.

Irish A had a bye and results elsewhere could not knock them off the pinnacle of the BVPA Super League on 211 points.

The draw for the BVPA Open Pool competition on Saturday, April 23, has been made.