Percy Arms hold onto top spot

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THE BVPA sponsored by Union Private Hire & Goschen Street Garage was the scene of high drama and action on the last week of Super League action prior to the Christmas break.

The Percy Arms, led by team captain Kevin Mcgarry, had a tough game against the fourth placed Comrades Club B.

Percy edged the first singles then dominated the second set 4-1.

Man of the match for Percy was Alfred Powley with two singles wins including a clearance in the first set.

After the singles the scotch doubles were shared to leave the Percy with an 8-4 victory, which maintains their position at the top of the league.

Second placed Joiners Arms A needed to get back to winning ways after back to back defeats, and in another quality match between the top two teams from the 2012 season, the match looked to be a close encounter with the scores tied at 2-2, however, Joiners then took the next eight frames to seal a flattering 10-2 victory.

Star men on the night were Joiners’ Neil Taylor with a quick-fire break and dish, and team captain Alan Parker leading the way with an eight-ball clearance in the first frame.

The win maintains Joiners’ second position, one point behind the leaders,while Station drop to fifth.

Comrades A moved into the top three for the first time this season following a succession of strong results. This week they played host to newcomers Seaton Terrace.

Comrades edged the singles taking a 6-4 lead into the doubles, where the action moved up a notch. Following a dry break, Terrace pair Gary Dennis and Liam Bainbridge completed an eight-ball clearance.

With the opportunity to take the game to sudden death, Terrace broke off in the final frame, but failed to nominate after potting a ball on the break, Comrades captain Alan Bell and his partner Brian Fulbeck completed another eight-ball clearance to seal the victory. Man of the match was Comrades A’s Chris Bell with two singles wins.

Annitsford Irish, tied in fourth place with Comrades A, finished the year in style with a hard fought 8-4 victory over Seahorse A.

Irish pair Chris Gill and Jason Ritson were the home team’s star men with a brace of singles wins.

Seahorses captain Kevin Barker and John Welsh with two wins apiece from their three games kept the scoreline respectable, especially with their doubles victories.

Seahorse B are now on equal points with their A team. An impressive 9-3 victory over Dudley WMC saw them move above their rivals on matches won.

It was a tie for man of the match with two players standing out. Team captain Adam Young and the ever impressive Alan Erridge both winning three from three. Highlight of the match was a superb eight-ball clearance from Alan Erridge.

Elsewhere, Joiners B edged a close game with Newsham Side Club, winning 7-5. The victory means they swap places with the Side Club in the table.

Cramlington Village sealed a 9-3 victory over Sun Inn B, with the man of the match going to Marc Mcteer with singles and doubles wins.

In the final game, Brockwell Seam took the victory with an 8-4 victory over Sun Inn B.