The BVPA Friendly League, sponsored by Union Private Hire & Goschen Street Garage, saw the third team in as many weeks take top spot in the latest round of matches.
New Super League leaders are Percy Arms on 81 points following a tremendous away win at Sun Inn, overpowering the A team 11-1. Team captain Kevin McGarry was in mint form on the night taking three points for the visitors.
In second place are Sports Club C on 80 points following a competitive away win over Seahorse A. Sports Club took the first set of singles 5-0 with a break and dish from Paul Riley and another eight-ball clearance from Neil Taylor. Seahorse were unable to rely on talisman John Welsh this week, but his team-mates showed some fighting spirit by taking the next set of singles 3-3 with wins from Kevin Barker, Davy Brown and an excellent clearance from Martin Brock. Sports Club’s two points came from further eight-ball clearances from Riley and Neil Taylor. In the first doubles, Riley Carried team-mate Alan Parker to his third win of the night. Not to be outdone, Neil Taylor and debutante Ian Carr sealed the 9-3 victory with yet another eight-ball clearance in the final frame.
Station Club and Irish A are tied in third place on 77 points.
Station had a solid 9-3 home victory over Sports Club B.
Comrades and Irish A were involved in another top quality game. Following last week’s draw with the Sports C, Comrades took another team contending for the title to the wire. In a see-saw match Comrades took both the scotch doubles to earn their second draw in as many weeks. Star man for the home team was Comrades’ own Chris Bell with a hat-trick of wins. Leading the way for Irish was Chris Gill. Comrades remain in fifth place on 70 points.
Cramlington Village were also involved in a tense game with derby rivals Brockwell Seam. Village captain Johnny Wilson has seen his team start to gain more points in recent weeks with improving performances against some of the big Super League teams. The game tied 6-6 following a nail biting final frame.
Sports Club A played host to Seahorse B, unfortunately for Sports A, lady luck seems to be evading them and the visitors took a comfortable 11-1 win with Mark Lillico, Stephen Sweeney and Ray Erridge taking three from three. Sports captain Keith Hall spared the home team’s blushes, helping them avoid the whitewash. Match highlights were back to back eight-ball clearances from Lillico and Alan Erridge.
Newsham Side Club are now ninth following a 10-2 victory over Sun Inn B. Phil Chadwick and David Hewitson took two wins apiece in the singles to push Side Club to victory. In a private battle of the BVPA Committee, new treasurer Stu Cavens took the honours against chairman Michael Storrar.
The Super League takes a break this week with the preliminary round of the three-a-side being played on Thursday, November 21.