Reigning champions Irish A open up 11-point gap in pool league

The BVPA, sponsored by Breakers Pool Bar, saw both leagues play out their 21st week of the campaign.

The reigning Super League champions Irish A have opened an 11-point lead at the top of the table over Comrades B, and with both teams playing each other next week, another win would put them at least a full match ahead of their nearest rivals.

At the bottom a number of teams are involved in their first ever relegation battle.

In the Premier League, it is all change as Sports D’s short reign at the top ended as Breakers A returned to the top spot.

With only a few points separating the top three teams, more twists and turns can be expected in the inaugural Premier League run-in.

Super League

Anitsford Irish A 9 Seahorse B 3

Irish A recorded their 17th win from 19 games and remain top on 163 points. Seahorse B drop to eighth on 100 points.

Bedlington Station 7 Comrades B 5

Second against third saw Bedlington Station secure their 14th win and second against Comrades B this season. The match went to the final frame and the victory keeps Station in third on 142 points. Comrades B stay second on 152 points. Station’s Andrew Robertson was the man of the match with three from three, team-mates Jason Watson and Albert Ridley were two from three. Comrades debutante Alan Yates was 100 per cent, winning both singles whilst team-mate Gary Wilson was two from three. Scotty Chisholm and Gary Wilson cleared the table in the first doubles after a foul from their opponents.

Comrades A 6 Sun Inn A 6

With only two points separating the teams in a close mid-table group, the teams could not be separated on the night after a hard fought draw. Comrades A remain fifth on 109 points and Sun A hold sixth on 107 points.

Newsham Side Club 4 Sports C 8

Sports C recorded their 12th win of the season with a solid win at Side Club, which means they retain fourth on 127 points. Side Club are at the wrong end of the table in tenth on 84 points and are eight points adrift of the team above the relegation zone.

Seahorse A 6 Anitsford Irish B 6

The two teams with the most draws played out an expected draw, which was each teams fourth of the season. Seahorse A moved up to seventh but have played a game more than their rivals. Irish B are one place above the relegation zone in ninth on 92 points. In a fluctuating match, Irish B led 4-2 only for Seahorse to take four frames in a row before Irish won both the Scotch doubles to seal the draw. Irish B’s Paul Johnson was man of the match with three from three.

Sports B had their bye and results elsewhere have seen them drop to 11th on 82 points.

Premier League

Breakers C 7 Sports D 5

Breakers C have been one of the star teams in the second round of fixtures. A 7-5 home win against the league leaders is probably their best result of the season. Sports D dropped to second on 161 points, whilst the win helps Breakers C maintain fourth on the 140-point mark, and they are still in the hunt for a top three finish and promotion to the Super League. Sports D were 2-0 up after a break and dish from Darren Gurney, but that was as good as it got as Breakers C took seven of the next ten frames. Mac McPherson was the home team’s star man with three from three while team-mates Paul Jobson and Glenn Brookes were both two from three. Sports D captain Phil Welch was two from three along with Darren Gurney.

Hastings Arms 5 Breakers B 7

Only four places and two points separate these two teams as the form book was turned upside down as Breakers B recorded their fifth win of the season. The result sees Hastings in seventh on 102 points, whilst Breakers B remain 11th on 92 points.

Percy Arms 6 South Beach Pub 6

Percy and South Beach played out the third 6-6 draw in the week. South Beach’s recent improvement continued with their fifth draw of the season against fifth placed Percy. The result sees South Beach move up a place to eighth on 102 points, whilst the Percy dropped a place to sixth on 121 points. Kevin Sams, Paul Dodds and Connor Hickson were all two from three for Percy.

Port of Call 3 Cambois Club 9

The Prince of Wales move to their new venue at the Port of Call did not bring them their first victory, but the learning curve they are on will surely benefit them going forward. Cambois Club are on a hot streak in their last six games, winning four and drawing two to be the second best team in the form table. The nine points gained takes Cambois up a place to fifth on 121 points tied with Percy but with a better win ratio. Port of Call are 12th. Rory Mandor, Anthony Simpson and D Thain were all tied on three from three. A Thain also chipped in with a brace of points for the visitors. Trevor Sixsmith with two from three was the home team star player with Karl McNally taking their other point.

Sports A 3 Wharton Arms 9

After three draws in a row, Wharton got back to winning ways with a strong 9-3 success over a resilient Sports A, who had only lost one in the last five matches. Wharton remain third on 155 points following their 15th win of the campaign. Sports A drop to ninth on 101 points. Christopher Stone and David Young were the star men on the night with three from three, whilst team mate Freddy Chambers took two from three.

Sun Inn B 0 Breakers A 12

Breakers A produced a massive performance to whitewash their local neighbours in a Bedlington derby. Apart from the opening frame which Sun failed to take an opportunity, Breakers A’s class saw them through in style. Robert Riley, Trevor Brewis and Stephen Carr were all three from three whilst team-mates Paul Merilees and captain Dan Patterson were two from two. The result saw the unbeaten Breakers A team return to the summit of the Premier League with 164 points. Sun B will have to lick their wounds and come back fighting next week after dropping to tenth on 98 points.

Away from league action, Breakers Pool Bar staged the first of three competitions in three months.

The opening event saw a host of BVPA players trying their hand at a blackball rules singles event.

Scotty Chisholm won the competition’s £200 prize money, runner-up Chris Gill pocketed £100, whilst Ian Turner and Jason Watson won £50 each for making the semi-finals.

The next event on Saturday, March 12, will see the BVPA premier stars battle it out in the first ever BVPA Premier Singles title.

The trilogy of pool competitions concludes with another BVPA on Saturday, April 9, with 48 players competing on eight tables at the Sports Club, Comrades Club and the Seahorse.