The Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Union Private Hire & Goschen Street Garage, is heading towards the business end of the season.
Already confirmed semi-finalists for the team Knockout Cup are Sports Club C, Annitsford Irish A, Bedlington Station and Seahorse B.
Ian Carr was the winner of the BVPA’s March Open Pool Competition.
This weeks fixtures are dedicated to the three-a-side knockout and then it is back to Superleague action for the next five weeks leading up to the association’s Festival of Pool week, which concludes another successful year for the Friendly League.
Superleague leaders Sports Club C are on 216 points and well on their way to retaining the title following back to back 8-4 wins over the Real Comrades and Seahorse A.
The game against Seahorse was tied at 4-4 when Seahorse talisman John Welsh had to leave for work. Sports C rapped up the remaining frames to seal the victory.
Two wins from John Welsh including an eight-ball clearance were the highlights for Seahorse. Sports team-mates Ian Carr produced another eight-ball clearance whilst Gary Wilson chipped in with a quick-fire break and dish.
Second place is now held by Bedlington Station on 190 points following an 8-4 victory over Annitsford Irish A with Station pair Steven Kinghorn and Jason Watson each winning three frames. Another 7-5 win at the Sports Club B helped them move up the table.
Annitsford Irish have slipped one place to third with 184 points after successive 8-4 defeats against Real Comrades and Bedlington Station.
In fourth on 183 points and with a game in hand are the Comrades B following two big results, an 11-1 win at Sports A and a 10-2 home win over the Annitsford Irish B. With an easier run in on paper and the game in hand, Comrades B are favourites for second.
Four points behind their B team are Real Comrades on 179 points.
Sixth and seventh places are held by both Seahorse teams, with the A team in sixth on 159 points and the B team next on 154 following back to back victories over Side Club 9-3 and an 8-4 home win over the Sports Club A, where, Seahorse team-mates Andrew Brownlee 3/3, Mark Lillico 3/3 and Nathan Irving 2/2 all had 100 per cent records, whilst Scotch doubles pairings Adam Young and Alan Erridge failed to improve the Seahorse doubles performances.
In eighth place are Sports Club B on 141 points following a 7-5 win at the Sun Inn A and a 7-5 defeat against Station.
Their are only 11 points separating five teams from ninth to 13th.
Newsham Side Club are at the top of this group on 118 points followed by Cramlington Village on 115 after a 7-5 away win over Brockwell Seam. Village took a 4-1 lead only for Brockwell to level the match at 5-5 before Village took both doubles to seal the victory over Brockwell, who are 12th place on 108 points.
Another 9-3 win for Village at Sun B saw John Wilson produce a man of the match performance with three wins including some cracking pots.
Separating the teams are Annitsford Irish B on 112 points following an 8 -4 win over the Brockwell. M Padden and Steven Robinson took the man of the match honours with a hat-trick of wins.
BVPA newcomers Sports Club A are at the base of this group on 107 points
The two Sun Inn teams occupy the remaining places in the Superleague with the A team holding the bragging rights.
The B team narrowly missed out on a good result at Side Club. After leading 2-0, Side club took the next five frames only for Sun to win three in a row to tie the game at 5-5 going into the doubles.
But fair play to Side Club who held their nerve to take the last two frames. Man of the match went to Side Club’s David Hewitson with three wins on the night.
Venues wishing to enter a team into the BVPA’s new second league for the 2014-15 need to contact the BVPA before June 10 and then attend the meeting for new teams at Blyth Sports Club at 7.30pm on Tuesday, June 17. Membership is open to venues within a five-mile radius of Blyth.