Sports C on course to retain pool league title

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The Blyth Valley Pool Association Superleague, sponsored by Union Private Hire & Goschen Street Garage, has entered the final quarter of the season with defending champions Sports Club C looking a good bet to retain the title.

In the first game of the week, Annitsford Irish A overcame a stubborn Cramlington Village 8-4. Tony Ritson had a 100 per cent record from his three games, Jason Ritson had two eight-ball clearances including a break and dish, and team-mate Gareth Evans also had a break and dish as Irish A hold second place with 176 points. The Village are in 13th with 99 points.

Bedlington Station had a more comfortable win over Sun Inn B. Jason Watson and Andrew Robertson were both on fire with a hat trick of frames apiece. Team-mate Scott Jackson was the only other player unbeaten on the night. Sun’s Stephen Streener won their solitary point. Station stray third on 175 points.

The Real Comrades team edged a close game with the Irish B 7-5 and are in fourth on 167 points. Irish B, enjoying their first season in the BVPA, are in 11th place on 102 points.

Seahorse A were played host to Comrades B and it was nip and tuck all the way. An excellent break and dish from Seahorse’s Martin Brock in the second set of singles. The icing on the cake came next with Seahorse talisman John Welsh who reeled in Comrades B superstar Kevin McGarry and cleared the table under immense pressure and ensure the match went to the doubles.

Alas this was the final hurrah for the home team and visitors took both doubles to edge a hard fought quality match 7-5.

Comrades B are in fifth on 162 points with a game in hand over all their rivals. Seahorse A, enjoying their best ever season in the league, hold on to sixth with 155 points.

League leaders Sports C’s game was cancelled and they were awarded the points to maintain top spot with 200 points.

Sports Club B made a good start in their game with the Newsham Side Club and never looked back to take the match 8-4. Sports B are in eighth on 129 points whilst Side Club are ninth on 109 points with a game in hand.

Sun Inn played host to BVPA draw specialists Seahorse B. Visitors to the Sun Inn have been impressed with their new pool table and it seems to be improving their game as well.

Sun Inn showed tremendous sportsmanship allowing Seahorse to swap a player after they had been called away.

The point that they allowed to be played for would also of given them the match as well.

Adam Young, who had arrived late and had not had a knock about, won the frame for Seahorse to take the game to the doubles. The teams shared the scotch doubles to ensure the match finished 6-6, which keeps Seahorse B in 7th on 137 points after their eighth draw of the season. Sun Inn trio Alan Lofthouse, Glen Sharp and John George Armstrong all won two of their three frames on the night.