Sports Club C end year on top of pool league

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The BVPA Friendly League, sponsored by Union Private Hire & Goschen Street Garage, finished 2013 with the usual high quality pool and competitive matches the Blyth Valley Pool Association Super-League is all about.

The top three in the Super-League were all in action at Blyth Sports Club.

League leaders Sports Club C punished Sports Club B team with a resounding 11-1 victory as they took their opportunities to remain in first place over Christmas.

An excellent break and dish from Neil Taylor and Ian Carr was one of the highlights.

On the other table at the Sports Club, the Percy were playing Annitsford Irish A in a match that would ultimately determine who would be in second place over the Christmas break.

The Irish dominated the opening half, taking a 6-1 lead, before the Percy fought back by taking four of the last five frames. Jason Ritson, Ian Turner and Gareth Evans were all in form for the Irish, winning both their singles games.

With the Irish winning 7-5 they are in outright second place on 104 points, now trailing Sports C by five points. Percy stay in the top three on 102.

Comrades moved into fourth on 93 points following a 10 -2 victory over Sun Inn A. Fourth is their highest position this season.

Sun’s consolation points were won by John George Armstrong with an excellent break and dish, plus a terrific doubles win from Ivy Neal and Alan Lofthouse.

Bedlington Station are also on 93 points but are in fifth position due to a lower wins ratio.

Seahorse A played host to Station and the match was another that went all the way to the wire, and even then the teams could not be separated with the scores tied at 6-6.

Another game were teams could not be separated after 12 frames took place at Annitsford, with the Irish B team and Newsham Side Club finishing 6-6. The Side Club are the draw specialists in the BVPA this season with four so far.

The last two games of the week took place in Cramlington, the first of which saw two teams involved whose results had been improving in recent weeks.

Cramlington Village played host to Sports Club A and it looked like being a record third draw of the week only for Sports to take a 7-5 victory. Star players on the night were the Village captain with a hat -trick of wins and Lisa Marie Wray from Sports A, who also took three victories on the night.

At the Brockwell Seam, Seahorse B clinched an 8-4 victory that sees them maintain sixth place, one place above their A team.

There were man of the match performances from Richard Glass and Steven Sweeney with three from three. Seahorse also brought former BVPL singles champion Nathan Irving out of retirement for his Super-League debut and he chipped in with two wins from his two games.