Sports Club C hold the lead at pool league’s halfway stage

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The Blyth Valley Pool Association friendly league, sponsored by Union Private Hire & Goschen Street Garage, reached the half way stage with reigning champions the Sports Club C leading.

Sports C are on 125 points following a 9-3 home win over last season’s runners-up Percy Arms. Sports took a 3-0 lead in the first set of singles with an eight-ball clearance from the returning Julian Slater the highlight. Wins from Ray Irving and Kevin McGarry brought the score back to 3-2, but the second set was dominated by Sports C who took every frame to lead 8-2 going into the doubles.

The Scotch doubles were split so the match finished 9-3, with man of the match Sports C captain Alan Parker, who won all three of his games including another eight-ball clearance in the second set of singles.

Percy, who officially become the Comrades Club B team, remain in third on 111 points.

Hot on the heals of Sports C are the Annitsford Irish A on 118 points following a matching 9-3 victory over the Sports Club B.

A trio of Irish players secured three wins apiece including Chris Gill, Gary Dennis and Tony Ritson.

Next game up for Irish is an all Irish rematch. The defeat leaves Sports B in eighth place on 81 points.

In fourth place are Bedlington Station Club on 110 points following a comprehensive 11-1 derby win at Sun Inn A. Sun’s John George Armstrong won their solitary point.

Sun Inn B fared slightly better at the Brockwell Seam but ultimately were beaten by a stronger team on the night.

John Welford rolled back the years with a hat trick of wins and team-mate M Hogg was also on top form securing another three points for the home team. Man of the match, though, went to Sun’s Jack Streener with his first three point haul of the season.

In fifth are Comrades A on 106 points following a hard fought 7-5 victory over Seahorse A. It was a bad night for Kevin Barker and his team with David Brown’s three wins keeping the scoreline respectable.

Seahorse A remain in seventh on 94 points, four behind their B team who hold the bragging rights for the first half of the season.

Annitsford Irish B overtook Cramlington Village Club to take tenth place following a 7-5 win

In the final game Sports Club A claimed their biggest scalp of the season with an very impressive 8-4 away win over Newsham Side Club.

Star man was returning David Taggart with a hat trick of wins including an eight-ball clearance in the final doubles with Dean Dobson. Sports A team-mate Geordie Reay also won all three of his games on the night.

With the BVPA increasingly likely to have two leagues next season, the cut off for Superleague survival is likely to be eighth place, which is currently held by Sports B on 81 points, however in ninth are Side Club on 78,s so with only three points separating the teams, competition will probably go to the wire.