The Blyth Valley Pool Association’s Superleague campaign saw Sports Club D get their first win at the sixth attempt with a hard fought victory at fellow new team Oddfellows Arms.
In Bedlington the Wharton Arms also recorded their first win with an emphatic 10-2 derby scoreline at Sun Inn B.
Even after only six weeks the table is taking shape with seven of the top nine teams from 2013 season currently in the top nine, the only exceptions being Sun Inn A and Newsham Side Club replacing Comrades A and Irish B in the top half of the league.
Eight teams maintained their position while the top five are currently separated by ten points and from sixth to 14th only 11 points separate nine teams.
Bedlington Station 12 South Beach 0
An emphatic whitewash from title contenders over new boys South Beach saw the Station leap three places to sixth with 40 points. Station also have a game in hand over all the top five. South Beach maintain 15th place on 15 points.
Comrades A 4 Comrades B 8
Current league form did come out the winner as Comrades B just edging the A team. Comrades B remain unbeaten and maintain second position on 48 points, only fours behind Irish A. Comrades A dropped two places to 14th with 29 points and are still looking for their first victory of the season.
Newsham Side Club 5 Irish A 7
Side Club gave league leaders Irish A their biggest scare of the season. The sets of singles were close with Irish taking both 3-2 to open a 6-4 lead going into the scotch doubles. They shared these which saw the Irish take the match 7-5 and maintain top spot with 52 points. Despite the loss, Side Club hold onto fourth with 44 points. Men of the match were Chris Gill from Irish A and Phil Chadwick, who both scored three wins apiece. Irish duo Matt Maria Brannan and Gary Spooner both won a brace of games, whilst returning Mark Jenkins had a disappointing night, losing both frames.
Seahorse A 9 Sports A 3
When Seahorse A talisman John Welsh returns to winning ways it usually coincides with a good performance from his team-mates, and so it was as they took all five singles in the first set to put them in a commanding position. Sports A did bounce back, taking the second set 3-2 with an excellent eight-ball clearance from Lisa Marie Wray the highlight. With the match already won, Seahorse also took both doubles to secure the nine points which sees them move up two places to ninth with 35 points. Sports A remain bottom but have games in hand over their nearest rivals. Men of the match were Seahorse duo Kevin Barker and David Brown with a hat-trick of wins each.
Sports B 4 Seahorse B 8
A brilliant performance from Seahorse B’s Ray Erridge was the highlight of the win at Sports B. He won all three of his frames with some excellent potting and positional play to spur Seahorse B to an excellent away win. He was ably supported by team-mate Nathan Irving who won both his singles games, with one clearance from nowhere. Seahorse B stay seventh on 39 points despite the win. Sports B dropped two places to eighth with 36 points.
Sports C 9 Sun Inn A 3
Proof that the BVPA is a friendly and sporting league was demonstrated by Sun A captain Davy Bradford allowing Sport Club A extra time as one of their players was running late. In a match were teams did not take their chances, the scoreline could have been different. Sports C opened up a four-frame lead, started off by an eight-ball clearance from Alan Parker in the first frame. John George Armstrong stopped the rot taking the final singles with some excellent long range pots. Sun Inn trailed 7-3 going into the doubles. A missed black in the first doubles cost them and Sports C wrapped up the game 9-3 to move up two places to third on 46 points. Sun A drop two to fifth with 42 points. Man of the match was Sports C captain Parker with three wins. Returning to BVPA action after a few weeks absence, Julian Slater also produced a hat-trick of wins. Glenn Brookes and Mark McCann took the other points for the Sun A.
Sun Inn B 2 Wharton Arms 10
In a Bedlington derby, Wharton Arms secured their first ever win in the BVPA with a 10-2 away victory against Sun B. Star players for Wharton were Chris Stone and Fred Chambers with a 100 per cent record from their three games each, and support was added by team-mates Kev Hindmarsh and Lee Appleby who both had a brace of wins from their three games. The result sees Wharton move up a place to 13th on 29 points. Sun B stay 16th with 13 points.
Oddfellows Arms 5 Sports D 7
Another team securing their first win in the BVPA were Sports Club D, with captain Phil Welch leading the way with a man of the man of the match hat-trick of points helping them to a close 7-5 away win against a capable Oddfellows team.
Teams from the Blyth Valley Pool Association and the Blyth & District Pool League will battle it out for the new Keith Hall Cup on November 30 at Blyth Sports Club.
Games will commence at 4pm after the BVPA Open competition is finished.
Each league will select two teams to play against two teams from the other league over 44 frame matches.
The rivalry between the leagues should ensure a good turnout and a great atmosphere.
All monies will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Society.