Sports D and Wharton Arms retain maximum starts to pool league season

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The Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Breakers Pool Bar in Bedlington, has completed the third week of fixtures.

In the Super League, Irish A are the only team left with a 100 per cent winning start to the season. In the Premier League, Sports D and Wharton Arms have 100 per cent winning records.

Premier League

Breakers A 8 Hastings Arms 4

Breakers A got their first ever win in the BVPA and moved up[ two places to ninth on 14 points. Breakers’ star was Stephen Carr with a hat-trick of points. Able support came from Kev Harnett and Trevor Brewis. Rob Riley was also 100 per cent from two singles games. John Lowes was the visitors’ top player with a 100 per cent record from both sets of singles. Hastings Arms drop a place to sixth with 16 points.

South Beach 9 South Beach CC 3

South Beach got their first win of the season in a 9-3 derby match against Community Centre. The result sees South Beach move up four places to fourth on 17 points. Community Centre drop three to seventh on 16 points. Robert Fairbairn and Steven Campbell were the shared man of the match winners with three points each for the South Beach. Barry Marshall with a brace of points helped South Beach to the victory.

Sports A 4 Breakers C 8

Sports A continue to look for their first win in after an 8-4 home defeat against Breakers C. It was a returning victory for some former Sports players with Dean Dobson taking the man of the match honours with a three-point haul. Megan Armstrong and James Stewart also chipped in with a brace each. D Bingham was Sports’ star, winning half the team’s points. Breakers C move up a place to second on 21 points. The loss sees Sports A drop a place to 11th on 11 points.

Sun B 5 Sports D 7

Sports D maintained their 100 per cent winning start with a much closer than expected 7-5 away win at Sun Inn. Their third win in a row maintains their position at the top of the Premier League on 24 points. After the home team took the opening frame, Sports D got into top gear, taking the next four frames on the spin and the second set of singles 3-2 to seal the victory. Sun B took both the doubles to make the scoreline more respectable against the league leaders. Darren Fletcher, Anthony Marshall and team captain Phil Welch all secured a brace of points for Sports D. BVPA treasurer Stu Cavens and Adam Scott won two points each for Sun B. Despite the loss, Sun B move up two places to fifth on 16 points.

Wharton Arms 8 Bank Top 4

Wharton Arms maintained their maximum winning record in the BVPA Premier League with an 8-4 derby victory over Bank Top. Despite the win, Wharton only moved up a place to eighth on 15 points. Bank Top drop a place to third on 18 points. Chris Stone was man of the match with a hat-trick of wins. Team-mates Freddy Chambers, Alan Cunningham and Anthony Simpson all secured two points each for Wharton.

Percy Arms had a bye and are now tenth on 12 points after dropping four places.

Super League

Irish A 8 Comrades A 4

The BVPA champions held their nerve after Comrades A fought back from 4-1 to trail 5-4. A final singles win and two first visit eight-ball clearances in the scotch doubles ensured Irish A maintained their 100 per cent record in the Super League. With 27 points Irish A top the table with a respectable nine-point match average. Man of the match honours were shared by Gareth Evans and Gary Spooner, who both recorded 100 per cent from their three frames. Chris Gill and Gareth Evans broke and dished the first doubles and Jason Ritson Spooner cleared the table from a dry break in the last frame. Despite the loss, Comrades A move up a place to fourth on 17 points.

Comrades B 10 Seahorse A 2

Comrades B rode their luck to match the top score in the BVPA this year. They took the first singles set 4-1, with Gordon Foster producing a good clearance to win the last frame for Seahorse. Comrades took the second set 5-0 to lead 9-1. A huge slice of luck gave Seahorse the first doubles with Kevin Barker and Chris Taylor sealing the frame. Scott Chisholm and Gary Wilson produced a two-ball clearance against all odds including a double off the baulk cushion and a long range cut on the black to seal the match and share the man of the match honours with three wins apiece. Comrades’ James Taylor also had a 100 per cent record from his two singles games. Comrades B move up a place to second on 24 points. Despite their first defeat of the season, Seahorse A remain sixth on 14 points.

Side Club 6 Sports B 6

Side Club lost their 100 per cent winning start to the season but still remain unbeaten after a competitive match which saw the teams sharing the points. Side Club move up two places to fifth on 14 points. Sports B also move up a position to tenth on 12 points.

Seahorse B 5 Irish B 7

Seahorse B threw away a 5-2 lead as Irish B came back from the brink of defeat to record their first win of the season. Paul Thompson lead the way with a hat-trick of points. The final frame saw Steve Robinson and John Wilson Jnr break and dish to secure the victory. Seahorse remain 11th on 11 point whilst Irish B move up two places to eighth on 13 points.

Sports C 7 Sun A 5

Sports C are undefeated this season, but a close 7-5 home win against Sun A saw them drop a place to third on 22 points. Sun A are still looking for their first victory of the campaign and have dropped a place to ninth on 13 points.

Station had a bye this week and dropped to seventh on 13 points.