Sun Inn A, who finished second bottom last season, are leading the BVPA Friendly Pool League.
Irish B 8 Sports A 4
Sports A were only able to field four players due to commitments, but BVPA rules do not allow for games to be cancelled and the four played some credible points in losing 8-4. Irish B move up to ninth with 24 points while Sports A move up to 15th place with eight.
Bedlington Station 5 Sun A 7
Bedlington Station’s three season unbeaten home record went in defeat to Sun Inn A, who won the first three games including a great clearance from Mark McCann. Station then reeled off five of the next six to lead 5-4. Glen Brooke levelled the match then Sun A took both doubles to go on level with Irish A on 34 points at the top. Station are in fifth with 28 points.
Comrades A 6 Sports D 6
Sports D avoided defeat for the first time in four games in a quick-fire match played in an excellent spirit against draw specialists Comrades A. Man of the match for Sports D was team captain Phil Welsh with a hat-trick of wins. Sports duo Martin Hunter and Sean Crantock added two points apiece to secure the draw after having to win both scotch doubles. Comrades A slip five places to 12th on 21 points, whilst Sports D move up one to 13th with 19 points.
Seahorse A 3 Seahorse B 9
Derby games are notorious for their unpredictable nature, and the bragging rights at the Seahorse went to the B team following à comprehensive 9-3 win. Star men for the B team were Mark Lillie and Ray Erridge with three wins apiece. Seahorse A talisman John Welsh can not save his team-mates every time. Both show equal records with 23 points and are in tenth and 11th place.
Sports B 4 Irish A 8
Irish A maintained their 100 per cent start to the season with their fourth win in a row. Man of the match performances from Irish team-mates Chris Gill and Matt Maria Brannanwith three wins, which also included breaks and dishes from each. Irish’s Johnny Wilson also produced an eight-ball clearance from a dry break. Star players for Sports B were Richie Cook and Andy Scott with wins apiece.
Sports C 6 Comrades B 6
In the prestige game of the week, last season’s top two battled it out at the Sports Club. The match started off with a marathon frame which Comrades B edged only for Sports C to take three of the next four to go 3-2 ahead. Comrades bounced back taking the second set of singles 3-2 to tie the match going into the scotch doubles. With the teams never separated by more than one frame, the match ended with the teams sharing the points in the doubles to secure the draw. Men of the match were Sports Club’s Paul Riley and Comrades B captain Kevin McGarry, who won all three games they played. Whilst both produced 100 per cent performances, McGarry probably edged it due to the more entertaining quick-fire pool he played, even if he was not at 100 per cent on the night. Comrades B slipped two places to third with 31 points while Sports C moved up one place to seventh on 26 points
Sun B 2 Newsham Side Club 10
Side Club are in a season best placed fourth with 31 points following a comprehensive 10-2 win at Sun B. Man of the match performances came from Side Club trio Gary Schulz, David Hewittson and Phil Chadwick. Special mention went to the sporting manner in which the game was played, exemplified by Chadwick calling a foul on himself in the singles. Sun remain in 17th place on six points.
Oddfellows 8 Wharton Arms 4
Oddfellows are the highest placed new team in the league following their second win of the season. The result sees them move up three places to sixth with 27 points while Wharton drop one to 14th with 15 points.
The BVPA will be holding another open singles event on November 29 and 30th.
Any players wishing to take part can contact the BVPA via the group’s Facebook page or the website BVPA.leaguerepublic.com
The BVPA are also looking at staging an inter-league competition on Sunday, November 30, at Blyth Sports Club, at 4pm, following the final of the open pool competition, utilizing the four tables available to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research in memory of sadly missed friend and colleague Keith Hall.