The Blyth Valley Pool Association third week of Superleague action saw a number of league positions change.
Annitsford Irish A 9 Comrades A 3
Irish A beat fellow unbeaten Comrades A to go second on 26 points, while Comrades A slip to 11th. Irish duo Chris Gill and Matt Brannan both posted a hat-trick of wins on the night.
Comrades B 7 Annitsford Irish B 5
Comrades B maintained their 100 per cent start, although Irish B pushed them all the way. Irish B team-mates Paul Johnson and Paul Thompson won both their singles. Despite the victory Comrades B slipped to third on 25 points while Irish B moved up a place to tenth on 16 points.
Newsham Side Club 9 The Oddfellows 3
The Side Club had drawn both their opening fixtures but got the victory needed to move to seventh on 21 points. Meanwhile Oddfellows, suffering their first defeat of the season, dropped five places to ninth on 20 points.
Seahorse B 4 Sports C 8
Sports C took the first four frames, starting with an eight-ball clearance from captain Alan Parker. Andrew Brownlee then took the last of the first singles to reduce the deficit. Seahorse edged the second singles 3-2, which meant they went into the doubles trailing 6-4. Sports C rallied to take both the scotch doubles in tight games. Men of the match were Sports team-mates Parker and Gary Wilson with a hat-trick of wins apiece. Star man for Seahorse was Brownlee, winning both his singles. Sports C move up to eighth on 20 points as Seahorse B maintain 12th on 14 points.
Sports A 4 Bedlington Station 8
Sports A finally got their season started with a tough game against one of the favourites for the title. Station ensured the victory with some top quality pool, although the highlight was a ten-ball clearance from the break by Lisa Marie Wray, who was also Sports A’s player of the night, taking half of the teams points in the 8-4 defeat. Station move up to fourth on 23 points, whilst Sports A go to 16th on four points.
Sports D 5 Seahorse A 7
Sports D were looking to kick-start their season after stepping up a league, but for the second time in three weeks they were pipped by the narrowest of margins. Three wins on the night from Seahorse A’s Kevin Barker helped the away team pinch a close fought match. Seahorse had edged the first set of singles 3-2 only for Sports D to take the second with the same score. Seahorse then won both the scotch doubles. Sports D captain Phil Welch won two out of three frames including both his singles. Despite the result, Sports D move up to 13th and Seahorse A drop a place to seventh on 20 points.
Sun Inn A 9 South Beach 3
Sun Inn A are now alone on points at the summit of the Superleague, maintaining their 100 per cent start with a 9-3 victory over South Beach. With 27 points already, Sun A are averaging a healthy 8.33 points per game. South Beach are still in 15th with eight points. Michael Grieves was man of the match with a 100 per cent record from his three games including an impressive seven-ball clearance in the singles, as did Glen Brooks. Sun team-mate John Gorge Armstrong added to the points total winning two of his three frames.
Wharton Arms 2 Sports B 10
Sports B claimed their first victory of the season with a comfortable 10-2 win at Wharton. Richie Cook and Ian Straughan led the way with a hat-trick of wins apiece. Sports B have moved up three places to fifth on 22 points. BVPA new boys Wharton slip to 14th on 11 points.
Players wishing to play in the BVPA’s Open singles competition on November 29 and 30 need to get with their league reps or contact Gary Wilson at Blyth Sports Club, contact can also be made via BVPA Facebook page or the website.