The Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Northumbria Flooring, took a break from league fixtures as teams battled it out for the semi-final places in the Superleague Knockout Cups.
Irish A 7 Seahorse B 5
A match between two of the top five in the BVPA saw league leaders Irish A win the last doubles against Seahorse B to avoid a sudden death play-off. Irish A were last year’s cup runners-up and will be hoping to complete the double this season.
Station 2 Comrades B 7
Defending cup winners Bedlington Station failed to make the semis for the first time in BVPA history after an emphatic 7-2 defeat in a battle between two of the top four.
Side Club 7 Sports B 5
Side Club edged out Sports B with a narrow 7-5 win.
Wharton Arms 3 Sports C 7
Wharton were looking to cause an upset after winning the first set of singles 3-2. But Sports C responded by winning the second set 5-0 to secure their place in the semis.
The draw sees Comrades B against Side Club while Sports C will play Irish A.
The two Sun Inn teams took the opportunity to play some league fixtures early with rather different, although expected, results.
In the first game, Sun A beat the Sports A 9-3. Star men on the night were Mark McCann and Reese Chishall with a hat-trick of wins apiece. Able support was added by Lee Cook, who took a brace of points. The result keeps Sun A in sixth with 175 points, and they are now only three behind Seahorse B in fifth on identical games played.
Sun B’s match went to form as Seahorse A recorded a heavy victory over the Superleague’s bottom team. Only Dean Seymour’s singles victory over Seahorse talisman John Welsh helped them avoid the whitewash. The win sees Seahorse A move up a place to eighth on 158 points.
Elsewhere, Bedlington Pool League’s penultimate week of league fixtures has not altered the table that much and three teams will be playing the final games next week with a realistic chance of taking the title.
Top are Grapes A, who have 178 points after an 8-1 home win over Railway and now have a two-point lead over Shambles, whose 7-2 win at Grapes B keeps them second.
Grapes have a better win ratio so even a 7-2 victory in their last match should be enough to secure the title.
In third are Bedlington Station after a 6-3 win at the Shakespeare, which gives them 174 points and they must stick in a big result and hope the top two slip up.
In the Blyth and District Pool League, High Street are the new Bob Brown Premier League champions following a 7-2 home win over Spartan Hotel. With 177 points they are 23 ahead of second placed Services A.
With ten points available on match nights in the BDPL, it is mathematically impossible to catch them with two games remaining. In third and fourth are Masons A and B teams.
The BDPL’s first division still has four weeks to run and the top three are separated by seven points.
Top with 162 points are Isabella B, followed by Percy Arms on 158 points and North Blyth with 155.