Third new team top pool league table in last three weeks

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The BVPA league, sponsored Union Private Hire & Goschen Street Garage, sees the table topped by a different team for the third week running.

After seven weeks of the season, Blyth Sports Club C are now at the summit.

A better win ratio is keeping them above Annitsford Irish A, with the top seven separated by only eight points

Sports C maintained their 100 per cent start and moved back to top on 56 points following a 12-0 whitewash of Sun Inn B.

An excellent team performance was highlighted by two eight-ball clearances from Alan Parker and Julian Slater. Special mention went to Sports C captain Parker for calling a foul on himself and also ensuring Sun Inn did not foul by failing to nominate in the doubles.

Annitsford Irish A are also on 56 points following a 10-2 victory over Newsham Side Club. Star man on the night was Chris Gill with three points. Gary Sooner and Gareth Evans also chipped in with two wins from two.

In third place on 53 points are Seahorse A, who are also unbeaten following an 8-4 victory over Annitsford Irish B. Man of the match was Seahorse’s Martin Brock with a hat-trick of wins.

Two teams are tied for fourth on 51 points. Bedlington Station had a titanic match with Seahorse B which went all the way to the wire, and even then the teams could not be separated with the scores tied at 6-6.

Also on 51 points are Percy Arms, had a solid 10-2 victory over Brockwell Seam, with Brockwell legend John Welford rolling back the years.

Sports Club B in sixth place on 49 points continued their 100 per cent start with an 8-4 derby win over the Sports Club A.

Three wins apiece from Ian Straughan and Will Cowling helped them secure the win, while Sports Club A new boy Geordie Adams chipped in with a point for his new team.

The final game of the week was also another close match with the improving Cramlington Village pushing Comrades all the way only to lose 7-5. The victory keeps Comrades in seventh on 48 points.

BVPA singles champion Chris Gill was crowned National CIU champion at the weekend for the second time.