The Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Northumbria Flooring, has seven weeks to run before the Festival of Pool in the last week in May.
Teams will also be involved in the Knockout Cup quarter-finals to be played during the run-in.
This week’s league results saw 11 of the 16 teams maintain position including the top eight.
Irish A 6 Comrades B 6
The top two in the league and neither team managed to land a significant knockout blow to their opponents as they tied at 6-6. Comrades B won the first three frames only for the Irish to win the next five. Comrades then took the last two singles to tie the game 5-5. Irish a took the first doubles and were on course for the win when Jason Ritson potted the black and one of his opponent’s colours to ensure the match finished 6-6. The draw keeps Irish A top on 221 points from 25 matches, averaging 8.84 points per game. Comrades B stay second on 215 points from 25 games averaging 8.6 points per match.
Comrades A 6 Bedlington Station 6
The Real Comrades and Bedlington Station played out the second draw in this week’s fixtures. Station were favourites on league form, but Comrades have been producing improved performances in the second half of the season which has seen them improve position, and the result helps them hold on to eighth on 149 points in a competitive mid-table group. Station will probably finish fourth and have 188 points from their 25 games averaging 7.52 points per match.
Newsham Side Club 4 Sun Inn A 8
Sun A are another team having a breakthrough campaign in the BVPA. After three seasons of propping up the table they have served their apprenticeship and are now a team to be reckoned with. The victory was their 13th of the season and keeps them sixth on 159 points with a game in hand over Seahorse B and only eight points behind them. Man of the match was Sun’s Lee Cook with a hat-trick of wins including a break and dish in his singles. Team-mates Alan Halliday also had a 100 per cent record from his three frames, whilst Michael Grieves and Mark McCann chipped in with a brace of points each.
Seahorse A 10 Irish B 2
A comfortable 10-2 home win against an Irish B team hit by work commitments saw Seahorse A move up two places to ninth on 143 points. Irish B who showed the spirit of the game playing with a player short, but their two-point haul sees them drop a place to 11th on 135 points. Kevin Barker, David Brown and Chris Taylor all had 100 per cent records from their three frames. Irish B did not get much luck in a few frames, but team-mates John Wilson Jnr and Craig Johnson wins in the singles salvaged a couple of points for them on a tough night.
Sports B 8 South Beach 4
Wayne Gillespie rolled back the years once again with another magnificent hat-trick of wins to lead Sports B to victory. Richie Cook also had a 100 per cent record on the night, but was unable to knock team-mate Gillespie from his perch as man of the match. Sports B stay seventh on 156 points. South Beach’s four points saw them move up a place to 15th on 77 points.
Sports D 3 Seahorse B 9
Sports D are the pick of the crop of the new teams, and while it has been a learning curve, they are now competing with a number of teams in a close and competitive mid-table battle. A 9-3 home defeat keeps them in 12th place with 135 points. Seahorse B are still having their best ever campaign and they will be looking to maintain their fifth place with 167 points. Highlights were a break and dish apiece from Andrew Brownlee and Mark Lillico. The Erridge brothers, Ray and Alan, got back to winning ways with a hat-trick of wins each, earning them a share of the man of the match award. Phil Welch and Shaun Galbraith were Sports D’s saviours, taking two points each in a great night of top quality pool.
Sun Inn B 0 Sports C 12
Sports C were in decent form producing their third 12-0 whitewash of the season. With everyone winning the man of the match award went to Paul Riley with two eight-ball clearances in his singles frames. Sun B did have some chances but Sports C who were the more clinical. Sun B drop to 16th with 73 points while Sports C stay third on 212 points, averaging 8.48 points per match. Although they have closed the gap to the top two, it is still effectively a two-horse race between Irish A and Comrades B.
Wharton Arms 6 Sports A 6
Sports A’s captain was the man of the match, winning all three of his games. The third draw in the week’s fixtures was always going to be a close game with 13th and 14th playing each other. The result sees the status quo remain with Wharton in 13th on 103 points and Sports A 14th.
In other local pool news, the Bedlington Wednesday Night Pool League continues to be the closes in the area. There are three teams with a realistic chance of being crowned champions.
At the top are Bedlington Station on 168 points from 26 matches following a 7-2 win at Railway Tavern. In second on 161 points are Grapes A, who have a game in hand on Station after their 8-1 home win against Shakespeare. Shambles are third tied on 161 points with Grapes A, but with a lower win ratio. A 9-0 away win at Sun inn has put them back in contention and they also have a game in hand over the leaders. In fourth and effectively out of the running are Cambois A, who recorded a 6-3 home win over Market Tavern. The tightest match in the BPL saw Cherry Tree edge out Grapes B 5-4.
The Blyth & District Pool League Thursday Night Pool League’s top division, the Bob Brown Premier League, is being led by the High Street who recorded their 21st victory of the season with a tight 5-4 win at New Hartley Club.
High Street have 162 points from their 22 matches averaging 7.36 points a week, and they only require another 18 points from the last four fixtures, which should be a formality.
Services A moved up to second on 139 points following a 6-3 win at Waterloo Pub A.
The Kings Arms and their barmy army of fans were on the march again with another big win against another of the top boys. This week it was Masons Arms A’s turn and they took a 6-3 beating and also lost second place to Services A.
Vic B, with 117 points in fourth place, lead a group of six teams separated by 11 points after a 7-2 win at Spartan Hotel.
In The BDPL’s first division there has been much more of a contest.
Isabella’s game was postponed and they dropped to third place on 151 points, however, they now have a game in hand over the top two.
Percy Arms are now in second on 153 points following a hard fought 6-3 win at Flying Horse.
North Blyth took top spot with a 7-2 home win against Blyth & Tyne, which gives them a total of 155 points.
Clef & Cask hold on to fourth on 131 points after a 7-2 win at Waterloo Pub C.