Comrades B and Wharton Arms win Blyth Valley Pool Association knockout cups
The Blyth Valley Pool Association's Festival of Pool concluded at Breakers Pool Bar with the KO Cup competitions.
The Premier League KO Cup draw saw two favourites drawn against each other in the semi-finals.
Semi-final: Sun Inn B 5 Breakers Bar C 7
Breakers C took the first set 3-2 with every frame won against the break. Sun B won the next two to lead 4-3 before Breakers C won three in a row to lead 6-4 going into the scotch doubles. Adam Scott and Davy Bradford took the first doubles for Sun B only for Paul Jobson and Mac McPherson to seal the match for Breakers C and book their place in the final.
Semi-final: Wharton Arms 7 Breakers A 5
Premier League champions Breakers A took the first set 3-2 only for Wharton to take the second by an identical scoreline to tie the match at 5-5 going into the scotch doubles. Wharton’s John Spratt and David Young took the first doubles to lead 6-5 before teammates Jamie Spratt and Andrew Cunningham sealed the match on the final frame to win 7-5.
Final: Wharton Arms 7 Breakers C 2
Without any of the top two Premier League teams making it to the final, the third and fourth placed teams battled it out for the trophy. The match went with league form as Wharton dominated to win in nine frames with A Cunningham Jnr potting the final black to seal the victory.
The draw for the Super League kept the top two apart, and the semi-finals could not have been more contrasting.
Semi-final: Comrades B 7 Sun Inn A 6
Sun A looked to cause an upset, taking the first set 3-2, with a break and dish from Scotty Chisholm getting Comrades B off the mark. Comrades B took the second set 3-2 to tie the game going into the doubles. Lee Cook and Carl Sweet took the first for Sun Inn only for Ray Irving and Kevin McGarry to win the final frame to tie the match. It was the captain’s pick for the sudden death play-off frame. Despite winning the lag, a miscue from Cook on the break gave Chisholm the opportunity to have the balls re-racked to break again and clear the table for his second break and dish of the night, which sealed Comrades’ spot in the final.
Semi-final: Seahorse A 0 Irish A 7
Irish A sealed their spot in the final with a quick-fire 7-0 win over Seahorse A that included three break and dishes and punishing and dry breaks with clearances.
Final: Comrades B 7 Irish A 5
Irish A took the opening frame but Comrades won the next four only for the to take the second set 3-2 leaving the game poised at 6-4 to Comrades B. Chris Gill and Jason Ritson took the first doubles on the black to pull another frame back. A foul in the last doubles proved to be the turning point as Ray Irving and Kevin McGarry cleared the table with two visits to seal the victory and retain the KO Cup for Comrades B.
The presentation of trophies also saw over £3,000 in prize money being paid out between both leagues.
BVPA 2015-16 winners
Three-a-side (prize money £120): Super League, Irish A; Premier League, Wharton Arms.
Doubles (£150): Super League, Ray Irving and James Taylor (Comrades B); Premier League, Robert Riley and Trevor Brewis (Breakers A).
Champion of Champions (£160): Phil Welch (Sports D).
Singles (£150): Super League, Chris Gill (Irish A); Premier League, Paul Jobson (Breakers C).
KO Cup (£150): Super League, Comrades B; Premier League, Breakers A.
League (£150): Super League, Irish A; Premier League, Breakers A.
Any venues or teams wishing to join the BVPA for the 2016-17 season need to attend a meeting at Blyth Sports Club on Tuesday, June 21, at 7.30pm, to pay a bond and join the association.
Teams may be able to join later if spaces are available, but they need to contact the BVPA through its Facebook page to register their interest.