Pool league teams compete in knockout cups for semi-finals places
The Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Breakers Pool Bar, took a break from league action as teams from each division competed to reach the semi-finals of their respective team knockout cups.
In the Super League, two games went to the final frame, with one needing a sudden death play-off to finally decide the winner.
In the Premier League, only one game went to the wire with another two being decided on the penultimate frame of the night.
Irish A 7 Sports C 6
Irish A & Sports C were the top two teams in the Super League last season and between them they have won every league title to date. With the teams being drawn against each other in the quarter-finals, it ensured one would miss finals night. Sports C had the better of the first half, taking a 4-2 lead only for Irish A to fight back, with the teams tied at 6-6 after the scotch doubles, it was Irish A who won the sudden death play-off.
Comrades B 7 Sports B 3
Defending Super League Knockout Cup winners Comrades B were made to work a lot more than form and league positions would suggest. James Taylor took the opening frame with a break and dish and he sealed the match by taking his second frame in the last of the singles games. In between, Ray Irving and Gary Wilson also completed two singles wins each. Sports B’s star player was Andy Scott with two from two. Graham Nicholson took Sports B’s other point when he won the last game in the first singles.
Seahorse A 7 Side Club 5
Seahorse A took a final frame decider to make their first ever finals night in the Super League. The match was close all the way but league form prevailed and the home team just edged the match.
Sun Inn A 7 Bedlington Station 4
Sun Inn came back from 4-2 down to beat one of the top teams in the BVPA 7-4 to reach their very first finals night. Lee Cook was the Sun’s man of the match with three from three including the match-winning frame. Station will now miss their first finals night in five years, but will have an opportunity to avenge the loss when the teams renew rivalries in their Super League next week. As ever the local rivals were as gracious in victory and defeat.
Breakers C 7 Percy Arms 4
With only a couple of places separating these teams in the league, a close game was always on the cards, and so it proved with Breakers C securing the tie by taking the first of the scotch doubles. Paul Jobson was the man of the match with three from three for Breakers C. Brandon McCann was also 100 per cent with two from two and Mac McPherson with two from three helped secure the win for the home team. Glenn Brookes’ clearance from a dry break was one of the highlights of the night.
Sports D 5 Breakers A 7
The top two teams in the Premier League battled it out in an epic quarter-final as Breakers A came back from 3-1 down, then lead 5-3 only for Sports to square the match at 5-5 after a brilliant clearance from Shaun Galbraith. Breakers finally sealed the victory by winning both scotch doubles to reach the semi-finals, and with Breakers C already through, an all Breakers final is still a possibility. Debutante Ant Tait was the star player for Breakers A, securing a hat-trick of points. Team-mates Trevor Brewis and Robert Riley chipped in with a brace of points each. Anthony Marshall was Sports D’s top player on the night with two from three including two singles wins.
Sun B 4 Sports A 7
Sports A reached the semi-finals by taking the penultimate frame of the match to ensure Blyth has a representative in the last four. Sports A took the first set of singles 4-1, but a spirited comeback by Sun B saw them take the second set of singles 3-2 and gain an upper hand in the match, only to fail to take a golden opportunity in the 11th frame and get punished for it.
Wharton Arms 7 Cambois Club 0
Wharton Arms were on fire as they dispatched Cambois Club 7-0, and they have not lost a frame in the cup this season. The victory ensures that Bedlington will have three representatives in the Premier League Knockout Cup semi-finals.