The Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Breakers Pool Bar, this week saw teams competing in the 29th round of the 2015-16 season.
In the Super League, defending champions Irish A continue to lead the way on 211 points from Comrades B on 196 points, but with a game in hand.
In the Premier League, the title race is even more competitive with three teams in with a shout. Breakers A got back to winning ways and regained top spot after suffering their first defeat of the season against the Sports D last week.
Sports D in turn lost the top spot after suffering a close defeat at third placed Wharton Arms.
Comrades B 10 Irish B 2
Comrades B kept up the pressure with their 18th win of the season keeping them in second on 196 points. They took the first set 5-0 and the second 3-2 before edging both doubles. John Laird was 100 per cent with two from two, Kevin McGarry was also unbeaten on three from three, but the man of the match went to Scott Chisholm with three from three, including a break and dish in the singles. Irish B are eighth on 121 points and have some breathing space above the relegation zone.
Irish A 10 Seahorse A 2
Irish A continue their dominance at the peak of the Super League after recording their 21st win of the season, giving them a healthy haul of 211 points. Seahorse A are ninth on 117 points and are now only seven points above the relegation zone. Chris Gill, John Wilson and Matt Brannan shared the man of the match honours with maximum records from their three frames.
Seahorse B 5 Comrades A 7
Comrades A recorded their tenth win of the season with a competitive win at Seahorse B. The teams are involved in a tight mid-table battle with Seahorse B fifth on 145 points, Comrades A are sixth on 141 points.
Side Club 6 Sun Inn A 6
A close match was the fourth draw for both teams in this year’s BVPA Super League. The result keeps Side Club 11th on 106 points. Sun Inn A are seventh on 140 points.
Station 7 Sports B 5
Another improved performance from Sports B against one of the top four, but ultimately just losing by the narrowest of margins. Station remain third on 175 points after recording their 17th win of the season. Sports B are tenth on 110 points and have closed the gap to teams above them in recent weeks.
Sports C had their bye this week and remain in a virtually unassailable fourth place with 157 points.
Breakers A 12 Breakers B 0
A local derby whitewash from Breakers A was the kind of performance team captain Dan Patterson was hoping for as a response to losing their unbeaten run and top spot against the Sports D last week. The A team’s 20th win of the season takes them back to the pinnacle of the Premier League with 217 points, and more importantly they have given themselves some breathing space with a six-point gap to second place. Breakers B are tenth on 123 points. Trevor Brewis, Robert Riley, Gavin Slaughter and Dan Patterson were all three from three. Anthony Tait chipped in with two from two.
South Beach 9 Percy B 3
South Beach recorded their fifth win of the season which sees them seventh on 140 points. Percy B continue to look for that elusive win and remain 12th. Darren Fletcher with a break and dish in the singles for the home team, while Karl McNally with two from three was the star man for the Percy B.
Wharton 7 Sports D 5
The top match in this week’s BVPA Premier League was the clash between two of the top three. Sports D narrowly lost out in a top quality match. Wharton Arms stay third on 204 points and could still have a significant say in where the title goes this season. Sports D need to bounce back after dropping to second on 211 points and may have the slightly easier run in on paper. A hat-trick of points for Sports D captain Phil Welch earned him the man of the match honours. In a match played in good spirits, a couple of costly fouls proved the difference between defeat and victory.
Sports A 6 Cambois Club 6
Sports A moved up a place to ninth on 128 points after equaling South Beach’s tally of six draws in the campaign. Cambois Club drop a spot to sixth on 155 points.
Percy A 7 Hastings Arms 5
Percy A moved up a place to fifth on 156 points following their 13th win of the season. Hastings Arms pushed Percy A all the way, but just narrowly lost out and remain eighth on 134 points. Hastings’ Kevin Bailey with three from three took the man of the match honours.
Sun Inn B 2 Breakers C 10
Breakers C are almost certainly guaranteed a top four spot after recording their 17th win of the season, giving them 187 points in fourth. Sun inn B are 11th on 118 points. Breakers C edged the first set 3-2, then took total control by winning seven frames without reply. Man of the match honours were shared between Darren Hall, Brandon McCann and Mac McPherson, who all recorded a hat-trick of wins each. Breakers C’s captain Dean Dobson’s absence did not prove to be an obstacle to his team getting the result.
The new Blackball County season kicked off on Sunday, April 3, and the new Northumberland A and B teams were in action against a highly rated Cleveland squad.
Northumberland A took the penultimate frame with a break and dish from Darren Gurney, but they lost a tactical final frame and the match was tied 18-18.
Northumberland B upstaged the A team, coming away with a very respectable 22-14 win against Cleveland B.
As the conclusion to the 2015-16 season nears, the BVPA are happy to welcome new venues and teams wishing to join the association for the 2016-17 season.