The Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Breakers Pool Bar and Blyth Comrades Club, Super League, defending champions Irish A increased their lead at the top with a 7-5 win over Comrades B.
In the Premier League, Newsham Side Club suffered their second defeat in a row with a 7-5 reverse against Breakers D, but remain top in a highly competitive BVPA second league.
Irish A 7 Comrades B 5
Irish A maintain top spot after recording their first victory in six league and cup games against Comrades B, who took the opening two frames with a first visit clearance from James Taylor and a break and dish from Kevin McGarry. That was as good as it got for the visitors with Irish stamping their authority on the game by taking the next six frames in a row including a first visit clearance from Chris Gill. Comrades took the last two singles to trail 6-4 going into the doubles. Gill and Jason Ritson took the first doubles to seal the victory before Comrades won the last frame. Gill and Gary Spooner were two from three for Irish A with Comrades’ Steven Foggett and Gary Wilson also securing a brace of points each. Irish A remain at the peak of the Super League with 64 points and a consistent 9.14 weekly points average. Comrades B remain second on 56 points.
Bedlington Station 2 Seahorse B 10
Seahorse B started the campaign with two straight defeats but have turned their season around by winning six in a row including victories against Comrades B and this win against another of the top four teams. Teammates Andrew Brownlee, Alan Erridge and Ray Erridge were all three from three, and Mark Lillico chipped in with two from three. Highlights were dry breaks dished by Ray and Alan Erridge in the singles. Seahorse B are third on 54 points, whilst Station are fourth on 46 points and have a game in hand on the two teams above them.
Comrades A 5 Breakers A 7
Breakers A came from 3-0 down to seal a 7-5 win at Comrades A and they remain fifth on 45 points after their third win of the season and are the highest placed of all the teams promoted from the Premier League last season. Comrades A are seventh on 37 points.
Seahorse A 7 Sun Inn 5
Seahorse A have also had one of their best starts to a BVPA season and with a narrow hard fought win against Sun Inn they hold sixth place on 43 points. Highlight of the match was a dry break dished by Gordon Foster and Chris Taylor. Seahorse A’s Foster secured the man of the match award with the only hat-trick of wins on the night. Sun Inn are tenth on 31 points.
Bank Top 1 Breakers C 11
Breakers C bounced back from the previous week’s defeat to record a big away win that moves them up to fourth on 48 points. Sarah Jane Perry, Mac McPherson and Paul Jobson were all undefeated with three from three, teammates Chris Scott was also 100% and chipped in with two from two to help secure the win. Darren Hall and Glen Brookes took the other points for Breakers. Bank Top are eighth on 38 points.
Breakers B 9 South Beach 3
Breakers B have highlighted the sportsmanship shown by South Beach in allowing games to be played out of sync as Breakers’ fifth player was running late and not claiming the points. The home team after got back to winning ways in the last month and this, their third win of the season, takes them up to seventh on 40 points. Star players on the night were Cameron Wintrip and Carl Armstrong with three from three, teammates Chris Wilson and Dean Dobson were both two from three. South Beach have dropped a place to fifth on 47 points.
Breakers E 5 Irish B 7
Irish B took the first set 3-2 and then romped through the second 4-1 to seal the victory. Breakers E took both scotch doubles to give the scoreline some respectability. With lots of close games being narrowly won, Tom Beal took the man of the match award with a hat-trick of wins for Breakers, which also included a first visit clearance. Stu Cavens was also 100% from his one frame, Neil McLaughlin was two from three. Irish star players were Paul Johnson and Brian Wakenshaw with two from three. Irish B are sixth on 46 points in a tight league. Breakers E are ninth on 33 points.
Newsham Side Club 5 Breakers D 7
Newsham Side Club went unbeaten for six matches but have lost their last two against the two teams below them in the Premier table. Breakers D took the first set 3-2 and then sealed the victory by taking the second 4-1 after winning five frames in a row. Side Club took both scotch doubles to give the scoreline more respectability. Side Club hold onto pole position in the table with 63 points with an average weekly haul of just under eight points. Breakers D are hot on their heels though in second with 54 points and with a game in hand on their rivals. Andrew Cunningham and Jamie Spratt had the pick of the figures with two from three each for the visitors.