Comrades B close gap at top with win over leaders Irish A

The Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Breakers Pool Bar, still has ten games to go this season and a potential 120 points available.

Super League leaders and defending champions the Irish A are nine points ahead of their nearest rivals Comrades B.

In the Premier League, there are 11 games remaining and a potential 132 points for each team to play for, with the top three are separated by nine points as Breakers A are still unbeaten on 174 points, Sports D have 170 points in second and Wharton Arms are third on 165 points.

Super League

Irish B 5 Comrades A 7

Comrades A won their ninth game of the season and stay fifth on 102 points. Despite the defeat, Irish B have opened up an 11-point gap above the relegation zone on 97 points.

Comrades B 7 Irish A 5

In the Super League’s prestige match of the week, Irish A lost a 7-5 thriller to second placed Comrades B, who took the first set 4-1 with Chris Gill taking Irish A’s point with a break and dish. Comrades B’s John Laird broke and potted the black on the break, then after the balls were re-racked he broke and cleared the table. Irish A showed their quality in taking the second set 4-1 going into the doubles. Comrades bounced back to take both doubles and secured a narrow victory. Irish A are still in pole position to take their second title with 168 points. Comrades B needed the win and they are nine points behind on 159 points. Man of the match was Comrades B captain Kevin McGarry with three wins from three.

Seahorse B 10 Side Club 2

Seahorse B’s fifth win of the season saw them move up a place to seventh on 110 points. Side Club are in the relegation zone in tenth on 86 points and will have to improve their 4.6 average to avoid dropping into the Premier League next season.

Sports C 7 Bedlington Station 5

Third played fourth in another match that went to the wire, and it did not go to form as the fourth placed Sports C beat Station. Sports C’s 13th win of the season keeps them in fourth on 134 points. Bedlington Station maintain third on 147 points.

Sun A 9 Sports B 3

Sun A’s ninth win of the season sees them stay sixth but they are now tied on points with Comrades A on 116 points. After a hard night of pool, Alan Halliday three from three, Lee Cook three from three and John Armstrong two from two came away with 100 per cent records. Team-mate Carl Sweet also chipped in with a brace for Sun A. Sports B are bottom of the Super League in 11th place with 85 points and will need to significantly improve their 4.25 average to avoid the drop.

Seahorse A were on a bye week and results saw them drop to eighth on 102 points.

Premier League

Breakers A 10 Percy Arms 2

Premier League leaders Breakers A are averaging 8.33 points per week and maintained their unbeaten record with a big victory over Percy Arms. The win helps Breakers A maintain their place at the summit on 174 points after their 16th win of the season. Percy Arms stay sixth on 123 points. There were 100 per cent performances on the night from Trevor Brewis, including a break and dish, with three from three, Robert Riley three from three and Dan Patterson two from two. After trailing 9-1 in the singles, Percy shared the doubles in a real quickfire match that lasted just under 90 minutes.

Breakers B 8 Port of Call 4

A cracking match played in a great atmosphere saw Breakers B move out the bottom two after their sixth win of the season when they beat Port of Call. Breakers B move up to tenth on 100 points. Port of Call, formerly Prince of Wales, are in 12th spot after being allowed to join the BVPA after the first round of fixtures. Trevor Sixsmith and Karl McNally were both two from three for Port of Call.

Cambois Club 4 Breakers C 8

A game played in a very sporting manner saw a great night for Breakers Pool Bar with all three teams recording victories. Breakers C’s resurgence continued with their 13th win of the campaign, which keeps them in fourth place with a mathematical chance of securing a top three position and promotion to the Super League. The win sees Breakers C on 148 points after averaging 7.04 points a week. David Thain and Rory Mandor secured two points each for the home team. Mac McPherson was the man of the match with a hat-trick of wins including a break and dish. Dean Dobson and Brandon McCann were both two from three.

South Beach 10 Sports A 2

Sports A’s recent run of improved performances came to a juddering halt as another of the improving teams, South Beach, secured a 10-2 home win that moves them up to seventh on 112 points. The result does not reflect how tight the frames were and the match could easily have gone the other way. Craig Dunwoodie, Steven Campbell, Jonathon Vincent and Robert Fairbairn were all three from three for the home team.Sports A stay ninth on 102 points.

Sports D 9 Hastings Arms 3

Sports D maintain their title challenge with a 9-3 home win against Hastings Arms. The win keeps them within four points of Breakers A in second spot with 170 points and an 8.09 average. A high quality match with clearances from the break from Phil Welch and John Lowes in the singles, Phil Welch and Chris Scott broke and dished in the doubles. Man of the match honours went to Darren Gurney and Sean Craddock with three from three. Welch and Scott were two from three for Sports D who won the singles 7-3 and then took both doubles. Hastings Arms are eighth on 105 points.

Wharton Arms 10 Sun Inn B 2

Wharton had dropped away from the top two recently, but they seemed to have turned a corner and found their early season form again after recording their 16th win of the season to stay in third on 165 points with a 7.85 average. Due to circumstances, the two Bedlington teams sportingly agreed to play the match over two nights. Man of the match honours were shared by Wharton trio Jamie Spratt, David Young and Christopher Stone who were all three from three.

County Trials for the new Northumberland Blackball County team take place at Breakers Bar on Sunday, February 28.

Players wanting to trial for the EPA World Rules Northumberland team can enter trials at Pots Bar, which are set for Sunday, March 27.

As the BVPA heads into the final third of the 2015-16 season, planning for the 2016-17 season is in place. Venues and teams wishing to join should contact the Association prior to the June 20 AGM.