The Blyth Valley Pool League, sponsored by Breakers Pool Bar, has entered the final month of competition. In the Super league, Irish A have seen their lead cut to two points as Comrades B continue to put the pressure on the defending champions.
In the inaugural BVPA Premier League season, Breakers A are in control of their own destiny with an eight-point lead over Sports Club D.
Breakers B 3 Sports D 9
Sports D recorded their 23rd success of the season with an impressive 9-3 win at Breakers B. Despite recording more wins than any team in the league, Sports D stay second on 236 points. Breakers B are 11th on 132 points. Sports D trio Darren Gurney, Shaun Galbraith and Martin Hunter were all three from three, but a break and dish from Gurney helped him take the man of the match award.
Hastings Arms 7 Cambois Club 5
Hastings Arms won their seventh game of the season and have 154 points in eighth place. Cambois Club drop to sixth on 173 points and the battle between them and Percy A will almost certainly go to the wire with only one point separating them. Hastings captain John Lowes was two from three along with team-mate Ryan Stamford.
Percy Arms B 3 Breakers C 9
Breakers C have emerged from a pack of teams to challenge for a top three spot. With 209 points in fourth place, time is almost certainly running out, but their recent run of improved performances has not gone unnoticed. Percy B continue to search for their first win, although they did upset a few teams by reaching the quarter-finals of the Premier League three-a-side competition. Breakers players Dean Dobson, Paul Jobson and James Stewart were all 100 per cent with three from three on the night.
Sports A 5 Percy Arms A 7
Percy A regained fifth place with their 14th win of the season. As the scoreline suggests it was another close game decided by the narrowest of margins. Sports A stay ninth on 137 points.
Sun B 4 South Beach 8
South Beach are one if not the most improved team in the second half of the season. Results have seen them hold their own with the top four teams, and with 162 points in seventh place, a top five finish is still possible. South Beach took the first set 3-2, then took the next four frames on the spin to seal the win before Sun B won the final singles. The teams shared the doubles. Steven Campbell, Robert Fairbairn, Barry Marshall and Will Mason all recorded two from three. Adam Scott was Sun’s star player, also securing a brace of points from his three frames on the night.
Wharton Arms 3 Breakers A 9
The top match in this week’s fixture saw two of the top three going head to head with the title still on the line. Breakers A came out on top with a solid 9-3 win at Wharton. The victory, which was Breakers A’s 22nd of the season, cemented their position at the top on 244 points. The loss was only Wharton’s third of the season and they stay third on 22 points, but a top two finish is probably not on the cards anymore. Breakers A talisman Trevor Brewis won three from three, and team-mates Robert Riley and Anthony Tait were both two from three. Jamie Spratt and Alan Cunningham won singles game for Wharton, and Freddy Chambers with his doubles partner Christopher Stone took the other point for the home team as the doubles were shared.
Bedlington Station 3 Seahorse B 9
The first of two of the prestige fixtures in the Super League this week saw third and fifth battle it out. A superb 9-3 away win for Seahorse B is their best ever result against a top three team. The victory was Seahorse B’s tenth win of the campaign and with 168 points in fifth place a top four finish could still be on the cards. Andrew Brownlee with a hat-trick of wins was the man of the match. The loss was only Stations sixth of the season and they remain third on 190 points.
Comrades A 7 Sports B 5
Comrades A secured their 11th win of the season with another tight match. Ian Clark was man of the match for Comrades A, who fielded a new look team due to holidays. Comrades A stay seventh on 153 points, whilst Sports B are in the relegation zone in tenth on 123 points.
Side Club 4 Irish A 8
Bottom against top in the Super League and with the title almost certainly going to the final week, this was an opportunity for Irish A to increase their lead. But the result and results elsewhere saw their lead reduced to two points. With 226 points from their 23 wins this season, they have a better win ratio, which is worth another point should there be a tie for first place. Side Club remain in 11th place on 116 points, and although they can mathematically avoid relegation to the Premier League, the odds are surely stacked against them. Chris Gill and Jamie Barbour shared the man of the match honours with three from three each.
Seahorse A 3 Sun A 9
As the league draws to a close, a top five finish may just elude Sun A as they recorded their 11th win of the season with a 9-3 away win. With 160 points in sixth place they are eight points adrift of fifth spot, but have one game less to play. Seahorse A are eighth on 135 points. Seahorse A captain Kevin Barker won two from three, returning talisman John Welsh helped secure the home team’s other point with a doubles win. For Sun A, Alan Halliday and captain Mark McCann smashed a hat-trick of wins each, while team-mates Lee Cook and Carl Sweet were both two from three.
Sports C 3 Comrades B 9
The final game of the week was probably the prestige fixture. Comrades B took the first set 5-0 including a break and dish from Gary Wilson and an eight-ball clearance from James Taylor. Comrades then extended their lead to 7-0 before Carl Turner and Julian Slater pulled two frames back for Sports C. Man of the match Ray Irving with three from three took the final singles. Julian Slater and Ian Carr broke and dished the first scotch doubles, before a foul in the last frame gave Ray Irving and Kevin McGarry the chance to seal the final frame. Comrades B are second on 224 points following their 21st win of the season. Sports C are fourth on 177 points, and it is an away game at Irish A for them next week.
Irish B had their bye this week and stay ninth on 128 points and are five points above the relegation zone, but more importantly they have a game in hand and still have to play teams below them in the run-in.
At the weekend the BVPA staged another of its Open Dingles competitions.
From a 48-player field it was an all Irish final as Chris Gill beat Matt Brannan 4-2.
Gill also became the first player to win two Open competitions and took the winner’s prize of £250.
Brannan took home £150 for making the final. Semi-finalists Kevin McGarry and Lee Wren pocketed £70 each.
The BVPA thanked Sports Club for staging and sponsoring the event, and all the players who took part in making it a fantastic day.