It was all change at the top and bottom of the Blyth Valley Pool Association Super-League table after the latest round of matches.
Irish A and Bedlington Station both had byes, which allowed Comrades B to go top, whilst at the bottom, Sun Inn B moved off their perch in last place and climbed one to 15th.
Irish B 3 Sun A 9
Sun A new boy Lee Cook and team-mate Mark McCann took a hat-trick of points apiece against Irish B. The result saw them hold sixth place with 123 points and narrow the gap to fifth to 11 points With a game in hand. Irish B drop a place to eighth on 115 points.
Comrades A 8 Seahorse B 4
In their fourth BVPA campaign, Seahorse B are enjoying their best season, whilst it has been Real Comrades’ most disappointing. But the form book was thrown out the window as Comrades A took the win. Seahorse B’s Mark Lillico was the star man on the night, winning three frames. Seahorse B stay fifth on 134 points. Real Comrades move up a place to 10th with 111 points, and with a better win ratio than Seahorse A, who also have 111.
Side Club 9 Wharton Arms 3
Newsham Side Club team-mates Gary Schulz and Phil Chadwick both had 100 per cent records from their three frames to help secure a solid home victory over Wharton Arms. Side Club moved up a place to ninth on 115 points. Wharton Arms stay 14th on 75 points.
Seahorse A 4 Comrades B 8
Seahorse A were on the verge of a good hiding from a relentless Comrades B after they took the first set of singles 5-0. Seahorse talisman John Welsh could not do anything other than chalk his cue while he watched Kevin McGarry break and dish. Another highlight was an eight-ball clearance from Comrades B’s Ray Irving. Seahorse captain rallied his troops with a great comeback, taking four of the last five frames. Darren Gurney made a winning start to his Comrades B debut and they went top on 171 points. Seahorse A drop two places to 11th on 111 points.
Sports B 9 Sports D 3
In the first of the two Sports Club derby matches, Sports B took control from the beginning, and despite some spirited performances from the D team, the B team sealed the match before the Scotch doubles. Ian Straughan and Paul Gibson both secured a hat-trick of points for the B, while star man for the D team was Sean Craddock, who also came away with a 100 per cent record from his three frames. Sports D maintain 12th place with 100 points whilst the B team moved up a place to seventh on 120 points.
Sports C 8 Sports A 4
Sports C looked well on their way to getting back in the top two after taking a 4-0 lead, but Sports A captain Geordie Reay pulled a frame back in the last singles of the first set. The second set was also taken by the C team, but by the narrowest of margins After Lisa Marie Wray and A Dixon secured another two points for the A team. Men of the match, Alan Parker and Paul Riley, had three wins, Steven Spears and Cameron Wintrip took the last with their second turn at the table finishing with a double into a corner pocket. Sports C hold third on 165 points whilst Sports A also stay 13th on 85 points.
Sun B 12 South Beach 0
Unfortunately South Beach were unable to field a team due to work commitments and Sun B were awarded the points, which sees them move off the bottom. South Beach drop a place to 16th with 60 points.
Bye teams Irish A dropped to second place and Bedlington Station stay fourth on 139 points.
The BVPA open on April 11 and 12 promises to be one of the most open ever. With the county game being pencilled in for that weekend, it means a lot of the top guns will not be available so there is an opportunity for new players.
In other local pool news, Bedlington Pool League continues to enjoy a competitive season with four teams separated by six points at the top. With Shambles having a bye this week, results saw them drop four places to fourth on 21 points. An 8-1 home victory saw Bedlington Station go top on 127 points. In second are Cambois A with 125 points after a nail-biting 5-4 win over third placed Grapes A, who also have 125 points.
The Blyth & District Pool League premier league is lead by High Street on 133 points after 18 games. Services A and Masons A are in second and third, both on 114 points. Fourth is held by Masons B on 95 points.
The first division is more closely contested with Isabella B leading the pack with 136 points after 19 games. In second on 132 points are Percy Arms, who also have a game in hand on the leaders. North Blyth with 125 points are in third, also with a game in hand. The top four is rounded off by Clef & Cask on 122 points. New boys Constitutional Club continued with their recent upturn in form, inspired by a man of the match performance from Les Morris, who smashed a hat-trick of wins, starting with the Captain’s Cup.