The Blyth Valley Pool Association Superleague, sponsored by Union Private Hire & Goschen Street Garage, started the second half of the 2013-14 season with a number of derby games.
At the Sports Club, it was a case of ‘A’ against ‘C’, and the latter continue to set the pace at the head of the Friendly League with 134 points after a solid 9-3 victory.
Man of the match was Neil Taylor with a hat-trick of wins. ‘A’ team stand-in captain Geordie Reay was their player of the night with two points.
At the Annitsford Irish Club, the ‘B’ team were looking to upset the big guns again following their opening day victory over the ‘A’ team.
Irish ‘A’ captain Jason Ritson led the way with a hat-trick of wins on the night as the ‘A’ team gained revenge with a 7-5 victory. The result maintains the ‘B’ teams second place on 125 points.
In Bedlington it was a case of Sun Inn ‘A’ versus ‘B’ with the former taking the contest 10-2. Glen Sharp and Georgie Armstrong took a brace of points each for the ‘A’ team, while Ivy Neal and Davy Bradford eight-ball clearance secured the ‘B’ team points.
The Seahorse in Blyth saw its ‘A’ and ‘B’ sides battling it out for sixth place in the league.
The ‘A’ team started the better, opening up a 5-2 lead with two wins apiece from John Welsh and Ray Erridge.
The ‘B’ team then staged the fightback which saw them take the next four frames in a row to take the match to the wire. The final Scotch Doubles was won by the ‘A’ team, with team captain Kevin Barker coming off the bench and helping to secure the draw.
It was both teams’ fourth draw of the season and the result sees the ‘B’ team maintain sixth place on 104 points whilst the ‘A’ team remain four points adrift in seventh.
In the final derby game of the week, Comrades ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams were involved in another prestigious game.
The match was all about chances, and the ‘B’ team playing at their new venue were the more clinical on the night, coming out 9-3 winners in another high quality match.
The ‘B’ team thanked the ‘A’ team and the committee for the welcome at the new venue.
The result keeps the ‘B’ team in third on 120 points, whilst the ‘A’ team are fifth on 109 points.
The last two games took place in Cramlington and both involved some of the biggest upsets in BVPA history.
The constantly improving Cramlington Village Club secured a tremendous 8-4 victory over Sports Club ‘B’ to move them into ninth place, only eight behind their opponents.
At the Brockwell Seam the home team secured their best ever result and probably the biggest shock with a 7-5 victory over the fourth placed Bedlington Station Club.
Whilst Station were not at full strength, this does not take anything away from Brockwell.