THE Blyth Valley Pool Association Superleague, sponsored by Union Private Hire and Goschen St Garage, saw a number of very competitive close matches on week 11.
The closest game of the week between the Seahorse B and Seaton Terrace Club, who are the highest placed new teams in the Superleague. With the scores tied at 6-6 after the singles and doubles Razor Erridge took the sudden death play off to seal the win for the Seahorse. Man of the match was Razor Erridge winning all four games.
Special mention also to his brother Alan for winning three games and also the Terrace’s Gary Dennis again with three wins. The match was played in a great sporting manner with the Terrace allowing Seahorse captain Adam Young to play his games first before having to leave early. Both teams are now tied on 69 points and identical win ratios, but the head to head games mean the Seahorse are place higher in seventh place.
BVPA leaders, the Joiners A on 114 points, maintained their unbeaton record with a quick fire 11-1 victory over the Sun Inn B team. Highlight of the game was a tremendous eight ball clearance from the Joiners captain Alan Parker.
The only other unbeaton team in the BVPA, the Percy Arms were pushed all the way by a game Seahorse A team. In a match that could have gone either way, the Percy came out 7-5 winners but still slip five points behind the league leaders. Star man on the night was John Welsh from the Seahorse winning both his singles.
The Sun Inn A went very close to winning their third match of the season, but even with Daniel Munday winning his first singles game wasn’t enough as the Joiners B scraped a nervy 7-5 victory.
Bedlington Station continued their impressive season form with a 8-4 victory over Cramlington Village, the wins leaves them in third place on 107 points. Star men were the Station’s Jason Watson and Scott Jackson winning all three games.
In the prestige game of the week fourth placed Comrades B played fifth placed Annitsford Irish. As expected it was another close game with the Irish narrowly winning 7-5. Star men for the Irish were Jason Ritson and Chris Gill winning both their singles games, but the highlight of the game was a break and dish from Stuart Taylor from the Comrades. Even with the victory the Irish slip to sixth place due to other teams recording bigger wins.
The Brockwell Seam looked well on their way to recording a big victory over Newsham Side Club, after taking the first set of singles 4-1 the Brockwell looked to be in a very commanding position only for the Side Club to win the second set by an identical scoreline. With the scores tied, the match looks likely to go to a sudden death play off, only for the Brockwell to take control and win both the Scotch doubles and avoid the anguish of the play off.
In the final game of the week a very dominant Comrades A whitewashed Dudley WMC 12-0. The victory moves the Comrades A up to fifth place where they are tied on 92 points with their B team. The B team are placed higher because of the greater win ratio.