Gap at the top of Super League down to three points

The Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Breakers Pool Bar, has reached the final month for both the Super League and the Premier League.

In the Super League, the gap at the top has narrowed to three points, while in the Premier League it has opened up to eight points.

Super League.

Irish A 7 Bedlington Station 5

A titanic match in the BVPA Super League as saw first and third went head to head, with Irish A’s narrow success securing their 22nd win of the season to stay in pole position to retain the title. Station remain in third on 187 points. Gary Spooner was the man of the match, securing a hat-trick of wins. Chris Gill, Ayton Stewart and Jason Watson all broke and dished in the singles. John Wilson, of Irish A, and Andrew Robertson, of Station, were both 100 per cent from their two games.

Comrades B 10 Side Club 2

Comrades B narrowed the gap at the top to three points after their 20th win of the season. Ray Irving, Scotty Chisholm, who had a first visit clearance, and Gary Wilson were all three from three. Gary Schulz and Ronnie Smith scored Side Club’s points with two singles victories. Side Club stay 11th on 112 points.

Seahorse B 6 Sports C 6

Another match that went to the wire saw the fourth and fifth placed teams end all square. Sports C stay fourth on 174 points whilst Seahorse B are fifth on 159 points.

Sports B 5 Seahorse A 7

Seahorse A exorcised any relegation worries with their eighth win of the season which sees them in eighth spot on 132 points. Sports B remain in the relegation zone on 118 points in tenth place.

Sun A 7 Irish B 5

Another close game saw Sun A just edge out Irish B to secure their tenth win of the season to move up a place to sixth on 151 points. In a game of ups and downs both teams played their part in a great match of eight-ball. Alan Halliday was man of the match for the home team with three from three. Team-mates Lee Cook and Glen Sharp were both two from three. Irish B are ninth on 128 points.

Comrades A team had their bye this week and dropped a place to seventh on 146 points.

Premier League

Breakers A 12 Sports A 0

Breakers A were awarded the match after Sports A were unable to field a team and they remain at the top on 235 points. Sports A are ninth on 132 points.

Breakers C 7 Hastings Arms 5

Breakers C took the points by the narrowest of margins to secure their 18th victory of the season which saw them hit 200 points in maintaining fourth place. Hastings Arms are eighth on 147 points. Mac McPherson was star man for the C team with three from three. Darren Hall and Dean Dobson both chipped in with a brace each from their three games. Hastings man of the match was Guy Mannix with a hat-trick of points on the night.

Cambois Club 8 Breakers B 4.

Cambois Club regained fifth spot after their 13th win of the campaign. With 168 points they are now a point ahead of Percy A in a tight mid-table battle for places. Breakers B are 11th on 129 points. Anthony Simpson, John Montgomery and David Thain were all two from three on the night.

Percy A 6 Sun B 6

A great night of pool played in a great atmosphere went all the way, and after 12 frames the teams could not be separated. Percy A drop to sixth on 167 points, whilst Sun B stay tenth on 131 points. Davy Bradford of Sun A loves playing at the Percy after smashing in another three from three.

South Beach 7 Wharton Arms 5

Without doubt one of the shock results of the season as an improving South Beach inflicted Wharton Arms with only their second defeat of the season. Despite the setback, Wharton stay third on 219 points, whilst South Beach’s seventh win of the season also sees them maintain position in seventh on 154 points. A bad day at the office was compounded by a couple of in-offs on the black for the visitors. Star man on the night was South Beach’s Steven Campbell with three from three, team-mate Darren Fletcher chipped in with two from three.

Sports D 9 Percy B 3

Darren Gurney and Shaun Galbraith with a hat-trick of wins each helped Sports D continue their challenge for the first ever Premier League title. The victory was their 22nd of the season and keeps them in second place with 227 points. However, with an eight-point gap, they will have to pull an average of two points a game on Breakers A team to take the trophy. Percy B new signing Sean Sanderson was their star man with two from three.

The BVPA will stage another Open Singles competition on Saturday, April 23, when 48 players will be battling it out over the green baize in round robin groups, then a straight knockout stage. The competition is being played at the Comrades Club, the Seahorse and Blyth Sports Club.

New teams or venues wishing to join the BVPA for the 2016-17 should contact the Blyth Valley Pool Association on their Facebook page or BVPA Secretary Gary Wilson at Blyth Comrades Club.