The Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Breakers Pool Bar, saw the gap at the top of the two leagues close up after the latest round of matches.
The week also saw a new milestone in BVPA history as the first ever separate pool league singles and doubles competitions were played.
Irish B 9 Sports B 3
Irish B’s victory saw them move out of the bottom two and they are now four points clear of the relegation. Paul Thompson and Tony Ritson recorded a hat-trick of wins each for Irish B. Sports B are tenth on 82 points.
Comrades A 5 Seahorse A 7
Seahorse A came away with a narrow victory at Comrades A in a match that could have went either way. The seven points has helped them increase their gap from the relegation zone. Despite the loss, Comrades A move up to fifth on 103 points. Seahorse A are still eighth on 96 points and are only seven points behind fifth place in a compact mid-table.
Side Club 2 Station 10
Station hold onto third place in the table with 135 points after a comfortable win at Side Club, who are in 11th on 80 points.
Seahorse B 2 Comrades B 10
Comrades B narrowed the gap at the top of the table to seven points with a flattering win at Seahorse B. Comrades B took the first set 5-0 with a bit of luck. Seahorse B took the first frame of the second and the quality of the match went up a level as Gary Wilson cleared from a dry break, Ray Irving had a break and dish and there was another eight-ball clearance from Kevin McGarry to help the away team take a 9-1 lead. Comrades B pinched the first doubles only for Seahorse B to take the last frame on a black ball finish. Seahorse B are seventh on 97 points whilst Comrades B are second on 147 points. Gary Wilson and James Taylor were both three from three for Comrades B.
Sports C 4 Irish A 8
Irish A recorded their 16th win from 18 games as they maintained top spot in the Super League on 154 points. Sports C remain fourth on 119 points. Matt Brannan was the man of the match with three from three. Chris Gill was also 100 per cent with two from two for Irish A. Alan Parker and Ian Carr cleared the table from a dry break in the final doubles frame.
Sun Inn A team had their bye week and dropped a place to sixth on 101 points.
Breakers B 7 Breakers C 5
A Bedlington derby saw Breakers B team secure their fourth victory of the season with a surprise win over Breakers C team, which put a dent in the C team’s title challenge. Breakers C are still a comfortable fourth on 133 points. Breakers B are in 11th on 85 points.
Cambois 7 Sports D 5
Cambois Club provided the big shock of the week with a narrow win against the Premier League leaders. Cambois are sixth on 112 points following their ninth win of the season. Despite the loss, Sports D remain top on 156 points, but their lead has been reduced to four points. Cambois were 4-1 down after the first set before staging a remarkable comeback. L Jackson took the man of the match honours with three from three, with team-mates Rory Mandor, Anthony Simpson and D Thain all recording figures of two from three. Sports D star player was Sean Craddock with two from three.
Prince 3 Hastings Arms 9
Hastings got back to winning ways with a solid 9-3 win at Prince of Wales. Their fourth victory of the season helped them move up a place to ninth on 97 points. Prince remain 12th spot. Karl McNally with two from two and Adam Reith with the other win secured Prince’s points.
South Beach 5 Breakers A 7
South Beach’s recent improvement in performance and results continues after they gave one of the favourites for the Premier League title a scare. Despite South Beach missing a few first team regulars, the match could have went either way but Breakers A took it to remain in second spot on 152 after their 14th win of the campaign. South Beach are tenth on 96 points. Brian Marshall was the home team’s star man with two from three. Breakers A captain Dan Patterson was man of the match with three from three, whilst team-mates Trevor Brewis and Stephen Carr were both two from three.
Sports A 8 Sun B 4
Another team in are good vein of form this year are Sports A, who have climbed four places to eighth on 98 points. Sun B, who are enjoying their best season in the BVPA, are seventh, also on 98 points but have a better win ratio than Sports A. Sun B actually produced a great comeback from 6-0 down and if lady luck had been on their side a draw may have been on the cards.
Wharton 6, Percy Arms 6.
Wharton were held to a draw by fifth placed Percy, who earned their first draw of the season against one of the title challengers. Wharton Arms remain third on 146 points whilst Percy has 115 points in fifth. Percy took the first set 4-1 and won the first frame of the second set only for Wharton to take the next four on the spin before the teams shared the doubles.