The Blyth Valley Pool Association’s 2014-15 Superleague campaign sees a top ten finish guarantee top flight survival for teams in next season’s expanded competition.
There are only 20 points separating eight teams from fifth place to 12th. Annitsford Irish B 7 Seahorse A 5
Irish B maintained eighth place on 62 points after edging a close match with Seahorse A. Brian Wakenshaw’s man of the match hat-trick of points helped secure the victory, with support from team-mate Andrew Doyle with two singles wins helped the home team secure their sixth win of the season. The defeat sees Seahorse A slip a place to 12th on 56 points.
Bedlington Station 6 Comrades Club A 6
Comrades A continued their impressive run with a nail-biting draw against Station. The result sees the Station slip a place to fourth with 81 points, 18 points behind the leaders, but most importantly with a game still in hand. Comrades A hold firm at ninth on 59 points.
Comrades Club B 4 Annitsford Irish A 8
After losing their 100 per cent winning start to the season the previous week, it was the real deal Irish A that turned up at Comrades this week. With the top two in the BVPA going toe to toe, it was Irish A who came out on top to maintain top spot. A brace of singles wins from Chris Gill, Johnny Wilson, Matt Brannan and Jason Ritson secured the victory before the Scotch doubles. A final frame eight-ball clearance from Ray Irving and Kevin McGarry after a dry break was the highlight of the contest. Man of the match was Comrades B player Ray Irving with a hat trick of points on the night. Irish A are on 99 points from 11 games averaging nine points a match. Comrades B suffered their first defeat of the season and stay in second five points behind the leaders with 94 points and a healthy average of 8.54 points per game.
Seahorse B 7 Sports Club D 5
Another competitive match which went all the way to the final frame saw Sports D all but match the team six places above them. Seahorse were without talisman Mark Lillico and had to draft in emergency reserve Adam Young. Sports D Captain Phil Welch produced two trebles in the first doubles to take the match to the wire, only for the Erridge brothers to take the point and seal the victory for Seahorse B. Man of the match was Sports D player Sean Craddock with three wins from three on the night. Seahorse remain in a lofty fifth place with 76 points. An improving Sports D team slip a place to 11th with 58 points.
South Beach 4 Sports Club B 8
Sports B moved up two positions to 10th on 59 points following their 8-4 away win at South Beach. Richie Cook and Andy Scott were both on form for Sports B winning three points apiece. South Beach’s Robert Fairbairn also produced a man of the match performance with a hat-trick of points. South Beach maintain 16th place with 38 points.
Sports Club A 5 Wharton Arms 7
Wharton Arms secured their third win of the season with a hard fought 7-5 success at Sports A. Man of the match for Wharton was Andy Bayes with three points. Sports A’s Cameron Wintrip also secured three points for the home team. Lisa Marie Wray took both her singles to help keep the match close. Wharton move up a place to 13th on 49 points while Sports A stay 15th on 38 points.
Sports Club C 12 Sun Inn B 0
Sports C wasted few chances in a break-neck 90-minute potting feast against a shell-shocked Sun B team. Captain Alan Parker led the way with an opening frame eight-ball clearance while Ian Carr provided another on the night. Men of the match for the Sports C were Neil Taylor, Carr and Paul Riley with a hat-trick of wins apiece. After a bit of an absence Chris O’Neill made his Superleague return with a win in the doubles. Sports C move up a place to third with 84 points and a game in hand on the top two. Sun B remain bottom with 21 points.
Sun Inn A 7 Newsham Side Club 5
The surprise package of the season, Sun Inn A, continue to produce decent results and their sixth win of the season keeps them in sixth place with a healthy 73 points. Newsham Side Club are a place below in seventh with 69 points. With the teams so close in the table it was no surprise the game was competitive. A man of the match performance by Mark McCann with three wins for Sun A was topped by team-mate Kris Storey who also secured three points but produced an excellent eight-ball clearance to take the honours.
In the next few weeks, the BVPA season goes into full swing with the first round of the Super-League Knockout Cup on November 27.
The BVPA are also staging another Open Singles competition on November 29 and 30, and also on November 30, at Blyth Sports Club, The Keith Hall Cup will be played for with teams representing the BVPA and the BDPL taking part to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.
The match will start at 4pm and both leagues are expecting a good turnout for the inaugural event.