In the Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Breakers Pool Bar,Super League defending champions Irish A edged another point ahead of Comrades B in the latest round of matches.
In the Premier League the title race is close with Breakers A still in top spot, but Sports D are only a point adrift with Wharton Arms still very much in the mix in third.
Irish A 10 Comrades A 2
Irish A’s 19th win of the season helps them increase their lead at the top of the table to eight points. Comrades A drop a place to seventh with 102 points. Chris Gill, Matt Brannan, Gary Spooner and Jamie Barbour were all three from three for the Irish. Barbour’s break and dish edged the man of the match honours in his favour. Ian Clark was the Comrades star man, taking both points for the visitors with two singles wins.
Comrades B 9 Seahorse A 3
Leading 9-1 after the singles sets, Comrades were looking to close the gap on Irish A, but a foul on the black and a break and dish from Kevin Barker and David Brown gave some much needed respectability to the scoreline. A break and dish in the first set of singles from James Taylor and another from Scotty Chisholm were the other highlights. Comrades A are on 186 points, whilst Seahorse A drop to ninth with 112 points. Barker was Seahorse A’s star man with two from three.
Side Club 5 Sports B 7
In a match that would be considered a six-pointer in football, the bottom two in the Super League played out a close contest that does not help either team. Sports B are tenth on 104 points whilst Side Club are 11th with 94 points.
Seahorse B 9 Irish B 3
Seahorse B’s seventh win of the season saw them move up to sixth on 129 points. Irish B are eighth on 115 points. A highlight of the game saw an Irish B player hit the pack so hard from the break that the white flew off the table and landed behind the bar.
Sports C 7 Sun A 5
Sports C with 149 points hold onto fourth spot after their 14th win of the season. Sun A are fifth on 129 points due to a better win ratio than Seahorse B.
Bedlington Station had their bye and remain in a comfortable third place on 160 points.
Breakers A 7 Hastings 5
A hat-trick of wins from the Breakers teams this week started with the Premier League leaders securing their 19th win of the season to reach the magical 200-point mark. With eight games left there is still 96 points to play for. Hastings Arms just missed out on creating a major upset with one of their best performances of the season, which keeps them in eighth place on 124 points. Breakers team-mates Trevor Brewis and Stephen Carr were two from three on the night, but Hastings’ John Lowes scored a hat-trick of points to secure the man of the match honours
Percy Arms 8 Port of Call 4
Percy Arms moved up a place to fifth on 144 points following their 12th win of the season. Port of Call remain in 12th after joining the league after the first round of fixtures. Percy Arms’ trio Paul Dodds, Kevin Sams and Connor Hickson were all two from three. Matching them were Port of Call players Adam Reith and Karl McNally.
South Beach 4 Breakers B 8
League placement suggested that the home team would be the favourites for this game, but an improving Breakers B upset the apple cart with their seventh win of the season which sees them stay ninth on 117 points. South Beach are seventh on 126 points. Steve Hart and Carl Armstrong were both three from three for Breakers B as the best team won on the night.
Sports A 4 Breakers C 8
Breakers C’s 15th win of the season keeps them in a comfortable fourth spot on 170 points. With a 20-point gap to third, a top three finish and automatic promotion to the Super League is just out of reach now. Sports A are tenth on 114 points. The match was played in a tremendous sporting manner as former team-mates were re-united in a battle on the green baize. Comrades trio Cameron Wintrip, Mac McPherson and Brendan McCann all secured a brace of points from their three games, but Sports A captain Geordie Reay took the man of the match honours with a hat-trick of wins.
Sun B 2 Sports D 10
Sports D continue to close the gap to Breakers A with another big win at Sun B. With 199 points, Sports D are only a point adrift of Breakers A. Sun B are in 11th with 110 points, and they were disappointed not to take more frames in this match, but the better team deserved the victory. Phil Welch, Mark Baxter and Shaun Galbraith were all three from three. Galbraith earned the man of the match honours after calling two fouls against himself, demonstrating fantastic sportsmanship, especially in the title run in. Mick Oliver and Stu Cavens took the home team’s points with a singles win each.
Wharton 7 Cambois Club 5
Wharton Arms maintain their title credentials with their 18th win of the season, which keeps them third on 190 points. Cambois Club are sixth on 142 points in a competitive mid-table battle. Trailing 4-1 after the first set of the singles, Wharton had to pull their socks up and took the next five frames on the spin before sharing the scotch doubles. David Young with three from three was the man of the match.