The Blyth Valley Pool Association’s Super-league fixtures this week saw the majority of teams not separated by more than two points after 12 frames.
The only exception was Irish A, who produced an emphatic 11-1 win at Real Comrades.
The other three teams in the top four all secured 7-5 victories, which has seen Irish A create a four-point lead over Comrades B in second with Sports C are a further two points adrift.
With matches being so tight it is no surprise that 14 teams maintained position, with the only exceptions being Seahorse A and Newsham Side Club, who swapped places.
Annitsford Irish B 5 Comrades B 7
Irish B did their A team a big favour by pushing Comrades B all the way. Comrades B are on 155 points and Irish B are in eighth.
Bedlington Station 7 Sports A 5
Sports A were on the verge of one of an upset as the scores were tied 5-5 after the singles, but Station took both Scotch doubles to secure a 7-5 victory and stay in fourth place with 132 points, but they are now 21 adrift of third. Sports A are 13th place with 76 points.
Comrades A 1 Annitsford Irish A 11
Real Comrades took a beating off the league leaders. Irish A were in merciless form, taking both sets of singles 5-0. Highlights saw Jason Ritson and Matt Brannan produce two clearances from their opponents’ dry breaks. With a whitewash on the cards, the home team took the first Scotch doubles with a bit of good fortune. Irish duo Matt Brannan and Chris Gill took the last to complete the victory and secure their third wins of the night. Irish are on 159 points while Real Comrades are 11th on 96 points.
Seahorse A 5 Sports Club D 7
In another match that could have went either way, Sports D continue to show an increase in performances in the second half of the season with significant improvements in results ensuring a top eight finish is a real possibility. Stars of the night were Seahorse A captain Kevin Barker and Sports D’s Anthony Marshall, who both secured a hat-trick of points for their respective teams. Seahorse A move up a place to ninth with 103 points whilst Sports D stay 12th place with 92 points.
Sports Club B 6 Wharton Arms 6
Wharton Arms are another of the new teams in the BVPA who are reaping the benefits of playing in the Super-league. In the first meeting, Sports B ran out 10-2 winners, but the experience gained in the first half of the season has proved invaluable and Wharton produced another improved performance and held the edge for most of the game as Sports B had to produce some tough match play to tie it at 5-5 after the singles. Wharton then took the first doubles to lead 6-5 and were on the verge of their fourth victory of the season. But Sports B levelled with a final frame win. Sports B eight of their 17 games, the most of any side. Wharton are 14th with 72 points and Sports B seventh on 106 points.
Sports C 7 Seahorse B 5
Seahorse B produced an excellent comeback after losing the first set of singles 3-2. They took the second by the same margin to tie the match going into the Scotch doubles. An eight-ball clearance from Seahorse B’s Ray Erridge was the highlight of the singles. Seahorse were looking at taking a 6-5 lead, but a snooker on the last yellow cost them and Sports pairing Ian Carr and Gary Wilson cleared the table with two visits to take the frame. Sports C captain Alan Parker and Paul Riley, then edged a tense final frame to ensure the victory. Man of the match honours went to Alan Parker, who had a 100 per cent record from his three frames. Nathan Irving from Seahorse B won both his singles games. Sports C stay third on 153 points whilst Seahorse B fifth with 122 points.
Sun B and Newsham Side Club had byes this week and Sun B remain in 16th with 46 points whilst Side Club drop a place to tenth on 99 points.
Sun A and South Beach played their match earlier in the season. Sun A maintain sixth with 109 points and South Beach 15th on 60 points.
Next week there are seven scheduled fixtures including Comrades B and Sports C’s rematch, plus the weekend will see the next round of singles and doubles knockouts being played.