The Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Breakers Pool Bar and Blyth Comrades Club, saw teams complete the first round of fixtures this week.
In the Super League there was a shock as Irish A suffered their fist defeat of the season while in the Premier League Newsham Side Club’s run of weeks at the top of the table came to an end as Breakers D took top spot.
Irish A 4 Bedlington Station 8
Irish took the first point with Gary Spooner winning the opening frame, however, Station took eight frames in a row to consign the defending champions to their first defeat of the season. Irish staged a mini comeback, taking the last singles and both doubles to give the scoreline more respectability. Jason Watson, Ayton Stewart and Jimmy Dawson were two from two in the singles for the visitors, who recorded their sixth win of the campaign. Irish A remain in top spot with 76 points, whilst Station go second on 62 points.
Comrades A 1 Wharton Arms 11
Wharton’s second win of the season was the biggest in this week’s Super League. Star men were Gavin Stewart, Anthony Brown and David Young, who were all three from three on the night. Mark Chapman was also 100% with two from two, and team captain Christopher Stone was also victorious in his solitary singles game. Darren Meins spared Comrades blushes taking their solitary point. Comrades A are tenth on 38 points whilst Wharton Arms move up to sixth on 62 points.
Sports D 6 Comrades B 6
Stevie Spears was on fire for Sports D with a break and dish and a first visit clearance as the home team took a 5-2 lead. Comrades pulled two of the next three frames back to trail 6-4 going into the doubles. The visitors took both the doubles including a break and dish from Ray Irving and Steven Foggett to seal the draw. Sports D are ninth on 43 points whilst Comrades B drop to third on 62 points.
Sun Inn 6 Breakers A 6
Sun inn are one of the draw specialists in the BVPA and this their fourth of the season, a fair result between two evenly balanced teams on the night. Sun’s Lee Cook was man of the match with three from three, teammates Dean Reay was two from three and team captain Mark McCann took the home team’s other point. Gavin Slaughter, Trevor Brewis and Kevin Harnett were all two from three for the visitors. Sun Inn are eighth on 43 points and Breakers A are sixth on 58 points.
Both Seahorse teams had a byes this week, which saw the B team drop to fifth on 58 points whilst the A team dropped to seventh with 48 points.
Bank Top 7 Breakers B 5
A hat-trick of wins apiece for Cameron Wintrip and Carl Armstrong were not enough as Bank Top sealed their fourth win of the season with Dan Patterson and L Jackson also on 100% with two from two. A couple of missed blacks from Breakers B captain Dean Dobson proved costly. Bank Top are seventh on 54 points whilst Breakers B are sixth on 56 points.
Breakers D 8 Irish B 4
Breakers D’s eighth win of the season and their seventh in a row saw them storm to the top of the Premier League table with 70 points. Man of the match honours went to Jamie Spratt with a 100% record from his three frames. Irish B are sixth on 56 points.
Breakers E 7 Old Percy Team 5
League positions were not even a marker as Breakers E pulled off their best result of the season with a 7-5 home win over the promotion chasing Old Percy Team. Breakers were the better team on the night and deserved the result after taking the first set 3-2, then sealing the victory by taking the second 4-1. The visitors gave the scoreline some much needed credibility taking both doubles frames. Man of the match honours went to the visitors’ team captain Paul Dodds with three from three. Tom Beal, Marc McTeer and Phil Airey won both singles frames for the home team as they secured their second win of the season. The Old Percy Team remain third on 59 points whilst Breakers E stay ninth on 40 points.
Phoenix 3 Breakers C 9
Phoenix played much better than the scoreline suggests and most games were close affairs. Breakers took the first set 4-1 and the second was much closer with Breakers taking it 3-2. The visitors then took both the doubles to seal their fourth win of the season. Man of the match awards were shared by Glenn Brookes, Paul Jobson and team captain James Stewart with three from three each. Chris Connor chipped in with a brace of points from his three frames. Phoenix are tenth on 29 points and Breakers C are fifth on 57 points.
Newsham Side Club had a bye and dropped to second on 69 points. South Beach also had a bye and are down to eighth on 50 points.
This weekend will see the BVPA staging another Open Pool competition at Breakers Bar on Saturday. Doors will be open at 10am and the draw will be done at midday. The following week will see teams taking a break from league action for the opening rounds of the Knockout Cups.