The Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Northumbria Flooring, has only two weeks of Thursday night Superleague action left before the Festival of Pool week.
Irish A, who remain undefeated this season, are back in a familiar position at the top, while Comrades B are second, although unlike Irish A and third placed Sports C, they only have one game remaining.
Irish A 11 South Beach 1
Front runners Irish A moved to within 15 points of securing their first Superleague title. A dominant performance from the quartet of players including Chris Gill, Gary Spooner and Johnny Wilson winning a hat-trick of frames. Matt Brannan was the man of the match, though, with two eight-ball clearances including a break and dish. Robert Fairbairn beat Irish A captain Jason Ritson to secure South Beach’s only point. Irish A have 250 points and mathematically only require another 15 due to their higher win ratio and results against their challengers. South Beach remain 15th on 88 points.
Comrades B 10 Sports A 2
Comrades B are second after a comfortable 10-2 home win over the Sports A. New signing David Irving was on fire again with another double points haul. Cameron Wintrip’s two wins saved Sports A from a whitewash. With only one game remaining the odds are against a top two finish for Comrades B, who have 247 points from 29 matches. Sports A have already recruited new players for next season and will hopefully be challenging for a return to the Superleague in a competitive second tier of the BVPA.
Newsham Side Club 6 Irish B 6
Side Club played out their seventh draw of the season in a competitive mid-table battle. The draw keeps them in tenth with 155 points, only two more than Irish B in 11th.
Seahorse B 8 Sun A 4
The prestige game in this week’s fixtures was a match between two of the top six. Some dynamite pool from Richard Glass secured a hat-trick of points. Mark Lillico was the only other contender for man of the match with a 100 per cent success on the night. Seahorses’ new marquee signing for next season, Mark McCann, failed to register a win on the night, but still leads team captain Adam Young in the player of the season rankings. Even though in football terms, this was a six-pointer, the match was played in a sporting manner. Seahorse are fifth on 204 points, while Sun A are sixth on 187.
Sports B 9 Seahorse 3
Sports B dominated the opening frames of this mid-table battle. A failure to take their opportunities cost Seahorse A and Sports B took the match 9-3 and remain seventh on 175 points. Seahorse A drop a place to ninth with 167 points.
Sun B 2 Comrades A 10
Sun B’s Steve Neal with two singles wins spared his team from a whitewash. Real Comrades were always in control and with Davy Patterson, Paul Vintis, Neil Login and Stu Taylor winning all three of their games, Comrades recorded their 11th victory of the season which saw them move up a place to eighth on 173 points. Sun B stay 16th and will be playing in the second tier next season.
Wharton Arms 4 Bedlington Station 8
An all Bedlington derby played in a great manner was won by Station. Wharton have enjoyed their first season in the league and have gained invaluable experience, which has seen results improve and they are now taking more points off the big guns. Station are fourth on 213 points, Wharton remain 13th with 120.
In other local pool news, the BDPL’s first division has gone all the way to the final week of the season.
An 8-1 win at the Cons Club has given the advantage to North Blyth, who have 180 points from their 25 matches. Isabella B’s 5-4 defeat at Flying Horse was their final game and they have 178 points from 26 matches. Percy Arms had a bye and have 174 points from 25 games.
The league fixtures have thrown up an intriguing finale with Percy playing North Blyth in the final week. With six points separating the teams, Percy must win the match 7-2 or better to secure the first division title.
This week Kings Arms and High Street will contest the Ray Brownlee Premier League knockout Cup at the Masons Arms on Thursday, 14.