The Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Northumbria Flooring, saw the Superleague title go to the wire.
Irish A, who have been the front runners for the majority of the season, required an 8-4 victory over their B team, whilst defending champions Sports C had to stick in a big result and hope Irish B could cause an upset.
As it was, Irish A won their derby 10-2 to take the title. Meanwhile Sports C won 8-4 at Wharton Arms and finished as runners-up.
Irish A 10 Irish B 2
A great season was finished with a great night of top quality eight-ball pool as Irish A finally secured the Superleague title with 265 points with their 26th victory of the season. Captain Jason Ritson led the way with a hat-trick of points, which were matched by team-mates Matt Brannan and Chris Gill. Andrew Doyle and Craig Johnson secured the B team’s points as they finished with 161 points in 11th place, despite 12 wins in the campaign.
Side Club 8 Seahorse A 4
Side Club took the first set of singles 4-1 only for Seahorse A to take the second set 3-2. In a real topsy-turvy match Side Club clinched both doubles to seal their tenth win of the season which saw them finish tenth on 165 points to guarantee their place in next season’s summer league. Seahorse A finish ninth with 171 points.
Seahorse B 0 South Beach 12
Due to work commitments, Seahorse B gave South Beach a walk over. Despite the result Seahorse B finish fifth with 203 points, above their A team. South Beach’s inaugural season in the BVPA has seen them finish 15th with 105 points.
Sports D 4 Bedlington Station 8
Sports D finished the season as the highest ranked of the new teams. Despite the defeat they have recorded ten victories and finish 12th on 151 points. Sports D captain Phil Welch and team-mate Daz Fletcher were the star men with two wins from three on the night including a Scotch doubles break and dish. Station have had a mixed season, but have shown stronger in the second half to secure fourth place on 228 points after recording their 21st win of the season.
Sun B 1 Sports B 11
Sports B’s 13th victory of the season saw them leapfrog Sun A into sixth place on 193 points. Sun B finished 16th with 83 points and will be playing against some of the new teams in the BVPA’s league one next season.
Wharton Arms 4 Sports C 8
Sports C took the first set of singles 4-1 and the second 3-2 to secure the victory. The teams shared the doubles for the visitors to take the match 8-4. Sports C’s 24th victory of the season saw them finish second on 259 points. Wharton Arms, who were in their BVPA debut season, finish 13th on 130 points and have gained experience which has seen their performances improve as the season progressed.
Teams that did not have a game this week were Sun A, who finished seventh on 192 points; Sports A finish 14th on 127 points; Comrades B finish third on 254 points; and Real Comrades finish eighth on 178 points.
In The Blyth & District Pool League, two of the top four in the first division were battling it out to secure the Gordon Young Knockout Cup.
There was a great atmosphere at the Kings Arms for final between Clef & Cask, who finished fourth in the division, and third placed Percy Arms.
All six singles were close and could have gone either way, and it was no surprise that the teams could not be separated going into the doubles with the score tied at 3-3. J Binney, M Johnson and R Finlay secured the points for Clef & Cask, while Darren Gurney, David Le Gallez and Peter Townsend claimed the victories for Percy Arms.
In the doubles the Percy Arms drew first blood with Paul Dodds and Daz Robinson winning the opening frame, however, they were pegged back to 4-4 when Gurney fouled, knocking the black in, giving Clef & Cask a lifeline which took the match and final to the deciding frame.
And it went right the way to the black ball with both having chances to win what was a nervy frame. In the end, Townsend sank the black to hand the win to the Percy Arms and spark wild celebrations in the bar.
It was a great effort by both sides and the Clef & Cask can hold their heads high after an excellent first season in the BDPL.
The BVPA’s Festival of Pool starts on Tuesday, May 26, with the three-a-side semis and final, and concludes with the knockout cup finals and Champion of Champions knockout on Friday, May 29.
The BDPL have competition finals over the next few Thursdays. Both leagues are playing an inter-league game at the United Services Club at 2pm on Sunday, June 7, in memory of Bob Brown, with all monies raised going to Macmillan Cancer.