Irish A regain grip at top of pool league

The Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Northumbria Flooring, has seven weeks of action left with a total of 84 points available for each team.

Irish A have regained their grip on top spot and have 206 points from 23 games.

In second on 199 points from 23 games are Comrades B.

The only other team with a realistic chance of taking the title are Sports C in third with 191 points from 23 games.

The remaining fixtures will see the Irish A and Comrades B play each other as well as having games with Bedlington Station. Sports C have the easier run in on paper, which could see them close the gap.

Irish A 10 Sports D 2

The Irish A were in sparkling form with an emphatic 10-2 home victory over the Sports D team. Chris Gill, Gary Spooner & Johnny Wilson were all unbeaten in their 3 frames with Man of the Match performances. The Sports D will have regretted missing 2 opportunities on the Black to win more frames. Phil Welch & Anthony Marshall secured the Sports D’s only points. The Irish A remain in 1st place with 206 points. The Sports D are the highest places of the new teams in the BVPA this season in 12th with 117 points.

Side Club 1 Comrades B 11

The Comrades B continue to pressure the Irish A & have taken another point out of the gap between the teams after an emphatic 11-1 win, BVPA Chairman spared the Side Club’s blushes taking their only frame to avoid the whitewash. The Comrades B have 199 points in 2nd place. The Side Club drop 2 places to 11th with 127 points.

Seahorse A 10 South Beach 2

Seahorse A players David Brown, Gordon Foster 3 from 3, & Chris Taylor 2 from 2 all came a way with 100% records in this comfortable 10-2 home victory over the South Beach, Talisman John Welsh couldn’t get his place back in the singles this week due to missing the last game through work commitments. This didn’t stop him inspiring his team mates to the win which helped them move up 1 place in the Superleague table to 10th with 135 points. South Beach remain in 16th place with 69 points.

Sports B 5 Sun A 7

Another compelling match in the Superleague calender saw 6th & 7th placed teams playing each other. In football parlours this match would be termed a 6 pointer. The match was full of twists & turns with the run of the green being very fickle. The Sports B opened up a 3-0 lead only for the Sun’s Kris Storey to stop the rot & the Sun never looked back taking 6 of the next 8 frames. Man of the Match for the Sun was Mark McCann who won a brace of points for his team on the night & also produced a Hollywood full length treble to cover the pocket & seal the point that gave the Sun A the final frame & more importantly the victory. Both teams maintain position but the Sun A have now open up a 3 point gap in 6th place with 151 points on the table. The Sports B have 148 points in 7th.

Sports C 8 Station 4

The prestige game in this weeks BVPA fixtures saw 3rd & 4th battle in out. The Station opened up the match in style as

Andrew Robertson cleared the table from a dry break, the Sports C’s Man of the Match Paul Riley sticking in 2 8-ball clearances in his singles & finally in the last frame a break & dish from Andrew Robertson & Steven Kinghorn to share the scotch doubles. Andrew Robertson was The Stations Star Man winning a hat trick of frames. The Sports C stay in 3rd place with 191 points. The Station also maintain 4th place with 172 points.

Sun B 2 Irish B 10

Andrew Doyle’s hat trick of wins on the night was the catalyst for an impressive Irish B’s 10-2 away win at the Sun B. The returning Dean Dobson produced a great clearance as he secured both the Sun B’s points with 2 singles victories. The Irish B move up 2 places in the table to 8th with 135 points, whilst the Sun B remain in 15th place with 71 points.

Wharton 3 Seahorse B 9

The Seahorse B continue to have their best season to date in the BVPA Friendly League. With 8 places separating the teams, it would of taken a brave man to bet against form & The Seahorse showed their quality with a solid 9-3 away against the Wharton Arms. The Results helps the Seahorse B maintain 5th place with 155 points. The Wharton move up 1 place to 13th with 95 points overtaking the Sports A who had a bye this week.

In other local pool news, the Bedlington Wednesday night Pool League title race remains in the balance following this week’s fixtures.

Bedlington Station are in pole position with 154 points from 24 games, but have played a game more than the other top four.

A 7-2 defeat at Grapes A, now in second place and only seven points adrift on 147 points, has opened up the title race again.

Cambois A had their bye but still hold third on 143 points. Also on 143 points but with a lower win ratio are Shambles after a 6-3 away win at Netherton Club.

The Blyth & District Thursday Night Pool League’s Bob Brown Premier League has five weeks fixtures to play, but High Street with 156 points from 21 games hold a virtually unassailable 23-point lead over Masons A, who have 133 points in second place.

A 5-4 home victory against Services A was the top match in the BDPL this week. High Street now only require 28 points from their remaining five matches to take the title.Masons A Had a more comfortable 7-2 home win against the Services B. The results see the Services A drop into 3rd place although they are only 1 point behind the Masons A. This should ensure the contest for second and third could potentially go to the last week of the season.

A 5-4 home defeat against Spartans still was enough to keep new boys Charltons are in fourth on 107 points.

The BDPL first division has been a much closer contest with four teams all having a realistic opportunity of taking the title and securing promotion.

Isabella B hold top spot with 160 points from 22 games following an 8-1 victory over Last Orders.

In second on 146 points are Percy Arms who suffered a 7-2 defeat against a decent Waterloo Club team, they still have a game in hand over Isabella.

In third with two games in hand are North Blyth Club with 140 points.

Clef & Cask with 132 points also have a game in hand but are are almost mathematically out of the title race. Leading 6-0 after the singles, they were stunned as Vic A took all three doubles.

The BVPA’s Lisa Marie Wray was in excellent form this week winning the latest event on the EPA’s Ladies White Rose Tour.

She won the final 6-3 and took the £250 prize money. Lisa currently plays for Sports A in the Superleague and also the Northumberland Ladies County team.

Next season the Northumberland ladies are looking to put two teams in the BVPA, so if there are any budding female pool players wishing to play competitive eight-ball pool, contact her via the BVPA Facebook page.

The BVPA Open Singles will be played on Saturday, April 11, entry fees need to be paid before the end of March for players to be guaranteed places in the event, which will now be played entirely at Blyth sports Club using six tables.

Prize money will be £150 for the winner, £100 for the runner-up and £50 each for the semi-finalists based on 36 players entering.