Leaders Irish A beaten but still favourites for pool league title

The Blyth Valley Pool Associations, sponsored by Northumbria Flooring, played out the penultimate round of Superleague fixtures and results mean the title will be decided on the final week of the season.

Meanwhile the BVPA’s Festival of Pool week starts on Tuesday, May 26, with the three-a-side semis and finals.

Then on Wednesday 27th the doubles semis and final will be played with the singles from the quarter-finals on Thursday.

On Friday, May 29, it is the Knockout Cup semis amd final and the new Champion of Champions singles with a Winner takes all £140 prize pot up for grabs. The night will conclude with a free buffet and presentation.

Irish B 6 Wharton 6

Irish B played out their fourth draw of the season with new boys Wharton Arms, their fifth of the season. Star men with a hat trick of wins apiece were Irish B captain Paul Johnson and Wharton’s Christopher Stone. Irish B are tenth on 159 points. With 126 points, Wharton are 14th and only require a point to overtake Sports A.

Station 7 Irish A 5

In the prestige game of the week, Irish A’s unbeaten record came to a shock end at Bedlington Station. A break and dish from Ayton Stewart and an eight-ball clearance from team-mate Jason Watson were the highlights. Irish A’s captain ensured Station did not have it all their own way with a man of the match performance securing three important points. Irish A remain in first place with 255 points and require an 8-4 victory over Irish B in the final game to secure their first Superleague title. Station secured their 20th win of the season and guaranteed fourth place with 220 points.

Comrades A 5 Sports B 7

Real Comrades made a spirited comeback after trailing 6-1 but Sports B managed to get over the line and secure their 12th win of the season and now have 182 points, keeping them in seventh place and knowing a big win in their last game could see them finish sixth. Real Comrades have played their last game of the season and are eighth on 178 points.

South Beach 5 Sports D 7

A cracking night of pool at South Beach saw two of this season’s new teams involved in a thrilling match as Sports D just pipped their opponents. Sports D captain Phil Welch and Darren Fletcher both secured a hat-trick of points to share the man of the match honours Sports D are in 12th on 152 points and if results go their way they could snatch tenth. South Beach are 15th on 93 points and will definitely be a tougher proposition next season.

Sports A 10 Sun B 2

Sports A matched the C team’s result on the night with a comfortable victory over Sun B. Although, as with a lot of games in the BVPA, if you don’t take your chances then you will get punished, and Sun B paid the penalty. Sports A trio Adam Dixon, Cameron Wintrip and Darren Hall all won a hat-trick of points, team captain Geordie Reay also had a 100 per cent record with two singles wins. Sports A have 127 points in 13th place after completing their final fixture. Sun B are 16th with 82 points and a final match against Sports B could see them help secure Sun A sixth place.

Sports C 10 Side Club 2

Sports C ensured the title will go to the final week with their 23rd win of the season. Paul Riley and Neil Taylor both secured a 100 per cent record from their three frames. Alan Parker also had a brace of wins from his singles games. Paul Riley and Gary Wilson stuck in an eight-ball clearance in the first of the Scotch doubles. Trevor Chadwick and Ronnie Smith secured the Side Clubs points with singles wins. With 251 points in third place, Sports C need a big result in the final game, but their fate is not in their own hands. Side Club are in 11th on 157 points.

Sun A 5 Comrades B 7

Sun A’s change in fortunes have been one of the highlights this season. After finding their feet in the first few seasons they have made a dramatic rise up the table and have been in the top six for the majority. Stand-in captain Mark McCann secured a brace of points on the night, as did team-mate Michael Grieves, including a break and dish in the singles. Comrades B have rarely been out of the top two positions all season and secured their 25th win in their final game to finish with 252 points. Sun A also finished their campaign with 192 and currently maintain sixth place.

In other local pool news, the Blyth & District Pool League’s first division and premier knockout cups champions were decided at the Masons.

In the Ray Brownlee Premier Division Knockout Cup final between the Kings Arms and the BDPL champions High Street, the Kings Arms raced into a 3-1 lead before being pegged back, leaving the scores all level 3-3 from the singles.

Some solid performances from Daz Brewis, Brian Taylor Snr and Robert Poll taking the three singles games for Kings Arms, while Ryan Wigham, Mark Smith and Bobby Chrisp took the singles wins for High Street.

Kings Arms again managed to get ahead in the first doubles, Brewis and Taylor Snr taking a hard-fought game from Smith and Wigham. A great clearance from Kevin Coe in the second doubles evened the scores at 4-4, taking the game to the deciding frame.

After a nip and tuck contest, ultimately High Street’s Paul Davison and Bobby Chrisp managed to put the game away. A tremendous attacking safety shot from Crisp changed the complexion of the game and Davison then potted the last two yellows and the black to win 5-4 and secure the premier league and cup double.

The BDPL’s first division also went to the final week with North Blyth securing a 6-3 home win against the Percy Arms to secure the title. Isabella B finished second with Percy Arms third.