The Blyth Valley Pool Association Superleague moved into the final third of the season with the top three separated by only eight points.
Irish A 9 Side Club 3
Second placed Irish A have a game in hand on leaders Comrades B and third placed Sports C as they beat Side Club. Matt Brannan and Johnny Wilson were the men of the match, winning a hat-trick of points each including a break and dish in the Scotch doubles. Irish A captain Jason Ritson completed an eight-ball clearance after his opponent had a dry break in the singles. Chris Anderson’s two singles wins were the high spots for Side Club. Irish A stay second on 175 points while Side Club drop to eighth with 117 points.
Comrades B 9 Comrades A 3
Comrades B team continue to hold top spot with 180 points from 21 games after a home derby with the Real Comrades. B team captain Kevin McGarry was the outstanding player on the night, winning all three of his frames. Real Comrades drop a place to 11th on 114 points, but as their unfinished game with Sports B was due to be played on March 3, they could move as high as eighth before the next round of fixtures.
Seahorse B 4 Sports B 8
An eight-ball clearance from Seahorse B’s Ray Erridge was a highlight of a match involving two top eight teams. Unfortunately that was as good as it got for the home team as Sports B continued their recent impressive run of form. Despite the victory Sports B stay seventh due to a inferior win ratio than Sun A. Seahorse B also maintain position in fifth on 138 points, but both Sun A and Sports B have a game in hand.
South Beach 2 Bedlington Station 10
South Beach were outclassed by an impressive performance from Station and stay 16th in the table on 62 points. Station are still fourth with 149 points.
Sports A 6 Seahorse A 6
The draw was a better result for Sports A with the mid-table battle in the Superleague. Seahorse A moved up two places to ninth on 117 points. Sports A maintain 13th with 91 points.
Sun A 5 Sports C 7
In a match impacted by work commitments and illness, both teams had the bare minimum five players. Sun A took the first two frames only for Sports C to take the next three including a good clearance from Paul Riley. The second set of singles finished with an identical scoreline with Sun A needing to win both doubles to tie the match. Their hopes were dashed as Sports C took the first of the Scotch doubles with Riley potting the winning black. Davy Bradford and Michael Grieves took the final frame for Sun A. Man of the match for Sun A was Mark McCann who won both his singles. Alan Halliday took the other frame for Sun A. Sports C hold onto third place with 172 points whilst Sun A stay sixth on 128 points due to a higher win ratio.
Wharton 10 Sun B 2
Sun B’s march up the table was brought to a dramatic halt as Wharton Arms won 10-2 in a Bedlington derby. Wharton took a 5-0 lead after the first set of singles. Only Dean Dobson’s singles win in the second set helped Sun B avoid the whitewash. Sun B pairing Stu Cavens and Dean Seymour took the Sun B’s other point in the last Scotch doubles. Man of the match went to Wharton’s Christopher Stone with a hat-trick of wins. Both teams maintain position despite the result. Wharton are in 14th with 85 points and Sun B 15th with 65 points.
Sports Club D and Annitsford Irish B had byes and are 12th with 100 points and tenth with 115 points respectively.
In other local pool news, the Bedlington Pool League continues to be the closest with the top three separated by three points.
At the top are Grapes A with 134 points after a 9-0 win at the Sun Inn. In second and also on 134 points are Bedlington Station after a 7-2 away win over Cambois B. Cambois A are third with 131 points after their 6-3 win at Shambles. In fourth are Shambles with 124 points and a game in hand on the top three.
The Blyth & District Pool League took a break from league fixtures this week to play the quarter-finals of their knockout cup competitions.
In the Ray Brownlee Premier League Knockout Cup, Masons A had a 5-2 home win against Seaton Sluice Club. High Street won a final frame decider to beat Spartans 5-4, Kings Arms beat New Hartley 5-3 and Services A beat Isabella A 5-1.
The Gordon Young First Division Knockout Cup quarter-finals saw new boys Clef & Clask beat Last Orders 5-0, Percy Arms won a deciding final frame to beat last year’s champions Flying Horse 5-4, Vic A came out 5-2 winners against Isabella B and North Blyth Club won another final frame decider against Waterloo Club to clinch a 5-4 victory.
Players wanting to take part in the next BVPA Open Singles competition on March 11 and 12 at Blyth Sports Club can get the names in via the BVPA Facebook page or contact BVPA secretary Gary Wilson at Blyth Sports Club on Thursday nights.