The Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Northumbria Flooring, sees the top two separated by only five points with four games remaining.
Even with 12 points available each week, the competition has been so fierce that only two teams moved places in this week’s table.
Irish B 7 Comrades A 5
A close match between two of the mid-table rivals saw Irish B get back to winning ways with their 12th victory of the season as they move up a place to tenth place on 142 points after overtaking Newsham Side Club who had a bye week. Real Comrades stay eighth on 154 points.
Bedlington Station 9 Sports B 3
Bedlington Station’s Albert Ridley and Andrew Robertson shared the man of the match honours with a 100 per cent record from three games in a match between two of the top eight. The result keeps Station in fourth on 197 points from 26 games. Sports B stay seventh on 159 points and are now seven adrift of Sun A in sixth.
Comrades B 10 Sports D 2
Comrades B took another point out of Irish A’s lead at the top with an emphatic performance against Sports D. There were 100 per cent records for Kevin McGarry, Ray Irving, Ben Wood and John Laird. Only Phil Welch and Shaun Galbraith wins salvaged points for Sports D. Comrades B now have 225 points in second and Sports D stay 12th with 132 points.
The result may be one-sided, but Sun B had a number of chances but were punished by a clinical Seahorse B, who secured their 16th win of the season to stay fifth on 178 points. Mark Lillico, Richard Glass and the Erridge brothers, Ray and Alan, all won a hat-trick of points each. Dean Seymour’s clearance in the last singles helped spare Sun B from the whitewash, and they stay 16th on 74 points.
Sports A 3 Irish A 9
Sports D were over the moon to take points off Irish A. Chris Gill and Gareth Evans won all three of their frames. Gill’s eight-ball clearance in the singles was one of the highlights. Irish A captain Jason Ritson won both his singles and they still lead the league on 230 points. Sports A stay 14th with 102 points.
Sports C 8 Seahorse A 4
Sports C were involved in a tense match with Seahorse A. The result keeps Sports C in third on 220 points while Seahorse A hold ninth on 147 points.
Sun A 7 Wharton 5
Sun A’s Alan Halliday was the undisputed man of the match with a hat-trick of points helping secure a tight Bedlington derby clash. Sun A team-mates Lee Cook, Mark McCann and Michael Grieves all came away with two wins from their singles and doubles games. The result keeps Sun A in sixth on 166 points, whilst Wharton also maintain position in 13th with 103 points.
In other local pool news, in the Blyth & District Bob Brown Premier League, leaders High Street won 6-3 at Isabella A, their 22nd of the season giving them 169 points.
They only need seven points from their three remaining games to secure the title.
Services A, in second on 145 points, won a close encounter with Charltons 5-4.
In third are Masons A on 142 points after they won 5-4 at New Hartley Club.
Masons B moved into fourth after a 6-3 home win against the Eagle.
In the first division, Constitutional Club were beaten 6-3 at home by Isabella B, who are now top with 158 points.
North Blyth in second on 155 points also recorded a 6-3 away win at Waterloo Pub C.
The standout game in the division saw two of the top four involved in a tight match that was won by one point. Iin the rehearsal for this year’s First Division Cup final, Percy Arms secured a 5-4 win over Clef & Cask. The results keeps Percy in third on 151 points and Clef & cask fourth on 129 points.
In the Bedlington Wednesday Night Pool League, Bedlington Station had a bye and Grapes A took the lead at the top on 170 points after a 9-0 win at Barrington Arms.
Shambles are now second on 169 points after an 8-1 win at Grapes B.
Station slip two places to third with 168 points, and in fourth are Cambois A with 156 points after a close 5-4 win at the Railway.
This week’s BVPA Open was the fourth time the event has been staged and Comrades B’s Kevin McGarry took the title and the £150 prize money with a 4-3 victory over Seahorse B’s Mark Lillico, who pocketed the £100 runners-up prize. Losing semi-finalists Ian Clark and Steven Kinghorn won £50 each.
With the Open being played over a single day to accommodate the Northumberland County fixture schedule, the BVPA also staged a 16-man straight knockout event on the Sunday which was won by Stephen Spears, who beat Stevie Smith 6-2 in the final, which concluded a great week of eight-ball pool at Blyth Sports Club.