The top three teams in the Blyth Valley Pool Associations Super-League are separated by only four points after the first games in the second half of the season.
In a clash of the titans at the pinnacle of the table, Annitsford Irish A and Sports Club C played out a quality match which finished 6-6.
And Comrades B got themselves right back in the mix with a resounding 12-0 win at South Beach.
Annitsford Irish B 5 Sports Club D 7
in a competitive mid-table battle, Sports D secured their fourth win of the season with a keenly fought 7-5 success at Irish B. Sean Craddock was Sports D’s star man with two singles victories. Phil Welch’s break and dish in the second set of doubles was a highlight of the match. Despite the victory, Sports D stay 12th with 84 points. Irish B moved up a place to seventh.
Bedlington Station 7 Seahorse B 5
Two top five teams involved in another quality match saw Bedlington Station just edging out Seahorse B 7-5. The win helps Station maintain fourth place with 123 points and also puts them closer to a top three finish. Seahorse B maintain fifth with 110 points.
Comrades Club A 6 Newsham Side Club 6
In a match played in a great spirit between two sporting teams, Real Comrades won the first two frames only for Side Club to take the next five. Comrades A fought back taking two of the last three singles to trail 6-4 going into the Scotch doubles, which were just edged by Comrades who completed another remarkable comeback to get a deserved draw. Comrades A remain in 11th place with 88 points, while Side Club drop to tenth on 93 points.
Seahorse A 11 Wharton Arms 1
An emphatic 11-1 home victory for Seahorse A helps them move up two places to eighth with 95 points. Captain Kevin Barker, Gordon Foster and David Brown were all in excellent form, winning three frames each. Chris Taylor also chipped in with two singles wins. A break and dish from the Wharton’s Fred Chambers was the highlight of the match. Seahorse talisman John Welsh got a rare opportunity in the doubles, securing another point for the team. Wharton maintain 14th place with 61 points.
South Beach 0 Comrades Club 12
South Beach had their opportunities but were unable to convert them and Comrades B are not one of the top teams for nothing, and they will take their chances and punish opponents. Comrades B leapfrog Sports C into second place on 138 points, and more importantly, close the gap to the leaders to a single point. South Beach stay in 15th with 54 points.
Sports Club C 6 Annitsford Irish A 6
Two of the title contenders battled out a competitive and high quality draw. Sports C took the first frame only for Irish to take the first set of singles 3-2. Sports C took the second set 3-2 to tie the match going into the doubles. Sports C pairing of Gary Wilson and Paul Riley took the first only for Matt Brannan and Chris Gill to win the last frame and secure the draw. A break and dish from Sports C’s Paul Riley and an eight-ball clearance on the first visit from Irish A captain Jason Ritson were the highlights. Man of the match honours were evenly shared between Sports C’s Gary Wilson and Matt Brannan from the Irish A, who secured a hat-trick of wins apiece on the night. The result saw Sports C drop to third on 135 points, whilst Irish A hold first with 139 points.
Sun Inn B 3 Sun Inn A 9
Sun A took the honours and the bragging rights for the season with double derby victories over their B team. Sun A maintain sixth place with 109 points while Sun B are in 16th place with 46 points. Nathan Murther was Sun B’s star man with two wins from his three games. Mark McCann and Glenn Sharp shared the man of the match awards for the A team with a 100 per cent record from their three frames.
Sports A & B had byes this week and results saw the B team drop two to ninth with 94 points, whilst Sports A hold position in 13th with 65 points.
The BVPA will be holding another Open Singles competition on Saturday, April 11, and Sunday, April 12. Entry fee is £10. Players need to contact Gary Wilson via the BVPA Facebook page or at Blyth Sports Club.