Pool league settling down to three-horse race

As the Blyth Valley Pool Association moves into the final months of the 2014-15 season, Comrades B hold top spot.

Irish A and Sports C are the other teams in what is now looking like a three-horse race for the title.

Sports B 3 Comrades A 9

This game was previously halted due to a power cut after five frames with Comrades A holding a 3-2 lead. They wrapped up the match this week, taking six of the remaining seven frames.

Irish B 8 South Beach 4.

Despite being a player down due to work commitments, South Beach gave it a decent shot against a team seven places above them. Irish B’s player of the season Brian Wakenshaw was man of the match with a 100 per cent record from his three frames. Irish B move up two places to ninth on 123 points, while the defeat keeps South Beach in 16th with 66 points.

Comrades A 11 Sports A 1

The second win of the week for Comrades A saw them move up four places to eighth on 131 points. Despite the heavy defeat, Sports A stay 13th on 92 points.

Side Club 4 Sports D 8

Despite the victory, the Sports D remain 12th place on 108 points. Side Club took the opening frame only for the Sports D to take the next seven. Man of the match was Sports D captain Phil Welch with a hat-trick. Team-mates Sean Craddock with two wins from his singles and Shaun Galbraith with a brace of points helped the Sports secure victory. David Hewitson and Phil Chadwick provided the main resistance for the Side club winning two points each. Side Club drop a place to tenth on 122 points.

Seahorse A 4 Sun A 8

Seahorse A rued the missed opportunities as Sun A took their chances to win 8-4. Sun A’s Glenn Brookes won all three frames he played, and support was added by Mark McCann and Alan Halliday, who both secured a brace of wins. Seahorse talisman John Welsh was sorely missed by the home team. Sun A hold onto sixth on 136 points, whilst Seahorse A drop a place to 11th on 121 points.

Sports B 4 Comrades B 8

With their 19th victory of the season, Comrades B hold onto top place on a healthy 188 points. Sports B’s second defeat in a week has seen them drop a place to seventh on 133 points.

Sun B 3 Station 9

Sun B were in new territory after they found themselves leading a match against a top four team, leading 2-1 after the first three frames. But they the lost their way after some missed chances. Andrew Robertson and Ayton Stewart each won a hat-trick of points for Station in a Bedlington derby match. Andrew Rogers provided Sun B’s last point with an impressive clearance. Bedlington Station remain fourth, whilst Sun B stay 15th on 68 points. Hopefully Dean Dotson’s return to Superleague action next week will lift Sun B.

Wharton 2 Irish A 10

Irish A are second on 185 points, trailing Comrades B by three, but have a game in hand on their rivals. Gary Spooner, Chris Gill and Matt Brannan provided the catalyst for a resounding away win after securing three points each on the night. Wharton stay 14th on 87 points.

Sports C and Seahorse B had byes this week and both stay as they were. Sports C are third on 172 points and Seahorse B fifth on 138 points.

In other local pool news, the Wednesday night Bedlington Pool League continues to be the most competitive with six points separating the top three, with fourth place a further eight adrift but with a game in hand.

Top are Bedlington Station on 143 points following a 9-0 whitewash victory against Netherton Club. In second are Grapes A on 140 points following a 6-3 home victory over Havelock. With 137 points, Cambois A hold third after a 6-3 win over Bebside Inn. Shambles are fourth on 129 points after edging a 5-4 win at Railway. The surprise result saw Sun Inn complete a 9-0 whitewash against Shakespeare.

The BVPA Open Singles competition will now be played entirely on Saturday, April 11. Names and entry fees need to be in before the end of the month.