The BVPA’s 2014-15 Superleague campaign has reached the halfway stage with only seven points separating the top three teams.
In the most competitive campaign to date, Irish A have regained the top spot they have held for the majority of the season.
Sports C are now in second with the Comrades B in third.
In the mid-table 12 points separate five teams, with only the top ten guaranteed a Superleague place next season
At the bottom, Sun B finally got their first win of the season.
Irish B 0 Irish A 12
After escaping with a hard fought 7-5 victory over Bedlington Station the previous week, Irish A stormed back to the top with a resounding 12-0 derby whitewash of their B team. In probably their finest result of the season there were four eight-ball clearances, Chris Gill and Johnny Wilson in the singles and both Scotch doubles pairings of Wilson and Jason Ritson, plus Gill and Matt Brannan. Irish A have 133 points whilst Irish B are in eighth with 90 points after an emphatic 10-2 win at the Wharton the week before.
Bedlington Station 7 Sports D 5
Station have been involved in two close games in as many weeks, while Sports Club D are starting to find their feet in the BVPA after a tough baptism. After the first set of singles Sports D were leading 3-2 only for Station to take the second set 3-2 and tie the match going into the doubles. Station then took both doubles frames to seal the victory. Star man for Sports D was Sean Craddock with victories in both his singles. Bedlington Station maintain fourth place with 116 points and a good run of big results could well see them challenging for a top three spot. Sports D can take heart from the result and come back stronger in the second half of the season to improve from their current eighth position with 77 points.
Seahorse A 5 Newsham Side Club 7
A hard fought away victory sees Side Club in ninth with 87 points whilst Seahorse A are in tenth with 84 points. The result was a turning point for Side Club who were beaten 9-3 by Sports C the previous week.
South Beach 2 Seahorse B 10
The Erridge brothers were in sparkling form taking three points each to help secure a solid 10-2 away win for Seahorse B, which helped them maintain fifth place with 105 points in their best ever BVPA season to date. South Beach were involved in an unusual game with Sports D the previous week. With a number of power cuts at the sports club, both teams completed the match at South Beach where Sports D sealed an 8-4 victory. South Beach are in 15th with 54 points.
Sports B 10 Sun B 2
After their first victory of the season over the Sports A the previous week, it was back down to earth for Sun B against Sports B, who took both sets of singles 5-0 and were looking at putting some serious points on the table only for Sun B to rally and take both Scotch doubles. Nathan Murther and Dean Dobson won an emphatic first doubles game and then Andy Johnson and Dean Seymour completed a doubles whitewash. Sun B remain in 16th place with 43 points, whilst the Sports B hold seventh with 94 points. Sports B were the other team at home whose match the previous week was interrupted by power cuts. It was closely poised with Real Comrades leading 3-2. The remaining frames will be played in the next month.
Sports C 10 Wharton Arms 2
Sports C are back in second with 129 points and trail the leaders by four. Sports C produced three eight-ball clearances on the night with Alan Parker setting the tone in the first frame and Ian Carr completing two in his singles. An unusual highlight saw Sports C’s Gary Wilson masse the white around his opponent’s ball to pot the eight-ball, but as the players shook hands the Cue-ball fell into the pocket which resulted in the frame going to the opponent. Wharton edged a tactical last frame after an in-off and secured the win with a shot spare. Mick Oliver was the Wharton’s star man with two points on the night. Ian Carr and Neil Taylor were Sports C’s star men with a hat-trick of wins apiece on the night.
Sun A 8 Sports A 4
It was double trouble for Sports A with back to back 8-4 defeats against Sun Inn opposition. Sun A maintain sixth place with 100 points with their best ever season in the BVPA. But the result of the game does not reflect a close contest. Cameron Wintrip and Marie Murphy secured all Sports A points with each player securing a brace each. Sports A are in 13th with 65 points.
Both Comrades teams had byes. Comrades B are in third place with 126 points after a 9-3 home win over Sun inn A the previous week. Real Comrades are in 11th with 82 points.