THE Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Union Private Hire & Goschen Street Garage, saw a number of shock results and upsets in week 12.
Leaders Joiners Arms were pushed all the way by a game Cramlington Village. The scores were tied at 4-4 and Village were on the verge of securing their best ever result only for Joiners to scrape the last two singles and take the second doubles to secure a hard fought 7-5 victory to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
Man of the match was Joiners’ Geoff Campbell with an 8-ball clearance from a dry break in the first frame and another good clearance in his second singles. Star man for Village was M Johnson in winning both his singles games.
In one of the week’s prestige games, Annitsford Irish played host to the previously unbeaten Percy Arms.
The match went to sudden death after an in-off on the black cost Percy the match in the last doubles.
In the captain’s pick, Chris Gill won a cagey frame to take the victory and the bonus point for Irish.
The Seahorse A and Bedlington Station were involved in the other top game of the week where Seahorse caused an upset with a 7-5 victory over the third placed Station. Man of the match for Seahorse was Gordon Foster in winning all three of his games.
In another competitive game, Joiners Arms B team were involved in a topsy turvy match with Brockwell Seam.
Joiners dominated the first set of singles only for Brockwell to bounce back and level after the second set of singles. The game had all the signs of going to sudden death, so when the teams shared the doubles, it was up to the captain’s to pick players to win the decider. Joiners came out on top to secure a 7-6 victory.
Man of the match for Joiners was A Scott in winning four frames including the decider. Star man for Brockwell was John Welford with a hat-trick of wins.
Comrades B beat Sun Inn B 12-0. Man of the match was Comrades’ oldest player, Jimmy Leddy, who rolled back the years to ensure his team maintain fourth place.
Sun Inn A fared slightly better against Comrades A, taking three frames off their opponents.
In the final game of the week, the BVPA’s surprise team of the season Seaton Terrace saw off Dudley WMC with a comfortable 10-2 victory which maintains their place in the top of half of the league.