Sports C retain top spot desite being held by Comrades B

The Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Union Private Hire & Goschen Street Garage, has moved into the final third of the Superleague season with the title race still open.

In week 20, Comrades B drew 6- 6 with Sports C.

Sports C took the first frame only for Comrades to take the next four on the spin. The teams shared the next four to leave Sports C on the verge of their first defeat of the season, but with a bit of luck and nerve they won the last three to tie the match.

Man of the match went to Sports C captain Alan Parker with three points on the night.

The win keeps Sports C in first place with 170 points, whilst Comrades B are now in fifth on 140.

In a smash and grab raid, Sports B claimed a solid 9-3 win at Sun Inn B with star player on the night Will Cowling scoring three valuable points, which helps Sports B maintain eighth place on 109 points. Team-mate Graham Nicholson chipped in with two wins on the night.

Brockwell nearly took the game against Irish A to the wire with one of their best performances only to lose 7-5.

Irish A’s Chris Gill was the man of the match with a hat tick of wins.

The result moves Brockwell into tenth on 92 points, whilst Irish A close the gap at the to 14 points, holding onto second place with 156.

Comrades A secured their second 8-4 win in as many weeks with a solid performance at an ever improving Sports A.

Comrades hold onto fourth on 145 points, whilst Sports A are tenth on 92.

Side Club got off to a good start at home to Seahorse A, winning the first two frames, only for the visitors to win nine of the next eight for a 9-3 win.

Fair play to Side Club’s Trevor Chadwick for sportingly calling a foul on himself in the doubles, which were both won by Seahorse. Match awards went to Kevin Barker, Martin Brock and John Welsh, who made a rare cameo appearance in the doubles to equal his team-mates with a hat- trick of wins on the night.

The result keeps Seahorse in sixth on 133 points whilst Side Club are in ninth on 95.

Another game that went to the wire saw Village bounce back with a tough home win over a game Sun Inn A 7-5.

Davy Bradford and Glen Sharpe with two wins apiece were the top players for the visitors.

Village Club are in 13th on 86 points, whilst Sun Inn A remain in 14th on 70.

Bedlington Station kept themselves in the title race with a 9-3 victory over Irish B that sees go third place on 153 points.

Steven Kinghorn and Andy Robertson both won their three games, with team-mate Albert Ridley chipping in with two wins from his two games.

Irish B hold onto 12th place on 87 points. At the moment there are only nine points separating teams from ninth to 13th and with 12 points available every week, it should be an interesting run in.

The Sports Club will play host to a National CIU team knockout semi-final on Saturday, March 1, with a 1pm start.

On March 29 and 30, the BVPA will also be organising another singles competition. Players wishing to enter can contact BVPA secretary Gary Wilson at Blyth Sports Club on Thursday nights.

Week 18 results: Cramlington Village 0 Sports Club C 12; Comrades B 9 Sports Club B 3; Seahorse B 6 Irish A 6; Sun Inn B 0 Comrades A 12; Brockwell Seam 6 Seahorse A 6; Sports Club A 8 Sun Inn A 4; Side Club 1 Bedlington Station 11.

Week 19 results: Seahorse A 7 Sports A 5; Sun Inn A 2 Side Club 10; Bedlington Station 10 Village Club 2; Sports C 9 Irish B 3; Sports B 6 Seahorse B 6; Irish A 11 Sun Inn B 1; Comrades A 8 Brockwell Seam 4.