The Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Breakers Pool Bar, saw the Premier League lead change hands for the first time in four months as two of the teams from lower end of the table put in massive results that saw Sports D go top.
Meanwhile in the Super League, Irish A’s lead was cut to eight points.
Away from the pool tables this week, the league was saddened to learn that George Hindmarsh had passed away.
George was a friendly and familiar face at the Wharton Arms, where he was affectionately known as the pool team’s official mascot.
A spokesperson for the BVPA said the league’s thoughts are with his son Kevin, family and friends.
Breakers B 5 Cambois Club 7
Cambois Club secured their eighth win of the campaign to maintain sixth place on 99 points. Breakers B are 11th on 76 points.
Hastings Arms 4 Breakers C 8
A cracking night of pool at the Hastings Arms played in a sporting manner saw the visitors take the points with a man of the match performance from Paul Jobs with three from three on the night. Dean Dobson with two decent clearances helped seal the match. Breakers C’s hopes of a top three finish continue after their tenth win of the season helped them maintain fourth place on 117 points while Hastings Arms are ninth with 82 points.
Prince of Wales 1 Sports D 11
BVPA new boys Prince of Wales are having a real baptism of fire in the league after playing the majority of the top teams in two months. Sports D took no prisoners in securing another big win, and with surprise results elsewhere, they have taken top spot on 141 points. On the night Anthony Marshall, Phil Welch, Darren Fletcher and Shaun Galbraith were all three from three. Stephen Jackson won the home team’s solitary point. The Prince are in 12th position on 16 points.
Sports A 6 Breakers A 6
The first shock result of the week saw an improving Sports A produce their best show of the season so far in securing a draw against the former league leaders. The result saw Breakers A lose top spot and drop to second on 139 points. Sports A are tenth on 82 points, and if results continue to improve a top six finish is still on the cards. Tammy Bingham with two from three was Sports A’s star player, but Trevor Brewis with three from three secured the man of the match award. Team-mates Kev Harnett and Paul Merilles were both two from three.
Sun Inn B 5 Percy Arms 7
The Percy edged the first set 3-2 only for Sun B to take the second to tie the match going into the scotch doubles. The Percy took both doubles to ensure they stay fifth on 105 . The victory was Percy Arms’ tenth of the season and their away record is better than their home one. Sun B are seventh on 89 points. Paul Dodd and Kevin Sams shared the man of the match honours after winning three from three.
Wharton Arms 6 South Beach 6
The second shock in the Premier League saw South Beach produce their best performance of the season against another of the top there teams. Whilst the home team’s heads and hearts were not 100 per cent on the night due to circumstances, South Beach still potted some pressure shots. Wharton Arms remain third on 134 points and are now seven points behind leaders Sports D. South Beach are eighth on 84 points in an increasingly tight mid-table battle.
Irish B 5 Sun Inn A 7
A close match that went to the wire with Lee Cook and Carl Sweet producing a break and dish to seal the match. Cook was the man of the match with three from thee, Alan Halliday and Glen Sharp were both two from three for Sun A. Paul Thompson’s two singles wins ensured he was the home team’s star player on the night. Sun A move into fifth place after their seventh win of the season. Irish B are in a relegation dogfight in ninth place on 77 points.
Bedlington Station 5 Irish A 7
The Station and Irish A was undoubtedly the prestige match in this week’s Super League. In a close and competitive game, the league leaders just edged it against third placed Station. The result helped both teams maintain position with Irish A at top of the table on 139 points and Station third on 118 points. Jason Watson with a break and dish in the opening frame was the man of the match with three from three. Chris Gill, Gary Spooner and Jason Ritson all secured two points each for Irish. An unusual incident happened when Spooner dropped the cue ball on the table and gave his opponent to shots to clear the table.
Newsham Side Club 3 Comrades B 9
Comrades B took both sets of singles 4-1 and shared the doubles to secure their 12th win of the season, which keeps them second on 131 points. Side Club are 11th on 73 points but still have a game in hand over the other teams in the relegation zone. Man of the match honours went to Kevin McGarry with three from three, team-mate James Taylor was also 100 per cent from both his singles games. Ron Smith was Side Club’s star man with two from three.
Seahorse A 8 Sports B 4
Seahorse A are eighth only nine points above the relegation zone with 84 points, but they had a comfortable 8-4 win over the tenth placed Sports B. The team will need a few more good results to avoid getting dragged into a relegation scrap. Sports B’s 75 points tally keeps them in the bottom two in 11th. Seahorse A captain Kevin Barker and David Brown secured a hat-trick of wins each including a break and dish in the doubles. Sports B’s Richie Cook was also three from three on his return to his former team.
Sports C 8 Seahorse B 4
Sports C stay fourth on 109 points after their 11th win of the season. Steven Spears and Carl Turner helped secure a home win with a hat-trick of wins each. Seahorse B are seventh on 90 points.
Comrades A had their bye this week and are in sixth on 90 points.