The Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Breakers Pool, competed its 14th week of Super League and Premier League action.
In the Super League, Irish A suffered their second defeat of the season at the hands and cues of Comrades A, while in the Premier the three-horse race for the inaugural division title continues.
Irish B 4 Seahorse B 8
Work commitments saw Seahorse B with only four players, giving their opponents a two-frame start, but they still took the match 8-4 to record their fourth win of the season, which sees them maintain seventh place with 71 points, and more importantly they have a game in hand on the teams above them. Irish B are ninth on 59 points, one place above the relegation zone.
Comrades A 8 Irish A 4
Comrades A secured their fifth and biggest win of the season with an 8-4 victory over the runaway leaders. Ian Clark and Steven Fogget were the star men for Comrades with three wins out of three. Team-mate Paul Vintis chipped in with a brace of points. Johnny Wilson was Irish A’s man of the match with two from two. Irish A are still top on 111 points and have a nine-point lead over their nearest challenger. Comrades A move into fifth on 73 points.
Seahorse A 3 Comrades B 9
Seahorse A were leading 2-1 before Comrades took eight frames in a row to seal the win. The match finished with Seahorse taking the final scotch doubles. Kevin McGarry and John Laird were 100 per cent from their three games, and Comrades team-mate James Taylor won both his singles including an eight-ball clearance with two visits. Seahorse A captain Kevin Barker won two out of three with David Brown also taking a singles point. Comrades B are second on 102 points. Seahorse A are eighth on 64 points.
Sports B 7 Side Club 5
The bottom two teams in the Super League were involved in a relegation battle that saw Sports B just edge out Side Club to record their second win of the season. Both teams have 56 points with Side Club tenth and Sports B 11th due to their worse win loss percentage after playing a game more.
Sun A 5 Sports C 7
Sun Inn A narrowly lost the match, but it could have been even better if they could have taken some of their chances. The Ashington lads playing for the Sun were the star men on the night with Lee Cook smashing three from three, with Carl Sweet taking two from three. Sun team captain Mark McCann chipped in with the home team’s other point. Sports C stay fourth on 86 points, whilst Sun A are sixth on 72 points in a very competitive mid-table.
Bedlington Station had their bye and remain third on 90 points.
Breakers B 7 South Beach 5
Breakers B celebrated their first victory at their new venue by narrowly edging out South Beach. Breakers B are tenth on 59 points whilst South Beach are a place above them on 64 points.
Breakers C 10 Sports A 2
Breakers C continue to aspire to a top three finish and another big win has seen them make small inroads into closing the gap to the top teams. James Stewart was three from three for the second week running, Glenn Brookes was 100 per cent from three games and Paul Jobson was also 100 per cent from his two games. Brandon McCann fished with two from three. Breakers C are now fourth with 87 points whilst Sports A are 11th on 52 points.
Cambois Club 4 Wharton 8
Wharton Arms maintained their unbeaten run in this year’s Premier League with their 12th win of the season. Freddy Chambers and Davy Young were both 100 per cent from their three games and team-mate Christopher Stone chipped in with two from three. For the home team L Jackson was the star man with two from three. Wharton hold onto third place with 106 points and Cambois Club are sixth on 74 points.
Hastings Arms 4 Breakers A 8
A cracking night of pool at the Hastings as the home team pushed the Premier League leaders all the way. Dan Patterson with three from three and Gavin Slaughter, two from two, were 100 per cent on the night for Breakers A. Team-mates Trevor Brewis and Stephen Carr were both two from three. Guy Manix was Hastings’ man of the match with two from three. Breakers A maintain top spot on 110 points. Hastings are seventh on 66 points. The next round of fixtures will see the top two going head to head in the league and Wharton will be looking to close the gap or even take the lead in the event of a close result.
Prince of Wales 2 Percy Arms 10
BVPA new boys Prince of Wales had another lesson in how tough the Premier League is with only Adam Reith’s two from three saving them from a second whitewash in a row. Paul Dodds and Darren Gurney both produced eight-ball clearances on the Prince’s newly re-covered table. Percy are fifth on 80 points, whilst the Prince are 12th on five points.
Sports D 8 Sun B 4
Sun B shocked Sports D, taking the first set of singles 3-2, but the home team responded in style taking the second 4-1 and winning both scotch doubles. Tom Beal was Sun’s star man winning two from three including both his singles. Although it is still a good four points, Sun will be gutted not to have taken more from the match. Sports D captain Phil Welch was three from three along with team-mate Sean Craddock. Highlight of the match was a scotch doubles break and dish from Phil Welch and Darren Fletcher. Sports D have won 11 matches this season and are in second place with 108 points. Sun B are eighth on 65 points.