Super league top four separated by three points

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The BVPA Friendly League, sponsored by Union Private Hire & Goschen Street Garage, is this year the most open in its history.

The lead at the top of the table has changed yet again with Annitsford Irish A now level on 71 points with the Sports Club C.

Irish A were involved in a top quality match with Bedlington Station that went to the wire as edged the game 7-5. Star man on the night was Jason Ritson with a hat-trick of victories, with team-mates Chris Gill and Gary Spooner chipping in with two from two on the night.

Sports Club C played Comrades for the second time in two weeks and they took a 3-1 lead with an excellent eight-ball clearance from Richie Cook.

Comrades the staged an excellent comeback to take the next five frames, but Sports Club pinched the last singles against the odds and then dug deep to win the last two doubles to secure a 6-6 draw. The result ended the last 100 per cent winning start to the season and the Comrades maintain fifth place on 68 points.

In third on 70 points are Percy Arms following another battle with Seahorse A. Percy captain Kevin McGarry took three wins on the night, while Seahorse captain Kevin Barker also completed a break and dish to keep them in the game, but the highlight was an astutely tactical frame from Seahorse talisman John Welsh which get kept the game alive going into the doubles. The Percy then clinched the match 8-4, taking both scotch doubles.

Seahorse B were involved in another close encounter with Newsham Side Club, who just edged the game 7-5 with man of the match performances from Phil Chadwick and David Hewitson with a hat-trick of wins apiece.

Sports Club B edged an 8-4 home win over the Sun Inn A. Star man for the Sun was Davy Bradford with two from three on the night, which kept the pressure on the home team who won both the doubles to secure the victory.

Sun Inn B were hosts to Cramlington Village, whose season had started turning around with some strong performances in recent weeks. On the night Village were the stronger, taking their first victory of the season. The result has seen them rise four places to tenth in the league.

Brockwell were at home against the Annitsford Irish B for the second time in as many weeks. Following last week’s defeat in the cup, Brockwell came out on top and gained revenge with an 8-4 victory.