Two-horse race for Blyth Valley Pool Association league title

The Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Northumbria Flooring, saw the top seven all maintain position despite 8-4 victories being the lowest score.

Irish A continue to be the team to beat, although Comrades B are only six points behind and they play each other in the next round.

Sports C are 15 points adrift and the title is effectively a two-horse race.

Sun A and Sports B had byes this week but results elsewhere ensured they both maintained position.

Irish B 3 Sports C 9

Another team looking to put some big results in are the Sports C. They opened up a two-frame lead only for Irish B to take the next two with a tremendous full length double from Paul Johnson and a good finish from John Wilson junior. Sports C bounced back taking the next three in a row only for Wilson junior to produce another excellent finish to secure his second singles win of the night. Sports C then took the last four frames to secure the victory. Paul Riley and Gary Wilson both secured a hat-trick of wins for Sports C who are third on 200 points. Irish B drop a place to ninth with 138 points.

Bedlington Station 10 Seahorse A 2

Bedlington Station bounced back to secure an emphatic 10-2 home victory over a decent Seahorse A team. Graham Foster and Kevin Brock took Seahorse’s points. Eugene Healy, Andy Robertson and Kevin Little all secured three points apiece for Station and shared the man of the match award. The victory keeps Station in fourth on 182 points. Seahorse A drop a place to 11th with 133 points.

Comrades B 10 Wharton 2

By all accounts a cracking night of pool with the Comrades B needing to stick some big results in to close the gap between them and Irish A. Comrades B were on fire taking both sets of single 5-0 and a 12-0 whitewash was on the cards. But to their credit, Wharton never gave up and won both frames of Scotch doubles. Comrades B have 209 points and closed the gap to six points at the top. Wharton drop a place to 14th with 97 points.

Seahorse B 3 Irish A 9

Irish A came away with an impressive 9-3 victory at the Seahorse B. Chris Gill, Matt Brannan and Jason Ritson all secured a hat-trick of wins. Gill’s break and dish in the second set of singles was a highlight and helped him secure the man of the match award. Irish A have 215 points at the top of the Superleague table. Seahorse B hold fifth place with 158 points, but the Sun A and Sports B are now breathing down their neck.

South Beach 4 Comrades A 8

The Real Comrades’ tenth win of the season helped them move up a place to tenth on 143 points. South Beach remain 16th on equal points with Sun B who have a slightly better win ratio.

Sports A 4 Newsham Side Club 8

Side Club came away with the win in a close game at Sports A. Despite the result both teams improved position in the table. Side Club are up a place to tenth on 135 points, whilst Sports A also move up a place to 13th with 98 points.

Sports D 10 Sun B 2

Sports D punished Sun B who failed to take their opportunities. A hat-trick of wins for Sean Craddock and Mark Baxter secured their man of the match accolades. Able support came from Phil Welch and Shaun Galbraith, who both won a brace of points in the singles. Stu Cavens took one of Sun B’s points with their only win in the singles. Nathan Murther and Dan Raisbeck won their other point in the first Scotch doubles game. The result keeps Sports D in 12th and they should comfortably be the highest placed new team in the BVPA this season. Sun B stay 15th on 73 points.

In other local pool news, the Wednesday Night Bedlington Pool League continues to be the most competitive in the area.

Bedlington Station are top spot on 161 points from 25 matches. Grapes A, who had a 6-3 home victory against Market Tavern, are second on 153 points from 24 games and need to stick in a 9-0 result with their game in hand to overtake Station.

In third are Shambles, whose 9-0 home win against The Havelock this week has put them back in contention. They are only a point behind Grapes A and have a match in hand over Station. In fourth are Cambois A with 145 points from 24 matches. A 7-2 defeat at Station has put a large dent in their title hopes, although with six weeks still to play, there could be more twists and turns.

The Blyth & District Thursday Night Pool League took a break from league action as teams from both leagues battled it out for places in the team Knockout Cup finals.

The BDPL’s Premier League teams were playing in the Ray Brownlee Premier Division KO Cup.

The first semi-final saw King Arms at home to Services A and the second was a battle of the current top two in the Bob Brown Premier League with High Street at home to Masons A.

At High Street, Masons A were upsetting the form book, taking a 4-2 lead from the singles, only needing one more point to seal the win. Although Masons had chances in all three doubles, High Street were the more clinical, taking all three to seal a remarkable comeback which also keeps them on course to do the double.

In the other semi-final, Kings Arms upset the form book and knocked out Services A 5-3 with Brian Taylor junior and Darren Brewis winning the deciding frame to help them secure a place in the final which will be played on Thursday, May 14.

In the BDPL first division, teams were contesting the Gordon Young Division One KO Cup.

Percy Arms were at home to the Newsham Vic A and in the other tie two of the BDPL’s new teams contested for a place in the final with Clef & Cask playing host to North Blyth Club.

The game at the Clef & Cask was tense, but the Cramlington team stormed the singles 4-2 and sealed the victory with the first doubles to complete a 5-2 win.

Percy Arms won the other semi-final by an identical scoreline, also securing the match in the first of the doubles games with Darren Gurney and Paul Dodds.

Both teams meet in two weeks in a dress rehearsal of the final, which will be played on Thursday, May 21.