A Look Back In Time - 25th November 1988
No fewer than 43 Warwickshire Super league players turned out for the mens county play off of the Embassy World Professional Championship. The Belgrave Sports and Social Club, Tamworth, was the setting for the event. Many of the county’s top players fell by the wayside on the way to the latter stages, the last four comprising of Moe Whelan (Bedworth), Pat Koyce (Minworth), Steve Liddell (Kettlebrook) and Steve Hine (Coventry Howitzers). Whelan defeated Koyce and Hine accounted for Liddell to set up an all Coventry final.
Whelan won the first set of the final with Hine bouncing back to take the second. The deciding set went to a tie breaker, Hine made no mistakes and took the first three legs, the set and the match. He will now go forward to the next round which will be played at Lakeside Country Club on Thursday 26 November. Hine will join another Howitzer player, Andy Smith who earned his place in the next round by way of finishing third in the BDO average table last season.
Representing the West Midlands in the Lakeside play off’s will be Tipton’s Ian Jones. Jones faced up to Halesowen’s Steve Hall in the final and won the opening set 3-2. Hall was quick to reply, squaring the match with a 3-1 success in the following set. The last set was an emphatic 3-0 victory for Jones with Hall unable to reach a finishing double in any of the legs.
Selly Park continue to impress in the Irish Centre Four a Side Ladies League, their latest fixture against Ward End producing a 13-8 victory, to give them a total of 105 points. Once again on song for Selly Park was Lesley Newcombe who notched 6x100 plus 121 and 125. Northfield lost their second place as they lost 13-8 to Sheldon, their second successive defeat. Sheldon with 88 points, three more than Northfield, have taken over the number two spot, 17 points adrift of the leaders. In the other game between Perry Barr and Handsworth, the latter took the 14-7 result.
T.Frost was certainly on form for the Old Wharf in the Amber Windows League, hiting not one but two maximums as his team strolled to a 6-3 success at home to the Mitre. Vauxhall Club’s R.Hawker was another player to find the three magical treble twenties, his team however were not so fortunate as they went down by 8-1 at Old Oscott. 8-1 was also the margin by which King Edward V11 won at the Seventh Trap.
Kynoch Social and Yew Tree were 7-2 winners in their respective fixtures against Aston Social and Bagot Arms.
Hobs Meadow Mixes produced the biggest shock of the week in the Forest of Arden Winter League when they beat their home rivals and reigning champions Hobs Meadow 5-4.
B.Salter (Hunters Moon) has already hit two maximums this season, in his most recent game against high flying Silver Wings he added a 160 break to his achievements. Little joy for his team, they lost 7-2. Sheldon Ivy Leaf were also 7-2 winners in their match with the Highwood, R.Lucas chalking up the highest finish of the campaign so far, checking out on 146.
There were two nine darts games in the Acocks Green Winter league, Ken Hopton for the Shirley Legion as they whitewashed Tyseley Staff 9-0 and D.Duggan whose team, Brewers Arms, lost 5-4 at home to Britannia Arrows. In the other fixtures Tyseley WMC won 7-2 at the Robin Hood and Moonraker went down 6-3 at home to Journeys End.