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Article: A Look Back In Time - 2nd December 1988

A Look Back In Time - 2nd December 1988

In the premier division of the Harborne and District Winter league, Wernley maintained their unbeaten run with a convincing 8-1 home win over the Raven. High breaks were on the agenda for the home team with 160,117 from T.Cannon, 149,111from G.Bird and 120 by A.Stevens, J.Cannon and A.White.

Bartley Green Social Club also retained their winning sequence in division one, beating the Brook 7-2, with M.Smith hitting a maximum in the process.

Division two’s Raven ladies and Highlander ladies both went down by 8-1 in their respective fixtures with Stonehouse and Travellers Rest.

The Forest of Arden Winter league were engaged in the quarter finals of their Presidents Cup.The round produced no real surprises with Harvester, Silver Wings and Red Arrows all chalking up 6-3 wins over, in turn, Sheldon Ivy Leaf, Mackadown Social and Hobs Meadow Mixes. Mixes player Mark Osborne recorded a 160 break.

The semi finals will be played on 15 December, the Harvester taking on the Silver Wings at the Highwood, while the Hobs Meadow and Red Arrows will do battle at the Silver Wings.

Hotshots in the Sheldon and District league this week are, J.Sabell (Shard End Social) who with his 160 break helped his team to a 7-1 victory at the Iron Horse in the premier division. In the same division A.Caddick (EBAHA) had a nine darts winning leg, however his team lost 7-2 to St Annes.

In division one S.Burke and P.Vasey were another two players to break with 160. There was mixed fortunes for their respective teams as Burke’s malt Shovel finished on the wrong side of a 7-2 scoreline at the Chelmsley Wood RBL and Vasey’s Harvester won 6-3 at the British Telecom Club.

It was down to division two for the week’s only maximum supplied by Dovecote Flyers G.Walker.

Bedworth Banks, second in the Warwickshire Mens Super League table, reduced the deficit on leaders Coventry Howitzers to just three points when they defeated bottom of the league Midland Red Harborne 8-0. Howitzers, meanwhile, were held to a 4-4 home draw in their game with Birmingham Midland Red, who with 78 points are also three adrift of the leaders. Other results saw Birmingham Old Wharf thrash Tamworth 7-1, Coventry Bishopgate win 6-2 against Warwick Town plus Kettlebrook Tamworth and Minworth both win 5-3 over Rugby and Coventry Potters Green.

After their setback, away to Kent in the premier division of the BDO Inter Counties Championship last time out, Warwickshire were looking for a quick return to winning ways in yet another away fixture. Playing hosts were Essex, but despite the home advantage it was Warwickshire’s mens teams that grabbed the 7-5 results, both of them winning for the first time this season in three games. Taking the ‘A’teams match award was Kevin Dowling (30.06) and for the ‘B’Mangal Singh (26.84).

The ladies ‘B’ side stormed to a 5-1 success, Tammy Montgomery (19.52) their top player. the ‘A’ team also looked to be haeding for victory when Trina Gulliver opened up with an award winning 25.30 performance and with further wins from Carol Weston and Julie Liddell went into a 3-1 lead. However, Essex fought back through Julie Curley and Jill Walker to snatch a share of the points, the final overall scoreline of 25-14 going to Warwickshire.

In division two West Midlands, after two opening defeats, were seeking their first win of the campaign. Their home tie with Cheshire produced just that. for the third successive match the mens ‘B’ team chalked up an 8-4 win, a 29.96 average giving Colin (Zippy) Davies the match award. The ‘A’ side also won by the same margin, Tom Aldridge (31.98) hteir top man.

Both ladies teams are still awaiting their first wins of the season. Nevertheless the ‘A’ finished all square at three each, Dawn Holdcroft recording a creditable 27.83 average as lady of the match. Penny Hooley (15.60) received the ‘B’ teams accolade as they went down 4-2.

In division one Worcestershire, playing at Bridley Moor and Batchley Social Club, lost 22-17 to Surrey and are left still looking for their first win. There were mixed results for both the men and women as the mens ‘B’ won 8-4 (Mick Marshall 27.83 man of the match) and the ‘A’ lost 7-5 (Terry Jenkins 30.09 m.o.m). The womens ‘B’ went down 5-1 with Michelle Osland the sole winner. The ‘A’ side’s lady in form was Jackie Jenkins as they ended level at 3-3.

The preliminary round of the Knockout Cup was on the Acocks Green Winter League agenda. The results produced no major shocks as Shirley Legion beat Plume of Feathers 7-2 and with a 6-3 scoreline Tyseley WMC accounted for Red Rooster.

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