A West Midlands Round Up By Alan Towe
After retaining the Premier Division status last season West Midlands will begin their second campaign in the top flight with a home tie at Gilberts Bar, Willenhall, WV13 2NY against newly promoted Northamptonshire. With a season’s experience under their belts West Midlands will be hoping to finish a little higher up the table this season and with a few new signings that could well be the case. Selected to play for West Midlands are Men’s ‘A’:- Gavin Baker, Scott Baker, Mark Craddock, Matthew Dicken, Adam Edgar, Nick Fullwell, Kevin Harris, Alfie Jacques, Ian Jones, Liam Kelly, Glen McGrandle, Dan Nicholls, Men’s ’B’:- Michael Baker, Jeff Batham, Reece Colley, Martin Greenwood, Ash Khayatt, Jonathan Platt, Neil Pointon, Shane Price, Mark Rollinson, Avtar Singh, Robert Smith, Paul Wells, Reserves:- Trevor Brennan, Kevin Bambrick, Matthew Coleman, Danny Coyle, Stephen Jones, Jamie Rollinson, Jordan Singh, Women’s ‘A’:- Sarah Roberts, Lisa Badger, Debbie Loon, Kath Jenkins, Gemma Barrett, Cheryl Alcock, Women’s ‘B’:- Lizzy Arnold, Shellbie Simmons, Heather Wright, Kat McLean, Jacqueline Maiden, Shannon Hall, Reserves:- Kim Fellows (Capt), Sophie Singh, Grace Angell, Samantha Maiden, Claire Hobbs.
The South Birmingham League played off no fewer than four cup finals the first of which was the Mixed Doubles which saw Sue Kingdon and Jake Webster beat Chris Meigh and Holly Brooks 2-0 in the final. [caption id="attachment_35533" align="aligncenter" width="480"] South Birmingham League Sue Kingdon (Organiser) and Jake Webster (Winner of Three Titles)[/caption] Webster made it a double win when he teamed up with Dave Clinton in the Captains and Secretaries Cup and went on to beat Paul Bryant and Gavin Jones 2-1 in the final. The Captains Cup was won by Neil Parsonage who despite being taken to a deciding leg beat Paul Bryant in the final 2-1 to take the title. The Secretaries Cup saw that man again Jake Webster making it a hat trick of wins when he won 2-1 in the final against Gavin Jones to make it three superb titles. Full Results:Mixed Doubles:Semi-Finals:- Nicky Harris & Steve Sweetman 1 Chris Meigh & Holly Brooks 2, Jake Webster & Sue Kingdon 2 Pete Kingdon & Charlie Kingdon 1, Final:- Chris Meigh & Holly Brooks 0 Sue Kingdon & Jake Webster 2, Captains and Secretaries Doubles Knockout:Semi-Finals:- Chris Millward & Ben Liggins 2 Ryan Beale & Louise Beale 0, Paul Bryant & Gavin Jones 0 Dave Clinton & Jake Webster 2, Final:-Dave Clinton & Jake Webster 2 Paul Bryant & Gavin Jones 1, Captains Cup:Semi-Finals:- James Buttle 1 Neil Parsonage 2, Sean Healy 1 Paul Bryant 2, Final:- Neil Parsonage 2 Paul Bryant 1, Secretaries Cup:Semi-Finals:- Chris Millward 0 Jake Webster 2, Charlie Kingdon 0 Gavin Jones 2, Final:- Jake Webster 2 (180) Gavin Jones 1.
The Wharf had a bye in week eight of the Shirley and District Monday Night League and as a result lost their pole position to Sharmans Sharks who beat Legionnaires 7-2 to make it seven straight wins. Cider House move up into second place on the same 14 points as Sharmans Sharks but after their 7-2 win over Blue Bell they have played eight games. Apart from Sharmans Sharks The Wharf are the only other unbeaten team in the league, they are in third place, have a game in hand on Cider House and only trail the leaders on average. A 5-4 win over Plume of Feathers gave Shirley Spartac their second win of the season and lifted them off the foot of the table to be replaced by Blue Bell. Full Results:Week 8:- Legion Royals 1 The Lodge 8, Cider House 7 Blue Bell 2, The Bears 8 Saracens Jesters 1, Red Lion (Mick Bown 180) 9 Sharmans Cross 0, Sharmans Sharks (Dan Rycroft 180) 7 Legionnaires 2, Saracens Misfits ( Sean Talbot 112f, Mark Henderson 180) 4 Legion Flights (Craig Clarke 100f, Neil Porter 109f) 5, Shirley Spartac 5 Plume of Feathers 4, The Wharf had a bye.
The Forest of Arden Summer League staged the finals of their Doubles Knockout and after a 2-0 win over Kevin White and Kenny Brush in the semis, Terry Constable and Sue Kingdon went on to win the final by the same 2-0 margin against Jason Jennings and Darren Wilson. [caption id="attachment_35532" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Forest of Arden Summer League Doubles Knockout Trevor Edwards (Treasurer), Terry Constable and Sue Kingdon (Winners)[/caption] Jennings and Wilson won the semi-final game against Simon Edwards and John Sidwell 2-1. Full Results:Doubles Knockout:Semi-Finals:- Simon Edwards & John Sidwell 1 Jason Jennings & Darren Wilson 2, Kevin White & Kenny Brush 0 Terry Constable & Sue Kingdon 2, Final:- Jason Jennings & Darren Wilson 0 Terry Constable & Sue Kingdon 2.
A 4-3 win over Journeys End Lions was not enough for Sheldon Marlborough Flights to hang on to outright pole position in the Camp Hill League as the 7-0 win by White Swan Nomads against North Star put them level on points and average to share the number one spot with Journeys who are now third with 12 points, two adrift of the top two teams. Fourth placed Tyseley WMC are also on 12 points, their 5-2 win over fifth in the table Emerald Club opening up a four points gap between the two teams. Full Results:Week 9:- White Swan Nomads 7 North Star 0, Sheldon Marlborough Flights 4 Journeys End Lions 3, Station Wagon 6 Sedgemere Devil’s Club 1, Tyseley WMC 5 Emerald Club 2, Wagon and Horses had a bye.
The Small Heath League produced a somewhat surprising result when the top two teams in the league squared up to each other. Prior to the fixture an unbeaten Heartlands Club topped the table but a massive 8-1 defeat at East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association has seen them drop to second place with 6 points from four games and their victors take over the number one position with 6 points from three games. Without a dart being thrown Wagon and Horses who had a bye moved up from fourth to third as Sheldon Marlborough Arrows who formerly held the third place lost 6-3 away to Cob’s Bar. Full Results:Week 4:- East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association 8 (N.Parsonage 3x100,140, C.Wyatt 140,120b, L.Robinson 180,123, N.Davis 2x100b,2x140,2x100, T.White 2x135,140b,100,140,125) Heartlands Club 1 (D.Bond 140,9 darts game, Jim Frost 108,3x100, G.McCormack 140, I.Jones 125, John Frost 122,100), Cob’s Bar 6 (A.Lattimer 2x100, M.Turner 156f, D.Baker 140, R.Pikey 132,118) Sheldon Marlborough Arrows 3 (M.Tilley 2x120b,140, J.Phipps 120,140,100), Sheldon Marlborough Flights 2 (R.McGuigan 100b, S.McCarthy 100b, D.Humphries 101b,100) Emerald Club 7 (A.Fisher 140, C.Rigby 100).
The C’s Club Double Top League played a few catch up games in week 16 neither of the top two players Neil Parsonage or Luis Barberan played but third in the table Tom White did and recorded a 3-0 success over Ben Liggins to put him within one point of Barberan on 73 points. Louise Beale chalked up her fourth win in 29 as she won 2-1 against Luke Beale whose one point was enough to lift him off the foot of the table and be replaced by Martin Phillips. Full Results:Week 16:- Louise Beale 2 Luke Beale 1, Tom White 3 Ben Liggins 0, Keith Geary 2 Steve Whatmore 1 (180), James Buttle 3 Keith Geary 0, Louise Beale 1 Ben Liggins 2, Keith Geary 0 Jake Liggins 3, Gary Shergold 0 Steve Sidwell 3, Steve Beale 1 Lee Walker 2, Chris Millward 2 Ben Liggins 1, Neil McCrave 0 Keith Geary 3, Wayne Cooper 1 Jake Liggins 2 (2x180), Melissa Beale 0 Jake Liggins 3, Keith Geary 0 Mark Birch 3.
Week fourteen results in the Shirley Premier League produced no change in the top four places but there was a new name in fifth position as Mark Gwalchmai added a 3-1 win over Trevor Carter, a 2-2 draw with Tony Daly and a straight 4-0 win against Colin Geens to his account to give him a total of 80 points and lift him three places in the table. Still with games in hand on all of the players above him Gwalchmai could climb even higher. With 3-1 wins against Mick Bown and his nearest rival Phil Thomas league leader Steve Sidwell has opened up a five points lead over second placed Thomas. Highest finish of the night was a sensational 161 from Lee Harris, the finish also clinching the best leg of the night which was a 12 darter, Lee’s second of the season. There were 180’s from Steve Heeks and Antony Daly. Full Results:Week 14:- Mick Bown (17 darts game) 1 Steve Sidwell 3, Antony Daly 2 Lee Harris 2, Steve Heeks 2 Ryan Brogan 2, Jordan Ottley (18 darts game) 2 Jack Nason 2, Thomas Bent (16 darts game) 3 Sean Talbot 1, Mikey Harris 3 Michael Forsyth 1, Tony Daly 2 Steve Harper 2, Ryan Brogan 3 Derek Harper 1, Trevor Carter 1 Mark Gwalchmai 3, Paul Harper 2 Mark Cater 2, Chris Thomas snr 0 Brian Lawton 4, Colin Geens 0 Leigh Clutterbuck 4, Kevin Graver 1 Steve Heeks (180) 3, Steve Sidwell 3 Phil Thomas 1, Jordan Ottley 1 Antony Daly (180) 3, Mick Bown 1 Mark Henderson 3, Lee Harris (161f,12 darts game,120f) 4 Ryan Brogan 0, Trevor Carter 3 Steve Heeks (17 darts game) 1, Sean Talbot 2 Jack Nason (102f) 2, Mark Gwalchmai 2 Tony Daly 2, Paul Harper 3 Mikey Harris 1, Derek Harper 0 Michael Forsyth 4, Leigh Clutterbuck 3 Kevin Graver 1, Colin Geens 3 Steve Harper 1, Antony Daly 3 Mark Henderson 1, John O’Sullivan 4 Mark Cater 0, Phil Thomas 2 Thomas Bent 2, Brian Lawton 4 Ryan Brogan 0, Leigh Clutterbuck 4 Derek Harper 0, Trevor Carter 0 Lee Harris 4, Steve Harper 3 Michael Forsyth 1, Antony Daly 1 Paul Harper 3, Mark Gwalchmai 4 Colin Geens 0, Leigh Clutterbuck 1 Sean Talbot (110f) 3, Brian Lawton 1 Tony Daly 3.
Mount Pleasant, fourth in the Brierley Hill Monday Night League were the only losers in the top four teams as they lost their home tie with twelfth placed Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘B’ 7-2. Leaders Bulls Head (Netherton) won 5-4 away to Brickmakers Arms while second placed Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ beat Dudley Sports ‘B’ 7-2 to keep within four points of the top team. Third in the table Dudley Sports ‘A’ won 6-3 against Limes Club and are another four points adrift. Full Results:Week 25:- Pensnett Liberal Club 4 Swan 5, Bull and Bladder 4 Fox and Grapes 5, Brickmakers Arms 4 Bulls Head (Netherton) 5, Dudley Sports ‘A’ 6 Limes Club 3, Roebuck 5 Rose and Crown 4, Mount Pleasant 2 Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘B’ 7, Lamp Tavern 2 Delph Bell 7, Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ 7 Dudley Sports ‘B’ 2.
The local derby in the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League between the Ten Arches ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams, who are respectively placed second and third in the table produced a 6-3 victory for the ‘A’ to give them a two points advantage over their rivals. Ten Arches ‘A’ remain two points off the top after leaders Brickmakers Arms handed their hosts Kingswinford Conservative Club ‘A’ a 9-0 whitewash. Full Results:Week 16:- Hare and Hounds ‘B’ 7 Kingswinford Conservative Club ‘B’ 2, Crestwood 5 Garibaldi 4, Church Tavern 4 Bird (wordsley) 5, Old Cat (Wordsley) 2 Bridge (Kingswinford, A.Nicholls 9 darts game), Britannia 5 Gate Hangs Well 4, Ten Arches ‘A’ 6 Ten Arches ‘B’ 3, Fox Inn (Lye) 2 Ashwood 7, Hop House 6 Swan 3, Bird (Stourbridge) 8 Hare and Hounds ‘A’ 1, Stourbridge RBL 3 Glasscutters 6, Kingswinford Conservative Club ‘A’ 0 Brickmakers Arms 9.
It was a case of the top half beating the bottom half in the Silver End Sunday Morning League, the table remaining as you were with Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ still seven points ahead of second in the table Netherton Cricket Club. Biggest win of the week went to reigning champions Woodside who won 8-0 against The Bell. Full Results:Game 23:- High Acres 3 Portway 5, Woodside 8 Bell 0, Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 7 Three Crowns 1, Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ 7 Dudley Sports 1, New Talbot 2 Pensnett Welfare Club 6, Kings Head 3 Brickmakers Arms ‘B’ 5, Glasscutters 5 Old Star 3, Railway 3 Netherton Cricket Club 5.
Brickmakers Arms lead the Cradley Tuesday Night League but were held to a narrow 5-4 win by Hawne Lane Tavern who are in the bottom half of the table. Netherton Cricket Club ‘A’ kept within six points of Brickmakers with a 7-2 home win over Wheatsheaf who are fourth on 24 points two fewer than their opponents. Bulls Head beat Gate Hangs Well 7-2 to hold on to third place with the same 26 points as Netherton Cricket Club ‘A’. Full Results:Game 18:- Bulls Head 7 Gate Hangs Well 2, Brickmakers Arms 5 Hawne Lane Tavern 4, Chop House 3 Netherton Cricket Club ‘B’ 6, Netherton Cricket Club ‘A’ 7 Wheatsheaf 2, Roost 9 White Horse 0.
George, leaders of the Rowley Monday Night League had an important 6-3 win away to third placed Cradley Liberal Club to keep them top of the table with 46 points. Second placed Bell’s 5-4 win at Ivy Bush keeps them level on points with George and trailing on average only. Full Results:Week 25:- Hare and Hounds 6 Whiteheath Tavern 3, Lodgers 5 Loyal Lodge 4, Cradley Liberal Club 3 (Christopher Eaves 180) George 6, Bulls Head 2 Ex Serviceman’s ‘A’ 7, Windmills End 6 Tividale FC 3, Ivy Bush 4 Bell 5, Ex Serviceman’s ‘B’ 4 Roost 5, Three Diamonds 5 Cottage 4.
Shock 6-3 results for the top two teams in the Netherton Thursday Night League as top side Riddins Tavern lost at White Horse who are just two places off the bottom of the table and second placed Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club went down by the same score at Bulls Head. Full Results:Game 20:- Delph Bell 3 Fairfield 6, White Horse 6 Riddins Tavern 3, Townsend Social Club 6 Netherton Conservative Club 3, Bulls Head 6 Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 3.
Top versus bottom in the Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League as leaders Tipton Sports won away to Dewdrop ‘B’. There was better news for Dewdrop ‘A’ as they held on to second place with a 6-1 win at Ivy Bush keeping them two points ahead of third in the table Waggon and Horses who handed their hosts Merry-Go-Round ‘B’ a 7-0 whitewash. Full Results:Game 29:- Island Inn 5 Merry-Go-Round ‘A’ 2, Dewdrop ‘B’ 1 Tipton Sports 6, Ivy Bush 1 Dewdrop ‘A’ 6, Merry-Go-Round ‘B’ 0 Waggon and Horses 7, Horseley Tavern 4 Hayes Social 3, New Talbot 0 The Vine 7, Wonder 1 Sportsman 6.
There was little joy for bottom of the Brierley Hill Friday Night League table Dudley Sports ‘B’ as they lost 6-1 away to leaders Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ who remain two points to the good on second placed Netherton Cricket Club ‘A’ after their close 4-3 win at Ashwood who drop from third to fourth. Old Star move up one to third following their 4-3 win against Brickmakers Arms ‘B’. Full Results:Week 12:- Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ 6 Dudley Sports 1, Ashwood 3 Netherton Cricket Club ‘A’ 4, Delph Bell 2 Glasscutters 5, Netherton Cricket Club ‘B’ 3 Miners (Wollescote) 4, Old Star 4 Brickmakers Arms ‘B’ 3.
Warwickshire kicked off their new season of the BDO Inter County Youth Championships with a home tie against Merseyside at the Parkstone Club, Coventry. A great day was had by players and supporters alike as they enjoyed an opening day 10-5 victory for the bear cubs, the perfect start to their defence of the title. Full Results:Warwickshire Youth v Merseyside Youth (10-5):(Warwickshire names first):Under 18’s:- Mackenzie Nixon 1 S.Jones 2, Xander Meek 1 B.Cusack 2, Will Rattigan 2 L.Tweedle 1, Isobel Gash 0 A.Jones 2, Joe Meek 2 A.Davies 0, George Ross 2 C.Maxwell 1, Ben Liggins 0 S.Jones 2, Ladies:- Rosie O’Connor 2 O.Fearon Abban 0, Laura Bowley 2 M.Jones 0, Skye Pickard 2 E.Downie 1, Under 21’s:- Jake Liggins 0 J.Perry 3, Jake Webster 3 M.Johnson 0, Matt Cain 3 L.Fearon Abban 1, Joe Pitchford Morris 3 M.Johnson 0, Tom Mills 3 L.Fearon Abban 0.
With Avenue Social having a bye in the Kings Norton League Rubery RBL took full advantage to replace them at the top of the table with a 5-2 win at Weoley Hill giving them a perfect six points from their first three games. Cock Inn have also won their opening three games the latest of which was a similar 5-2 result as they accounted for Grant Arms. Avenue Social have slipped to third place, they and fourth placed E57 have only played two games and won them, E57’s win was a convincing 7-0 against bottom of the table Northfield. Two players found the three treble twenties this week J.Taylor (Weoley Hill) and R.Higgins ((Rubery RBL). Full Results:Week 3:- Cock Inn 5 (K.McManus 125,140, M.Naylor 4x100, L.Fox 100, A.Vaughan 100,125,140, Joe Fox 113, K.Vaughan 4x100, M.Malone 140, John Fox 100,125) Grant Arms 2 (P.Norris 100, N.Kelly 4x100,123,125, P.Taylor 121,125,135, P.Smith 100, M.Ellis 116), Dingle 4 (B.Faulkner 100,121,123, A.Bailes 2x100,140, G.Bailes 100, M.Ferriday 101) Bournbrook 3 (T.Bathurst 100, T.Jeffs 140, R.Orton 2x100,140, D.Collins 134, S.Riddick 2x100,123, C.Ryan 100), Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s 3 (C.Davenport 100, D.Whitecombe 100, M.Bloomer 3x100, T.Shaw 100, S.Brown 140, P.Corbett 100,116) Coppice 4 (P.Arnold 3x100, A.Chidley 100, M.Jones 100,121, C.Heath 100,121,118, M.Mooney 100,140, D.Crook 121), E57 7 (J.Good 3x100, D.Logan 2x100, T.Roberts 2x100,125,140, N.Porter 100,121, A.Mutch 2x100,123,140, J.Calt 140, M.Ellis 100,120,122,140) Northfield 0 (P.Cahill 100, N.Harris 100, T.Cahill 100, D.Burns 119,125, C.Nelson 100), Kings Heath 1 (D.Parish 2x100,128, M.Marshall 2x100) Harborne 6 (C.Airey 3x100, M.Harding 100,121,140, A.Hopkins 139, S.Sheridan 125, M.Poolton 2x100, D.Hopkins 100), Weoley Hill 2 (L.Allen 2x100, M.Lloyd 137, G.Webb 100, O.Draper 168, J.Taylor 180) Rubery RBL 5 (J.Higgins 3x100,120, J.Grainger 100, J.O'Neill 100,137,121, I.Medlicott 100,135,111f, J.Ford 100,121, B.Heath 100,124, R.Higgins 121,180), West Heath 7 (W.Marshall 6x100, S.Deeley 100, W.Webb 2x100,135,140, T.Atkins 100,2x140, T.Shipley 2x100, A.Sutton 100,2x140, K.Hall 3x100,140) Thurlestone 0 (A.Nibblet 2x100,125,140, A.Deeley 100, N.Watts 100,120, T.Hill 100).
Just one rearranged fixture played in the West Midlands Men’s Super League which saw Woodside beat Colebatch’s 5-0 to keep their unbeaten run intact and move them up one place to third on 42 points, four short of leaders Allens Sports Bar ‘A’ and two behind second placed Yeltz Bar, the top three teams are the only teams with a 100% win record. Full Results:Rearranged Fixture:- Woodside Inn 5 Colebatch’s 0 (M.Rollinson 4 L.Baker 1, J.Rollinson 4 S.Clarke 1, M.Moore 4 G.Walsh 1, L.Kelly 4 A.Hodson 0, S.Blewitt 4 C.Cook 1).
The Sutton and District Summer League played off their 5 A-Side Knockout and with a straight 3-0 scoreline in the final Golden Hind beat The Fox to clinch the title. Golden Hind won their last four game against Drakes Drum 5-0 while Fox had a much closer 3-2 success against Erdington Arrows. Full Results:5 A-Side Knockout:Semi-Finals:- Fox 3 Erdington Arrows 2, Golden Hind 5 Drakes Drum 0, Final:- Golden Hind 3 The Fox 0.
Village Inn go bottom of the Henley and District Summer League after losing their home tie with current leaders Studley Cricket Club 8-1. Studley Conservative Club kept in the race for the tile with a 7-2 win over fourth placed Wythall RBL leaving them level on 20 points with the Cricket Club with a game in hand. Full Results:Game 11:- Village Inn 1 Studley Cricket Club 8, Studley Conservative Club 7 Wythall RBL 2, Dorridge 5 Railway 4, Wythall Legion 4 Beausale 5.
Riley’s ‘C’ remain the only team in the two singles and two doubles divisions of the Wolverhampton Tuesday Night League with a 100% win record, there latest success being a 5-2 home win over Railway to keep them ten points ahead of second placed Gilberts Bar who have a game in hand. Full Results:Week 20:Singles League:Division One:- Bull 7 Victoria 0, Dog and Partridge ‘A’ 2 Sunbeam 5, Gilberts Bar 6 Riley’s ‘A’ 1, Riley’s ‘C’ 5 Railway 2, Division Two:- Penn Bowling 3 Pendulum 4, Royal, Albrighton 5 Dog and Partridge ‘B’ 2, Yale Club 2 Woodfield Social 2, Doubles League: Bull 3 Victoria 0, Dog and Partridge ‘A’ 2 Sunbeam 1, Gilberts Bar 2 Riley’s ‘A’ 1, Riley’s ‘C’ 1 Railway 2, Division Two:- Penn Bowling 2 Pendulum 1, Royal, Albrighton 3 Dog and Partridge ‘B’ 0, Yale Club 1 Woodfield Social 2.
By Alan Towe Website: www.alantowedarts.co.uk