A West Midlands Round Up By Alan Towe
Bob Nixon with 3-0 wins over Melissa Beale, Pete Kingdon and Luke Beale has returned to the top of the C’s Club Double Top Wednesday Night League with 84 points from 31 games. Nixon takes over pole position from Simon Edwards who only played two games in which he registered 3-0 wins over Pete Kingdon and Charlie Kingdon to leave him two points short of Nixon with a game in hand. Nixon now has just one more fixture to play and Edwards two. Sixth placed Adam Gallett could still mathematically take the runners up spot as he has 68 points with five remaining games which could take him to a possible 73 points, but realistically he will finish third. Full Results:Week 20:- Pete Kingdon 2 Chris Meigh 1, Frank Dixon 2 Steve Groves 1, Pete Kingdon 0 Simon Edwards 3, Aaron Anson 0 Melissa Beale 3, Wayne Cooper 3 Louise Beale 0, Brian Anderton 0 Sean Healy 3, Aaron Anson 0 Mick Noonan 3, Richard Mills 0 Wayne Cooper 3, Simon Edwards 3 Charlie Kingdon 0, Frank Dixon 1 Wayne Cooper 2, Gary Groves 3 Steve Groves 0, Chris Cooke 2 Charlie Kingdon 1, Phil Ashford 3 Jamie Carter 0, Melissa Beale 0 Bob Nixon 3, Pete Kingdon 0 Bob Nixon 3, Richard Mills (149f) 1 Mick Noonan 2, Sean Healy 2 Steve Groves 1, Neil McCrave 3 Louise Beale 0, Steve Groves 2 Lee Walker 1, Brian Anderton 2 Chris Meigh 1, Aaron Anson 2 Luke Beale 1, Luke Beale 0 Bob Nixon (180) 3.
With the league all done and dusted members of the Shirley and District Monday Night League took part in a doubles knockout and taking the top prize were The Highwood’s Andy Foulkes and Jason Jennings who defeated Baz Williams and Tom McCabe from the Blue Bell in the final. Losing semi-finalists were Dan Rycroft (Highwood) and Trevor Carter (Legionnaires) plus John Smyth and Sam Hicks from the Wharf. John Smyth (The Wharf) hit the most 180’s which was two while the highest finish of 130 went to Tommy Roberts (Legion Flights). Shay Darby (The Highwood) with a 160 had the highest break.
The Boat, leaders of division one in the Four Oaks and District Winter League lost their unbeaten record when they suffered a spectacular 7-2 defeat away to second placed Boldmere St Mikes and have had their lead reduced to two points over Boldmere and Old Oscott Arrows with just two more fixtures to play. In division two second in the table St Thomas’s Social Club with a maximum from I.Matthews outscored Bishop Vesey but still crashed 6-3 to their visitors. Top team the Fox beat Drakes Drum 6-3 to become the second division champions. Oscott Sports recovered from their recent loss at Rosey Mac’s to win 7-2 against St Thomas Arrows keeping them within two points of Rosey Mac’s who won 6-3 at The Digby to top the third division with only two more games to play. Full Results:Match 12:Division One:- Red Lion 3 (S.Spink 100b, S.Bird 115b,100) Old Oscott Arrows 6 (D.Parsons 152b,100,140, A.Lea 101b,120,100,125, E.Atkins 3x100,101f, D.Page 136b,2x125,100, M.Page 100, B.Hoare 101b,2x100, J.Higgins 105b, M.Maher 2x100,120), Boldmere St Mikes 7 (S.Edwards 156b,140,3x100, M.Ashton 103b,2x100, J.Liggins 2x100, B.Linnecor 112b,101, C.Millward 180,8 darts game, M.Wild 117b,137,2x140, A.Kimberley 103b,171,2x100, B.Liggins 100) The Boat 2 (K.Deeley 108b,4x100,107, N.Clarke 2x100b,120b,151f,100,9 darts game, M.Partridge 105, K.Reynolds 180,135, S.Harvey 100), Pint Pot Flights 7 (R.Mercer 112b,140,2x100,112,106,101, N.Robbins 2x100,120,140, M.O’Driscoll 121, M.Bagnall 105b,123,180, J.Moon 100) The Boot 2 (T.Evans 100, G.Baxter 131, T.Tyrie 100b, R.Smith 121), Division Two:- St Thomas’s Social Club 3 (I.Matthews 121,131,180,100,140, J.Collins 135, T.Kelly 151b,2x100,117, I.Lloyd 100, M.Corfield 120b,100, K.Shorthouse 115b,140,100,123) Bishop Vesey 6 (V.Kaloudis 100,140, N.Smallwood 120b,100, D.Walton 112b,100,100f, D.Quirk 2x100, S.Abbott 2x100, N.Sammons 100,105), The Oscott Social 4 (A.Whitehouse 121, D.Shannon 100b,108f, P.Graham 110b,100,140) Erdington Arrows 5 (C.Hill 100,125,139, D.Rawlings 100, M.Phillips 100, J.West 116b,2x100), The Fox 6 (A.Cooksey 102b,137, M.Horacek 100, S.Hughes 101b,100,125,114,140,15 darts game, K.Green 100,2x140, R.Stanton 100,131f, S.Wilson 140,15 darts game) Drakes Drum 3 (A.Lilley 2x100, G.Oldfield 100, A.Day 105b,2x100,100b,102, J.Clarke 133,104, J.Mahon 2x100,116), Division Three:- Oscott Sports 7 (N.Hawkley 137,111, M.Bowles 121,100, P.Burgess 110b, C.Hawkley 125,100, J.Tolley 100,180,100,145,154f, A.Cole 180,100, R.Bennett 100, D.Munge 100) St Thomas Arrows 2 (P.Andrews 120b,2x100, M.Andrews 100, G.Stait 100), Lad in the Lane 5 (N.Ahmaed 2x100, J.Averill 121,100, G.Averill 105b,140, M.Clarke 121) The Towers 4 (J.Adison 140,2x100, D.Stride 123), The Digby 3 (H.Saddler 3x100,120f, T.Streeter 134, D.Thompson 100b) Rosey Mac’s 6 (D.Jarvis snr 101b,100, S.Wright 105b, F.Harris 105b, E.Groves 120b), Golden Hind, Boldmere Tap and Sutton Sports and Social Club all had a bye.
There is just one result from division one of the South Birmingham League and that was a 5-0 win awarded to Banbury Arrows for their opponents Punchbowl not turning up. In the second division C’s Hot Shots moved up one place to second after beating leaders The Dog 7-2 to leave just two points between the two teams. In the other second division game The Trident won 7-2 at C’s Arrows. C’s Flights strengthened their position at the top of the second division’s Mini League with a 15-12 win over Toby Jug who are second but now some ten points behind their opponents. Full Results:Game 7:Division One:- Banbury Arrows 5 Punchbowl 0 (walkover), Division Two:- C's Hot Shots 7 (J.Carter 137, W.Cooper 100, C.Marshall 100, C.Kingdon 100b, S.Moran 100,112, D.White 112, L.Walker 113) The Dog 2 (M.Blackborrow 100, P.Thompson 140, M.Clayton 140,100, S.O'Brien 140), C's Arrows 2 (G.Davidson 140) The Trident 7 (T.Blakemore 100, J.Lawton 120,117b), Division Two:Mini League:- C's Flights 15 legs (J.Pitts 100, C.Meigh 100) Toby Jug 12 legs (I. Beattie 100,138, B.Blair 152b, 120).
With 4-3 wins in turn over second and third placed Chris Williams and Andy Vellender, Chris Fox heads the ECC Sports and Social Club’s Thursday Night Champions League with 111 points from 26 games although Williams with 107 points has two in hand on Fox and Vellender who is on 95 points has four games in hand on the leader. During the course of the season players will square up to each other three times, all of them playing a total of 30 games. Still well in contention for the title is four times champion Mick Baker who is currently fourth in the table and although having just 93 points, 18 short of Fox, he has only played 19 games and his seven in hand could net him a possible 49 more points. Full Results:- Chris Williams (180) 3 Chris Fox (180) 4, Robert Pierce 4 Rob Montana (120f) 3, Sam Aitkens 2 Andy Vellender 5, Liam Baker (180) 7 Gemma Barrett 0, Mick Baker (180) 4 Chris Manoila 3, Chris Fox (180) 4 Andy Vellender (180) 3, Robert Pierce 5 Gemma Barrett 2, Chris Williams 5 Rob Montana 2, Sam Aitkens 0 Chris Manoila (137f) 7, Mick Baker (180) 7 Liam Baker 0.
East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association had a bye in week 22 of the Small Heath League and second in the league Heartlands Club took the opportunity to further reduce the deficit on the leaders by another two points as they accounted for their hosts Cob’s Bar by handing them a 9-0 whitewash. Heartlands are now within two points of E.B.A.H.A. but have played two games more than them. At the other end of the table the two teams at the foot of the table played each other with bottom side Sheldon Marlborough Flights losing 5-4 at home to the team just above them Wagon and Horses who are now six points to the good on their opponents. Full Results:Week 22:- Sheldon Marlborough Arrows 5 (P.Evans 140, J.Phipps 100, M.Tilley 121) Emerald Club 4 (J.Fisher 3x100, G.Daly 120b, C.O’Brien 100), Wagon and Horses 5 (M.Looby 100,101, A.Pearson 121,100) Sheldon Marlborough Flights 4 (P.Sunner 125, R.McGuigan 132,100), Cob’s Bar 0 (D.Mahon 119, D.Shakespeare 100, M.Turner 111, M.Atkins 100, M.Cunningham 107, J.Kenny 108b) Heartlands Club 9 (I.Jones 100 Jim Frost 2x100b,123, S.Cain 140, G.McCormack 118f, S.McCormack 100, A.Downes 100, John Frost 140,3x100,100b).
A 5-2 win at Sedgemere Devil's Club has seen Roost Rebels leaders of the Camp Hill League, open up a two point’s advantage over second in the table Tyseley WMC after their rivals suffered their first defeat in six, a 4-3 reversal away to fourth placed New Inn. Third in the table Sheldon Marlborough Flights won their home tie with Emerald Club 5-4, leaving them four points off the top with a game in hand. Full Results:Week 6:- Sheldon Marlborough Flights 5 Wagon and Horses 2, Station Wagon 3 North Star 4, New Inn 4 Tyseley WMC 3, Sedgemere Devil’s Club 2 Roost Rebels 5, Emerald Club 1 White Swan Nomads 6.
An 8-0 home win for Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club over Railway has seen them go from second to top of the Silver End Sunday Morning League with a maximum nine points from their first three games. Former leaders Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ had a bye and as a result drop down to fourth place. Woodside’s 5-3 win at home over Old Star has seen them move up one place to second and also maintain their unbeaten record. The only other 100%er’s besides Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ are Glasscutters ‘B’ who won 6-2 at Dudley Sports. Full Results:Week 3:- Glasscutters ‘A’ 4 Bell 4, Kings Head ‘A’ 6 High Acres 2, Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 8 Railway 0, Woodside 5 Old Star 3, Three Crowns 5 Kings Head ‘B’ 3, Dudley Sports 2 Glasscutters ‘B’ 6, New Talbot 3 Brickmakers Arms ‘B’ 5, Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ and High Oak had a bye.
Big wins for the top three teams in the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League as leaders Brickmakers Arms won 7-2 at Hop House to stay six points ahead of Ten Arches ‘A’ in second place who gave their visitors Hare and Hounds ‘A’ a 9-0 whitewash. Third in the league Ten Arches ‘B’ are on the same 62 points as their ‘A’ team after an 8-1 success at Church Tavern. Fourth in the table Britannia lost ground as they surprisingly finished on the wrong side of a 5-4 scoreline at home against The Swan who are fifteenth in the table. Next to bottom of the table Kingswinford Conservative Club ‘B’ like bottom placed Hare and Hounds ‘A’ also lost 9-0, they went down at home to British Oak. Full Results:Match 34:- Hare and Hounds ‘B’ 5 Stourbridge RBL 4, Bird (Stourbridge) 5 Kingswinford Conservative Club ‘A’ 3, Hop House 2 Brickmakers Arms 7, Fox Inn (Lye) 3 Glasscutters 6, Ten Arches ‘A’ 9 Hare and Hounds ‘A’ 0, Britannia 4 Swan 5, Old Cat (Wordsley) 1 Ashwood 8, Church Tavern 1 Ten Arches ‘B’ 8, Crestwood 3 Gate Hangs Well 6, Kingswinford Conservative Club ‘B’ 0 British Oak 9, Garibaldi 2 Bird (Wordlsey) 7.
A 9-0 home win over Ex Serviceman’s ‘B’ did The Bell’s title hopes no harm whatsoever in the Rowley Monday Night League, helping them on their way were Mark Watkiss with a 180 and Shane Price who registered a 9 darts game. The win takes Bell’s unbeaten run to seven games, second placed George also making it seven wins from as many games as they accounted for their hosts Ex Serviceman’s ‘A’ with an 8-1 result, W.Humphries hitting a maximum for the Ex Serviceman’s and A.Johnson doing likewise for George, in addition for George, Matthew Tedstone had a 160 break. Although Andy Powell hit a maximum and had a nine darts game for Cottage it was not enough to avoid a 5-4 defeat away to third in the table Ivy Bush. Full Results:Week 7:- Bell 9 (Mark Watkiss 160b, Shane Price 9 darts game) Ex Serviceman’s ‘B’ 0, Bulls Head 2 Spring Meadow 7, Loyal Lodge 3 Hare and Hounds 6, Ivy Bush 5 Cottage 4 (Andy Powell 180,9 darts game), Three Diamonds 3 (J.Harding 152b) Fairfield 6, Wonder 5 Windmills End 4 (A.Barlow 180), Cradley Sport and Social Club 6 Tividale FC 3, Ex Serviceman’s ‘A’ 1 (W.Humphries 180) George 8 (A.Johnson 180, Mathew Tedstone 160b).
It was unlucky seven for Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ in the Brierley Hill Monday Night League as they lost their home tie with joint fifth in the table Rose and Crown 5-4. The Swan have taken over the second place from Ex Serviceman’s ‘A’ but only on average after their 7-2 win at Bull and Bladder. High Oak remain in pole position and have now opened up a two points lead after winning 6-3 against King William, they are now the only team in the league to have won all seven of their opening games. Full Results:Week 7:- Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ 4 Rose and Crown 5, Brickmakers Arms 4 Limes Club 5, Portway 4 Wombourne Pool Bar 5, Bull and Bladder 2 Swan 7, Dudley Sports ‘A’ 5 Fox and Grapes 4, Lamp Tavern 3 Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘B’ 6, Mount Pleasant 4 Delph Bell 5, Roebuck 6 Dudley Sports ‘B’ 3, High Oak 6 King William 3.
Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club and Bulls Head took their undefeated runs to three games in the Netherton Thursday Night League when in turn they won 7-2 against Fairfield and White Horse the Ex Serviceman’s topping the table with the better average. As a result of their defeat Fairfield lose their third place and drop to fifth with Riddins Tavern and Townsend Social Club moving above them, Riddins winning 6-3 at Netherton Conservative Club and joining them on six points Townsend after a 9-0 win at Saracens Head, both teams three behind the top two. Full Results:Game 3:- White Horse 2 Bulls Head 7, Saracens Head 0 Townsend Social Club 9, Netherton Conservative Club 3 Riddins Tavern 6, Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 7 Fairfield 2.
Game number seven in the Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League saw a top of the table clash in which Miners Arms lost not only 4-3 to Tipton Sports but also the number one spot to their rivals. Miners go down to third place with The Vine moving up into second following their 5-2 away win over Wonder. All of the top three teams are on 12 points with new leaders Tipton Sports having a game in hand on Vine and Miners. It was luck y seven for Horseley Tavern as they chalked up their first win in seven when they won 5-2 against Dewdrop ‘B’. Full Results:Game 7:- Dewdrop ‘A’ 6 (W.Hobday 160b) Merry-Go-Round 1, Waggon and Horses 6 Ivy Bush 1, Horseley Tavern 5 Dewdrop ‘B’ 2, Wonder 2 The Vine 5, Tipton Sports 4 Miners Arms 3, Hayes Social 3 Sportsman 4, Court House 3 Island Inn 4, New Talbot had a bye.
It’s as you were at the top of the Sedgley and Gornal Tuesday Night League with leaders Old Bulls Head winning 7-2 at White Lion and second and third placed Gornal Labour Club and Five Ways in turn winning 6-3 against Jolly Crispin and Red Cow. Old Bulls Head with 34 points are two ahead of the Labour Club while Five Ways are a further four points adrift. Full Results:Week 19:- Five Ways 6 Red Cow 3, Jolly Crispin 3 Gornal Labour Club 6, Coseley Tavern 6 Meadow Lark 3, White Lion 2 Old Bulls Head 7, Hilly House 6 Pensnett Liberal Club 3, Chainyard 5 Netherton Cricket Club 4, Gornal British Legion 4 New Inn 5.
From the twelve starters in the Cradley Tuesday Night League and as early as only the fourth game only one team, Brickmakers Arms ‘B’ are able to boast a 100% win record. The leader’s latest game saw them win 6-3 at home against The Plough keeping them three points, one win to the good on the own ‘A’ team and Netherton Sports and Social Club ‘A’. Brickmakers ‘A’ were 7-2 winners at Netherton Sports and Social Club ‘B’, while the Sports and Social ‘A’ side won 5-4 at Riddins Tavern. Full Results:Game 4:- Malt Shovel 5 Dudley Labour Club 4, Brickmakers Arms ‘B’ 6 Plough 3, Netherton Sports and Social ‘B’ 2 Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ 7, Riddins Tavern 4 Netherton Sports and Social ‘A’ 5, Wheatsheaf 3 Bulls Head 6.
After a 5-2 win at Gornal British Legion in the Brierley Hill Friday Night League, Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ have a slender two legs of average lead over Netherton Cricket Club ‘A’ who won 4-3 against their ‘B’ team putting them three legs of average ahead of High Oak who had a 5-2 win over Ashwood, all three teams have won their first two games. Full Results:Week 2:- Dudley Sports 5 Miners (Wollescote) 2, Netherton Cricket Club ‘A’ 4 Netherton Cricket Club ‘B’ 3, High Oak 5 Ashwood 2, Brickmakers Arms ‘B’ 1 Delph Bell 6, Gornal British Legion 2 Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ 5.
It was cup finals week in the Pip Club League and in the semi-finals of their Open Cup Belgrave Sports and Social Club beat Old Liberal House and setting up a final between the league’s top two teams were Bombay Bob’s Boys who defeated Belgrave Club. The final saw league leaders Bob’s Boys beat the Sports and Social Club who are second in the league table. Bombay Bob’s Boys asked to have their win dedicated to their player Adam Wood’s father who recently suffered a stroke, the whole of the league wish him a speedy recovery. The last four of the Memorial Cup saw wins for Birchmoor Club and Globe (Wilnecote) who in turn took out Sports Bar ‘180’ and Kettlebrook Club. A final win over Birchmoor saw Globe lift the silverware. Full Results:Open Cup:Semi-Finals:- Belgrave Sports and Social Club beat Old Liberal House, Belgrave Club lost to Bombay Bob’s Boys, Final:- Belgrave Sports and Social Club lost to Bombay Bob’s Boys, Memorial Cup:Semi-Finals:- Birchmoor Club beat Sports Bar ‘180’, Kettlebrook Club lost to Globe (Wilnecote), Final:- Globe (Wilnecote) beat Birchmoor Club.
Week 28 in the Stourbridge and District Wednesday Night League was amazing insomuch as three of the top five teams lost. Leaders Ashwood ‘B’ had a comfortable 7-0 win at Holly Bush ‘A’ while second placed Swan had a much closer 4-3 win at Ashwood ‘A’ who are placed third. Fourth in the table Glasscutters lost 4-3 at Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ and fifth in the table Wombourne Cricket Club lost by the same 4-3 margin at home to Bell ‘B’. Full Results:Game 28:- Ten Arches ‘A’ 5 High Acres 2, Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ 4 Glasscutters 3, Bell ‘A’ 4 Fox Inn (Lye) 3, Holly Bush ‘A’ 0 Ashwood ‘B’ 7, Gigmill 3 King Arthur 4, Ashwood ‘A’ 3 Swan 4, Wombourne Cricket Club 3 Bell ‘B’ 4, Wilson Hall 5 Ten Arches ‘B’ 2, Gate Hangs Well 7 Brickmakers Arms ‘B’ 0, Holly Bush ‘B’ 2 Netherton Cricket Club 5.
There were 5-2 wins for the top two teams in the Tettenhall Wednesday Night League leaders Whitmore Reans WMC winning at Moreton to keep them two points ahead of Cleveland Arms who beat ECC ‘A’ at home. Full Results:Game 4:- Bull 4 McGhees 3, Cleveland Arms 5 ECC ‘A’ 2, ECC ‘B’ 1 Swan, Compton 6, Moreton 2 Whitmore Reans WMC 5, Pilot 3 Dog and Partridge 4, Royal, Albrighton 5 Brewood British Legion 2.
Riley’s ‘C’, Railway and Gilberts Bar are all on six points at the top of the Wolverhampton Tuesday Night League’s Singles Division. Riley’s and Railway had 6-1 wins in turn over Boat and Red Lion, Gilberts Bar won 5-2 at Riley’s ‘A’. Full Results:Week 3:Singles League:- Boat 1 Riley’s ‘C’ 6, Bull 4 Penn Bowling 3, Jones Road 3 Wednesfield Conservative Club 4, Mount Tavern 5 Yale Club 2, Red Lion (Wednesfield) 1 Railway 6, Riley’s ‘A’ 2 Gilberts Bar 5, Royal, Albrighton 3 Village Inn 4, Wednesfield Legion 6 Pendulum 1, Doubles League:- Boat 1 Riley’s ‘C’ 2, Bull 3 Penn Bowling 0, Jones Road 2 Wednesfield Conservative Club 1, Mount Tavern 1 Yale Club 2, Red Lion (Wednesfield) 1 Railway 2, Riley’s ‘A’ 0 Gilberts Bar 3, Royal, Albrighton 1 Village Inn 2, Wednesfield Legion 1 Pendulum 2.
Just a couple of rearranged fixtures played in the West Midlands Men’s Super League which saw 3-2 wins for Cradley Sports and Social and King Arthur over Allen’s Sports Bar ‘D’ and Cradley Sports and Social. Full Results:Rearranged Fixtures:- Allen’s Sports Bar ‘D’ 2 Cradley Sports and Social 3, King Arthur 3 Cradley Sports and Social 2 (P.Evans 4 I.Hartland 1, L.Bowen 2 K.Harris 4, L.Morton 3 R.Tipper 4, T.Brennan 4 C.Penzer 2, C.Whitehouse 4 K.Bambrick 0.
By Alan Towe Website: www.alantowedarts.co.uk