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Article: A West Midlands Round Up By Alan Towe

A West Midlands Round Up By Alan Towe

With the winter season coming to an end in the Sheldon and District League the singles and doubles knockouts have been played off. Both events were staged at the Crown, Olton with 78 players seeking the singles title and 66 pairs battling it out for the doubles title. In the singles all of the four quarter finals finished with 2-0 scorelines with Tom White, Nigel Davis, Ian Spencer and Alan Mayell making the semi-finals. Tom White won through to the final with 2-0 win over Nigel Davis both players representing the East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association and lining up against him in the final was Ian Spencer (Dunky’s Boys) who was taken to deciding leg by Alan Mayell (Iron Horse) in his last four game. The final also went to a decider with Spencer just getting the edge on Mayell. The doubles semi-finals saw the two Dunky’s Boys teams of Pete Yardley and Andy Hutchings plus Jason Jennings and Simon Edwards in turn defeat Brian Anderton and Mark Osbourne (Willclare Sports and Social) and Tom White and Terry Webster (East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association). The all Dunky’s final saw Jennings and Edwards win 2-1 against Yardley and Hutchings. Full Results:Singles Knockout:Round One:- Tom White 2 Roy Parry 0, John Whitehouse 0 Dale Nixon 2, Bill Cadby 2 Mat Cooper 0, Gary Groves 0 Nigel Davis 2, Trevor Rainsford 0 Ian Spencer 2, Terry Webster 2 Andy Hutchings 0, John Sidwell 2 Maurice Bown 0, Luis Barberan 1 Alan Mayell 2, Quarter Finals:- Tom White 2 Dale Nixon 0, Bill Cadby 0 Nigel Davis 2, Ian Spencer 2 Terry Webster 0, John Sidwell 0 Alan Mayell 2, Semi-Finals:- Terry White (East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association) 2 Nigel Davis (East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association) 0, Ian Spencer (Dunky’s Boys) 2 Alan Mayell (Iron Horse) 1, Final:- Tom White 1 Ian Spencer 2, Doubles Knockout:Round One:- P.Yardley & A.Hutchings 2 D.Mortiboys & R.Earl 0, M.Cooper & D.Reid 0 P.Nunn & I.Spencer 2, L.Molyneux & R.Hicks 0 M.Tilley & J.Phipps 2, L.Walker & J.Shingler 1 B.Anderton & M.Osbourne 2, P.Sunner & S.O’Donnell 0 J.Jennings & S.Edwards 2, N.Davis & P.Carey 0 A.Mayell & T.Whitehouse 2, T.White & T.Webster 2 B.Nixon & J.Sidwell 1, D.Nixon & A.Nixon 2 B.Cadby & S.Bird 1, Quarter Finals:- P.Yardley & A.Hutchings 2 P.Nunn & I.Spencer 1, M.Tilley & J.Phipps 0 B.Anderton & M.Osbourne 2, J.Jennings & S.Edwards 2 A.Mayell & T.Whitehouse 1, T.White & T.Webster 2 D.Nixon & B.Nixon 0, Semi-Finals:- Pete Yardley & Andy Hutchings (Dunky’s Boys) 2 Brian Anderton & Mark Osbourne (Willclare Sports and Social Club) 0, Jason Jennings & Simon Edwards (Dunky’s Boys) 2 Tom White & Terry Webster (East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association) 1, Final:- Pete Yardley & Andy Hutchings 1 Jason Jennings & Simon Edwards 2.
Seventeen players turned out for the latest Shirley Legion Double Top League’s singles knockout and in his first appearance in the knockouts Wayne Clarke made his way into the final after an impressive 3-0 win over Thomas Bent, a close 3-2 win against Steve Heeks and a 3-1 success in the semis over Mark Gwalchmai. From the other side of the draw Mark Henderson with a 3-2 wins over Mick Bown, Craig Clarke and John Smyth reached the final where once again he had a familiar 3-2 win over Wayne Clarke. Full Results:Singles Knockout:Round One:- Chris Thomas snr 2 Sean Talbot 3, Round Two:- Mick Bown (180) 2 Mark Henderson 3, Jordan Ottley 2 Sean Talbot 3, Craig Clarke 3 Brian Talbot 0, Tony Daly 1 Dave Heighway 3, Steve Heeks 3 Dan Farr 1, Wayne Clarke 3 Thomas Bent 0, Steve Harper 0 John Smyth (180) 3, Sam Hicks 2 Mark Gwalchmai 3, Quarter Finals:- Craig Clarke 2 Mark Henderson 3, John Smyth 3 Sean Talbot 0, Mark Gwalchmai 3 Dave Heighway 0, Steve Heeks 2 Wayne Clarke 3, Semi-Finals:- Mark Gwalchmai 1 Wayne Clarke 3, Mark Henderson 3 John Smyth 2, Final:- Wayne Clarke 2 Mark Henderson 3.
Game number eight was an unlucky one for leaders of the Camp Hill League Roost Rebels as they lost for the first time this season when playing away to third in the table Tyseley WMC, returning on the wrong side of a 5-2 scoreline. Despite the defeat the Rebels stay top of the table with 14 points, two better off than second placed Sheldon Marlborough Flights who after their 6-1 win over Emerald Club have a game in hand which could see them take over at the top of the table. At the other end of the table Station Wagon moved up the table following their 4-3 win at Wagon and Horses, Emerald Club taking over the bottom spot. Full Results:Game 8:- Sheldon Marlborough Flights 6 Emerald Club 1, North Star 2 White Swan Nomads 5, Tyseley WMC 5 Roost Rebels 2, Wagon and Horses 3 Station Wagon 4.
Week number three in the Shirley and District Monday Night League saw quite a few changes at the top of the table as former leaders The Wharf lost 6-3 at home to Dunky’s Boys and drop to fifth while Dunky’s move up one place to third. Taking over in pole position is The Bears who were 7-2 winners at Sharmans Cross to put them slightly ahead on average of The Lodge who went from third to second with an 8-1 home win over Shirley Spartac. Saracens Misfits 6-3 win against Plume of Feathers puts them on the same six points as all of the three teams above them all four top teams have won their three games. The only other unbeaten team in the league is ninth placed The Lions, whose 5-4 win over Saracens Jesters was only their second game. Full Results:Week 3:- The Lions (Jack Sidwell 180, Steve Sidwell 180) 5 Saracens Jesters (Lee Harris 112b) 4, Sharmans Cross 2 Casey Joe’s Bears 7, HSDT 0 Legion Flights (Gary Cleverley 2x180) 9, The Lodge (James Hinkley 17 darts game) 8 Shirley Spartac 1, The Bluebell 1 The Highwood (Shay Darby 180) 8, Saracens Misfits 6 Plume of Feathers (Paul Taylor 180) 3, The Short Shafts 8 Legion Royals 1, The Wharf (Sam Hicks 180) 3 Dunkys Boys (Bob Nixon 180) 6, Cider House had a bye.
There were just two rearranged fixtures played in the Small Heath League which saw leaders East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association win 9-0 against Wagon and Horses to open up a two points lead at the top of the table with a game in hand on second placed Heartlands Club. In the other game played Cob’s Bar had a 6-3 win over Sheldon Marlborough Flights. Full Results:Rearranged Fixtures:- East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association 9 ( C.Wyatt 2x139, N.Parsonage 140, M.Cooper 100, P.Webster 100, T.White 100,140) Wagon and Horses 0 (M.Looby 140, D.Rivitt 140), Cob’s Bar 6 (M.Cunningham 118, J.Kenny 100, R.Pikey 121) Sheldon Marlborough Flights 3 (Jordan McGuigan 110b).
A 6-3 home win over Three Diamonds keeps The Bell’s 100% win record going in the Rowley Monday Night League and also keeps their two points advantage over second placed George intact after they had a convincing 8-1 win over Loyal Lodge who replace Bulls Head at the foot of the table after Bulls Head chalked up their third in in twelve, somewhat surprisingly beating fourth in the league Ivy Bush 5-4. There were no fewer than three 160 breaks in week twelve supplied by A.Cowley (Ex Serviceman’s ‘A’), D.Bourne (Three Diamonds and L.Wainwright (Loyal Lodge). Full Results:Week 12:- Cottage 4 Cradley Sports and Social 5, Hare and Hounds 1 Ex Serviceman’s ‘A’ 8 (A.Cowley 160b), Spring Meadow 4 Tividale FC 5, Ex Serviceman’s ‘B’ 4 Wonder 5, Bell 6 Three Diamonds 3 (D.Bourne 160b), Bulls Head 5 Ivy Bush 4, Fairfield 6 Windmills End 3, George 8 Loyal Lodge 1 (L.Wainwright 160b).
With three more fixtures to play in the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League an 8-1 win at Glasscutters has given Brickmakers Arms the title. The win takes Brickmakers points tally to 78 and gives them an unassailable eight points advantage over second and third placed Ten Arches ‘A’ and Ten Arches ‘B’ who in turn won 7-2 at British Oak and 6-3 at home to Hop House. Fourth in the table Britannia are a further 12 points adrift after losing 5-4 away to Bird (Wordsley) who are eighth in the table. Full Results:Game 39:- Hare and Hounds ‘A’ 2 Kingswinford Conservative Club ‘A’ 7, Kingswinford Conservative Club ‘B’ 1 Church Tavern 8, Garibaldi 3 Old Cat (Wordsley) 6, Bird (Wordsley) 5 Britannia 4, British Oak 2 Ten Arches ‘A’ 7, Gate Hangs Well 7 Fox Inn (Lye) 2, Ten Arches ‘B’ 6 Hop House 3, Ashwood 7 Bird (Stourbridge) 2, Swan 2 Stourbridge RBL 7, Glasscutters 1 Brickmakers Arms 8, Crestwod 6 Hare and Hounds ‘B’ 3.
Woodside ‘A’, former leaders of the Silver End Sunday Morning League suffered a shock 7-1 defeat away to Glasscutters ‘A’ who are some eight points behind them in fifth place, Woodside slipping to second place behind Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club whose 7-1 win at Kings Head ‘A’ takes their points to 22 and gives them a slender one point lead over Woodside ‘A’. High Acres recorded their first point of the season when they held Dudley Sports to a 4-4 draw however High Acres remain rooted at the foot of the table. Full Results:Game 8:- High Oak 4 Glasscutters ‘B’ 4, Old Star 4 Brickmakers Arms ‘B’ 4, Woodside ‘B’ 2 New Talbot 6, High Acres 4 Dudley Sports 4, Bell 2 Three Crowns 6, Glasscutters ‘A’ 7 Woodside ‘A’ 1, Kings Head ‘A’ 1 Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 7, Kings Head ‘B’ and Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ had a bye.
After a surprising 5-4 home defeat last week at the hands of the Bull and Bladder team in the Brierley Hill Monday Night League, High Oak returned to winning ways again this week with an 8-1 win at Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘B’ to take them back to the top of the table but only by three legs of average over Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ who won 5-4 at Fox and Grapes. Third in the table Roebuck are on the same 22 points as the two teams above them following their 5-4 win at The Swan and are only four legs behind High Oak. Full Results:Week 12:- Bull and Bladder 5 Portway 4, Dudley Sports ‘A’ 7 Brickmakers Arms 2, Fox and Grapes 4 Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ 5, Swan 4 Roebuck 5, Wombourne Pool Bar 5 Lamp Tavern 4, Rose and Crown 7 Dudley Sports ‘B’ 2, Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘B’ 1 High Oak 8, King William 1 Mount Pleasant 8, Limes Club 2 Delph Bell 7.
Week eight of the Netherton Thursday Night League matched the top and bottom teams with leaders Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club winning 8-1 against Saracens Head. Second in the table Bulls Head fell another three points behind the leaders to now trail by six after losing 5-4 at home to third placed Riddins Tavern who join their opponents on 18 points. Following their recent run of poor results White Horse chalked up a good 5-4 win away to Fairfield to put both teams on 9 points. Full Results:Game 8:- Saracens Head 1 Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 8, Bulls Head 4 Riddins Tavern 5, Fairfield 4 White Horse 5, Townsend Social Club 6 Netherton Conservative Club 3.
The Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League had the second round of their Rickuss Cup on the fixture card and league leaders The Vine waltzed into the next round with a 5-2 win over middle of the table Merry-Go-Round while second in the league Tipton Sports had a convincing 6-1 win away to third placed Miners Arms. Dewdrop ‘A’ were 5-2 winners away to next to bottom of the table Court House and there was a close 4-3 win for Sportsman against New Talbot. Full Results:Game 11:- Sportsman 4 Dewdrop ‘B’ 3, Island Inn 4 Miners Arms 3, The Vine 5 Merry-Go-Round 2, Tipton Sports 6 (S.Cliff 160b) Waggon and Horses 1, New Talbot 4 Wonder 3, Dewdrop ‘A’ 4 (T.Kennedy 180) Hayes Social 3, Horseley Tavern 5 Court House 2, Ivy Bush had a bye, Rickuss Cup:Round Two:- The Vine 5 Merry-Go-Round 2, Miners Arms 1 Tipton Sports 6, Court House 2 Dewdrop ‘A’ 5, Sportsman 4 New Talbot 3.
The top two teams in the Brierley Hill Friday Night League High Oak and Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ took their unbeaten runs to seven games with respective 6-1 wins over fourth placed Netherton Cricket Club ‘A’ and Delph Bell. With a perfect score of 14 points the leading duo have a four points advantage over third in the table Ashwood who won a close encounter with Miners (Wollescote) 4-3. There was a first win in seven for Netherton Cricket Club ‘B’, their 5-2 win over Gornal British Legion seeing them move up two places from the foot of the table and their opponents replace them in the bottom position. Full Results:Week 7:- Delph Bell 1 Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ 6, Ashwood 4 Miners (Wollescote) 3, High Oak 6 Netherton Cricket Club ‘A’ 1, Brickmakers Arms ‘B’ 3 Dudley Sports 4, Netherton Cricket Club ‘B’ 5 Gornal British Legion 2.
Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ lead the Cradley Tuesday Night League but their eighth game of the season saw them gain a very narrow 5-4 win over next to bottom of the table Plough. The win puts the leaders on 21 points, second placed Netherton Sports and Social ‘A’ have the same 12 points after their 8-1 win over fourth in the table Bulls Head and are now only three legs of average off the top. Full Results:Game 8:- Netherton Sports and Social ‘A’ 8 Bulls Head 1, Plough 4 Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ 5, Riddins Tavern 6 Dudley Labour Club 3, Roost 6 Malt Shovel 3, Wheatsheaf 7 Netherton Sports and Social ‘B’ 2, Gate v Brickmakers Arms ‘B’ postponed.
Old Bulls Head consolidated their number one spot in the Sedgley and Gornal Tuesday Night League by handing out a 9-0 whitewash to their hosts Netherton Cricket Club. They remain two points ahead of their nearest rivals Gornal Labour Club who had a much closer 5-4 win against White Lion. Third in the table Coseley Tavern suffered a surprising 5-4 home loss at the hands of the Chainyard outfit who are just three places off the foot of the table. Full Results:Game 23:- Meadow Lark 1 Pensnett Liberal Club 8, Red Cow 5 Hilly House 4, Five Ways 4 Gornal British Legion 5, Jolly Crispin 7 New Inn 2, Netherton Cricket Club 0 Old Bulls Head 9, Gornal Labour Club 5 White Lion 4, Coseley Tavern 4 Chainyard 5.
Bombay Bob’s Boys march on in the Pip Club League adding a further 8-1 win over Progressive Club to their account to keep them top of the Main Division with a game in hand on second placed Belgrave Sports and Social Club whose similar 8-1 win over Wigginton Arms puts them on the same 34 points as Bombay. No fewer than five maximums recorded this week supplied by Bob Mills, Joe Wilson (Belgrave Club), Martin Edwards, Phil Daulman (Belgrave Sports and Social Club) and Phil Jones (Birchmoor Club). Full Results:Game 19:- Birchmoor Club 5 (Phil Jones 180 Pip Club 4 (Les Reece 101f,15 darts game), Dolphin 2 Old Liberal House 7, Belgrave Sports and Social Club 8 (Martin Edwards 180, Phil Daulman 180) Wigginton Arms 1, Globe (Wilnecote) 6 (Mark Faulkner 15 darts game) Kettlebrook Club 3 (Jeannette Blount 134,116), Gate (Amington) 3 (Tracey Parris 107, Amanda Brampton 100) Sports Bar ‘180’ 6 (Emily Jones 2x140,123, Heather Jones 123), Glascote Club 4 (Mark McCloughlin 106f) Belgrave Club 5 (Bob Mills 180, Joe Wilson 180), Progressive Club 1 Bombay Bob’s Boys 8 (Mick Smith 124f,Steve Rowe 106f), Dolphin Wandereres had a bye.
With just one more fixture to play in the Henley and District Winter League Studley Cricket Club confirmed themselves as champions in an emphatic way by beating their nearest rivals Studley Conservative Club 7-2 to give them an undefeated 26 points with their opponents left trailing by four points. In addition to the Cricket Club’s 7-2 win Dorridge and Wootton Bears won by the same margin against Wythall Legion and Village Inn. The only none 7-2 result was 6-3 to Wythall RBL over Beausale. Full Results:Game 13:- Dorridge 7 Wythall Legion 2, Studley Cricket Club 7 Studley Conservative Club 2, Wootton Bears 7 Village Inn 2, Wythall RBL 6 Beausale 3.
Game number eight in the Tettenhall Wednesday Night League saw Whitmore Reans WMC lose 4-3 away to second in the table Hurst Hill and at the same time lose pole position being replaced by Cleveland Arms who won 6-1 against Royal, Albrighton to put them on 14 points the same as Hurst Hill. Whitmore drop to third place on 12 points two fewer than the two teams above them and only two ahead of fourth in the table ECC ‘A’ who had a bye this week. Full Results: Game 8:- Bull 7 Pilot 0, Cleveland Arms 6 Royal, Albrigton 1, ECC ‘B’ 4 Dog and Partridge 3, Hurst Hill 4 Whitmore Reans WMC 3, McGhees 2 Moreton 5, Swan, Compton 2 Brewood British Legion 5, ECC ‘A’ had a bye.
No change in the top five places in the singles division of the Wolverhampton Tuesday Night League as leaders Riley’s ‘C’ with a 5-2 win at Wednesfield Conservative Club stay ahead of second placed Railway on average after Railway won 4-3 at Jones Road. In the doubles division just two legs of average separate the top three teams Bull in pole following their 3-0 win over Pendulum. Bull replaced Wednesfield Conservative Club as leaders after the Conservative Club lost 2-1 at home against Riley’s ‘C’ who are now in third place and the Conservative Club drop to fifth, Railway are third with the same ten points and average as second placed Railway, Railway won 2-1 at Jones Road. Full Results:Game 7:Singles Division:- Bull 7 Pendulum 0, Gilberts Bar 3 Penn Bowling 4, Jones Road 3 Railway 4, Red Lion (Wednesfield) 3 Wednesfield Legion 4, Riley’s ‘A’ 4 Dog and Partridge 3, Royal, Albrighton 4 Yale Club 3, Wednesfield Conservative Club 2 Riley’s ‘C’ 5, Doubles Division:- Bull 3 Pendulum 0, Gilberts Bar 2 Penn Bowling 1, Jones Road 1 Railway 2, Red Lion (Wednesfield) 1 Wednesfield Legion 2, Riley’s ‘A’ 3 Dog and Partridge 0, Royal, Albrighton 2 Yale Club 1, Wednesfield Conservative Club 1 Riley’s ‘C’ 2.
A couple of results from division two of the South Birmingham League, one of them a real surprise as leaders The Dog lost 5-4 away to C’s Flights, Dog stay top of the division with 14 points from nine games but second placed C’s Hot Shots are only two points behind them after their 8-1 win over The Trident and have played one game fewer. Third placed Toby Jug are on the same ten points as Hot Shots, they have a game in hand on them and two in hand on leaders Dog. Full Results:Week 9:Division One:- Coleshill Social 5 Punchbowl 0 (walkover), Division Two:- Toby Jug 9 (I.Beattie 2x120b, T.Adams 100) C's Arrows 0 (P.Harvey 115), C's Flights 5 (J.Pitts 100,120, S.Beale 2x100), The Dog 4 (G.Taylor 125, P.Thompson 100, S.O'Brien 117,128, M.Clayton 135,100) C's Hot Shots 8 (J.Carter 100, W.Cooper 100,140,105b,120b,10 darts game, K.White 100, J.Masfield 120b,121, C.Marshall 2x100, S.Moran 3x100,100b) The Trident 1 (K.Buttle 134, R.McDonough 100,123, T.Blakemore 100), Mini League:Division One:- Banbury Arrows 7 legs (A.Cookesy 2x100, K.O'Connor 2x100, T.Fulford 100) C's Top Guns 20 legs (P.Kingdon 120, R.Mills 140, D.Wilson 100,113, D.Clinton 100, W.Yates 100, S.Edwards 100,116b,125,115f,107f,116b,8 darts game, S.Kingdon 2x100).
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