A West Midlands Round Up By Alan Towe
After a 3-1 win over Steve Heeks, Chris Thomas despite hitting two maximums was held to a 2-2 draw by Sean Talbot, nevertheless his results were good enough to take him to the top of the Shirley Premier League table with 36 points from 13 games. Moving up one place to second is Dave Heighway with 33 points from 12 games his latest games seeing him win 4-0 against Mark Henderson then finish all square at two each with Jack Nason. Antony Daly in third place is only two points behind Heighway but he has played 13 games, he came back from a 4-0 defeat by Jack Nason to win 3-1 against Mark Henderson. Former leader Andy Thomas didn’t play in week six and drops to fifth place on 29 points, seven short of leader Thomas but now with two games in hand. Full Results:Week 6:- Lee Holtham 1 Paul Higgins 3, Andy Hoy (120b) 2 Sean Talbot (100f) 2, Chris Thomas 3 Steve Heeks 1, Nick Walker 2 Chris Thomas snr 2, Mick Bown 1 Trevor Carter 3, Steve Harper 1 Tony Daly 3, Antony Daly (108b) 0 Jack Nason 4, Mark Gwalchmai 4 Craig Johnson 0, Jordan Ottley 1 Brian Lawton 3, Mark Henderson 0 Dave Heighway (2x11 darts games) 4, Lee Holtham 0 Mark Cater 4, Ken Hopton (100b,105b) 0 Paul Higgins (10 darts game) 4, Steve Heeks 4 Chris Thomas snr 0, Sean Talbot 2 Chris Thomas (2x180,8 darts game,100b) 2, Trevor Carter 2 Andy Hoy 2, Nick Walker 3 Mark Cater 1, Brian Lawton 1 Tony Daly (108b) 3, Jordan Ottley 4 Steve Harper 0, Dave Heighway 2 Jack Nason 2, Mick Bown 1 Craig Johnson 3, Ken Hopton (120b,12 darts game) 2 Mark Gwalchmai (120b,160b) 2, Mark Henderson 1 Antony Daly (142b,10 darts game) 3, Sean Talbot (11 darts game) 4 Lee Holtham 0, Tony Daly 2 Paul Higgins 2, Trevor Carter 2 Steve Heeks 2.
Just two results for division one of the South Birmingham League which saw leaders Erdington Members Club boost their title hopes with an 8-1 win at The Raven to put them four points ahead of second placed Crown at Shard End who have a game in hand on Erdington. The other game played saw third placed Coleshill Social win their home tie with Mackadown Social 5-4. In the second division Iron Horse made it seven wins in as many games when they won 5-4 at home against The Dog to keep them two points to the good on second placed C’s Arrows who have played the same seven games as The Dog. Full Results:Week 8:Division One:- Coleshill Social 5 (G.Jones 118,100, A.Mayell 125, N.Harris 100,119) Mackadown Social 4 (N.Parsonage 120b, D.Young 2x100, A.Sheen 121, G.James 2x100, C.Henn 100,140), The Raven 1 (A.Eden 100, D.White 120, J.Whitehouse 140, M. Bown 100b,100) Erdington Members Club 8 (J.Frost 100,101b,115f,9 darts game, B.Liggins 112b,125, M.Birch 105b,125,9 darts game), Division Two:- Crown Jewels 7 (C.Kingdon 100b, N.Walker 100, D.Hudson 116b, B.Walker 112b) Kingfisher 2 (L.Walker 2x100,102b, G.Shergold 2x100, D.Green 100,140), C's Flights 4 (S.Beale 125) Toby Jug 5 (D.Revitt 2x100), Iron Horse 5 (A.Whitehouse 100, R.Earl 2x100,100b, C.Hough 100) The Dog 4 (J.Fathers 2x100, M.Clayton 100, J.Kane 116, P.Thompson 100), Mini League:- Chelmsley Conservative Club 7 legs (D.Flores 130,2x102b, J.Shingler 100, P.Craythorne 100b) C's Arrows 20 legs (S.Healy 140,100, G.Merideth 100, K.Geary 100,140, S.Whatmore 116b,100).
Will Naylor continues to dominate the Erdington Red Lion Double Top League although he has had his lead reduced to eight points as after his 3-0 win over Clive Austin he suffered a 2-1 defeat by joint third in the table John Frost. Second placed Dean Bayliss managed to reduce the deficit as he beat Stuart Larvin 3-0 and then won 2-1 against fifth in the table Jim Frost. The table now reads Naylor top with 75 points, Dean Bayliss second on 67 then Lewis Bayliss and John Frost share third placed both players having 63 points and are level on average. Lewis Bayliss lost his opening game against Matthew Cain 2-1 then recovered to beat Stuart Larvin 3-0. Full Results:Week 16:- Stuart Larvin 0 Dean Bayliss 3, Lewis Bayliss 1 Matthew Cain 2, Lee Austin 0 Alex Downes 3, Richard O’Grady 0 John Frost 3, Will Naylor 3 Clive Austin 0, Ryan Barritt 2 Micky Wilde 1, Jim Frost 1 Dean Bayliss 2, Steve Cain 3 Lee Austin 0, Matthew Cain 2 Richard O’Grady 1, Stuart Larvin 0 Lewis Bayliss 3, John Frost 2 Will Naylor 1, Clive Austin 0 Jim Frost 3, Micky Wilde 0 Steve Cain 3, Alex Downes 0 Ryan Barritt 0.
Only one result from the Forest of Arden Winter League which was a local derby between Highwood Exiles and Highwood Arms. The result was a 6-3 win for Arms to put them eight points ahead of their opponents. Full Results:Week 17:- Highwood Exiles 3 (R.Harrison 140, D.Carey 2x100, D.Lowry 105) Highwood Arms 6 (C.Burns 101,100, T.Anderton 118, D.Hudson 100, K.Hull 121), Mini League:- Greville Arrows 14 legs (C.Okey 140,2x100,125, D.Ryecroft 3x140,2x100,121, D.Field 4x100, K.Duggan 2x100,123, D.Duggan 3x100,2x140,121) C's 13 legs (B.Gibson 100, T.Loughran 100, M.Fellows 4x100,121, R.McCarthy 2x100,120,140,126, S.Guiden 100,121,101,125, G.Vasou 100,125,135), Journeys End 14 legs (S.Whatmore 3x100, P.Kingdon 2x100,140,180, J.Webster 2x100,140,119, D.Wilson 121,100, R.Lawrence 133, L.Barberan 3x100, J.Jennings 4x100,125) Kingshurst Knights 13 legs (L.Vann 140,100, R.Franklin 4x100,140,125, K.Brush 2x100, D.White 3x100,140,132, K.White 2x140,100,135, M.Bown 3x100, S.Moran 5x100,140,121).
The Winmau Centre Thursday Night Champions League in the Wolverhampton Indoor Community Sports Arean has now completed its fixture list and four times champion Mick Baker ended the campaign on 147 points eighteen more than runner up Tony Randell in his first season in the league. Baker will now receive not only the winner’s top prize money but also for a fourth consecutive season the twelve months sponsorship deal supplied by Winmau. The centre will be getting their new season underway shortly anyone interested in joining the league and looking for a top pay together with the lucrative Winmau sponsorship deal should contact the centre on 01902-420827 to register their entry.
What a climax to end the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League’s season as the top two teams and local rivals Ten Arches ‘A’ and Ten Arches ‘B’ played each other. The result was a 6-3 win for the ‘B’ team to give them the title with 78 points losing just three of their 42 fixtures. The ‘A’ side finished as runners up with 74 points four more than their nearest rivals Gate ‘B’ who won their final game at home against Bird (Wordsley) 5-4. There are still two games to be played Quarry Bank Conservative Club versus Bird (Wordsley) and Kingswinford Snooker Club versus Queens but whatever the outcome of those results they will have no impact on the table whatsoever. Full Results:Match 42:- Crestwood 0 The Swan 9, Briytannia 4 Queens 5, Hare and Hounds ‘B’ 2 Bird (Stourbridge) 7, Gate ‘B’ 5 Bird (Wordsley) 4, Brickmakers Arms 5 Stourbridge RBL 4, Old Cat (Wordsley) 4 Quarry Bank Conservative Club 5, Kingswinford Snooker Club 6 Hare and Hounds ‘A’ 3, The Bridge (Kingswinford) 6 Garibaldi 3, Ten Arches ‘A’ 3 Ten Arches ‘B’ 6, Kingswinford Snooker Club 5 Gate ‘A’ 4, Fox Inn (Lye) 4 Church Tavern 5.
It was cup week in the Four Oaks and District League the Richard Winslow pairs sponsored by K & B Installations, an individual doubles knockout played at the Red Lion, Erdington. A total of 38 pairs contested the title with Bishop Vesey having three representative teams in the quarter finals where they all made their exits. Last season’s semi finalists R.Hawker and S.Paling and last year’s winners K.Reynolds and K.Deeley once again made the semi-finals and were joined by K.Shorthouse and C.Turnbull plus M.Partridge and J.Prince. The first of the semis saw Shorthouse and Turnbull lose 2-0 to Reynolds and Deeley while Hawker and Paling won 2-1 against Partridge and Prince. In the final Reynolds and Deeley beat Hawker and Paling 3-0, to lift the trophy for a second successive year. Full Results:Doubles Knockout:Quarter Finals:- N.Smallwood & M.Norton (Bishop Vesey) 0 K.Shorthouse & C.Turnbull 2, C.Sammons & S.Holmes (Bishop Vesey) 0 K.Reynolds & K.Deeley (The Boat) 2, R.Hawker & S.Paling (Royal Sutton Flights) 2 N.Sammons & M.Hall (Bishop Vesey) 0, M.Partridge & J.Prince (The Boat) 2 T.Kelly & I.Lloyd (St Thomas’s Social Club) 0, Semi Finals:- K.Shorthouse & C.Turnbull 0 K.Reynolds & K.Deeley 2, M.Partridge & J.Prince 1 R.Hawker & S.Paling 2, Final:- K.Reynolds & K.Deeley 3 R.Hawker & S.Paling 0.
Week four of the Brierley Hill Monday Night League brought together the league’s top two teams, leaders Bulls Head (Netherton) and second placed Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club. Despite home advantage Bulls Head lost out 5-4 and drop to third in the table while the winners Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club remain in second place with an undefeated eight points. Taking over in pole position is Dudley Sports ‘A’ who like the Ex Serviceman’s Club have also won all four games the latest of which was a 6-3 success away to Lamp Tavern to put them just one leg of average to the good on the Ex Serviceman’s Club. Full Results:Week 4:- Bulls Head (Netherton) 4 Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ 5, Limes Club 2 Bull and Bladder 7, Blue Brick 6 Pensnett Liberal Club 3, Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘B’ 2 Portway 7, Delph Bell 3 Brickmakers Arms 6, Lamp Tavern 3 Dudley Sports ‘A’ 6, Mount Pleasant 5 Roebuck 4, Dudley Sports ‘B’ 6 The Swan 3, King William 2 Fox and Grapes 7.
It’s as you were at the top of the Shirley and District Monday Night League with the top three teams Highwood, Dunky’s Boys and Red Lion all recording 8-1 wins against respective opponents Solihull Sports and Social Club, Shirley Golf Club and Sharman’s Cross. Highwood on 32 points top the table with Dunky’s Boys second on 30 points, just one leg of average keeping them above Red Lion. Despite losing 6-3 at home to sixth in the table Cider House Drawbridge Bears hold on to fourth place but now trail the leaders by six points. Full Results:Week 17:- Shirley Spartac 2 The Lodge 7, Drawbridge Bears 3 Cider House 6, Saracens Misfits 7 Plume of Feathers 2, Red Lion (Dave Hesketh 180) 8 Sharmans Cross 1, Legion Royals 4 Legionnaires 5, Dunky’s Boys (Andy Hutchings 108f, Paul Nunn 107f) 8 Shirley Golf Club 1, Blue Bell 2 Saracens Jesters 7, Highwood (Clarke Horsley 124f, Dave Cherry 110f) 8 Solihull Sports & Social Club 1.
Journeys End Lions played away to second placed Holy Souls in week thirteen of the Camp Hill League and it turned out to be an unlucky thirteen as they lost 4-3, their first defeat of the season so far. Nevertheless Journeys remain in pole position but their lead is now reduced to six points and Holy Souls also have a game in hand. However it was a good week for bottom of the table Station Wagon as they registered only their second win in thirteen as they returned from Devil’s Club with the 4-3 verdict. Full Results:Week 13:- Cotterills Lane Club 4 Emerald Club 3, Devil’s Club 3 Station Wagon 4, Holy Souls 4 Journeys End Lions 3, Wagon and Horses had a bye.
Misfits with a maximum from Adam Teasdale and two from Luke Griffiths have taken over the number one spot from The Untouchables in the Winmau Centre Monday Night League after handing out a massive 48-0 whitewash to bottom team Three Men And A Lady. There were 180’s for Chris Marshall, Andy Busby and Dave Bentley to help Untouchables to a 25-23 win against Here For The Beer to leave them in second place, 16 points off the top. Full Results:Week 4:- The Untouchables 25 (Chris Marshall 180, Andy Busby 180, Dave Bentley 180) Here For The Beer 23 (Ryan Ocker 136f, Kev Bate 180), Three Men And A Lady 0 (Michael Coope 180) Misfits 48 (Adam Teasdale 180, Luke Griffiths 2x180, Mark Daniel 180), Keep It In The Family 29 (Julie Aston 180) Full Monty 19, Bloody Good Shot Sir! 45 (Jimmy Handley 130f,15 darts game,180) Make Mine A Double 3, Unleashed Warrior 10 Kristian 38 (Conrad Taylor 180).
On the agenda for the Small Heath League was their Knockout Cup and winning through to the last four were Heartlands Club, Cob’s Bar and East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association who in turn accounted for Emerald Club, Sheldon Marlborough Flights and Wagon and Horses. Sheldon Marlborough Arrows had a bye. Full Results:Knockout Cup:- Heartlands Club 7 (D.Bond 105b,140, Jim Frost 120b,2x100, L.Bayliss 139,112b,2x100, S.McCormack 105,100, I.Jones 101b, A.Downes 100, C.Austin 121) Emerald Club 2 (C.Rigby 100, D.Willis 140), Cob’s Bar 5 (M.Atkins 100, D.Shakespeare 116b,123,137, L.Stanton 2x100) Sheldon Marlborough Flights 4 (J.Evans 101, P.Evans 119b,100, A.Wale 128, P.Brown 101, N.Rughani 100, P.Seadon 100), Wagon and Horses 3 (C.Murphy 116b, J.May 139, M.Looby 123,140) East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association 6 (C.Wyatt 2x100,120,117b, N.Davis 105b, M.Cooper 127f, 112b,9 darts game, P.Webster 103b,140, T.Webster 100b,140,137,100b), Sheldon Marlborough Arrows had a bye.
Round one of the Harborne and District League’s League Cup went to plan as Hillyfields beat The Abbey 7-0, Avenue Social ‘B’ won 6-1 against Man on the Moon and there were 5-2 wins for league leaders Stag and Three Horseshoes over Bartley Green FC and HV Flights against Avenue Social ‘A’. Full Results:Week 13:- Avenue Social ‘A’ 4 Weoley Castle WMC 5, Hillyfields 7 Avenue Social ‘B’ 2, Smethwick Cricket Club 3 The Cock 6, Man on the Moon 0 Stag and Three Horseshoes 9, League Cup:Round One:- Man on the Moon 1 Avenue Social ‘B’ 6, HV Flights 5 Avenue Social ‘A’ 2, Hillyfields 7 The Abbey 0, Stag and Three Horseshoes 5 Bartley Green FC 2.
There was a first win in five games for The Vine in the Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League when they won their home fixture against Horseley Tavern 5-2. Nothing separates the top two teams Tipton Sports and Wagon and Horses level on points and average after Tipton won 5-2 against Island Inn and Wagon and Horses beat Ivy Bush by the same margin. Third and fourth placed Dewdrop ‘A’ and New Talbot are two points off the top and in turn won 5-2 against Dewdrop ‘B’ and 4-3 away to Rising Sun. Full Results:Week 5:- Merry-Go-Round ‘A’ 3 Wonder 4, Tipton Sports 5 Island Inn 2, Dewdrop ‘A’ 5 Dewdrop ‘B’ 2, Waggon and Horses 5 Ivy Bush 2, Hayes Social 4 Merry-Go-Round ‘B’ 3, The Vine 5 Horseley Tavern 2, Rising Sun 3 New Talbot 4.
Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances Matt Tedstone has had to drop out of division two of the Yeltz Bar Tuesday Night Singles League and replacing him was Chris Singleton whose first game and 5-0 win was against his son Dan. Leading the division is Rob Smith with 18 points from 4 games with second placed Tommy Johnson on 13 points from 3 games. Smith in an end of evening catch up game against Neil Smith had an impressive 5-0 win with 2x14,15,16 and 22 darts legs to give him a 30.92 average Leading division one is Mark Adams who with 17 points is just one ahead of second in the table Matt Moore. Two points is the gap between the top two players in division three with Trevor Collier top on 19 points and John Beattie second with 17. Full Results:Week 4:Division One:- Matt Moore (180) 2 Mark Adams (150f) 3, Iain Mathers 3 Phil Harrold 2, Alister Duncan 1 Doug Richmond 4, Jordan Shakespeare 1 Dwayne Hart (180) 4, Ian Mills 4 Rhys Langford 1, Richard Duncan 1 Mark Bayliss (180) 4, Division Two:- Chris Singleton 5 Dan Singleton 0, Rob Gregory 1 Adam Hill 4, Keith Hampton 4 James Hykin 1, Richard Reed (180) 1 Tommy Johnson 4, Neil Smith 5 Lee Eaves 0, Dave Redding (2x180,14 darts game) 5 Tony Duncan 0, Rob Smith 5 Jack Hill 0, Division Three:- Richard Hill 4 Steph Konya 1, Alex Adams 1 Pete Harrold 4, John Beattie 5 John Stokes 0, Stuart Stanton 2 John Simpson 3, Trevor Collier 5 John Griffiths 0, Ash Portman 3 Chris Hall 2, Ant Williams 2 Jason Tromans 3, Rearranged Fixtures:Division One:- Mark Adams (180) 5 Iain Mathers 0, Division Two:- Neil Smith 0 Rob Smith (2x14,15,16 darts games) 5, Keith Hampton 2 Lee Eaves (14,15 darts game) 3, Keith Hampton 1 Tommy Johnson 4.
The Silver End Sunday Morning League had their Team Knockout on the fixture card in which the biggest win went to league leaders Woodside who handed out an 8-0 whitewash to Kings Head. Not far behind were Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ and Glasscutters who in turn beat Brickmakers Arms ‘B’ and Three Crowns 6-2. Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club and Netherton Cricket Club beat respective opponents Pensnett Welfare Club and Portway 5-3 and there were 4-4 draws for Dudley Sports v Railway and New Talbot v Bell. Old Star had a bye. Full Results:Team Knockout:- Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 5 Pensnett Welfare Club 3, Brickmakers Arms ‘B’ 2 Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ 6, Glasscutters 6 Three Crowns 2, Kings Head 0 Woodside 8, Netherton Cricket Club 5 Portway 3, Dudley Sports 4 Railway 4, New Talbot 4 Bell 4, Old Star had a bye.
The Netherton Thursday Night League staged the quarter finals of their Andy Bastable Trophy and making their way into the semi finals were Bulls Head, Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club, Fairfield and Delph Bell who in turn took out Townsend Club (5-4), Riddins Tavern (5-4), The Crown (7-2) and White Horse (6-3). Full Results:Andy Bastable Trophy:Quarter Finals:- Bulls Head 5 Townsend Club 4, Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 5 Riddins Tavern 4, The Crown 2 Fairfield 7, White Horse 3 Delph Bell 6.
Brickmakers Arms ‘A’, who are already confirmed as Brierley Hill Friday Night League champions won their penultimate fixture of the season against local rivals Brickmakers Arms ‘B’ 6-1 to keep the gap between them and runners up Netherton Cricket Club ‘A’ who had a closer 4-3 home win over Fox Inn ‘B’ (Lye). Full Results:Week 22:- Dudley Sports 3 Pensnett Welfare Club ‘B’ 4, Netherton Cricket Club ‘A’ 4 Fox Inn ‘B’ (Lye) 3, Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ 6 Brickmakers Arms ‘B’ 1, Fox Inn ‘A’ (Lye) 4 Netherton Cricket Club ‘B’ 3, Britannia 2 Miners (Wollescote) 5, Pensnett Welfare Club ‘A’ 6 Delph Bell 1.
At the midway point of the Sedgley and Gornal Tuesday Night League only two points separate the top four teams, Old Bulls Head with a 7-2 win at Britannia top the table on 26 points but only on average from Parkes Hall who won their home game against Gornal Labour Club 6-3. Third and fourth placed Ashwood and Coseley Tavern are both on 24 points, Ashwood beating Red Cow 8-1 and Coseley winning 6-3 against Jolly Crispin. Full Results:Week 15:- Britannia 2 Old Bulls Head 7, White Lion 4 Five Ways 5, Ashwood 8 Red Cow 1, Coseley Tavern 6 Jolly Crispin 3, Club Dudley 3 Netherton Cricket Club 6, Gornal British Legion 3 Pensnett Liberal Club 6, Fellows Club 4 Hilly House 5, Parkes Hall 6 Gornal Labour Club 3.
The Pip Club League played off the semi finals of their Belgrave and Shadow Cups. In the division one Belgrave Cup games Sports Bar ‘180’ lost to Queens Head and with a win for The Office over Dolphin Wanderers the final will be contested by the division’s top two teams. The division two last four games saw Pip Club beat Dolphin and Old Liberal House win against Red Lion. The Shadow Cup semis for division one saw Kettlebrook Club lose out to Belgrave Club and Birchmoor Club beat Globe (Wilnecote). Playing in the division two final will be Wigginton Arms and Progressive Club, Wigginton winning against Mercian while Progressive had a bye. Full Results:Belgrave Cup:Semi Finals:Division One:- Sports Bar ‘180’ lost to Queens Head (Mick Smith 112b), Dolphin Wanderers lost to The Office, Division Two:- Pip Club beat Dolphin, Old Liberal House (Paul Weston 105f, Alan Carter 120b) beat Red Lion Tony Randell 180, Wayne Macken 120b), Shadow Competition:Semi Finals:Division One:- Kettlebrook Club lost to Belgrave Club, Birchmoor Club beat Globe (Wilnecote, Steve Pulley 126f)), Division Two:- Mercian lost to Wigginton Arms, Progressive Club had a bye, Week 14:- The Office 8 (Mark Stringer 180, Alex Tempest 114f) Kettlebrook Club 1, Dolphin Wanderers 8 (Leighton Massey 121,2x100) Wigginton Arms 1 (Rosie O’Connor 140,121,2x100), Progressive Club 4 Old Liberal House 5, Red Lion 3 (Joseph Nolan 101f) Pip Club 6, Mercian 3 Belgrave Club 6, Globe (Wilnecote) 0 Birchmoor Club 9, Dolphin 1 (Rich Gale 180) Queens Head 8 (Mark Tomlinson jnr 180, Mark Tomlinson snr 180,11 darts game Sam Whittaker 180), Sports Bar ’180’ had a bye
By Alan Towe Website: www.alantowedarts.co.uk