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Article: A West Midlands Round Up By Alan Towe

A West Midlands Round Up By Alan Towe

After a run of two defeats in the Premier Division of the BDO Inter County Championships Warwickshire began the new year with a fantastic home win over high riding Lancashire who are placed second in the table. Both the ladies ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams were in superb form beating their counterparts 5-1 with Sue Gulliver (22.18) and Wendy Adams (20.29) taking the respective match awards. The men’s ‘B’; side after winning the opening game through Simon Power then found themselves trailing 4-1. Wins from man of the match Carl Green (29.47) and Ian Shaw reduced the arrears to 4-3 before the away team opened up a 6-3 lead. The last three games went to Warwickshire’s James Hykin, Karl Reynolds and Adam Paxton to earn a well deserved 6-6 draw. Steve Hine (29.31) took the ‘A’ team’s match award, helping them on their way to an 8-4 victory, their third win in five games and taking the overall win for the hosts to 24-12 lifting them up two places in the table to fourth. Full Results:Premier Division:Warwickshire v Lancashire (24-12): (Warwickshire names first):Men’s ‘A’:- Charlie Symons 4 Martin Atkins 3, Steve Hine 4 Sam Cromwell 1, Nigel Heydon 4 Dave Adshead 0, Carl Green 0 Chris O’Connor 4, Kevin Dowling 4 Darren Hebb 2, Mark Westgarth 4 Andy Johnson 0, Prakash Jiwa 1 Graham Lalor 4, Noel Grant 4 Gary Jackson 3, Anthony Allen 4 Mick Oversby 3, Tom Aldrige 1 Dave Airey 4, Antony West 4 Carl Sneyd 2, Dean Stewart 3 Lee Shewan 4, Men’s ‘B’:- Simon Power 4 Gary Davey 3, Richard Foster 2 Alan Fitzpatrick 4, Tom Ryan 1 Sam Cromwell 4, Robert Comben 2 Tony Clarke 4, Mark Strong 2 Chris O’Connor 4, Carl Green 4 Barry Kerfoot 0, Ian Shaw 4 Tony Baker 2, Mark Carter 1 Darren Hebb 4, Ashley Hykin 1 James Caton 4, James Hykin 4 Martin Barratt 3, Karl Reynolds 4 Les Fitton 3, Adam Paxton 4 Adam Scott 3, Women’s ‘A’:- Sue Gulliver 3 Amy Eden 1, Marian Conway 3 Allyson Smith 0, Kat Spanswick 3 Joanne Clements 2, Nina Bolt 3 Maria Ronson 1, Donna Pinch 0 Sue Cusick 3, Natalie Gilbert 3 Gina Jones 0, Women’s ’B’:- Lisa Deslandes 3 Debbie Baxter 2, Wendy Adams 3 Sharon Seed 1, Caroline Pike 0 Tracey Cunningham 3, Angela Jones 3 Sue Corry 2, Chloe McKivett 3 Danni-Lea Platt 2, Melanie Jones 3 Anne-Marie Millership 2.
West Midlands had a home tie in the Premier Division of the BDO Inter County Championships a tough encounter against reigning champions and currently table toppers Yorkshire. There were crushing 5-1 defeats for both ladies teams, Lisa Badger (20.67) the sole ‘A’ team winner and for the ‘B’ it was Shellbie Simmons (15.99). The men’s ‘B’ looked odds on to win their game as they opened up leads of 1-0, 3-1, 4-2 and 6-3 but with defeats in the last three games had to content themselves with a 6-6 draw, Richard Platt (27.68) taking the match award. The ‘A’ team suffered their heaviest defeat of the campaign so far, a massive 10-2 reversal that sees them drop from fourth to seventh in the overall table. Supplying the two wins for the ‘A’ team were opener Paul Wells and man of the match Scott Baker who had a magnificent average of 32.32 with winning legs of 18,15,18 and 11 darts in his 4-0 win over John Walton. Full Results:Premier Division:West Midlands v Yorkshire (10-26): (West Midlands names first):Men’s ‘A’:- Paul Wells 4 Craig Gwynne 0, Mark Craddock 1 Darren Johnson 4, Glen McGrandle 3 Justin Hobson 4, Michael Baker 1 Mark McGeeney 4, Jonathan Platt 2 Peter Jacques 4, Gavin Baker 2 James Wilson 4, Scott Baker 4 Jon Walton 0, Ash Khayatt 0 Garry Thompson 4, Keith Allman 3 Brian Hallas 4, Nick Fullwell 2 David Copley 4, Daniel Nicholls 3 Tony Hull 4, Liam Kelly 3 Keith Flint 4, Men’s ‘B’:- Avtar Singh 4 Paul Moore 3, Adam Edgar 3 Ashley Taylor 4, Matthew Tedstone 4 Derek Lumley 2, Richard Platt 4 Steve Stacey 3, Alfie Jacques 2 Ady Newsholme 4, Jordan Singh 4 Wayne Mills 0, Neil Pointon 2 Michael Ridge 4, Paul Wells 4 Jim Gordon 3, Paul Price 4 Graham Harrison 2, Mark Watkiss-Allen 0 Brian Hallas 4, Shaun Carroll 3 Graham Elvidge 4, Gareth Watts 1 Justin Hobson 4, Women’s ‘A’:- Gemma Barrett 0 Beau Greaves 3, Debbie Loon 0 Giffy Khaosoi 3, Lisa Badger 3 Louise Stockings 1, Sarah Roberts 1 Rachel Brooks 3, Heather Wright 1 Ann Chilton 3, Shannon Hall 2 Paula Burgess 3, Women’s ‘B’:- Lizzy Arnold 1 Linda Moorhouse 3, Shellbie Simmons 3 Sally-Anne Whiting 0, Jacqueline Maiden 2 Sara Mortimer 3, Kath Jenkins 0 Louise Stockings 3, Sophie Singh 0 Rachel Bolt-Sheard 3, Grace Angell 2 Sharon Whitfield 3.
In the semi finals of the Four Oaks and District League’s Brian Goodman Cup division one leaders Royal Sutton Flights and second in the table The Boat met for the third time this season. Royal Sutton Flights took the first game but it was The Boat who won the next three games and go on to win 6-3. Old Oscott WMC led 2-0 against Golden Hind, however Hind rallied to take the next four games and despite Old Oscott WMC taking the game to a decider it was Golden Hind who ran out the 5-4 winners. In the last four play off of the Ken Rust Cup Drakes Drum opened up a 3-1 lead over Boldmere Tap, Boldmere took the next three games to lead 4-3 and although Drakes Drum managed to win the eighth it was Boldmere Tap who got the 5-4 verdict, they will now play Plough and Arrows in the final who despite trailing twice to Bishop Vesey fought back to seal a 5-4 win. Full Results:Brian Goodman Cup:Semi Finals:- Royal Sutton Flights 3 (M.Ashton 100b,120b, A.Kimberley 100b,100, S.Paling 120b,125,100, J.Liggins 152b,100, M.Wild 100,101, B.Linnecor 140, R.Hawker 136) The Boat 6 (K.Deeley 100, K.Reynolds 2x100, N.Clarke 135,100,140, M.Partridge 138,100, W.Mynard 100b,120, S.Harvey 100, M.Archer 110b,101,128f), Old Oscott WMC 4 (J.Morris jnr 115b, R.Bennett 177, N.Hawkley 2x100, J.Higgins 137, J.Tolley 102b, T.Morris 100, A.Cole 140) Golden Hind 5 (K.Lumby 112b, M.Deathridge 100, S.Pritchett 117b,100, S.Shorthouse 108b, W.Naylor 112b, G.Kimberley 100, T.O’Kereke 120b,123), Ken Rust Cup:Semi Finals:- Drakes Drum 4 (C.Turnbull 120b,125, A.Day 100, J.Clarke 125,140,137, J.Mahon 100) Boldmere Tap 5 (A.Gough 100, N.Garbett 100b,123,101f, A.Nicholls 100, J.Hunter 2x100, C.Hagans 102b,100, D.Quirk 100), Bishop Vesey 4 (M.Norton 4x100, D.Sammons 100, N.Smallwood 100, C.Sammons 100,160f, S.Holmes 100, D.Walton 140) Plough and Arrows 5 (P.Robbins 140,100, G.Baxter 119b, P.Seadon 135, N.Robbins 140, A.Humphriss 100,116, I.Taylor 112b).
There was a shock for South Birmingham League division one leaders Erdington Members Club when in the league’s Roy Parry Cup they lost 5-4 against second in the league table Crown at Shard End. Joining Crown in the next round will be Banbury Arrows and The Raven who in turn won 6-3 and 7-2 against The Dog and Punchbowl. In the preliminary round of the Roy Parry Consolation Cup, The Gate were awarded a 9-0 win over Mackadown Social who failed to turn up. Just one rearranged league fixture played which saw Kingfisher win 6-3 against Chelmsley Conservative Club. Full Results:Roy Parry Cup:- The Dog 3 (M.Clayton 112b,128, S.O'Brien 100, K.Ayre 116) Banbury Arrows 6 (A.Cooksey 100, T.McDonough 121, J.Moss 100, W.Cooper 140, L.Reece 120b 105,100), The Raven 7 (J.Whitehouse 137, N.Warner 112b,100,152b, M.Bown 100, A.Whitehouse 140, D.Mortiboys 134) Punchbowl 2 (A.Aston 2x100, C.Evans 100, N.Jackson 140, T.Warrillow 121,120b), Crown at Shard End 5 (S.Edwards 2x100,116b, J.Webster 100,107f,116b, A.Edwards 125, T.Evans 100,108b) Erdington Members Club 4 (M.McFall 134,150f, J.Frost 100, J.Liggins 100, C.Millward 100,101,120b, R.Liggins 129, M.Birch 100,105b), Roy Parry Consolation Cup:Preliminary Round:- Mackadown Social 0 The Gate 9 (walkover), Rearranged League Fixture:- Kingfisher 6 (L.Walker 125, D.Green 2x100, S.Boden 3x100, R.Mills 121, K.Shergold 116) Chelmsley Conservative Club 3 (A.Anson 100,120b, L.Vann 100, J.Shingler 100), Rearranged Mini League Fixture:- Crown Jewels 7 legs (B.Anderton 100, D.Miller 100) C's Flights 20 legs (A.Harvey 140,100, K.Geary 100, S.Whatmore 140,152b, P.Shipley 100,140, S.Kingdon 100,112b, J.Carter 100).
Journeys End Flights, leaders of the Forest of Arden Winter League suffered their first defeat in fifteen games when they went down 5-4 away to Greville Arrows who are fourth in the table and some ten points short of their opponents. Despite the defeat Journeys End Flights hang on to pole position with 28 points but have had their lead reduced to just two points as their local rivals Journeys End, who are second in the league, won 9-0 against Highwood Arms.. Full Results:Week 16:- Journeys End 9 (S.Whatmore 4x100, J.Webster 140,130,101,100, P.Kingdon 3x100, D.Wilson 2x100,105, L.Barberan 4x100,140, J.Jennings 4x100,125,135, R.Lawrence 2x100) Highwood Arms 0 (D.Hudson 100,132, K.Hull 125,100, B.Anderton 2x140), Greville Arrows 5 (D.Williams 100,140, C.Okey 3x100,125, D.Ryecroft 134,125,4x100, R.Jelley 140,121,100, K.Duggan 2x100,121,111) Journeys End Flights 4 (J.Sidwell 4x140,134,100, S.Edwards 2x100,3x140,121, Jack Sidwell 125,120, T.Steele 3x100,2x120, P.Yardley 2x100,125,121,121f,2x180).
The Winmau Centre Monday Night League have begun their new season and the early leaders are last season’s runners up The Untouchables who kicked off the new campaign with a resounding 45-3 win over Three Men And A Lady. Reigning champions Misfits opened up with a 34-14 success against Keep It In The Family to take second place in the table with 34 points eleven short of the leaders. Full Results:Week 1:- Make Mine A Double 26 Unleashed Warrior 22, Full Monty 28 Gemma 20, Misfits 34 Keep It In The Family 14, The Untouchables 45 Three Men and A Lady 3, Kristian had a bye.
With the majority of players having one more fixture to play to the halfway point of the Erdington Red Lion Double Top League Will Naylor with 3-0 and 2-1 wins over respective opponents Jim Frost and John Frost then suffered his first loss in 25 games, a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Lewis Bayliss, nevertheless with 64 points, eight more than second placed Dean Bayliss he holds on to the top spot. Dean Bayliss had 3-0 wins over Richard O’Grady and Alex Downes to keep him five points to the good on third in the table Lewis Bayliss. Full Results:Week 13:- Jim Frost 0 Will Naylor 3, Matthew Cain 2 Richard O’Grady 1, Micky Wilde 2 Alex Downes 1, Will Naylor 2 John Frost 1, Lewis Bayliss 2 Steve Cain 1, Ryan Barritt 2 Lee Austin 1, Clive Austin 0 Jim Frost 3, Richard O’Grady 0 Dean Bayliss 3, Will Naylor 1 Lewis Bayliss 2, John Frost 2 Alex Downes 1, Lee Austin 1 Micky Wilde 2, Steve Cain 1 Will Naylor 2, Ryan Barritt 2 Clive Austin 1, Alex Downes 0 Dean Bayliss 3.
Dave Heighway continues to hold on to pole position in the Shirley Premier League after registering 4-0 and 3-1 wins against Craig Johnson and Nick Walker respectively. Moving up into second place is Chris Thomas who after a 2-2 draw with Tom Bent beat Chris Devlin 3-1 and followed that with a 4-0 win over Tony Daly including a super seven darts leg to put him on 21 points from eight games, one point short of Heighway but he has played one game more than him. Dropping one place to third is Ken Hopton whose night began well with a 3-1 win over Mark Cater but ended with a 2-2 draw with Trevor Carter. Also dropping one place is Mark Gwalchmai who had a 152 break and a 9 darts leg in his 3-1 win over Steve Sidwell and then finished all square at 2-2 with Mark Henderson. With two players recording the highest break of 160 once again the £5 prize was added on to the £5 for the highest finish which went to Mark Cater who checked out on 114 in his 3-1 defeat by Mick Bown. Full Results:Week 3:- Paul Higgins 2 Steve Sidwell 2, Andy Hoy 2 Dave Fisher 2, Nick Walker 2 Mick Bown (120b) 2, Ken Hopton 3 Mark Cater 1, Chris Thomas snr 1 Steve Harper 3, Karl Wilson 2 Trevor Carter 2, Chris Thomas (101b) 2 Tom Bent 2, Dave Heighway (11 darts game) 4 Craig Johnson 0, Mark Henderson 2 Chris Devlin (11 darts game) 2, Tony Daly 1 Sean Talbot 3, Jack Nason 1 Andy Thomas 3, Steve Heeks 3 Andy Hoy 1, Jordan Ottley 2 Paul Higgins 2, Steve Sidwell 1 Mark Gwalchmai (152b,9 darts game) 3, Dave Fisher 3 Brian Lawton 1, Dave Heighway (100b) 3 Nick Walker 1, Trevor Carter 2 Ken Hopton 2, Tom Bent 2 Chris Thomas snr (120b) 2, Andy Hoy 0 Mick Bown (2x10 darts games,100b) 4, Mark Cater 1 Steve Sidwell (114b) 3, Paul Higgins 3 Karl Wilson 1, Chris Devlin (112b,9 darts game) 1 Chris Thomas (120b) 3, Brian Lawton 2 Steve Heeks 2, Mark Henderson 2 Mark Gwalchmai 2, Jack Nason 0 Craig Johnson 4, Andy Thomas 3 Tony Daly 1, Sean Talbot 4 Jordan Ottley 0, Steve Harper (122b) 3 Dave Fisher 1, Mark Cater (114f) 1 Mick Bown 3, Steve Sidwell 1 Trevor Carter (160b,10 darts game) 3, Brian Lawton 1 Paul Higgins (160b) 3, Chris Thomas (120b,7 darts game) 4 Tony Daly 0, Chris Devlin 2 Steve Harper 2.
With just one more week’s fixtures to the midway point of the Shirley and District Monday Night League leaders Highwood with a 7-2 win over Legionaires take their points tally to 26 and hold on to their two point’s advantage over both Dunky’s Boys and Red Lion. Dunky’s won their home tie with next to bottom of the table Plume of Feathers 7-2 while Red Lion handed out a 9-0 whitewash to their visitors Shilrey Spartac who are bottom of the table. Despite their defeat Legionaires had one highlight, that of the two maximums recorded by their Trevor Carter. Other players to find the three treble twenties were Lee Dalton (Blue Bell), Sean Talbot (Saracens Misfits), Luke Coles (Saracens Jesters) and Kevin Timms (Shirley Golf Club). Full Results:Week 14:- Blue Bell (Lee Dalton 180) 5 Sharmans Cross (Richard Pettit 112b) 4, Highwood 7 Legionaires (Trevor Carter 2x180) 2, Dunky’s Boys 7 Plume of Feathers 2, Red Lion 9 Shirley Spartac 0, Saracens Misfits (Mark Henderson 100b, Sean Talbot 180) 4 Drawbridge Bears (Chris Thomas 106f) 5, The Lodge (Michael Tilley 15 darts game) 5 Saracens Jesters (Luke Coles 180) 4, Solihull Sports Club 6 Shirley Golf Club (180 Kevin Timms) 3, Legion Royals 2 Cider House 7.
East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association march on in the Small Heath League taking their unbeaten run to ten games with a 5-4 win over third in the table Sheldon Marlborough Flights. Second in the table Heartlands Club, who are six points off the top with a game in hand had a 5-4 win at Sheldon Marlborough Arrows to stay two points ahead of Marlborough Flights. Full Results:Week 11:- East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association 5 (L.Robinson 140, C.Wyatt 100, N.Davis 100, P.Webster 2x100, M.Cooper 120,100, T.Webster 140,100,101f,120b,105,101,9 darts game) Sheldon Marlborough Flights 4 (P.Evans 100, J.Evans 130, P.Seadon 101b,2x100,140, A.Wale 115, P.Sunner 129, D.Brown 125), Sheldon Marlborough Arrows 4 (B.Farmer 100, K.Salsbury 115b, M.Cox 100, D.Howlett 2x100, M.O’Sullivan 160b) Heartlands Club 5 (Jim Frost 105b, L.Bayliss 119, G.McCormack 100, John Frost 120b,2x100, S.McCormack 102,120b, A.Downes 120), Emerald Club 4 (J.Fisher 125, A.Fisher 121,125, M.Fisher 100, C.Rigby 101b, D.Willis 100) Cob’s Bar 5 (D.Mahon 118, M.Turner 101f,100, A.Lattimer 100, R.Pikey 101b,122,121).
After completing eleven games Journeys End Lions are undefeated in the Camp Hill League their latest success being a 5-2 win at Devil’s Club. Journeys have a six point’s advantage over second and third placed Holy Souls and Crown Jewels who in turn won 6-1 and 4-3 against respective opponents Wagon and Horses and Cotterills Lane Club. Full Results:Week 11:- Station Wagon 3 Emerald Club 4, Devil’s Club 2 Journeys End Lions 5, Holy Souls 6 Wagon and Horses 1, Cotterills Lane Club 3 Crown Jewels 4, Tyseley WMC had a bye.
Avenue Social had a special guest appearance in week eleven of the Kings Norton League when PDC player Corey Cadby turned out for them against the Dingle. The result was an emphatic 7-0 win for league leaders Avenue to keep them two points ahead of their nearest rivals West Heath who had a 6-3 home win over Cotteridge. Third placed Bournbrook lost ground and are now two points adrift of West Heath after they somewhat surprisingly lost 4-3 away to Weoley Hill. [caption id="attachment_30151" align="aligncenter" width="355"]Corey Cadby, Martin Ferriday, PDC, Alan Towe, Red Dragon Darts Corey Cadby (PDC Player) and Martin Ferriday (Dingle Captain)[/caption]   Full Results:Week 11:- West Heath 6 (T.Corbett 100,118f, W.Webb 100, A.Sutton 100,100b, P.Hughes 109,160b) Cotteridge 1 (P.Taylor 100,101, B.Faulkner 100,121, J.O'Neill 120b, C.Harman 135, S.Hale 100,132), Dingle 0 Avenue Social 7 (E.Simpson 102b,104f,123,9 darts game, G.Dews 100, V.Gould 119f, A.Hykin 100f, T.Hamilton 140,180, R.Mann 100b, S.Pasetti 121), Man on the Moon 3 (J.Steward 101, N.Harris 100) Grant Arms 4 (P.Norris 104, P.Smith 100, J.Davies 2x100, S.Seery 100, Donna Campbell 100), Weoley Hill 4 (M.Lloyd 100, P.Draper 104,120, N.Proctor 102,140, C.Steventon 100, J.Draper 145) Bournbrook 3 (T.Jeffs 100,120b), Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s 3 (T.Shaw 100, M.Bloomer 156b, P.Corbett 100,140) Thurlestone 4 (D.Parish 117,121,125, J.Garghan 2x100,101f, J.Downer 127).
With the majority of teams having three more games to play in the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League the battle for the title continues between local rivals Ten Arches ‘A’ and Ten Arches ‘B’ as both teams are locked together on 72 points. The latest round of fixtures saw Ten Arches ‘B’, who head the table on average win 8-1 at Britannia while the ‘A’ side went one better with a 9-0 success at home against Old Cat (Wordsley). With only six more points on offer the two Ten Arches teams will finish as winners and runners up as they are eight points to the good on third in the table Gate ‘B’ but it is anyone’s guess as to what order that will be although the ‘B’ team must be odds on favourites as they have a massive average lead. Full Results:Match 41:- Bird (Stourbridge) 4 Gate ‘A’ 5, Gate ‘B’ 5 Stourbridge RBL 4, Britannia 1 Ten Arches ‘B’ 8, Quarry Bank Conservative Club 6 The Swan 3, Birckmakers Arms 9 Hare and Hounds ‘A’ 0, Crestwood 4 Kingswinford Conservative Club 5, Hare and Hounds ‘B’ 3 The Bridge (Kingswinford) 6, Queens 6 Fox Inn (Lye) 3, Ten Arches ‘A’ 9 Old Cat (Wordsley) 0, Kingswinford Snooker Club 4 Bird (Wordsley) 5, Church Tavern 5 Garibaldi 4.
The Brierley Hill Monday Night League got their new season underway and three teams Bulls Head (Netherton), Mount Pleasant and The Swan are the early pacesetters as in turn they handed out 8-1 defeats to King William, Portway and Limes Club. Not far behind the top trio come Blue Brick, Delph Bell, Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club, Dudley Sports ‘A’ and Pensnett Liberal Club who all won 7-2. Full Results:Week 1:- Dudley Sports ‘A’ 7 Dudley Sports ‘B’ 2, Brickmakers Arms 3 Roebuck 6, Portway 1 Mount Pleasant 8, Pensnett Liberal Club 7 Lamp Tavern 2, Bull and Bladder 2 Delph Bell 7, Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ 7 Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘B’ 2, Fox and Grapes 2 Blue Brick 7, The Swan 8 Limes Club 1, King William 1 Bulls Head (Netherton) 8.
The Brierley Hill Friday Night League played the second leg of the first round of their League Cup and winning through to the next round were Brickmakers Arms ‘B’, Brickmakers Arms ‘A’, Netherton Cricket Club ‘A’ and Netherton Cricket Club ‘B’. Full Results:League Cup:First Round Second Leg:First Leg Results in Brackets):- Brickmakers Arms ‘B’ 4 (4) Miners (Wollescote) 3 (3), Fox Inn ‘B’ (Lye) 1 (3) Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ 6 (4), Pensnett Welfare Club ‘A’ 3 (1) Netherton Cricket Club ‘A’ 4 (6), Netherton Cricket Club ‘B’ 7 (4) Pensnettt Welfare Club ‘B’ 0 (3).
In the Pip Club League’s division one Challenge Cup semi finals there were wins for the Main Division’s top two teams The Office and Queens Head who in turn took out Sports Bar ‘180 and Birchmoor Club. In the last four play off in division two Old Liberal House beat Progressive Club and despite a 180 from Dolphin’s Rich Gale his team lost out to Red Lion. Full Results:Week 12:- Queens Head 7 (Mick Hunter 180, Sam Whittaker 180, Mark Tomlinson jnr 115f) Red Lion 2, Birchmoor Club 7 Progressive Club 2, Belgrave Club 3 (Sarah Ingram 2x100) Dolphin Wanderers 6 (Leigton Massey 2x100), Pip Club 0 The Office 9, Sports Bar ‘180’ 6 Wigginton Arms 3 (Rosie O’Connor 2x121), Kettlebrook Club 3 Dolphin 6, Globe (Wilnecote) 9 Mercian 0, Old Liberal House had a bye, Challenge Cup:Semi Finals:Division One:- Birchmoor Club lost to Queens Head, The Office (Wayne Hewins 156f) beat Sports Bar ‘180’, Division Two:- Old Liberal House beat Progressive Club, Red Lion beat Dolphin (Rich Gale 180).
Dewdrop ‘A’ have been ousted from their number one spot in the Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League after going down 4-3 at Horseley Tavern. Replacing Dewdrop in pole position is Island Inn who had a convincing 6-1 home win over Wonder to put them ahead of three teams who share second place Ivy Bush Tipton Sports and Waggon and Horses who all have the same nine points as Island Inn but trail by just two legs of average. Full Results:Week 2:- Ivy Bush 4 Merry-Go-Round ‘A’ 3, Merry-Go-Round ‘B’ 3 Tipton Sports 4, Horseley Tavern 4 Dewdrop ‘A’ 3, The Vine 3 Waggon and Horses 4, Hayes Social 3 New Talbot 4, Dewdrop ‘B’ 4 Rising Sun 3, Island Inn 6 Wonder 1.
There were 7-2 wins for three teams Cradley Liberal Club, George and Whiteheath Tavern in the opening fixtures of the Rowley Monday Night League beating respective opponents Cottage, Roost and Loyal Lodge to share the top spot. The leading trio are closely followed by Ex Serviceman’s ‘A’ and Hare and Hounds who had 6-3 wins over Bell and Windmills End. Full Results:Week 1:- Loyal Lodge 2 Whiteheath Tavern 7, George 7 (S.Gilliam 180) Roost 2, Ex Serviceman’s ‘A’ 6 (Mark Jones 160b) Bell 3, Tividale FC 4 Ivy Bush 5, Three Diamonds 4 Ex Serviceman’s ‘B’ 5, Windmills End 3 Hare and Hounds 6, Bulls Head 4 Lodgers 5, Cradley Liberal Club 7 (A.Croft 10 darts game) Cottage 2.
Week one of the Netherton Thursday Night League’s new season produced a bit of a surprise, not so much the result more so the margin of 8-1 by which White Horse beat Bulls Head. Reigning champions Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club went 4-0 down at home against the Bell but fought back to seal a very close 5-4 win. Full Results:Week 1:- Riddins Tavern 7 Townsend Club 2, White Horse 8 Bulls Head 1, The Crown 4 Fairfield 5, Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 5 The Bell 4.
Woodside, reigning champions of the Silver End Sunday Morning League are enjoying a good start to the new season having played three and won three the latest of which was against Kings Head who they handed an 8-0 whitewash to keep them just ahead on average of second in the table Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club who won their home game against New Talbot 7-1. Netherton Cricket Club make up the top three and like the two teams above them have won all three, the most recent seeing them win 6-2 at Three Crowns. Full Results:Week 3:- Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 7 New Talbot 1, Woodside 8 Kings Head 0, Portway 7 Glasscutters 1, Bell 3 Railway 5, Three Crowns 2 Netherton Cricket Club 6, Dudley Sports 2 Old Star 6, Pensnett Welfare Club 4 Brickmakers Arms ‘B’ 4, Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ had a bye.
After completing the opening thirteen games in the Sedgley and Gornal Tuesday Night League only two points separate the top four teams. Leaders Old Bulls Head won 7-2 in a vital away game against third in the table Ashwood to put them on 22 points the same number that Parkes Hall have after their 9-0 away win over White Lion. Ashwood are now two points behind on 20 as are fourth placed Coseley Tavern who won their home tie with Gornal Labour Club 6-3. Full Results:Week 13:- Gornal British Legion 5 Netherton Cricket Club 4, Coseley Tavern 6 Gornal Labour Club 3, Fellows Club 2 Five Ways 7, Red Cow 2 Pensnett Liberal Club 7, White Lion 0 Parkes Hall 9, Britannia 6 Jolly Crispin 3, Club Dudley 3 Hilly House 6, Ashwood 2 Old Bulls Head 7.
The biggest win in the opening fixtures of the Cradley Tuesday Night League was 7-2 provided by Hawne Lane Tavern at the expense of Chop House, hot on the heels of the early leaders are Brickmakers Arms, Gate Hangs Well and Riddins Tavern who all in turn won 6-1 against Wheatsheaf, Netherton Cricket Club ‘B’ and Netherton Cricket Club ‘A’. Full Results:Week 1:- Hawne Lane Tavern 7 (D.Gregory 180) Chop House 2 (M.Tonks 180, A.Galib 118b), Brickmakers Arms 6 Wheatsheaf 3, Gate 6 Netherton Cricket Club ‘B’ 3, Riddins Tavern 6 Netherton Cricket Club ‘A’ 3, Roost 5 Bulls Head 4, White Horse had bye
Such is the popularity of the Yeltz Bar Tuesday Night Singles League that from a starting line up of 16 players last season the numbers for the new season have trebled to an amazing 48 players in three divisions. Early leaders in those divisions are division one Simon Mountford and Iain Mathers, division two Neil Smith, James Hykin and Lee Eaves and in division three Loz Slater and Trevor Collier. Full Results:Division One:- Rhys Langford 1 Matt Moore (180) 2, Dave Redding (180) 2 Jack Hill 3, John Simpson 3 Jason Tromans 2, Jordan Ward 4 Steve Carey 1, Neil Smith 5 Chris Eaves 0, Keith Hampton 4 Tony Duncan 1, Richard Swinden 4 Dan Singleton 1, John Griffiths 2 Ant Williams 3, Doug Richmond 1 Ian Mills 4, Richard Barrett 4 Stuart Stanton 1, Chris Hall 1 Richard Hill 4, Dwayne Hart 2 Mark Bayliss 3, Richard Reed (110f, 14 darts game) 2 Neil Steventon (180) 3, Pete Harrold 0 Trevor Collier 5, Adam Hill 0 James Hykin (14 darts game) 5, Simon Mountford (180) 5 Richard Duncan 0, Phil Harrold (180) 4 Jordan Shakespeare 1, Iain Mather 5 Will Watson 0, Loz Slater (180) 5 Alex Adams 0, Rob Gregory 0 Lee Eaves (101f) 5.
The Wolverhampton Tuesday Night League will be holding their AGM with a view to reforming their league on Tuesday 6th February at the Emerald Club, Cross Street North, Wolverhampton at 8.00pm. All teams old and new are cordially invited but should note that anyone interested in entering a team for the forthcoming season should attend the meeting and take along a list of player’s names plus £50 towards their leagues fees.
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