Alan Towe - A West Midlands Round up
In the UKDA National League’s Premier Division Warwickshire continued their fine start to the new season as they followed up their 20-16 opening away win over the mighty Yorkshire with a convincing 25-11 home victory over Essex. The win has seen the local county move up four places in the divisional table to second, just two points behind leaders Lancashire.
Saturday got the county off to a fantastic start with the ladies ‘B’ handing out a 6-0 whitewash to their counterparts with wins from Chloe McKivett, Marian Conway, Denise Keyte, Melanie Jones, Caroline Pike and Wendy Adams with opener Chloe McKivett taking the match award with her 3-2 win over Leanne Peetoom and her 20.61 average.
The men’s ‘B’ chalked up a 9-3 win with Jamie Hughes their top player, his 4-1 success over Scott Lawrie giving him a 27.09 average.
Sunday’s ladies ‘A’ won 4-2 Tammy Montgomery’s straight 3-0 win over Stacey Ellis earning her the match award for her super 22.43 average.
Jamie Hughes made it a double for the weekend when in the men’s ‘A’ team’s 6-6 draw he once again was man of the match, this time beating Steve Haggerty 4-1 with a tremendous 31.86 average.
Full Results:Warwickshire 25 Essex 11:Men’s ‘A’:- Tom Martin 4 Joe Russell 3, Ian Shaw 2 Phil Halls 4, Kevin Dowling 3 Darren Peetoom 4, Ian McFarlane 2 Richie Howson 4, Jamie Atkins 4 Michael Hancocks 1, Jamie Hughes 4 Steve Haggerty 1, Mark Strong 0 Andrew Kateley 4, Noel Grant 4 Brad Halls 3, Prakash Jiwa 4 Alan Collins 1, Steve Giddings 2 Jamie Peetoom 4, Nigel Heydon 2 Paul Marsh 4, Steve Hine 4 Bryan Margerison 3, Men’s ‘B’:- Matty Washbrooke 4 Matt Garrett 2, Steve Giddings 4 Simon Monk 2, Martin Tonks 4 Michael Pinnington 2, Wayne Mynard 3 Danny McIntyre 4, Dave Honey 4 Adam Howard 3, Darren Swords 4 John Costigan 3, Mark Carter 3 Darren Richardson 4, Jack Wareing 4 Wayne Gleed 0, Carl Green 4 Lennie Holmes 1, Dave Hill 4 Tony Osborne 1, Gareth Braham 3 Bryan Margerison 4, Jamie Hughes 4 Scott Lawrie 1, Women’s ‘A’:- Sue Gulliver 3 Lynn Kelly 0, Tammy Montgomery 3 Stacey Ellis 0, Natalie Gilbert 3 Pauline Donat 0, Donna Pinch 3 Dawn Kennedy 1, Nina Bolt 0 Donna Gleed 3, Angela Jones 0 Karen Breen 3, Women’s ‘B’:- Chloe McKivett 3 Leanne Peetoom 2, Marian Conway 3 Kerry Rudd 1, Denise Keyte 3 Tracey Newman 1, Melanie Jones 3 Sharon Wakeling 2, Caroline Pike 3 Ann Farmer 1, Wendy Adams 3 Wendy Collins 2.
In League Three of the National League newcomers to county darts Black Country added a 20-16 away win over Shropshire to their previous 22-14 victory over Gloucestershire to keep them in pole position with 48 points, however they are only top on average as Northumberland’s 21-15 win over Salopian puts them also on 48 points.
Heather Wright (20.71) was the top lady in the ‘B’ team’s 3-3 draw with Martin Price taking the men’s ‘B’ award with his 26.48 average in his team’s 7-5 victory.
On Sunday the ladies chalked up a 4-2 win, with an 18-18 average Tammy Chance lifted the match award.
The men’s ‘A’ finished all square at 6-6, a 4-0 win for Paul Wells (28.23) against Brian Hickman making him man of the match.
Full Results:Shropshire 16 Black Country 20:Men’s ‘A’:- Ben Johnson 4 Rob Smith 2, Reece Cook-Lucas 0 Martin Price 4, Brian Hickman 0 Paul Wells 4, Chris Fox 4 Shane Price 3, Sam Aitkens 0 Ben Hollowood 4, Chris Williams 2 Trevor Brennan 4, Connor Pickett 4 Mat Tedstone 2, Andy Jervis 4 Gaz Johnston 1, Andi Chatter 1 Steve Jones 4, Martin East 4 Dan Nicholls 3, Richard Parker 4 Jamie Barrowman 2, Justin Evans 2 Owen Maiden 4, Men’s ‘B’:- Dave Bayton 1 James Hykin 3, Mark Bayliss 0 Adam Edgar 3, Martin Riggs 3 Liam Kelly 2, Rob Pierce 0 Mark Rollinson 3, John Simms 0 Lewis Law 3, Paul Bromley 3 Tom Bissell 2, Andy Vellender 2 Martin Price 3, Dave Robbins 3 Rich Bowen 2, Nathan Storar 3 Lewis Shaw 1, Phil Clarke 2 Matt Coleman 3, John Speed 0 Chris Hickman 3, Rob Thompson 3 Shane Sheridan 2, Women’s ‘A’:- Marie Riggs 3 Doreen Hunt 2, Lynsie Evans 0 Grace Angell 3, Becky Harris 2 Steph Konya 3, Clare Cunnington-Butler 1 Tammy Chance 3, Jenna Ball 3 Lynne Reynolds 0, Kirsty Jenks 1 Chez Allcock 3, Women’s ‘B’:- Sophie Fawcett 1 Angie Carroll 3, Deana Sheldon 3 Sophie Pinches 1, Jayne Downey 3 Sarah Tromans 0, Kimberley Hewitt 0 Shannon Hall 3, Michele Pritchard 3 Stella Sims 1, Kelly Haverson 1 Heather Wright 3.
Following their huge 27-9 defeat away to Gwent in the Championship Division of the National League West Midlands moved up two places off the foot of the table with their latest 21-15 home win over Humberside.
Saturday’s games saw wins for both the ladies and the men with the former winning 4-2 and the latter 7-5, respective match awards going to Kelly Doleman (17.17) and Luke Griffiths (27.16).
The ladies ‘A’ finished all square at three each with their top lady Jacqueline Maiden (16.85) while the men’s ‘A’ matched their ‘B’ team’s result with a 7-5 win, Michael Baker man of the match with his 28.80 average.
Full Results:West Midlands 21 Humberside 15:Men’s ‘A’:- Wayne Willis 4 Gavin Lewis 3, Ian Jones 3 Scott Jackson, Martin Angell 0 Mike Atkinson 4, Scott Hall 4 Barry Webster 2, Michael Baker 4 Karl Corcoran 1, Gavin Baker 4 Lee Budgen 3, Kevin Bambrick 0 Shaun Rutter 4, Glen Mcgrandle 4 Daryn Gray 2, Ash Khayat 1 Ched Carlill 4, Adam Teasdale 2 Craig Owens 4, John Morris 4 Micky York 2, Shaun Carroll 4 Joshua Lowthorpe 2, Men’s ‘B’:- Darren Williams 4 Richard Allen 0, Ian Stanton 0 Barry Webster 4, Adam Johnson 4 Robbie Smith 0, Neil Pointon 3 Steve Tranmer 4, Jon Platt 4 Lewis McGuigan 0, Richard Platt 4 Andy Wheeler 1, Mike Hampson 4 Harry Wilson 2, Daniel Coyle 0 Ricky Speroni 4, Paul Price 1 Carl Robinson 4, John Brindley 3 Callum Wildridge 4, Luke Griffiths 4 Trevor Holtby 2, Mark Craddock 4 Sam Hewson 1, Women’s ‘A’:- Kat Mclean 2 Mel Robinson 3, Katherine Jenkins 2 Wendy Dearing 3, Gemma Barrett 3 Cheryl McLoughlin 0, Shellbie Simmons 3 Kim Fuller 2, Claire Hobbs 0 Michelle Britton 3, Jacqueline Maiden 3 Dawn Williams 1, Women;s ‘B’:- Kelly Doleman 3 Beckie Huntley 1, Debbie Davies 3 Bex Waterfall 2, Sarah Maybury 3 Jane Nicholson 2, Crysta Wilcox 0 Jessica Shakesby 3, Jacqueline Simmons 0 Dawn Williams 3, Shellbie Simmons 3 Sam Lewis 0.
The Kings Norton league are another league to get their season underway following the enforced COVID break and after the first couple of weeks five of the twelve teams remain unbeaten. Copper Fox, Thurlestone and Rubery Legion have all played the scheduled two games with Copper Fox leading the field on average.
After the leading trio, and making up the quintet of undefeated teams comes Toby Jug and E57 who have both only played and won one fixture.
Leaders Copper Fox had a 6-1 home win over Bournebrook while Thurlestone and Rubery Legion in turn won 4-3 against Northfield and Cock Inn.
Full Results:Match 2:- Rubery Social Club 1 (B.Crumpton 140, G.Bailles 100,132, S.Hockell 100, N.Harris 121,104f) E57 6 (D.Logan 140, J.Calt 135,140, T.Roberts 2x100, A.Mutch 3x103, N.Porter 100,2x140, E.Bird 2x100, L.Pearce 121), Rubery Legion 4 (J.Higgins 100, J.O'Neill 5x100,1112x140, C.Guest 4x100,137, K.Manger 100,121, J.Grainger 3x100,120,140, J.Ford 134) Cock Inn 3 (P.Hughes 100,123, L.Fox 100,101, A.Harvey 125, A.Vaughan 2x100,140, J.Fox 2x100,125, K.Vaughan 100,127,140), Copper Fox 6 (E.Simpson 3x100,2x140, D.Marsh 2x100,102,140, C.Whitehouse 2x140, J.Hykin 140,158,180,13darts game, M.Collins 100,140, T.Hamilton 3x100,125, G.Dews 134,180, R.Mann 100) Bournebrook 1 (T.Cullen 100, L.Arnold 132,140,180, T.Jeffs 100,2x140, K.Mason 100, D.Collins 120,140, M.Bathurst 100, T.Bathurst 101), Thurlestone 4 (N.Watts 100,122,140, D.Garfield 3x100,121,140, R.Waldron 125,3x140, T.Garfield 3x100,2x140,14darts game, D.Peace 100, M.Deeley 100, B.Andrews 171) Northfield 3 (L.Allen 100, M.Lloyd 2x100,121,131,2x140, J.McGlone 2x140, G.Webb 101,105, P.Draper 119, J.Taylor 2x100), Kings Norton 2 (C.Davenport 100, T.Shaw 100, D.Whitecombe 121, S.Corbett 134, P.Corbett 120) Kings Heath 5 (D.Parish 100,121, P.Hunt 121,140, M.Marshall 100,140, J.Bridges 100, J.Desai 109, S.Morris 135).
Boldmere St Mikes and Old Oscott Arrows share pole position in division one of the Four Oaks and District League following their respective 7-2 and 8-1 wins over Erdington Arrows and Golden Hind. As a result Golden Hind drop from second to fifth and formerly third placed Erdington drop one place to fourth.
Third in the division Red Lion were 6-3 winners away to Golden Hind Lions and like the two teams above them have won both games so far.
Highcroft Social gained their 5-4 win in the final game of their match against Walmley CSC Flights to earn them their first win of the campaign, similarly Pint Pot Flights chalked up their first win and they also needed the final leg of the last game to clinch the points against Oscott Social Club.
Bishop Vesey, Heartlands and St Thomas Arrows remain undefeated in the second division with the first two team’s level on points and average at the top of the table. St Thomas Arrows trail the top two by just two legs of average. Bishop Vesey and Heartlands both had 8-1 wins over respective opponents Rosey Mac’s and Sutton Sharks while St Thomas Arrows were 6-3 winners against Erdington Flyers.
Golden Hind’s A.Kimberley recorded the weeks only maximum, while in his first match for Erdington Arrows C.Winters hit no fewer than seven tons, quite a debut!
Full Results:Match 2:Division One:- Old Oscott Arrows 8 (D.Parsons 112b,100,140. P.Locke 100b,123,121,100, D.Page 112b,110, A.Lea 125) Golden Hind 1 (A.Kimberley 180, J.Morris 100,118,140, W.Naylor 2x100, F.Naylor 2x100, B.Stephens 2x100,102,140, D.Pickering 120b,100, T.O’Kereke 100), Golden Hind Lions 3 (R.Hasluck 100, M.Pearce 130,120b,134,10 darts game, J.Mahon 140, A.Lilley 101,135f,2x100,15 darts game. J.Clarke 100,140, M.Deathridge 120b,2x140,15 darts game) Red Lion 6 (D.Vickers 100, T.Vickers 120, M.Corfield 120b, J.Collins 140, B.Lysaght 100, R.Lowe 101b,2x100, L.Vickers 108b, D.Lowe 100), Erdington Arrows 2 (K.Smith 108b,139, T.Colley 101b,100, C.Winters 112b,101,125,3x100,110b) Boldmere St Mikes 7 (C.Millward snr 160b,125,102, B.Linnecor 122,100, C.Millward jnr 2x100, M.Ashton 100b,3x100, J.Liggins 5x100,135,121, M.Wild 100,140), Pint Pot Flights 5 (J.Vickers 2x100,101,140, P.Wilkes 125,100, P.Smith 135,125,101,2x100, L.Lemathy 100, N.Robbins 2x100, N.Bruton 112b,100) Oscott Social Club 4 (G.Bushell 118,2x100, A.Whitehouse 118, I.Lloyd 100,129,121,140, D.Shannon 123), Highcroft Social 5 (L.Shorthouse 105, E.A.Birkett 100, D.Giblin 100, K.Shorthouse 3x140,100, S.Pritchett 160b, S.Shorthouse 2x100) Walmley CSC Flights 4 (W.Cadby 101b,100, A.Cooksey 100,125, S.Wilson 100b,121, R.Smith 116), Division Two:- Rosey Mac’s 1 (S.Wright 129,100, J.Cox snr 112b,137) Bishop Vesey 8 (N.Sammons 101b,2x100, A.Jones 100, T.Rubery 2x100, D.Quirk 140, D.Sammons 100, D.Walton 127f), Sutton Sharks 1 (Jack Boden 116,137. J.McKeever 140, C.Baldwin 100, L.Palmer 100) Heartlands 8 (A.Downes 100, G.McCormack 2x101b,100, Jim Frost 120b, I.Jones 120b,2x121, John Frost 140, J.Rogers 121,100, Matthew Cain 152b,125, S.Cain 125), St Thomas Arrows 6 (R.Nelson 5x100, P.Andrews 100, M.Andrews 134b, G.Stait 134,125,140) Erdington Flyers 3 (M.Yate 134, R.Liennard 125, H.Sadler 102b, L.Cooksey 5x100, D.Forster 108b,100,110f, A.Linehan 140,100), Plough and Arrows 5 (A.Humphriss 105,100, S.Alexander 112b,121, N.Gilbert 100b,121,138,120b,120,10 darts game. S.Johnson 100) Charley’s Flights 4 (J.Burdett 112b,4x100, R.Franks 120b,140,100, R.Barritt 100, R.Vann 101b, P.Nicholls 100), Bills Arrows 5 (G.Averill 100, D.Bond 120b,2x100,128,105, R.McLaughlin 160b,140,2x100) Deers Leap 4 (S.Kelly 100, T.Pedley 100, Ant Kimberley 140).
The Camp Hill and District League had the first round of their Singles Knockout on their fixture card which was played at the Meadway Social Club.
From a total of 65 entries 46 players turned out on the night and winning through to the quarter finals were Dan Lee Aston, Liam O’Donnell, Len Carter, Anthony Daly, Dave Heighway, James Hinkley, Paul Henderson and Mick Tilley.
The highest break of the night was 160 and went to Sheldon Marlborough’s Len Carter, Liam O’Donnell (Meadway Social) had the highest score of 180 and his team mate Steve Harper the least darts which was nine.
Copper Fox hold on to pole position and their undefeated run in the Harborne and District League with a 7-2 win at Smethwick Cricket Club, Smethwick dropping three places in the table to fifth, replacing them in the number two spot is Northfield Conservative Club who had a convincing 8-1 win at the Cock Inn to leave them two points behind Copper Fox with a game in hand.
Third in the table Bugle Horn, like Northfield Conservative Club have only played and won three games after this week having a bye.
Full Results:Game 4:- The Cock 1 Northfield Conservative Club 8, Smethwick Cricket Club 2 Copper Fox 7, Northfield Town 9 Avenue Social 0, Weoley Castle Pub 8 Weoley Castle WMC 1, Quinton RBL 5 The Monarch 4, Bugle Horn had a bye.
The top two teams in division one of the Shirley and District League, Tippetts Bar and Dunky’s Boys in turn both won 7-2 against Wharf and Cider House to leave Tippetts top by just a single leg of average.
Saracens Misfits and Lodge are both two points off the top, Lodge losing for the first time in three as they went down 6-3 at home to Misfits.
Vikings have been ousted from their number one spot in division two after losing their home game with Highwood 5-4 their victors replacing them at the top of the division with a superior average over Wythall Legion, HSCC, Vikings and Solihull Municipal, all five teams are on four points.
Full Results:Game 3:Division One:- Bears (D.Heighway 2x180, S.Talbot 180,116f) 7 Saracens Swords (P.Binks 180, L.Harris 112b) 2, Lodge (N.Parsonage 16 darts game) 3 Saracens Misfits 6, Tippets Bar 7 Wharf 2, Cider House 2 Dunky’s Boys (R.Mills 180) 7, Division Two:- Saracens Slingers (J.Ballad 102b) 4 Solihull Municipal (C.Clarke 112f) 5, Sharmans Cross 4 HSCC (C.Okey 111f) 5, Wythall Legion (D.Walker 102f) 6 Legion Royals (N.Comerford 105b) 3, Vikings 4 Highwood 5.
Waggon and Horses have taken over the number two position from Dewdrop in the Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League after they won 6-1 on Dewdrop’s board. Waggon go level on ten points with leaders The Vine whose 5-2 win over Hayes Social gives them a four points of average lead over Waggon and Horses.
At the other end of the table the two bottom teams squared up to each other with next to bottom Albion winning 5-2 away to bottom placed Tamebridge, After the first five games Tamebridge and Hayes Social are the only teams in the league with a point.
Full Results:Game 5:- The Vine 5 Hayes Social 2, Miners Arms 4 Horseley Tavern 3, Dewdrop 1 Waggon and Horses 6, Tamebridge 2 Albion 5.
There were important wins for Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club and Bulls Head in the Netherton Thursday Night League as leaders of the league Ex Serviceman’s won 6-3 away to Fairfield, who prior to the fixture were placed second but now drop to fifth while Bulls Head moved up from fifth to third with a close 5-4 result away to Old Hill Cricket Club who drop one place in the table to fourth.
Townsend Social were the week’s biggest risers as they went from sixth to second with a 7-2 win over bottom of the table Netherton Conservative Club. The top three teams are all on nine points with Old Hill Cricket Club, Fairfield and Spring Meadow all on six, Spring Meadow winning 5-4 at Netherton Sports and Social Club.
Full Results:Game 4:- Fairfield 3 Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 6, Old Hill Cricket Club 4 Bulls Head 5, Townsend Social Club 7 Netherton Conservative Club 2, Netherton Sports and Social 4 Spring Meadow Sports and Social Club 5.
In game five of the Sedgley and Gornal Tuesday Night League Gornal Labour Club lost their undefeated record and their number one spot when they lost 5-4 at home to fourth placed Seven Stars. The Labour Club now placed second have been replaced in pole by the league’s only unbeaten team Old Bulls Head who added their fifth win when they won 6-3 away to third in the league New Inn. Gornal Labour Club, New Inn and Seven Stars are all two points behind Old Bulls Head.
Full Results:Game 5:- Meadow Lark 5 Pensnett Liberal Club 4, Gornal Labour Club 4 Seven Stars 5, Griffin 6 Five Ways 3, Lamp Tavern 4 Chainyard 5, Jolly Crispin 5 Red Cow 4, New Inn 3 Old Bulls Head 6.
Alex Howells suffered a huge setback to his title hopes in the Gilbert’s Bar Monday Night League as he went down 7-1 to Steve Lynch who was ninth in the table but has now climbed to fourth after adding an additional 8-0 win over Shaun Hartopp to his tally giving him a total of 168 points from 22 games. Meanwhile Howells with 174 points from 24 games is in second place behind new leader Steve Jones whose 7-1 win against Sophie Fawcett gives him a total of 182 points from 22 games and with fixtures now beginning to run out is well on target to take the title.
Full Results:Week 25:Board 1:- Luke Wildman 5 Ant Dent 3, Shane Price 6 Jamie Aplin 2, Steve Jones 7 Sophie Fawcett 1, Simon Mountford 7 Jan Zeman 1, Board 2:- Jon Blakemore 7 Tom Hollowood 1, Lee Quarry 3 Kris Jones 5, Simon Pritchard 7 Joe Bartolo 1, Board 3:- Steve Lynch 8 Shaun Hartopp 0, Neil Wild 7 Lee Quarry 1, Jamie Aplin 4 Sophie Fawcett 4, Board 4:- Sarah Parker 1 Billy Robbins 7, Alex Howells 1 Steve Lynch 7, Jamie Webb 5 Arthur Lubkowski 3.