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Article: Alan Towe - A West Midlands Round up

Alan Towe - A West Midlands Round up

The Four Oaks and District League have been engaged in the preliminary round of their Brian Goodman Cup which saw two second division teams eliminate their first division opposition as Bishop Vesey defeated Pint Pot Flights 7-2 and Plough and Arrows beat Highcroft Social 6-3.

Second division leaders Heartlands narrowly lost to division one leaders Boldmere St Mikes 5-4, while Oscott Social Club (division one) needed the final two games to secure a 5-4 win against Bills Arrows from division two. Sutton Sharks recorded the highest score of the week, an 8-1 home win against Rosey Mac’s.

Other teams winning through to the next round were CSC Flights, Golden Hind, Golden Hind Lions, Red Lion, Erdington Arrows and Boldmere Tap.

W.Naylor (Golden Hind), T.Kelly (Deers Leap) and Matthew Cain (Heartlands) all recorded maximums.

Full Results:Brian Goodman Cup:Preliminary Round:- Bishop Vesey 7 (A.Jones 140, N.Smallwood 2x100, S.Abbott 101b,103b, D.Quirk 116b,3x100) Pint Pot Flights 2 (M.Pearson Bagnall 100, L.Lemathy 160b,100, P.Smith 100,140, W.Mynard 100,105, N.Robbins 100), Charley’s Flights 3 (J.Burdett 140, R.Franks 120b) Walmley CSC Flights 6 (A.Cooksey 135, W.Cadby 100b, R.Smith 100, J.Kavanagh 121, P.Moran 125,156, T.Evans 100), Erdington Flyers 2 (R.Lennard 100, A.Linehan 112b,100,127, L.Cooksey 129, M.Yate 100, D.Thompson 100) Golden Hind 7 (F.Naylor 100, W.Naylor 180,125f, J.Morris 2x100, B.Stephens 113,140,115,121), Golden Hind Lions 6 (D.Haynes 100) Deers Leap 3 (S.Kelly 120b, R.Batham 107b,100, T.Ross 105b, T.Kelly 116,100,180, C.Kimberley 102b), Heartlands 4 (C.Austin 100, G.McCormack 100b, Jim Frost 121, Matthew Cain 180, S.McCormack 133,100) Boldmere St Mikes 5 (M.Wild 117b,127,156f, C.Millward jnr 152b, M.McFall 100,121,102f, B.Linnecor 112b,2x100,137, M.Ashton 100,140), Oscott Social Club 5 (P.Graham 131, D.Haskins 101, D.Hodgkins 134) Bills Arrows 4 (P.Ellis 140, E.Groves 100b, M.Cooper 140, D.Bond 100b), Plough and Arrows 6 (N.Garbett 115, R.Davies 100, M.Willetts 114, A.Humphriss 100, D.Hughes 100, N.Gilbert 140) Highcroft Social 3 (D.Jarvis snr 2x100, D.Giblin 100, K.Shorthouse 160b, S.Pritchett 152b, G.Oldfield 121), Red Lion 6 (T.Vickers 2x100, R.Lowe 103b,140, B.Lysaght 100, J.Collins 134) Old Oscott Arrows 3 (P.Locke 100, E.Atkins 146b, L.Jones 121, M.Page 119, D.Page 100,140, D.Parsons 2x100), St Thomas Arrows 3 (P.Andrews 100b, K.Nelson 140, G.Stait 100,120, R.Nelson 100) Erdington Arrows 6 (M.Edwards 100, C.Hill 120b, K.Smith 140,100, S.Ahmed 135, J.Green 125,120, D.Rawlings 114b, T.Colley 105b), Sutton Sharks 8 (J.Boden 100, C.Baldwin 140, F.Davies 100, J.Boden 121) Rosey Mac’s 1 (J.Cox snr 100, A.Poole 100), Rosey’s Chaps 3 (R.McLaughlin 100, G.Averill 125, J.Averill 100) Boldmere Tap 6 (P.Bromley 100,134, A.Gough 100, A.Humphriss 101, S.Alexander 100, N.Garbett 123).

After the enforced COVID-19 break, the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League has been resurrected with a new format now playing the best of seven legs as opposed to previously paying the best of nine. In the opening fixtures three of the starting line-up of fifteen teams recorded a 6-1 win to share the number one spot, Britannia, Glasscutters ‘A’ and Quarry Bank Liberal Club in turn accounting for Fox Inn, Glasscutters ‘B’ and Church Tavern.

Hot on the heels of the leading trio are Seven Stars and Ten Arches who were 5-2 winners against their respective opponents Rose and Crown and Bird in Hand. Gate Hangs Well and Lion both won 4-3 at the expense of Woodman and Crestwood, Hare and Hounds had a bye.

Full Results:Week 1:- Rose and Crown 2 Seven Stars 5, Ten Arches 5 Bird in Hand 2, Woodman 3 Gate Hangs Well 4, Fox 1 Britannia 6, Lion 4 Crestwood 3, Quarry Bank Liberal Club 6 Church Tavern 1, Glasscutter ‘A’ 6 (B.Watts 152b) Glasscutter ‘B’ 1, Hare and Hounds had a bye.

Copper Fox consolidated their pole position in the Kings Norton League with a convincing 6-1 win away to Cock Inn, however they only head the table on average from Rubery Legion whose 5-2 win at Toby Jug saw them move up one place to second and like Copper Fox they made it three wins in as many games.

E57 move two places up the table to third following their 5-2 home win over Thurlestone, they have only played two games and won both, the top three teams the only unbeaten teams in the league. Thurlestone drop from second to fourth.

Kings Heath handed their visitors Grant Arms a 7-0 whitewash to put them level on four points with Thurlestone and two points off the top.

At the other end of the table Bournebrook hosted bottom placed Rubery Legion and recorded their first win in three, a 6-1 success to lift them away from the foot of the table.

Full Results:Match 3:- Cock Inn 1 (L.Caven 121, P.Hughes 100,140, L.Fox 100,140,180, John Fox 100, Joe Fox 100,135, K.Vaughan 113,140) Copper Fox 6 (E.Simpson 2x100,100f, D.Marsh 4x100,121,180, R.Hawkes 100,120,140, C.Whitehouse 3x100, D.McConomy 2x140, T.Hamilton 4x100, G.Dews 100,140,180), E57 5 (E.Bird 2x100,123, D.Logan 3x100,140, N.Porter 2x100,2x140, R.Morris 3x100,140, A.Mutch 2x100,164f) Thurlestone 2 (T.Garfield 125,140, J.Downer 140, D.Garfield 100, A.Deeley 120), Northfield 6 (L.Allen 120, M.Lloyd 3x100,140, J.McGlone 137,140, L.Preece 140, J.Taylor 133,140, L.Farrell 100) Kings Norton 1 (C.Davenport 2x100, P.Corbett 100, S.Brown 2x140, S.Carr 100), Kings Heath 7 (A.Homer 3x100, P.Hunt 2x100, J.Bridges 100,137, N.Pearse 2x100) Grant Arms 0 (Donna Campbell 121,123, M.Davies 111), Bournebrook 6 (T.Cullen 2x100, L.Arnold 2x100,115, K.Mason 2x100,2x125, M.Bathurst 100,102,105, D.Collins 118, C.Ryan 120, R.Chambers 100) Rubery Social Club 1 (J.Steward 132, G.Bailles 2x100, A.Chatterton 100), Toby Jug 2 (B.Heath 4x100,121,125,140, R.Packer 2x100, D.Hill 2x140, M.Mooney 132) Rubery Legion 5 (J.Higgins 135, J.O'Neill 3x100, R.Higgins 2x100,140, C.Guest 2x100,180, A.Faulkner 3x100, J.Ford 180, P.Medlicott 100).

There was a first win in four for Saracens Swords in division one of the Shirley and District Monday Night League when they won their home tie against Saracens Misfits 6-3, despite the win they remain in a joint next to bottom of the table position with Wharf who lost 6-3 at home to Bears. 6-3 was also the margin by which divisional leaders Tippetts Bar won in their game at Cider House who without a win in four drop to the foot of the table while Tippetts open up a two points lead over their nearest rivals Dunky’s Boys who were surprise 5-4 losers at home to Lodge who have taken over the number three position level on six points with their hosts.

A 7-2 home win over bottom of the table Sharmans Cross keeps Highwood top of division two but only on average from HSCC and Vikings, the former winning 6-3 at home against Saracens Slingers and the latter winning 5-4 at Legion Royals.

Wythall Legion lose their previous second place and drop to fifth after going down 5-4 at home to Solihull Municipal who are now two points to the good and one place above them.

Full Results:Week 4:Division One:- Saracens Swords 6 Saracens Misfits 3, Wharf 3 Bears 6, Dunky’s Boys 4 (J.Jennings 120b) Lodge 5 (M.Tilley 15 darts game), Cider House 3 Tippets Bar 6, Division Two:- HSCC 6 Saracens Slingers 3, Wythall Legion 4 Solihull Municipal 5, Highwood 7 Sharmans Cross 2, Legion Royals 4 Vikings 5.

The Camp Hill League are up to week eight and there are three teams locked together on 12 points at the top of the table. Aston Inn Nomads lead the field they have played just six games and took their unbeaten record to six with a 6-1 win away to next to bottom of the table Peaky Blinder. Second and third placed Sheldon Marlborough Flights and New Inn Lions have both played eight games, Sheldon losing their number one spot after going down 4-3 at home to New Inn Lions, they have the number two position over their rivals and victors with a better average than they have.

Full Results:Week 8:- Meadway Social 3 Tyseley Newbies 4, Sheldon Marlborough Flights 3 New Inn Lions 4, Tyseley WMC 2 Moseley Arms 5, Peaky Blinder 1 Aston Inn Nomads 6, Roost Rebels 6 Sedgemere Devils 1.

It was a week of strange results in the Netherton Thursday Night League as Netherton Conservative Club moved off the bottom of the table with their first win in four games. They came back from 4-0 down to win 5-4 against Old Hill Cricket Club who were previously fourth in the table. Third placed Bulls Head suffered a somewhat surprisingly huge 7-2 home defeat at the hands of a Fairfield outfit who were fifth and move up to third, just one win short of the top two teams.

Leaders Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club were held to a really close 5-4 home win by bottom of the table Netherton Sports and Social Club and now have to share the top spot with rivals Townsend Social Club who were 7-2 home winners over Spring Meadow Social Club to put them level on points and average.

Full Results:Game 5:- Netherton Conservative Club 5 Old Hill Cricket Club 4, Townsend Social Club 7 Spring Meadow Social Club 2, Bulls Head 2 Fairfield 7, Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 5 Netherton Sports and Social Club 4.

The Vine not only lost for the first time in six games in the Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League but at the same time also lost their number one spot to Waggon and Horses. Playing at home Vine went down 4-3 to third in the table Dewdrop while their rivals Waggon and Horses were chalking up a convincing 6-1 win at Horseley Tavern to take their undefeated run to six games, they are now the only team in the league to have won all of their fixtures. Vine drop to second place level on ten points with Dewdrop with a superior average, both teams are two points off the top

Tamebridge remain the only team in the league without a win so far, their latest fixture seeing them lose 5-2 at Miners Arms. Hayes Social were next to bottom but a 4-3 win at Albion, their first win in six, sees them move above their hosts who replace them just above Tamebridge.

Full Results:Game 6:- The Vine 3 Dewdrop 4, Horseley Tavern 1 Waggon and Horses 6, Miners Arms 5 Tamebridge 2, Albion 3 Hayes Social 4.

It’s as you were for the top four teams in the Sedgley and Gornal Tuesday Night League with leaders Old Bulls Head winning 7-2 at Seven Stars who hold on to their fourth position in the table, second placed and former leaders Gornal Labour Club were the week’s biggest winners as they trounced their visitors Griffin 8-1 and third in the table New Inn were held to a close 5-4 verdict at Pensnett Liberal Club. Old Bulls Head are the only remaining team with a 100% win record and have a two points advantage over Gornal Labour Club and New Inn with Seven Stars a further two points adrift.

Despite losing 5-4 at Chainyard Jolly Crispin actually moved up one place in the table to fifth while Griffin’s defeat saw them drop three places to eighth.

Full Results:Game 6:- Pensnett Liberal Club 4 New Inn 5, Gornal Labour Club 8 Griffin 1, Chainyard 5 Jolly Crispin 4, Give Ways 5 Lamp Tavern 4, Red Cow 7 Meadow Lark 2, Seven Stars 2 Old Bulls Head 7.

Without any Black Country Super League fixtures this week the Black Country Premier League staged their Bon Voyage Knockout.

In the quarter final sthree of the four games finished with a 3-1 scoreline as in turn Dave Simpson, Shane Sheridan and Carl Snelus accounted for Chris Hall, Liam Kelly and Luke Jones. The other game was a much closer affair with Ben Hughes just getting the better of Jordan Ward with a 3-2 win.

Once again in the semi-finals 3-1 was the popular result as Shane Sheridan beat Dave Simpson and Ben Hughes won against Carl Snelus.

The final saw Shane Sheridan claim the title with a straight 4-0 win over Ben Hughes in what was a high quality final.

Sheridan had had quite a tough run to the final taking out James Hykin 3-2, Steve Gilliam 3-1, Liam Kelly 3-1 and Dave Simpson 3-1.

Full Results:Bon Voyage Knockout:Round One:- Gav Moreton 1 Rob Smith 3, Dan Haden 2 Dave Simpson 3, Iain Mathers 0 Josh Pickett 3, Liam Kelly 3 Mike Harding 0, Matt Moore 3 Andy Whitehouse 0, Shane Sheridan 3 James Hykin 2, Steve Gilliam 3 Nigel Ashmore 0, Jayden Harper 1 Jordan Ward 3, Steve Hall 3 Chris Singleton 0, Dan Singleton 1 Ben Hughes 3, Richard Reed 0 Luke Jones 3, Mart Greenwood 0 Martyn Harper 3, Loz Slater 2 Carl Snelus 3, Last Sixteen:- Chris Hall 3 Rob Smith 1, Dave Simpson 3 Josh Pickett 2, Liam Kelly 3 Matt Moore 2, Shane Sheridan 3 Steve Gilliam 1, Doug Richmond 1 Jordan Ward 3, Steve Hall 1 Ben Hughes 3, Richard Duncan 1 Luke Jones 3, Martyn Harper 1 Carl Snelus 3, Quarter-Finals:- Chris Hall 1 Dave Simpson 3, Liam Kelly 1 Shane Sheridan 3, Jordan Ward 2 Ben Hughes 3, Luke Jones 1 Carl Snelus 3, Semi-Finals:- Dave Simpson 1 Shane Sheridan 3, Ben Hughes 3 Carl Snelus 1, Final:- Shane Sheridan 4 Ben Hughes 0.


Steve Jones added a 6-2 win over his nearest rival Alex Howells in the Gilbert’s Bar Monday Night League to take him a giant step nearer the title and the top prize of £310 as he is now on 190 points from 23 games and has a lead of 14 on second placed Howells with two games in hand.

An impressive 8-0 win for Jamie Webb over Paul Vaughan has seen Webb take over the number three spot with a total of 175 points from 24 games leaving him one point short of second placed Howells with a game in hand.

It could be quite a run-in for the runners-up place as fourth in the table Steve Lynch is on 173 points from 23 games and fifth placed Neil Wild has 170 points from 22 games. It could be a very close finish!!

Full Results:Week 26:Board 1:- Eddie Gripton 3 Sarah Parker 5, Jon Blakemore 2 Shane Price 6, Steve Jones 6 Alex Howells 2, Jan Zeman 4 Kris Jones 4, Board 2:- Ant Dent 7 Jamie Aplin 1, Billy Robbins 4 Arthur Lubkowski 4, Reece Cook-Lucas 2 Luke Wildman 6, Board 3:- Simon Mountford 4 Steve Lynch 4, Paul Vaughan 0 Jamie Webb 8, Jamie Aplin 5 Arthur Lubkowski 3.

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