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Article: Alan Towe - A West Midlands Round up

Alan Towe - A West Midlands Round up

Four games into the new season in the Kings Norton League and just three of the starting line-up of twelve teams are able to boast a 100% win record. Copper Fox with a convincing 6-1 home win over Toby Jug continue to lead the field on average with Rubery Legion hot on their heels trailing by only five legs of average after they reduced the legs deficit slightly by handing out a 7-0 whitewash to their visitors Kings Heath who drop two places in the table to seventh. Third placed E57 had a 6-1 win away to Bournebrook, however as yet they have only played three fixtures, one fewer than the two teams above them.

The Cock Inn moved up three places in the table to sixth following their 5-2 win at Rubery Social Club but trail the leaders by four points.

Full Results:Game 4:- Rubery Social Club 2 (G.Bailles 100,125, L.Pearce 100, M.Ferriday 100) Cock Inn 5 (L.Caven 2x100,132, L.Fox 100,121, A.Harvey 2x100,140, P.Hughes 135, Joe Fox 2x125, K.Vaughan 125,138,140), Bournebrook 1 (T.Jeffs 100, T.Cullen 125,140, K.Mason 3x100,123, D.Collins 140,16 darts Game) E57 6 (E.Bird 100,122,123, D.Logan 2x100,140, T.Roberts 123,140,160,14 darts game, N.Porter 4x100,137, R.Morris 2x100, A.Mutch 5x100, L.Brotherton 100), Copper Fox 6 (E.Simpson 3x100,100f, D.Marsh 100,110f, D.McConomy 140, C.Whitehouse 2x100, K.Bedder 3x100,125, T.Hamilton 120,140, G.Dews 100,118,135, R.Mann 100,121) Toby Jug 1 (R.Packer 2x100, B.Heath 100,125, M.Bennet 100,125, M.Mooney 140, S.Jacques 100,140), Rubery Legion 7 (J.Higgins 2x100, C.Guest 100,140, K.Manger 2x100,140, J.O'Neill 100, R.Higgins 2x121,123,125, A.Faulkner 3x100,100f, J.Ford 100, I.Medlicott 100) Kings Heath 0 (A.Homer 100, D.Parish 121, P.Hunt 100, J.Tulloch 105, P.Morris 100,122), Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club 0 (C.Davenport 2x140, D.Whitecombe 2x100, T.Shaw 100, S.Corbett 119) Thurlestone 7 (T.Garfield 2x100,140, D.Peace 100,105, R.Waldron 140, D.Garfield 2x100, B.Andrews 105), Grant Arms 1 (P.Taylor 100,119, S.Campbell 100, Donna Campbell 120, M.Davies 140) Northfield 6 (L.Allen 100,140, M.Lloyd 4x100,140, J.McGlone 100,180, L.Preece 2x100,140, J.Taylor 100,125, L.Allen 180).


Four of the five fixtures played in division one of the Four Oaks and District League had a 6-3 result including the top of the table clash between Boldmere St Mikes and Old Oscott Arrows. Boldmere held top spot as they played hosts to their nearest rivals Old Oscott Arrows with the result going in favour of the home team to keep them in pole position with a perfect total of six points from their three games, they are now the only team with an undefeated record in the top division.

In addition to second placed Old Oscott Arrows being two points behind the leaders so are Red Lion, Erdington Arrows, Golden Hind and Highcroft Social. Red Lion lost 6-3 at Golden Hind, Erdington Arrows winning by the same margin at Oscott Social Club while Highcroft Social’s home tie with Golden Hind Lions was the only result that wasn’t 6-3 and saw the hosts win 5-4.

In division two, leaders Bishop Vesey lost their home game with second placed Heartlands 5-4 to see the two teams swap places in the table, the new leaders the only team with a 100% win record in the division.

At 4-2 down, bottom of the table Rosey Mac’s staged a comeback at Erdington Flyers, recovering and going on to win 5-4 to move up one place from the foot of the table.

D.Rawlings (Erdington Arrows) hit this week’s only 180.

Full Results:Match 3:Division One:- Golden Hind 6 (F.Naylor 100, J.Morris 120b,140,100, A.Kimberley 100b, D.Pickering 2x100, C.Turnbull 100, W.Naylor 140) Red Lion 3 (D.Vickers 100, I.Matthews 113b,125, B.Lysaght 105b,100, J.Collins 101b, B.Hughes 3x100, M.Corfield 105b, T.Vickers 100b,106f, D.Lowe 100, R.Lowe 119,100), Oscott Social Club 3 (R.Graham 100b, T.Purcell 100, D.Shannon 3x100, G.Bushell 139,121,2x100, D.Hodgkins 100, I.Lloyd 3x100, A.Whitehouse 110b,100) Erdington Arrows 6 (K.Smith 105,100,121, C.Hill 101b,140,2x100, J.Green 100b,100, T.Colley 2x100,140,125, D.Rawlings 180, J.J.Armstrong 140), Boldmere St Mikes 6 (M.Wild 100, C.Millward jnr 2x112b,100, M.McFall 102,135,100,140, J.Liggins 112b,100,168,152b, C.Millward snr 120b,121) Old Oscott Arrows 3 (M.Maher 100, D.Parsons 140,100, D.Page 2x140,135, P.Locke 100b,4x100, A.Lea 100), Highcroft Social 5 (K.Shorthouse 125, E.A.Birkett 140,101, S.Pritchett 100,139,140, D.Giblin 120b,100, S.Shorthouse 125) Golden Hind Lions 4 (J.Mahon 100,120, M.Deathridge 129, R.Hasluck 122, A.Lilley 118,121, D.Haynes 120b,121, J.Clarke 140,100), Walmley CSC Flights 6 (R.Kavanagh 2x105,100, W.Cadby 121, A.Cooksey 125,140,2x100,135, G.Gaughan 100, S.Wilson 140, K.Green 100, R.Smith 121, J.Kavanagh 120b,100, T.Evans 129) Pint Pot Flights 3 (P.Southall 3x100,114f, N.Robbins 100, J. Moon 100, P.Smith 3x100,125, L.Lemathy 125, T.O’Driscoll 120,108), Division Two:- Bishop Vesey 4 (N.Smallwood 4x100, C.Sammons 137, D.Walton 112b,100, A.France 100, T.Rubery 120, S.Abbott 101b,100) Heartlands 5 (John Frost 100, C.Austin 140, G.McCormack 115f, A.Downes 135,100, Matthew Cain 118, I.Jones 100), Charley’s Flights 7 (P.Nicholls 140,125,100, A.Barber 100,137, J.Burdett 2x100,140, T.Hines 118) St Thomas Arrows 2 (M.Andrews 2x125, J.Lynch 116, G.Stait 121), Erdington Flyers 4 (D.Thompson 154b, K.Hopkins 108b, L.Cooksey 140, A.Linehan 138, D.Forster 108b) Rosey Mac’s 5 (A.Poole 100, J.Cox snr 107b, S.Wright 100), Bills Arrows 6 (P.Ellis 100, M.Cooper 2x100, D.Bond 100b,2x100,120b, J.Averill 120, G.Averill 100) Sutton Sharks 3 (C.Gardener 100,140, F.Davies 111, C.Baldwin 140,131f, J.McKeever 2x100), Deers Leap 5 (Jamie Sabin 3x100, T.Ross 100, S.Kelly 100b) Plough and Arrows 4 (A.Gough 121,100, K.Gow 108b, N.Gilbert 115b,128,2x100,140, A.Nicholls 100, D.Hughes 140).

Tippetts Bar suffered a setback to their title hopes in division one of the Shirley and District Monday Night League when they lost 5-4 playing away to third in the table Lodge and as a result have been ousted from their number one spot and drop to second place behind new leaders Dunky’s Boys who had a comfortable 8-1 win at Saracens Misfits. Only average separates the top three teams with all three of them on eight points.

There was a first win for Cider House as they played away to Bears and beat them 5-4, but despite the win remain at the foot of the division.

Highwood, hold on to the number one position in division two after their close 5-4 win at fourth in the division HSCC. Second placed Vikings were 7-2 winners at Solihull Municipal to put them on the same eight points as Highwood.

Full Results:Week 5:Division One:- Wharf 4 Saracens Swords 5 (Lee Harris 180), Saracens Misfits 1 (Harvey Williams 100f) Dunky’s Boys 8 (Jason Jennings 120b), Bears 4 Cider House 5, Lodge 5 (Neil Parsonage 152b, Pat Sinnett 16 darts game) Tippets Bar 4, Division Two:- Saracens Slingers 0 Wythall Legion 9 (Roy Docker 180,18 darts game, Dean Walker 180, Dan Lee 180,15 darts game), HSCC 4 Highwood 5 (Mark Gorman 142b), Solihull Municipal 2 Vikings 7 (Steve Heeks 180,18 darts game), Sharmans Cross 4 (Stu Dixon 111f) Legion Royals 5.

The Camp Hill League had cup and league fixtures this week. In the League Cup there was a 5-2 win for Meadway Social at Peaky Blinder while the Consolation Cup game produced a similar 5-2 win for Tyseley Newbies at Moseley Arms. In the re-arranged league fixture Aston Inn Nomads hosted Tyseley WMC and beat them 4-3 with no change in the league table positions whatsoever.

Full Results:League Cup:- Peaky Blinder 2 Meadway Social 5, Consolation Cup:- Moseley Arms 2 Tyseley Newbies 5, Outstanding League Fixture:- Aston Inn Nomads 4 Tyseley WMC 3.

Copper Fox suffered their first defeat of the season and lost their two point’s advantage at the top of the Harborne and District League when they went down 5-4 at home to fourth in the table Northfield Town. Copper Fox now have just a superior average advantage over both Northfield Conservative Club and Bugle Horn, the former winning their home fixture against Smethwick Cricket Club 5-4 while the latter had a convincing 8-1 win at Weoley Castle WMC. Both Northfield Conservative Club and Bugle Horn have only played four games and won all four compared to Copper Fox having played five and lost one.

Full Results:Game 5:- Northfield Conservative Club 5 Smethwick Cricket Club 4, Copper Fox 4 Northfield Town 5, Avenue Social 0 Weoley Castle Pub 9, Weoley Castle WMC 1 Bugle Horn 8, The Monarch 2 The Cock Inn 7, Quinton RBL had a bye.

Game number seven in the Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League saw the only remaining unbeaten team in the league Waggon and Horses lose 4-3 at home to The Vine and drop to second place with Vine making a return to pole position having a slightly superior average over Waggon and also third in the table Dewdrop who had a 5-2 home win over fourth placed Miners Arms.

Full Results:Game 7:- Waggon and Horses 3 The Vine 4, Albion 3 Horseley Tavern 4, Hayes Social 6 Tamebridge 1, Dewdrop 5 Miners Arms 2.

The top two teams in the Netherton Thursday Night League squared up to each other in game number six, leaders Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club beating their hosts and rivals Townsend Social Club 6-3 to open up a three points lead for the Ex Serviceman’s. Townsend hold on to second place but are now joined on the same twelve points by Bulls Head who were also 6-3 winners in their away game against Netherton Conservative Club who drop to the bottom of the table replacing Netherton Sports and Social Club after they chalked up their first win in five, surprisingly winning 6-3 against Fairfield who drop one place to fourth.

Full Results:Game 6:- Old Hill Cricket Club 5 Spring Meadow Social Club 4, Netherton Sports and Social Club 6 Fairfield 3, Netherton Conservative Club 3 Bulls Head 6, Townsend Social Club 3 Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 6.

Week two of the Stourbridge Monday Night League saw early leaders Britannia wind up on the wrong side of a 6-1 result at home to Glasscutters ‘A’ who have replaced them in pole position, Britannia dropping six places in the table to seventh. Seven Stars, Ten Arches and Lion are the only other teams in the league that have won both of their opening two fixtures, Seven Stars winning 6-1 at home against Hare and Hounds, Ten Arches having a 5-2 result at Gate Hangs Well and Lion were close 4-3 winners at Church Tavern.

At the other end of the table Glasscutters ‘B’ recorded their first win in two beating Woodman 4-3 to move away from their previous next to bottom position and up four places. Rose and Crown and Crestwood were the other teams to enjoy first wins, Rose and Crown winning 4-3 at Bird in Hand while Crestwood had a more comfortable 5-2 success at home against Fox Inn (Lye).

Full Results:Week 2:- Britannia 1 Glasscutters ‘A’ 6, Glasscutters ‘B’ 4 Woodman 3, Seven Stars 6 Hare and Hounds 1, Gate Hangs Well 2 Ten Arches 5, Crestwood 5 (R.Winchurch 112b) Fox Inn (Lye) 2, Church Tavern 3 Lion 4, Bird in Hand 3 Rose and Crown 4, Quarry Bank Liberal Club had a bye.

Old Bulls Head consolidated their top place in the Sedgley and Gornal Tuesday Night League by handing their visiting team Pensnett Liberal Club a 9-0 whitewash. For the second time in seven games former leaders Gornal Labour Club lost, on this occasion it was 5-4 defeat at Lamp Tavern who are just three places off the foot of the table. The Labour Club drop to third place behind New Inn whose 6-3 home win over Red Cow leaves them within two points of the leaders.

A 5-4 win at Griffin puts Seven Stars on the same ten points as Gornal Labour Club but well behind them on average.

Full Results:Game 7:- New Inn 6 Red Cow 3, Lamp Tavern 5 Gornal Labour Club 4, Meadow Lark 3 Chainyard 6, Jolly Crispin 6 Five Ways 3, Griffin 4 Seven Stars 5, Old Bulls Head 9 Pensnett Liberal Club 0.

COVID-19 has had a dramatic effect on the Stourbridge Wednesday Night League which has seen its number drop from nineteen prior to the outbreak to nine. Nevertheless the league is once again up and running and after the opening two fixtures it’s Bird ‘E’, with 6-1 results against Fox Inn (Lye) and Glasscutters ‘B’ top the table with their local rivals Bird ‘A’ providing the nearest threat after they chalked up 5-2 wins over both Raven and Ashwood.

The only other teams to not to have lost so far are Glasscutters ‘A’ and Ten Arches ‘B’, both have only played one fixture, Glasscutters beating Ten Arches ‘A’ 5-2 and Ten Arches ‘B’ winning 4-3 against Glasscutters ‘B’.

Full Results:Week 1:- Ashwood 2 Ten Arches ‘A’ 5, Bird ‘E’ 6 (A. Smith 10 darts game) Fox Inn (Lye) 1 (J.Ward 160b), Raven 2 Bird ‘A’ 5, Ten Arches ‘B’ 4 Glasscutters ‘B’ 3, Glasscutters ‘A’ had a bye, Week 2:- Bird ‘A’ 5 Ashwood 2, Fox Inn (Lye) 4 Raven 3, Glasscutters ‘B’ 1 Bird ‘E’ 6 (J.Churchill 135f,9 darts game) , Ten Arches ‘A’ 2 Glasscutters ‘A’ 5 (A.Nicholls 160b, D. Hunt 150f,9 darts game), Ten Arches ‘B’ had a bye.

It could not be any closer at the top of the Black Country Super League with Railway Tavern and Yeltz Bar ‘A’ locked together on the same 50 points and level on average.

In the latest round of fixtures Railway Tavern had a 4-1 home win over bottom of the table Rowley Bar and Grill while Yeltz Bar ‘A’ had a slightly closer 3-2 verdict away to third in the table Allens Bar ‘C’ who are four points adrift of the leading duo but five ahead of their local rivals Allens Bar ‘A’ in fourth place.

Full Results:Week 9:- White Swan 3 Allens Bar ‘A’ 2 (J.Hykin 4 G.Johnston 1, N.Steventon 0 S.Price 4, S.Sheridan 4 J.Simms 1, M.Tedstone 4 J.Evans 0, L.Bowen 2 N.Fullwell 4), Railway Tavern 4 Rowley Bar and Grill 1 (R.Colley 4 C.Chander-Allen 0, I.McKenzie 4 R.Lenton 0, L.Kelly 4 B.Ratcliffe 0, J.Rollinson 0 P.O'Brien 4, M.Rollinson 4 L.Hawthorne 0), High Acres ‘B’ 4 Old Hill Cricker Club 1 (R.Harris 4 C.Hall 3, A.Edgar 4 D.Haden 2, B.Watts 1 S.Hill 4, A.Hickinbottom 4 M.Bayliss 1, K.Harris 4 R.Reed 1), Yeltz Bar ‘B’ 2 High Acres ‘A’ 3 (D.Arnold 2 C.Cartwright 4, T.Brennan 4 G.Moreton 1, M.Moore 4 M.Harper 2, M.Greenwood 2 J.Barrowman 4, J.Ward 2 R.Bowen 4), Allens Bar ‘C’ 2 Yeltz Bar ‘A’ 3 (O.Maiden 4 D.Redding 2, S.Jones 2 S.Gillam 4, M.Coleman 1 P.Wells 4, M.Maiden 4 D.Nicholls 3, C.Wood 0 R.Smith 4), Allens Bar ‘B’ v Horse and Jockey postponed.

Steve Jones moves ever closer to the top prize of £310 in the Gilbert’s Bar Monday Night League as in week 27 he added a further 5-3 win over seventh in the table Shane Price to his tally to give him a total of 197 points from 24 games. Steve Lynch has moved up into second place with 189 points from 25 games after he won 7-1 against Lee Quarry and then 5-3 against Simon Pritchard. Lynch is twelve points to the good on third and fourth placed Jamie Webb and Ben Johnson, Webb losing ground as he lost 6-2 to Martin Price, but Ben Johnson added a 6-2 win over Shaun Hartopp followed by a 7-1 success against Kris Jones. He now has two games in hand on Webb and Lynch and one in hand on leader Jones.

Full Results:Week 27:Board 1:- Ben Johnson 6 Shaun Hartopp 2, Simon Mountford 4 Jon Blakemore 4, Board 2:- Steve Jones 5 Shane Price 3, Jamie Webb 2 Martin Price 6, Luke Wildman 7 Shaun Hartopp 1, Board 3:- Ant Dent 7 Lee Quarry 1, Tom Hollowood 6 Arthur Lubkowski 2, Lee Quarry 1 Steve Lynch 7, Board 4:- Michele Pritchard 1 Martin Price 7, Steve Lynch 5 Simon Pritchard 3, Ben Johnson 7 Kris Jones 1.

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