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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 Coronation Shield which saw current division one leaders Boldmere St Mikes record a comfortable 11-4 win away to fellow division one team Walmsley CSC Flights. However Boldmere were not the biggest winners of the round as Old Oscott Arrows (division one) chalked up a massive 14-1 win away to St Thomas Arrows (division two).

First division contenders Red Lion won 9-6 at home against Highcroft Social who, placed fourth are just two places below them in the league table and on the same six points. Two local division one rivals squared up to each other Golden Hind Lions and Golden Hind with the latter winning 11-4.

Erdington Arrows (division one) were taken to the wire by Deer’s Leap (division two) as they ran out close 8-7 winners in the final game.

Only three second division teams survived the first round Charley’s Flights beat Sutton Sharks 12-3, division two leaders Heartlands won by the same 12-3 margin against Erdington Flyers and despite a valiant effort from Bills Arrows, including two 180’s, they lost 9-6 to fellow division two side Plough and Arrows.

Other teams to win through to the next round were Oscott Social Club and Pint Pot Flights.

There were five 180’s hit in the round and were supplied by, J.Burdett (Charley’s Flights), R.Batham (Deers Leap), S.Cain (Heartlands), J.Averill and G.Averill from Bills Arrows.

Full Results:Coronation Shield:Preliminary Round:- Charley’s Flights 12 (R.Franks 140,100b,100,135, R.Vann 119, J.Burdett 180,112b,3x100,140, R.Barritt 2x100, P.Nicholls 140) Sutton Sharks 3 (D.Gardener 100, C.Baldwin 4x100, C.Gardener 128, N.Holmes 100), Deers Leap 7 (R.Nolan 100, R.Batham 140,180, Jamie Sabin 101, T.Ross 120, T.Kelly 120b) Erdington Arrows 8 (K.Smith 105b,2x100,121, D.Rawlings 125, T.Colley 101b,115b,2x100,140,120, C.Hill 100,140, J.Green 100), Golden Hind Lions 4 (J.Clarke 140,116b,100, J.Mahon 125,100) Golden Hind 11 (D.Pickering 100,124, W.Naylor 152b,121, F.Naylor 3x100, D.Munge 100, B.Stephens 2x100, A.Kimberley 125,140, J.Morris 2x100, T.O’Kereke 100), Heartlands 12 (Jim Frost 105b, I.Jones 2x100, John Frost 2x100, S.Cain 2x100,180,140, Matthew Cain 2x121, C.Austin 100, A.Downes 100) Erdington Flyers 3 (A.Linehan 2x100,2x140, D.Forster 100, L.Cooksey 140,121), Oscott Social Club 10 (I.Lloyd 140,152b,100, T.Purcell 100, A.Whitehouse 100b,2x140,2x100) Rosey Mac’s 5 (S.Wright 140,125, N.Bradley 115b,100,135, J.Stokes 121, J.Cox snr 100, A.Poole 101), Pint Pot Flights 9 (P.Smith 100b,2x100,118f, J.Moon 100b,100, N.Robbins 3x100,140, S.Robbins 100, N.Bruton 121) Bishop Vesey 6 (A.France 118f, A.Jones 2x140,3x100, S.Abbott 121, C.Sammons 140,100, D.Walton 100), Red Lion 9 (J.Collins 105b,121,140, T.Vickers 2x125, B.Hughes 107b,3x100, D.Vickers 2x140, M.Corfield 140, L.Vickers 140) Highcroft Social 6 (L.Shorthouse 100, K.Shorthouse 100, S.Pritchett 121,135,125,100,137, K.Neale 140,2x100, E.A.Birkett 121), St Thomas Arrows 1 (M.Andrews 100, J.Lynch 124b,100,134, G.Stait 120b,100b,129,140, P.Andrews 100, G.Lynch 100,) Old Oscott Arrows 14 (D.Page 3x100,140, M.Page 100, P.Locke 120b,2x100,121,123,2x140, D.Parsons 107b,2x140,3x100, B.Hoare 100,140,120, J.Higgins 125), Walmley CSC Flights 4 (K.Green 105b,135, P.Moran 2x100, S.Wilson 2x121,100,120,101b,140, A.Cooksey 2x100, J.Kavanagh 100, G.Gaughan 140,100) Boldmere St Mikes 11 (B.Linnecor 112b,119, C.Millward jnr 140, M.McFall 4x100,121,125,140, M.Wild 105b,2x100,135,101b, M.Ashton 100b,3x100, C.Millward snr 137, J.Liggins 140), Bills Arrows 6 (J.Averill 125,180,135, P.Ellis 125, M.Cooper 125,2x140,2x100,120b, G.Averill 100,180, D.Bond 120b) Plough and Arrows 9 (Roxy Bennett 100, D.Hughes 120b, M.Willetts 2x100, A.Gough 101b,125,100, J.O’Connor 140, S.Alexander 100, R.Davies 100).

Rubery Legion suffered their first loss in five and their first of the season in the Kings Norton League when they finished on the wrong side of a close 4-3 result away to Northfield. Rubery drop from second to fourth in the table, two points off the top while Northfield remain in fifth place on six points from four games.

League leaders Copper Fox extended their unbeaten run to five games with a convincing 6-1 win at Kings Heath and hold a two point’s lead on second in the table E57 who besides Copper Fox are the only other undefeated team in the league. E57 have taken over the number two spot on average from Rubery Legion with their latest 7-0 thrashing of bottom placed Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s. E57 have a game in hand on Copper Fox.

Thurlestone are third in the league on the same eight points as the teams above and below them in turn E57 and Rubery Legion, they won their home fixture against Grant Arms 5-2.

Game number five produced a first win for Rubery Social, a 5-2 success at Toby Jug to see them move off the foot of the table and up two places.

Full Results:Game 5:- Northfield 4 (J.McGlone 121,140, M.Lloyd 100,135,140, D.Hopkins 4x100,121, C.Bates 100, P.Wallace 2x100, L.Preece 140, 104f) Rubery Legion 3 (J.Higgins 2x100, A.Faulkner 100,121,119f, J.O'Neill 2x100,140, K.Manger 140, C.Guest 3x100, J.Ford 135, I.Medlicott 100, J.Grainger 100, M.Cornell 125), Cock Inn 2 (P.Hughes 2x100,123, T.Godden 100,120, A.Harvey 100,125,135, A.Vaughan 2x100,121, Joe Fox 100,140, A.Harvey 180) Bournebrook 5 (T.Jeffs 100,115, T.Cullen 4x100, K.Mason 2x100,140, L.Arnold 121,140, M.Bathurst 125, R.Orton 100, C.Ryan 132, R.Chamber 100), E57 7 (E.Bird 100, D.Logan 2x100, T.Roberts 100,121, N.Porter 3x100,140, R.Morris 100,2x140, A.Mutch 100, J.Calt 120) Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s 0 (C.Davenport 121,140, L.Bandy 121, K.Gater 2x100, T.Shaw 2x140), Kings Heath 1 (D.Parish 100,140, M.Marshall 135, J.Bridges 128) Copper Fox 6 (E.Simpson 100,140,180, D.Marsh 5x100,120,135, C.Whitehouse 2x100,115,140, K.Bedder 3x100,140,180, T.Hamilton 100, G.Dews 2x100,140), Toby Jug 2 (B.Heath 100, M.Bennet 100, A.Aindow 2x100) Rubery Social Club 5 (G.Bailles 2x100,125, L.Pearce 100, B.Crumpton 125,140, A.Bailles 100,120), Thurlestone 5 (R.Waldron 2x100,119,140, J.Downer 140, B.Andrews 100,121, D.Garfield 140, T.Garfield 140, D.Newton 120, N.Watts 100) Grant Arms 2 (P.Taylor 2x135,140, Donna Campbell 100, S.Hale 140).

With nine fixtures completed in the Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League only one leg of average separates the top two teams. The Vine remain in pole position after their close 4-3 win away to Miners Arms, who as a result drop from fourth to sixth in the table. Dewdrop have replaced Waggon and Horses in second place following their 6-1 home win over next to bottom Albion and the loss suffered by former second placed Waggon and Horses who went down 4-3 at home to fifth in the league Hayes Social.

Both of the leagues bottom two teams lost 6-1 as the basement team Tamebridge emulated Albion when they lost at home to Horseley Tavern.

Full Results:Game 9:- Miners Arms 3 The Vine 4, Waggon and Horses 3 Hayes Social 4, Dewdrop 6 Albion 1, Tamebridge 1 Horseley Tavern 6.

White Horse have taken over the bye in the Stourbridge Wednesday Night League but their campaign didn’t have the best of starts as they went down 5-2 at home against top of the table Bird in Hand ‘E’. Glasscutters ‘A’ keep in touch with the leaders, they have played one game fewer than Bird in Hand ‘E’ but a 5-2 win at Fox Inn (Lye) keeps them within two points of them.

Bird in Hand ‘A’ surrendered their second place after losing by a massive 7-0 scoreline at home to Ten Arches ‘A’ who move up two places to third, four points off the top.

There was a first win in four for Ashwood as they beat Glasscutters ‘B’ 6-1, who without a win so far drop to the foot of the table on average from newcomers White Horse.

Full Results:Game 4:- Bird in Hand ‘A’ 0 Ten Arches ‘A’ 7, Fox Inn (Lye) 2 Glasscutters ‘A’ 5, Glasscutters ‘B’ 1 Ashwood 6, White Horse 2 Bird in Hand ‘E’ 5, Ten Arches ‘B’ 7 Raven 0.

On Saturday 20th November a fundraising event will be staged at the Weoley Castle Pub, Somerford Road, Weoley Castle, Birmingham B29 5LX. Starting at 11.00am, a twelve hours darts marathon will go on until 11.00pm in an effort to raise funds to go towards alterations needed to help Caroline Harding when she returns home after having suffered complications during a recent operation.

Throughout the marathon there will be a disco, raffles and a pool competition, everyone is welcome to go along and join in.

Anyone requiring a sponsor form or wanting to donate raffle prizes should contact Julia at the pub on 0121-256-5600 or alternatively Tony Hamilton on 07722-118122.

The Camp Hill League recently held their presentation night for the 2019 season, obviously delayed because of the COVID-19 situation. Highlights of the evening were the presentation to league winners White Swan Nomads, League Cup winners Roost Rebels and a special presentation to Neil Parsonage for his superb perfect SIX darts game of 301.

Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club held on to their number one spot in the Netherton Thursday Night League as both of the top two teams won 7-2. The Ex Serviceman’s Club had a home tie with bottom placed Netherton Conservative Club while second placed Bulls Head stayed within three points of them with their home victory over Spring Meadow Social Club. Bulls Head in turn are a further three points to the good on third in the table Townsend Social Club, who like the two teams above them also had a home draw as they defeated Netherton Sports and Social Club 6-3.

Full Results:Game 8:- Fairfield 2 Old Hill Cricket Club 7, Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 7 Netherton Conservative Club 2, Townsend Social Club 6 Netherton Sports and Social Club 3, Bulls Head 7 Spring Meadow Social Club 2.

It’s as you were for the top five teams in the Sedgley and Gornal Tuesday Night League with only fourth placed Seven Stars losing. Playing at home Seven Stars entertained Lamp Tavern who walked away with the points for their 5-4 victory lifting them three places in the table to seventh, while their hosts remained fourth but are now six points adrift of leaders Old Bulls Head who took their unbeaten run to nine games with a 6-3 home win over Chainyard.

New Inn are the nearest threat to the leaders, their close 5-4 home success against Five Ways keeping them within two points of Old Bulls Head.

Full Results:Game 9:- Old Bulls Head 6 Chainyard 3, Meadow Lark 3 Gornal Labour Club 6, New Inn 5 Five Ways 4, Jolly Crispin 8 Griffin 1, Pensnett Liberal Club 3 Red Cow 6, Seven Stars 4 Lamp Tavern 5.

Glasscutters ‘A’, Quarry Bank Liberal Club and Lion are the only undefeated teams in the Stourbridge Monday Night League but they have all played a different amount of games. Glasscutters ‘A’ added a 4-3 win at Church Tavern to their account to keep them in pole position having played all four games so far while Quarry Bank Liberal Club have only played two games and are fourth in the table following their latest 5-2 home win over Fox Inn (Lye). Lion, who had a bye this week have also only played two games and are currently lying in an eighth position but wins in their outstanding games would see both the Liberal Club and Lion join the leaders on eight points.

Second and third in the table Gate Hangs Well and Ten Arches are both two points off the top, the former handing out a 7-0 whitewash to their visiting team Hare and Hounds while Ten Arches suffered their first defeat of the season when they lost 4-3 away to Britannia who are six places below them in the table with only two points fewer.

Full Results:Game 4:- Gate Hangs Well 7 Hare and Hounds ‘A’ 0, Bird in Hand 5 Seven Stars 2 (S.Kendall 170b), Britannia 4 Ten Arches 3, Crestwood 1 Woodman 6, Church Tavern 3 Glasscutters ‘A’ 4, Quarry Bank Liberal Club 5 Fox Inn (Lye) 2, Glasscutters ‘B’ 3 Rose and Crown 4, Lion had a bye.

With fixtures now fast running out in the Gilbert’s Bar Monday Night League Steve Jones continues to lead the field with 197 points from 24 games. Ben Johnson has moved up into second place after he added 7-1 wins against both Simon Pritchard and Lee Quarry to give him a total of 195 points from 25 games. Third in the table Steve Lynch is just a further three points behind Johnson but he has completed 26 games.

Full Results:Week 29:- Joe Bartolo 1 Lee Quarry 7, Jamie Aplin 1 Simon Mountford 7, Ben Johnson 7 Simon Pritchard 1, Paul Vaughan 5 Tom Hollowood 3, Ben Johnson 7 Lee Quarry 1, Ant Dent 8 Jan Zeman 0.

There were convincing wins for the leaders of both divisions one and two in game number six of the Shirley and District Monday Night League as the division one leaders Dunky’s Boys beat Saracens Swords 8-1 and Highwood, top of division two handed out a 9-0 whitewash to their opponents, bottom of the division Saracens Slingers.

Dunky’s lead on average from both Tippetts Bar and Lodge, Tippetts won 7-2 against Saracens Misfits and with 180’s from M.O’Sullivan and J.Hinkley Lodge had a 5-4 win over Bears.

In the basement fixture, Cider House, who are bottom of the top division chalked up their second win in six as they beat the team directly above them Wharf 5-4 but still remain two points behind their opponents.

Highwood have a two points lead at the top of the second division as Vikings, who were their nearest rivals lost their home tie with Wythall Legion 7-2 and drop to fourth in the table level on eight points with both second placed Wythall Legion and third in the table HSCC who won 6-3 at Legion Royals.

Full Results:Game 6:Division One:- Dunky’s Boys 8 Saracens Swords 1, Cider House 5 (M.MCallion 17 darts game) Wharf 4 (S.Hicks 180,18 darts game, M.Jones 154f), Tippets Bar 7 Saracens Misfits 2, Lodge 5 ( M.O’Sullivan 180, J.Hinkley 180) Bears 4 (D.Heighway 100b, J.Wright 17 darts game), Division Two:- Highwood 9 Saracens Slingers 0, Vikings 2 Wythall Legion 7, Legion Royals 3 HSCC 6, Sharmans Cross 3 (T.Birmingham 120b) Solihull Municipal 6 (C.Clarke 110f).

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