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Article: Alan Towe - A West Midlands Round up

Alan Towe - A West Midlands Round up

Warwickshire extended their unbeaten run in the Elite Premier Division of the UKDA National League with a 22-14 home win over Cheshire, however despite the win they go from two points off the top to four points behind leaders Lancashire as they won 24-12 away to Essex. Warwickshire remain second in the division with an eight point’s advantage over third placed Lincolnshire.

The weekend got off to a good start as the ladies ‘B’ won 4-2 with Marian Conway taking the match award for a second time in three games, her average 18.09. The men’s ‘B’ made it three straight wins with a 7-5 result, Martin Tonks (28.01) their top player.

Sunday saw the ladies ‘A’ emulate their ‘B’ team’s result as they also won 4-2 with the match award going to Natalie Gilbert for her super 23.86 average in a 3-0 win over Bev Martin.

The match award for the men’s ‘A’ went to Jamie Hughes as he accounted for Luke Littler with a 4-1 scoreline and a superb 30.97 average as his team, similar to the ladies was a copy of the ‘B’ team’s 7-5 win.

Full Results:Warwickshire 22 Cheshire 14:Men’s ‘A’:- Steve Hine 2 Ryan Craddock 4, Noel Grant 4 Joe Rowland 1, Mark Strong 1 Shaun Wilkinson 4, Ian Shaw 4 Shaun Walshe 2, Jamie Atkins 4 Steve Lomas 2, Prakash Jiwa 4 Mal Barrow 3, Ian McFarlane 0 Tony Richardson 4, Gareth Braham 4 Jeff Fisher 3, Tom Martin 1 Michael Haynes 4, Jamie Hughes 4 Luke Littler 1, Kevin Dowling 4 Paul Phillips 2, Steve Giddings 2 Stuart Kellett 4, Men’s ‘B’:- Luke Kennedy 2 Anthony Hall 4, Dave Hill 4 Jason Whitelegg 1, Matty Washbrooke 4 Neil Gerrard 3, Wayne Mynard 4 Peter Boughey 3, Martin Tonks 4 Keith Croxford 2, Mark Carter 2 Martin Kettle 4, Dave Honey 3 Paul Goodwin 4, Carl Green 0 Shaun Walshe 4, Karl Reynolds 4 Mike Warren 2, Jack Wareing 4 Clive Lucking 1, Will Naylor 4 Colin Smith 3, Darren Swords 2 Darren Downey 4, Women’s ‘A’:- Natalie Gilbert 3 Bev Martin 0, Sue Gulliver 3 Heidi Williams 1, Tammy Montgomery 3 Ros Hemmings 1, Nina Bolt 1 Andrea Hunt 3, Angela Jones 3 Lyn Marsden 1, Donna Pinch 2 Vicky Pruim 3, Women’s ‘B’:- Melanie Jones 3 Kerry Mundy 0, Denise Keyte 1 Adele Probin 3, Marian Conway 3 Liz Humphries 1, Chloe McKivett 3 Sarah Goodwin 1, Wendy Adams 3 Alex Foulds 2, Caroline Pike 0 Amy Evans 3.

In the AON Championship Division West Midlands for the second time in three games lost. Playing away against Dorset the Midlanders went down 21-15 with the men’s ‘B’ side the sole winners.

The ladies ‘A’ and ‘B’ in turn suffered large 4-2 and 5-1 defeats with Gemma Barrett (16.90) and Sophie Singh (16.37) taking the respective ‘A’ and ‘B’ awards.

The men’s ‘B’ won 7-5 with Richard Platt their top player as he recorded an average of 25.16, while the ‘A’ side lost by the same margin, Darren Williams (27.97) their man of the match. The defeat leaves West Midlands still just two places off the foot of the table.

Full Results:Dorset 21 West Midlands 15:Men’s ‘A’:- Steve Earley 1 Michael Baker 4, Carl Beattie 4 Dean Fullwood 3, Dan Perry 4 Scott Hall 2, Danny Pearce 2 Ian Jones 4, Scott Mitchell 4 Adam Teasdale 0, Dale Masterman 1 Darren Williams 4, Robbie Martin 4 Gavin Baker 3, Tommy Morris 4 Wayne Willis 0, Kevin Smith 4 Martin Angell 2, Richard Wright 2 Ash Khayat 4, Mark Grimes 2 Shaun Carroll 4, Ricky King 4 John Morris 3, Men’s ‘B’:- Steve Alden 2 Adam Johnson 4, Damian Mudge 4 Luke Griffiths 2, Ryan Mabey 4 Paul Price 3, Terry Gowans 4 Mark Craddock 2, Richie Gomm 3 Neil Pointon 4, Roy Pidgeon 1 Jon Platt 4, John Clark 3 Gareth Watts 4, Nick Turner 4 Mike Hampson 2, Rob Channing 3 Richard Platt 4, Richard Perry 2 Daniel Coyle 4, Mark Porter 2 Matthew Dicken 4, Robby Morris 4 John Brindley 3, Women’s ‘A’:- Sam Kirton 2 Gemma Barrett 3, Cathy Campbell 3 Claire Hobbs 2, Suzy Trickett 3 Jacqueline Maiden 0, Trina Perry 3 Katherine Jenkins 0, Julie Frampton 2 Shellbie Simmons 3, Katie Mitchell 3 Kat Mclean 1, Women’s ‘B’:- Julie Boggust 3 Jacqueline Simmons 0, Sally Old 3 Debbie Davies 0, Roz Annetts 3 Crysta Wilcox 1, Donna Mabbatt 3 Sarah Maybury 1, Lily Woodrow 3 Kelly Doleman 0, Lin Bellingham 1 Sophie Singh 3.

The Black Country have opened up a five points lead at the top of the Darts for Windows Division Three after adding a 25-11 home win over Northumberland who prior to the fixture were their nearest rivals level on the same 48 points.

For the men’s teams it was a great weekend with both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ winning 9-3, taking the respective man of the match awards were Reece Colley with a tremendous 33.40 average and Liam Kelly who averaged 26.84.

There were mixed fortunes for the ladies as Saturday’s ‘B’ team lost 4-2 with Shannon Hall (17.58) the award winner while the ‘A’ recorded a convincing 5-1 victory with Steph Konya (17.72) lady of the match.

The win sees Black Country now on 76 points with Gloucestershire taking over in second place on 71 points.

Full Results:The Black Country 25 Northumberland 11:Men’s ‘A’:- Shane Price 4 Richard Gerry 2, Owen Maiden 4 Paul Bell 0, Reece Colley 4 Nick Stephenson 0, Jamie Barrowman 0 Mark Stephenson 4, Scott Baker 4 Andy Parks 0, Trevor Brennon 4 Paul Richardson 0, Martin Price 4 Lee Harrison 3, Ben Hollowood 1 Chris Harvey 4, Paul Wells 2 Simon Tate 4, Rob Smith 4 Liam Forster 1, Dan Nicholls 4 Phil Rickerby 0, Gaz Johnson 4 Micky Ord 1, Men’s ‘B’:- Chris Hickman 3 Gary Reed 2, Rich Bowen 3 Daniel Stephenson 1, James Hykin 3 Paul Keogh 2, Liam Kelly 3 Gary Broadhead 0, Mark Rollinson 1 Mark Stephenson 3, Adam Edgar 3 Danny Oman 0, Mat Tedstone 3 Arran Keogh 2, Shane Sheridan 3 Reece Aitman 0, Lewis Law 3 Jamie Britten 1, Jamie Rollinson 1 Dan Hallowell 3, Ali Hickinbottom 3 Kev McGarry 0, Neil Steventon 2 Liam Forster 3, Women’s ‘A’:- Tammy Chance 3 Angela Best 0, Grace Angell 3 Sara Gowens 1, Chez Allcock 3 Dawn Longstaff 0, Doreen Hunt 1 Casey Stephenson 3, Steph Koyna 3 Ang Turnbull 1, Lynne Reynolds 3 Linda Smith 2, Women’s ‘B’:- Shannon Hall 3 Mary Pattinson 1, Sophie Pinches 1 Phonsawan Whillis 3, Angie Carroll 3 Marie Silk 2, Heather Wright 0 Debbie Waugh 3, Stella Sims 0 Iyla Leightley 3, Lacey Hughes 0 Sarah Higgins 3.

Golden Hind Lions are bottom of division one of the Four Oaks and District League without a win in five games but they were so unlucky in their latest fixture against local rivals Golden Hind as the match went to the wire and they lost in the final game of the night 2-1. The tie included two maximums, one for each team as W.Naylor chalked up his third for the Hind and M.Pearce his first for the Lions.

Division one leaders Boldmere St Mikes beat Walmley CSC Flights 8-1 to keep them two points to the good on second placed Erdington Arrows who won 6-3 at Highcroft Social. Erdington’s win also gives them a two point’s lead over Old Oscott Arrows, Red Lion, Golden Hind and Highcroft Social.

In the second division Bills Arrows had a narrow 5-4 win over St Thomas Arrows and Bishop Vesey defeated Sutton Sharks 7-2, both teams join Heartlands at the top of the table on eight points as Heartlands suffered their first defeat of the campaign when they surprisingly lost 6-3 away to Plough and Arrows.

D.Shannon (Oscott Social Club) hit this week’s only other 180.

Full Results:Match 5:Division One:- Golden Hind 5 (T.O’Kereke 100b, W.Naylor 2x112b,2x100,123,180,140, D.Pickering 100, B.Stephens 116b,133,121, F.Naylor 2x100,140) Golden Hind Lions 4 (M.Deathridge 100b,100,110, J.Mahon 125, M.Pearce 2x140,180,2x100, A.Lilley 2x100, J.Clarke 100), Highcroft Social 3 (K.Shorthouse 120b,100, E.A.Birkett 138, S.Pritchett 2x100b,140,107, S.Shorthouse 100) Erdington Arrows 6 (C.Hill 130b,140,2x100, T.Colley 100, C.Winters 112b,125,140,2x100, C.Martin 140), Boldmere St Mikes 8 (B.Liggins 152b, C.Millward snr 120b,100, M.McFall 2x100,135,10 darts game, M.Wild 118, C.Millward jnr 112b,121, D.Fletcher 100, B.Linnecor 105,2x100, M.Ashton 120b,100,135f,100b,121, J.Liggins 2x100,107) Walmley CSC Flights 1 (G.Gaughan 117, W.Cadby 130, R.Smith 100, J.Kavanagh 100,105,140, P.Moran 100, T.Evans 100), Old Oscott Arrows 5 (B.Hoare 100, J.Higgins 121, P.Locke 2x100, D.Parsons 112b,100,140, D.Page 140, M.Maher 100, A.Lea 100) Oscott Social Club 4 (D.Shannon 180, T.Purcell 100, P.Graham 2x100, A.Whitehouse 2x140,2x100, D.Hodgkins 105b, I.Lloyd 100), Pint Pot Flights 5 (N.Robbins 100b,140, P.Smith 105,2x125,100, Martin Phillips 112b,100, J.Moon 117,100) Red Lion 4 (R.Lowe 140,125, B.Hughes 2x100,125,140, I.Matthews 126, B.Lysaght 160b,105,100, D.Vickers 2x100), Division Two:- Bishop Vesey 7 (C.Sammons 2x100, N.Sammons 2x100,120, S.Abbott 100b,101b,100, D.Sammons 2x100, N.Smallwood 2x121) Sutton Sharks 2 (C.Gardener 100b,115, F.Davies 132,140, Jack Boden 140), Bills Arrows 5 (G.Holloway 135, M.Cooper 140,100b,100, R.McLaughlin 3x100) St Thomas Arrows 4 (P.Andrews 135, J.Lynch 140,100, R.Nelson 2x100,140), Erdington Flyers 5 (M.Yate 118b, K.Hopkins 140, L.Cooksey 100, A.Linehan 3x100,134,135, H.Sadler 3x100, R.Liennard 100) Deers Leap 4 (T.Kelly 120b,100b,140, S.Kelly 100,112f, R.Batham 112b,110,100,117f,9 darts game), Rosey Mac’s 1 (S.Wright 127, J.Cox snr 2x100) Charley’s Flights 8 (R.Barritt 100, A.Barber 103b, T.Hines 115, R.Franks 3x100,105,140, R.Vann 121, K.Reynolds 123, P.Nicholls 134,101,100), Plough and Arrows 6 (N.Gilbert 3x100,137, S.Gow 2x102b,100, S.Alexander 100, A.Humphriss 2x100) Heartlands 3 (S.Cain 103b,100, Jim Frost 3x100,140, S.McCormack 100b,140, I.Jones 100b, Matthew Cain 152b).

Played six, won six that’s the record for Copper Fox in the Kings Norton League as they added their latest 5-2 success over Northfield to their account, they are now the only team in the league with a 100% win record. A 4-3 home win over Thurlestone has seen Rubery Legion move up two places in the table to second just two points behind the leaders while their opponents drop from third to fourth following their defeat.

E57 not only lost their number two spot but also their undefeated record as they went down 4-3 at Cock Inn and slip to third place, now four points off the top but with a game in hand.

Full Results:Game 6:- Cock Inn 4 (P.Vaughan 112, P.Hughes 3x100,140, L.Fox 2x100, A.Harvey 100,140, Joe Fox 102f, A.Vaughan 2x100, K.Vaughan 100,106f) E57 3 (E.Bird 100, D.Logan 100, T.Roberts 3x100, N.Porter 2x100, R.Morris 100, A.Mutch 100,140, J.Calt 100), Copper Fox 5 (E.Simpson 123, C.Whitehouse 100,2x140,180,15 darts game, K.Bedder 2x100,121,135, T.Hamilton 3x100,140, R.Mann 120f,140, G.Dews 4x100,137,140) Northfield 2 (L.Allen 140, M.Lloyd 2x100,140, L.Preece 100, P.Draper 100,118, J.Taylor 100), Rubery Legion 4 (J.Higgins 125,140, J.O'Neill 2x100,120,140, C.Guest 3x100, A.Faulkner 2x100,125,130, J.Grainger 100, J.Ford 100,125) Thurlestone 3 (D.Garfield 100,134, T.Garfield 101,125,140, R.Waldron 2x100,135, A.Deeley 100, N.Watts 100,180, B.Andrews 2x100,123,125), Bournebrook 5 (T.Jeffs 2x100,140, L.Arnold 2x140, T.Cullen 2x100,2x140, K.Mason 134,180, D.Collins 125, M.Bathurst 100,140) Toby Jug 2 (R.Packer 100, B.Heath 100,123, A.Phillips 118, D.Crook 123, A.Aindow 116, S.Jacques 140), Grant Arms 5 (P.Taylor 2x100,135, S.Campbell 2x100,114, N.Smith 2x100, P.Smith 2x100,122, Donna Campbell 3x100) Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club 2 (S.Carr 100,116, S.Corbett 100,117f,120, C.Davenport 100, P.Corbett 101, S.Brown 100), Rubery Social Club 4 (L.Pearce 2x100,120, A.Chatterton 100,116, B.Crumpton 100,140, M.Ferriday 100,125) Kings Heath 3 (J.Tulloch 100, S.Morris 100,101,140, D.Parish 4x100, J.Bridges 2x100,140, R.Hampton 100,121,140).

The Sheldon and District Winter League have made a welcome return as they have got their season back underway after a long enforced break due to COVID-19.

In the Premier Division two teams tie after the opening fixtures, Dunky’s Boys and Langley Arrows in turn winning 8-1 against Iron Horse Flights and Mackadown Social. Hot on their heels with 7-2 wins are Highwood Gerry’s Boys and Sheldon Marlborough Arrows who got their wins at the expense of Hobs Meadow and Hornet.

A similar 8-1 victory sees Kingshurst Labour Club top Division One as they defeated Meadway Sports and Social. A 7-2 win for Yardley Ex Colts over Irish Centre putting them in second place. And 7-2 was the margin by which Langley Flights won at Hampton and Solihull CC to give them pole position in Division Two with a one leg advantage over both Lyndon Old Boys and Journeys End.

Full Results:Week 1:Premier Division:- Dunky’s Boys 8 (Richard Mills 180, Pete Healy 121f) Iron Horse Flights 1, Hornet 2 Sheldon Marlborough Arrows 7, Langley Arrows 8 (Jake Webster 10 darts game) Mackadown Social 1, Hobs Meadow 2 Highwood Gerry’s Boys 7, Division One:- Irish Centre 2 Yardley Ex Colts 7, Maggies 3 Hollywood Social 6, Shirley Misfits 4 Sheldon Dukes 5, Meadway Sports and Social 1 Kingshurst Labour Club 8, Division Two:- Raven 3 Lyndon Old Boys 6 (Dave Sheridan 138f), Small Heath Gardeners 3 Journeys End 6, Hampton and Solihull CC 2 Langley Flights 7 (Lee Harris 10 darts game), Sheldon Marlborough Ridge 4 Willclare Sports and Social 5.

There’s no stopping Aston Inn Nomads in the Camp Hill League as they made it nine straight wins with a convincing 6-1 result at Moseley Arms. The win keeps Aston four points ahead with a game in hand on Sheldon Marlborough Flights and New Inn Lions as the former won 6-1 at Roost Rebels while the latter had a 5-2 defeat inflicted on them at Tyseley Newbies.

Full Results:Game 10:- Moseley Arms 1 Aston Inn Nomads 6, Tyseley Newbies 5 New Inn Lions 2, Meadway Social 5 Sedgemere Devils 2, Roost Rebels 1 Sheldon Marlborough Flights 6, Peaky Blinder v Tyseley WMC postponed by Tyseley due to illness / positive tests.

No change at the top of the Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League as both of the top two teams won 6-1, The Vine holds on to pole position after their win over bottom of the table Tamebridge, but they lead by the narrowest of margins, just one leg of average as second placed Dewdrop added their similar win at Horseley Tavern. Third in the table Waggon and Horses had a close 4-3 result away to next to bottom of the table Albion to leave them two points behind the leading duo.

Full Results:Game 10:- Horseley Tavern 1 Dewdrop 6, Albion 3 Waggon and Horses 4, Hayes Social 2 Miners Arms 5, The Vine 6 Tamebridge 1.

Only average separates the top two teams in division one of the Shirley and District Monday Night League as leaders Dunky’s Boys won their home tie with former second placed Tippetts Bar 7-2 and Lodge, who have replaced Tippetts in the number two spot, won by the same 7-2 margin at Wharf. Tippetts Bar, now in third place are two points behind the top two teams.

In division two leaders Highwood were held to a close 5-4 win playing away against sixth in the table Legion Royals while their nearest rivals Wythall Legion had a more comfortable 7-2 win over next to bottom Sharmans Cross to keep them within two points of Highwood. Vikings and Solihull Municipal are also just two points off the top, Vikings winning 6-3 at Saracens Slingers and Solihull winning 5-4 at HSCC.

Full Results:Game 7:Division One:- Saracens Swords 5 Cider House 4, Dunky’s Boys 7 (J.Webster 116b,17 darts game, A.Hutchings 17 darts game, R.Mills 13 darts game) Tippets Bar 2, Wharf 2 (L.Tomlin 100f) Lodge 7 (P.Sinnett 106f), Saracens Misfits 1 Bears 8, Division Two:- Saracens Slingers 3 Vikings 6, Legion Royals 4 (M.Bown 180) Highwood 5 (M.Andrews 180), Wythall Legion 7 (D.Walker 180) Sharmans Cross 2 (P.Lee 180), HSCC 4 Solihull Municipal 5.

It was second taking on third in the Netherton Thursday Night League as Bulls Head played hosts to Townsend Social Club. The result was a close 5-4 win for the visitors as Townsend replaced their opponents in second place, both teams on 18 points with Townsend having the slightly better average. Leaders Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club opened up a 4-0 lead at Spring Meadow Social Club but were made to wait until the second doubles game before securing their 5-4 win to open up a six point’s advantage over Townsend and Bulls Head.

Full Results:Game 9:- Bulls Head 4 Townsend Social Club 5, Old Hill Cricket Club 6 Netherton Sports and Social Club 3, Netherton Conservative Club 2 Fairfield 7, Spring Meadow Social Club 4 Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 5.

Glasscutters ‘A’ had a setback to their title hopes in the Stourbridge Monday Night League as they suffered a 5-2 home defeat at the hands of the Quarry Bank Liberal Club team. This was Glasscutters first defeat in five while their opponents, who are placed fourth in the table, are one of only two teams in the league not to have lost. The other undefeated team is Lion, Stourbridge who in seventh place, like Quarry Bank Liberal have only played three games.

Gate Hangs Well and Ten Arches are joint second in the table both level on average and also level on eight points with Glasscutters ‘A’ who despite their defeat hang on to pole position with a two legs advantage.

Full Results:Game 5:- Seven Stars 3 Gate Hangs Well 4, Hare and Hounds 0 Glasscutters ‘B’ 7, Ten Arches 4 Crestwood 3, Woodman 5 Church Tavern 2, Glasscutters ‘A’ 2 (R.Riaz 152b) Quarry Bank Liberal Club 5, Fox Inn (Lye) 2 Lion (Stourbridge) 5, Rose and Crown 1 Britannia 6, Bird in Hand had a bye.

Gornal Labour Club have moved up one place in the Sedgley and Gornal Tuesday Night League after beating New Inn 5-4, who were formerly second, the result puts both teams on 16 points four points adrift of leaders Old Bulls Head whose close 5-4 win at Five Ways takes their points tally to a perfect 20 from ten games.

Fourth in the league Seven Stars and sixth placed Griffin were the week’s biggest winners as they recorded 8-1 wins over respective opponents Red Cow and Meadow Lark.

Full Results:Game 10:- Five Ways 4 Old Bulls Head 5, Gornal Labour Club 5 New Inn 4, Chainyard 4 Pensnett Liberal Club 5, Lamp Tavern 3 Jolly Crispin 6, Griffin 8 Meadow Lark 1, Seven Stars 8 Red Cow 1.

Bird in Hand ‘E’ made it five straight wins in the Stourbridge Wednesday Night League when they won 5-2 away to Raven. Second in the table Glasscutters ‘A’ have played one game fewer than the leaders, they handed out a 7-0 whitewash to their local rivals Glasscutters ‘B’ to make it four wins in as many games and keeps them within two points of Bird ‘E’ with a game in hand.

Late newcomers to the league White Horse chalked up their first win in two as they won 4-3 away to Bird ‘A’.

Full Results:Game 5:- Ashwood 1 Ten Arches ‘B’ 6, Glasscutters ‘A’ 7 Glasscutters ‘B’ 0, Bird ‘A’ 3 White Horse 4, Raven 2 Bird ‘E’ 5, Ten Arches ‘A’ 3 Fox Inn (Lye) 4 (J.Green 8 darts game).

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