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Article: Alan Towe - Birmingham Mail 26/01/2022

Alan Towe - Birmingham Mail 26/01/2022

The Sheldon and District Winter League had the first round of their Punchbowl on the fixture card in which premier division leaders Dunky’s Boys took out division two opponents Raven with a 5-2 scoreline. There was a battle royal between Sheldon Marlborough Arrows Langley Flights who are currently placed second and third in the premier, the close 4-3 result going in favour of Sheldon.

Division two leaders Willclare Sports and Social had a notable 4-3 win over Hornet who are at the foot of the premier division while Hampton and Solihull CC, who are without a win in the league and bottom of division two held their premier opponents Iron Horse Flights to a very close 4-3 win.

In the all premier clash between Langley Arrows and Hob Meadow, it was the former who got the convincing 6-1 verdict. Yardley Ex Colts won the division one battle with Shirley Misfits by 4-3 and with the same result Sheldon Marlborough Ridge got the better of their fellow division two opponents Lyndon Old Boys.

Journeys End, who are second in division two beat Meadway Sports and Social who are bottom of division one 5-2.

Full Results:Punchbowl:Round One:- Willclare Sports and Social 4 Hornet 3, Lyndon Old Boys 3 Sheldon Marlborough Ridge 4, Yardley Ex Colts 4 Shirley Misfits 3, Journeys End 5 Meadway Sports and Social 2, Dunky’s Boys 5 Raven 2, Langley Arrows 6 Hob Meadow 1, Sheldon Marlborough Arrows 4 Langley Flights 3, Hampton and Solihull CC 3 Iron Horse Flights 4.


Division one leaders in the Four Oaks and District League Boldmere St Mikes had a vital 6-3 win playing away against Highcroft Social who as a result of their defeat drop one place to third and are replaced in their former second place by Red Lion who had a similar 6-3 win at Oscott Social Club. Second in the division and four points behind St Mikes are Erdington Arrows who turned a 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 win against Walmley CSC Flights to leave them four points off the top.

Not a good week for Golden Hind as Pint Pot Flights and Old Oscott Arrows both secured narrow 5-4 wins against respective opponents Golden Hind and Golden Hind Arrows.

In the second division fourth placed Charley’s Flights handed leaders Heartlands a 5-4 defeat, this being only their second loss in ten games. A comfortable 6-3 win at Plough and Arrows has seen Bishop Vesey draw level on 16 points with Heartlands and trailing by just two legs of average.

D.Jarvis jnr (Boldmere St Mikes), S.Shorthouse (Highcroft Social), Roxy Bennett (Plough and Arrows) and R.Nelson (St Thomas Arrows) all recorded their first 180’s this week.

Full Results:Game 10:Division One:- Pint Pot Flights 5 (N.Bruton 160b, L.Lemathy 100, N.Robbins 2x100,117f, P.Smith 2x100, G.Rouse 100, Martin Phillips 2x100) Golden Hind 4 (T.O’Kereke 132, A.Kimberley 105, W.Naylor 152b,140, F.Naylor 100,118, J.Greaves 140), Golden Hind Lions 4 (J.Mahon 3x100, R.Hasluck 121, D.Haynes 138, J.Clarke 142b,121, M.Deathridge 100,104f) Old Oscott Arrows 5 (J.Higgins 137, B.Hoare 121, M.Maher 108b,2x100,142b, M.Page 103, P.Locke 100b,140, L.Jones 100, D.Page 100,140), Erdington Arrows 5 (D.Rawlings 100, C.Hill 2x100, K.Smith 2x100, M.Phillips 100,160, J.Green 122) Walmley CSC Flights 4 (W.Cadby 121, P.Moran 100,140, S.Wilson 2x100, A.Cooksey 134,2x100), Highcroft Social 3 (T.Pallett 123,100, S.Pritchett 135,2x100, K.Shorthouse 100, K.Neale 2x100, S.Shorthouse 180,100) Boldmere St Mikes 6 (M.Wild 100b,100, B.Linnecor 2x100,140, C.Millward jnr 140,125, J.Liggins 123, D.Jarvis jnr 180), Oscott Social Club 3 (D.Shannon 100, I.Lloyd 112b, T.Purcell 2x100) Red Lion 6 (M.Corfield 120b, B.Hughes 111b,125, J.Collins 100, D.Vickers 140,120f), Division Two:- Plough and Arrows 3 (R.Davies 115,134, S.Alexander 2x140, M.Willetts 140, A.Gough 112b,2x100, N.Gilbert 2x140,105f, Roxy Bennett 180) Bishop Vesey 6 (C.Sammons 101b,2x100, A.France 100, D.Walton 100,140, S.Abbott 101b,140, N.Smallwood 115b,2x100,125, A.Jones 114, N.Sammons 100), Sutton Sharks 4 (C.Gardener 120b,140,100, J.Boden 140, A.Jarvis 2x100, J.McKeever 118b,140) Rosey Mac’s 5 (S.Wright 128, R.Snelson 100, J.Cox snr 112b,2x100, N.Bradley 100b,2x100), St Thomas Arrows 7 (P.Andrews 2x120b,100b,100, G.Stait 100b, R.Nelson 140,125,180,3x100, G.Lynch 101b) Deers Leap 2 (R.Batham 100, Jamie Sabin 122b,121, T.Ross 100b, Ant Kimberley 3x100,140), Bills Arrows 4 (G.Averill 100,140, D.Bond 125,100, J.Averill 125, M.Cooper 3x100) Erdington Flyers 5 (M.Yate 100, A.Linehan 135, D.Forster 108b,3x100, H.Sadler112b,2x100, L.Cooksey 2x140), Charley’s Flights 5 (A.Barber 100, R.Vann 100, P.Nicholls 2x100,140,9 darts game, J.Burdett 100,117, T.Hines 119b,118,131, J.Morahan 100) Heartlands 4 (John Frost 3x100,140,136, S.McCormack 120, G.McCormack 120b,2x140,100, Jim Frost 120b,100).


Copper Fox remain top of the Kings Norton League and hold on to their two points lead after beating Bournebrook 6-1. Second placed E57 went one better than the leaders as they handed out a 7-0 whitewash to their visitors Rubery Social Club. A further two points adrift on 20 points is Thurlestone who have replaced Bournebrook in third place after their 5-2 win at Northfield. Bournebrook and Rubery Legion are currently joint fourth, level on 18 points with the same average after Rubery Legion won 5-2 at Cock Inn.

Full Results:Game 13:- E57 7 (N.Porter 2x100,120,121, D.Logan 100,125, T.Roberts 2x100,140, D.Dowling 100, A.Mutch 100, E.Bird 100, J.Calt 100,118) Rubery Social Club 0 (G.Bailles 3x100,140, A.Bailles 100,140, T.Burbridge 102, M.Ferriday 121,125, S.Wallace 100), Cock Inn 2 (P.Hughes 2x100, A.Harvey 2x100,116, A.Vaughan 3x140, Joe Fox 100,140, K.Vaughan 2x100) Rubery Legion 5 (J.Higgins 100,125,140, T.Davis 100, A.Faulkner 5x100, J.Grainger 100,121, J.O'Neill 2x100,127,140, P.Medlicott 3x100,105, J.Ford 100), Bournebrook 1 (R.Orton 100,140, T.Jeffs 100, T.Cullen 121, D.Collins 100,121,140,180, C.Ryan 133, M.Bathurst 2x100,140) Copper Fox 6 (E.Simpson 2x100,125,140, C.Whitehouse 2x100,2x140,125f, D.Marsh 121,125, A.Beagrie 100,121, T.Hamilton 100, R.Mann 2x100,125, G.Dews 3x100,140, A.Beagrie 180, E.Simpson 180), Northfield 2 (P.Walton 100, M.Lloyd 5x100, J.Taylor 3x100,125) Thurlestone 5 (J.Downer 2x100, N.Watts 2x100,137, D.Garfield 140, R.Waldron 120, T.Garfield 135,180, D.Peace 2x100), Toby Jug 3 (A.Phillips 119, R.Packer 100,120, B.Heath 3x100, S.Jacques 2x100, M.Mooney 4x100, A.Coyle 100) Grant Arms 4 (P.Taylor 105,121,125, S.Campbell 116, N.Smith 110, P.Smith 100,125,140, Donna Campbell 100,105, D.Campbell 2x100,140, V.Walton 2x100,125, S.Hale 101), Kings Heath 4 (D.Parish 132, A.Homer 100, P.Hunt 100, M.Marshall 3x100,103f, R.Hampton 2x100, S.Morris 100,140, J.Williams 100) Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club 3 (C.Davenport 140, S.Carr 116, R.Fisher 100,125, G.Williamson 3x100, P.Corbett 100,100f,125,180, M.Fisher 100).


It was cup semi-finals week in the Camp Hill League, first the League Cup which saw league leaders Aston Inn Nomads earn their final spot with a 5-2 win over New Inn Lions and in the final they will be facing currently third in the league Roost Rebels who had a close 4-3 win over Meadway Social.

In the Consolation Cup there was a convincing 6-1 win for second placed Sheldon Marlborough Flights over bottom of the table Sedgemere Flights. From the other side of the draw Tyseley Newbies beat local rivals Tyseley WMC 4-3.

Full Results:League Cup:Semi-Finals:- Aston Inn Nomads 5 New Inn Lions 2, Roost Rebels 4 Meadway Social 3, Consolation Cup:Semi-Finals:- Sheldon Marlborough Flights 6 Sedgemere Devils 1, Tyseley Newbies 4 Tyseley WMC 3.


Dunky’s Boys stayed on track for the division one title in the Shirley and District Monday Night League when in week 13 they won 7-2 at Saracens Swords to keep their four points lead intact over nearest rivals Tippetts Bar who had a narrow 5-4 success playing at Saracens Misfits who are bottom of the division. Although four points behind Dunky’s Tippetts do have a game in hand as do third placed Lodge, however after suffering a 6-3 defeat away to Bears they are now some six points off the top.

Little change at the top of division two with all of the top three teams winning, leaders Wythall Legion won 5-4 at home against fourth in the division Vikings, second placed Solihull Municipal had a 6-3 home win over Sharmans Cross to remain two points behind Wythall and third in the division Highwood, who are a further two points adrift, were the division’s biggest winners of the week beating Saracens Slingers 7-2.

Full Results:Week 13:Division One:- Saracens Swords 2 Dunky’s Boys 7, Wharf 3 Cider House 6 (S.Veitch 180, M.Jones 140b), Saracens Misfits 4 Tippets Bar 5, Bears 6 Lodge 3, Division Two:- Saracens Slingers 2 Highwood 7, Wythall Legion 5 Vikings 4, HSCC 4 Legion Royals 5, Solihull Municipal 6 (C.Clarke 180,18 darts game) Sharmans Cross 3 (S.Dixon 100f).


A 5-2 home win over Gate Hangs Well has seen White Horse take their unbeaten run in the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League to nine games which keeps them two points ahead of the rest of the field. Second and third placed Britannia and Woodman both chalked up massive 7-0 wins as in turn they accounted for Crestwood and Rose and Crown leaving the Brit two points behind the leaders and Woodman four points adrift, however both teams have played one game more than White Horse.

Full Results:Game 12:- Woodman 7 Rose and Crown 0, Fox Inn (Lye) 2 Seven Stars 5, White Horse 5 Gate Hangs Well 2, Church Tavern 3 Bell ‘B’ 4, Crestwood 0 Britannia 7, Bird in Hand, Ten Arches and Bell ‘A’ all had a bye.


Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club held on to their six points lead at the top of the Netherton Thursday Night League by adding an 8-1 win over Spring Meadow Social Club to their account. Townsend Club, with 33 points are second and they won a vital game against third in the league Bulls Head 5-4 to open a three points gap between the two teams.

Fourth in the table Old Hill Cricket Club lost ground in the title race as they lost 6-3 playing away against Netherton Sports and Social who are just two places off the foot of the table.

Full Results:Game 16:- Netherton Sports and Social 6 Old Hill Cricket Club 3, Fairfield 7 Netherton Conservative Club 2, Townsend Social Club 5 Bulls Head 4, Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 8 Spring Meadow Social Club 1.


The Sedgley and Gornal Tuesday Night League are two games into the second half of their season and leaders Old Bulls Head stretched their undefeated run to thirteen games when they won 6-3 playing away against Lamp Tavern. Second placed New Inn kept the deficit to four points by winning 5-2 at fifth in the table Jolly Crispin and making it wins for all of the top four sides, third and fourth placed Gornal Labour Club and Seven Stars in turn won 7-2 against Red Cow and Meadow Lark.

There was a rare win for Pensnett Liberal Club as they won 5-4 at Griffin, this being only their third win in thirteen games.

Full Results:Game 13:- Lamp Tavern 3 Old Bulls Head 6, Jolly Crispin 4 New Inn 5, Griffin 4 Pensnett Liberal Club 5, Gornal Labour Club 7 Red Cow 2, Meadow Lark 2 Seven Stars 7, Five Ways 4 Chainyard 5.


The fixtures produced a top of the table clash in the Stourbridge and District Wednesday Night League as leaders Bird in Hand ‘E’ travelled to take on second placed Fox Inn (Lye). The outcome was a close 4-3 win for Bird in Hand ‘E’ to see them open up a two points lead over their hosts. Third in the table Bell ‘A’ lost ground as they went down 5-2 playing away against White Horse who move up the table one place to fourth.

Full Results:Game 10:- Fox Inn (Lye) 3 Bird in Hand ‘E’ 4, White Horse 5 (S.Tipper 160b) Bell ‘A’ 2, Bird in Hand ‘A’ 5 (A,Smith 9 darts game)) Raven 2, Bell ‘B’ 4 Ten Arches ‘B’ 3, Ten Arches ‘A’ v Ashwood cancelled.


Tomorrow night (Thursday 27th January) at 8.00pm there will be a meeting at Allen’s Sports Bar, Newhall Street, Tipton, DY4 9HL with a view to forming a new Black Country Singles League. The league is open to male and female players with the format being eight legs of 501 straight start double finish, one point per leg, one bonus point for a draw and two bonus points for a win with all legs to be played.

There will be a £5 registration fee plus a further £3 per week for each player. Based on 32 players playing all the games there will be a prize pot of £4000 with all players receiving a pay-out at the end of the season.

Please note that if you drop out at any time you will forfeit any monies paid in, so only join if you can play all season.

It is proposed the league will get underway on the 10th February. For more information contact Bob Shaw at Allen's Bar on 0121-557-9223 or Marie Millward on 07376-489887.


In the latest of the Black Country Super League fixtures Railway Tavern had a close 3-2 win over Allen’s Bar ‘B’ but it was not enough to have their lead reduced at the top of the table as second placed Yeltz Bar ‘A’ handed out a 5-0 whitewash to their visiting team, bottom of the table Rowley Bar and Grill to see them move to within one point of Railway.

In the local derby between Allen’s Bar ‘A’ and Allen’s Bar ‘C’ it was the former and lower in the table ‘A’ team that got the 3-2 verdict and the ‘C’ team, although still third in the league are now some ten points off the top.

Full Results:Game 18:- Yeltz Bar ‘B’ 3 Horse and Jockey 2, Railway Tavern 3 Allens Bar ‘B’ 2, Yeltz Bar ‘A’ 5 Rowley Bar and Grill 0, High Acres ‘A’ 3 Old Hill Cricket Club 2, Allens Bar ‘A’ 3 Allens Bar ‘C’ 2, High Acres ‘B’ v White Swan cancelled.


I end this week’s column on a very sad and also personal note as I sadly report the passing of one of my oldest and dearest friends, and long-time darts comrade Matt Kelly.

Matt, one of the finest darts players to come out of Tipton played in county, super league, many local leagues and in addition local, National and American competitions to name but a few.

My sincere condolences go to Matt’s family, he will be sorely missed.

Rest in Peace Matt, many thanks for all the happy hours we spent on the dartboard together.

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