Alan Towe's The Line
It appears to have been the season of finals for many of our local leagues and it begins with the South Birmingham League who with all of the domestic fixtures completed have been very busy with the finals of their various knockout cups the first of which saw Banbury Arrows beat The Raven 7-2 to lift the Roy Parry Cup. The final of the Roy Parry Consolation Cup also finished with a 7-2 scoreline with division two outfit Chelmsley Conservative Club losing out to their division one opponents Coleshill Social. Banbury Arrows were unable to make it a double celebration when in the final of the Knockout Cup they finished on the wrong side of a 6-3 result against Coleshill Social. Taking the Jimmy Walker Cup title were The Gate representative team who had a very close 5-4 win over Crown Jewels An 18-8 result against C’s Arrows gave division two champions Iron Horse the Mini League title and in the divisional cups Erdington Members Club added the division one cup title to their already won division one league title when they won 7-2 against Crown at Shard End. In the final of the division two cup C’s Arrows got revenge for their defeat in the Mini League when they somewhat surprisingly beat Iron Horse 5-4. The Captains Cup title went to Adam Cooksey who had a straight 2-0 win over Chris Cooke in the final while the Secretary’s Cup was won by Jake Webster who despite being taken to a deciding leg by Chris Millward ran out the 2-1 winner. The Captains and Secretary’s Doubles Knockout was another of the league finals that went to a deciding leg as Chris Cooke and Gavin Jones defeated Nigel Groves and Phil Jones 2-1.
The Small Heath League played off their Singles Knockout and in the quarter finals there were 2-0 wins for T.White and T.Webster over respective opponents J.Evans and N.Davis while C.Wyatt won 2-1 against J.Frost and G.McCormack had a bye. The last four play-off’s both went to a decider with T.White and C.Wyatt in turn beating G.McCormack and T.Webster 2-1, the title eventually going to T.White after he won 2-0 against C.Wyatt in the final. In the quarter finals of the John Young Plate Knockout A.Cheshire and M.Atkins lost 2-0 in turn to I.Jones and A.Pearson and joining them in the semis were C.Murphy with a 2-1 win over M.Cain and L.Wyatt who had a bye, both of the last four games had 2-0 scorelines with Murphy and Jones progressing to the final at the expense of Pearson and Wyatt. The final went to a deciding leg with I.Jones getting the result against C.Murphy. In the league’s End of Season 501 Knockout a final 2-0 win over N.Davis gave J.Fisher the title, both finalists won their last four games 2-0, Fisher beating S.McCarthy and Davis winning against R.Pikey.
The Forest of Arden Summer League have also been involved in cup finals in fact five of them as they played off their Secretary’s Cup which was won 2-0 by Jake Webster over Dan Cooper while the Captains Cup title went to Nathan Wykes who had a close 2-1 success against Jason Jennings. Sue Kingdon and Simon Edwards won the Mixed Doubles Knockout with Jake Webster and Chloe the 2-0 losing finalists. Simon Edwards was on the winning side again in the Captains and Secretaries Doubles Cup as he and his partner Andy Hutchings beat Terry Clinton and Rob Jelly 2-0. The Singles Knockout attracted a very encouraging 40 entries and working his way through the various rounds to go on and lift the title was Bob Nixon. Nixon began his challenge with a 2-0 win over Jake Webster and followed that with a similar straight legs win over John Sidwell. He then booked his final place with yet another 2-0 win including a tremendous THREE 180’s against John MacDonald. From the other half of the draw Pete Yardley emerged as Nixon’s final opponent. After he had won 2-1 against Andy Hutchings (180) he then beat Sid Moran 2-0 and with a further 2-0 victory in the last four over Dave Tomlinson he had reached the last two. The final saw Nixon drop his first leg of the night but it was insignificant as he beat Pete Yardley 2-1 hitting yet another TWO maximums in the final.
The Singles Cup finals were on the fixture card for the Netherton Thursday Night League and once again for a second consecutive season the title went to Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club man Phil Tonks. In the quarter finals Tonks squared up to his brother Antony and won 2-0, then with a 2-1 success against Rich Lenton (Townsend Social Club) in the semis he booked his final spot against Carl Hadlington from the White Horse. The final saw Phil Tonks win 3-1 to conclude what was an excellent night of darts.
With league fixtures fast running out the Pip Club League staged the finals of a couple of their cups and in the semi-finals of the Open Cup the league’s top two team Queens Head and The Office had wins over respective opponents Pip Club and Old Liberal House, the final then went in favour of Queens Head. The last four games of the John Young Cup saw wins for Belgrave Club and Sports Bar ‘180’ who in turn accounted for Progressive Club and Wigginton Arms. With a final win over Sports Bar ‘180’ it was Belgrave Club who lifted the winner’s silverware. In the penultimate fixtures of the season worthy of a note was the outshot by Progressive Club’s Duncan Campbell who in his game against Old Liberal House produced a 100 game shot, not much of a finish you may think but Duncan actually did it with two bulls. With the fixtures all done and dusted winning not only the combined section but also the seeded one section of the league were Queens Head who finished two points to the good on The Office in both sections. The seeded two section was won by Old Liberal House who with 20 points were four ahead of Red Lion and Pip Club.
After many attempts to arrange their final fixture away to Clwyd the Warwickshire Youth team made the journey to Wales and with a slightly depleted team they completed an unbeaten eight games season with an 8-7 victory. The Under 18’s 4-3 win made it a perfect eight wins for the season thanks to wins from Ben Liggins, Mackenzie Nixon, Courtney Hine and Will Rattigan with Courtney Hine taking the match award. With wins from Lucy Keyte (lady of the match) and Skye Pickard the Ladies won 2-1 and rounding off the overall win were the Under 21’s who suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat, Jake Liggins their top player, Joe Pitchford-Morris their other winner.
Congratulations to Richard Hosey on winning the latest Woodside Inn Brierley Hill Knockout. Hosey won his semi-final game against Steve Gillam 5-3 to set up a final against Matt Tedstone who had taken out Paul Homer with a 5-0 scoreline in the last four. The final saw Hosey win the top prize of £100 with a 6-4 result, Tedstone collected £60 and there was £25 for each of the losing semi-finalists.
After the opening three fixtures in the West Midlands Men’s Super League Allen Sports Bar ‘A’ are the early pacesetters with an unbeaten 20 points. Close behind Allens are Brickmakers Arms who are also undefeated and are just one point off the top of the table with 19 points. Third placed Yeltz Bar have also won all three games and have one point less than Brickmakers. The only other teams to have won all three games are Landywood and Bridgtown Social, Woodside are unbeaten but have only played two games.
Winmau Darts Centre at Wolverhampton Indoor Community Sports Stadium Internationals, County, Super League and local league players all turned out for the two prestigious main events at the Winmau Darts Centre, Wolverhampton, all chasing the top prize of £1500 for each of the two competitions the Winmau BDO Wolverhampton Classic Singles and the Winmau BDO Wolverhampton Classic Singles. In excess of 130 players turned out for Saturday’s Classic event with three of the four quarter finals games finishing with a 4-2 scoreline as in turn Wesley Newton, Dave Parletti and Mike Warburton defeated Martin C.Adams, Nick Kenny and Wayne Warren. The remaining game saw Scott Baker beat Paul Hogan 4-1. The first of the semi-finals went to the wire with Dave Parletti just getting the 5-4 verdict over Wesley Newton while Scott Baker recorded an emphatic 5-0 win against Mike Warburton. The best of eleven legs final went to the wire with West Midlands County player Scott Baker winning the deciding leg in what was a very close 6-5 victory. Surrey’s Dave Parletti received £700 as runner up and there was £300 for each of the losing semi-finalists, £150 for the losing quarter finalists, £100 for players losing in the last sixteen, £50 for players losing in the last 32 and £25 for players going out in the last 64. [caption id="attachment_34861" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Winmau Wolverhampton Classic Winner Scott Baker with Dharam Jagpal (Organiser and Arena Owner)[/caption] Full Results:Winmau BDO Wolverhampton Classic 2018 – Singles:Group One:Preliminary Round:- Ben Hazel 4 Paul Millward 0, Last 128:- Jim Williams 2 Ben Hazel 4, Robbie Gorst 4 Dafydd Edwards 2, Martin C.Adams 4 Jason Szamakowicz 0, Steven Homer 0 Liam Kelly 4, Adrian Heathcote 1 Andy Hamilton 4, Jonathan Platt 4 Ashlie Aphgrave 2, Christi Manoila 4 Hideyuki Sugita 1, Andrew Quinn 1 Francis Carragher 4, Last 64:- Ben Hazel 2 Robbie Gorst 4, Martin C.Adams 4 Liam Kelly 2, Andy Hamilton 4 Jonathan Platt 0, Cristi Manoila 1 Francis Carragher 4, Group Two:Preliminary Round:- Nick Fullwell 4 Shaun Matthews 3, Last 128:- Dean Reynolds 1 Nick Fullwell 4, Chris Hogg 2 Jon Mansell 4, Kelly Corcoran 3 Ted Hankey 4, Daniel Ayres 3 Iain Styles 4, Jack Kerr 0 Brian Dawson 4, Wesley Newton 4 Martin Goodin 1, Craig Venman 3 Aaron Turner 4, Martyn Moore 1 Conan Whitehead 4, Last 64:- Nick Fullwell 4 Jon Mansell 3, Ted Hankey 4 Iain Styles 2, Brian Dawson 2 Wesley Newton 4, Aaron Turner 4 Conan Whitehead 3, Group Three:Preliminary Round:- Mick Smith 4 Miroslav Horacek 1, Last 128:- Dave Parletti 4 Mick Smith 0, Colin Wood 0 Terry Roach 4, Rich Woodward 1 Tommy Wilson 4, Rhys Dudley 3 Eric Boyer 4, Daniel Sidaway 0 Luke Morton 4, Lee Shewan 4 Neil Sidebottom 0, Matthew Brindley 0 Lee Budgen 4, Daniel Nicholls 4 James Hurrell 1, Last 64:- Dave Parletti 4 Terry Roach 1, Tommy Wilson 4 Eric Boyer 1, Luke Morton 0 Lee Shewan 4, Lee Budgen 4 Daniel Nicholls 2, Group Four:Preliminary Round:- Daniel Lee 4 Matthew Wilson 2, Last 128:- Nick Kenny 4 Daniel Lee 0, Paul Brown 4 Mark Hylton 3, Phillip Cardwell 0 Steve Beasley 4, Taro Momma 0 John Scott 4, Anthony Molyneux 4 Ben Davies 1, Steven Ritchie 4 Dean Wilkinson 0, Steve Gillam 0 Steve Blewitt 4, Matthias Dietrich 0 Martin Phillips 4, Last 64:- Nick Kenny 4 Paul Brown 3, Steven Beasley 2 John Scott 4, Anthony Molyneux 4 Steven Ritchie 2, Steve Blewitt 4 Martin Phillips 2, Group Five:Preliminary Round:- Daren Kitchen 4 Kevin Bambrick 1, Mike Warburton 4 Mick Hibbert 0, Last 128:- Gary Robson0 Daren Kitchen 4, Steve Rumble 4 Adam Smith-Neale 2, Dave Marley 4 Dean Winstanley 0, Leigh Beeton 4 Ralph Heaven-Richards 0, Patrick Clowery 4 John Roberts 3, Gabriel Pascaru 4 Michael Rich 0, Paul Eginton 4 Nathan Richards 1 Mike Warburton 4 Darren Clifford 0, Last 64:- Daren Kitchen 2 Steve Rumble 4, Dave Marley 0 Leigh Beeton 4, Patrick Clowery 4 Gabriel Pascaru 1, Paul Eginton 0 Mike Warburton 4, Group Six:Preliminary Round:- John Teal 0 Sam Guest 4, Carl Wilkinson 2 Luke Dubois 4, Last 128:- Richie Edwards 3 Sam Guest 4, Samuel Ridgway 2 James Huthwaite 4, Matthew Padgett 4 Craig Capewell 1, Reece Colley 4 Devinder Singh 3, Kelvin Maddy 0 Ian Jones 4, Anthony O’Reilly 0 Sean Bastable 4, Andy Turnbull 4 Carl Dennel 2, Luke Dubois 0 Wayne Warren 4, Last 64:- Sam Guest 4 James Huthwiate 2, Matthew Padgett 1 Reece Colley 4, Ian Jones 4 Sean Bastable 1, Andy Turnbull 0 Wayne Warren 4, Group Seven:Preliminary Round:- Mark Craddock 4 Sean Cain 0, John Bailey 0 Paul Goodwin 4, Last 128:- Scott Baker 4 Mark Craddock 0, Danny Brown 1 Glen McGrandle 4, Chris Frost 0 Adam Mould 4, Michael McBain 4 Wayne Willis 2, Scott Towers 1 Garry Thompson 4, Steve Carrett 4 Adam Quinton 0, Allan Edwards 3 Nicholas Bloor 4, Paul Goodwin 1 Daniel Day 4, Last 64:- Scott Baker 4 Glen McGrandle 1, Adam Mould 4 Michael McBain 0, Garry Thompson 4 Steve Carrett 1, Nicholas Bloor 0 Daniel Day 4, Group Eight:Preliminary Round:- Jason Heaver 4 Andy Hibbert 1, Dave Wallace 4 Matt Dicken 0, Last 128:- Paul Hogan 4 Jason Heaver 3, Jamei Rollinson 2 Shaun Carroll 4, Adam King 4 Michael Baker 0, Jamie Robinson 3 Wayne Harrison 4, Mark Kingdon 4 Martin East 3, Jon Worsley 4 Dean Mills 2, Chris Hickman 0 Adrian Frim 4, Dave Wallace 0 Ross Montgomery 4, Last 64:- Paul Hogan 4 Shaun Carroll 1, Adam King 4 Wayne Harrison 3, Mark Kingdon 0 Jon Worsley 4, Adam Frim 2 Ross Montgomery 4, Finals:Last 32:- Robbie Gorst 2 Martin C.Adams 4, Andy Hamilton 4 Francis Carragher 3, Nick Fullwell 4 Ted Hankey 0, Wesley Newton 4 Aaron Turner 1, Dave Parletti 4 Tommy Wilson 0, Lee Shewan 0 Lee Budgen 4, Nick Kenny 4 John Scott 2, Anthony Molyneux 4 Steve Blewitt 3, Steve Rumble 3 Leigh Beeton 4, Patrick Clowery 3 Mike Warburton 4, Sam Guest 4 Reece Colley 2, Ian Jones 2 Wayne Warren 4, Scott Baker 4 Adam Mould 0, Garry Thompson 2 Daniel Day 4, Paul Hogan 4 Adam King 0, Jon Worsley 2 Ross Montgomery 4, Last 16:- Martin C.Adams 4 Andy Hamilton 2, Nick Fullwell 0 Wesley Newton 4, Dave Parletti 4 Lee Budgen 3, Nick Kenny 4 Anthony Molyneux 3, Leigh Beeton 2 Mike Warburton 4, Sam Guest 0 Wayne Warren 4, Scott Baker 4 Daniel Day 1, Paul Hogan 4 Ross Montgomery 0, Quarter Finals:- Martin C.Adams 2 Wesley Newton 4, Dave Parletti 4 Nick Kenny 2, Mike Warburton 4 Wayne Warren 2, Scott Baker 4 Paul Hogan 1, Semi-Finals:- Wesley Newton 4 Dave Parletti 5, Mike Warburton 0 Scott Baker 5, Final:- Dave Parletti 5 Scott Baker 6.
After narrowly losing out 6-5 to West Midlands man Scott Baker in the final of the Winmau BDO Wolverhampton Classic Singles event, the very next day Surrey’s Dave Parletti went one better to win the Winmau BDO Wolverhampton Open. In the semi-finals Parletti had a somewhat comfortable 5-1 win over Andy Hamilton then joining him in the final after winning 5-3 against Wesley Newton in the semis was Mark Layton from Wales. The final saw Parletti claim the top prize of £1,500 with a 6-3 result and runner up Layton receive £700. There was £300 for Hamilton and Newton, £150 for the losing quarter finalists, £100 for players losing in the last sixteen, £50 for players losing in the last 32 and £25 for players going out in the last 64. [caption id="attachment_35123" align="aligncenter" width="539"] Winmau BDO Wolverhampton Open Winner Dave Parletti and Dharam Jagpal Organiser and Arena Owner[/caption] Results:Winmau BDO Wolverhampton Open 2018 Singles:Last 32:- Ross Montgomery 4 Adam Smith-Neale 3, Miroslav Horacek 0 Paul Hogan 4, Dean Reynolds 2 Steve Beasley 4, Craig Venman 0 Andy Hamilton 4, Wayne Warren 4 Shaun Carroll 3, Carl Wilkinson 4 Brian Dawson 2, Nick Kenny 4 Patrick Clowery 2, Paul Brown 1 Dave Parletti 4, Jonathan Platt 4 Ted Hankey 3, Anthony Molyneux 3 Mark Layton 4, Liam Kelly 2 Jon Mansell 4, Mike Warburton 4 Scott Baker 1, Conan Whitehead 4 Kevin Bambrick 0, Steve Carrett 4 Daniel Day 0, Matthew Padgett 4 Jason Heaver 1, Wesley Newton 4 Daniel Ayres 2, Last Sixteen:- Ross Montgomery 4 Paul Hogan 3, Steven Beasley 2 Andy Hamilton 4, Wayne Warren 2 Carl Wilkinson 4, Nick Kenny 1 Dave Parletti 4, Jonathan Platt 0 Mark Layton 4, Jon Mansell 4 Mike Warburton 1, Conan Whitehead 4 Steve Carrett 0, Matthew Padgett 1 Wesley Newton 4, Quarter Finals:- Ross Montgomery 2 Andy Hamilton 4, Carl Wilkinson 2 Dave Parletti 4, Mark Layton 4 Jon Mansell 3, Conan Whitehead 0 Wesley Newton 4, Semi-Finals:- Andy Hamilton 1 Dave Parletti 5, Mark Layton 5 Wesley Newton 3, Final:- Dave Parletti 6 Mark Layton 3.
By Alan Towe Website: www.alantowedarts.co.uk