Alan Towe's The Line
With the tenth season of the Shirley Premier League all done and dusted it was decided that on presentation night after all the players had received their various winnings and Paul Higgins had been crowned new league champion that there would be a doubles knockout with partners being randomly selected. The winners of the event were Mark Gwalchmai and Ken Hopton who in the final won 3-2 against league champion Paul Higgins and runner up Phil Thomas. In the last four games Gwalchmai and Hopton won 3-1 against Andy Thomas and Chris Thomas snr while losing out 3-0 to Higgins and Thomas were Jordan Ottley and Mark Henderson. Full Results:Doubles Knockout:Quarter Finals:- Karl Wilson & Lee Holtham 0 Paul Higgins & Phil Thomas (148f) 3, Sean Talbot & Mick Bown 2 Andy Thomas & Chris Thomas snr 3, Chris Devlin & Luke Symmons 1 Jordan Ottley & Mark Henderson 3, Mark Gwalchmai & Ken Hopton 3 Dave Heighway & Steve Devlin 2, Semi Finals:- Jordan Ottley & Mark Henderson 0 Paul Higgins & Phil Thomas 3, Andy Thomas & Chris Thomas snr 1 Mark Gwalchmai & Ken Hopton 3, Final:- Paul Higgins & Phil Thomas 2 Mark Gwalchmai (102f) & Ken Hopton 3. The week following the presentation saw the league lay on a pre-season singles competition and after winning the doubles knockout with his partner Ken Hopton, Mark Gwalchmai then added the singles knockout to his tally as he defeated John O’Sullivan 3-2 in a very close final, Mark was also taken the full distance in the semis where he won 3-2 against Andy Thomas while O’Sullivan had a more comfortable 3-0 success against Leigh (Rocky) Clutterbuck. Shirley Premier League Knockout:Round One:- Chris Thomas snr 1 John O’Sullivan 3, Gary Cleverley 3 Paul Harper 0, Pete Silver 3 Lee Harris 2, Ken Hopton 3 Kieron Murray 0, Mark Gwalchmai 3 Francis 0, Steve Harper 1 Mikey Harris 3, Phil Thomas 3 Ryan Brogan 0, Colin Geens, Dave Heighway, Sean Talbot, Leigh (Rocky) Clutterbuck, Derek Harper, Mick Bown, Thomas Bent, Jordan Ottley and Andy Thomas all had a bye, Round Two:- Thomas Bent (180,14 darts game) 3 Sean Talbot 1, Mick Bown 3 Dave Heighway 0, Jordan Ottley 2 Leigh (Rocky) Clutterbuck 3, Derek Harper 0 John O’Sullivan 3, Andy Thomas 3 Ken Hopton 0, Mark Gwalchmai 3 Colin Geens 0, Phil Thomas 2 Pete Silver 3, Mikey Harris 0 Gary Cleverley 3, Quarter Finals:- Leigh (Rocky) Clutterbuck 3 Pete Silver 1, Thomas Bent 0 Andy Thomas 3, John O’Sullivan 3 Gary Cleverley 1, Mick Bown 0 Mark Gwalchmai 3, Semi Finals:- John O’Sullivan (180) 3 Leigh (Rocky) Clutterbuck 0, Mark Gwalchmai (17 darts game) 3 Andy Thomas 2, Final:- John O’Sullivan (180) 2 Mark Gwalchmai 3. The league have since got their eleventh season underway with a total of 34 players contesting the title.
The Woodside Inn was the setting for the Brierley Hill Knockout and taking the top prize of £90 was Reece Colley who had a notable 6-3 win over West Midlands star Ian Jones in the final, Jones received £50. [caption id="attachment_33796" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Woodside Inn Brierley Hill Knockout Winner Reece Colley and Runner Up Ian Jones[/caption] In the last four games Colley won 5-3 against Steve Gillam while Jones had a more comfortable 5-1 success against Jamie Rollinson. Both losing semi-finalists picked up £20. Woodside Brierley Hill Knockout:Last Sixteen:- Robert Pierce 1 Grant Jackson 4, Reece Colley 4 Nick Fullwell 2, Neil Hodgetts 0 Matt Moore 4, Jamie Rollinson 4 Matt Tedstone 1, Steve Gillam 4 Steve Blewitt 2, Ian Jones 4 Stuart Gough 1, Conner Pickett 1 Josh Pickett 4, Jordan Ward 4 Kevin Bambrick 0, Quarter Finals:- Ian Jones 4 Josh Pickett 1, Reece Colley 4 Jordan Ward 2, Grant Jackson 0 Jamie Rollinson 4, Steve Gillam 4 Matt Moore 1, Semi-Finals:- Steve Gillam 3 Reece Colley 5, Ian Jones 5 Jamie Rollinson 1, Final:- Ian Jones 3 Reece Colley 6.
The Sheldon and District Winter League have completed their season and what a season it has been for Dunky’s Boys as they had a clean sweep winning the Premier Division title, the Divisional Cup, Punch Bowl Cup and on the individual scene their Bob Nixon took the singles title plus Pete Yardley and Andy Hutchings won the doubles. [caption id="attachment_33795" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Sheldon Winter League Premier Division Winners Dunky's Boys[/caption] The team is so named in memory of the late Dave Duncan who captained the team for some 30 years. In the premier division cup final Dunky’s had a 7-2 win over Iron Horse and with a similar scoreline East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association beat Lyndon Old Boys to take the division one title. The division two final was a much closer affair with Langley Hall Sports and Social Flights just getting the 5-4 edge on Greville Arms. In the semi-finals of the Punch Bowl Dunky’s Boys won 8-1 against Lyndon Old Boys and repeated that result in the final where they squared up to Langley Hall Sports and Social Arrows. Both of the semi-finals of the Sheldon Shield finished with 5-4 scorelines as Maggies defeated Sheldon Marlborough and Crown Arrows won against Langley Hall Sports and Social Flights. The final also had a close 5-4 result which went in favour of Maggies with Crown Arrows runners up.
Avenue Social Club, Weoley Avenue, Birmingham was the setting for a charity match between the Harborne League and Kings Norton League in a bid to raise funds for the Air Ambulance. [caption id="attachment_33794" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Kings Norton League[/caption] With wins from Dave Hill, Kenny Bedder, James Hykin, Ashley Hykin, Tony Hamilton, Dave Hopkins, Graham Dews and Richard Mann the Harborne League won the game 8-3. Winning for the Kings Norton league were Simon Hodges, Chris Burke and Liam Fox. [caption id="attachment_33793" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Harborne League[/caption] The biggest winner of the night was the charity as the evening raised a fabulous total of £367.50 made up of £212.50 from the night, £50 from each of the leagues and £55 raised by Tony Hamilton in sponsorship money. Harborne League versus Kings Norton League Charity Match (8-3) Harborne names first:- Dave Hill (3x100,140) 2 Jack Higgins 0, Kenny Bedder (3x140,100) 2 Tom Jeffs 0, Phil Hughes (2x100) 0 Simon Hodges (100,140) 2, Scott Hykin (100) 1 Chris Burke (140,100) 2, James Hykin (2x100,180) 2 Kenny Vaughan (100,121) 0, Ashley Hykin (121) 2 Anthony Vaughan (100,121) 0, Tony Hamilton (5x100,121) 2 Nathan Harris (100) 0, Dave Hopkins (3x100,2x140,115) 2 Joe Fox (121,100,180) 1, Michael Harding 0 Liam Fox 2, Graham Dews (2x100 2 Laura Fox 0, Richard .Mann (2x100) 2 Dave Collins (2x100) 1.
The final of the Small Heath League’s Doubles Knockout was a close 2-1 result with T.White and L.Robinson beating their team mates C.Wyatt and N.Davis, all four players representing East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association. White and Robinson won their semi-final game against S.McCormack and G.McCormack (Heartlands Club) 2-1 and Wyatt and Davis beat Jim Frost and S.Cain, also from Heartlands Club, 2-0.
The Stourbridge and District Wednesday Night League have completed their season and winning the league with 62 points was The Swan who won the title by just two points over Ashwood ‘A’ who had a massive 12 points advantage over third in the league and local rivals Ashwood ‘B’. Gate Hangs Well won the Shadow League with Ten Arches ‘A’ the runners up. Individual and cup honours were, most wins and singles winner Rupert Skidmore (Ashwood ‘B’) with Gav Moreton (Swan) runner up in the singles, Moreton with his team mate Martin Harper won the doubles knockout after beating Kelvin Chambers and Chris Fox (Ashwood ‘A’) in the final. Three players registered a seven darts leg Ryan Tipper (Brickmakers Arms), Gav Moreton (Swan) and Simon Mills (Wombourne Cricket Club). Ryan Tipper had the highest break of 160 no fewer than four times with Kevin Harris (Ashwood ‘A’) recording the highest finish. Ashwood ‘A’ won the League Cup with Wombourne Cricket Club runners up while the Shadow Cup went to The Bell who defeated Ten Arches ‘B’ in the final.
Winmau Darts Centre at Wolverhampton Indoor Community Sports Stadium Calling all darts players, this is your final reminder to enter the darts extravaganza that will be taking place at the Winmau Darts Centre in the Wolverhampton Indoor Community Sports Arena, Racecourse Road, Wolverhampton, WV6 0QU on the weekend of the 14th and 15th July which will include both the Winmau BDO Wolverhampton Classic and the Winmau BDO Wolverhampton Open with both knockouts carrying BDO category ‘B’ ranking points plus the winner will also be entered into the 2018 Winmau World Masters and the 2019 Lakeside Play Offs This year’s prize pot is the biggest so far an amazing total of £11,600 with prize money being paid out down to the last 64 players in both competitions. Cost of entry is £25 for each of the events and to enter players should visit www.bdodarts.com but be quick or you will miss out as the deadline for entries is Saturday 7th July. As a run up to this outstanding weekend of darts there will be a warm up knockout at the arena on Friday 13th July for which players can enter on the day.
It’s early days in the Winmau Centre Thursday Night Champions League and possibly too early to speak of league champions but Mick Baker, reigning champion for the last four seasons looks to be well on course to making it five wins in as many seasons. At the time of going to print Jordan Ward tops the table with 96 points from 20 games however Ward only leads on average as Mick Baker is on the same 96 points, but with him having played just 17 games he has three in hand on Ward. Third in the table Sam Aitkens is a further eight points off the top on 88 points, he has played 21 games which is more than both of the two players above him.
In the centre’s Monday Night League after completing 16 fixtures The Untouchables lead the field with 562 points, they are closely followed by Above Average who after playing 15 games are on 556 points just six short of the leaders with a game in hand which could net them a possible maximum points of 48. Third placed Misfits have also only played 15 games and with 536 points again a big win would see them overtake Untouchables. The game in hand for Above Average and Misfits is against each other and should the former get anything above six points from the game and their opponents more than 26 they would still both move above Untouchables.
By Alan Towe Website: www.alantowedarts.co.uk