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Article: Birmingham Mail - A Midland Round-up by Alan Towe - 2022-10-05

Birmingham Mail - A Midland Round-up by Alan Towe - 2022-10-05

It was League Cup week in the Kings Norton League and in the preliminary round current league leaders Copper Fox handed out a 7-0 whitewash to their hosts and bottom of the table Kings Heath. Close behind Copper Fox was third in the league Rubery Social Club who had a 6-1 win at Grant Arms. Thurlestone are second in the league table and they had a close 4-3 home win over Cock Inn who are in a mid-table position.

Longbridge had a convincing 6-1 win at Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club, while there were 5-2 wins for Bournebrook and Northfield who in turn accounted for Coppice and Bourneville, T.Jeffs notched a maximum for Bournebrook while A.Busby chalked up a seven darts leg for Northfield.

Full Results:League Cup:- Kings Heath 0 (T.Newbanks 100) Copper Fox 7 (C.Whitehouse 100,108,111b,121, R.Mann 100, M.Hamilton 115, T.Hamilton 101b, K.Bedder 100b, D.McConomy 120b, D.Marsh 100,125), Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club 1 (A.Reynolds 100) Longbridge 6 (N.Mellors 100,140, S.Cartwright 100f,140, G.Bailles 120,125, A.Bailles 119b,125), Bournebrook 5 (T.Jeffs 100b, 180, M.Bathurst 100,100b, T.Cullen 100, K.Mason 120b,140,134, D.Collins 100,101b) Coppice 2 (B.Heath 100, A.Chidley 100,112b,140, M.Mooney 100,116, R.Packer 140,156, A.Aindow 111,135), Thurlestone 4 (T.Hill 121) Cock Inn 3 (Joe Fox 100,116b, John Fox 100), Grant Arms 1 (M.Davies 100, P.Taylor 105b,140,115f,9 darts game) Rubery Social Club 6 (M.Cormell 100,140, J.Higgins 112, J.O'Neill 101,125, K.Manger 2x100), Bourneville 2 (D.Malone 100, M.James 100,140, N.Hurst 100,104b, J.Guy 100) Northfield 5 (M.Lloyd 120b, L.Allen 140, J.Taylor 100, A.Busby 171,7 darts game).


Bugle Horn continue to be the only team in the Harborne and District League able to boast a 100% win record as in their latest sixth fixture they added an 8-1 win over The Mill to their account to keep them top of the table but only on average as Northfield Conservative Club have taken over second place from Northfield Town after beating Bourneville 9-0 and Town losing 5-4 at Smethwick Cricket Club, this being Northfield Town’s first defeat in six games. Although the Conservative Club are on the same twelve points as Bugle Horn they have played one game more than them.

After the top three teams come three team all on eight points Copper Fox ‘M’, Copper fox ‘R’ and Smethwick Cricket Club, ‘M’ have played seven games, ‘R’ five and the Cricket Club six.

Full Results:Game 7:- Quinton RBL 2 (A.Mills 120, D.McConomy 4x100, D.Ingram 104) Cock Inn 7 (M.Malone 100, L.Fox 100,140, D.Vaughan 2x100, Joe Fox 100,140, A.Vaughan 100, D.Vaughan 100), Copper Fox ‘M’ 9 (D.Kent 100,121,180, K.Jukes 3x100,140, K.Bedder 140,180, A.Harvey 2x100,120, L.Loughran 100,140, G.Dews 2x100,117) Avenue Social 0 (V.Gilliland 100,121), Bugle Horn 8 (P.Sitshebo 2x100,101, D.Nicholls 2x100,102,140, J.Hykin 100,125,140, A.Poolton 2x100, M.Poolton 121,126, S.Sherridan 100,109f,125,140, D.Marsh 2x100) The Mill 1 (J.Harris 125, K.Pearsall 3x100, O.Gough 105), Smethwick Cricket Club 5 (M.Collins 3x100, A.Beagrie 137, T.Brennen 100, F.Johnson 140, P.Brookes 100, V.Gould 4x100) Northfield Town 4 (S.Busby 2x100, A.Busby 100,104,121, M.Hopkins 2x100,134, L.Allen 100,2x140, M.Lloyd 3x100,114f, D.Hopkins 100,102f,3x140), Northfield Conservative Club 9 (J.Hill 2x100,2x140, T.Shipley 3x100, T.Garfield 3x100,114,135,140, S.Cartwright 100,125, D.Hill 3x100,2x140,15 darts game, S.Jones 100,140) Bourneville 0 (A.Bailles 100,120,127,140, D.Miguel 121,125, N.Hurst 2x100, M.Ferriday 140), Weoley Castle WMC 2 (S.Pasetti 4x100,121, S.Joyce 100,106f,121, A.Heath 121, B.Harding 100,125,140, G.Pagett 100,132, A.Coombs 100, Dornwell 100) Copper Fox ‘R’ 7 (J.Hamilton 100, T.McGlone 3x100, N.Porter 2x100, R.Mann 2x100, M.Hamilton 100,140, T.Hamilton 5x100,140).


With only two more fixtures to play in the Camp Hill League Aston Inn Nomads have wrapped up the title adding a further 6-1 victory over next to bottom of the table Moseley Arms to their tally to give them a perfect total of twenty-four points from their twelve games played. Tyseley Bears are second in the league they lost any slight chance of stealing the title when they went down 4-3 to their local rivals Tyseley WMC leaving them six points short of the Nomads and like the Nomads having just two more games to play. Third placed Cotterills Lane EBAHA Club are on the same eighteen points as the Bears and the results from the last two games will decide who ends up being the runners-up.

Full Results:Week 14:- Aston Inn Nomads 6 Moseley Arms 1, Tyseley Bears 3 Tyseley WMC 4, Peaky Blinder 3 Clumsy Swan 4, Sedgemere Devils v Cotterills Lane EBAHA Club was postponed.


Division One of the Sutton and District Summer League have completed their domestic fixtures and Bishop Vesey who have spent most of the season in pole position actually lost their final game a home tie against The Nomads to see them finish level on 26 points and also level on average with their opponents, both teams are six points ahead of third in the division Old Oscott Arrows who finished their season on a high beating fourth placed Highcroft Social 6-3 to pip them to the number three place by just one point.

Old Oscott Arrows won the division one shadow league, with twelve points they were four clear of runners-up Red Lion.

There is the one outstanding game in division two between Erdington Arrows and Scott Armers but whatever the result it will not affect the top positions as Golden Hind Lions won their final game at next to bottom of the table Sutton Sharks to make it eighteen games and eighteen games won, the only team in the league to have completed the season undefeated. The champions finished six points to the good on second placed Heartlands who lost their last game at home against Bills Arrows 5-4 but they were still four points ahead of third placed Oscott Social Club who had a 7-2 home win over St Thomas Arrows in their final game.

Currently St Thomas Arrows with eight points top the division two shadow league, but should Erdington Arrows play their last game against Scott Armers and win they would end up on the same eight points as St Thomas Arrows and with their superior average take the title.

Full Results:Game 18:Division One:- The Old Horns Lions 6 Pint Pot Flights 3, Bishop Vesey 3 The Nomads 6, Red Lion 5 Plough and Arrows 4, Old Oscott Arrows 6 Highcroft Social 3, Walmley CSC Flights had a bye, Division Two:- Heartlands 4 Bills Arrows 5, Rosey Mac’s 7 Sutton Sports and Social 2, Sutton Sharks 4 Golden Hind Lions 5, Oscott Social Club 7 St Thomas Arrows 2.


The Shirley and District Monday Night League staged the finals of their League Cup and Consolation Cup and winning the former was Dunky’s Boys with Cider House winning the latter.

Full Results:League Cup:Winners:- Dunky’s Boys, Consolation Cup:Winners:- Cider House.


The Stourbridge and District Monday Night League have got their new season underway and the good news for the league is that the league has increased its numbers from twelve last season to nineteen this an impressive increase of seven teams.

Three teams, Cross, Gate Hangs Well and Quarry Bank Labour Club got their season off to a great start without dropping a single leg, all three winning 7-0 in turn against Britannia, Crestwood and Mount Pleasant. Rose and Crown ‘A’ were close behind winning their home tie with Glascutters 6-1.

Cat Inn were the team to have a bye.

Full Results:Game 1:- Gate Hangs Well 7 Crestwood 0, Quarry Bank Labour Club 7 Mount Pleasant 0, The Cross 7 Britannia 0, Rose and Crown ‘A’ 6 Glasscutters 1, Ten Arches 5 Bell 2, Fox Inn (Lye) 2 Bird in Hand 5, The Princess 4 Rose and Crown ‘B’ 3, Church Tavern 3 Raven 4, Seven Stars 3 Netherton Conservative Club 4, The Cat had a bye.


The Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League played off the final of their Rickuss Cup which saw current league leaders Waggon and Horses, who have a huge eight points lead plus a game in hand on second placed Dewdrop ‘A’ only to lose 4-3 to them.

Waggon stormed into a 2-0 lead only to see Dewdrop come roaring back to go 3-2 up. Jake Sheldon had a great game against Tim Baker to level the score at 3-3 for the Waggon but it was Lee Fletcher that won the decider to give Dewdrop ‘A’ the title.

Full Results:Rickuss Cup:Final:- Dewdrop ‘A’ 4 Waggon and Horses 3.


It was the second leg of round one of the Andy Bastable Trophy for the Netherton Thursday Night League and the biggest overall winners for the round were Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ who followed their first leg 7-2 win over their local rivals and ‘B’ side with a similar 7-2 win in the second leg. Not far behind with an overall 13-5 victory was The Clock who defeated Netherton Sports and Social ‘B’ 6-3 and 7-2. Both Netherton Sports and Social ‘A’ and Townsend Social Club in turn won 11-7 against Spring Meadow and Bulls Head.

Full Results:Andy Bastable Trophy:Round One Second Leg (First Leg Results in Brackets):- Spring Meadow 2 (5) Netherton Sports and Social ‘A’ 7 (4), Netherton Sports ‘A’ win 11-7 on aggregate, Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘B’ 2 (2) Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ 7 (7), Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ win 14-4 on aggregate, Townsend Social Club 6 (5) Bulls Head 3 (4), Townsend Social Club win 11-7 on aggregate, Netherton Sports and Social ‘B’ 3 (2) The Clock 6 (7), The Clock win 13-5 on aggregate.


Labour Club continue to impress in the Stourbridge and District Wednesday Night League as they made it fourteen straight wins when they kicked off the second half of the season with a 6-1 home win over Bell ‘A’ to keep intact their four points lead over second placed Bird in Hand ‘E’ who won 4-3 at home against seventh in the league Stourbridge FC. Third and fourth in the league Ten Arches and Fox Inn, Lye are both on 22 points, six off the top but only two behind Bird in Hand ‘E’. Ten Arches won 6-1 at Bell ‘B’ while Fox Inn, Lye replaced Hollybush in fourth place after beating them 5-2.

At the other end of the table Black Horse moved up two places from their next to bottom position after beating Shovel, who are two off the bottom 4-3, this being only the third win in fourteen for Black Horse.

Full Results:Game 14:- Labour Club 6 Bell ‘A’ 1, Bell ‘B’ 1 Ten Arches 6, Brickmakers Arms 5 Dudley Sports 2, Hollybush 2 Fox Inn (Lye) 5, Raven 1 Ashwood 6, Bird in Hand ‘E’ 4 Stourbridge FC 3, Black Horse 4 Shovel 3.


After the Sedgley and Gornal Tuesday Night League have completed just four games only two teams remain undefeated. Reigning champions Old Bulls Head once again lead the way together with Five Ways who are level on points and average. Five Ways handed their hosts Chainyard a 9-0 whitewash to go level with Old bulls Head who won 8-1 against Meadow Lark. Gornal Labour Club, Seven Stars and New Inn are all two points behind the leading duo after Gornal Labour Club won 7-2 at Pensnett Liberal Club and Seven Stars lost their home game against New Inn 5-4, this being Seven Star’s first defeat of the campaign.

Full Results:Game 4:- Red Cow 2 Jolly Crispin 7, The Cabin 2 Griffin 7, Seven Stars 4 New Inn 5, Pensnett Liberal Club 2 Gornal Labour Club 7, Old Bulls Head 8 Meadow Lark 1, Chainyard 0 Five Ways 9.


The Cradley Tuesday Night League have been busy with cup finals the first of which was the singles knockout which saw Steve Tipper (Netherton Sports and Social) clinch the title with a final win over his team mate Phil O’Brien. Losing semi-finalists were Grant Jackson (Chop House) and Dave Male (Bulls Head).

The Three-A-Side title went to once again Netherton Sports and Social whose team consisted of Steve Tipper, Greg Billingham and John Green runners-up were Jess Archer, Mark Archer and John Slim who represented The Plough.

Netherton Sports and Social hit the headlines yet again when they beat The Plough to win the League Cup, while the Shadow League Cup title went to Church Tavern with Bulls Head the beaten finalists.

Full Results:Singles Knockout:Winner:- Steve Tipper (Netherton Sports and Social), Runner-Up:- Phil O’Brien (Netherton Sports and Social), Losing Semi-Finalists:- Grant Jackson (Chop House), Dave Male (Bulls Head), 3 A-Side Knockout:Winners:- Netherton Sports and Social (Steve Tipper, Greg Billingham and John Green), Runners-Up:- Plough (Jess Archer, Mark Archer and John Slim), League Cup:Winners:- Netherton Sports and Social, Runners-Up:- Plough, Shadow League Cup:Winners:- Church Tavern, Runner-Up:- Bulls Head.


Nick Fullwell holds on to pole position in the Ashwood Premier League after adding a close 4-3 win over Martyn Harper plus a 5-2 success against Gaz Cartwright to his account to give him a total of 331 points from 52 games. With Chris Williams not playing in week 31 he forfeits his number two position to Geoff Marson who took his points tally to 271 from 50 games by adding 4-3 wins over Matt Davies and Rob Pierce. Williams is now third on 268 points from 52 games.

Tom Stockton is placed fifth on 263 points after he won 6-1 against Tony Bennett and Shane Passey before losing 4-3 to Jayden Harper and rounding off the evening with a 7-0 success against Mike Cullis and Paul Pollard. However Stockton despite being eight points short of Geoff Marson in second place has only played 48 games and his two in hand on Marson could see him move up into that number two spot.

Full Results:Week 31:- Martyn Harper 6 Craig Lowin 1, Tom Stockton 6 Tony Bennett 1, Neil Murphy 4 Jayden Harper 3, Chris Manoila 6 Gaz Cartwright 1, Ash Marson 4 Mike Cullis 3, Dave Simpson 6 Craig Lowin 1, Shane Passey 7 Chris Fox 0, Andy Vellender 4 Mitch Pickett 3, Josh Pickett 5 Rob Pierce 2, Jayden Harper 6 Tony Bennett 1, Nick Fullwell 4 Martyn Harper 3, Gaz Cartwright 4 Mike Cullis 3, Tom Stockton 6 Shane Passey 1, Chris Fox 6 Andy Vellender 1, Nick Fullwell 5 Gaz Cartwright 2, Jayden Harper 4 Mike Cullis 3, Adam Edgar 6 Paul Pollard 1, Geoff Marson 4 Matt Davies 3, Craig lowin 5 Ash Marson 2, Chris Manoila 4 Sam Aitkens 3, Rob Pierce 5 Mike Cullis 2, Jayden Harper 4 Tom Stockton 3, Martyn Harper 4 Josh Pickett 3, Dave Simpson 4 Gaz Cartwright 3, Ash Marson 5 Paul Pollard 2, Chris Fox 7 Tony Bennett 0, Chris Manoila 5 Neil Murphy 2, Jayden Harper 7 Mike Cullis 0, Adam Edgar 6 Craig Lowin 1, Geoff Marson 4 Rob Pierce 3, Shane Passey 5 Ash Marson 2, Mitch Pickett 4 Gaz Cartwright 3, Chria Manoila 6 Paul Pollard 1, Sam Aitkens 5 Matt Davies 2, Tom Stockton 7 Mike Cullis 0, Andy Vellender 5 Craig Lowin 2, Adam Edgar 7 Tony Bennett 0, Tom Stockton 7 Paul Pollard 0, Chris Fox 5 Mike Cullis 2.


Graham Hall was in top form again in week 27 of the Black Country Thursday Night Singles League adding yet another 8-0 win to his account after beating Justin Evans to take his points to 395 from 45 games. Jamie Hughes was playing catch-up playing another five games this week as he won 7-1 against Shane Passey, 6-2 against Reece Colley, 7-1 against Shane Price and 6-2 against both Steven Gillam and Paul Harrison to give him second place with 377 points from 44 games, eighteen behind Hall.

Being as he didn’t play this week Nick Fullwell drops from second to fourth with 347 points from 45 games with Jason Lowe moving up into the number three position with the same 347 points but from two games fewer than Fullwell. Lowe began his night with an 8-0 win over Stella Sims he then won 7-1 against Paul Harrison and finished the night with a 5-3 win against Shane Passey.

Full Results:Week 27:- Jamie Hughes 7 Shane Passey 1, Reece Colley 6 Gareth Johnston 2, Jason Lowe 8 Stella Sims 0, Steven Gillam 4 Shane Passey 4, Jamie Hughes 6 Reece Colley 2, Shane Passey 4 Benjamin Hollowood 4, Justin Evans 7 Stella Sims 1, Steven Gillam 5 Martin Angell 3, Jamie Hughes 7 Shane Price 1, Gareth Johnston 4 Benjamin Hollowood 4, Jason Lowe 7 Paul Harrison 1, Steven Gillam 8 Stella Sims 0, Reece Colley 7 Martin Angell 1, Shane Passey 8 James Davies 0, Nick Whitehouse 6 Stella Sims 2, Gareth Johnston 7 Alex Mason 1, Graham Hall 8 Justin Evans 0, Jamie Hughes 6 Steven Gillam 2, Jason Lowe 5 Shane Passey 3, Reece Colley 8 Paul Harrison 0, Martin Angell 7 Nick Whitehouse 1, Jamie Hughes 6 Paul Harrison 2, Reece Colley 6 Nick Whitehouse 2, Nick Whitehouse 8 Kieron Ford 0.


The Black Country Men’s Super League staged their Singles Knockout which saw both semi-finals finish with close 4-3 wins as Paul Wells beat Sam Aitkens and Jason Lowe took out Nick Fullwell. Like the semis the final also went the full seven legs distance with Jason Lowe just getting the edge on Paul Wells to claim the title.

Losers in the quarter-finals were Jon Blakemore, Ali Hickinbottom, Martyn Harper and Jamie Rollinson.

Full Results:Singles Knockout:Preliminary Round:- Chris Williams 2 Shaun Hill 4, Steve Gillam 3 Andy Vellender 4, John Simms 1 Sam Aitkins 4, Jordan Ward 3 Dan Nicholls 4, Nick Fullwell 4 Mat Tedstone 0, Shane Price 1 Martyn Harper 4, Danny Williams 1 Jason Tart 4, Rich Bowen 1 Jason Lowe 4, Rob Pierce 4 Mart Greenwood 0, Last 32:- Andy Vellender 3 Ben Watts 4, Chris Fox 2 Sam Aitkins 4, Josh Pickett 4 Nick Whitehouse 1, Dan Homer 3 Jon Blakemore 4, Reece Colley 3 Paul Wells 4, Adam Edgar 3 Dan Nicholls 4, Rob Pierce 4 Connor Whitehouse 2, Matt Moore 1 Ali Hickinbottom 4, Ian Townsend 2 Nick Fullwell 4, Gaz Johnston 4 Jamie Barrowman 1, Dan Haden 4 Alex Howells 2, Jason Tart 1 Martyn Harper 4, Kirk Harrison 1 Al Smith 4, Jamie Rollinson 4 Owen Maiden 1, Rob Smith 3 Jason Lowe 4, Dan Fellows 1 Shaun Hill 4, Last 16:- Ben Watts 2 Sam Aitkins 4, Josh Pickett 3 Jon Blakemore 4, Paul Wells 4 Dan Nicholls 3, Rob Pierce 2 Ali Hickinbottom 4, Nick Fullwell 4 Gaz Johnston 0, Dan Haden 1 Martyn Harper 4, Al Smith 3 Jamie Rollinson 4, Jason Lowe 4 Shaun Hill 0, Quarter-Finals:- Sam Aitkins 4 Jon Blakemore 2, Paul Wells 4 Ali Hickinbottom 3, Nick Fullwell 4 Martyn Harper 0, Jamie Rollinson 2 Jason Lowe 4, Semi-Finals:- Sam Aitkins 3 Paul Wells 4, Nick Fullwell 3 Jason Lowe 4, Final:- Paul Wells 3 Jason Lowe 4.


Scott Baker didn’t play in week 31 of the Gilbert’s Bar Monday Night League but despite that still holds on to the number one spot with a huge 43 points lead plus he has games in hand on his two nearest rivals John Simms and Adam Teasdale. Simms played the one game this week which he won 5-3 against Simon Pritchard while Teasdale recorded an impressive 8-0 win over Riley Ward. Fourth in the league Ben Johnson has games in hand on all three of the players above him with four in hand on second placed Simms and he is only five points behind him, he could well make a big impression on the table when he completes his outstanding fixtures. Johnson did play two games this week in which he beat Colin Wood 5-3 and fifth placed Simon Mountford 6-1.

Full Results:Week 31:Board 1:- Eddie Gripton 0 Phil Clarke 8, Ray Gutteridge 1 Tom Hollowood 7, Neville Quinton 5 Gemma Barrett Jenkins 3, Ben Johnson 5 Colin Wood 3, Board 2:- Adam Teasdale 8 Riley Ward 0, Roger Ward 1 Jamie Webb 7, Mal Pugh 2 Alex Simmons 6, John Simms 5 Simon Pritchard 3, Board 3:- Andy Jervis 5 Artur Lubkowski 3, Ben Johnson 6 Simon Mountford 1, Steve Lynch 4 Jon Williams 4, Tom Hollowood 2 Jamie Webb 6, Board 4:- Colin Wood 3 Keith Hollowood 5, Andy Jervis 5 Jon Blakemore 3, Chris Hill 4 Warren Bower 4.


This coming Sunday at the Kelynmead Suite@Meadway, 235 Kelynmead Road, Birmingham, B33 8LJ there will be a 301 Darts Knockout which will be a Double In - Double Out competition the best of five legs for the main event and the best of three for the first round losers competition.

Entry is £8 for the main competition and £2 for the first round loser’s competition with all money in being paid out as prize money together with prize funds being added by MW Events. Registrations will commence at 2.00pm, the draw at 2.30pm with a 2.45 pm start.


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