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Article: Birmingham Mail - A Midland Round-up by Alan Towe - 2022-10-26

Birmingham Mail - A Midland Round-up by Alan Towe - 2022-10-26

Week two in the Sheldon and District Winter League and as a result of having a bye this week Langley Arrows have lost pole position in the Premier Division and dropped to second behind new leaders Sheldon Marlborough Arrows who followed up their opening 8-1 win at Kingshurst Labour Club with a similar 8-1 win at Highwood Gerry’s Boys. Dunky’s Boys had a bye in the first week and kicked off their campaign this week with a 6-3 home win over Raven Arrows to put them in third place and see their visitors drop from third to fourth in the division.

A 6-3 home win over Willclare Spoorts and Social keeps Shirley Misfits top of Division One with a two points lead over Langley Flights, Journeys End, Yardley Ex Colts and Willclare Sports and Social with fourth placed Yardley Ex Colts having a game in hand on the three teams above them, but it would take a 9-0 win in that spare game to see them just go level on points and average with the Misfits.

Brian;s Flights have gone from fourth to top of Division Two after handing out a 9-0 whitewash to their visitors Castle Bromwich WMC. Brian’s Flights replace Hampton and Solihull Cricket Club at the top of the table while the Cricket Club drop to second place just one leg of average short of the top team after their close 5-4 win at The Raven. Although the top two have won their opening two games the chasing pair of Iron Horse Rebels and Trident Spears are two points behind them, however they both have a game in hand. Fourth placed Irish Centre, like Rebels and Trident are also on two points but they have played two games.

Full Results:Week 2:Premier Division:- Hollywood Social 4 (Nathan Fields 116f) Kingshurst Labour Club 5, Highwood Gerry’s Boys 1 (Dave Cherry 180) Sheldon Marlborough Arrows 8, Dunky’s Boys 6 Raven Arrows 3 (John Burdett 8 darts game), Sheldon Dukes and Langley Arrows had a bye, Division One:- Journeys End 6 (Neil Brdaley 180) Hornet 3, Yardley Ex Colts 5 Langley Flights 4, Shirley Misfits 6 (Trevor Carter 164f) Willclare Sports and Social 3 (Dirk Baker 180, Matty Holt 9 darts game), Maggies and The Dingle had a bye, Division Two:- Brian’s Flights 9 Castle Bromwich WMC 0, The Raven 4 Hampton and Solihull Cricket Club 5, Sheldon Marlborough Ridge 3 The Irish Centre 6 (J.Rafter 180), Iron Horse Rebels v Lyndon Old Boys – late result, The Tridnet Spears had a bye.


Week fifteen results in the Kings Norton League had no effect on the league positions whatsoever with Bournebrook the sole losers in the top six teams. Leaders Copper Fox had a 4-3 home win over Longbridge while second in the table Thurlestone won their home tie with E57 6-1. Former leaders Rubery Social Club are third, they had a 5-2 win away to fourth placed Bournbrook and fifth in the league Northfield beat Coppice 6-1. Making up the top six is Bourneville who took on bottom of the table Kings Heath at home and won 6-1.

Full Results:Game 15:- Copper Fox 4 (E.Simpson 100, D.Marsh 121, G.Dews 100,116f, T.Hamilton 140, R.Mann 100, D.McConomy 100) Longbridge 3 (N.Harris 100, S.Cartwright 100,140, L.Jordan 100, A.Bailles 100, M.Malone 106, N.Mellors 100), Bournebrook 2 (T.Cullen 100,130, K.Mason 121, C.Ryan 100b, N.Bathurst 134, R.Orton 3x100) Rubery Social Club 5 (J.Higgins 108b, J.O'Neill 100,100b,104, P.Medlicott 107b, R.Higgins 120b,121, J.Ford 105b,137), Thurlestone 6 (T.Garfield 100,120b123, J.Downer 100, C.Airey 121,129, R.Waldron 100,109f,131, B.Andrews 100b) E57 1 (D.Logan 120b, T.Roberts 100, N.Porter 135, A.Mutch 2x100, R.Morris 100), Northfield 6 (L.Allen 140, A.Busby 133, S.Busby 135, M.Lloyd 100, H.Taylor 100, M.Lloyd 180, A.Busby 106f) Coppice 1 (A.Chidley 100, R.Packer 100,2x120b), Grant Arms 2 (P.Taylor 100b,105b, A.McGowan 105b, V.Walton 100,125) Cock Inn 5 (A.Harvey 2x100, D.Vaughan 2x100,140, L.Fox 120,2x120b, K.Vaughan 121, A.Vaughan 100,120b, Joe Fox 100), Bourneville 6 (M.James 120b, J.Guy 100, N.Hurst 125, A.Deeley 2x100, I.Farnham 100, A.Hughes 106, N.Kinnear 138,140) Kings Heath 1 (A.Homer 100).


The Camp Hill League staged the play-offs of their Captains and Secretaries knockouts at Moseley Arms. In the former and going out in the semis were Mitch O'Donnell (Clumsy Swan) and Gez Oldfield (Aston Inn Nomads). Tyseley WMC representative Stu Ollerenshaw finished as runner-up after losing out in the final to Dave Heighway from Tyseley Bears.

The Secretaries title went to Dave Carter from Cotterills Lane EBAHA Club who defeated Peaky Blinder player Paul Jones in the final. Making their exit in the last four were Pete Freeman (Moseley Arms) and Tom Perks (Clumsy Swan).

With just two rearranged games to play in the league to complete the domestic fixtures Aston Inn Nomads have already been acclaimed champions but the runners-up spot is still up for grabs as currently second and third placed Tyseley Bears and Cotterills Lane EBAHA Club are both on 20 points with one more game to play. Tyseley Bears have the superior average but have the tougher finish as they have play league champions Aston Inn Nomads while Cotterills Lane EBAHA Club will take on bottom of the table Sedgemere Devils who have only won one of their thirteen fixtures.

The Shadow League title goes to Tyseley WMC who with eight points are six ahead of the rest of the teams in the Shadow League. Once again as in the main league the runner-up spot is still up for grabs as should Sedgemere Devils beat Cotterills Lane EBAHA Club they will finish second.

Registration for the new season will take place on Sunday 30th October at the Moseley Arms, 105 Ravenhurst Street, B12 0LD at 11.00am.

Full Results:Secretaries Knockout:Losing Semi-Finalists:- Pete Freeman (Moseley Arms), Tom Perks (Clumsy Swan), Runner-Up:- Paul Jones (Peaky Blinder), Winner:- Dave Carter (Cotterills Lane EBAHA Club), Captains Knockout:Losing Semi-Finalists:- Mitch O'Donnell (Clumsy Swan), Gez Oldfield (Aston Inn Nomads), Runner-Up:- Stu Ollerenshaw (Tyseley WMC), Winner:- Dave Heighway (Tyseley Bears).


Despite winning 7-2 at Copper Fox ‘M’ Bugle Horn have been ousted from their number one perch in the Harborne and District League as Northfield Conservative Club, who were second in the league won their home game with bottom of the table Avenue Social 9-0 to go level on 16 points with Bugle Horn but with a slender two legs of average advantage, however they have now played one game more than Bugle Horn. Northfield Town hold on to third place with their 6-3 win at home over Copper Fox ‘R’ to leave them two points off the top while Smethwick Cricket Club take over fourth place from Copper Fox ‘M’ after winning 5-4 against Cock Inn. The win leaves Smethwick four points short of the top two teams.

No fewer than five players found the three treble twenties this and they were S.Sheridan, J.Hykin (Bugle Horn), D.McConomy (Quinton RBL), D.Hill (Northfield Conservative Club) and T.McGlone (Copper Fox ‘R’).

Full Results:Game 9:- Copper Fox ‘M’ 2 (D.Kent 100,140, K.Jukes 121,140,116f, J.Loughran 100, A.Harvey 100, J.Downer 100, G.Dews 100) Bugle Horn 7 (S.Sheridan 100,122,137,180, P.Sitshebo 3x100,121, D.Nicholls 3x100,133, A.Poolton 2x100, N.Steventon 5x100, J.Hykin 121,125,140,180), Quinton RBL 7 (A.Mills 4x100, P.Stokes 100, D.McConomy 2x100,121,140,180,14 darts game, F.Goldsby 113) The Mill 2 (J.Goulding 121,123,128, K.Pearsall 100, O.Gough 100,123), Smethwick Cricket Club 5 (A.Beagrie 100,119, F.Johnson 100,121,135, T.Brennan 2x100,108,2x140, P.Brookes 125, V.Gould 2x100,139, S.Bond 100) Cock Inn 4 (M.Malone 100,140, L.Fox 120, Joe Fox 140, A.Vaughan 100,140, K.Vaughan 100), Northfield Conservative Club 9 (J.Hill 2x100,2x117, T.Shipley 3x100, T.Garfield 3x100,2x140, S.Cartwright 100,140, D.Hill 5x100,180, S.Jones 3x100) Avenue Social 0 (V.Gilliland 125, A.Williams 125, M.Gilliland 133), Weoley Castle WMC 3 (M.Bolton 2x100, A.Heath 105, D.Cornwell 100,2x140, M.Simmonds 100, P.Coombes 100,125, T.Heath 100) Bourneville 6 (A.Bailles 100,105,140, G.Bailles 100,126, D.Miguel 3x100, N.Hurst 115, P.Smith 116f), Northfield Town 6 (S.Busby 105,125, M.Hopkins 100,125, A.Busby 2x100,140, J.Taylor 2x100,140, L.Allen 2x100, D.Hopkins 100,2x140( Copper Fox ‘R’ 3 (E.Simpson 2x100,140,16 darts game, T.McGlone 121,137,140,180, T.Hamilton 100,123,125,127).


Waggon and Horses kept their huge ten points lead intact at the top of the Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League with a 6-1 win at Sow and Pigs. Second in the league Dewdrop ‘A’ had an impressive 5-2 win at Miners Arms ‘A’ who are fourth in the league while third in the table Miners Arms ‘B’ suffered a somewhat surprising 5-2 defeat away to Dewdrop ‘B’ who are sixth in the table and six points behind them. Miners Arms ‘B’ have played 27 games, one more than the two teams above them and are sixteen points short of Waggon and Horses.

Full Results:Game 27:- Dewdrop ‘B’ 5 Miners Arms ‘B’ 2 (D.Whitehouse 180), Vine ‘B’ 4 Horseley Tavern 3, Miners Arms ‘A’ 2 Dewdrop ‘A’ 5, Tamebridge 2 Vine ‘A’ 5, Sow and Pigs 1 Waggon and Horses 6, Albion had a bye.


Both of the top two teams in the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League handed out 7-0 whitewashes to their opponents in game number four. Leaders Quarry Bank Labour Club made it a very impressive four consecutive 7-0 wins when they won at Rose and Crown ‘B’ while second placed Cross Oldswinford won at Mount Pleasant.

Third in the league Ten Arches, like the Labour Club and Cross have won all four of their games the latest one seeing them win 6-1 at Raven. Gate Hangs Well were formerly in third place but they suffered their first defeat of the season as they lost 5-2 at Bird in Hand and drop to fifth. A 7-0 win for Seven Stars at Glasscutters has seen them take over third place and like Gate Hangs Well are two points behind the top three teams.

Full Results:Game 4:- Raven 1 Ten Arches 6, Britannia 2 Rose and Crown ‘A’ 5, Netherton Conservative Club 3 Church Tavern 4, Glasscutters 0 Seven Stars 7, Mount Pleasant 0 Cross (Oldswinford) 7, Rose and Crown ‘B’ 0 Quarry Bank Labour Club 7 (G.Jackson 120b, C.Hart 116f), Bell 5 Crestwood 2, Bird in Hand 5 Gate Hangs Well 2, Cat Inn 3 Fox Inn (Lye) 4, The Princess had a bye.


Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ consolidated their pole position in the Netherton Thursday Night League when they returned from Netherton Sports and Social Club ‘B’ with a 9-0 victory. The win keeps them top of the table with a small average lead on The Clock who won 7-2 away to Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘B’. The two top teams are the only undefeated teams in the league after only three games. Netherton Sports and Social Club ‘A’ and Townsend Social Club are placed third and fourth respectively, they have both lost one game and in the latest fixtures in turn won 7-2 at Bulls Head and 5-4 at Spring Meadow.

Full Results:Game 3:- Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘B’ 2 The Clock 7, Bulls Head 2 Netherton Sports and Social ‘A’ 7 (Gary Male 180), Spring Meadow 4 Townsend Social Club 5 (Lee Beasley 111f), Netherton Sports and Social ‘B’ 0 Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ 9 (George Peters 164f,12 dart game, Antony Tonks 13 darts game).


Prior to game 27 in the Rowley Monday Night League Bell and Clock (Whiteheath) were the top two teams but the twenty-seventh fixtures brought the two teams together on the Clock’s home board. Unfortunately for the Clock home advantage didn’t help at all as they went down 6-3 and as a result drop one place in the table to third. They are now four points short of leaders Bell and two behind Plough and Harrow who have taken over the number two spot following their 6-3 win at Romsley Cricket Club.

With only three more fixtures to play Bell with a two point’s advantage and a large average lead, barring any unforeseen upsets already have one hand on the winner’s silverware.

Full Results:Game 27:- White Swan 8 Hare and Hounds 1, Roost 4 Spring Meadow 5, Tividale FC 4 Windmills End 5, Wonder 4 Gate Hangs Well 5, Loyal Lodge 6 Three Diamonds 3, Clock (Whiteheath) 3 Bell 6, Cradley Sports and Social 7 Ex Serviceman’s 2, Romsley Cricket Club 3 Plough and Harrow 6.


Game six in the Sedgley and Gornal Tuesday Night League saw Gornal Labour Club and Old Bulls Head share the number one position and after completing game seven nothing has changed as the Labour Club won 6-3 at home against Chainyard and Old Bulls Head beat their visitors Pensnett Liberal Club by the same 6-3 margin. A 7-2 win at Griffin keeps Seven Stars in touch with the leaders, level on twelve points but trailing by six legs of average. Five Ways, Jolly Crispin and New Inn are all on ten points, two adrift of the top three teams.

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


Fox Inn (Lye) were the only losers in the top six teams in game sixteen of the Stourbridge and District Wednesday Night League as they lost 4-3 playing away against top of the table Quarry Bank Labour Club. The win for the Labour Club keeps them six points ahead of second placed Bird in Hand ‘E’ who with a 160 break from A.Smith won 7-0 against Dudley Sports. Ten Arches are third on the same 26 points as Bird in Hand ‘E’ and only one leg of average short of them after they won 6-1 At Ashwood whose M.Halliday also had a 160 break.

Full Results:Game 16:- Ashwood 1 (M.Halliday 160b) Ten Arches 6, Raven 2 Shovel 5, Black Horse 2 Stourbridge FC 5, Bell ‘B’ 1 Bell ‘A’ 6, Bird in Hand ‘E’ 7 (A.Smith 160b) Dudley Sports 0, Quarry Bank Labour Club 4 Fox Inn (Lye) 3, Brickmakers Arms 2 Hollybush 5.


Allens Bar ‘A’ top the Black Country Men’s Super League with seventeen wins from seventeen games but their latest home fixture against third in the table Yeltz Bar saw them held to a very close 3-2 victory. Nevertheless a win is a win and this latest one saw Allens ‘A’ take their points tally to 111 which is thirteen more than second in the league Railway Tavern who reduced the arrears slightly with a 4-1 win at home over Ashwood. Yeltz Bar’s defeat sees them drop one place in the table to fourth just one point behind their third place replacements and local rivals Yeltz Bar ‘A’ who won their home game against Allens Bar ‘B’ 4-1. Fifth placed Maverick won 4-1 against next to bottom of the table Horse and Jockey ‘A’ while Gilbert’s Bar, who were previously sixth had a somewhat surprisingly heavy 5-0 defeat at Bell, Kingswinford ‘A’ who are two places and four points below them but with a game in hand.

Full Results:Game 17:- The Maverick 4 Horse and Jockey ‘A’ 1, Railway Tavern 4 The Ashwood 1, Bell, Kingswinford ‘A’ 5 Gilbert’s Bar 0, Bell, Kingswinford ‘B’ 3 Rowley Bar and Grill 2, Allens Bar ‘C’ 4 Horse and Jockey ‘B’ 1, Whiteheath Tavern 4 Halesowen Cricket Club 1, Yeltz Bar ‘A’ 4 Allens Bar ‘B’ 1, Allens Bar ‘A’ 3 Yeltz Bar 2.


With Scott Baker now assured of the title in the Gilbert’s Bar Monday Night Singles League Ben Johnson was looking to secure the runners-up spot and with an 8-0 win over Sandra Beadsmore followed by another 8-0 success over Jon Blakemore he has achieved that second place. Baker is currently on 260 points with three to play while Johnson has 233 points with the same three remaining games. Third placed John Simms has completed all of his 31 games and has 215 points and fourth in the league Jon Blakemore with only two more to play is back on 2017 points.

Full Results:Week 34:Board 1:- Sandra Beardsmore 0 Ben Johnson 8, Riley Ward 2 Artur Lubkowski 6, Chris Hill 7 Tom Hollowood 1, Riley Ward 1 Jamie Aplin 7, Board 2:- Martin East 6 Warren Bower 2, Steve Lynch 3 Simon Mountford 5, Martin East 7 Gemma Barrett Jenkins 1, Alex Simmons 4 Neville Quinton 4, Ben Johnson 8 Jon Blakemore 0, Board 3:- Jamie Aplin 1 Andy Jervis 7, Roger Ward 0 Jon Williams 8, Phil Clarke 7 Sarah Maybury 1, Sandra Beardmore 0 Jamie Webb 8, Steve Lynch 5 Simon Pritchard 3.


The result for the top five teams in the Singles Division of the Wolverhampton Tuesday Night League was 5-2, however not all of them were winners. Leaders Railway were one of those losers as they lost their home game with Hurst Hill who moved up one place to fourth on 26 points, six short of their hosts. Second placed ECC were winners at Gilbert’s Bar who until the defeat were fourth but drop down one place to fifth. Woodfield are placed third, they won playing away against bottom of the division Red Lion. After this latest round of fixtures the current position is that Railway are top on 32 points, ECC and Woodfield are in turn second and third with 28 points and on 26 points are fourth and fifth placed Hurst Hill and Gilbert’s Bar.

In the Doubles Division leaders Hurst Hill won 2-1 playing away against third in the division Railway, second placed ECC winning by the same 2-1 margin at Gilbert’s Bar to keep them on the same 32 points as Hurst Hill and just the one leg of average behind them. Woodfield are third and despite winning 2-1 at Red Lion they are a massive ten points short of the top two teams.

Full Results:Week 22:Singles Division:- Gilbert’s Bar 2 ECC 5, Railway 2 Hurst Hill 5, Red Lion 2 Woodfield 5, Stile 1 Dog and Partridge 6, Wednesfield Legion 3 Moreton Arms 4, Jack’s Bar and Cleveland Arms had a bye, Doubles Division:- Gilbert’s Bar 1 ECC 2, Railway 1 Hurst Hill 2, Red Lion 1 Woodfield 2, Stile 0 Dog and Partridge 3, Wednesfield Legion 2 Moreton Arms 1, Jack’s Bar and Cleveland Arms had a bye.


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