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Article: Birmingham Mail - A Midland Round-up by Alan Towe - 2022-11-23

Birmingham Mail - A Midland Round-up by Alan Towe - 2022-11-23

A big welcome back to the Four Oaks and District League who are back up and running for the first time since their enforced break part way through their 2019/2020 season.

The league have kicked off their new season with the preliminary round of their Coronation Cup with the biggest winners of the round being The Old Horns Lions who accounted for Plough and Arrows with a 12-3 scoreline. Not far behind were another set of lions Golden Hind Lions who won 11-4 at Sutton Sports and Social. Erdington Arrows and Oscott Social Club both won 10-5 against respective opponents Sutton Sharks and Rosey Mac’s. The powerful performances from Bishop Vesey and The Old Horns Lions marked them as teams to watch in the first division, Vesey winning 9-6 at Deer’s Leap. Other teams to win through to the next round were Charley’s Flights, Erdington Arrows, The Nomads, Old Oscott Arrows, Pint Pot Flights, Heartlands and Walmley CSC Flights.

Erdington Arrows, Pint Pot Flights and Oscott Social Club were the only second division sides to make the next round.

The first maximum of the season came from Jim Frost (Heartlands) and the second from D.Parsons (Old Oscott Arrows). J.Meredith and K.Green rightly shared man of the match for Walmley CSC Flights both recording 160 breaks.

Full Results:Coronation Shield:Preliminary Round:- Charley’s Flights 9 (T.Hines 100, R.Franks 102b, C.McCormack 100, R.Vann 100,140, P.Nicholls 100, J.Jones 125) The Scott Armers 6 (L.Parry 4x100,137, L.Gumbley 100, T.Kelly 3x100,2x140, J.Parry 2x100), Deers Leap 6 (T.Ross 2x100, A.Dunn 100, P.Billings 108b,2x140,118) Bishop Vesey 9 (M.Wild 100b,2x100, N.Sammons 100, T.Rubery 121, N.Smallwood 118,3x100, S.Abbott 3x100, D.Walton 122, M.Norton 100, A.Jones140, C.Sammons 160b,124), Erdington Arrows 10 (L.Cooksey 100, R.Liennard 101b, K.Tooze 114, A.Linehan 117,140,102, H.Sadler 100) Sutton Sharks 5 (J.Boden 2x100, J.Meadows 100,101, A.Jarvis 100, C.Gardener 3x100,140), Highcroft Social 7 (J.Alexander 3x140,3x100, S.Shorthouse 2x100,125, K.Neale 120b,3x100,140, K.Shorthouse 130b,125,100,135, L.Shorthouse 135) The Nomads 8 (T.Colley 100b,140,100, N.Fields 100b,115b,100, C.Martin 110,100, C.Hill 100, B.Lysaght 2x100, C.Winters 5x100), Old Oscott Arrows 9 (P.Locke 3x100,140, M.Page 102b,125,116,174,100, D.Page 135, D.Parsons 100,180) St Thomas Arrows 6 (G.Lynch 100,125, G.Stait 125, R.Nelson 105,125,2x140,100,120, P.Andrews 101), Pint Pot Flights 8 (N.Robbins 120b,140, P.Smith 160b,100, J.Fountain 100b, J.Moon 100b, M.Bagnall 3x100, P Southall. 100,121) The Funky Bear 7 (A.Deathridge 100,105, A.Trimwater 123, M.Lucas 122,123), Plough and Arrows 3 (K.Gow 100,2x140, D.Hughes 140, A.Humphriss 3x100, R.Davies 120b) The Old Horns Lions 12 (A.Kimberley 101b,4x100,125,140, B.Stephens 120b,121,131,2x140,115, F.Naylor 100, D.Pickering 140, T.O’Kereke 116,2x100, B.Linnecor 152b,140,121), Red Lion 7 (T.Vickers 2x100, B.Hughes 140, M.Corfield 140, R.Lowe 135, D.Vickers 112b,100) Heartlands 8 (G.Drennan 100,125, A.Downes 120,100, Jim Frost 180,100,140,100,132,14 darts game, M.Cain 100,120,165,14 darts game, G.McCormack 100b), Rosey Mac’s 5 (S.Wright 100b,100,125, S.Wintle 100b,100, N.Bradley 100,121) Oscott Social Club 10 (D.Shannon. 100, T.Whyley 100, D.Haskins 100, A.Whitehouse 100b,140, I.Lloyd 3x100, P.Graham 2x100), Sutton Sports and Social 4 (K.Coleman 120,100, J.P.Roddy 3x100,123,140, R.Snelson 100, D.Carter 140, R.Hinett 140) Golden Hind Lions 11 (M.Pearce 121,2x100,127,125,105, N.Goldie 100, J.Mahon 121,100, C.Turner 135, D.Haynes 100, J.Clarke 100, A.Lilley 121), Walmley CSC Flights 9 (J.Meredith 160b,100, K.Green 160b,139,2x140,3x100,135, B.Liggins 125,123,140, B.Cadby 100) Minworth Flights 6 (L.Vann 113f, K.Reynolds 3x100,125,140, K.Deeley 4x100,138,125, N.Clarke 100,125,145f).


Coppice continued their fine form in the Kings Norton League when in the League Cup they won 4-3 at Grant Arms. There was a shock for league leaders Copper Fox as they went down 4-3 playing away against Thurlestone who are third in the league. Second placed Bournebrook won their home game against E57 5-2 the result by which Rubery Social Club beat Longbridge and Bourneville won at Kings Heath.

Full Results:League Cup:- Thurlestone 4 (S.Deeley 116, J.Downer 102b, C.Airey 100, B.Andrews 100,2x120b, R.Waldron 134, T.Garfield 140) Copper Fox 3 (D.McConomy 100, K.Bedder 120b, T.Hamilton 2x100,140, A.Beagrie 100,101b,140, E.Simpson 100b,115b,140, G.Dews 100), Bournebrook 5 (T.Cullen 100b,105, L.Rooney 2x100,100b,103b, D.Collins 100, M.Bathurst 100,100b, K.Mason 100,120b,140, M.Welsh 121) E57 2 (D.Logan 101,138, J.Calt 121, T.Roberts 100), Rubery Social Club 5 (J.Ford 125, R.Higgins 100b,180, J.Higgins 112b, J.O'Neill 100,120b, K.Manger 2x100, A.Faulkner 106f,125) Longbridge 2 (L.Adams 140, A.Bailles 108b, M.Malone 120), Grant Arms 3 (A.McGowan 120, N.Smith 120b, A.Dewsbury 100) Coppice 4 (A.Ward 160b, A.Aindow 100, R.Packer 100, M.Mooney 2x100,140), Kings Heath 2 (D.Parish 131, P.Hunt 160b, A.Homer 100, R.Hampton 100, R.Hitchmough 140) Bourneville 5 (M.James 125, A.Deeley 100, N.Hurst 100,110b,118).


With a 110 game shot from Paul Wallace and a ten darts game by Nigel Davies for leaders of the premier division in the Sheldon and District Winter League Sheldon Marlborough Arrows the team won their home game against Raven Arrows 7-2 to keep them top of the table with a perfect eight points from their four games. A 5-4 win at home for Dunky’s Boys has seen them replace their opponents Langley Arrows in second place and they too have won all four games and trail Sheldon by seven legs of average, Langley after suffering their first defeat of the campaign drop to third on six points. Sheldon Dukes moved off the foot of the table recording their first win of the season when they beat Kingshurst Labour Club who are two places off the bottom of the table 5-4. Hollywood Social had a bye this week and they take over the bottom place without a win from their four games.

Despite having a bye this week Shirley Misfits hold on to pole position in division one with six points from their four games. Yardley Ex Colts lose their number two spot after surprisingly going down 6-3 at home to The Dingle who as a result move up from next to bottom to fourth in the division, Shay Darby hit a maximum for Yardley and John Smythe did the same for The Dingle. Langley Flights won 7-2 at home against Willclare Sports and Social and take over from Yardley in second place, both teams are on the same six points as Shirley Misfits with Langley having played one game more than the other two teams.

Hampton and Solihull Cricket Club lost for the first time in five games in division two when Lyndon Old Boys beat then 6-3 on their own board. Due to the defeat they have also lost pole position in the division slipping to second on eight points from five games, they have the same number of points as new leaders Brian’s Flights but have played one game more than them. Brian’s Flights moved up to the top spot without throwing a dart as they had a bye this week but have a superior average over both Hampton and Solihull and third placed Iron Horse Rebels who with a 180 from Robbie Earl won 5-4 against Sheldon Marlborough Ridge.

Full Results:Week 5:Premier Division:- Kingshurst Labour Club 4 Sheldon Dukes 5, Dunky’s Boys 5 Langley Arrows 4, Sheldon Marlborough Arrows 7 (Paul Wallace 110f, Nigel Davies 10 darts game Raven Arrows 2, Highwood Gerry’s Boys and Hollywood Social had a bye, Division One:- Hornet 2 Maggies 7 (Stuart Jones 2x9 darts games), Yardley Ex Colts 3 (Shay Darby 180) The Dingle 6 (John Smythe 180), Langley Flights 7 Willclare Sports and Social 2, Shirley Misfits and Journeys End had a bye, Division Two:- Castle Bromwich WMC 2 The Trident Spears 7, Iron Horse Rebels 5 (Robbie Earl 180) Sheldon Marlborough Ridge 4, The Raven 2 The Irish Centre 7, Hampton and Solihull Cricket Club 3 (Phil Thorley 109f) Lyndon Old Boys 6, Brian’s Flights had a bye.


Just the three results from the Harborne and District League this week including leaders Bugle Horn’s impressive 8-1 home win over Northfield Town to take their undefeated run to eleven games and give them a two points lead over second in the table Northfield Conservative Club. Northfield Town lose their third place to Smethwick Cricket Club who added a 6-3 win at home over fifth in the table Copper Fox ‘R’.

The third fixture was between two lower placed teams Bourneville playing hosts to Quinton RBL which resulted in a 7-2 win for the hosts to lift them up one place over Cock Inn into seventh place while Quinton RBL drop down one place to two off the bottom.

Full Results:Game 11:- Bugle Horn 8 (D.Nicholls 100,101,121,130,180,15 darts game, N.Stevention 100,121, D.Marsh 2x10,123,140, A.Poolton 122, J.Hykin 100,121,140, P.Sitshebo 100,2x140, M.Poolton 100) Northfield Town 1 (A.Busby 2x100,2x140, R.Needham 5x100, L.Allen 100, G.Webb 2x100,140, J.Taylor 100), Smethwick Cricket Club 6 (A.Beagrie 140, M.Tibbetts 2x100,121,2x140, T.Brennan 100,116f,121,123,135, M.Collins 135,140,180, F.Johnson 2x100,125,2x140, V.Gould 2x140, T.Brennan 180) Copper Fox ‘R’ 3 (E.Simpson 2x100,123,140, T.McGlone 2x125, N.Porter 2x100,140, R.Mann 140, T.Hamilton 105,113f, J.Good 100), Bourneville 7 (D.Miguel 100, P.Smith 2x100, A.Bailles 2x100, M.Ferriday 100) Quinton RBL 2 (D.McConomy 2x100,140).


The Netherton Thursday Night League staged the first leg of the semi-finals of their League Cup with both matches resulting in a 6-3 scoreline. Current league leaders Netherton Sports and Social Club ‘A’ won at home against Bulls Head while former table toppers and reigning league champions Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ played away and won at Spring Meadow.

Full Results:League Cup:Semi-Finals;First Leg:-Netherton Sports and Social Club ‘A’ 3 Bulls Head 6, Spring Meadow 3 Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ 6.


The Cross (Oldswinford) had a 7-0 win away to The Princess in the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League to make it eight straight wins and keep them top of the table with a two points lead over former leaders Quarry Bank Labour Club who after six straight 7-0 wins actually dropped a leg in their away game at Glasscutters and only won 6-1, however they have only played seven games and with a game in hand and a superior average could once again take over at the top of the table.

There were big wins all round this week as in addition to the 7-0 by Cross and 6-1 from the Labour Club there were five other 6-1 results with Bell beating Raven, Netherton Conservative Club winning against Gate Hangs Well, Seven Stars accounting for Fox Inn (Lye), Bird in Hand winning their home game against Britannia and Rose and Crown ‘A’ winning at Cat Inn. The other two games saw Crestwood win 4-3 at Mount Pleasant and Ten Arches get the better of their hosts with a 5-2 result.

Full Results:Game 8:- Raven 1 Bell 6, Netherton Conservative Club 6 Gate Hangs Well 1, Glasscutters 1 Quarry Bank Labour Club 6, Mount Pleasant 3 Crestwood 4, Rose and Crown ‘B’ 2 Ten Arches 5, Seven Stars 6 Fox Inn (Lye) 1, Bird in Hand 6 Britannia 1, Cat Inn 1 Rose and Crown ‘A’ 6, The Princess 0 (C.Clews 120f) The Cross (Oldswinford) 7, Church Tavern had a bye.


Although Waggon and Horses have already won the Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League title and only have one more fixture to play they haven’t taken their foot off the gas as they chalked up another win this week to make it 27 wins from 29 games as they beat their hosts bottom of the table Tamebridge 5-2. Runners-up Dewdrop ‘A’ handed out a 7-0 whitewash to their guests Sow and Pigs.

Full Results:Game 30:- Vine ‘B’ 5 Dewdrop ‘B’ 2, Horseley Tavern 5 Albion 2, Dewdrop ‘A’ 7 Sow and Pigs 0, Tamebridge 2 Waggon and Horses 5 (D.Bull 160b), Miners Arms ‘A’ 4 Vine ‘A’ 3, Miners Arms ‘B’ had a bye.


At the halfway point of the season Old Bulls Head have been knocked off their top of the table perch in the Sedgley and Gornal Tuesday Night League after losing their home game with fifth in the table Five Ways 5-4. The former leaders drop to second behind Gornal Labour Club who made it ten wins in eleven games with an impressive 9-0 win at home against Seven Stars who lose their third place and drop to fourth two points short of third in the table New Inn who also had a 9-0 win at home against Griffin.

At the other end of the table The Cabin, who are two places off the bottom of the table travelled to take on Red Cow who were four places above them but are now only two places above them after The Cabin returned with a 7-2 win, only their second win in eleven games, bottom team Meadow Lark remain the only team in the league without a win so far.

Full Results:Game 11:- Pensnett Liberal Club 5 Chainyard 4, Old Bulls Head 4 Five Ways 5, Meadow Lark 4 Jolly Crispin 5, New Inn 9 Griffin 0, Gornal Labour Club 9 Seven Stars 0, Red Cow 2 The Cabin 7.


The Stourbridge and District Wednesday Night League had the quarter-finals of their League Cup on the agenda which produced a couple of shock results, the first of which was the 4-3 defeat for league leaders Quarry Bank Labour Club who have won seventeen of their eighteen league fixtures but lost in the cup playing away against sixth in the league Bell ‘A’. Another surprising result was that of second in the table Ten Arches losing 4-3 at Stourbridge FC who are seventh. Third and fourth teams Bird in Hand ‘E’ and Hollybush squared up to each other on the former’s board with the hosts getting the 5-2 verdict, in the last of the four games Ashwood, who are eighth beat Dudley Sports, who are two places off the foot of the table, 4-3.

Full Results:League Cup:Quarter-Finals:- Bird in Hand ‘E’ 5 Hollybush 2, Bell ‘A’ 4 Quarry Bank Labour Club 3, Ashwood 4 Dudley Sports 3, Stourbridge FC 4 Ten Arches 3.


Congratulations to the Bell on winning their fourth Rowley Monday Night League title in five year. In their penultimate fixture of the season Bell added an 8-1 win at the Wonder to their tally to take their total points to 52. Although the number one spot has been decided the runners-up place is still there to be won as Clock (Whiteheath), who are currently second won 6-3 at home against Plough and Harrow who are third and on the same 46 points as them, however Plough and Harrow have two more games to play whereas Clock only have one.

The Shadow League is almost won as leaders Windmills End need just one leg from their final game to clinch the title as breathing down their necks are Loyal Lodge, but it would require a major upset for Windmills End now to lose the title as they would have to lose 9-0 and Loyal Lodge win 9-0.

Full Results:Game 29:- Ex Servicemen’s 5 Hare and Hounds 4, Cradley Sports and Social Club 8 Spring Meadow 1, White Swan 6 Windmills End 3, Roost 4 Gate Hangs Well 5, Tividale FC 4 Three Diamonds 5, Wonder 1 Bell 8, Loyal Lodge 3 Romsley Cricket Club 6, Clock 6 Plough and Harrow 3.


Only three results from the Black Country Men’s Super League this week, the three results bringing the majority of teams up to twenty games with just one outstanding game between The Ashwood and Rowley Bar and Grill.

Second in the league Railway Tavern reduced the arrears on leaders Allens Bar ‘A’ to fourteen points as they won their home game with Whiteheath Tavern 4-1. The game between Allens Bar ‘B’ and Rowley Bar and Grill also finished with a 4-1 scoreline with the result going to Allens Bar ‘B’. Bell, Kingswinford ‘A’ were the biggest winners in the three games as they won 5-0 at home against bottom of the league Horse and Jockey ‘B’.

Full Results:Game 21:- Allens Bar ‘B’ 4 Rowley Bar and Grill 1, Railway Tavern 4 Whiteheath Tavern 1, Bell, Kingswinford ‘A’ 5 Horse and Jockey ‘B’ 0.


Railway are the champions of the singles division in the Wolverhampton Tuesday Night League, they rounded off their programme with a 4-3 home win over Woodfield who finished the season in third place on 32 points, six short of their opponents. Railway won the title by four clear points over runners-up ECC who ended their season with a 4-3 win at Hurst Hill who had to settle for fourth place with 30 points, but it was close for them as fifth in the league Gilbert’s Bar won their final game against Dog and Partridge 5-2 to end on the same 30 points as Hurst Hill and only five legs of average behind them.

It was a battle to the end in the doubles division as prior to the final fixtures Hurst Hill topped the table with thirty-six points and their nearest rivals ECC were on the same number of points and had to play them in the last game. The result was an emphatic 3-0 to ECC to give them the title with 38 points and their hosts Hurst Hill finish as runners-up. After the top two there was a massive ten point’s gap to third placed Gilbert’s Bar who wound down their campaign with a 3-0 success over Dog and Partridge.

Full Results:Week 27:Singles Division:- Cleveland Arms 2 Moreton Arms 5, Gilbert’s Bar 5 Dog and Partridge 2, Hurst Hill 3 ECC 4, Railway 4 Woodfield 3, Wednesfield Legion 5 Red Lion (Wednesfield) 2, Jack’s Bar and Stile had a bye, Doubles Division:- Cleveland Arms 1 Moreton Arms 2, Gilbert’s Bar 3 Dog and Partridge 0, Hurst Hill 0 ECC 3, Railway 1 Woodfield 2, Wednesfield Legion 3 Red Lion (Wednesfield) 0, Jack’s Bar and Stile had a bye.


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