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Article: Birmingham Mail - A Midland Round-up by Alan Towe - 2023-01-25

Birmingham Mail - A Midland Round-up by Alan Towe - 2023-01-25

The Sheldon and District Winter League had the first round of their Punchbowl Trophy on the fixture card and providing the biggest shock of the round were Hampton and Solihull Cricket Club. The Cricket Club are currently placed third in division two and their opponents Dunky’s Boys riding high third in the premier division but the final score of 4-3 went to Hampton and Solihull despite Dunky’s having home advantage, Dunky’s were however only able to field six players.

In the other games premier leaders Sheldon Marlborough Arrows took on division one leaders Langley Flights and won 5-2. Chalking up a 6-1 win was the premier bottom team Hollywood Social who won against division two leaders Brian’s Flights while second in the premier Langley Arrows beat the league’s bottom team Castle Bromwich WMC 6-1 and with a similar scoreline division one’s bottom team Hornet won at The Irish Centre who are fourth in division two.

There was a 5-2 win for Kingshurst Labour Club (premier division) over Maggies (division one) and The Trident Spears (division two) won 4-3 at Journeys End (division one).

Full Results:Punchbowl Trophy:Round One:- Castle Bromwich WMC 1 Langley Arrows 6 (Richard Nixon 180), Sheldon Marlborough Arrows 5 (Nigel Davies 9 darts game) Langley Flights 2, The Irish Centre 1 Hornet 6, Hollywood Social 6 Brian’s Flights 1, Dunky’s Boys 3 Hampton and Solihull Cricket Club 4, Kingshurst Labour Club 5 Maggies 2, Journeys End 3 The Trident Spears 4.


In division one of the Four Oaks and District League Old Oscott Arrows 7-2 defeat of Highcroft Social has elevated them to second place but they remain four points behind leaders Erdington Nomads who won 6-3 at Golden Hind. Red Lion continue to build on their recent run with a 7-2 win over Walmley CSC Flights, they are now third on the same eight points as Old Oscott Arrows as are fourth, fifth and sixth placed Highcroft Social, Bishop Vesey and Old Horns Lions after Highcroft lost, Bishop Vesey won 6-3 at home against Heartlands and Old Horns Lions won by the same margin against Charley’s Flights.

Congratulations go to Sutton Sharks as they won their first league match in six outings when they won 5-4 at Rosey Mac’s with J.Boden recording this week’s only maximum for the victors.

In division two there were heroic darts from N.Robbins (Pint Pot Flights) at Minworth Flights as he recorded a 105 break and no fewer than seven scores of a ton hitting six of them in the final doubles game, only to lose 2-1 and see his team go down 5-4. Oscott Social Club remain top of the second division despite losing their first league match in seven, a close encounter with Erdington Arrows where they lost 5-4. Second placed Minworth Flights are now level on twelve points with the leaders and have a game in hand, they are now the only team in the league with a 100% win record.

Full Results:Game 7:Division One:- Golden Hind Lions 3 (A.Lilley 2x100, C.Turner 108b,140, D.Haynes 100, J.Clarke 100,125,140, N.Goldie 100) The Nomads 6 (C.Taylor 126, B.Lysaght 2x100, T.Colley 2x100, C.Winters 4x100,133, D.Jarvis jnr 115, K.Smith 100), Red Lion 7 (J.Collins 117,140, D.Vickers 146b,2x100,133,2x140, B.Hughes 125,2x100,152b,140, T.Vickers 138, R.Lowe 105b,121,100, I.Matthews 100) Walmley CSC Flights 2 (G.Gaughan 100,120, R.Kavanagh 100, J.Meredith 140,105, R.Smith 152b,121, B.Liggins 100), The Old Horns Lions 6 (D.Pickering 120b, P.Byrne 120b, F.Naylor 125, M.Ashton 4x100,121, B.Linnecor 125, A.Kimberley 100) Charley’s Flights 3 (D.G.Bond 3x100,120,133, P.Nicholls 105,121, J.Jones 100), Bishop Vesey 6 (N.Smallwood 105b,100,111, M.Wild 100b,3x100, N.Sammons 3x100,127,140, S.Abbott 3x100,135, D.Walton 100, C.Sammons 100) Heartlands 3 (John Frost 140, G.McCormack 100, G.Drennan 100, J.Rogers 137,2x100,120,129f,135, S.Cain 140, Jim Frost 120b,100), Old Oscott Arrows 7 (B.Trayhern 111b,135,2x100, M.Maher 100, D.Parsons 112b,2x100,2x140, P.Locke 100,140) Highcroft Social 2 (S.Alexander 140,100,125, K.Shorthouse 101b, D.Giblin 115b,140,100, S.Pritchett 116, J.Alexander 125, S.Paling 100), Division Two:- Rosey Mac’s 4 (J.Cox snr 2x100, N.Bradley 137,140, S.Wintle 100, A.Poole 118) Sutton Sharks 5 (C.Llewellyn 100, N.Holmes 100, J.Meadows 2x100, F.Davis 100, Jon Boden 180,135), The Funky Bear 3 (S.Robotham 100, G.Robotham 140, L.Williams 100, A.Trimwater 120,125,137) St Thomas Arrows 6 (M.Andrews 2x100,140, J.Lynch 104, G.Stait 2x100, R.Nelson 100), Erdington Arrows 5 (M.Yate 125,122, M.Phillips 2x100, H.Sadler 2x100,140, L.Dells 122b,121,117b, L.Cooksey 2x120b,2x100) Oscott Social Club 4 (P.Graham 100, S.Shorthouse 100, A.Whitehouse 100b, G.Bushell 100,109f), Deers Leap 3 (A.Dunn 140, L.Sinclair 100, T.Ross 100,140, D.Rodgers 100b,3x100,111f, A.Kimberley 140,100) The Scott Armers 6 (L.Gumbley 100b, O.Day 106b,3x100, Jamie Sabin 140, L.Parry 108b, M.Felkin 101b,100, T.Kelly 140), Minworth Flights 5 (K.Deeley 3x100, K.Reynolds 2x100, D.Lawrence 100, N.Clarke 140,2x100) Pint Pot Flights 4 (H.Jones 120, N.Robbins 105b,7x100, L.Lemathy 100, J.Fountain 100b,100, P.Smith 2x100, M.Phillips 100), Sutton Sports and Social 1 (K.Coleman 120) Plough and Arrows 8 (L.Dudley 100, J.O’Connor 168, A.Nicholls 101, K.Gow 100,140, S.Johnson 120b,100, R.Davies 118b).


After completing game sixteen in the Harborne and District League the top half of the table remains the same with Bugle Horn leading the way, increasing their chances of winning the title with a 9-0 home win against Bournville to give them a total of 30 points and a lead of four over second placed Northfield Conservative Club who lost ground in the title race when they went down 5-4 at home against Smethwick Cricket Club who are third and on the same 26 points as their hosts but from having played one game more. The Conservative Club do have a game in hand on the leaders which could see them reduce the deficit to just two points. Northfield Town are fourth, two points behind the two teams directly above them after they won 5-4 at Copper Fox ‘M’ who are sixth in the table on 16 points.

The only changes in the table was that Bourneville dropped to eighth following their heavy defeat against the leaders and Cock Inn, who won 6-3 at The Mill moved up one place to replace Bourneville in seventh place.

Full Results:Game 16:- Bugle Horn 9 (N.Steventon 2x100,120, D.Nicholls 123,125,2x140, M.Poolton 100, J.Hykin 102f,140, D.Marsh 2x100, A.Poolton 100,120) Bourneville 0 (M.Ferriday 140, G.Bailles 100,138, M.Hanley 140, A.Hughes 100, D.Murray 120), Northfield Conservative Club 4 (J.Hill 100,121, S.Jones 100,129, T.Garfield 100,2x134,140, D.Hill 2x100, R.Hosey 3x100,140,180,15 darts game, D.Hill 180, R.Hosey 100f) Smethwick Cricket Club 5 (A.Beagrie 2x100,137, M.Collins 5x100,123, P.Brookes 100,130, F.Johnson 3x100, V.Gould 121,4x140, M.Tibbetts 140), Avenue Social 1 (V.Gilliland 125,180, C.Morgan 140, P.Gilliland 105) Copper Fox ‘R’ 8 (E.Simpson 2x100,121,140,16 darts game, T.McGlone 3x100,167f, M.Hamilton 121, T.Hamilton 2x100,118,140, R.Mann 100, N.Porter 100), Copper Fox ‘M’ 4 (D.Kent 2x100, J.Downer 100, K.Jukes 4x100,110f, A.Harvey 4x100, G.Dews 5x100,106f, K.Bedder 2x100,140,177) Northfield Town 5 (A.Busby 2x100,121,140,16 darts game, S.Busby 100,138, D.Hopkins 100,125, L.Allen 3x100, M.Lloyd 100,101, R.Needham 100, G.Webb 105, A.Busby 180), Quinton RBL 3 (D.McDermott 2x100, D.McConomy 100,104,134,136, F.Goldsby 100, E.Gallagher 120) Weoley Castle WMC 6 (M.Bolton 100,133, A.Heath 100,125, P.Coombs 100,121, T.Heath 3x100,125, S.Tyler 100,119, A.Coombes 100, M.Bolton 114f), The Mill 3 (J.Goulding 125, K.Pearsall 100,140, J.Harris 140, J.Goulding 180) Cock Inn 6 (L.Fox 140, Joe Fox 134, A.Vaughan 2x100, K.Vaughan 100, L.Fox 180, John Fox 124).


Copper Fox continue to dominate the Kings Norton League adding a 4-3 win over Thurlestone to give them thirty-eight points from their twenty-two games and a lead of six over the chasing pack of three teams. Thurlestone drop from second in the table to fourth but on the same 32 points as Northfield and Bournebrook just above them. Northfield had a similar 4-3 win at Bourneville while second in the table Bournebrook won their home tie with Longbridge 6-3.

Full Results:Game 22:- Bourneville 3 (M.James 100,111b,140, P.Smith 100,102b, M.Ferriday 100, J.Guy 138) Northfield 4 (L.Allen 120, A.Busby 100, S.Busby 2x100, J.Taylor 140, O.Draper 100,104f,11 darts game, M.Lloyd 180), Kings Heath 3 (A.Homer 120, D.Parish 100,100b) E57 4 (D.Logan 121, T.Roberts 100, R.Morris 100,139), Rubery Social Club 3 (J.Higgins 105,118, J.O'Neill 100, A.Faulkner 100,123, R.Higgins 103b) Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club 4 (R.Fisher 117, G.Williamson 100,100b, A.Reynolds 111, D.Whitecombe 100,125, S.Carr 100), Bournebrook 6 (T.Cullen 100, D.Collins 111b,121,125, K.Mason 180, M.Bathurst 127, T.Jeffs 100,120b, L.Rooney 100,100b, R.Chambers 121) Longbridge 1 (L.Jordan 140, N.Harris 2x100, K.Malone 140), Thurlestone 3 (R.Hosey 125,140) Copper Fox 4 (E.Simpson 116f,140, D.McConomy 121, G.Dews 100,112, D.Marsh 100).


Cross (Oldswinford) made it thirteen wins from thirteen games when they handed out a 7-0 whitewash to their hosts bottom of the table Glasscutters in the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League to keep intact their two points lead over second in the table Old Liberal Club who were close behind Cross with a 6-1 home win over Rose and Crown ‘A’. After the top two come five teams, Ten Arches, Bell, Bird in Hand, Netherton Conservative Club and The Princess, all on twenty points, six short of the leaders. Ten Arches won 5-2 at Fox Inn (Lye), Bell had a 6-1 success at Seven Stars, Bird in Hand were also 6-1 winners playing at Rose and Crown ‘B’ while Netherton Conservative Club had a close 4-3 win against Raven. The Princess won their home game against Britannia 5-2. Bell and Bird in Hand have played fourteen fixtures, one more than any of the other teams in the top eight teams.

Full Results:Game 14:- Church Tavern 4 Gate Hangs Well 3, Netherton Conservative Club 4 Raven 3, Glasscutters 0 Cross (Oldswinford) 7, Old Liberal Club 6 Rose and Crown ‘A’ 1, Rose and Crown ‘B’ 1 Bird in Hand 6, Seven Stars 1 Bell 6, Old Cat Inn 0 Mount Pleasant 7, Fox Inn (Lye) 2 Ten Arches 5, The Princess 5 (C.Clewes 152b, D.Edwards 156f) Britannia 2, Crestwood had a bye.


Week six in the Camp Hill League produced wins for the top four teams with leaders Erdington Nomads recording the biggest win of the week a 6-1 away win against bottom of the table Sedgemere Devils. The win takes the Nomads undefeated run to six games and they are the only team in the league to remain unbeaten with a perfect score of twelve points, two more than second and third placed Clumsy Swan and Cotterills Lane EBAHA Club who in turn won 5-2 at Tyseley WMC and 4-3 at home against Moseley Arms. Fourth in the league Tyseley Bears had a 5-2 success at Peaky Blinder to put them on six points the same number as fifth in the table Tyseley WMC.

Full Results:Week 6:- Tyseley WMC 2 Clumsy Swan 5, Sedgemere Devils 1 Erdington Nomads 6, Peaky Blinder 2 Tyseley Bears 5, Cotterills Lane EBAHA Club 4 Moseley Arms 3, Sheldon Marlborough Flights had a bye.


The Netherton Thursday Night League played off the second leg of the semi-finals of their League Cup with current league leaders Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ having the biggest overall win of the round. In the first leg the Ex Serviceman’s won 6-3 at Spring Meadow Social Club and followed that up with a 7-2 home win to give them an overall 13-5 victory. From the other half of the draw Netherton Sports and Social Club ‘A’ won their first game at home against Bulls Head 6-3 and in the second leg emulated that score to give them a 12-6 passage to the final, a final which will see the league’s top two teams square up to each other.

Full Results:League Cup:Semi-Finals Second Leg (First leg results in brackets):- Bulls Head 6 (6) Netherton Sports and Social Club ‘A’ 3 (3), Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ 7 (6) Spring Meadow 2 (3).


Only two more fixtures to play in the Stourbridge and District Wednesday Night League and the title could still go to either current leader’s Quarry Bank Labour Club or second placed Bird in Hand ‘E’ as there is only two points separating the two teams.

In the latest round of fixtures Quarry Bank Labour Club won 5-2 at The Shovel while second placed Bird in Hand ‘E’ had a slightly closer 4-3 success at The Ashwood. In addition to the two points lead the Labour Club also have a large nine legs average lead over Bird in Hand ‘E’. After the top two teams there is a gap of four points to third in the league Ten Arches who kept their hopes of the runners-up spot alive when they handed their visiting team Brickmakers Arms a 7-0 whitewash.

At the other end of the table bottom team Raven played hosts to the team just above them Dudley Sports, the outcome was a 6-1 win for the away side, only their fifth win in twenty-four games but it was enough to lift them up two places in the table.

With only two more games to play the Shadow League title could go to any one of the top three teams as currently Shovel are top with ten points but only on average as second placed Bell ‘B’ are also on ten points and third is Ashwood who with eight points still have an outside chance of stealing the title.

Full Results:Game 24:- Raven 1 Dudley Sports 6, Bell ‘A’ 7 Fox Inn (Lye) 0, Stourbridge FC 3 Hollybush 4, Ten Arches 7 Brickmakers Arms 0, Shovel 2 Quarry Bank Labour Club 5, Ashwood 3 Bird in Hand ‘E’ 4, Black Horse 2 Bell ‘B’ 5.


The Sedgley and Gornal Tuesday Night League had week two of their John Walters Cup and Trophy on their agenda and in the Cup all three fixtures finished with a close 5-4 result which saw wins for New Inn, Gornal Labour Club and Five Ways against respective opponents Seven Stars, Old Bulls Head 4 and Jolly Crispin.

The John Walters Trophy games had a variety of results with Pensnett Liberal Club handsomely winning 8-1 at Chainyard, Red Cow winning 6-3 at home against Meadow Lark and Griffin having a 5-4 success at home against The Cabin.

Full Results:John Walters Week 2:John Walters Cup:- New Inn 5 Seven Stars 4, Old Bulls Head 4 Gornal Labour Club 5, Jolly Crispin 4 Five Ways 5, John Walters Trophy:- Chainyard 1 Pensnett Liberal Club 8, Griffin 5 The Cabin 4, Red Cow 6 Meadow Lark 3.


With Chris Williams not playing in week seven of the Ashwood Premier League he has been ousted from the number one spot by John Green. Williams with seventy-six points from fourteen games drops to second while Green takes his total points from the same number of games to 81. Green played two games on the night kicking off with a 5-2 win over Alan Bate and later by the same margin beating Wozza Pritchard.

In addition to Williams having seventy-six points, third and fourth in the league Josh Pickett and Nick Fullwell are also on the same amount of points with Pickett having played fifteen games and Fullwell thirteen.

After an opening 4-3 win over Reece Colley Josh Pickett then lost 4-3 to Mark Jones but quickly recovered to win 7-0 against Craig Lowin while Fullwell was in top form beating Carl Hipkiss 7-0 and then Craig Lowin 6-1. Reece Colley also came back from his early defeat to beat Chris Manoila and Chris Fox 6-1 to lift him two places in the table to fifth.

At the other end of the league table Carl Hipkiss, after his big defeat to Fullwell won 4-3 against Jake Robinson before losing 5-2 to Cayden Smith, however his win saw him move from a next to bottom of the league and up four places in the table.

Full Results:Week 7:- Josh Pickett 4 Reece Colley 3, Nick Fullwell 7 Carl Hipkiss 0, Jon Underhill 4 Jack Pritchard 3, Craig Lowin 4 Neil Murphy 3, Reece Colley 6 Chris Manoila 1, Gavin Smith 5 Chris Fox 2, Wozza Pritchard 4 Matt Davies 3, Mark Jones 7 Ash Marson 0, John Green 5 Alan Bate 2, Sam Aitkens 4 Kevin Harris 3, Chris Eacock 6 Paul Pollard 1, Cayden Smith 6 Martyn Harper 1, Dave Simpson 4 Rob Pierce 3, Shane Passey 4 Ben Watts 3, Mark Jones 4 Josh Pickett 3, Carl Hipkiss 4 Jake Robinson 3, John Green 5 Wozza Pritchard 2, Josh Pickett 7 Craig Lowin 0, Mark Jones 7 Matt Davies 0, Chris Manoila 4 Jack Pritchard 3, Neil Murphy 4 Alan Bate 3, Cayden Smith 5 Carl Hipkiss 2, Reece Colley 6 Chris Fox 1, Jayden Harper 4 Ash Marson 3, Dave Simpson 4 Shane Passey 3, Kevin Harris 4 Carl Hipkiss 3, Nick Fullwell 6 Craig Lowin 1, Rob Pierce 4 Mitch Pickett 3, Paul Pollard 4 Jon Underhill 3, Gavin Smith 4 Jake Robinson 3, Ben Watts 4 Martyn Harper 3, Sam Aitkens 6 Chris Eacock 1.


The Black Country Men’s Super League after playing game twenty-seven it had no effect on the top five places in the table, the only change in the league coming from Gilbert’s Bar and Maverick swapping places, Gilbert’s dropping to seventh and Maverick moving up to sixth.

Top of the table Allens Bar ‘A’ won their home game against Bell, Kingswinford ‘B’ 4-1 to extend their lead at the top from nineteen points to twenty-two as second placed Railway Tavern had a closer 3-2 home win over Rowley Bar and Grill.

Yeltz Bar and Yeltz Bar ‘A’ are third and fourth in the table in turn on 131 and 130 points with both having played one game more than the two top teams.

Full Results:Game 27:- Railway Tavern 3 Rowley Bar and Grill 2, Yeltz Bar 5 The Ashwood 0, Allens Bar ‘C’ 5 Halesowen Cricket Club 0, The Maverick 4 Whiteheath Tavern 1, Allens Bar ‘A’ 4 Bell, Kingswinford ‘B’ 1, Yeltz Bar ‘A’ 4 Gilbert’s Bar 1.


A 6-2 win over Rushpal Bhogal in week two has kept Adam Teasdale in pole position in division one of the Gilbert’s Bar Monday Night Singles League with seventeen points and a lead of two over Phil Clarke and Paul Price who are joint second in the division after Clarke beat Reece Cook Lucas 5-3 and Price won 6-2 against Martin Angell.

In division two the top two players hold on to their positions as leader Tony Singh accounted for Malcolm Pugh with a 6-2 result to take his points to eighteen and second placed Jon Williams finished all-square at 4-4 with Jason Hough to leave him five points behind Singh.

With last week’s top three players in division three not playing this week it’s all-change at the top of the table with the new leader being Michele Pritchard who played two games winning 7-1 against Eddie Gripton and then going one better and beating Sara Emma Jones 8-0 to give her 27 points from three games and a lead over second placed Sandra Beardsmore and third equal Jamie Aplin and Warren Bowers of thirteen points.

Full Results:Week 2:- Steve Lynch 3 Ben Johnson 5, Phil Clarke 5 Reece Cook Lucas 3, John Simms 3 Simon Pritchard 5, Simon Mountford 2 Scott Baker 6, Adam Teasdale 6 Rushpal Bhogal 2, Jon Blakemore 3 Ian Stanton 5, Paul Price 6 Martin Angell 2, Ben Hollowood 5 Jamie Webb 3, Ben Johnson 4 Scott Baker 4, Colin Wood 4 Luke Shinton 4, Malcolm Pugh 2 Tony Singh 6, Clark Cook 7 Neville Quinton 1, Jason Hough 4 Jon Wiliams 4, Chris Hill 5 Allan Davies 3, Ben Smith 6 Baljinder Gill 2, Thomas Hollowood 8 Jacqui Simmons 0, Eddie Gripton 1 Michele Pritchard 7, Alex Bryant 4 Jamie Aplin 4, Gemma Barrett Jenkins 5 Joe Bartolo 3, Sara Emma Jones 0 Michele Pritchard 8, Andy Poole 3 Sandra Beardsmore 5, Warren Bower 4 Robert Harris 4.


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