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Article: Birmingham Mail - A Midland Round-up by Alan Towe - 2023-02-08

Birmingham Mail - A Midland Round-up by Alan Towe - 2023-02-08

Game fifteen in the Harborne and District League produced a Northfield battle between second in the league Northfield Conservative Club and third placed Northfield Town. The result was a 6-3 win for the Conservative Club to keep them within four points of leaders Bugle Horn with a game in hand while Northfield Town dropped one place in the table to fourth on 26 points. Top of the table Bugle Horn handed out a 9-0 whitewash to their visitor’s bottom of the table Avenue Social who have only won one of their eighteen games compared to their opponents who have only lost one of their eighteen games. Moving up into third place with 28 points is Smethwick Cricket Club who like Bugle Horn recorded an impressive 9-0 win in their home tie with Weoley Castle WMC. Copper Fox ‘R’ were a third team to chalk up a clear-cut 9-0 victory, their win at The Mill keeping them fifth in the table on the same 26 points as Northfield Town.

Full Results:Game 18:- Copper Fox ‘M’ 7 (D.Kent 2x100, J.Downer 100, K.Jukes 100, J.Loughran 125, A.Harvey 100, G.Dews 100,112,101f, M.Davies 100) Cock Inn 2 (A.Underwood 108, L.Fox 135,140, Joe Fox 121, A.Vaughan 2x125), Quinton RBL 3 (D.Burke 102, D.McConomy 100,2x140, A.Mills 100,135,160) Bourneville 6 (A.Bailles 100,140, P.Smith 100, M.Ferriday 100, D.Miguel 2x100, G.Bailles 2x140), The Mill 0 (J.Goulding 100,140, T.Goulding 102, N.Davis 100) Copper Fox ‘R’ 9 (E.Simpson 3x100,125,180, T.McGlone 2x100,102,140, M.Hamilton 140, T.Hamilton 100,123,2x125,140,13 darts game, R.Mann 2x100,128f), Bugle Horn 9 (N.Steventon 100,140,16 darts game, D.Nicholls 100,2x140, M.Poolton 100, J.Hykin 125,140,180, P.Sitshebo 100,110,125, D.Marsh 121,2x140, D.Nicholls & P.Sitshebo 16 darts game) Avenue Social 0 (P.Gilliland 126, V.Gilliland 100, T.Williams 134, A.Williams 121), Smethwick Cricket Club 9 (A.Beagrie 4x100,125,140, M.Collins 100,2x140, P.Brookes 100,140, F.Johnson 2x100, V.Gould 2x100,118,2x121, T.Brennan & A.Beagrie 15 darts game) Weoley Castle WMC 0 (M.Bolton 100, S.Joyce 2x100,121, S.Pasetti 100, A.Heath 100,121, P.Coombs 2x100), Northfield Conservative Club 6 (S.Jones 2x140, A.Sutton 100,116,122, T.Garfield 3x100,134, D.Hill 3x100,135,2x140,14 & 17 darts games, W.Marshall 100,125, R.Hosey 2x100,140) Northfield Town 3 (M.Hopkins 100, A.Busby 3x100,140, S.Busby 2x100, R.Needham 140).


The Kings Norton League are up to game twenty-four and leaders Copper Fox held on to their six points lead with a 6-1 home win over bottom of the table Kings Heath. Second placed Bournebrook had a tough away game against Thurlestone but returned on the right side of the 4-3 scoreline which resulted in their hosts dropping one place in the table to fourth on 34 points, the same number as third placed Northfield who had a 4-0 result awarded to them against E57. With five wins from twenty-three games Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club were lying in a next to bottom position but in their latest encounter, a home tie against Longbridge, they had a huge 6-1 win which lifted them off their lowly position and above their opponents who replace them in the next to bottom spot, both teams are on twelve points but Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club have the superior average.

Full Results:Game 24:- Thurlestone 3 (J.Downer 123, R.Waldron 100,140, N.Watts 103b, V.Pickford 100, D.Newton 116,120) Bournebrook 4 (D.Collins 100, K.Mason 100, M.Bathurst 100, M.Welsh 100, C.Ryan 100, D.Fisher 100), Copper Fox 6 (E.Simpson 100,140, D.McConomy 100,140, G.Dews 100, R.Mann 2x100, D.Marsh 118, T.Hamilton 100,111b, A.Beagrie 120b) Kings Heath 1 (R.Hitchmough 120b, 140,8 darts game, D.Parish 112b), Grant Arms 2 (N.Smith 100, A.Dewsbury 2x100) Rubery Social Club 5 (J.Higgins 125, J.O'Neill 111, M.Ivory 140, R.Higgins 105, K.Manger 2x100,180), Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club 6 (S.Corbett 2x100b, D.Whitecombe 125, C.Davenport 100) Longbridge 1 (L.Jordan 121, N.Mellors 103, C.Evans 138, L.Pearce 100,120b), Coppice 3 (A.Aindow 105b,140, R.Packer 100, B.Heath 100, S.Jacques 100) Bourneville 4 (M.James 100, A.Deeley 100,131, M.Ferriday 100, J.Guy 100,120, G.Carver 100), Northfield 4 E57 0.


The Camp Hill League played their singles knockout at the Cotterills Lane EBAHA Club down to the last eight players from a starting entry of 67 of which 48 turned up on the night and making the quarter-finals were Antony Daly, Simon Edwards, Lee Dells, Mark Phillips, Will Naylor, Chris Stokes, Dave Heighway and Mark Turner.

On the league front the top three positions remain the same with leaders Erdington Nomads, aided by a maximum from James Clarke, won 5-2 against Peaky Blinder to give them an undefeated total of twelve points from their six games plus a two points lead over second and third placed Clumsy Swan who won 4-3 at Moseley Arms and Cotterills Lane EBAHA Club who won by the same margin at Tyseley Bears, the Bears dropping one place to fifth with six points, two fewer than Tyseley WMC who replace them in fourth place with their 6-1 win at Sheldon Marlborough Flights.

Full Results:Singles Knockout:Quarter-Finalists:- Antony Daly, Simon Edwards, Lee Dells, Mark Phillips, Will Naylor, Chris Stokes, Dave Heighway, Mark Turner, Week 7:- Erdington Nomads 5 (James Clarke 180) Peaky Blinder 2, Moseley Arms 3 Clumsy Swan 4, Sheldon Marlborough Flights 1 Tyseley WMC 6, Tyseley Bears 3 Cotterills Lane EBAHA Club 4, Sedgemere Devils had a bye.


Week eleven results in the premier division of the Sheldon and District Winter League had no effect on the divisional positions whatsoever. Top of the division Sheldon Marlborough Arrows had a 7-2 home win over Highwood Gerry’s Boys to stretch their unbeaten record to eight games while second placed Langley Arrows had a bye and are now four points short of the leaders with a game in hand. Dunky’s Boys are on the same eight points as Langley but from one more game after they won 6-3 at Raven Arrows.

There is a similar situation at the top of division one with Langley Flights heading the table with fourteen points from nine games and second placed Yardley Ex Colts four points behind them with a game in hand after Langley Flights beat them 6-3. The defeat for Yardley sees them now level on ten points with third and fourth in the division Journeys End and Dingle, Journeys having a 5-4 at Hornet while Dingle had a bye this week.

Brian’s Flights consolidated their number one position in division two when they handed their hosts, bottom of the division Castle Bromwich WMC a 9-0 whitewash. The win keeps Brian’s Flights two points to the good on their nearest rivals Iron Horse Rebels who won 6-3 at Lyndon old Boys.

Full Results:Week 11:Premier Division:- Kingshurst Labour Club 5 (Stephen Shepherd 180, M.Morgan 9 darts game)) Hollywood Social 4, Sheldon Marlborough Arrows 7 Highwood Gerry’s Boys 2, Raven Arrows 3 Dunky’s Boys 6, Langley Arrows and Sheldon Dukes had a bye, Division One:- Hornet 4 Journeys End 5, Langley Flights 6 (Stephen Harper 136f) Yardley Ex Colts 3, Willclare Sports and Social 8 Shirley Misfits 1, Maggies and The Dingle had a bye, Division Two:- Castle Bromwich WMC 0 Brian’s Flights 9 (Simon Moran 12 darts game), Hampton and Solihull Cricket Club 5 The Raven 4, Lyndon Old Boys 3 Iron Horse Rebels 6, The Irish Centre 5 Sheldon Marlborough Ridge 4 (Jack Reilly 120f), The Trident Spears had a bye.


No change in the top four of the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League following the fixtures for game sixteen with Cross (Oldswinford) leading the way with a 6-1 win over Gate Hangs Well making it fifteen wins in as many games for the league leaders and giving them a two points advantage over second in the table Old Liberal Club who went one better with a 7-0 success over fifth in the league Bell. Third and fourth in the league Netherton Conservative Club and The Princess are both on 24 points, six off the top after the Conservative Club won 7-0 against Old Cat Inn and Princess won 5-2 against Raven.

Full Results:Game 16:- Church Tavern 3 Crestwood 4, Netherton Conservative Club 7 Old Cat Inn 0, Glasscutters 0 Ten Arches 7, Old Liberal Club 7 Bell 0, Rose and Crown ‘B’ 4 Mount Pleasant 3, Seven Stars 4 Bird in Hand 3, Cross (Oldswinford) 6 Gate Hangs Well 1 (L/L/Davies 160b), Fox Inn (Lye) 5 Rose and Crown ‘A’ 2, The Princess 5 Raven 2, Britannia had a bye.


Waggon and Horses, reigning champions in the Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League didn’t have the best of starts to the new season as they slipped to a 4-3 defeat away to Horseley Tavern to put them in a mid-table position after the first round of fixtures. The early season pacesetters are newcomers Cottage Spring and Vine ‘A’ who both recorded 6-1 wins, Cottage Spring winning at Albion and Vine ‘A’ beating their local rivals and ‘B’ side. Allens ‘A’ and Ivy Bush are not far behind the top two with 5-2 victories, in turn accounting for Allens ‘B’ and Tamebridge.

Full Results:Game 1:- Allens ‘A’ 5 Allens ‘B’ 2, Vine ‘A’ 6 (M.Ashton 160b,10 darts game) Vine ‘B’ 1, Albion 1 Cottage Spring 6, Horseley Tavern 4 Waggon and Horses 3, Ivy Bush 5 (T.McDonnell 152b) Tamebridge 2, Sow and Pigs had a bye.


Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ have increased their lead at the top of the Netherton Thursday Night League to four points following their 5-4 home win over Clock, who drop one place in the table to fifth and the 5-4 win by third in the league Townsend Social Club who defeated second placed Netherton Sports and Social Club ‘A’. Both Netherton Sports and Social Club ‘A’ and Townsend Social Club are on 18 points with the former having a game in hand.

Full Results:Game 13:- Townsend Social Club 5 Netherton Sports and Social Club ‘A’ 4, Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ 5 The Clock 4, Spring Meadow 7 Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘B’ 2, Netherton Sports and Social Club ‘B’ 1 Bulls Head 8.


Week two in the Rowley Monday Night League and Bell are in the same position as where they finished last season, top of the table. Bell’s second fixture of the season saw them, with a 160 break from T.Brennan, win 8-1 at home against Whiteheath Tavern who drop six places to eighth in the league. Clock (Whiteheath ) and White Swan are both just one leg of average short of Bell and in their latest fixtures Clock won 6-3 against Tividale FC and White Swan won 7-2 at Plough and Harrow with M.Wakefield hitting a maximum for the winners. Another player to find the three treble twenties was Callum Allan (Gate Hangs Well) in his team’s 8-1 win at Cradley Sports and Social Club.

Full Results:Week 2:- Windmills End 6 (N.Taylor 177) Romsley Cricket Club 3, Plough and Harrow 2 White Swan 7 (M.Wakefield 180), Cradley Sports and Social Club 1 Gate Hangs Well 8 (Callum Allan 180, S.Davis 152b), Clock (Whiteheath) 6 Tividale FC 3, Loyal Lodge 5 Huntingtree 4, Spring Meadow 6 (A.Edmonds 174) Wonder 3, Bell 8 (T.Brennan 160b) Whiteheath Tavern 1, Rowley Bar and Grill 5 Waterfall 4.


Quarry Bank Labour Club will go into their final fixture of the season in the Stourbridge and District Wednesday Night League knowing that they could lose 6-3 and still win the league title as their latest 4-3 home win over third placed Ten Arches keeps them two points ahead of second placed Bird in Hand ‘E’ with a large average advantage. Bird in Hand ‘E’ kept their faint title hopes alive with a 6-1 home win over Shovel. However at the worst Bird in Hand ‘E’ will finish as runners-up as they have an unassailable six points lead over third placed Ten Arches.

Full Results:Game 25:- Black Horse 4 Raven 3, Bell ‘B’ 2 Ashwood 5, Bird in Hand ‘E’ 6 Shovel 1, Quarry Bank Labour Club 4 Ten Arches 3, Brickmakers Arms 2 Stourbridge FC 5, Hollybush 4 Bell ‘A’ 3, Fox Inn (Lye) 3 Dudley Sports 4.


It was week four of the John Walters Cup and Trophy in the Sedgley and Gornal Tuesday Night League and in the cup Gornal Labour Club hold on to pole position and made it four straight wins with a 5-4 victory over New Inn. Five Ways, who are just two points short of the Labour Club are second and they won 7-2 against Old Bulls Head.

Red Cow lead the way in the trophy, they made it four wins from four games when they defeated their hosts Chainyard 6-3 giving them a lead of two points over Pensnett Liberal Club and Griffin who played each other with the 5-4 result going in favour of the home team Griffin.

Full Results:Week 4:John Walters Cup:- Jolly Crispin 3 White Horse 6, Gornal Labour Club 5 New Inn 4, Five Ways 7 Old Bulls Head 2, John Walters Trophy:- Meadow Lark 4 The Cabin 5, Griffin 5 Pensnett Liberal Club 4, Chainyard 3 Red Cow 6.


A 7-2 home win over Red Lion keeps Nomad Flights top of division one of the Four Oaks and District League and maintains their two points lead over three teams, Old Oscott Arrows, Highcroft Social and The Old Horns Lions. Old Oscott Lions had a 6-3 win at The Old Horns Lions while Highcroft Social had a close 5-4 success at Bishop Vesey who are fifth in the division.

Oscott Social Club’s 7-2 home win over Pint Pot Flight keeps them top of division two but hot on their heels is Minworth Flights who are the only team in the two divisions to boast a 100% win record their latest success being a 7-2 win at Sutton Sharks to leave them level on sixteen points with Oscott Social Club with a game in hand.

Full Results:Game 9:Division One:- Nomad Flights 7 Red Lion 2, Golden Hind Lions 5 Walmley CSC Flights 4, The Old Horns Lions 3 Old Oscott Arrows 6, Bishop Vesey 4 Highcroft Social 5, Charley’s Flights 2 Heartlands 7, Division Two:- Oscott Social Club 7 Pint Pot Flights 2, Sutton Sharks 2 Minworth Flights 7, The Scott Armers 5 St Thomas Arrows 4, Sutton Sports and Social Club 2 The Funky Bear 7, Deer’s Leap 5 Plough and Arrows 4.


With games now fast running out in the Black Country Men’s Super League leaders Allen’s Bar ‘A’ added a surprisingly close 3-2 home win over Whiteheath Tavern who are ninth in the table and a massive 78 points short of their hosts. Second placed Railway Tavern slightly reduced the arrears with a 4-1 home win over Allen’s Bar ‘B’ but they are still twenty-one points short of the leaders.

It was not a good week for Yeltz Bar as third in the table Yeltz Bar ‘A’ lost 3-2 at seventh in the league The Maverick and Yeltz Bar who are fourth, went down by the same 3-2 margin at Gilbert’s Bar who are sixth.

There was a rare win for next to bottom of the table Horse and Jockey ‘A’ as they chalked up only their third win in twenty-seven games when they won 4-1 at home against The Ashwood who are just two places above them in the table.

Full Results:Game 29:- Gilbert’s Bar 3 Yeltz Bar 2, Horse and Jockey ‘A’ 4 The Ashwood 1, Railway Tavern 4 Allens Bar ‘B’ 1, Allens Bar ‘A’ 3 Whiteheath Tavern 2, Allens Bar ‘C’ 5 Rowley Bar and Grill 0, The Maverick 3 Yeltz Bar ‘A’ 2, Bell, Kingswinford ‘A’ 3 Bell, Kingswinford ‘B’ 2.


The West Midlands Men’s Super League have got their new season underway with a starting line-up of thirteen teams. Setting the pace in the opening games were Dog and Partridge and Kings Head ‘A’ who both recorded 5-0 wins over respective opponents Gilbert’s Bar ‘C’ and Corpus Christi. Not far behind the leading duo areis Bridgtown Social, Gilbert’s Bar ‘B’ and Staffordshire Knot who all won 4-1, Bridgtown Social won their home game with Gilbert’s Bar ‘D’, Gilbert’s Bar ‘B’ also won at home against Chase Social and Staffordshire Knot made it three home successes accounting for Kings Head ‘B’.

Star Inn were the team with a bye in the curtain raiser.

Full Results:Game 1:- Gilbert’s Bar ‘B’ 4 Chase Social 1, Gilbert’s Bar ‘A’ 3 ECC Social Club 2, Bridgtown Social 4 Gilbert’s Bar ‘D’ 1, Staffordshire Knot 4 Kings Head ‘B’ 1, Dog and Partridge 5 Gilbert’s Bar ‘C’ 0, Kings Head ‘A’ 5 Corpus Christi 0, Star Inn had a bye.


Simon Pritchard has taken over pole position from Phil Clarke in division one of the Gilbert’s Bar Monday Night Singles League. On the night Pritchard won 5-3 against Martin Angell and 7-1 against Reece Cook Lucas to make it four wins from four games and give him a total of thirty points with a slender one point lead over second in the division Adam Teasdale who beat Reece Cook Lucas 5-3 before being held to a 4-4 draw by John Simms. Former leader Phil Clarke drops to third in the table on twenty-eight points, on the night he played one game and was held to a 4-4 draw by Ruspal Bhogal.

Tony Singh continues to lead division two, he added a 5-3 win over J.J.Rowley to take his points tally to 33 and stretch his 100% win record to four games. Singh has a six points lead over his nearest rival Clark Cook who won 6-2 against Chris Hill.

Michele Pritchard only played the one fixture and was held to a 4-4 draw by Robert Harris but it was enough to see her hold on to pole position in division three with forty-one points from five games, a lead of ten points over second in the division Warren Bower who has played four games and on the night added a 7-1 result over Helen Sims to his account.

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


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