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Article: Birmingham Mail - A Midland Round-up by Alan Towe - 2023-04-12

Birmingham Mail - A Midland Round-up by Alan Towe - 2023-04-12

Following their 22-14 home defeat against Lancashire in their previous fixture in the Cosmo Darts Premier Division of the UKDA National League Warwickshire will be hoping to quickly return to winning ways this coming weekend when they make the long trip south to Bitterne Park Social Club, 76 Manor Farm Road, Southampton, SO18 1NQ where they will take on the local county Hampshire.

Going into the fixture Warwickshire re locked together with their hosts on 168 points, the home placed fifth with just two more bonus points than their opponents, so a win would most definitely see Warwickshire move up one place in the table and possibly two to fourth should Lincolnshire, who are currently fourth lose their game against third in the division Essex.

Selected to play for Warwickshire are Men’s ‘A’:- Jamie Atkins, Gareth Braham, Noel Grant, Carl Green, Nigel Heydon, Dave Hill, Steve Hine, Scott Hope, Ian Shaw, Jack Wareing, Matty Washbrooke, Chris Wickenden, Men’s ‘B’:- Mark Carter, Adam Hancock, Pete Hughes, Mark Martin, Lee Miller, Will Naylor, Sam Price, Karl Reynolds, Noah Rose, Mark Strong, Martin Tonks, Jenson Walker, Reserves:- Dave Honey, Dave Redding, Mark Tomlinson snr, Carl Winters, Women’s ‘A’:- Wendy Adams, Natalie Gilbert, Sue Gulliver, Tammy Montgomery, Caroline Pike, Donna Pinch, Women’s ‘B’:- Nina Bolt, Courtney Hine, Angela Jones, Melanie Jones, Chloe McKivett, Hannah Meek, Reserves:- Marian Conway.


West Midlands will wind down their season in the L-Style Division One of the UKDA National League with a home tie against Merseyside. With second in the division Suffolk some twelve points to the good on West Midlands promotion looks to be a bridge too far this season but a decent win would be a good confidence booster for the hosts who didn’t have the best of starts to their campaign but recovered well to now hold a more comfortable fourth place on 172 points, the same number as third placed Buckinghamshire with Merseyside fifth, twenty points behind their hosts.


With promotion now guaranteed for a second successive season the Black Country Darts Organisation will play their final game of the season in Division Two of the UKDA National League at home against Clwyd. With a total of 195 points Black Country have a huge lead of 27 over second placed Tyne and Wear and 32 over their fourth placed opponents, so at the end of their campaign Black Country will be, for the second time in as many seasons be promoted as champions.


The Harborne and District League have played off the finals of their League and Consolation Cups. In the former league runners-up Northfield Conservative Club had a 5-2 win over Smethwick Cricket Club who finished the season in third place with 36 points, four short of their victors who were two behind champions Bugle Horn. T.Garfield hit a maximum for Northfield while T.Brennan did the same for Smethwick.

In the final of the Consolation Cup the result went with league form as Copper Fox ‘M’ won 5-2 against Cock Inn.

Full Results:League Cup:Final:- Northfield Conservative Club 5 (J.Hill 5x1140, S.Jones 2x100,2x125, A.Sutton 2x100,121,135, T.Garfield 100,112,180, D.Hill 3x100,3x140, T.Shipley 123,121,140) Smethwick Cricket Club 2 (A.Beagrie 4x100, P.Brookes 3x100,140, T.Brennan 100,140,180, F.Johnson 2x100, V.Gould 100, M.Tibbetts 5x100,2x140), Consolation Cup:Final:- Copper Fox ‘M’ 5 (D.Kent 2x100,132, K.Jukes 100, J.Loughran 2x100, A.Harvey 3x100, G.Dews 3x100, M.Davies 100,140) Cock Inn 2 (M.Malone 100,135, L.Fox 2x100,121,122,140, Joe Fox 100,121, A.Vaughan 100, K.Vaughan 100, John Fox 2x100,140).


There was a similar situation in the Kings Norton League they also played off the finals of their League and Consolation Cups. In the League Cup the title went to fourth in the league Thurlestone who won 5-2 against fifth placed Rubery Social Club while in the Consolation Cup final Bourneville had a narrow 4-3 victory over Cock Inn.

Full Results:League Cup:Final:- Thurlestone 4 (D.Newton 100, T.Garfield 100, R.Waldron 2x100,100b, S.Deeley 100) Rubery Social Club 3 (J.Higgins 100, J.O'Neill 100,105, J.Ford 134), Consolation Cup:Final:- Bourneville 4 (M.James 100,132, N.Hurst 140, P.Smith 105,131, M.Ferriday 140, J.Guy 110b,140) Cock Inn 3 (L.Fox 103f, K.Jukes 100,110b, A.Vaughan 100).


It was quarter-finals week in the Sheldon and District Winter League, first the Punchbowl in which the biggest win went to current Premier League leaders Sheldon Marlborough Arrows who won 6-1 against Hampton and Solihull Cricket Club. Not far behind Sheldon were Langley Arrows and Raven Arrows who in turn won 5-2 against Hornet and The Trident Spears. Making up the last four will be Hollywood Social who had a close 4-3 win against Kingshurst Labour Club whose G.Fleetwood recorded a 180 in an eight darts game.

Three of the four games in the Sheldon Shield quarter-finals finished with a 5-2 scoreline the victors being Brian’s Flights, Shirley Misfits and Willclare Sports and Social who accounted for respective opponents Iron Horse Rebels, Sheldon Dukes and Yardley Ex Colts. In the all “Boy’s” fixture Gerry’s Boys won 4-3 against Dunky’s Boy’s.

Full Results:Punchbowl:Quarter-Finals:- Sheldon Marlborough Arrows 6 Hampton and Solihull Cricket Club 1, Langley Arrows 5 Hornet 2, The Trident Spears 2 Raven Arrows 5, Hollywood Social 4 Kingshurst Labour Club 3 (G.Fleetwood 180,8 darts game), Sheldon Shield:Quarter-Finals:- Brian’s Flights 5 Iron Horse Rebels 2, Shirley Misfits 5 Sheldon Dukes 2, Highwood Gerry’s Boys 4 Dunky’s Boys 3, Yardley Ex Colts 2 Willclare Sports and Social 5 (Matty Holt 120f).


West Heath CEM consolidated their number one spot in the South West Birmingham Clubs League with a convincing 7-1 win at Bartley Green to put them seven points clear of second placed Longbridge United who went one better with an 8-0 success away to Stirchley Flights who are bottom of the table. Although seven points behind the leaders Longbridge do have a game in hand.

Despite losing 5-3 at Northfield Conservative Quarry Lane continue to head the Shadow League with a total of eleven points, two more than second placed Stirchley Tascos who have played one game fewer than the leaders.

In addition to topping the Singles League West Heath CEM are also top of the Pre-Match Doubles table with 267 points, a huge lead of 62 over their nearest rivals Avenue Social.

Full Results:Game 22:- Moseley A.S.C. 1 Avenue Social 7, Bartley Green 1 West Heath CEM 7, Northfield Conservative 5 Quarry Lane 3, Bournbrook 4 Stirchley Tascos 4, Stirchley Flights 0 Longbridge United 8, Perfection had a bye.


With only a couple more fixtures to play in division one of the Four Oaks League game sixteen results saw no change in the top seven places as leaders Nomad Flights won 8-1 at home against Golden Hind Lions to maintain their two points lead over second placed Old Horns Lions who had a 6-3 win playing away against bottom of the division Charley’s Flights. Third in the division Old Oscott Arrows had a close 5-4 win at Highcroft Social to stay within two points of Old Horns.

In division two Minworth Flights handed out a 9-0 whitewash to their hosts Deer’s Leap to go two points ahead of second in the division Oscott Social Club who suffered a 5-4 defeat in their away game against The Scott Armers who are fourth in the division and six points behind their opponents.

Full Results:Game 16:Division One:- Nomad Flights 8 (C.Martin 102b, T.Colley 121, B.Lysaght 140, C.Hill 115b,140, K.Smith 121,100) Golden Hind Lions 1 (Darren Haynes 100, Marc Pearce 100, Alan Lilley 100, James Clarke 139,133), Walmley CSC Flights 5 (John Kavanagh 100, Kris Green 100b,132, Jamie Meredith 119) Red Lion 4 (Clive Austin 100b, Ryan Lowe 100, Jimmy Collins 108b, Brian Hughes 2x140), Charley’s Flights 3 (Kevin Hewings 140, Dean G Bond 101b) The Old Horns Lions 6 (Andy Kimberley 2x140, Barry Stephens 100b,140,9 darts game, Fred Naylor 121, Dave Pickering 100,121, Barrie Linnecor 116b,101,156b, Mark Ashton 121), Heartlands 4 (Ryan Cain 140, George Drennan 140, Jordan Rogers 100) Bishop Vesey 5 (Chris Sammons 100, Nick Sammons 100, Dave Walton 100, Nigel Smallwood 100), Highcroft Social 4 (Karl Neale 112b, Sid Pritchett 100, Kevin Shorthouse 100, Scott Alexander 116) Old Oscott Arrows 5 (D.Page 102, Phil Locke 118, D.Parsons 119b, Andy Lea 134, Mick Maher 100), Division Two:- Sutton Sports and Social 3 (Kevin Coleman 105b,100, Rod Snelson 108) Rosey Mac’s 6 (Steven Wintle 106, Adrian Poole 125, Matthew Clarke 105b, John Cox snr 100), The Scott Armers 5 (Lee Gumbley 101, Mark Felkin 101b, Tom Kelly 120, Shane Kelly 100, Ollie Day 100,125) Oscott Social Club 4 (Alan Whitehouse 100, Des Shannon 100, Pete Graham 100, Dave Heskins 100, Ian Lloyd 100,133,121), St Thomas Arrows 5 (Jim Lynch 100, R.Nelson 103, Garry Stait 100, Mick Avery 140) Sutton Sharks 4 (Daniel Gardener 100,111), Deer’s Leap 0 Minworth Flights 9 (Ryan Barritt 100, Keith Deeley 2x100b,100, Martin Partridge 104b,100, Jason Prince 107b,100, Neil Clarke 100,106f, Karl Reynolds 125,100, Zac Prince 137), Erdington Arrows 6 (M.Phillips 107b, H.Sadler 100, L.Dells 120b,100) The Funky Bear 3 (Simon Robotham 140, Mike Lucas 100), Plough and Arrows 5 (Adam Humphriss 112b, Danny Hughes 100,100b) Pint Pot Flights 4 (Pete Smith 104, Martin Phillips 100).


Cross (Oldswinford) hold on to their narrow two points lead at the top of the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League after winning 7-0 at Old Cat Inn and second in the table Old Liberal Club won 6-1 at The Princess who are fifth in the table, and even though they have game in hand are now twelve points off the top. Third and fourth placed Ten Arches and Netherton Conservative Club are both on 36 points and in turn won 7-0 at Mount Pleasant and 4-3 at home against Fox Inn (Lye) to leave them both ten points short of Cross.

Full Results:Game 24:- Netherton Conservative Club 4 (C.Tomes 160b, D.Homer 160b) Fox Inn (Lye) 3, Rose and Crown ‘B’ 3 Church Tavern 4, Britannia 2 Crestwood 5, Raven 4 Gate Hangs Well 3, The Princess 1 (D.Edwards 9 darts game) Old Liberal Club 6 (A.Floyd 150b), Bird in Hand 4 Rose and Crown ‘A’ 3, Mount Pleasant 0 Ten Arches 7, Glasscutters 0 Bell 7, Old Cat Inn 0 Cross (Oldswinford) 7, Seven Stars had a bye.


Although Erdington Nomads had a bye they hold on to pole position in the Camp Hill League with 18 points from ten games. Tyseley WMC, who have now played eleven games are second on the same 18 points as the Nomads after they won 5-2 away against fourth in the league Cotterills Lane EBAHA Club. Third placed Clumsy Swan are a further two points behind after a somewhat surprising 4-3 home defeat by Peaky Blinder who are two places off the foot of the table with just three wins in their ten games.

Full Results:Game 12:- Clumsy Swan 3 Peaky Blinder 4, Tyseley Bears 6 (Mick Tilley 9 darts game) Sheldon Marlborough Flights 1, Moseley Arms 4 (Steve Iron monger 156b) Sedgemere Devils 3, Cotterills Lane EBAHA Club 2 (Dave Carter snr 152b) Tyseley WMC 5 (Chris Stokes 9 darts game), Erdington Nomads had a bye.


An 8-1 home win over Vikings has consolidated Dunky’s Boys position at the top of division one of the Shirley and District Monday Night League extending their lead to four points over chasing Sharmans Swords who had a bye this week.

Just two points separate the top three teams in division two with Saracens Misfits top on 18 points from ten games after adding a 7-2 win at HSCC. Second and third placed Wharf and Highwood both have 16 points from eleven games their latest fixtures seeing them in turn win 5-4 at Saracens Slingers and Sharmans Cross.

Full Results:Game 13:Division One:- Dunky’s Boys 8 Vikings 1, Lions 1 Tippetts Bar 8, Cider House 7 Magpies 2, Shirley Legion Royals 6 Solihull Municipal 3, Sharmans Swords had a bye, Division Two:- Sharmans Cross 4 Highwood 5, HSCC 2 Saracens Misfits 7, Saracens Slingers 4 Wharf 5, Yardley Wood Social Club and Saracens Head had a bye.


The latest fixtures in the Netherton Thursday Night League matched the two top teams Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ and Netherton Sports and Social Club ‘A’. Playing on the Ex Serviceman’s board the result was a 7-2 win for the home side to open up a four points lead over their opponents who drop to third place, and a two points lead over Bulls Head who take over the number two position following their 6-3 win at home over Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘B’.

Full Results:Game 19:- Bulls Head 6 Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘B’ 3, Spring Meadow 3 Hill and Cakemore 6, Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ 7 Netherton Sports and Social Club ‘A’ 2, Netherton Sports and Social Club ‘B’ 1 Townsend Social 8.


It’s tight at the top of the Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League with only two points separating the top five teams. Allens ‘A’ have played eight games and have twelve points after their 4-3 win at fourth in the league Horseley Tavern. Allens ‘B’ are second on the same 12 points as their ‘A’ side but from one game less, the latest of which was a 5-2 home win over Waggon and Horses. Cottage Spring, Horseley Tavern and Ivy Bush are all on ten points with Cottage Spring having played seven while the other two have played eight. Cottage Spring actually lost ground as they went down 4-3 at home to Vine ‘B’ who are three places below them in the table but with only two points fewer. Ivy Bush kept in touch with the teams above them winning 5-2 at home against Albion.

Full Results:Game 8:- Cottage Spring 3 Vine ‘B’ 4, Sow and Pigs 3 Tamebridge 4 (S.Sayce 170f), Allens ‘B’ 5 Waggon and Horses 2, Horseley Tavern 3 Allens ‘A’ 4, Ivy Bush 5 Albion 2, Vine ‘A’ had a bye.


Only average separates the top two teams in the Rowley Monday Night League after leaders Gate Hangs Well handed their visiting team Wonder, who are one place off the foot of the table, a 9-0 whitewash and second placed White Swan won 5-4 at home against Whiteheath Tavern who are sixth in the league. Both of the top two teams are on 20 points two ahead of third in the league Bell who were 8-1 winners at Loyal Lodge.

Full Results:Game 11:- Tividale F 5 Huntingtree 4, Gate Hangs Well 9 Wonder 0, White Swan 5 Whiteheath Tavern 4, Plough and Harrow 3 (T.Barr 10 darts game) Romsley Cricket Club 6, Rowley Labour Club 7 Waterfall 2, Hill and Cakemore 4 Windmills End 5, Loyal Lodge 1 Bell 8, Spring Meadow 4 Rowley Bar and Grill 5.


Gornal Labour Club made it fifteen wins from sixteen games when in their latest fixture in the Sedgley and Gornal Tuesday Night League they won 8-1 at Red Cow. The win keeps intact Gornal’s four point’s advantage over second placed Old Bulls Head who won 6-3 at home against New Inn. White Horse are third and a further two points adrift following their 7-2 home defeat by Five Ways, they hold on to third place but are now only two points ahead of their victors who are placed fourth.

Full Results:Game 16:- Old Bulls Head 6 New Inn 3, Pensnett Liberal Club 7 Meadow Lark 2, White Horse 2 Five Ways 7, Red Cow 1 Gornal Labour Club 8, The Cabin 4 Jolly Crispin 6, Chainyard 1 Griffin 8.


Dog and Partridge made it eight win in as many games in the West Midlands Men’s Super League when they won 3-2 playing away against Gilbert’s ‘A’. Second in the league Kings Head ‘A’ handed out a 5-0 defeat to their visitors Gilberts ‘C’ to leave them four points behind Dog and Partridge and two ahead of third placed Gilbert’s ‘B’ who won 4-1 at Corpus Christi.

Full Results:Week 10:- Gilbert’s ‘D’ 2 Kings Head ‘B’ 3 (Rob Pitt 4 Martin East 3, Lees Shaw 2 Stewart Pryce, Chris Evans 4 Craig Capewell 3, Chris Hill 2 Kevin Taylor 4, Rushpal Bhogal 2 Clarke Cook 4), Kings Head ‘A’ 5 Gilbert’s ‘C’ 0 (Mark Maiden 4 Keith Hollowood 1, Owen Maiden 4 Adam Teasdale 1, Chris Stanley 4 Alex Simmons 1, Matthew Dennant 4 Tom Hollowood 0, Richard Platt 4 Doug Cotton 0), Gilbert’s ‘A’ 2 Dog and Partridge 3 (Paul Harrison 0 Gavin Baker 4, John Simms 0 Dean Simmons-Fullwood 4, Nicky Devlin 1 Wayne Jones 4, Steve Lynch 4 Sam Guest 1, Jon Blakemore 4 Darren Williams 2), Corpus Christi 1 Gilbert’s ‘B’ 4 (Richard Brown 0 Ben Johnson 4, Craig Jones 0 Ryan O’Connor 4, Kieron O’Driscoll 2 Martin Price 4, Pat Garner 1 Rob Thompson 4, Dave Lucas 4 Stuart Evans 1), Bridgtown Social v ECC and Chase Social v Three Crowns were cancelled, Staffordshire Knot had a bye.


A 6-2 win over Cheryl Allcock plus a 4-4 draw with Alex Howells keeps Rich Bowen top of the Black Country Thursday Night Singles League with 128 points from 16 games and gives him a lead of ten points over second placed Shane Price who moved three places up the table to second after adding to his account an 8-0 win over Alex Mason, a 7-1 win against Danny Bridgwood and a final 8-0 success against James Davies.

Full Results:Week 7:- Shane Passey 7 Alex Mason 1, Neil Murphy 8 James Davies 0, Benjamin Hollowood 5 Cheryl Allcock 3, Grace Angell 6 Sarah Jane Parker 2, Alex Howells 5 Danny Knight 3, Shane Price 8 Alex Mason 0, Rich Bowen 6 Cheryl Allcock 2, Shane Passey 4 Danny Bridgwood 4, Alex Howells 7 Ashley Ralph 1, Danny Knight 4 Sarah Jane Parker 4, Benjamin Hollowood 8 James Davis 0, Neil Murphy 6 Gareth Johnston 2, Shane Passey 5 Grace Angell 3, Shane Price 7 Danny Bridgwood 1, Cheryl Allcock 7 Alex Mason 1, Neil Murphy 7 Danny Knight 1, Rich Bowen 4 Alex Howells 4, Shane Price 8 James Davies 0, Neil Murphy 7 Ashley Ralph 1, Alex Howells 7 Sarah Jane Parker 1, Gareth Johnston 4 Shane Passey 4.


No changes in the top seven places in the Ashwood Premier League but there was a bit of a shock result for leader Nick Fullwell as after he won 7-0 against both Chris Eacock and Jack Pritchard he then lost 5-2 to ninth in the league Reece Colley. Despite the defeat Fullwell still holds a nine point’s lead over second placed Josh Pickett and also has three games in hand on him.

Full Results:Week 14:- Wozza Pritchard 4 Paul Pollard 3, Reece Colley 5 Neil Murphy 2, Shane Passey 6 Tony Bennett 1, Nick Fullwell 7 Chris Eacock 0, John Green 4 Josh Pickett 3, Rob Pierce 4 Sam Aitkens 3, Cayden Smith 7 Jon Underhill 0, Jake Robinson 4 Ash Marson 3, Chris Manoila 4 Kevin Harris 3, Martyn Harper 7 Paul Pollard 0, Carl Hipkiss 6 Tony Bennett 1, Chris Williams 5 Alan Bate 2, Dave Simpson 6 Chris Eacock 1, Gavin Smith 6 Mitch Pickett 1, Craig Lowin 5 Ash Marson 2, Nick Fullwell 7 Jack Pritchard 0, Shane Passey 6 Sam Aitkens 1, Jayden Harper 5 Chris Fox 2, Alan Bate 5 Paul Pollard 2, Rob Pierce 5 Matt Davies 2, John Green 7 Sam Aitkens 0, Mitch Pickett 4 Wozza Pritchard 3, Andy Vellender 4 Jake Robinson 3, Reece Colley 5 Nick Fullwell 2, Neil Murphy 7 Tony Bennett 0, Josh Pickett 5 Kevin Harris 2, Chris Manoila 4 Cayden Smith 3, Andy Vellender 4 Carl Hipkiss 3, Martyn Harper 5 Jon Underhill 2, Matt Davies 7 Paul Pollard 0, Alan Bate 6 Tony Bennett 1, Jayden Harper 5 Kevin Harris 2, Dave Simpson 4 Gavin Smith 3, Reece Colley 5 Jack Pritchard 2, Sam Aitkens 5 Craig Lowin 2, Chris Fox 5 Chris Eacock 2.


With 7-1 wins over both Jamie Webb and Wayne Willis Ben Johnson has taken over the leadership of the Gilbert’s Bar Monday Night Singles League with a total points of 85. Former leader and reigning champion Scott Baker only played the one game which he won 6-2 against Martin Price and from his similar eleven games has 82 point’s.

Another player to be ousted from his number one perch is Tony Singh who after being held to a 4-4 draw by fourth placed Jason Hough has dropped to second place behind new leader of the second division Clark Cook who had an 8-0 win over Jon Williams giving him a total of 83 points from 12 games and a lead of three points over Singh who has played eleven games.

No Change at the top of the third division as Alan Melling, with a 5-3 win over Warren Bower made it twelve undefeated games and 103 points, a lead of three over his nearest rival Jamie Aplin who won 8-0 against Joe Bartolo.

Full Results:Week 12:- Steve Lynch 3 Jon Blakemore 5, Wayne Willis 5 Ian Stanton 3, Rushpal Bhogal 5 John Simms 3, Martin Price 2 Scott Baker 6, Ben Johnson 7 Jamie Webb 1, Martin Angell 3 Ben Hollowood 5, Paul Price 6 Simon Pritchard 2, Wayne Willis 1 Ben Johnson 7, Jon Williams 0 Clark Cook 8, Allan Davies 7 Mark Law 1, Chris Hill 4 Neville Quinton 4, Jason Lloyd 5 J J Rowley 3, Tony Singh 4 Jason Hough 4, Keith Hollowood 4 Baljinder Gill 4, Mark Law 3 Ben Smith 5, Eddie Gripton 1 Thomas Hollowood 7, Jacqui Simmons 1 Artur Lubkowski 7, Alan Melling 5 Warren Bower 3, Alex Bryant 1 Robert Harris 7, Joe Bartolo 0 Jamie Aplin 8, Sara Emma Jones 4 Andy Poole 4, Michele Pritchard 5 Alex Bryant 3.


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