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Article: Birmingham Mail - A Midland Round-up by Alan Towe - 2023-04-19

Birmingham Mail - A Midland Round-up by Alan Towe - 2023-04-19

The Four Oaks and District League have been engaged in round two of their Brian Goodman and Ken Rust Cups and in the Brian Goodman Cup division one leader’s Nomad Flights suffered a 6-3 defeat playing away against Bishop Vesey who are placed fourth in the top division. In the battle of the Lions, Red Lion and Golden Hind Lions are respectively placed sixth and seventh in division one both on fourteen pints so a close game was envisaged and that is how it finished with Golden Hind Lions just getting the 5-4 edge on Red Lion. Funky Bear are just two places off the foot of the division two table and their opponents Walmley CSC Flights two places off the foot of division one, the 5-4 result going in favour of the division two side. Another close 5-4 verdict went to second in division one Old Horns Lions who accounted for third in the same division Old Oscott Arrows.

The Ken Rust Cup matched the two divisions bottom teams with the division one side Charley’s Flights taking out their division two opponents Sutton Sports and Social with an emphatic 8-1 scoreline. In the all-division two encounter between Deer’s Leap and Oscott Social Club, second in the division Oscott Social Club got the 5-4 result. John Frost was in superb form for Heartlands recording a maximum and an eight darts leg in his team’s 6-3 win against Pint Pot Flights, 6-3 was also the margin by which St Thomas Arrows defeated Sutton Sharks.

Full Results:Brian Goodman Cup:Round Two:- Bishop Vesey 6 (Alan Jones 100, Dan Quirk 135, Mark Wild 3x100, Dave Walton 112b,137, Tim Rubery 140, Nigel Smallwood 105b, Stuart Abbott 120b) Nomad Flights 3 (C.Hill 125,139, N.Fields 140, K.Smith 111, Darren Larvin 100b, T.Colley 140, B.Lysaght 100), Golden Hind Lions 5 (James Clarke 140,100, Alan Lilley 100, Marc Pearce 121, Darren Haynes 140, Jack Mahon 136, Will Naylor 100,136) Red Lion 4 (Tim Vickers 120b,120f, Mick Corfield 100, Dane Vickers 111b,100, Brian Hughes 100), The Funky Bear 5 (Lee Williams 133, George Robotham 100) Walmley CSC Flights 4 (Jamie Meredith 126f,100, Kris Green 140,100b, Richard Smith 100), The Old Horns Lions 5 (Mark Ashton 2x100,111f, Andy Kimberley 122, Barry Stephens 102, J.Greaves 105b,2x100, Tony O’Kereke 103b, Barrie Linnecor 100) Old Oscott Arrows 4 (Mick Maher 100, B.Hoare 140, L.Jones 100,140, Andy Lea 100, B.Trayhern 123,125, D.Parsons 112,100, D.Page 100), Ken Rust Cup:Round Two:- Charley’s Flights 8 (Rob Vann 135, Kevin Hewings 100, Adam Gough 105, Paul Nicholls 100,140, Dean G Bond 100, Tony Hines 110f) Sutton Sports and Social 1, Deer’s Leap 4 (Anthony Kimberley 100, Phillip Billings 110, Darren Andrews 101, Adam Dunn 102b,100, Tom Ross 103f) Oscott Social Club 5 (Des Shannon 100, Alan Whitehouse 100,140, Simon Shorthouse 100,140,100f, Tom Purcell 121, Dave Hodgkins 100), Pint Pot Flights 3 (Mick Bagnall 100b,100, Martin Phillips 100,121) Heartlands 6 (John Frost 100,180,8 darts game, Gerry mcCormack 100, Steven McCormack 103b, Jim Frost 120b,2x100, Steve Cain 100, Alex Downes 100,140, Emma Cain 100), St Thomas Arrows 6 (Garry Stait 100,101, Chris Connelly 143,102b, Dean Wakelam 122, R.Nelson 100,134, Mick Avery 105b, Paul Andrews 120b) Sutton Sharks 3 (Chris Gardener 120b, James McKeever 100, Ally Jarvis 100).


The Kings Norton League have got their new season underway and the early pacesetters are Northfield and Bourneville who in turn both won 7-0 against Longbridge and Kings Norton Flights. The top two sides are closely followed by both Grant Arms and Bournebrook who were both 6-1 winners in their respective games against Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club and Cock Inn. Reigning champions Copper Fox had a 5-2 win away to Rubery Social Club and are currently placed sixth but on the same two points as all of the five teams above them.

K.Manger (Rubery Social Club), A.Busby (Northfield) and M.James (Bourneville) all got the season off to a fine start by hitting a maximum.

Full Results:Game 1:- Bournebrook 6 (T.Cullen 100,123, T.Jeffs 123,139, K.Mason 114,119,3x125, D.Collins 100,120,135,140, M.Bathurst 100,121, C.Ryan 100,2x125, R.Chambers 135) Cock Inn 1 (P.Hughes 2x100,121, L.Fox 105, J.Fox 100,140, A.Vaughan 140, Joe Fox 135, K.Vaughan 174), Rubery Social Club 2 (J.Grainger 123, M.Cormell 100,121, R.Higgins 100,135, K.Manger 2x100,134,180) Copper Fox 5 (E.Simpson 2x100,140, K.Bedder 100,135,140, D.McConomy 100,114,129,137, G.Dews 2x100,125,140, D.Marsh 2x100,140, T.Hamilton 5x100, A.Beagrie 100,135), Longbridge 0 (J.Woodward 100,116, N.Mellors 103, S.Facey 100, K.Malone 121,125,140, R.Walton 115) Northfield 7 (R.Hitchmouth 2x100, L.Allen 2x100, A.Busby 100,110f,140,18 darts game, M.Lloyd 100, O.Draper 100, S.Busby 100, J.Taylor 3x100,121,17 darts game, A.Busby 180), Kings Norton Ex Sericeman’s Club 1 (M.Bandy 100, A.Pearce 115,118, L.Pearce 100,140, S.Brown 110,116) Grant Arms 6 (A.McGowan 100,108, S.Hale 121, A.Dewsbury 5x100, P.Taylor 121,115,125, N.Smith 100, M.Davies 2x100,140, Karl Astbury 100), Bourneville 7 (M.James 100,123,140,180,2x19 darts games, A.Deeley 2x100,2x140, P.Smith 100, G.Carver 100,121,125, M.Collins 140, A.Bailes 134) Kings Norton Flights 0 (K.Owen 140, G.Lee 100, D.Willis 100), Coppice 2 (B.Heath 100, A.Ward 2x100,125,134,137,140, A.Chidley 4x100, A.Cotter 2x100, A.Aindow 100, S.Jacques 100) Thurlestone 5 (D.Newton 100, N.Watts 121,140, T.Garfield 4x100, R.Waldron 2x100,140, B.Andrews 2x100, M.Deeley 100,129).


Erdington Nomads consolidated their number one spot in the Camp Hill League in style as they handed their hosts Sheldon Marlborough Flights a 7-0 whitewash to keep them two points to the good on both Tyseley WMC and Clumsy Swan, Tyseley WMC having a bye this week and Clumsy Swan, who have played one game more than the two teams above them won 4-3 at fifth in the table Cotterills Lane EBAHA Club. In addition to the leader’s winning 7-0, fourth in the league Tyseley Bears also won by the same margin away to bottom of the table Sedgemere Devils whose Paul Evans chalked up a maximum.

Full Results:Game 13:- Sheldon Marlborough Flights 0 Erdington Nomads 7, Sedgemere Devils 0 (Paul Evans 180) Tyseley Bears 7, Peaky Blinder 4 Moseley Arms 3, Cotterills Lane EBAHA Club 3 Clumsy Swan 4, Tyseley WMC had a bye.


A 7-2 win away to fourth in the table Hill and Cakemore keeps Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ top of the Netherton Thursday Night League with thirty-two points which gives them a lead of two over Bulls Head who with maximums from both G.Jackson and B.Neale won 9-0 at home against bottom of the league Netherton Sports and Social Club ‘B’. Netherton Sports and Social Club ‘A’ are third in the table, four points off the top after they won their home tie with Townsend Social Club 5-4.

J.Colley (Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’) was another player to find the three treble twenties.

Full Results:Game 20:- Netherton Sports and Social Club ‘A’ 5 Townsend Social Club 4, Hill and Cakemore 2 Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ 7 (J.Colley 180), Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘B’ 4 Spring Meadow 5, Bulls Head 9 (G.Jackson 180, B.Neale 180) Netherton Sports and Social Club ‘B’ 0.


In the Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League Allen’s ‘A’ returned from bottom of the league Albion with a 6-1 result to keep them top of the table with fourteen points. The battle is on for the number two spot with no fewer than three teams all on twelve points. Allen’s ‘B’ lost ground on their ‘A’ side going down 4-3 at home to fourth placed Cottage Spring but hold on to the number two position on average from third and fourth placed Horseley Tavern and Cottage Spring. Horseley Tavern won 4-3 at home against Vine ‘A’, they like Allen’s ‘A’ have played nine games whereas Cottage Spring and Allen’s ‘B’ have played eight.

Full Results:Game 9:- Vine ‘B’ 2 Tamebridge 5, Allen’s ‘B’ 3 Cottage Spring 4, Waggon and Horses 6 Sow and Pigs 1, Horseley Tavern 4 Vine ‘A’ 3, Albion 1 Allen’s ‘A’ 6, Ivy Bush had a bye.


The Sedgley and Gornal Tuesday Night League staged the finals of their John Walters Cup and John Walters Trophy. In the cup league leader’s Gornal Labour Club won 5-4 against Five Ways who are currently fourth in the league. The trophy title went to Red Cow, once again a cloe 5-4 result with Pensnett Liberal Club the runners-up.

Full Results:John Walter Cup:Final:- Gornal Labour Club 5 Five Ways 4, John Walters Trophy:Final:- Red Cow 5 Pensnett Liberal Club 4.


Dog and Partridge contimue to lead the field in the West Midlands Men’s Super League adding a 5-0 home victory over fifth placed Staffordshire Knot to their account to take their points tally to fifty-seven and giving them a lead of five over second placed Kings Head ‘A’ who won their away game over their local rivals Kings Head ‘B’ 4-1. A further two points behind in third place with fifty points is Gilbert’s ‘B’ who had a home game against Bridgtown Social which they won 4-1.

Three Crowns are now the only team in the league without a win so far but they have only played seven games compared to the majority of teams having played nine and in their latest fixture they went down 4-1 at home against middle of the table Gilbert’s ‘A’.

Full Results:Week 11:- Dog and Partridge 5 Staffordshire Knot 0 (John Morris 4 Luke Wildman 0, Dean Simmons-Fullwood 4 James Hall 0, Darren Williams 4 Scott Norman 0, Ash Khayat 4 Dickie Foster 3, Gavin Baker 4 Scott Hall 2), Three Crowns 1 Gilbert’s ‘A’ 4 (Jon Williams 3 Reece Cook-Lucas 4, Emmet Leonard 4 Nicky Devlin 1, Roger Ward 2 Paul Harrison 4, Jim Connor 2 Steve Lynch 4, Riley Ward 0 Jon Blakemore 4), Gilbert’s ‘C’ 1 Chase Social 4 (Doug Cotton 4 George Coulter 2, Tom Hollowood 1 Roger Harris 4, Alex Simmons 1 Sean Craig 4, Keith Hollowood 0 Keiron O’Mahoney 4, Adam Teasdale 3 Adam Johnson 4), Kings Head ‘B’ 1 Kings Head ‘A’ 4 (Ian Tolley 2 Mark Maiden 4, Clarke Cook 1 Matty Dennant 4, Stewart Pryce 2 Richard Platt 4, Martin East 1 Owen Maiden 4, Kevin Taylor 4 Chris Stanley 3), ECC 4 Gilbert’s ‘D’ 1 (Louis Burley 4 Chris Evans 3, Lee Doleman 4 Rob Pitt 3, Ryan Locker 4 Lee Shaw 3, Luke Griffiths 4 Chris Hill 0, Jack Aldridge 3 Connor Abercrombie 4), Gilbert’s ‘B’ 4 Bridgtown Social 1 (Rob Thompson 4 Ian Jones 1, Shane Price 4 Kevin Bambrick 1, Ryan O’Connor 0 Mark Craddock 4, Martin Price 4 Glen McGrandle 3, Ben Johnson 4 Mick Baker 3), Corpus Christi had a bye.


There were only a handful of fixtures played in the Black Country Thursday Night Singles League this week with current leader Rich Bowen adding a 7-1 win over Grace Angell to his account to give him a total of 137 points from seventeen games. With Shane Price and Ben Hollowood not playing Nick Fullweel moved up two places in the table to second with an 8-0 win against Alex Mason to leave him thirteen points short of Bowen but with two games in hand. Shane Price drops down from second to third and with 118 points he has six fewer than Fullwell and has played one game more than him.

Full Results: Week 8:- Rich Bowen 7 Grace Angell 1, Grace Angell 6 Ashley Ralph 2, James Davies 5 Alex Mason 3, Grace Angell 6 Danny Knight 2, Gareth Johnston 7 Ashley Ralph 1, Cheryl Allcock 8 James Davies 0, Nick Fullwell 8 Alex Mason 0.


The Wolverhampton Tuesday Night League has got its new season underway and after the first round of fixtures Wednesfield Legion head the singles league on average after their 6-1 win over Corpus Christi ‘B’. Close on the heels of Wednesfield are ECC ‘A’ and Woodfield who in turn both won 5-2 against Railway and Corpus Christi ‘A’. Dog and Partridge, Gilbert’s Bar ‘A’ and Three Crowns all won 4-3 against respective opponents Ring of Bells, Gilbert’s Bar ‘B’ and ECC ‘B’.

A 3-0 win for Three Crowns over ECC ‘B’ in the doubles league puts them top of the table, Corpus Christi ‘A’, ECC ‘A’, Gilbert’s Bar ‘A’, Ring of Bells and Wednesfield Legion were all 2-1 winners in turn at the expense of Woodfield, Ralway, Gilbert’s Bar ‘B’, Dog and Partridge and Corpus Christi ‘B’.

Full Results:Game 1:Singles League:- Corpus Christi ‘A’ 2 Woodfield 5, Dog and Partridge 4 Ring of Bells 3, ECC ‘A’ 5 Railway 2, Gilbert’s ‘A’ 4 Gilbert’s ‘B’ 3, Three Crowns 4 ECC ‘B’ 3, Wednesfield Legion 6 Corpus Christi ‘B’ 1, Doubles League:- Corpus Christi ‘A’ 2 Woodfield 1, Dog and Partridge 1 Ring of Bells 2, ECC ‘A’ 2 Railway 1, Gilbert’s ‘A’ 2 Gilbert’s ‘B’ 1, Three Crowns 3 ECC ‘B’ 0, Wednesfield Legion 2 Corpus Christi ‘B’ 1.


Tonight (Wednesday 19th April) the Stourbridge and District Wednesday Night League will be holding their AGM at the Old Liberal Club, Quarry Bank at 8.00pm with a view to sorting out their new season. All teams both old and new are invited to attend the meeting.


Supported by Red Dragon Darts

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