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Article: Birmingham Mail - A Midlands Round Up By Alan Towe

Birmingham Mail - A Midlands Round Up By Alan Towe

In last week’s report of Warwickshire’s eighth fixture of the season in the Elite Premier Division of the UKDA National League at home against Hampshire it was stated that the game had finished all square at 18-18 and basically that was how the weekend finished. However that was not the end of the story as it was discovered that Hampshire had fallen foul of the UKDA’s rule 15.03 which states

“15.03 OTHER RELEVANT CRITERIA a. A player winning a Match in the ‘A’ Team cannot be selected for the ‘B’ Team in the following Match in the current season. b. A player losing a Match in the ‘A’ Team can be selected for the ‘B’ Team in the following Match in the current season but cannot also play in the ‘A’ Team of that Match. c. If an ‘A’ Team player is absent from a match for whatever reason then that player is eligible for selection into the ‘B’ Team in the Match following the one in which he/she was absent but cannot also play in the ‘A’ Team of that Match. d. Once having played in the ‘B’ Team then the terms of Rule 14.01 continue to apply”.

As a result of this fault Warwickshire ladies ‘A’ had their 3-3 draw turned into a 4-2 win and the overall result for the weekend was converted from an 18-18 draw into a 19-17 win for Warwickshire.

With three more games to play Warwickshire are now 37 points adrift of leaders Lancashire and 14 behind second placed Yorkshire but the two teams above them only have two more games to play and a top two finish is well and truly on the cards for the Bears.


Boldmere St Mikes rounded off their championship winning season in division one of the Four Oaks and District League with a 5-4 home win over Golden Hind to see them end the campaign on 34 points, eight more than runners-up Erdington Arrows who lost their final game 5-4 away to Red Lion who took third place on 20 points.

The Shadow League title went to a resurgent Golden Hind Lions, ending the season on a high with a 5-4 win over Walmley CSC Flights. Old Oscott Arrows had the same 12 points as Lions and were just three legs of average short of them after suffering a 5-4 defeat to bottom of the division Pint Pot Flights.

A 7-2 home win over St Thomas Arrows took Heartlands to 30 points and at the same time gave them the division two title as although second placed Bishop Vesey, after winning 8-1 at Erdington Flyers are on the same 30 points they have an inferior average and Heartlands still have one game to play against next to bottom of the table Rosey Mac’s.

Deer’s Leap lost their last game 5-4 away to wooden spoon winners Sutton Sharks but with 8 points they still won the Shadow League with two more points than runners-up St Thomas Arrows.

A.Cooksey (Walmley CSC Flights) recorded his second 180 and W.Naylor (Golden Hind) his fourth for the season.

Full Results:Game 18:Division One:- Golden Hind Lions 5 (J.Mahon 100,114, A.Day 100,100f, M.Pearce 3x100, D.Haynes 101, N.Goldie 140, M.Deathridge 100) Walmley CSC Flights 4 (R.Smith 2x120b, G.Gaughan 112b,140,100, S.Wilson 125b,2x140,2x100, J.Kavanagh 100b,2x100, A.Cooksey 180,100), Boldmere St Mikes 5 (C.Millward snr 103b,140,100, R.Johnson 100b, M.Ashton 125,140, M.Wild 2x100, B.Linnecor 100, C. Millward jnr 112b) Golden Hind 4 (A.Kimberley 120b,2x100, T.O’Kereke 135, W.Naylor 137,140,112b,100,104,180, F.Naylor 152b,2x100,125, B.Stephens 3x100), Red Lion 5 (T.Vickers 120b, B.Lysaght 2x100 I.Matthews 115b,100, M.Corfield 100, R.Lowe 100, D.Lowe 100, L.Vickers 123) Erdington Arrows 4 (C.Taylor 107, T.Colley 140,3x100, S.Winters 100b,120b,100,9 darts game, D.Rawlings 100, M.Edwards 125, K.Smith 140,121), Highcroft Social 7 (K.Shorthouse 140,135f, D.Giblin 140, K.Neale 2x100, S.Pritchett 105,2x100, T.Pallett 112b, G.Oldfield 120b, E.A.Birkett 124), Oscott Social Club 2 (I.Lloyd 125, A.Whitehouse 100), Old Oscott Arrows 4 (D.Parsons 109b,140, P.Locke 100b,177,120b,125, M.Page 125,100, L.Jones 100, A.Lea 100, B.Hoare 160b) Pint Pot Flights 5 (J.Moon 120b,100,100b, M.Phillips 120, M.Pearson Bagnall 105b,140,100, P.Smith 105b,100, T.O’Driscoll 2x100, N.Robbins 101b,100,129), Division Two:- Sutton Sharks 5 (A.Jarvis 100, J.McKeever 100, N.Holmes 121, J.Boden 100, C.Baldwin 2x100) Deers Leap 4 (T.Ross 135, T.Kelly 100, S.Kelly 2x100, Ant Kimberley 101,100, James Sabin 100), Erdington Flyers 1 (R.Liennard 105b, K.Hopkins 100b,140, H.Sadler 140, L.Cooksey 100) Bishop Vesey 8 (N.Smallwood 100b,120b,100, A.Jones 100,140, S.Abbott 120b,125, C.Sammons 101b,140), Heartlands 7 (Matthew Cain 112b,101,100, Jim Frost 105b,140, J.Rogers 2x100,112f, John Frost 101b, A.Downes 100, H.Valovec 116b, G.McCormack 100) St Thomas Arrows 2 (M.Andrews 2x100,101, P.Andrews 125,133,3x100, R.Nelson 120, G.Lynch 156b,100), Bills Arrows 4 (G.Averill 4x100, D.Bond 100,121, R.McLaughlin 2x100, J.Averill 112b,121) Charley’s Flights 5 (P.Nicholls 100, R.Vann 100b,100, A.Barber 135, R.Franks 130b,100, C.Hough 125), Rosey Mac’s 2 (S.Wright 120, J.Stokes 2x100, J.Stokes 100, R.Snelson 100, N.Bradley 111b,2x100) Plough and Arrows 7 (K.Gow 120,3x100, A.Gough 101, A.Humphriss 112b, M.Willetts 140,121,112f, Roxy Bennett 107).


It was a bye week for the whole of division two in the Shirley and District Monday Night League but it was as you were in division one with a normal week’s fixtures.

Despite having a 5-4 win at Wharf, Tippetts Bar lost their sole leadership of the division as Dunky’s Boys 7-2 home success against Solihull Municipal put them level on both points and average with Tippetts to share the top spot. Cider House went down 7-2 at Saracens Swords and drop three places in the table to sixth while Lions take over from them in third place, their 6-3 win at Wythall Legion leaving them just two points short of the top two teams.

Full Results:Game 3:Division One:- Saracens Swords 7 (L.Coles 120b, Ravi Saggo 100f) Cider House 2, Wythall Legion 3 (D.Walker 100f) Lions 6, Dunky’s Boys 7 (J.Sidwell 180) Solihull Municipal 2, Wharf 4 Tippetts Bar 5 (J.Buckingham 180), Lodge had a bye, Division Two:- was a bye week.


The Sheldon and District Winter League played their singles competition down to the last eight players and winning through to the quarter-finals were Robbie Earl (Iron Horse Flights), Rob Wilson (Hornet), Matt Murrin, Terry Webster (Sheldon Marlboro Arrows), Neil Parsonage, Anthony Savage (Mackadown Social), Andy Hutchings (Dunkys Boys), Jake Webster (Langley Arrows).

Full Results:Singles Knockout:Quarter Finalists:- Robbie Earl (Iron Horse Flights), Rob Wilson (Hornet), Matt Murrin, Terry Webster (Sheldon Marlboro Arrows), Neil Parsonage, Anthony Savage (Mackadown Social), Andy Hutchings (Dunkys Boys), Jake Webster (Langley Arrows).


Champions of the Kings Norton League Copper Fox ended their season with a home fixture against runners-up E57 and won the game 5-2 to give them a total of 42 points from a possible 44 but what a battle it was for the runners-up spot as following their defeat E57 ended on 32 points and only won second place on average from Rubery Legion and Thurlestone who also finished on the same 32 points, Rubery Legion winning the local derby with Rubery Social Club 6-1 while Thurlestone had a closer 4-3 victory at Toby Jug.

The league have just one remaining fixture between middle of the table Cock Inn and Northfield.

Full Results:Game 22:- Bournebrook 3 (T.Jeffs 118,135, L.Arnold 100,2x121,135, K.Mason 100,2x140, M.Henson 3x100, C.Ryan 140) Grant Arms 4 (P.Taylor 120,121, N.Smith 100,125,140, A.Dewsbury 2x100, V.Walton 100,134,140), Cock Inn 6 (P.Hughes 2x100, A.Hopkins 100, L.Fox 100,140, A.Harvey 100,125,135, Joe Fox 2x100) Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club 1 (C.Davenport 100, S.Corbett 100, S.Carr 100,135, S.Brown 2x100, P.Corbett 116,139f,140), Rubery Social Club 1 (A.Pearce 115, J.Steward 100, A.Bailles 100,140, M.Ferriday 2x100) Rubery Legion 6 (J.Higgins 4x100,140, R.Higgins 100,2x140, A.Failkner 2x100, J.O'Neill 5x100, J.Ford 140, M.Ivory 2x100, M.Cormell 100,118), Copper Fox 5 (E.Simpson 3x100,125,140, C.Whitehouse 3x100,120,140,180, D.Marsh 3x100,120,116, D.McConomy 2x100,105, T.Hamilton 3x100, R.Mann 100) E57 2 (J.Calt 100, D.Logan 2x125,137, T.Roberts 140, N.Porter 3x100, S.Nolan 100, A.Mutch 100,2x140, D.Logan 180), Kings Heath 2 (A.Homer 100,120,140, J.Williams 121, R.Hitchmough 3x100, J.Tulloch 100) Northfield 5 (M.Lloyd 100,140, A.Busby 2x100, L.Allen 2x100, S.Denton 2x100, P.Draper 100, J.Taylor 2x100,140), Toby Jug 3 (A.Ward 100, B.Heath 6x100,120, D.Crook 121, R.Packer 100, M.Mooney 3x100, A.Phillips 100, S.Jacques 100) Thurlestone 4 (M.Deeley 100,121,129, D.Garfield 100,120,140, T.Garfield 2x100, R.Waldron 3x100,140, A.Deeley 100,140, N.Watts 2x100,115,125, B.Andrews 100,125).


Leaders of the Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League Waggon and Horses had a comfortable 5-2 home win over Miners Arms ‘A’ to make it seven wins from as many games. Second and third teams in the league Dewdrop ‘A’ and Vine ‘A’ played each other with the latter getting the close 4-3 win, a first defeat of the campaign for Dewdrop ‘A’ which leaves two points behind Waggon but two ahead, with a game in hand on Vine ‘A’ who despite the win drop one place to fourth behind Horseley Tavern who beat Dewdrop ‘B’ 5-2 to give them a two legs of average lead on Vine ‘A’. Fifth placed Miners Arms ‘B’ won 4-3 against Albion to put them on the same ten points as Horseley and Vine.

Full Results:Game 8:- Horseley Tavern 5 Dewdrop ‘B’ 2, Miners Arms ‘B’ 4 Albion 3, Dewdrop ‘A’ 3 Vine ‘A’ 4, Waggon and Horses 5 Miners Arms ‘A’ 2, Sow and Pigs 6 Tamebridge 1, Vine ‘B’ had a bye.


White Horse, hold on to the top spot in the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League after a 5-2 win at Fox Inn (Lye). With 28 points Cross (Oldswinford) are level with White Horse but after a 4-3 win at Ten Arches they have played two more games than White Horse.

There is a real tussle for third place with three teams all on 22 points Ten Arches, Woodman and Bell ‘A’, however Bell ‘A’ are favourites to make the position their own as they have two games in hand on both of their rivals.

Full Results:Game 19:- Seven Stars 3 Bird in Hand 4, Ten Arches 3 Cross (Oldswinford) 4, Woodman 6 Crestwood 1, Bell ‘A’ 4 Church Tavern 3, Fox Inn (Lye) 2 White Horse 5, Rose and Crown v Bell ‘B’ cancelled, Gate Hangs Well had a bye.


Townsend Social Club’s place at the top of the Netherton Thursday Night League table was short lived as in their 24th fixture they suffered a shock 6-3 home defeat at the hands of an Old Hill Cricket Club team who are just two places off the foot of the table.

Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club return to pole position with a 6-3 home win over Bulls Head who drop one place in the table to fourth behind Clock, who have a better average and are on the same 39 points as Bulls Head after winning 5-4 against Spring Meadow Club, but it was oh so close as Spring Meadow lost the deciding game after fighting back to level terms after trailing 4-1.

Full Results:Game 24:- Netherton Sports and Social 7 Netherton Conservative Club 2, Clock 5 Spring Meadow Social Club 4, Townsend Social Club 3 Old Hill Cricket Club 6, Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 6 Bulls Head 3.


The Sedgley and Gornal Tuesday Night League have completed their domestic fixtures with old Bulls Head previously acclaimed champions. Old Bulls Head not only won the league title but did it in superb style by completing the season undefeated, wining their 22nd consecutive game, an away fixture against Gornal Labour Club 6-3. The defeat for Gornal Labour cost them the runners-up position as they dropped to third behind New Inn whose final 7-2 win at Griffin saw them finish on 36 points two more than the Labour Club.

Full Results:Game 22:- Chainyard 8 Red Cow 1, Gornal Labour Club 3 Old Bulls Head 6, Lamp Tavern 5 Meadow Lark 4, Seven Stars 8 Jolly Crispin 1, Five Ways 7 Pensnett Liberal Club 2, Griffin 2 New Inn 7.


Dudley Sports took their unbeaten run to seven games in the Silver End Sunday Morning League when they won 7-1 playing at home against Black Horse ‘A’, extending their lead to two points over second in the league Bell ‘A’ who have played eight games and could only manage a 4-4 draw at New Talbot who are just two places off the foot of the table.

One point behind their local rivals and with a game in hand is Bell ‘B’ in third place, they won 5-3 at home against Old Star who drop three places in the table to sixth.

Full Results:Game 8:- Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 6 Crestwood 2, Brickmakers Arms 2 Kings Head ‘A’ 6, Dudley Sports 7 Black Horse ‘A’ 1, New Talbot 4 Bell ‘A’ 4, Bell ‘B’ 5 Old Star 3, Black Horse ‘B’ 5 Tenth Lock 3, Kings Head ‘B’ had a bye.


In the Rowley Monday Night League leaders Bell won 6-3 at Plough and Harrow to put them two points clear of the rest of the field as Gate Hangs Well who were formerly in second place, lost 6-3 at home to Whiteheath Tavern who replace them in the number two spot on 16 points. In addition to second and third placed Whiteheath Tavern and Gate Hangs Well, Romsley Cricket Club also have 16 points and are level on average and share the third place with Gate after winning 5-4 at Three Diamonds.

Full Results:Game 10:- Loyal Lodge 6 Windmills End 3, Plough and Harrow 3 Bell 6, Three Diamonds 4 Romsley Cricket Club 5, Hare and Hounds 3 Tividale FC 6, Cradley Heath Sports and Social 4 White Swan 5, Ex Servicemen’s 7 Roost 2, Spring Meadow 6 Wonder 3, Gate Hangs Well 3 White Heath Tavern 6.


A 5-4 win over The Bridge was not enough for Rose and Crown to hold on to pole position in the Brierley Hill Monday Night League as Talbot beat Union 8-1 to replace them with a superior average as both teams are on 16 points. Roebuck and Dudley Sports ‘A’ are both just two points off the top and in turn they won 7-2 at Black Horse and 5-4 at Pensnett Liberal Club.

At the other end of the table the bottom two teams lined up against each other with bottom placed Tommy Turners losing 7-2 at Dudley Sports ‘B’, this was Dudley Sports ‘B’s’ first win in nine games.

Full Results:Game 9:- Wombourne Pool Bar 2 Shrewsbury Arms 7, Black Horse 2 Roebuck 7, Rose and Crown 5 Bridge 4, Pensnett Liberal Club 4 Dudley Sports ‘A’ 5, Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘B’ 4 Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ 5, Dudley Sports ‘B’ 7 Tommy Turners 2, Talbot 8 Union 1, Brickmakers Arms 5 King William 4.


With fixtures fast running out in the Stourbridge and District Wednesday Night League the battle for the title is hotting up as current leaders White Horse added a 6-1 win at Ashwood to their tally and second placed Bell ‘A’ won by the same 6-1 margin at home against Raven. Both of the top two teams are on 26 points but Bell ‘A’ have played 17 games one more than White Horse. Third in the league Bird in Hand ‘E’ remain in the chase after they won 5-2 at Ten Arches ‘A’ they are on 24 points from 17 games.

Full Results:Game 17:- Fox Inn (Lye) 5 Bell ‘B’ 2, Ten Arches ‘A’ 2 Bird in Hand ‘E’ 5, Ashwood 1 White Horse 6, Bell ‘A’ 6 Raven 1, Bird in Hand ‘A’ 2 (C.Smith 140f) Ten Arches ‘B’ 5 (D.Simpson 152b).


Week three of the Netherton Tuesday Night League and both of the top two teams kept their 100% win record intact as leaders Church Tavern won 6-1 at Wheatsheaf and second in the table Netherton Sports and Social beat Plough 4-3, three legs of average being the difference between the two teams.

One win short of the top two teams are Bulls Head and Chop House, Bulls Head with a 180 from Dave Male beat Samson 6-1 and Chop House won 5-2 against Quarry Bank Social Club.

Full Results:Week 3:- Bulls Head 6 (Dave Male 180) Samson 1, Chop House 5 Quarry Bank Social Club 2, Netherton Sports and Social Club 4 Plough 3, Wheatsheaf 1 Church Tavern 6.


Connor Pickett holds on to the top spot in the Ashwood Premier League after a somewhat mixed bag of results in week six. He began the night with a 5-2 win over Mark Glaze but then lost 4-3 to Chris Manoila to take his points tally to 71 from 12 games. Former leader Tom Stockton is in second place, he also suffered mixed fortunes as he beat Josh Pickett 4-3 then lost by the same margin to Andy Vellender to leave him seven points off the top with a game in hand.

Full Results:Week 6:- Josh Pickett 6 Tony Bennett 1, Sam Aitkens 4 Adam Edgar 3, Chris Williams 4 Chris Manoila 3, Kevin Harris 4 Neil Murphy 3, Connor Pickett 5 Mark Glaze 2, Matt Davies 7 Mitch Pickett 0, Tom Stockton 4 Josh Pickett 3, Chris Fox 4 Dave Simpson 3, Andy Vellender 4 Jayden Harper 3, Matt Davies 7 Mark Glaze 0, Chris Fox 5 Neil Murphy 2, Chris Williams 4 Martyn Harper 3, Kevin Harris 4 Adam Edgar 3, Chris Manoila 4 Connor Pickett 3, Rob Pierce 4 Dave Simpson 3, Mitch Pickett 5 Tony Bennett 2, Sam Aitkens 4 Chris Manoila 3, Martyn Harper 5 Matt Davies 2, Chris Williams 5 Mark Glaze 2, Jayden Harper 4 Kevin Harris 3, Andy Vellender 4 Tom Stockton 3.


The Black Country Thursday Night Singles League is up to week six and just four points separate the top four players with them having played varying amounts of fixtures. Gareth Johnson had a fruitful night kicking off with a 6-2 win over Paul Dicken and then handing out an 8-0 whitewash to Kieron Ford to put him top of the table on 101 points from 12 games. Johnson’s nearest rival is Shane Price who lost ground when in his first game with third placed Graham Hall he lost 6-2, however he quickly recovered to win his next fixture with James Davies 8-0 giving him 100 points from 13 games.

Third and fourth placed Graham Hall and Nick Fullwell have both played eleven games Hall after beating Price added an 8-0 success over Paul Harrison to take his tally to 99 points. Fullwell is one point behind Hall, he didn’t play this week.

Full Results:Week 6:- Stella Sims 5 Angie Carroll 3, Nick Whitehouse 8 James Davies 0, Gareth Johnson 6 Paul Dicken 2, Grace Angell 6 Alex Mason 2, Jack Rollinson 5Angie Carroll 3, Lewis Handley 8 James Davies 0, Martin Angell 6 Heather Wright 2, Graham Hall 6 Shane Price 2, Kieron Ford 6 Alex Mason 2, Benjamin Hollowood 7 Martin Angell 1, Paul Harrison 7 Paul Dicken 1, Grace Angell 4 Cheryl Allcock 4, Shane Price 8 James Davies 0, Jack Rollinson 6 Heather Wright 2, Gareth Johnson 8 Kieron Ford 0, Graham Hall 7 Lewis Handley 1, Cheryl Allcock 8 Stella Sims 0, Paul Dicken 8 Alex Mason 0, Martin Angell 8 Angie Carroll 0, Graham Hall 8 Paul Harrison 0.


With leader of the Gilbert’s Bar Monday Night Singles League Jon Blakemore not playing in week nine Andrew Jervis took full advantage to draw level on 72 points with him as he added 8-0 and 6-2 wins over respective opponents Jon Williams and Keith Hollowood. Although both Blakemore and Jervis are on the same number of points Jervis does still have a game in hand. Simon Pritchard won his fixture with Colin Wood 5-3 to give him third place in the table and leave him just two points behind Blakemore from the same nine games.

Full Results:Week 9:- Eddie Gripton 0 Jon Williams 8, Adam Teasdale 7 Sarah Maybury 1, Chris Hill 7 Dan Bridgwood 1, Neville Quinton 6 Mal Pugh 2, Kris Jones 2 Martin East 6, Andy Jervis 8 Jon Williams 0, Colin Wood 3 Simon Pritchard 5, Michele Pritchard 6 Sandra Beardsmore 2, Andy Jervis 6 Keith Hollowood 2, Steve Lynch 7 Stuart Evans 1, Phil Clarke 8 Kris Jones 0, Simon Mountford 7 Warren Bower 1, Scott Baker 7 Lee Quarry 1, Jamie Aplin 2 Jamie Webb 6, Alex Simmons 6 Ray Gutteridge 2, Reece Cook-Lucas 5 Tom Hollowood 3, Gemma Barrett Jenkins 2 Ant Powell 6, John Simms 6 Arthur Lubkowski 2, Jon Blakemore 8 Lee Quarry 0.


The Wolverhampton Tuesday Night League is back up and running and the early pacesetters in both the singles and doubles leagues after the opening two games is Wednesfield Legion. In the singles league they added a 5-2 win over Stile to keep them top on average from Gilbert’s Bar who had a 6-1 win at Yew Tree while in the doubles league it’s the same two teams leading the field once again with Wednesfield winning 2-1 at Stile to lead Gilbert’s on average again after they won by the same 2-1 scoreline at Yew Tree.

Full Results:Week 1:Singles League:- ECC 6 Stile 1, Hurst Hill 4 Moreton 3, Bankfield 0 Woodfield 7, Railway 4 Dog and Partridge 3, Gilbert’s Bar 4 Red Lion 3, Wednesfield Legion 7 Yew Tree 0, Doubles League:- ECC 2 Stile 1, Hurst Hill 2 Moreton 1, Bankfield 0 Woodfield 3, Railway 2 Dog and Partridge 1, Gilbert’s Bar 1 Red Lion 2, Wednesfield Legion 3 Yew Tree 0, Cleveland Arms had a bye, Week 2:Singles League:- Moreton 4 ECC 3, Red Lion 3 Railway 4, Stile 2 Wednesfield Legion 5, Woodfield 7 Cleveland Arms 0, Yew Tree 1 Gilbert’s Bar 6, Doubles League:- Moreton 1 ECC 2, Red Lion 1 Railway 2, Stile 1 Wednesfield Legion 2, Woodfield 3 Cleveland Arms 0, Yew Tree 1 Gilbert’s Bar 2, Dog and Partridge had a bye.


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