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Article: Birmingham Mail - A West Midland Round-up by Alan Towe - 25.08.23

Birmingham Mail - A West Midland Round-up by Alan Towe - 25.08.23

A 6-2 win at The Dingle saw Highwood hold on to the top position in group one of the Sheldon and District Summer League but saw their hosts drop one place to fourth now two points short of their opponents and from one game more than them. Highwood have a slender one point advantage over second placed Langley Arrows who were 5-3 winners at third in the group Raven Arrows who are on the same nine points as Dingle and from the same eight games.

Group two leaders Sheldon Dukes were in fine scoring for with their Lee Molyneux and Jake Savage both recording a maximum in their team’s 5-3 home win over third placed Hornet whose Rob Wilson had a ten darts game, Hornet with four points are seven short of their opponents. This week’s results saw no change in the group two table, second placed Brian’s Flights had their fixture with bottom of the group Maggies postponed leaving them four points off the top with a game in hand.

Trident Spears had their group three game with Lyndon Old Boys postponed and as a result forfeited the number one spot and drop to second, one point behind and with a game in hand on new leaders Kingshurst Labour Club who with a 117 finish and an eleven darts game from Stephen Shepherd won 5-3 at home against The Bell Inn. Third in the group Langley Flights were also 5-3 winners playing at home against Sheldon Marlborough Ridge to put them on the same ten points as Trident Spears but from seven games, one more than Trident.

With two postponed fixtures and only the bottom two teams playing against each other in group four there was no change in the table after bottom placed Raven lost 6-2 away to next to bottom Sheldon Marlborough Flights.

Full Results:Week 8:Group One:- Raven Arrows 3 Langley Arrows 5 (Jake Webster 180), The Dingle 2 Highwood 6, Willclare Sports and Social 3 Yardley Ex Colts 5 (Shay Darby 117f), Group Two:- Sheldon Dukes 5 (Lee Molyneux 180, Jake Savage 180) Hornet 3 (Rob Wilson 10 darts game), Brian’s Flights v Maggies was postponed, Shirley Misfits had a bye, Group Three:- Langley Flights 5 Sheldon Marlborough Ridge 3, Kingshurst Labour Club 5 (Stephen Shepherd 117f11 darts game) The Bell Inn 3, Trident Spears v Lyndon Old Boys was postponed, Group Four:- Sheldon Marlborough Flights 6 The Raven 2, Moseley Rugby Club v Hampton and Solihull Cricket Club and Smithswood Social Club v The Banbury Club were postponed.


The local derby in the Harborne and District League between leaders Copper Fox ‘R’ and fifth placed Copper Fox ‘M’ was a truly high scoring affair with the former chalking up twenty-six scores of a ton or more plus a 180 and the latter recording twenty-four scores of a ton or more with two 180’s. However the all-important result was an 8-1 win for Copper Fox ‘R’ to keep them top of the table with sixteen points from their nine games and a lead of seven legs of average over second placed Northfield Conservative Club who went one better by handing their visiting team bottom of the table Avenue Social a 9-0 whitewash. Third in the league Smethwick Cricket Club had a 7-2 win at Cock Inn to leave them two points short of the top two teams with fourth in the league Northfield Town a further two points adrift after they won 8-1 at The Mill.

Players finding the three treble twenties this week were A.Hykine (Copper Fox ‘R’), N.Steventon and A.Harvey (Copper Fox ‘M’) and A.Vaughan (Cock Inn).

Full Results:Game 9:- Northfield Conservtive Club 9 (R.Hosey 4x100,127, T.Garfield 2x100,125, D.Hill 100,125, C.Airey 100,107,123, S.Cartwright 3x100,121,140, A.Sutton 100,2x140, S.Jones 100) Avenue Social 0 (C.Morgan 140, M.Gilliland 103, L.Grant 133), The Mill 1 (A.Gough 100) Northfield Town 8 (A.Busby 2x100, D.Hopkins 100, S.Busby 2x100,120, R.Needham 4x100, M.Hopkins 100,125, A.Faulkner 100), Quinton RBL 3 (A.Gibbs 140, D.McConomy 100, C.Millward 2x100, D.Windsor 121,123) Weoley Castle WMC 6 (S.Joyce 100,108f, S.Pasetti 100,133, M.Bolton 3x100, A.Heath 2x100, P.Coombes 118f, M.Warr 100,138, D.Cornwell 100), Copper Fox ‘R’ 8 (E.Simpson 2x100,121,3x140, M.Hamilton 100,122, J.Hykin 4x100, A.Hykin 2x100,119,122,140,180, T.Hamilton 2x100,123, N.Porter 3x100,123,140, R.Mann 100) Copper Fox ‘M’ 1 (J.Downer 2x140, D.Kent 100,140, A.Harvey 2x100, J.Loughran 3x100, N.Steventon 4x100,140,180, K.Bedder 5x100,134, T.Collier 100, K.Jukes 2x100, A.Harvey 116f,180, A.Harvey & K.Jukes 15 darts game), Cock Inn 2 (L.Fox 100,125,2x140, A.Underwood 121,140, N.Hurst 100,140, A.Vaughan 4x100,180, Joe Fox 100,125, A.Hopkins 100) Smethwick Cricket Club 7 (A.Bomber 2x100,110,139, M.Collins 3x100,138f,148f, V.Gould 2x100,121, M.Smith 2x100,121, F.Johnson 4x100,140, T.Brennan 2x100,3x140).


The majority of teams in division one of the Sutton and District Summer League have completed five fixtures the latest of which brought about no changes whatsoever in the divisional table with Highcroft Hotdogs continuing to lead the field and extending their unbeaten run to five games with a 6-3 home win over Aston Manor CC Flights with their Kevin Shorthouse registering a 160 break in the process and for Aston Manor Martin Partridge scored a maximum. Highcroft Hotdogs have a perfect ten points which is two more than their nearest rivals Bishop Vesey who had a close 5-4 home win over Walmley CSC Flights whose Greg Gaughan was another player to hit a 180. With eight points Vesey are two to the good on a trio of teams, Old Horns Lions, Nomads and Red Lion, the first two in turn won 7-2 against Old Horns Arrows and Heartlands while Red Lion beat Old Oscott Arrows 6-3.

In division two Scott Armers suffered their first defeat of the new season losing 5-4 away to Rosey Mac’s who have joined the Armers at the top of the table on eight points. Rosey Mac’s are the only team in the second division to have won all of their four games and have one in hand on current table toppers Scott Armers. Third placed Erdington Arrows also lost this week going down 5-4 at home to fourth placed Charley’s Flights to put them on six points from five games. Fifth in the division Plough and Arrows won 7-2 at Sutton Sharks they and Charley’s Flights both have a game in hand on Erdington Arrows.

Full Results:Game 5:Division One:- Old Horns Lions 7 (Andy Kimberley 105b,115b,100, J.Greaves 100, Fred Naylor 100, Tony O’Kereke 120b,2x100) Old Horns Arrows 2 (James Clarke 140, Jack Mahon 140, Marc Pearce 101b,120b), Heartlands 2 (Gerry McCormack 100, George Drennan 125,100) The Nomads 7 (C.Martin 100f,108b, John Green 100, Tony Colley 100, S.Gardiner 100, Kevin Smith 2x100, Carl Winters 100,112b), Red Lion 6 (Ted Birkett 128, Tim Vickers 120b, Lee Vickers 111b) Old Oscott Arrows 3 (Derek Parsons 125,140, Dave Page 2x100, Mick Maher 100, Phil Locke 140, Andy Lea 100,135), Highcroft Hotdogs 6 (Leigh Dells 100, Jack Alexander 108b, Kevin Shorthouse 160b, Scott Alexander 100, Lee Shorthouse 123, Simon Shorthouse 137, Karl Neale 140,152b) Aston Manor CC Flights 3 (Peter Graham 140,125, Robert Graham 118,100, Des Shannon 138, Neil Clarke 140,100, Martin Partridge 180,120b), Bishop Vesey 5 (Mark Wild 140, Chris Sammons 140,100,133, Nigel Smallwood 137) Walmley CSC Flights 4 (Rich Smith 140,100, Kris Green 100,105,140, George Green 116,132, Greg Gaughan 180), Division Two:- Erdington Arrows 4 (John West 102, Luke Cooksey 2x100) Charley’s Flights 5 (Kevin Hewings 120b,100, Dean G Bond 110,105b, Clive Austin 104b,2x100), Rosey Mac’s 5 (Steven Wintle 140b, Ian Stokes 120,120b, Neil Bradley 121) The Scott Armers 4 (Luke Parry 100, Lee Gumbley 100, Mark Felkin 120b, Ollie Day 2x100), St Tom Cats 4 (Rod Snelson 125, Dean Wakelam 128) Rosey Mac’s Bar 5 (Eddie Groves 140, Russell Hiett 100b), Sutton Sharks 2 (Michael Taylor 2x100, Jonathan Boden 100b, Chris Gardener 2x100, Niel Holmes 125) Plough and Arrows 7 (Kieran Gow 2x100, Nigel Robbins 100f, Roxy Bennett 100).


Despite a maximum from D.Marsh Copper Fox lost not only their home tie with Bourneville 4-3 but also the leadership of the Kings Norton League. Copper Fox drop to second place behind new leaders Northfield whose 6-1 home win over Grant Arms takes their points tally to twenty-six from fifteen games, Copper Fox are on the same twenty-six points but from fourteen games. Rubery Social Club and Bourneville are third and fourth respectively, both have twenty-two points from fifteen games with Rubery having the superior average after adding their 7-0 success away to Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club to their account.

Top individual performances this week were supplied by A.Chidley (Coppice) and A.Busby (Northfield) who both hit a maximum.

Full Results:Game 15:- Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club 0 (T.Shaw 100, C.Davenport 3x140, D.Whitecombe 123, J.Howell 121) Rubery Social Club 7 (P.Medlicott 100,112,140, J.Grainger 100,120, J.Higgins 102,140, A.Faulkner 3x100,121, R.Higgins 100,140, M.Cormell 100,121, J.O'Neill 2x100,121), Longbridge 0 (C.Evans 134, J.Woodward 2x100, N.Mellors 100, S.Facey 100,116, K.Malone 121, A.Burbridge 101) Bournebrook 7 (M.Welsh 100,125, T.Jeffs 100,121,125, K.Mason 6x100,134, D.Collins 6x100, M.Bathurst 2x100,140, C.Ryan 123, R.Chambers 100), Bourneville 4 (M.James 100,120f,122,135, P.Smith 100,125,140, M.Collins 2x100,140, G.Carver 2x100,140,144, A.Deeley 110f,2x140, G.Bailes 100, D.Murray 2x100, A.Bailles100) Copper Fox 3 (E.Simpson 2x125, D.Marsh 100,180, K.Bedder 138,140,16 Darts Game, T.Hamilton 100,2x140, D.McConomy 132,140, M.Hamilton 2x100,140, R.Mann 100,118,140), Coppice 5 (B.Heath 140, A.Ward 140, A.Chidley 100,180, A.Aindow 2x140, S.Jacques 101, R.Packer 121,2x140,144, A.Chidley 114f) Cock Inn 2 (P.Hughes 2x100,121, L.Fox 2x100, John Fox 100, A.Vaughan 100,125, K.Vaughan 100), Thurlestone 7 (D.Newton 100,116, N.Watts 100, R.Waldron 2x100,123, B.Andrews 100,140, J.Downer 100,133, S.Deeley 2x100, A.Savage 100,121) Kings Norton Flights 0 (P.Lilley 124, M.Hanley 100,140, G.Lee 122, D.Willis 125, G.Williamson 100,140, L.Rooney 3x100), Northfield 6 (R.Hitchmough 3x100, L.Allen 100, A.Busby 2x100,104,121, M.Lloyd 121,125,2x140, J.Taylor 123,120, M.Hopkins 100,125, A.Busby 180) Grant Arms 1 (S.Hale 100, A.Dewsbury 2x100,140, V.Walton 100,121,160).


After completing fixtures for week fourteen in the South West Birmingham Clubs League it’s a case of as-you-were as the results did not change the singles league table at all. Leaders Longbridge United kept intact their two points lead when they won 4-3 at Stirchley United who are fourth in the division and now with eighteen points are eight short of their victors. Second placed West Heath CEM had a 5-2 win away to Avenue Social, the win keeping them two points ahead of third in the table Bournbrook who had a narrow 4-3 result at Northfield Town.

In the pre-match doubles division once again it’s Longbridge United who lead the field, their 186 points some twenty more than second in the division West Heath CEM.

Full Results:Game 14:- Avenue Social 2 West Heath CEM 5, Northfield Conservative 7 Moseley All Services 0, Northfield Town 3 Bournbrook 4, Perfection 5 Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club 2, Quarry Club 4 Stirchley Flights 3, Stirchley United 3 Longbridge United 4.


There are only three more fixtures to be played in the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League and the title is still far from being decided as the top two teams Old Liberal Club and Cross (Oldswinford) are locked together on sixty-four points, both teams having lost just one of their thirty-three games so far. Old Liberal Club are top on average, their latest fixture seeing them hand out a 7-0 whitewash to their hosts and sixth in the league Cottage while Cross kept the average difference at eleven legs by winning by the same 7-0 margin at Gate Hangs Well who are placed eighth in the league.

The battle is on for the Shadow League title with three teams Raven, Mount Pleasant and Church Tavern all on sixteen points, at the moment Church Tavern are slight favourites as they have a game in hand on the other two sides.

Full Results:Game 35:- Crestwood 3 Church Tavern 4, Old Cat Inn 0 Netherton Conservative Club 7, Ten Arches 5 Glasscutters 2, Cottage 0 Old Liberal Club 7, Mount Pleasant 6 Rose and Crown ‘B’ 1, Bird in Hand 7 Seven Stars 0, Gate Hangs Well 0 Cross (Oldswinford) 7, Rose and Crown ‘A’ 3 Fox Inn (Lye) 4, Raven 2 The Princess 5, Britannia had a bye.


The Rowley Monday Night League played their Shadow League Singles Knockout down to the last eight players and lining up in the quarter-finals on finals night will be B.Tolley, R.Lenton, M.Hadley, J.Tart, D.Locke, I.Vincent, D.Bunce, S.Thompson. Full Results:Shadow League Singles Qualifiers:- B.Tolley, R.Lenton, M.Hadley, J.Tart, D.Locke, I.Vincent, D.Bunce, S.Thompson.


All team secretaries in the Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League should note that due to lack of players Allen’s Bar ‘B’ have dropped out of the league, no such problem for Allen’s Bar ‘A’ as they continue to top the table with thirty-eight points and a lead of six even after having a bye this week. Second in the league Vine ‘a’ were involved in a local derby with their ‘’ side and chalked up a huge 7-0 win keeping them two points better off than third placed Cottage Spring who were not too far behind with their 6-1 success at bottom of the table Albion who have just the one win from twenty-one games so far.

Full Results:Week 23:- Vine ‘A’ 7 Vine ‘B’ 0, Albion 1 Cottage Spring 6, Horseley Tavern 2 Waggon and Horses 5, Tamebridge 3 Ivy Bush 4, Allen’s Bar ‘A’ and Sow and Pigs had a bye. -


The Camp Hill League have got their new season underway, unfortunately with two of the fixtures Moseley Arms v Tyseley WMC (reigning runners-up) and Erdington Nomads (reigning champions) v Cotterills Lane EBAHA Club having to be postponed. In the games that were played Clumsy Swan are the early pacesetters winning 6-1 at home against Sedgemere Devils with Tyseley Bears second after their 5-2 win against Peaky Blinder.

Full Results:Week 1:- Clumsy Swan 6 Sedgemere Devils 1, Tyseley Bears 5 Peaky Blinder 2, Moseley Arms v Tyseley WMC and Erdington Nomads v Cotterills Lane EBAHA Club were postponed.


With just one more fixture to be played to the halfway stage of the Stourbridge and District Wednesday Night League’s season Old Liberal Club ‘A’ remain undefeated in fourteen games the most recent one seeing them win 5-2 at home against third in the league Bird in Hand ‘E’ who are now six points short of their opponents and four behind second plaed Hollybush who had a convincing 7-0 home win over bottom of the league Woodman. Cottage and Stourbridge FC squared up to each other on Cottage’s board with the 5-2 result going in favour of the home side, the result seeing the two teams swap places in the table Cottage moving up one place to fourth and Stourbridge FC dropping down one place to fifth.

Full Results:Game 14:- Old Liberal Club ‘A’ 5 Bird in Hand ‘E’ 2, Wheatsheaf 3 Netherton Consservative Club 4, Dudley Sports 4 Shovel 3, Fox Inn (Lye) 2 Kings Head 5, Hollybush 7 Woodman 0, Garibaldi 3 Old Liberal Club ‘B’ 4, Cottage 5 Stourbridge FC 2, Brickmakers Arms 2 Ashwood 5.


In week twenty-eight of the Ashwood Premier League Chris Williams played five games and won all five to take over in pole position from John Green. Williams opened up with a 7-0 win over Craig Lowin, he then won 6-1 against Jayden Harper and then added another 7-0 win when he played Wozza Pritchard. Game number four was a much closer 4-3 win against Rob Pierce before rounding off the night with a 5-2 success over Alan Bate. Chris Williams is now top of the table on 292 points from 60 games and has a fourteen points lead over former leader John Green who has a massive nine games in hand. On the night Green played two games beating Andy Vellender 5-2 before losing 4-3 to third in the league Nick Fullwell. Fullwell however had a somewhat surprising start to the night losing 5-2 to Gavin Smith but then recovering to win against Green before ending the night with a 5-2 win against Jack Pritchard to put him on 266 points from only 47 games.

Full Results:Week 28:- Dave Simpson 4 Wozza Pritchard 3, Josh Pickett 4 Matt Davies 3, Ben Watts 5 Carl Hipkiss 2, Gavin Smith 5 Nick Fullwell 2, Chris Williams 7 Craig Lowin 0, Neil Murphy 6 Jack Pritchard 1, John Green 5 Andy Vellender 2, Alan Bate 5 Mitch Pickett 2, Rob Pierce 6 Craig Lowin 1, Cayden Smith 6 Dave Simpson 1, Chris Fox 6 Tony Bennett 1, Shane Passey 4 Martyn Harper 3, Chris Williams 6 Jayden Harper 1, Kevin Harris 6 Chris Eacock 1, Chris Manoila 4 Sam Aitkens 3, Dave Simpson 5 Alan Bate 2, Chris Williams 7 Wozza Pritchard 0, Neil Murphy 4 Andy Vellender 3, Carl Hipkiss 4 Chris Manoila 3, Josh Pickett 6 Jack Pritchard 1, Craig Lowin 4 Matt Davies 3, Nick Fullwell 4 John Green 3, Cayden Smith 7 Chris Eacock 0, Kevin Harris 6 Dave Simpson 1, Gavin Smith 5 Shane Passey 2, Mitch Pickett 5 Wozza Pritchard 2, Sam Aitkens 5 Chris Fox 2, Martyn Harper 7 Tony Bennett 0, Chris Williams 4 Rob Pierce 3, Jayden Harper 5 Ben Watts 2, Chris Williams 5 Alan Bate 2, Dave Simpson 4 Chris Eacock 3, Nick Fullwell 5 Jack Pritchard 2, Cayden Smith 4 Ben Watts 3.


Just the two results from the Black Country Men’s Super League which saw Gilbert’s Bar ‘B’ win 5-0 against their ‘A’ team to see them move up two places in the table to second on forty-three points only two behind leaders Allen’s Bar ‘C’ but with a game in hand. The other fixture saw White Swan, who are three places off the foot of the table win 4-1 at home against bottom placed Vine, Blackheath to open up a two points gap beteen the two sides.

Full Results:Game 13:- Gilbert’s Bar ‘B’ 5 Gilbert’s Bar ‘A’ 0, White Swan 4 The Vine, Blackheath 1.


Leaders of the West Midlands Men’s Super League Dog and Partridge added a 4-1 home win over Staffordshire Knot to their account while second in the league Kings Head ‘A’ took on their ‘B’ team and had a closer 3-2 win, the same scoreline by which Gilbert’s Bar ‘B’ won against Bridgtown Social.

Full Results:Week 25:- Gilbert’s Bar ‘B’ 3 Bridgtown Social 2, Gilbert’s Bar ‘A 5 Three Crowns 0, Gilbert’s Bar ‘D’ 3 ECC 2, Chase Social 3 Glbert’s Bar ‘C’ 2, Dog and Partridge 4 Staffordshire Knot 1, Kings Head ‘A’ 3 Kings Head ‘B’ 2.


Leader of the Black Country Thursday Night Singles League Danny Nicholls had a good night in week four as he kicked off with aq 6-2 win over Neil Murphy, won 7-1 against Benjamin Hollowood and then went one better finishing the night beating Danny Knight 8-0 to keep him top of the table with seventy-eight points from nine games and a lead of fifteen over scond placed Mark Jones. On the night Jones played two game and won them both against Sarah Jane Parker and Alex Mason 8-0. Nicjk Fullwell has moved up into third place on fifty-eight points from seven games after adding 8-0 wins over Conor Dowling, Danny Knight and Sarah Jane Parker.

Full Results:Week 4:- Rich Bowen 7 Danny Bridgwood 1, Danny Nicholls 6 Neil Murphy 2, Nick Fullwell 8 Conor Dowling 0, Benjamin Hollowood 5 Danny Bridgwood 3, Nick Fullwell 8 Danny Knight 0, Mark Jones 8 Sarah Jane Parker 0, Rich Bowen 8 Conor Dowling 0, Danny Knight 4 Alex Mason 4, Danny Nicholls 7 Benjamin Hollowood 1, Neil Murphy 7 Jack Rolo 1, Nick Fullwell 8 Sarah Jane Parker 0, Mark Jones 8 Alex Mason 0, Danny Nicholls 8 Danny Knight 0, Rich Bowen 4 Benjamin Hollowood 4, Neil Murphy 7 Danny Bridgwood 1, Jack Rolo 5 Conor Dowling 3.


Scott Baker didn’t play in week 23 of the Gilbert’s Bar Monday Night Singles League but still held on to pole positio with 166 points from 21 games and has a lead of 17 over second in the division Ben Johnson who had 6-2 wins over Rushpal Bhogal and Reece Cook Lucas to put him on 149 points from 21 games. Third placed Martin Price won 5-3 against Jamie Webb and with two games in hand on Johnson is 19 points behind him.

Jason Hough played just the one game and was held to a 4-4 draw by Chris Hill but remains top of division two with 153 points. Clark Cook moved to within four points of Hough with his 7-1 win over Baljinder Gill, he takes over in second place from Tony Singh who didn’t play on the night, Singh is now third with 143 points from 20 games.

Alan Melling continues to impress in division three adding an 8-0 win over Jacqui Simmons to his account giving him a huge 191 points from 22 games and massive 32 points lead over second placed Robert Harris who on the night won 6-2 against Alex Bryant.

Full Results:Week 23:- Jon Blakemore 3 Paul Price 5, Ian Stanton 6 John Simms 2, Steve Lynch 5 Phil Clarke 3, Rushpal Bhogal 2 Ben Johnson 6, Simon Pritchard 5 Ben Hollowood 3, Jamie Webb 3 Martin Price 5, Reece Cook Lucas 2 Ben Johnson 6, Jamie Webb 4 Paul Price 4, Keith Hollowood 3 Neville Quinton 5, Baljunder Gill 1 Clark Cook 7, Jason Lloyd 2 Jon Williams 6, Chris Hill 4 Jason Hough 4, Jon Williams 4 Malcolm Pugh 4, Eddie Gripton 2 Thomas Hollowood 6, Jacqui Simmons 0 Alan Melling 8, Gemma Barrett Jenkins 7 Andy Poole 1, Sandra Beardsmore 5 Helen Sims 3, Jamie Aplin 6 Joe Bartolo 2, Robert Harris 6 Alex Bryant 2.


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