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Article: Birmingham Mail - A West Midlands Roundup By Alan Towe - 31.05.23

Birmingham Mail - A West Midlands Roundup By Alan Towe - 31.05.23

This coming weekend Warwickshire County Darts Organisation will be playing their final game of the season in the Cosmo Darts Premier Division of the UKDA National League, an away game against Lincolnshire. Going into the fixture Warwickshire are lying sixth in the table with 206 points with their host’s just one place above them on 210 points soa very close game is envisaged. A win for Warwickshire could easily see them move up the table as third in the division Essex are only thirteen points to the good.

Lining up for this final encounter will be Men’s ‘A’:- Jamie Atkins, Gareth Braham, Kevin Dowling, Noel Grant, Carl Green, Nigel Heydon, Steve Hine, Jamie Hughes, Tom Martin, Wayne Mynard, Jack Wareing, Matty Washbrooke, Men’s ‘B’:- Mark Carter, Adam Hancock, Dave Hill, Scott Hope, Pete Hughes, Mark Martin, Will Naylor, Sam Price, Karl Reynolds, Mark Strong, Martin Tonks, Jenson Walker, Reserves:- Lee Miller, Dave Redding, Noah Rose, Ian Shaw, Women’s ‘A’:- Wendy Adams, Sue Gulliver, Courtney Hine, Tammy Montgomery, Caroline Pike, Donna Pinch, Women’s ‘B’:- Nina Bolt, Marian Conway, Angela Jones, Melanie Jones, Chloe McKivett, Hannah Meek.


Copper Fox are now the only team in the Kings Norton League to remain undefeated after the opening six games they head the table with twelve points, two more than both second and third placed Thurlestone and Northfield. Thurlestone had a comfortable 6-1 win away to Cock Inn but Northfield suffered their first defeat of the campaign when they lost 5-2 playing away against Copper Fox. Bournebrook, Rubery Social Club and Bourneville are all a further two points adrift, Bournebrook having a 6-1 home win over Bourneville and Rubery Social Club were the biggest winners of the week handing out a 7-0 whitewash to their visitors Coppice.

On the individual front there were no fewer than five maximums recorded with three of those going to Thurlestone players R.Waldron, C.Airey and R.Hosey, the other two being Bourneville’s K.Mason and R.Fishier who plays for Kings Norton Flights. Bournebrook’s T.Cullen had a tremendous 161 game shot.

Full Results:Game 6:- Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club 4 (L.Pearce 120, D.Whitecombe 2x100,140, S.Corbett 5x100, J.Howells 100, M.Bandy 125) Longbridge 3 (C.Evans 100,140, J.Woodward 100, N.Harris 3x100), Copper Fox 5 (E.Simpson 4x140, A.Beagrie 4x100,140, G.Dews 100, K.Bedder 2x100,125,140,15 darts game, T.Hamilton 2x100,108f, D.McConomy 3x100) Northfield 2 (L.Allen 100,125,140, A.Busby 2x100,128,130, M.Lloyd 2x100,140, S.Busby 100, D.Hopkins 5x100), Cock Inn 1 (P.Hughes 100,140, A.Hopkins 100, L.Fox 2x100, John Fox 2x100,134,135, A.Vaughan 100,140, K.Vaughan 100, S.Cartwright 2x100) Thurlestone 6 (N.Watts 2x100,125, T.Garfield 100,125,2x140, R.Waldron 100,123,180, J.Downer 112f,133, C.Airey 100,139,140,180, R.Hosey 101,119,180), Bournebrook 6 (M.Welsh 100,121,123, T.Cullen 2x100,125,137,140,161f,15 darts game, K.Mason 116,135,140,180, D.Collins 100, M.Bathurst 133, C.Smith 137) Bourneville 1 (P.Smith 125, M.Collins 3x100,140, G.Carver 100, A.Deeley 3x100,140, M.Ferriday 100,120, G.Bailes 108f,121,122), Grant Arms 1 (A.McGowan 108, S.Hale 100,125, A.Dewsbury 4x100,121, P.Taylor 121, N.Smith 100, V.Walton 125, P.Smith 100,115,121, Donna Campbell 133, M.Davies 101) Kings Norton Flights 6 (M.Hanley 2x100,123, R.Fisher 100,125,180, K.Owen 100,140, G.Lee 105, G.Williamson 2x100), Rubery Social Club 7 (J.Grainger 100,121,140, J.Higgins 2x100,114f,2x140, A.Faulkner 4x100,134, K.Manger 4x100,120, M.Cormell 100,122,140, J.O'Neill 2x100, P.Medlicott 125) Coppice 0 (D.Hill 100,125,140, B.Heath 100,121, A.Ward 5x100, A.Chidley 100,125,140, R.Packer 100,121).


Erdington Nomads kept their two points lead intact at the top of the Camp Hill League table with a 5-2 away win over third in the league Clumsy Swan. Second in the table Tyseley WMC were the week’s biggest winners as they accounted for their visiting team, bottom of the table Sedgemere Devils with a 7-0 result, Sedgemere after playing fifteen games still looking for their first points of the campaign. Third placed Tyseley Bears are a huge eight points off the top of the table despite their 6-1 win at Moseley Arms.

Although they had their fixture with Sheldon Marlborough Flights postponed, Peaky Blinder hold on to the number one spot in the Shadow League with four points from their five games, they have a two points lead over their would-be opponents Sheldon Marlborough Flights and also Moseley Arms who have played one game more than the two teams above them.

The league received some sad news this week when they heard of the passing of their long serving player Mark Wyatt. Mark’s funeral will take place at the Robin Hood Crematorium, Streetsbrook Road, Shirley, Solihull West Midlands B90 3NL at 1.30pm on Monday 5th June with followers then meeting at the Cotterills Lane EBAHA Club, 151-153 Cotterills Lane, Birmingham, B8 3RY.

Full Results:Week 17:- Moseley Arms 1 Tyseley Bears 6, Clumsy Swan 2 Erdington Nomads 5, Tyseley WMC 7 Sedgemere Devils 0, Cotterills Lane EBAHA Club had a bye, Peaky Blinder v Sheldon Marlborough Flights was postponed.


With just one more fixture to be played in the second division of the Four Oaks and District League the title is still undecided as current leaders Minworth Flights missed the opportunity to clinch the title when in game twenty-one they lost 5-4 playing away against their nearest rivals Oscott Social Club, the win puts Oscott Social Club level on thirty-six points with Minworth, but with a far superior average Minworth Flights retain the top spot. The final league fixture will see both of the top two teams play away with Oscott Social Club having the more difficult task as they play against St Thomas Arrows who are fifth in the table while Minworth Flights will travel to The Funky Bear who are placed eighth, should be a tense couple of games with so much riding on the outcome. Funky Bear actually head the Shadow League with ten points from ten games but second placed Plough and Arrows are just two points behind them with two games in hand.

Oscott Social Club’s Ian Stanton was the only player to find the three treble twenties this week.

Full Results:Match 21:Division Two:- Rosey Mac’s 4 (Matthew Clarke 120b, Neil Bradley 140, Des Sargent 114b) Pint Pot Flights 5 (Mick Bagnall 105b,100, Pete Smith 100, Nigel Robbins 100b,2x100, Scott Tibbins 128), Sutton Sharks 3 Erdington Arrows 6 (M.Yate 140, H.Sadler 123, A.Lineham 104, L.Cooksey 100, M.Phillips 100), Deer’s Leap 3 (Adam Dunn 100, Tom Ross 100, Darren Stenson 100b) The Funky Bear 6 (Aaron Trimwater 148f, Samuel Murcott 125,100, George Robotham 110, Ervine Stambollin 120b, Simon Robotham 100), Oscott Social Club 5 (Alan Whitehouse 100, Ian Lloyd 180, Simon Shorthouse 100, Gary Bushell 109b) Minworth Flights 4 (Jason Prince 140, Martin Partridge 100, Karl Reynolds 140), Sutton Sports and Social 5 (John Paul Roddy 124, Kevin Coleman 100) St Thomas Arrows 4 (Paul Andrews 116).


Longbridge United made it four straight wins in the South West Birmingham Clubs League when they won 6-1 at Avenue Social, the win giving them a two points breathing space over West Heath CEM, Bournbrook and Quarry Club, West Heath CEM had a 6-1 win at Northfield Town while Bournbrook handed their visiting opponents Northfield Conservative Club a 7-0 whitewash. Quarry Club were the only losers in the top three teams, their hosts Perfection, not quite perfect but nevertheless having a 4-3 win. Despite the defeat Quarry Club remain third in the table with the same six points as the two tams above them and two to the good on Stirchley United, Perfection and Avenue Social. Stirchley United were involved in a local derby with Stirchley Flights, a game which they won 5-2.

There was a maximum for Northfield Conservative Club player A.Simms and a 160 break for N.Watts from West Heath CEM.

Full Results:Game 4:- Bournebrook 7 (P.Nevin 113,100, D.Collins 2x100,112) Moseley All Service 0 (M.Bandy 140, P.Jackson 100b), Northfield Conservative 6 (G.Corbett 100,120, R.Hosey 180,140,120b, A.Simms 100,180, J.Steward 10b) Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club 1 (M.Fisher 134, M.Hanley 140, K.Owen 140,100), Northfield Town 1 (J.Cutler 100, A.Chidley 100) West Heath CEM 6 (B.Andrews 137, K.Webb 2x100,10 darts game, A.Deeley 140,100, N.Watts 160b, G,Carver 125), Perfection 4 (G.Webb 106,100,120b, K.Jones 100b, L.Little 140, M.Cronin 147, D.Smith 140, A.Savage 134, M.Loat 100) Quarry Club 3 (Joe Fox 100, M.Malone 105b, John Fox 111, L.Fox 100, K.Malone 123), Stirchley United 5 (M.Welsh 2x100,120b, A.Cullen 100f, M.Bathurst 101, M.Cormel 100,144f) Stirchley Flights 2 (G.Williamson 115, A.Reynolds 100, C.Davenport 111), Avenue Social 1 (J.Downer 135,133, K.Jukes 2x100, A.Harvey 2x100) Longbridge United 6 (T.Garfield 111b, A.Sutton 2x100, D.Hopkins 2x100,100b, C.Steadman 125,116).


The Stourbridge and District Monday Night League played their Doubles Knockout down to the last sixteen pairs and winning through were S.Hall & C.Penzer, N.Cooper & A.Floyd, K.Bambrick & J.Batham, C.Hart & S.Tipper (Old Liberal Club), W.Incher & J.Jackson, C.Moreton & A.Moreton, S.Bloomer & B.Fitzgerald (Cross, Oldswinford), A.Dimmock & A.Nicholls, D.Powell & K.Hipkiss (Bell), M.Abbott & R.Purchase, D.Homer & R.Lawley (Netherton Conservative Club), D.Edwards & C.Clewes (Princess), S.Smith & R.Whale (Church Tavern), P.Russon & I.Kelly (Bird in Hand), W.Green & R.Green (Fox Inn, Lye), P.Probert & P.Gill (Rose and Crown).

Full Results:Doubles Knockout:Last Sixteen:- S.Hall & C.Penzer, N.Cooper & A.Floyd, K.Bambrick & J.Batham, C.Hart & S.Tipper (Old Liberal Club), W.Incher & J.Jackson, C.Moreton & A.Moreton, S.Bloomer & B.Fitzgerald (Cross, Oldswinford), A.Dimmock & A.Nicholls, D.Powell & K.Hipkiss (Bell), M.Abbott & R.Purchase, D.Homer & R.Lawley (Netherton Conservative Club), D.Edwards & C.Clewes (Princess), S.Smith & R.Whale (Church Tavern), P.Russon & I.Kelly (Bird in Hand), W.Green & R.Green (Fox Inn, Lye), P.Probert & P.Gill (Rose and Crown).


With a maximum from A.Tonks and an 8-1 result over bottom of the table Netherton Sports and Social Club ‘B’ Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ moved another step nearer to retaining the league title in the Netherton Thursday Night League as they are now two points to the good, and have a game in hand on their nearest rivals Netherton Sports and Social Club ‘A’ who in their latest fixture won 6-3 at home against third in the league Bulls Head to open up a two points lead over their opponents who hold on to the number three spot, J.Southall recording a maximum for the Sports and Social Club. Fourth placed Hill and Cakemore are four points worse off than Bulls Head with game in hand.

Full Results:Game 24:- Netherton Sports and Social Club ‘A’ 6 (J.Southall 180) Bulls Head 3, Townsend Social Club 5 Spring Meadow 4, Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ 8 (A.Tonks 180) Netherton Sports and Social Club ‘B’ 1.


What a finale it was to the Sedgley and Gornal Tuesday Night League as going into the last fixtures either Gornal Labour Club or reigning champions Old Bulls Head could win the title. Both of the contenders were bringing down the curtain with away games, Gornal Labour Club were playing at fourth in the table White Horse knowing that a win would almost certainly confirm them as champions while Old Bulls Head travelled to Five Ways who were placed fifth in the league. The outcome was an incredible defeat for both of the top two teams, Gornal Labour Club going down 5-4 and Old Bulls Head losing 6-3. The result was that Gornal Labour Club and Old Bulls Head both finished the season with thirty-six points, the Labour Club taking the title with a five legs superior average. New Inn, who won 5-4 at the Griffin finished third with thirty-four points the same number as White Horse but with two more legs of average. Meadow Lark took the Wooden Spoon, finishing the season having played twenty-two games without a single win.

Full Results:Game 22:- Jolly Crispin 7 Meadow Lark 2, Chainyard 3 Pensnett Liberal Club 6, Five Ways 6 Old Bulls Head 3, Griffin 4 New Inn 5, The Cabin 4 Red Cow 5, White Horse 5 Gornal Labour Club 4.


Week four in the Stourbridge and District Wednesday Night League produced wins for the top five teams, the only change brought about in the top five was that of Ashwood and Hollybush swapping places. Prior to the fixtures Ashwood were third and Hollybush fourth, Ashwood won their home game with Old Liberal Club ‘B 4-3 while Hollybush won 6-1 at home against Fox Inn, Lye to put them on the same six points as Ashwood but give them a slender one leg of average advantage. Leaders Bird in Hand ‘E’ won 6-1 at home against Garibaldi to take their undefeated run to four games and keep them two legs of average ahead of second placed Old Liberal Club ‘A’ who went one better with a 7-0 success in their home game with Brickmakers Arms, the win gives Old Liberal Club ‘A’ a three legs advantage over third in the table Shovel who beat their hosts Kings Head 5-2. In addition to Hollybush and Ashwood having six points sixth and seventh in the league Stourbridge FC and Dudley Sports are also on the same six point’s following their respective 5-2 and 4-3 wins over Wheatsheaf and Black Horse.

Full Results:Game 4:- Bell/Union 7 Netherton Conservative Club 0, Ashwood 4 Old Liberal Club ‘B’ 3, Kings Head 2 Shovel 5, Black Horse 3 Dudley Sports 4, Bird in Hand ‘E’ 6 Garibaldi 1, Stourbridge FC 5 Wheatsheaf 2, Old Liberal Club ‘A’ 7 Brickmakers Arms 0, Hollybush 6 Fox Inn (Lye) 1.


White Swan have been ousted from their number one spot in the Rowley Monday Night League following their 6-3 home reversal against Gate Hangs Well who were third in the league prior to the fixture. Bell, with an 8-1 win over Waterfall have taken over in pole position and although level on twenty-six points with Gate Hangs Well, who have moved up into second place, and White Swan they have a huge ten legs of average advantage over Gate Hangs Well and are fifteen better off than White Swan. Fourth in the league Hill and Cakemore are one win, just two points short of the top three teams after they won 8-1 at home against Wonder.

Top individual performances this week were supplied by Connor Whitehouse (White Swan), A.Crowley (Hill and Cakemore) and A.Lynch (Bell) who all chalked up a maximum score of 180, Bell’s Trev Brennan and Rowley Bar and Grill’s Adam Bunce both had a 160 break while Matt Hadley (Rowley Labour Club) recorded an eight darts game.

Full Results:Game 15:- White Swan 3 (Connor Whitehouse 180) Gate Hangs Well 6, Plough and Harrow 5 Tividale FC 4, Rowley Labour Club 8 (Matt Hadley 8 darts game) Huntingtree 1, Hill and Cakemore 8 (A.Crowley 180) Wonder 1, Loyal Lodge 2 Whiteheath Tavern 7, Spring Meadow 3 Romsley Cricket Club 6, Bell 8 (Trev Brennan 160b, A.Lynch 180) Waterfall 1, Rowley Bar and Grill 5 (Adam Bunce 160b) Windmills End 4.


Week seventeen in the Ashwood Premier League saw leader Nick Fullwell add another two victories to his tally to give him a total of 192 points from thirty-two games. Fullwell beat bottom of the table Tony Bennett 7-0 and then had a narrow 4-3 success against Chris Manoila. Second in the league John Green began the night with a 6-1 win over Ash Marson and followed that with a 7-0 win against Mitch Pickett to put him within five points of Fullwell but he has played two more games than the leader. Third placed Josh Pickett kept hot on the heels of John Green beating Jon Underhill 6-1 and Chris Fox 5-2 to leave him five points behind Green with a game in hand.

Full Results:Week 17:- Nick Fullwell 7 Tony Bennett 0, John Green 6 Ash Marson 1, Chris Williams 5 Cayden Smith 2, Reece Colley 5 Sam Aitkens 2, Chris Fox 6 Paul Pollard 1, Shane Passey 5 Dave Simpson 2, Jack Pritchard 4 Jake Robinson 3, Andy Vellender 4 Chris Manoila 3, Jayden Harper 5 Ben Watts 2, Sam Aitkens 7 Martyn Harper 0, Chris Williams 6 Tony Bennett 1, Wozza Pritchard 4 Craig Lowin 3, Gavin Smith 4 Carl Hipkiss 3, Josh Pickett 6 Jon Underhill 1, Jack Pritchard 4 Rob Pierce 3, Neil Murphy 5 Chis Fox 2, Dave Simpson 5 Paul Pollard 2, Neil Murphy 7 Ash Marson 0, Cayden Smith 6 Mitch Pickett 1, Reece Colley 6 Carl Hipkiss 1, Nick Fullwell 4 Chris Manoila 3, Chris Eacock 4 Jake Robinson 3, Sam Aikens 7 Tony Bennett 0, Jayden Harper 5 Jon Underhill 2, Reece Colley 4 Andy Vellender 3, Josh Pickett 5 Chris Fox 2, Chris Manoila 6 Tony Bennett 1, Martyn Harper 4 Craig Lowin 3, John Green 7 Mitch Pickett 0, Rob Pierce 6 Ben Watts 1, Gavin Smith 6 Wozza Pritchard 1, Shane Passey 7 Chris Eacock 0, Cayden Smith 4 Ben Watts 3.


Rich Bowen had a good start to his latest round of fixtures in the Black Country Thursday Night Singles League beating Neil Murphy 5-3 but he then slipped up and lost by the same margin to third in the league Shane Price, however it was not all bad news for Bowen as his nearest rival Nick Fullwell lost his opening game against Neil Murphy 5-3 and although he recovered to beat Grace Angell 8-0 he is one point behind Bowen but with a game in hand. Third placed Shane Price, prior to winning against Bowen won 7-1 against James Davies and ended the evening with an 8-0 victory over Danny Knight to put him on 186 points from twenty-six games, three points short of leader Rich Bowen but he has played one game more than Bowen.

Full Results:Game 13:- Rich Bowen 5 Neil Murphy 3, Shane Price 7 James Davies 1, Shane Price 8 Grace Angell 0, Benjamin Hollowood 4 Gareth Johnston 4, James Davies 4 Alex Mason 4, Neil Murphy 5 Nick Fullwell 3, Cheryl Allcock 6 Grace Angell 2, Shane Passey 7 Danny Knight 1, Shane Price 5 Rich Bowen 3, Gareth Johnston 7 Cheryl Allcock 1, Benjamin Hollowood 7 Alex Mason 1, Nick Fullwell 8 Grace Angell 0, Neil Murphy 5 Shane Passey 3, Ashley Ralph 7 James Davies 1, Shane Price 8 Danny Knight 0.


In week two of the Black Country Men’s Super League 5-0 wins for Railway Tavern and Allen’s Bar ‘C’ have put them both top of the table with nine points and with a lead of two over Coseley Tavern, Whiteheath Tavern and Halesowen Cricket Club after Coseley won 4-1 at home against Ashwood, Whiteheath won by the same scoreline, again at home over Old Bulls Head and Halesowen handed their visitors Soccer Zone a 5-0 whitewash.

Full Results:Game 2:- Allen’s Bar ‘C’ 5 Vine, Blackheath 0, Allen’s Bar ‘A’ 4 Townsend Social Club 1, Whiteheath Tavern 4 Old Bulls Head 1, Gilbert’s Bar ‘B’ 5 Horse and Jockey 0, Townsend Social Club ‘A’ 3 Allen’s Bar ‘B’ 2, Quarry Bank Liberal LCub 4 Gilbert’s Bar ‘A’ 1, Coseley Tavern 4 Ashwood 1, Railway Tavern 5 White Swan 0, Halesowen Cricket Club 5 Soccer Zone 0.


Dog and Partridge continue to impress in the West Midlands Men’s Super League, their latest fixture seeing them win 4-0 against Kings Head ‘B’. ECC and Gilbert’s Bar ‘A’ were the week’s top scorers both of them in turn winning 5-0 against Staffordshire Knot and Gilbert’s Bar ‘B’.

Full Results:Week 15:- Gilbert’s Bar ‘C’ 3 Three Crowns 2, Chase Social 4 Corpus Christi 1, Dog and Partridge 4 Kings Head ‘B’ 0, ECC 5 Staffordshire Knot 0, Bridgtown Social 3 Kings Head ‘A’ 2, Gilbert’s Bar ‘B’ 5 Gilbert’s Bar ‘A’ 0.


The third and fourth teams in the Singles League of the Wolverhampton Tuesday Night League squared up to each other in game number seven, third placed Dog and Partridge hosting fourth in the table ECC ‘A’. The result was an emphatic 6-1 win for ECC ‘A’ to lift them above their hosts to third place in the division with twelve points just two short of the two top teams above them. Woodfield top the table on average after they won their home game against Corpus Christi ‘B’ 6-1 with Gilbert’s Bar ‘A’, who won by the same 6-1 margin away to Corpus Christi ‘A’ in second place.

ECC ‘A’ top the Doubles League, their latest 3-0 victory at Dog and Partridge giving them a two point’s lead over second in the table Gilbert’s Bar ‘A’ who also won 3-0 at Corpus Christi ‘A’.

Full Results:Game 7:Singles League:- Corpus Christi ‘A’ 1 Gilbert’s Bar ‘A’ 6, Dog and Partridge 1 ECC ‘A’ 6, ECC ‘B’ 0 Railway 7, Gilbert’s Bar ‘B’ 3 Ring of Bells 4, Three Crowns 4 Wednesfield Legion 3, Woodfield 6 Corpus Christi ‘B’ 1, Doubles League:- Corpus Christi ‘A’ 0 Gilbert’s Bar ‘A’ 3, Dog and Partridge 0 ECC ‘A’ 3, ECC ‘B’ 2 Railway 1, Gilbert’s Bar ‘B’ 1 Ring of Bells 2, Three Crowns 2 Wednesfield Legion 1, Woodfield 2 Corpus Christi ‘B’ 1.


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