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Article: Darts News – A West Midlands Report By Alan Towe

Darts News – A West Midlands Report By Alan Towe

Warwickshire’s next fixture in the premier division of the BDO Inter County Championships this coming weekend is an away game against Glamorgan at Penydarren Social Club, Tramroad Lane, Penydarren, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 9BZ.
Warwickshire will be all out to add to the three wins from their previous six played this season and with their hosts lying next to bottom of the table on 92 points and Warwickshire four places above them on 116 points on paper it looks an easy win for the away team, but in the premier division no game is ever easy however the away side will definitely be looking to add to their winning tally in a bid for a top three finish to emulate last season’s achievement.
Lining up for Warwickshire will be, Men’s ‘A’:- Bob Nixon, Dean Stewart, Richard Foster, Jamie Atkins, Jamie Hughes, Mark Carter, Mark Strong, Mark Westgarth, Noel Grant, Rob Hawker, Tom Aldridge, Will Naylor, Men’s ‘B’:- Antony Allen, Carl Green, Dave Atkins, Dave Harris, Jimmy Hill, Luke Kennedy, Matt Edgar, Michael Spencer, Prakash Jiwa, Simon Power, Ted Evetts, Tom McGlone, Reserves:- Dan Green, Dane Vickers, Kevin Dowling, Mark Archer, Nigel Heydon, Paul Deslandes, Steve Hine, Steve Ward, Women’s ‘A’:- Trina Gulliver, Kat Spanswick, Angela Jones, Melanie Hill, Denise Keyte, Wendy Adams, Women’s ‘B’:- Lisa Whitmore, Donna Pinch, Kerry Bambridge, Lucy Keyte, Marian Conway, Nina Bolt, Reserves:- Sue Gulliver, Caroline Pike.

Warwickshire Mixed Pairs Winners Paul Deslandes, Margaret Fish (Ladies Team Manager) and Lisa Whitmore.

In division two of the BDO Inter County Championships West Midlands will be playing away to Northamptonshire. Still looking to secure their status in the division and only three fixtures remaining West Midlands need all the points they can get. Northamptonshire are directly above West Midlands in the league table with some seventeen points more so a result in this fixture would go a long way to secure their survival.
Selected to play for the West Midlands men will be, Men’s ‘A’:- Chris Mason, Gavin Baker, Ian Jones, John Platt, Keith Allman, Mark Rollinson, Shaun Carroll, Richard Platt, Glen Cullen, Avtar Singh, Ashe Kyhatt, Micky Baker, Men’s ‘B’:- Gary Watts, Chris Read, Chris Stanley, Neil Pointon, Danny Coyle, Karl Hughes, Jamie Barrowman, Mark Craddock, Martin Angell, Matthew Dicken, Rob Smith, Sam Guest, Reserves:- Mark Watkiss, John Mycock, Paul Price.
Warwickshire’s annual county mixed pair’s event was held at the Bishopsgate Club, Coventry last weekend and attracted a very disappointing fifteen pairs. The eventual winners were Coventry Bishopsgate’s Paul Deslandes and Lisa Whitmore who had a final victory over Wendy Adams and Steve Abbott. Winners for the previous two years Antony Allen and Donna Pinch went out to Lisa and Paul in the semi finals. A total of £170 was paid out on the night.

Warwickshire Mixed Pairs Runners Up Wendy Adams Margaret Fish (Ladies Team Manager) and Steve Abbott.
The Bishopsgate Club was also the setting for Warwickshire’s playoffs of the Winmau World Masters where two players gain the right to represent the county later on in the year. Thirty two players entered the prestigious event which is the oldest competition on the BDO Calendar. Ted Evetts and Adam Smith-Neale after defeating Ian McFarlane and Jack Wareing in their respective final will now go forward to represent Warwickshire County Darts Organisation in the grand finals.
The Four Oaks and District League have been busy with the semi finals of their Brian Goodman and Ken Rust Cups, in the former Golden Hind were too strong for Red Lion winning four of the opening five games and going on to win 6-3. The other semi was a convincing 8-1 win for Sutton Sports over The Fox.
Old Oscott featured in both of the semi’s in the Ken Rust Cup, Old Oscott WMC losing 6-3 to The Beehive, while Old Oscott Arrows won their tie with Golden Hind Arrows 7-2.
The only 180 of the night was supplied by D.Perry (The Fox).
Full Results:Brian Goodman Cup:Semi Finals:- Red Lion 3 (T.Colley 140, T.Vickers 100b,140, D.Rawlings 103b,100) Golden Hind 6 (A.O’Kereke 116b,108, G.Kimberley 120b,100, D.Pickering 100b,125, D.Folwer 2x100,125, A.Stainfield 100b,118f, T.Kelly 132,122,138, D.Keating 120), Sutton Sports 8 (M.Ashton 120b, S.Paling 125,119, A.Kimberley 2x160b, B.Linnecor 100, M.Wild 125,140, L.Harris 2x100, R.Hawker 100,165) The Fox 1 (M.Corfield 134, P.Bradley 140, K.Smith 120b,101, A.Jarvie 100, D.Perry 180,140, D.Baker 112b), Ken Rust Cup:Semi Finals:- Golden Hind Arrows 2 (K.Lumby 112b,140,139, J.Clarke 100, L.Mahon 100) Old Oscott Arrows 7 (A.Mountford 140,2x100, M.Maher 102b,100, E.Atkins 140b,135, A.Lea 100), The Beehive 6 (T.Reynolds 140, N.Clarke 160b, K.Deeley 100,121,108f, J.Prince 100,140, M.Partridge 160b,117,100,7 darts game) Old Oscott WMC 3 (C.Hawkley 140, J.Tolley 118f).
Gate Hangs Well lost for the first time in nine games in the Cradley Tuesday Night League when they went down by a massive 8-1 away to third in the table Brickmakers Arms. Replacing Gate in pole position is White Horse who maintained their 100% start to the season with a 7-2 home success against Hawne Lane Tavern to give them 16 points the same number as Gate but with a better average plus a game in hand.
Members Club ‘B’ chalked up only their second win in nine when they accounted for Bulls Head with a 5-4 result.
Full Results:- Crown ‘A’ 7 Wheatsheaf 2, White Horse 7 Hawne Lane Tavern 2, Members Club ‘A’ 6 Netherton Sports and Social ‘B’ 3, Roost ‘A’ 3 Chop House 6, Brickmakers Arms 8 Gate Hangs Well 1, Bulls Head 4 Members Club ‘B’ 5, Netherton Sports and Social ‘A’ 6 Roost ‘B’ 3, Plough and Harrow 3 Crown ‘B’ 6.
Cup semi finals were on the Small Heath League’s fixture card and in the League Cup Wagon and Horses were taken to a final leg shoot out with Emerald Flights before securing their final place with a very close 5-4 verdict, the second semi was not so close as Cobs Bar accounted for league leaders Gulp with a 6-3 result.
In the Upside Down Cup Emerald Club took control from the off against Warwick Arms and went on to win 7-2, while in the game between Sheldon Marlborough Flights and Mitre it was the latter who got the 6-3 win.
Full Results:League Cup:Semi Finals:- Gulp 3 (J.Phipps 140, C.Stokes 140,2x100, M.Cooper 2x100, D.Heighway 140) Cobs Bar 6 (G.Haveron 100, A.Lattimer 167f, W.Johnson 140, R.Pikey 100, L.Stanton 2x100), Wagon and Horses 5 (S.Whitaker 100, G.Daly 121,120b, J.O’Connor 125, B.Bailey 116, M.Tilley 100,101b) Emerald Flights 4 (P.Webster 100, I.McLean 100,132), Upside Down Cup:Semi Finals:- Emerald Club 7 (R.Cridge 140, M.Parsonage 152b, C.Rigby 134,100, P.Yardley 128) Warwick Arms 2 (S.Magee 116b,101b), Sheldon Marlborough Flights 3 (M.Cox 100, K.Salisbury 105b, N.Rughani 140) Mitre 6 (I.Jones 2x100, A.Wale 125, P.Brown 100, C.Austin 100, J.Frost 100,100f).
The outcome of Rose and Crown (Brierley Hill) having a bye in the Brierley Hill Monday Night League was that they lost their number one spot, replacing them is Dudley Sports ‘C’ who handed out a 9-0 whitewash to their visitors Dog and Lamppost ‘B’. Four teams are now on16 points at the top of the table Dudley Sports ‘C’, Roebuck, Rose and Crown (Brierley Hill) and Bridge ‘B’, Roebuck having played ten games as opposed to their rivals having only played nine.
Full Results:Week 10:- Dudley Sports ‘C’ 9 Dog and Lamppost ‘B’ 0, Liberal Club 2 Bulls Head (Netherton) 7, The Swan 2 The Bridge ‘B’ 7, Blue Brick 3 Dudley Sports ‘B’ 6, Brickmakers Arms 4 Portway 5, Dudley Sports ‘A’ 6 Black Horse 3, The Bridge ‘A’ 4 Tenth Lock 5, Old Star 1 High Acres 8, Rose and Crown (Wordsley) 3 Roebuck 6, Dog and Lamppost ‘A’ 5 Griffin 4.
Brickmakers Arms were the sole losers in the top seven teams in the Brierley Hill Friday Night League and drop down one place to second with their 6-3 victors Pensnett Welfare Club replacing them at the top of the table. The Welfare Club with 16 points have a two points lead on Brickmakers Arms, Miners (Wollescote) and Netherton Cricket Club.
Full Results:Week 9:- Pensnett Welfare Club 6 Brickmakers Arms 3, Miners (Wollescote) 7 The Bridge 2, Pensnett Liberal Club 3 Netherton Cricket Club 6, Roebuck 7 Dudley Sports ‘A’ 2, Mitre 3 The Bell 6, Dudley Sports ‘B’ 8 Bulls Head (Netherton) 1.
Abbey suffered a setback to their title aspirations in the Harborne League when they lost 5-4 away to Court Oak who despite their win dropped on place in the table to fourth as West Heath Snooker Club won 6-3 against Smethwick Labour Club to put them level on 10 points with Abbey, Hillyfields ‘A’ beat Weoley Castle WMC 7-2 to go ahead of Court Oak on average, Hillyfields ‘B’ are on the same 8 points as their ‘A’ team and Court Oak their 8-1 win at Avenue Social putting them fifth in the table.
Full Results:- Court Oak 5 Abbey 4, West Heath Snooker Club 6 Smethwick Labour Club 3, Hillyfields ‘A’ 7 Weoley Castle WMC 2, Avenue Social 1 Hillyfields ‘B’ 8.
The Tamworth League staged the first two rounds of their Charity Cup and winning through round two were Fox and Dogs, Old Liberal House, Dolphin ‘A’  and Longwood.
Full Results:Charity Cup:Round One:- Mile Oak Rovers 1 Fox and Dogs 4, Dolphin ‘B’ 0 Sports Bar ‘180’ 4, Old Liberal House 4 Sports Bar 0, Belgrave Club 4 Three Tuns ‘A’ (Fazeley) 1, Longwood were awarded a bye against Wigginton, Round Two:- Globe Inn 1 Fox and Dogs 4, Sports Bar ‘180’ 1 Old Liberal House 4, Dolphin ‘A’ 4 Belgrave Club 1, Three Tuns ‘B’ (Fazeley) 0 Longwood 4.
There was no change whatsoever in the Stourbridge and District Wednesday Night League this week the top five teams all winning to leave Ten Arches ‘A’ top of the table six points ahead of Ashwood ‘A’, who in turn are four points to the good on their ‘B’ team in third place.
On the individual scene M.Rollinson (Ten Arches ‘A’) had a maximum 170 break and for Ashwood ‘B’ S.Skidmore broke with 160.
Full Results:Game 26:- Ashwood 7 The Fox (Lye) 0, Dudley Sports 7 Rose and Crown 0, The Bell 3 The Bridge 4, Ten Arches ‘A’ 6 (M.Rollinson 170b) The Leopard 1, Wombourne Cricket Club 6 The Swan 1, Netherton Cricket Club 1 Ten Arches ‘B’ 6, Gigmill 2 Ashwood ‘B’ 5 (S.Skidmore 160b).
The South Birmingham League played off the semi finals of their League Cup and Jimmy Walker Cup and in the League Cup division one champion’s Crown-Forget-Me-Not beat Toby Jug 5-4 and in the other game Crown at Shard End won 6-1 against The Raven.
The Jimmy Walker Cup saw Mackadown Social win their tie with Punchbowl 6-3 and with a closer 5-4 result The Gate defeated Banbury Flights.
Full Results:Knockout Cup:Semi Finals:- Toby Jug 4 (I.Beattie 100b, D.Revitt 100,140, B.Blair 121) Crown-Forget-Me-Not 5 (M.Birch 132f, M.Gallett 100, J.Frost 140, C.Millward snr 100,121,108f, W.Naylor 2x108f,100, C.Millward jnr 100,108, R.Liggins 140), Raven 1 (J.Evans 100,109f, A.Whitehouse 118,122f) Crown at Shard End 6 (N.Parsonage 2x100, P.Shipley 2x121,120b, M.Copper 100, A.Hoey 140, J.Prince 100,110f), Jimmy Walker:Semi Finals:- Mackadown Social 6 (A.Kavanagh 121,180,  M.Heaven 140,100, A.Caddick 2x100, M.Noonan 2x100, T.Comerford 140, G.James 140,180) Punchbowl 3 (B.Evans 2x100,125, A.Richards 100, K.Richards 100, N.Robinson 125, K.White 100, D.White 125), The Gate 5 (T.Barrs 100, K.Russell 100) Banbury Flights 4 (D.Raven 112, W.Cooper 100, D.Cooper 121, L.Reece 120b, P.Moran 120b,100,121, B.Hoey 148b).
It was cup week in the Forest of Arden Winter League, the Division Two Cup semi finals in which both games finished with close 5-4 margins, Crown Arrows beating Iron Horse and Highwood ‘C’ handing out a similar fate to Greville Arms.
Full Results:Division Two Cup:Semi Finals:- Crown Arrows 5 (J.Gaskin 160b, D.White 108b,102b,140, K.White 120f) Iron Horse 4 (J.Evans 129, J.Lacey 100, J.Green 101b, D.Kilbey 100,101b), Greville Arms 4 (B.Anderton 140, M.Osborne 120b, K.Hull 117) Highwood ‘C’ 5 (G.Thomas 100, T.Arrowsmith 120b).
Springfield Social Club had their lead at the top of the Netherton Thursday Night League reduced to nine points when they lost 6-3 at home to third in the table Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club. Netherton Sports and Social Club are on the same 42 points as the Ex Serviceman’s, their 6-3 win at The Widders keeping them in second place on average.
There was a rare win for White Swan this week as they won 5-4 at Bulls Head only their second win in nineteen, but despite the win they remain at the foot of the table three points adrift from next to bottom Pensnett Liberal Club.
Full Results:- Bulls Head 4 White Swan 5, Fairfield 3 The Bell 6, White Horse 2 Brickmakers Arms 7, The Widders 3 Netherton Sports and Social Club 6, Pensnett Liberal Club 4 Rose and Crown 5, Springfield Social Club 3 Dudley Ex Servicemans’ Club 6.
Dewdrop not only preserved their 100% win record in the Hilltop Friendly League but also extended their lead at the top when they beat their nearest rivals Old Hop Pole 6-1, they now have a six points advantage but Old Hop Pole do have a game in hand.
Full Results:- Jolly Collier 5 Hayes Social Club 2, The Vine 6 Horseley Tavern 1, Merry-Go-Round 4 Sow and Pigs 3, Dewdrop 6 Old Hop Pole 1, Ivy Bush 4 Island Inn 3.
Cotterills Lane Club, reigning Camp Hill League champions have moved into the number one spot and opened up a two points lead after their 4-3 win over Scruffy Ringers, this being Ringers first defeat in the four games they have played so far, Cotterills having a perfect score of 8 points. In addition to Ringers, Lions and Holy Gulp are on six points but they have both played five games, Holy Gulp losing their first game of the season this week a 5-2 demise away to Journeys End.
Full Results:- Wagon 2 Lions 5, Journeys End 5 Holy Gulp 2, Cotterills Lane Club 4 Scruffy Ringers 3, Devil’s Club 4 Horses 3.
There were 4-3 wins for the top two teams in the Halesowen Monday Night Ladies League this week leaders Spring Meadow accounting for their visitors Townsend while second in the table Park Lane Tavern beat The Widders to remain four points short of the leaders with a game in hand.
The Wolverhampton Tuesday Night League played off the early rounds of their Divisional League Knockout Cup and winning through from division one were Otter and Vixen, ECC, Railway, Dog and Partridge, Victoria, Wednesfield FC and Riley’s ‘C’, Riley’s ‘D’ had a bye.
In division two the winners were Fordhouses CC, Pendulum, Emerald, Three Crowns, Roebuck, Whitmore Reans WMC, Woodfield Social Club and Riley’s ‘A’.
Full Results:Knockout Cup:Division One:Preliminary Round:- Village Inn 5 Wednesfield Conservative Club 2, Bradmore ‘A’ 0 ECC 4, Corpus 3 Ashmore 4, Dog and Partridge 4 Penn Bowling 3, Round One:- Village Inn 3 Otter and Vixen 4, ECC 4 Wednesfield Legion ‘A’ 1, Ashmore 1 Railway 4, Dog and Partridge 4 Merry Boys 1, Chillington Club 3 Victoria 4, Wednesfield FC 7 Bradmore ‘B’ 0, Riley’s ‘C’ 5 Cabin 2, Riley’s ‘D’ had a bye, Division Two:Preliminary Round:- Fordhouses CC 4 Wednesfield Legion ‘B’ 2, Pendulum 5 Pheasant 2, Ukrainian Club 0 Emerald 4, Round One:- Fordhouses CC 4 Red Lion 0, Pendulum 6 Riley’s ‘B’ 1, Emerald 4 Castle 1, Three Crowns 4 Bull 3, Boat ‘B’ 3 Roebuck 4, Old Stags Head 2 Whitmore Reans WMC 5, Woodfield Social Club 7 Bird in Hand 0, Riley’s ‘A’ 6 Wednesfield Legion ‘C’ 1.
The Pip Club League played another of their Round Robin fixtures in division one and current leaders Wilnecote Club made it three wins in as many games with a 5-3 success against Bulls Head (Two Gates). Second placed Bulls Head ‘A’ (Polesworth) who are two points behind the leaders handed out a 6-2 defeat to their hosts Birchmoor Club
In division two J W Belgrave opened up a six points lead at the top of the table with their 10-6 home win over third in the table Sports Bar ‘180’ and second placed Pip Club only managing to draw 8-8 in their fixture with Bulls Head ‘B’ (Polesworth) who are two places off the bottom.
Full Results:Division One Round Robin:- Birchmoor Club 2 Bulls Head ‘A’ (Polesworth) 6, Tamworth Motor Spares 6 Wigginton 2, Wilnecote Club 5 Bulls Head (Two Gates) 3, Division Two:- Globe ‘A’ 10 Globe ‘B’ 6, Old Liberal 10 Royal Oak 6 (Phil Sweet 144f), Pip Club 8 Bulls Head ‘B’ (Polesworth) 8, J W Belgrave 10 Sports Bar ‘180’ 6, Gate (Amington) 6 Progressive Club 10 (Wayne Tuck 110f).
With the top five teams winning in the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League it’s as you were with Ashwood still four points ahead of second placed Ten Arches who are in turn two ahead of the rest of the field.
Full Results:Match 26:- Kingswinford Conservative Club 1 Brickmakers Arms 8, Ten Arches 6 Church Tavern 3, New Inns 5 Bird (Wordsley) 4, Crestwood 2 Shrubbery Cottage 7, Britannia 7 Stourbridge RBL 2,Ashwood 9 Gigmill 0, The Fox (Lye) 1 Bird ‘A’ (Stourbridge) 8, Bird ‘B’ (Stourbridge) 4 Corn Exchange 5, The Cat Inn (Wordsley) 2 Quarry Bank Conservative Club 7.
It’s a Riley’s affair in the Tettenhall Wednesday Night League as the ‘A’ team head the table with 12 points and their ‘B’ team econd with the same number of points, also in on the act with 12 points are Village Inn. The latest round of fixtures saw Riley’s ‘A’ beat Jones Road 7-0, the ‘B’ side won 6-1 against Moreton and Village In had a5-2 success over The Bull.
Full Results:Week 6:- Bull 1 Riley’s ‘A’ 6, Jones Road 5 Brewood RBL 2, Moreton 3 Village Inn 4, Riley’s ‘B’ 3 Otter and Vixen 4, Whitmore Reans WMC 5 Claregate 2, Woodfield Social Club 4 Dog and Partridge 3, Week 7:- Claregate 5 Brewood RBL 2, Dog and Partridge 2 Whitmore Reans WMC 5, Otter and Vixen 2  Woodfield Social Club 5, Riley’s ‘A’ 7 Jones Road 0, Riley’s ‘B’ 6 Moreton 1, Village Inn 5 Bull 2.
Finally a note to all contributors, please continue to send in your results, reports and league tables as usual as there will be no break in the weekly column.

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