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

Darts News - A West Midlands Report By Alan Towe

After spending out over Christmas why not recoup some of those expenses by entering the Coventry Christmas Open which will be held at the Bishopsgate Club, Foleshill Road, Coventry, CV1 4LF on Saturday 27th December. Historically prize money has normally exceeded £750, so remember you have to be in it to win it!!
Registration for the pair’s event will close at 1.30pm and start at 2.00pm with an entry fee of £8 per pair. Registration for the singles competition will be accepted throughout the day with play commencing on the completion of the pairs knockout. Entry to the singles will cost £7 per player.
With the very last leg of the final game Golden Hind Arrows beat Brookvale Social 5-4 to secure their first win in the six games played in division one of the Four Oaks and District League. Sutton Sports hold on the title slipped further away when their visitors Old Oscott Arrows won 5-4 to leave Sutton four points adrift of leaders The Beehive, who won their home tie with Red Lion 6-3.
Just one leg of average separates the top two teams in division two, Boldmere Sports, with 180’s from L.Barberan and C.Packer, just having the edge on Golden Hind, despite Boldmere only winning 5-4 against Plough and Arrows and Golden Hind having an 8-1 win at Pint Pot Flights, whose M.Mills hit a maximum.
In division three the top two teams both won 9-0, Anvil Nomads holding on to their two points advantage with a win over Bishop Vesey, while their nearest rivals The Fox defeated Boldmere Oak.
Other players finding the three treble twenties this week were R.Hawker (Sutton Sports), D.Watkins (Red Lion) A.Mountford (Old Oscott Arrows) and R.Stanton (The Fox).
Full Results:Match 6:Division One:- Golden Hind Arrows 5 (J.Mahon 140,100, C.Turnbull 100b,3x100, D.Haynes 100b,100, K.Lumby 112b,2x100) Brookvale Social 4 (S.Lysaght 120,4x100, D.Lowe 2x100, D.Munge 2x100, W.Naylor 110b,137,123), The Beehive 6 (K.Reynolds 100b,120b,3x100, K.Deeley 100, S.Harvey 108b,100,140, T.Reynolds 100, N.Clarke 160b,100, J.Prince 140,100, M.Partridge 100) Red Lion 3 (D.Vickers 100b,100,125, T.Colley 105b,2x125,140, D.Rawlings 2x140,100, D.Watkins 180, S.Cain 125, B.Hughes 100, M.E.Gaughan 100, S.Andrews 120b,100b), Sutton Sports 4 (R.Hawker 100b,120b,2x140,121,180, J.Kavanagh 100, S.Paling 105b,140, M.Wild 101b,3x100,140, A.T.Lewis 121, B.Linnecor 100) Old Oscott Arrows 5 (A.Lea 135,125,134f, L.Jones 150b, M.Maher 100, A.Mountford 180,135,100, 8 darts game, E.Atkins 135,100,140, M.Compton 140, D.Page 112b,3x100,149f), Division Two:- Pint Pot Flights 1 (M.Mills 180,100, M.Bruin 100, R.Mercer 100, M.Pearson-Bagnall 100, P.Wilkes 140, W.Bailey 2x100, G.Cookson 100, J.Moon 120b) Golden Hind 8 (D.Fowler 4x100, A.Stainfield 100b,100, D.Pickering 100,113,139,140, J.Dunn 100, T.Kelly 120b, D.Keatley 109b,140,125, J.Morris jnr 100, A.O’Kereke 140), Boldmere Sports 5 (C.Packer 100b,3x100,180,137, P.A.Seadon 100, A.Gallett 100b,2x140, J.Frost 100,132, L.Barbaran 140,180) Plough and Arrows 4 (N.Robbins 100b,3x140,2x100, G.Baxter 120b, I.Taylor 140,108,100, M.Hawkins 100, P.Smith 2x100, G.Dance 125), Division Three:- Anvil Nomads 9 (G.Gaughan 2x100,125f, D.Walton 140, B.Godfray 100, K.Taylor 120f) Bishop Vesey 0 (M.Hall 100, A.France 100, S.Holmes 100,102, D.Sammons 108b,140, C.Sammons 100, T.Pringle 121, J.Dempsey 100), The Fox 9 (K.Smith 2x100, M.Corfield 101b, R.Stanton 2x100,180, P.Bradley 160b,120b,105,139) Boldmere Oak 0 (A.Czaicki 121, A.Small 2x100, C.Marston 171, C.Hagans 120b).
Saltley Amateur Gardeners, defending champions in the premier division of the Sheldon and District Winter League are seeing this seasons title hopes gradually slip away, their latest fixture saw them lose 5-4 away to Old Bill and Bull, who together with Crown at Olton, (who won 6-3 at Willclare Sports and Social), are both just two points behind leaders Crown at Shard End with a game in hand.
With Banbury Club’s result not available at the time of print Castle Vale Stadium’s 7-2 win over Baldwin Bears takes them into pole position in division one, they lead Banbury on average both having played six games.
It was a good week for Langley Hall Sports and Social Flights in division two as they beat fourth placed Highwood Exiles ‘A’ 5-4 to record their first win of the season’s seven games, which takes them off the foot of the table.
Full Results:Week 8:Premier Division:- The Raven 6 (A.Stainfield 157b, J.Whitehouse 100, S.Whatmore 121, R.Earl 120b,100, A.Whitehouse 125, S.Kingdon 100, T.Whitehouse 138,104) Sheldon Dukes 3 (S.O’Donnell 100, G.Groves 106b, P.Curry 100b), Langley Hall Sports and Social 1 (D.Tudor 180, S.Bromley 140, P.Nevin 139, B.Carter 100, M.Barber 121) Crown at Shard End 8 (D.Cherry 100,125,130, R.Cheshire 100, N.Parsonage 2x112b,140, K.Deeley 125, M.Cooper 100, P.Shipley 2x100, A.Hoey 2x112b), Old Bill and Bull 5 (A.Daly 120b,100, J.Buckingham 110b,100, P.Stephens 101,100,101b, T.Daly 129, P.Henderson 140) Saltley Amateur Gardeners 4 (N.Clarke 140, P.Randell 140, J.Randell 112b,100, A.Caddick 100, I.McClean 100b, T.White 100, S.Winters 140,  T.Webster 156b,105,140), Willclare Sports and Social 3 (G.Ferguson 138, M.Holt 100,110f, D.Reid 140, J.Allen 125) Crown at Olton 6 (J.Sidwell 120b, K.Attwood 140, M.Wall 140, S.Kennedy 140), Mackadown Social 6 (B.Allen 121,100, D.Young 100,139, M.Noonan 140,100, M.Heaven 2x100, G.James 116b,2x100, A.Sheen 100) The Pirates 3 (K.Green 105b,100, R.Lawrence 140, A.Cooksey 130, N.Jackson 112b,100), Division One:- Crown Arrows 3 (L.Vann 123, C.Vann 180, J.Shepherd 123) Marston Green Tavern 6 (P.Parker 103, T.Randell 100,140, L.Randell 100,115b, P.Lawrence 180, S.Cresser 120b, M.Murphy 144b,110f,9 darts game,114), Sheldon Heath Social 5 (M.Tilley 120b, J.Toney 100, C.Roberts 100, D.Sudbury 125) Holy Souls 4 (C.Stokes 100,180, D.Smith 112b, D.Heighway 100, John Duffy 140), Yardley Ex Colts 3 (P.Hill 125, P.Carey 120b,114, N.Davis 116b,118, R.Mason 121,100, P.Welch 100) Highwood KB’s 6 (D.Memory 100, T.Hobbis 2x100, W.Cooper 2x100, N.Byrne 100,120b, N.Wykes 131,156b,140, A.Boyle 100b,100, G.Pagett 2x100), Castle Vale Stadium 7 (L.Barberan 2x120b,125, J.Frost 100, D.Phillips 125,106f,134, G.Taylor 100b,140b, I.Lloyd 100, B.Cadby 105b, B.Charlton 122,103b,2x100) Baldwin Bears 2 (A.Hoy 160b,100, D.Poulter 101, J.Phillips 100, N.Walker 104b, S.West 105), Division Two:- Highwood Exiles ‘A’ 4 (R.Harrison 127,140, P.Roscoe 100, G.Thomas 100,120, D.Carey 106b, S.Payne 2x100, K.Pearson 111) Langley Hall Sports and Social Flights 5 (M.Slatcher 100, S.Spencer 100, K.Nixon 100, L.Beech 101,114b), Greville Arms 2 (P.Thurley 100, C.Deegan 140, M.Stainsfield 121, J.Cocchi 121) The Maggies 7 (J.O’Connor 100, N.Hall 2x100, W.Swaine 121), Ridgemere Social 6 (M.Baker 100, D.Jones 100, A.Phipps 120b,100, D.Davies 121) Emerald Flights 3 (P.Webster 140, A.Fisher 100, M.Beasley 100, R.Walton 100).
The League Cup was on the agenda for the Lye Ladies Wednesday Night League. Current league leaders Top Bell suffered a 4-3 defeat away to Park Lane Tavern, who are second in the table, two points behind Top Bell. Black Horse without a win in three games in the league won their tie with Bull and Bladder 5-2, the same margin by which Bulls Head defeated Netherton Sports and Social. Brickmakers Arms had a bye into the next round.
Full Results:League Cup:- Park Lane Tavern 4 Top Bell 3, Black Horse 5 Bull and Bladder 2, Bulls Head 5 Netherton Sports and Social 2, Brickmakers Arms – Bye.
The Netherton Thursday Night League staged the early rounds of their singles knockout and making the last eight were, J.Southall (Netherton Sports and Social), P.Tonks, D.Brown (Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club), R.Smith, R.Harris, K.Chambers (Springfield Social Club), J.Batham, J.Gough (Rose and Crown).
Just one rearranged fixture in the Camp Hill League which produced a surprising 4-3 defeat for leaders Scruffy Ringers going down at home to third in the table Gulp Tribe. Ringers are now on 20 points as are second placed Cotterills Lane Club, who have played one game less than the leaders.
Full Results:- Scruffy Ringers 3 Holly Gulp 4.
The Black Country Premier League have got their Vintage Gamer Trophy underway and leading group ‘A’ with a perfect four points from two games is Black Country Belters, however Hasbury Monks and Britannia Bulldogs have both played only one fixture and are both just two points adrift.
In group ‘B’ Blackheath Beechers with opening 12-0 and 12-1 wins over respective teams Park Lane Taverners and Team Bathams top the table, Gate R&R just one point behind them.
Full Results:- Round Oak Rebels 5 (Carl Newton 140b) Wynall Lane Warriors 8, Hounds of Wynall 0 Black Country Belters 12 (Alf Turley 180), Vintage Gamer Trophy:Group ‘A’:- Lyde Green Flights 4 (Jess Archer 180) Black Country Belters 10, Wynall Lane Warriors 6 Hasbury Monks 11, Group ‘B’:- Gate R&R 7 Round Oak Rebels 7 (Carl Newton 180), Team Bathams 9 Hounds of Wynall 9 Wendy Wilde 100f, Gemma Copper 140b), Park Lane Taverners 0 Blackheath Beechers 12 (Dave Redding 180),
The final of the Cradley Tuesday Night League’s singles knockout brought together two of the league’s top players, Jason Lowe (Crown’A’) and Nick Fullwell (Chainmakers ‘B’). In the first leg of the final Fullwell was unable to match the fire power of Lowe as he went 1-0 down, he scored well in the second leg hitting his fifth 180 of the night and but for a miss on double twenty could have forced a deciding leg, his miss however proving costly as Lowe checked out on double eighteen to seal a 2-0 win and the title.
In the semi finals Lowe beat Mick Roberts (Gate, Colley Gate) 2-0 and with a similar scoreline Fullwell took out Matt Tedstone (Crown ‘A’).
Britannia lost their second spot in the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League when they were surprisingly beaten 6-3 away to New Inns, who are eleventh in the table. With Britannia dropping to third taking over in second place and going two points ahead of Britannia is Ten Arches, who won 7-2 at The Cat (Wordsley). Leaders Ashwood took their unbeaten run to 15 games with a close but nevertheless winning 5-4 verdict at Bird ‘B’ (Stourbridge) to keep them two points ahead of the rest of the field.
The Fox (Lye) chalked up only their fourth win in fifteen when they won 8-1 at Crestwood, who are bottom of the table.
Full Results:- Church Tavern 9 Shrubbery Cottage 0, Bird (Wordsley) 5 Quarry Bank Conservative Club 4, Corn Exchange 8 Gigmill 1, Brickmakers Arms 6 Plough 3, Stourbridge RBL 4 Bird ‘A’ (Stourbridge) 5, The Cat (Wordsley) 2 Ten Arches 7, Bird ‘B’ (Stourbridge) 4 Ashwood 5, New Inns 6 Britannia 3, Crestwood 1 The Fox (Lye) 8.
In division two of the South Birmingham League The Trident opened up a four points lead between themselves in second place and third placed The Dog after beating them 5-4. Coleshill Social remain in the number one spot and two points ahead of The Trident after their 6-3 win at The Kingfisher.
Full Results:Division One:- St John’s 6 (B.Harris 120b, A.Aston 100b,156f,9 darts game, W.Yates 100b, D.Kingdon 100b, S.Whatmore 125,100, D.Clinton 100,114f, L.O^Donnell 2x100,106f, S.Kingdon 2x100) Toby Jug 3 (I.Beatie 103b, R.Lawrence 2x100, D.Revitt 100,102, D.Peebles 102b, R.Hughes 103, S.Round 120), Division Two:- Poachers Pocket 4 (B.Salter 100, B.Anderton 140) The Gate 5 T.Barrs 101b,100, K.Russell 2x100), The Kingfisher 3 (G.Shergold 103b,140, R.Mills 3x100, K.Shergold 100) Coleshill Social 6 (S.Sweetman 112, N.Harris 100, P.Bryant 2x100, G.Jones 100f, B.Jones 100), Banbury Flights 6 (I.Mclean 100,123, W.Cooper 100, J.Kearney 100, L.Reece 120,100, P.Moran 100) Smithswood Social 3 (N.Hughes 100, L.Hughes 122,102, N.Wilson 100, K.Mann 142b), The Dog 4 (S.O^Brien 100, P.Richards 2x100, M.Wheat 100) The Trident 5 (J.Buttle 100f, S.Hughes 100, M.Naylor 2x100, K.G.Buttle 100).
It was top versus bottom in the Small Heath League this week with leaders Gulp Tribe travelling to take on bottom of the table Clock Inn. As would be expected Gulp ran out the comfortable 7-2 winners to stay top of the table and leave Clock still seeking their first win of the campaign.
Second placed Wagon and Horses had a convincing 8-1 win at home to Cob’s Bar to leave them on the same 12 points as Gulp, trailing slightly on average, but having played one more game than their rivals.
After losing the opening four matches Warwick Arms made it two winsin a row when they beat their visitors Emerald Flights 6-3.
Full Results:- Clock Inn 2 (S.Maloney 100, J.Dooley 122, B.Griffiths 100,108b) Gulp Tribe 7 (R.McConnell 100,116, M.Cooper 2x100,127, J.Phipps 100), Emerald Club 5 (N.Parsonage 2x100, A.Fisher 100, P.Yardley 103,125, D.Willis 116, R.Fisher 100) Sheldon Marlborough Flights 4 (A.Eden 100,120b, M.Murrin 129,112b,138, R.Turner 100b), Wagon and Horses 8 (C.Murphy 135, R.Ingram 100, S.Whitaker 100) Cob’s Bar 1 (W.Johnson 100, R.Pike 100b), Warwick Arms 6 M.Treacey 100b,100, W.Magee 119) Emerald Flights 3 (D.Dodd 112b,100).
Round one of the Pairs Cup was on the fixture card for the Forest of Arden Winter League and the biggest shock from the round was the 9-6 win by second division outfit Iron Horse over division one opponents Harvester.
Other teams winning through the first round were, Journeys End, Chelmsley Town, Olton Crown, Riley’s Red Arrows and Highwood ‘A’.
Full Results:Pairs Cup:Round One:- Iron Horse 9 Harvester 6, Journeys End 13 (P.Shipley 120b,100) Sheldon Flights 2 (T.Roche 125, M.Hunt 100), Crown Arrows 6 (D.White 100, K.White 100, M.Gilbert 2x100, P.Carter 101b, L.Vann 100) Chemsley Town 9 (I.Robinson 100, P.Brennan 2x100), Olton Crown 8 (J.Sidwell 140,105b, B.Nixon 100,139, C.John 100, P.Nunn 135,100) Ivy Leaf 7 (T.Clinton 100, B.Jelly 100,103), Riley’s Red Arrows 10 (L.Hodges 171, B.Twist 112b) Greville Arms 5 (P.Thorny 140, B.Anderton 120b, M.Osborne 100, T.Anderton 120, C.Powell 102), Greville Arrows 2 Highwood ‘A’ 10).
R.Powers (Dudley Sports ‘B’) is the new holder of the Brierley Hill Friday Night League singles title. Powers beat Netherton Cricket Club representative C.Davies in the final.
Losing semi finalists were S.Bloomer (Bridge ‘A’) and B.Neale (Bulls Head, Netherton).
Riley’s ‘C’ won the division one Riley’s Cup in the Wolverhampton Tuesday Night League beating Victoria in the final. The division two title went to Wednesfield Legion ‘A’, with Wednesfield Conservative Club runners up. Wednesfield Conservative Club had some consolation as they won the Knockout Cup beating Dog and Partridge in the final.
Otter and Vixen won the division one Knockout Cup, their final opponents were Riley’s ‘C’.
The singles knockout was won by Kev Jones (Ukrainian Club), with Dave Shinton (Victoria) runner up.
With only a couple of fixtures remaining in the Brierley Hill Monday Night League, top of the table Blue Brick ‘C’ made it 40 wins from 42 games when they won 7-2 at The Swan. Second placed Dudley Sports ‘B’ also won 7-2 at home to Brickmakers, but are a massive 14 points behind the already acclaimed champions.
Bulls Head (Netherton) moved up into third place with a 5-4 win at Rose and Crown (Brierley Hill), who as a result drop one place to fourth.
Full Results:- The Swan 2 Blue Brick ‘C’ 7, Laurel 6 Rose and Crown (Wordsley) 3, Dog and Lamppost 2 Bridge ‘A’ 7, Black Horse 4 Ivy House (Dudley) 5, Tenth Lock 6 Dudley Sports ‘A’ 3, Portway 5 Old Star ‘A’ 4, Old Star ‘B’ 4 Liberal Club 5, Dudley Sports ‘B’ 7 Brickmakers Arms 2, Bridge ‘B’ 6 Griffin 3, Rose and Crown (Brierley Hill) 4 Bulls Head (Netherton) 5, High Acres 3 Roebuck 6.
The Tamworth League played off the finals of their League Cup, in the last four Three Tuns ‘A’ (Fazeley) beat Sports Bar ‘180’ 4-2 and Fox and Dogs won 4-0-against Globe Inn.
The final was a 4-2 win for the league’s reigning champions Fox and Dogs, Three Tuns ‘A’; (Fazeley) having to settle for the runners up spot.  
Full Results:League Cup:Semi Finals:- Dolphin ‘A’ 4 Mile Oak Rovers 2, Globe Inn 4 Sports Bar 0, Longwood 0 Dolphin ‘B’ 4, Fox and Dogs (Bye).
Ten Arches ‘A’ lost for the first time in 19 games in the Stourbridge and District Wednesday Night League when they went down 4-3 at home against Rose and Crown, who are sixth in the table and a massive sixteen points behind the leaders. Ashwood ‘A’ reduced the gap to four points between them and Ten Arches ‘A’ with a 5-2 home win over The Bell. Third placed Ashwood ‘B’ lost ground as they lost 4-3 away to fifth in the table Dudley Sports and are now six points off the top.
Full Results:Match 19:- Ashwood ‘A’ 5 The Bell 2, Dudley Sports 4 Ashwood ‘B’ 3 (G.Moreton 160b), Netherton Cricket Club 4 The Leopard 3, The Fox (Lye) 0 Wombourne Cricket Club 7, Gigmill 7 The Swan 0, Bridge 3 Ten Arches ‘A’ 4, Ten Arches ‘B’ 3 Rose and Crown 4.
The Pip Club League had the Challenge Cup on the agenda and in the division games there were wins for Tamworth Motor Spares, Wilnecote Club, Bulls Head ‘A’ (Polesworth) and Bull (Two Gates).
Going through I division two were Pip Club, Globe ‘A’, J W Belgrave and Progressive Club.
Full Results:Challenge Cup:Semi Finals:Division One:- Tamworth Motor Spares beat Birchmoor Club, Wilnecote Club beat Two Gates Club, Wigginton lost to Bull (Two Gates), Bulls Head ‘A’ (Polesworth) – Bye, Preliminary Round:Division Two:- Bulls Head ‘B’ (Polesworth) lost to Pip Club, Royal Oak beat Old Liberal, Semi Finals:- Royal Oak lost to Pip Club, Globe ‘A’ beat Sports Bar ‘180’, J W Belgrave beat Gate (Amington), Globe ‘B’ lost to Progressive Club.
Black Horse had a good 5-2 win at Park Lane Tavern in the Halesowen Ladies Monday Night League, while Haden Cross and The Gate both won 4-3 against respective opponents Spring Meadow and The Widders.
Full Results:- Haden Cross 4 Spring Meadow 3, Park Lane Tavern 2 Black Horse 5, Gate 4 The Widders 3, Captains Cup:- Spring Meadow beat Haden Cross, Black Horse beat Park Lane Tavern, The Widders beat Gate.
By Courtesy of the Birmingham Evening Mail

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