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

Darts News – A West Midlands Report By Alan Towe

With only one league fixture remaining in the Sheldon and District Winter League cup games are taking over and the latest one’s have been the singles and doubles knockouts. In the singles competition the title went to Marston Green Tavern player Tony Randell who after a 2-1 semi final win over Ashley Kavanagh (Mackadown Social) he then defeated Rob Earl (Raven) 2-1 in the final. Earl had won his last four game against his Raven team mate Steven Whatmore 2-0.
The final of the doubles knockout was an all Crown affair fought out between Bob Nixon and John Sidwell (Crown at Olton) and Jason Prince and Neil Parsonage (Crown at Shard End), the outcome was a 2-0 win for Nixon and Sidwell.
In the semi finals the champions took out Paul Connolly and Trevor Frost (Banbury Club) with a 2-1 scoreline while Prince and Parsonage beat Sean O’Donnell and Paul Curry (Sheldon Dukes) 2-0.
Full Results:Singles Knockout:Quarter Finals:- Rob Earl (Raven) 2 Simon Edwards (George V) 0, Steve Whatmore (Raven) 2 Martin Heaven (Mackadown) 1, Steve Harding (The Lyndon) 1 Tony Randell (Marston Green Tavern) 2, Nigel Davis (Yardley Ex Colts) 0 Ashley Kavanagh (Mackadown Social) 2, Semi Finals:- Rob Earl 2 Steven Whatmore 0, Tony Randell 2 Ashley Kavanagh 1, Final:- Rob Earl 1 Tony Randell 2, Doubles Knockout:Quarter Finals:- Tom White & Terry Webster (Saltley Amateur Gardeners) 0 Bob Nixon & John Sidwell (Crown at Olton) 2, Paul Connolly & Trevor Frost (Banbury Club) 2 Matt Cooper & Dave Cherry (Crown at Shard End) 0, Paul Knowles & Bob Mason (Yardley Ex Colts) 0 Sean O’Donnell & Paul Curry (Sheldon Dukes) 2, Antony Hoey & Pete Shipley (Crown at Shard End) 0 Jason Prince & Neil Parsonage (Crown at Shard End) 2, Semi Finals:- Bob Nixon & John Sidwell 2 Paul Connolly & Trevor Frost 1, Sean O’Donnell & Paul Curry 0 Jason Prince & Neil Parsonage 2, Final:- Bob Nixon & John Sidwell 2 Jason Prince & Neil Parsonage 0.
Miners (Wollescote) have gone back to the top of the Brierley Hill Friday Night League after handing out a 9-0 whitewash to next to bottom of the table Mitre giving them 24 points from 15 games and a lead of two points over second in the table Brickmakers Arms who lost pole position after a shock 5-4 home defeat at the hands of the Bell who are placed seventh in the league.
The Stourbridge and District Monday Night League have been engaged with their doubles knockout playing down to the last sixteen and winning their way through were, R.Pierce & C.Fox, K.Aitkens & M.Bayliss (Corn Exchange), C.Hart & C.Wrench, R.Tipper & N.Cooper (Brickmakers Arms), V.Mitchell & A.Moreton, S.Bloomer & J.Langford (Bird, Stourbridge), J.Gaskin & S.Garland, S.Mills & M.Rollinson (Ten Arches), D.Cartwright & G.Cooper, P.Harris & M.Hartshorne (Ashwood), J.Batham & T.Gorst & A.Parker (The Cat, Wordsley), A.Martin & R Moore & T.Smith (The Plough), C.Slater & D.Edwards (Britannia), A.Batham & A.Vellinder (Quarry Bank Conservative Club), M.Fletcher & G.Parkes (Nnew Inns), S.Smith & J.Hughes (Church Tavern).
With three fixtures to play in the Kings Norton League, Court Oak are champions with a perfect 19 wins in as many games, they hold a six points lead over their nearest rivals Toby Jug ‘A’ who have played one game more than Court Oak and with just two to play they can only reach 36 points.
This week’s fixtures produced the final of the League Cup and saw the league champions add another title to their list. Playing against The Navigation who are in the bottom half of the table Court Oak were held to a very close 4-3 winning margin as Navigation put up a brave performance and were somewhat unlucky not to achieve the win against a team that obviously had strength in depth.
Full Results:Cup:Final:- Court Oak 4 (A.Hykin 2x120b,121,127, J.Hykin 2x100, P.Blades 100, R.Mann 100,120b,139, G.Dews 100, K.Bedder 120b, V.Gould 117,120b) Navigation 3 (S.Seery 2x100, G.Purnell 120b, S.Campbell 100, D.Campbell 140).
The Halesowen Monday Night Ladies League played their doubles knockout and with only six of the nineteen entries turning up played down to the final three pairs and winning through were, V.Meese & G.Montrose (Park Lane Tavern), T.Summers & C.White, T.Grainger & S.Farley (Spring Meadow).
Rose and Crown (Brierley Hill) were the only losers in the top five of the Brierley Hill Monday Night League, surprisingly losing 5-4 away to seventh placed Blue Brick. Dudley Sports ‘A’ move up one to fourth with their 6-3 win over Dog and Lamppost ‘B’, while the top three teams remain unchanged as leaders Dudley Sports ‘C’ won their home tie with The Swan 7-2 to give them 28 points from 15 games and pole position but only on average from Bridge ‘B’ who won 6-3 at Queens Head (Wordsley) giving them the same 28 points, but they do trail heavily on average.
High Acres who won 7-2 against Tenth Lock are third, four points behind the leading duo but having played one game more than both of them.
Full Results:Week 16:- Dudley Sports ‘C’ 7 The Swan 2, Blue Brick 5 Rose and Crown (Brierley Hill) 4, Brickmakers Arms 2 Liberal Club 7, Dudley Sports ‘A’ 6 Dog and Lamppost ‘B’ 3, Bridge ‘A’ 6 Bulls Head (Netherton) 3, Queens Head (Wordsley) 3 Bridge ‘B’ 6, Dog and Lamppost ‘A’ 7 Dudley Sports ‘B’ 2, Griffin 4 Portway 5, Roebuck 1 Black Horse 6, High Acres 7 Tenth Lock 2.
On Sunday 31st May Riley’s Snooker Bar, Solihull will be hosting the Forest of Arden / Riley’s Solihull Open. Entry to the knockout is just £5 and all players at whatever standard are welcome to enter. There will be a guaranteed £100 for the winner with registrations being accepted from 1.00pm to 1.45pm on the day with a 2.00pm start, for advanced entries contact Brian Twist on 07768-838384 or e-mail Brian at alternatively call in at the Solihull club and speak to a member of staff.
Format for the main competition is best of five legs of 501 the semi finals will go to the best of seven and the final best of nine.
In addition to the above there will also be a First Round Losers Competition.
No Change at the top of the Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League as the top four teams all recorded wins. Top of the table Dewdrop had a 5-2 home win over Jolly Collier, while second placed Old Hop Pole had a closer 4-3 win against Hayes Social leaving them six points adrift of Dewdrop and although they have three games in hand they would still trail on average if they won all of them 7-0.
Full Results:- Ivy Bush 2 Sportsman 5, Merry-Go-Round 1 The Vine 6, Old Hop Pole 4 Hayes Social 3, Sow and Pig^s 5 Tipton Sports 2, Island Inn 6 Horsley Tavern 1, Dewdrop 5 Jolly Collier 2.
The Small Heath League played off the final of their Upside Down Cup and Emerald Club gained sweet revenge on The Mitre who beat them in the final league fixture of the season and replaced them in second place to clinch the runners up spot.
The cup final like the league game was also a very close affair with Emerald just running out the 5-4 winners.7
Full Results:League Cup:Final:- Emerald Club 5 (N.Parsonage 2x100,137, R.Cridge 100, A.Fisher 2x100, C.Rigby 100, P.Yardley 2x100) Mitre 4 (I.Jones 127, A.Wale 100, J.Frost 101).
Week two of the new season in the Stourbridge and District Wednesday Night League and newcomers Gornal Conservative Club have taken over the number one spot from Ten Arches ‘B’ who lost 5-2 at Wombourne Cricket Club. The Gornal side had a convincing 7-0 win away to The Fox (Lye) to leave them and Ashwood ‘A’ the only two teams in the league with an unbeaten record, Ashwood ‘A’ wining their game at The Swan 6-1.
Full Results:Week 2:- The Swan 1 Ashwood ‘A’ 6, Ten Arches ‘A’ 6 Netherton Cricket Club 1, Ashwood ‘B’ 7 The Bell 0, The Leopard 1 Queens 6 (G.Billingham 9 darts game), The Fox (Lye) 0 Gornal Conservative Club 7, Wombourne Cricket Club 5 (B.Padmore 9 darts game) Ten Arches ‘B’ 2, High Acres 1 Dudley Sports 6.
Despite winning 6-3 at home to third placed West Heath Snooker Club Court Oak have been knocked off the top spot in the Harborne League as their nearest rivals Hillyfields ‘A’ had a 9-0 success away to next to bottom Avenue Social to put them ahead on average over both Court Oak and West Heath Snooker Club.
At the other end of the table there’s still no joy for Weoley Castle WMC as they slumped to their tenth successive defeat, an 8-1 reversal away to Abbey.
Full Results:Week 10:- Hillyfields ‘B’ 6 Avenue Flights 3, Court Oak 6 West Heath Snooker Club 3, Avenue Social 0 Hillyfields ‘A’ 9, Bartley Green FC 5 Smethwick Labour Club 4, Abbey 8 Weoley Castle WMC 1.
Members Club ‘A’ consolidated their number one place in the Halesowen Friday Night League with a 6-1 win at Ex Serviceman’s Club to maintain their two points advantage over Chop House who had a close 4-3 verdict at home to The Laurels to give them 16 points. Third placed The Vine are a further two points adrift after winning 7-0 at The Hare and Hounds, a win in their game in hand would see them move up into second place.
Full Results:Week 15:- Brickmakers Arms 4 The Bell 5, Bridge 7 Dudley Sports ‘A’ 2, Dudley Sports ‘B’ 4 Netherton Cricket Club 5, Pensnett Liberal Club 5 Roebuck 4, Miners (Wollescote) 9 Mitre 0, Pensnett Welfare Club 5 Bulls Head (Netherton) 4.
Full Results:- Ex Serviceman’s Club 1 Members Club ‘A’ 6, Members Club ‘B’ 0 Townsend 7, Hare and Hounds 0 The Vine 7, Chop House 4 The Laurels 3.
The semi finals of the League and Consolation Cups were the order of the day for the Camp Hill League and the results went more or less to form as in the League Cup Scruffy Ringers and Cotterills Lane Club in turn defeated Journeys End and Lions.
In the Consolation Cup Holy Gulp beat Wagon and in the final they will now meet Devil’s Club who accounted for Horses.
The league’s new summer season will be getting underway in August and if anyone wishes to enter a team they should contact league secretary Mark Standley on 07733-397704 or e-mail Mark at
Full Results:Cup:Semi Finals:- Journeys End lost to Scruffy Ringers, Cotterills Lane Club beat Lions, Consolation Cup:Semi Finals:- Wagon lost to Holy Gulp, Horses lost to Devils Club.
In the Winmau Centre Monday Night League at Wolverhampton Sports Arena The Untouchables closed the gap on leaders The Bully Boys to just nine points when they chalked up a massive 39-9 win over Keep It In The Family, Bully Boys had a slightly closer but nevertheless convincing 35-13 success against Yam Yams.
John Jones was the star player for Here For The Beer winning eight of his twelve legs and at the same time notching his first maximum of the campaign, however his efforts were not enough for his team to avoid a 29-19 defeat at the hands of the Not So Far Travellers.
Full Results:- The Untouchables 39 Keep It In The Family 9, Cupid Stunts 32 Three Men And A Lady 16, Make Mine A Double 24 Double Trouble 24, Here For Beer 19 Not So Far Travellers 29, What^s The Point 28 Johns Klan 20, Yam Yams 13 v Bully Boys 35.
Only two fixtures played in division one of the Pip Club League which saw leaders Birchmoor Club extend their lead at the top of the table to three points with a 6-2 win at bottom of the table Wigginton Arms. In the other game played Tamworth Motor Spares beat Two Gates Club 5-3.
In division two the top two teams J W Belgrave and Pip Club played each other, with home advantage Belgrave finished the 13-3 winners extending their lead over their opponents to nine points. Pip Club now have to keep an eye over their shoulder as Sports Bar ‘180’s’ 10-6 win over Royal Oak has taken them to within two points of the second placed team and they also have a game in hand on them.
There was joy at the other end of the table as bottom team Globe ‘B’ chalked up only their second win in 24 games when they won 11-5 at home against next to bottom Bulls Head ‘B’ (Polesworth).
Full Results:Division One:- Wigginton 2 Birchmoor Club 6, Tamworth Motor Spares 5 (M.Martin 180) Two Gates Club 3 (D.Mulliss 180), Division Two:- Globe ‘B’ 11 Bulls Head ‘B’ (Polesworth) 5, Sports Bar ‘180’ 10 (Trevor Barrs 180) Royal Oak 6, Progressive Club 9 Globe ‘A’ 7, Gate (Amington) 10 Old Liberal 6, J W Belgrave 13 Pip Club 3 (Ash Luckman 180).
Due to them having a bye in the latest round of fixtures in division one of the Wolverhampton Tuesday Night League ECC have lost pole position to Wednesfield FC who extended their winning run to ten games with a 6-1 win at home to Corpus. Wednesfield FC, ECC and Victoria who won 5-2 against fourth placed Bradmore ‘B’ are all on ten points.
Bradmore ‘A’ moved off the foot of the table with a 6-1 home win over Riley’s ‘D’, Ashmore Inn dropping to bottom following their 6-1 defeat at Village.
In the second division Old Stags Head were the only losers in the top five teams losing 4-3 away to third in the table Roebuck. Pheasant stay on course for the title with a 4-3 home win over Woodfield Social, Fordhouses CC and Roebuck are both just two points behind the leaders Fordhouses winning their home tie with Emerald 4-3.
Full Results:Division One:- Bradmore ‘A’ 6 Riley’s ‘D’ 1, Merry Boys 2 Dog and Partridge 5, Penn Bowling 4 Cabin 3, Riley’s ‘C’5 Railway 2, Victoria 5 Bradmore ‘B’ 2, Village Inn 6 Ashmore Inn 1, Wednesfield Conservative Club 4 Chillington Club 3, Wednesfield FC 6 Corpus 1, Wednesfield Legion ‘A’ 4 Otter and Vixen 3, Division Two:- Boat ‘B’ 4 Castle 3, Bull 2 Whitmore Reans WMC 5, Fordhouses CC 4 Emerald 3, Pheasant 4 Woodfield Social 3, Riley’s ‘A’ 7 Bird in Hand 0, Roebuck 4 Old Stags Head 3, Three Crowns 5 Red Lion 2, Ukrainian Club 3 Wednesfield Legion ‘B’ 4, Wednesfield Legion ‘C’ 3 Riley’s ‘B’ 4.
Fox and Dogs reigning Tamworth League champions moved up into second place in the table with a 5-2 win against Sports Bar ‘180’ overtaking Belgrave Club who beat Longwood 4-3, both team are now on 145 points, Belgrave having played one game more than Fox and Dogs, Dolphin ‘A’ stay in the top spot with a 6-1 win over Mile Oak Rovers.
Full Results:- Old Liberal House 6 Dolphin ‘B’ 1, Sports Bar 4 Three Tuns ‘A’ (Fazeley) 3, Three Tuns ‘B’ (Fazeley) 1 Globe Inn 6, Fox and Dogs 5 Sports Bar ‘180’ 2, Dolphin ‘A’ 6 Mile Oak Rovers 1, Longwood 3 Belgrave Club 4, Players League:- John Lewin (Dolphin ‘B’) beat Jonathon Bagley (Old Liberal House), Rob Taft (Sports Bar) beat Susie Leek (Three Tuns ‘A’, Fazeley), Lin Hardwick (Three Tuns ‘B’, Fazeley) beat Ian Grylls (Globe Inn), Martin Edwards (Fox and Dogs) beat Terry Molineux (Sports Bar ‘180’), Mark DeLeon (Longwood) beat Adam Williams (Belgrave Club).
After playing thirteen games the top two teams in the Tettenhall Wednesday Night League Riley’s ‘A’ and Otter and Vixen are locked together on 22 points. Claregate dropped two places to fifth following their 5-2 home defeat by leaders Riley’s ‘A’ which keeps Riley’s just ahead on average of Otter and Vixen who won their home tie with Moreton 4-3. Village Inn take over at number three with a 4-3 win away to bottom of the table Brewood British Legion.
Full Results:- Brewood British Legion 3 Village Inn 4, Claregate 2 Riley’s ‘A’ 5, Dog and Partridge 2 Bull 5, Otter and Vixen 4 Moreton 3, Whitmore Reans WMC 2 Riley’s ‘B’ 5, Woodfield Social 6 Jones Road 1.

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