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

Darts News – A West Midlands Report By Alan Towe

Week eleven was not a good week for Crown at Shard End in the premier division of the Sheldon and District Winter League as they not only lost their home tie with Mackadown Social 5-4 but also pole position in the division to Crown at Olton, who handed out a 9-0 whitewash to their hosts George V. As a result of the defeat Crown at Shard End drop to second in the table two points behind Crown at Olton and Mackadown move up one place to fourth.
In division one Castle Vale Stadium hold on to the top spot with a comfortable 7-2 win at Highwood KB’s, but second placed Banbury Club lost ground as they suffered a 6-3 defeat away to sixth in the table Marston Green Tavern to leave them two points behind the leaders.
Crown-Forget-Me-Not took their unbeaten run to ten games in division two when they were awardded a 9-0 walkover against Ridgemere Social, Maggies kept the pressure on the top side with a 7-2 win at Langley Hall Sports and Social Flights to remain four points adrift.
Full Results:Week 11:Premier Division:- George V 0 (C.Horsley 2x100, A.Edwards 100,125) Crown at Olton 9 (J.Sidwell 170,160b, K.Attwood 100, M.Wall 112b, S.Kennedy 100, P.Yardley 101b,140, B.Nixon 116f, A.Hutchings 100), Sheldon Dukes 4 The Pirates 5 (K.Green 120b,100), Crown at Shard End 4 (D.Cherry 100b,120b, K.Deeley 140, M.Cooper 100, N.Parsonage 140, P.Shipley 101b,100, A.Hoey 100, K.Reynolds 2x100,140, J.Prince 152b,180) Mackadown Social 5 (B.Allen 120b, D.Young 100,160b, M.Anwar 140, M.Noonan 105b,135, M.Heaven 2x100, A.Sheen 111, G.James 121, G.Tegg 100, A.McCrave 137,160b), Willclare Sports and Social 5 (B.Dixon 108b, C.Randle 100, M.Holt 106b,100,11 darts game, D.Reid 105,180,120, F.Dixon 133,130b, J.Allen 100b) The Raven 4 (D.Keatley 100, S.Whatmore 156b, D.Kingdon 105b,115b,100, R.Earl 120b,131,160b, A.Whatmore 2x100,110b,125), The Lyndon 7 (A.Daly 100, D.Wright 125, T.Daly 100, S.Darby 125, P.Stephens 120b, S.Harding 100b,100, J.Harris 180, P.Henderson 120) Langley Hall Sports and Social Arrows 2 (D.Tudor 100b,100,140, S.Bromley 120b, D.Heath 140, D.Jelley 129, C.Round 130b, A.Barnfield 160b, M.Barber 2x100), Division One:- Marston Green Tavern 6 (T.Knowles 120b,100, P.Parker 100, T.Randell 160b,125,115b, T.Comerford 120b,140,101, S.Cresser 2x100, M.Murphy 2x100) Banbury Club 3 (J.Gallgaher 117b, P.Connolly 140, T.Frost 100, B.Partridge 121), Holy Souls 4 (T.Evans 125, R.McConnell 100, D.Smith 100, J.Lucas 100) Baldwin Bears 5 (A.Hoy 120b,130, R.Smith 100, A.Thomas 100, J.Phillips 140,100, R.Poulter 100,105b), Highwood KB’s 2 (T.Constable 102b,100, T.Hobbis 122, N.Wykes 140, W.Cooper 2x100,125, G.Padgett 2x100, S.Dixon 105b,100, A.Boyle 105b) Castle Vale Stadium 7 (L.Barberan 2x100,107f, J.Frost 100, J.Burdett 2x100, G.Taylor 100, D.Savage 121, B.Cadby 121,100), Iron Horse Flights 3 (J.Evans 100, L.Pearce 108b, J.Green 120b, R.Parry 100) Sheldon Heath Social 6 (L.Allwood 126, J.Phipps 140, T.Roche 100), Division Two:- Langley Hall Sports and Social Flights 2 (M.Slatcher 100,106f, K.Nixon 100) The Maggies 7 (J.O’Connor 100, S.Hall 100), Crown-Forget-Me-Not 9 Ridgemere Social 0 (walkover), Meadway Sports and Social 4 (D.Delaney 125, S.Davis 100, M.Shellis 2x100,158) Highwood Exiles ‘A’ 5 (R.Harrison 100, S.Payne 140, A.Payne 116b, C.Carey 135, A.Thurman 120), Sheldon Marlborough Flights 8 (R.Turner 100, J.Humphries 112b, D.Humphries 100, G.Holloway 100) Shirley RBL Misfits 1 (A.Ogg 100, A.McCracken 100, J.Boyle 2x140).
Aston Social had the second round of their Nine-a-Side Cup on the agenda, the round bringing together the league’s top two teams Sportsmans Rest and Red Lion. The outcome was a close 5-4 win for Red Lion. Fourth placed Castle Vale also lost 5-4 to third in the table Kingstanding Ex Serviceman’s Club.
In the games between the lower teams in the table bottom team Aston Flights, without a win in eight games in the league recorded a 5-4 win over Mitre, who are two places off the bottom. Next to bottom team Aston Social went out by a massive 9-0 to the team just two places above them Cross Keys.
Full Results:Nine-a-Side Cup:Round Two:- Castle Vale 4 (S.Wilson 2x100, G.Taylor 2x100, C.Millward jnr 140, M.Corfield 103b, M.Birch 100b, M.Archer 100,138, C.Millward snr 119,120b,140) Kingstanding Ex Serviceman’s Club 5 (T.O’Kereke 2x100,140, J.Morris jnr 120b,100, A.Mountford 112b, J.Burdett 100, C.Turnbull 2x100), Cross Keys 9 (D.Boyle 125) Aston Social 0), Mitre 4 (R.Lawrence 125,136, I.Jones 121, D.Hasson 125, K.Green 120b,100, A.Downes 120b, J.Buttle 120,140, C.Austin 100) Aston Flights 5 K.Nelson 101, G.Lynch 2x100, R.Nelson 120, M.Price 100), Red Lion 5 (D.G.Bond 140, K.Neal 2x100, B.Hughes100, S.Andrews 120, T.Vickers 140) Sportsmans Rest 4 (P.Koyce 100,119b,180, C.Packer 100b, A.Stainsfield 157b,120b,107f, T.Kelly 105b).
In week eleven of the Four Oaks and District League six of the eight games played finished with a 6-3 result, all of division one’s three games were 6-3. Red Lion coming from 2-2 at home against Old Oscott Arrows to win 6-3 and move up into third place in the table. Sutton Sports had a comfortable win over bottom team Golden Hind Arrows and divisional leaders The Beehive won against next to bottom Brookvale Social.
Division two saw top team Golden Hind win 6-3 away to bottom placed Erdington Stars, while second in the table Boldmere Sports required the last two games for a closer 5-4 home win against Old Oscott WMC to keep within two points of the leaders. Plough and Arrows put a two point’s margin between them and their visitors Pint Pot Flights after beating them 5-4.
The top two teams in division three Anvil Nomads and The Fox both had 6-3 wins in turn against Erdington Arrows and Bishop Vesey.
Full Results:Match No. 8:Division One:- Red Lion 6 (D.Bond jnr 112b, S.Andrews 2x100, D.G.Bond 122b, D.Vickers 112b,100, T.Vickers 140) Old Oscott Arrows 3 (E.Atkins 2x100,125, A.Mountford 112b,2x100,140, M.Page 140, D.Page 100, M.Compton 160b,3x140,135), Sutton Sports 6 (R.Hawker 130b,145,131, M.Ashton 135,140,105,2x100, M.Wild 120b,100, B.Linnecor 2x100, J.Kavanagh 2x100, A.Kimberley 120b,135,2x140) Golden Hind Arrows 3 (J.Clarke 140,100, J.Mahon 120b,100, A.J.Lilley 108b,2x100), The Beehive 6 (J.Prince 100,108, M.Partridge 120b,5x100,125, N.Clarke 2x100,105,100f, K.Deeley 100, K.Reynolds 123,100, T.Reynolds 101) Brookvale Social 3 (S.Lysaght 3x100,140, J.Yates 2x100, J.Collins 108b,2x100,121,120, R.Kelly 140, W.Naylor 110b,136,2x140,100), Division Two:- Boldmere Sports 5 (C.Packer 120b, A.Gallett 135,100, L.Barbaran 100,140, J.Frost 140,100,110f, P.A.Seadon 140) Old Oscott WMC 4 (P.Burgess 100,121, N.Hawkley 112b,103, J.Higgins 120b,123, C.Hawkley 100), Erdington Stars 3 (D.A.Jarvis jnr 112b,100, K.Shorthouse 3x100,147f, D.Shannon 125, D.Murray 100,103f, L.Shorthouse 3x100,140) Golden Hind 6 (G.Kimberley 100, J.Dunn 104b,120b,100, J.Morris jnr 120b,131,174,2x100, D.Keatley 160,2x100,140, A.O’Kereke 100, D.Fowler 100, T.Kelly 105b,2x100, D.Pickering 140), Plough and Arrows 5 (N.Robbins 121,135, P.Robbins 100, J.Vickers 100, P.Smith 100b,101b,140, I.Taylor 100,136) Pint Pot Flights 4 (M.Mills 112b,100, R.Mercer 109b,129, M.Pearson-Bagnall 115b,120b,2x100,105, M.Bruin 2x100), Division Three:- Anvil Nomads 6 (D.Walton 100, T.Tyrie 125,2x100, K.Taylor 115, N.Harley 105b,120b,140,2x100, M.Kemble 125,128, P.Opieler 100) Erdington Arrows 3 (J.Cox 116,4x100, P.Cronin 112b, J.Armstrong jnr 100, J.Cronin 2x140,131, D.Viles 100), The Fox 6 (R.Stanton 160b,3x100, M.Corfield 121,100, P.Bradley 130b,100b,120b,135,140,100, M.Willetts 140, K.Smith 100, A.Jarvie 100) Bishop Vesey 3 (C.Sammons 100b,2x100,140,2x121,120f, M.Hall 125, D.Sammons 2x100, N.Sammons 140,2x100, S.Holmes 125), Boldmere Oak had a bye.
Blue Brick ‘C’ rounded off a superb season in the Brierley Hill Monday Night League with a 7-2 home win over fourth in the table Rose and Crown (Brierley Hill) to make it 43 wins from 45 games and seal the title with a clear 18 points more than runners up Dudley Sports ‘B’, who finished on a low as they lost 5-4 at Bulls Head (Netherton), the winners moving up one place to finish fifth.
The league will be holding their AGM to form the 2015 season at their headquarters Dudley Sports on Sunday 4th January at 11.30am, all teams both old and new are invited to attend the meeting and join the league for the new season.
Full Results:- Blue Brick ‘C’ 7 Rose and Crown (Brierley Hill) 2, High Acres 3 Bridge ‘B’ 6, Roebuck 2 Blue Brick ‘B’ 7, Bulls Head (Netherton) 5 Dudley Sports ‘B’ 4, Griffin 2 Old Star ‘B’ 7, Brickmakers 3 Tenth Lock 6, Liberal Club 5 Black Horse 4, Old Star ‘A’ 4 Dog and Lampost 5, Dudley Sports ‘A’ 5 Laurel 4, Ivy House (Dudley) 6 Swam 3, Bridge ‘A’ 5 Rose and Crown (Wordsley) 4.
The Brierley Hill Friday Night League will also be holding their AGM at Dudley Sports on Sunday the 11th January, the meeting will get underway at 11.00am again all teams are welcome to join the league for the forthcoming campaign.
Wigginton, after going top of the Pip Club League’s new Division One Round Robin League in week one have lost pole position in a big way as they slumped to an 8-0 home defeat at the hands of a Wilnecote Club side who have taken over the number one spot with four points from their opening two games. Bulls Head (Two Gates) are second after chalking up their first win another 8-0 at Two Gates Club.
In Division Two J W Belgrave made it eight wins from nine games with a convincing 12-4 win over Royal Oak to put them four points clear of second in the table Sports Bar ‘180’ who won 10-6 at Progressive Club.
Full Results:Division One Round Robin League:- Tamworth Motor Spares 4 Birchmoor Club 4 (Steve Bowman 102f), Wigginton 0 Wilnecote Club 8 (Simon Caswell 180), Two Gates Club 0 (Terry Stubbs 180) Bulls Head (Two Gates, Mathew White 140f), Division Two:- Globe Inn ‘B’ 4 Old Liberal 12 (Alan Carter 180), Pip Club 8 Globe Inn ‘A’ 8, J W Belgrave 12 Royal Oak 4, Gate (Amington) 9 Bulls Head ‘B’ (Polesworth) 7, Progressive Club 6 Sports Bar ‘180’ 10.
With only a handful of games remaining in the Stourbridge Wednesday Night League leaders Ten Arches ‘A’ and second placed Ashwood ‘A’ are still battling it out for the title, both teams had big wins this week, Ten Arches ‘A’ winning 6-1 at The Bell and Ashwood ‘A’ going one better with a 7-0 win at Rose and Crown to stay within four points of the top team.
Third placed Ashwood ‘B’ are another four points adrift of their ‘A’ team after losing their home tie with The Bridge 4-3, Bridge moving up one place to seventh.
At the other end of the table there was a rare win for bottom team The Leopard, a 4-3 win away to their nearest rivals The Swan making it two wins in 21 games to put them level on points with The Swan.
Full Results:Match 21:- Rose and Crown 0 Ashwood ‘A’ 7 (M.Bennett 158f), Wombourne Cricket Club 4 Dudley Sports 3, The Bell 1 Ten Arches ‘A’ 6 (S.Mills 8 darts game), The Swan 3 The Leopard 4, Ashwood ‘B’ 3 Bridge 4, Netherton Cricket Club 2 The Fox (Lye) 5, Ten Arches ‘B’ 4 Gigmill 3 (S.Essom 160b).
With both of the top two teams winning 7-2 in division one of the Forest of Arden Winter League, there is no change Olton Crown leading the way on a perfect sixteen points from their eight games and Highwood ‘A’ despite having the better average are two points behind. Olton’s latest win was away to bottom team Ivy Leaf, while Highwood won at home against next to bottom Greville Arrows.
In the second division top team Iron Horse kept their unbeaten run going in fine style as they handed their hosts New Inns a 9-0 whitewash keeping them two points ahead of both Highwood KB and Highwood ‘C’, KB winning 7-2 at Greville Arms, the ‘C’ game against Sheldon Flights a late result.
Full Results:Division One:- Riley’s Red Arrows 8 (B.Allen 123 120b 121, R.Derbyshire 125, L.Hodges 123,2x100,180, A.Foulkes 140,101b,100, D.Houlett 100,125) Journeys End 1 (S.Edwards 125,140,100, S.Whatmore 113b, J.Savage 115,101, A.Howell 101b,100, P.Shipley 120b, J.Jennings 100,140,120b, A.Savage 100), Harvester 4 (S.Hicks 140,100, S.Green 100,140) Chelmsley Town 5 J.MacDonald 2x100, G.Burbidge 117, N.Lumley 140, I.Robinson 112b, P.Brennan 2x100), Highwood ‘A’ 7 S.Darby 2x100, D.Cherry 100b,105b,100, T.Constable 100, D.Wright 119,100, A.Daly 160b,121, C.King 100b,100,108,125), Greville Arrows 2 (A.Hawkins 140, D.Duggan 2x100) Ivy Leaf 2 (R.Jelly 100, B.Jelly 100, T.Clinton 112b, L.Stephens 106b) Olton Crown 7 (J.Sidwell 100,140, D.Duncan 105b, S.Kennedy 100, T.Steele 100), Division Two:- New Inns 0 (C.Wilson 100, G.Wilson 126,132,100) Iron Horse 9 (D.Kilbey 100, J.Green 123, 118, T.Rainsford 127, R.Earl 2x140,106f), Greville Arms 2 (P.Thornley 100,125, M.Osbourne 126,100,100b, T.Anderton 123, B.Anderton 123,140) Highwood KB 7 (N.Wykes 100, W.Cooper 100, N.Byrne 100,120b).
In the Netherton Thursday Night League leaders Springfield Social Club pushed their visitors Brickmakers down two places in the table to fifth after beating them 6-3, which also increased their lead at the top to six points as second placed Netherton Sports and Social Club lost 5-4 at sixth in the table Fairfield.
Third and fourth placed Bulls Head and Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club both won 5-4 against respective opponents White Horse and Rose and Crown to put them both on 21 points, three behind Netherton Sports and Social Club.
Full Results:- Rose and Crown 4 Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 5, The Bell 6 White Swan 3, Fairfield 5 Netherton Sports and Social 4, Bulls Head 5 White Horse 4, Springfield Social Club 6 Brickmakers 3, Pensnett and Bromley 6 The Widders 3.
The South Birmingham League were involved in their Mixed Doubles Knockout and taking the title were Poachers Pocket duo Mark Osborne and Julie Green, who had a final win over Dave Clinton and Sue Kingdon from St John’s.

South Birmingham League Mixed Doubles Runners Up Dave Clinton  and Sue Kingdon

South Birmingham League Mixed Doubles Winners Mark Osborne  and Julie Green

Just one league fixture was played, a rearranged game between the top two teams in division one, Crown-Forget-Me-Not and Olton Crown. The result was an emphatic 8-1 win for Forget-Me-Not to put them two points in front of their opponents with a game in hand, also at the same time preserving their 100% win record.
Full Results:Rearranged Fixture:Division One:- Crown at Shard End 1 (A.Mayell 105b,127, N.Parsongae 137, M.Cooper 112b, A.Hoey 125, D.Smith 140, J.Prince 140, S.Cain 100, J.Norris 119) Crown-Forget-Me-Not 8 (L.Barberan 152b,140,8 darts game, J.Frost 130, B.Cadby 100,140, M.Birch 130, R.Hawker 114, M.Gallett 2x112b,9 and 10 darts games, W.Naylor 100, C.Millward 100,130).
The Small Heath League staged their inaugural Jim Haveron Memorial Competition at the Emerald Club, which will now become an annual event. A total of 44 players turned out for the competition. The semi finals saw George Haveron, from Cob’s Bar and Jim’s brother, beat Wagon and Horses player Mick Tilley, while from the other half of the draw Neil Parsonage (Emerald Club) won against Michael Looby, another Wagon and Horses representative.
The final result went in favour of Neil Parsonage, but the biggest winner of the night was charity as all the proceeds from entry fees and raffles was handed over to George Haveron to donate to his chosen charity.
The Camp Hill League played off their Secretaries and Captains Knockouts and winning the Secretaries event was Dave Carter from Holy Souls, with a final success over Peter Shipley from Scruffy Murphy’s.
The Captain’s title went to Cotterills Lane Club member Matt Cooper with Mick O’Sullivan (Holy Souls) runner up.
Full Results:Secretaries Knockout:Quarter Finals:- Arthur Forde (Devil’s Club) lost to Ada Rabourne (Haymills Social Club), Dave Carter (Holy Souls) beat Mark Standley (Wagon and Horses), Richard Cooper (Cotterills Lane Club) and Peter Shipley (Scruffy Murphy’s) bye, Semi Finals:- Richard Cooper lost to Dave Carter, Peter Shipley beat Ada Rabourne, Final:- Dave Carter lost to Peter Shipley, Captain’s Knockout:Quarter Finals:- Con Murphy (Scruffy Murphy’s) beat Mitch O’Donnell (Bordesley Labour Club), Richard Hogan (Haymills Social Club) lost to Mick O’Sullivan (Holy Souls), Peter Freeman (Wagon and Horses) lost to Matt Cooper (Cotterills Lane Club), Michael Looby (Devil’s Club) had a bye, Semi Finals:- Matt Cooper beat Michael Looby, Mick O’Sullivan beat Con Murphy, Final:- Matt Cooper beat Mick O’Sullivan.
Played 32 won 32 that’s the record so far for Crown in the Rowley Monday Night League, their latest success being a 5-4 home win over Ivy Bush ‘Z’ who are fifth in the league on 52 points, the same number as Bell and ex Serviceman’s Club who are third and fourth in the table.
Springfield Social Club are second and their 6-3 home win against Victoria Inn keeps them within four points of the leaders, however they have played one game more than Crown.
Full Results:- Britannia Inn 7 Whiteheath Tavern 2, Allens Sports Bar 4 Leones 5, Crown 5 Ivy Bush ‘Z’ 4, Ex Serviceman’s Club 4 Bell 5, Fairfield 2 Little Beech 7, Gate Hangs Well 5 White Swan 4, Hunting Tree 5 Haden Cross 4, Ivy Bush ‘A’ 4 Riddins Tavern 5, Plough and Harrow 4 Crown ‘B’ 5, Springfield Social Club 6 Victoria Inn 3.

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