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

Darts News – A West Midlands Report By Alan Towe

Three teams are on 10 points at the top of division one in the South Birmingham League, but they have played a different number of games. Crown-Forget-Me-Not lead the way with five wins from five games with Crown at Shard End second having won five of their seven games. Making up the trio is Mackadown Social, who havelost one of their six games.

In division two Coleshill Social made it eight straight wins when in their latest fixture they won 5-4 at home to The Gate giving them a four points lead over second placed The Trident, who have a game in hand on the leaders.

Full Results:Division One:- Toby Jug 4 (I.Beattie 140,136, S.Hunt 120b, R.Lawrence 100, D.Revitt 2x140, L.Tyrell 100) Mackadown Social 5 (D.Young 120,101b, M.Heaven 100, G.Tegg 104, M.Noonan 2x100, T.McCrave 100,120), St.John’s 3 (A.Aston 100, B.Harris 2x100,132, W.Yates 120, L.O’Donnell 100, L.Yates 100, S.Kingdon 140) Crown at Shard End 6 (P.Shipley 115, N.Parsonage 112b, D.Smith 125, M.McFall 100,134b, A.Hoey 100, M.Cooper 100, J.Prince 100), Punchbowl 6 (M.Tollis 2x100, B.Evans 125,100, A.Richards 125, K.Richards 100) The Raven 3 (T.Blakemore 100, J.Green 2x121, R.Earl 123, D.Mortiboys 100), Division Two:- Coleshill Social 5 (S.Harvey 120b, S.Sweetman 107b,2x100, G.Jones 100,135, P.Bryant 100) The Gate 4 (T.Barrs 140,100, K.Russell 100,100b, P.Jones 152b), The Dog 6 (S.O’Brien 100, P.Richards 140) Banbury Flights 3 (P.Wilde 109b, D.Cooper 100, P.Moran 120b,140).


Just one game played in the Small Heath League a preliminary round of the League Cup which saw Emerald Club record a decisive 7-2 win over Sheldon Marlborough Flights to secure a place in the last eight. Sheldon will join the losers from the quarter finals in the Jim Haveron Knockout.

Full Results:League Cup:Preliminary Round:- Emerald Club 7 (N.Parsonage 101,2x100, P.Yardley 157b,120) Sheldon Marlborough Flights 2 (R.Turner 118b, D.Humphries 2x100, M.Murrin 118).


The Forest of Arden Winter League had the first round of their divisional cups on the agenda. In the division one games leaders Olton Crown had a comfortable 7-2 win over Ivy Leaf, while second in the table Highwood ‘A’ went out of the knockout surprisingly losing 5-4 at Greville Arrows who are next to bottom of the division one table. Riley’s Red Arrows and Journeys End had 6-3 wins over respective opponents Harvester and Chelmsley Town.

Division two leaders Iron Horse emulated the division one leaders 7-2 result with a win against Sheldon Flights, there were 5-4 wins for Greville Arms and Crown Arrows in turn defeating Highwood KB and Highwood Exiles.

Full Results:Division One Cup:Round One:- Olton Crown 7 Ivy Leaf 2, Riley’s Red Arrows 6 Harvester 3, Greville Arrows 5 Highwood ‘A’ 4, Chelmsley Town 3 (T.Knowles 100, G.Burbidge 100, I.Robinson 100b,101b,100, P.Brennan 120b) Journeys End 6 (D.Kingdon 140,100, S.Whatmore 100, J.Jennings 154,100,120b, P.Shipley 2x100,100b,140, S.Kingdon 100, S.Edwards 100), Division Two Cup:Round One:- Iron Horse 7 (J.Evans 127, P.Byrne 100,140, J.Green 136b,100, R.Earl 100, R.Parry 100, F.Ensell 100) Sheldon Flights 2 (C.Cotter 105b,133,100, T.Roache 100), Highwood KB 4 Greville Arms 5, Crown Arrows 5 (R.Vanns 120b,100, C.Vanns 131,112b, R.Perkins 132, J.Gaskin 100) Highwood Exiles 4 (R.Harrison 125,100, K.Pearson 180, R.Payne 116b, S.Payne 160b, C.Harrison 103, R.Harrison jnr 100).


After playing 12 of their scheduled 22 games Brandon lead the way in the Warwickshire Men’s Super League with a total of 90 points, eight more than their nearest rivals Coventry Bishopsgate. Third in the table Birmingham Court Oak are on 70 points and have played one game fewer than the two teams above them, a win in that game in hand however wouldn’t see them move up the table.


With only three matches remaining in the Rowley Monday Night League Crown moved within touching distance of winning the title when they beat Haden Cross 6-3 to make it 35 wins from as many games. The win gives Crown a maximum 70 points, six more than second in the table Springfield Social Club, who beat Ivy Bush ‘Z’ 5-4 to mathematically keep them with an outside chance of stealing the title but realistically Crown now require just one more point to secure the league title and after 35 straight wins it seems very unlikely that they will let it slip away.

Full Results:- Allens Sports Bar 6 The Bell 3, Britannia Inn 3 Leones 6, Crown 6 Haden Cross 3, Ex Serviceman’s Club 5 Crown ‘B’ 4, Gate Hangs Well 5 Little Beech 4, Hunting Tree 4 Riddins Tavern 5, Ivy Bush ‘A’ 6 White Swan 3, Plough and Harrow 5 Fairfield 4, Springfield Social Club 5 Ivy Bush ‘Z’ 4, Victoria Inn 5 Whiteheath Tavern 4.


With only one defeat in seven games Crown, Old Hill lead the way in the West Midland Men’s Super League having amassed a total of 44 points, their latest victory being a 4-3 home win over third in the table Wednesfield FC who are seven points behind them. Landywood Snooker Club, Great Wyrley are second, they have only played six games and are six points adrift of Crown.

Full Results:- White Swan 1 Cleveland Arms 6, Allens Sports Bar 4 Bridgetown Social 3, Crown 4 Wednesfield FC 3.


Britannia Sports Bar, High Street, Wollaston will be staging a knockout on Saturday 24thJanuary and for a £5 entry fee there will be a guaranteed £150 payout for the eventual winner plus payouts for the runner up and losing semi finalists. There will also be a 101 knockout for all first round losers.

Registrations will be accepted until 1.30pm with a 2.00pm start. Anyone requiring any further information should contact Britannia on 01384-396291.


In the latest round of fixtures Wombourne Cricket Club were the sole losers in the top five teams in the Stourbridge and District Wednesday Night League. Although they had home board advantage Wombourne went down by a massive 6-1 to Ten Arches ‘B’ who are five places and ten points below them.

Leaders Ten Arches ‘A’ hold on to a four points lead over second in the table Ashwood ‘A’ after handing out a 7-0 whitewash to their visitors The Swan, Ashwood ‘A’ winning 5-2 against Gigmill.

Third placed Ashwood ‘B’ won 6-1 at Netherton Cricket Club and Dudley Sports join Wombourne in joint fourth place with a 5-2 win over The Bridge.

Full Results :Match 22:- Ashwood ‘A’ 5 Gigmill 2, Dudley Sports 5 Bridge 2, The Bell 4 The Fox (Lye) 3, The Leopard 3 Rose and Crown 4, Wombourne Cricket Club 1 Ten Arches ‘B’ 6, Ten Arches ‘A’ 7 The Swan 0, Netherton Cricket Club 1 Ashwood ‘B’ 6.


Plans are going ahead for a knockout to be staged at Allens Sports and Social Club, Newhall Street, Tipton, DY4 9HL on the first Sunday of the month, the first of which is 1stFebruary.

Anyone requiring further details should contact the club on 0121-557-7032.


With Sportsmans Rest having a bye in the Aston League, second placed Red Lion took full advantage to draw level on points with the leaders after a convincing 8-1 home win over Mitre. The two top teams are just two points to the good on third in the table Kingstanding Ex Serviceman’s who could join them on 16 points if they win their game in hand. Fourth in the table Castle Vale Stadium are on 10 points but they have only played seven games and could move to within two points of the leading duo if they win those games in hand.

Full Results:Match 10:- Aston Flights 4 (K.Nelson 100, G.Lynch 123, M.Andrews 119, R.Nelson 100,101, J.Lynch 135, P.Andrews 100) Heartlands 5 (W.Naylor 135,110b, J.Frost 121, G.McCormack 2x100, S.Cain 3x100), Red Lion 8 (D.Vickers 126, K.Neal 100, T.Colley 2x100, C.Hawkley 100, B.Hughes 2x100, T.Vickers 135,116f, D.Rawlings 137) Mitre 1 (S.Hughes 2x100, I.Jones 103b, J.Buttle 100, D.Lacey 108b,2x100, C.Austin 100,140, E.Jones 100), Safe Harbour 6 (P.Donovan 100, J.Clarke 131, D.Lowe 100, T.Carroll 100,108f, G.Oldfield 120b,2x100) Aston Social 3 (J.J.Armstrong 120b, R.Bazeley 137, D.Phelps 100,112b,129, S.Green 100, B.Mallaband 126), Cross Keys 0 (J.P.Roddy 100, S.Spink 116,140,100) Kingstanding Ex Serviceman’s 9 (J.Morris jnr 100,134, G.Masefield 112b, A.Mountford 114f, B.Stephens 100, B.Lysaght 100, D.Harrison 128).


Fox and Dogs, reigning champions of the Tamworth League have once again taken over pole position moving up from third in the table to top on average after a 6-1 home win over Three Tuns ‘A’, Fazeley. Old Liberal House are on the same 59 points as Fox and Dogs, they won 5-2 at Sports Bar and have played one game more than the leaders.

Former leaders Dolphin ‘A’ lost for the first time in seven games going down 4-3 at home to Belgrave Club and drop to fourth in the table, their victors moving up into third place one point ahead of them.

Full Results:- Wigginton 5 Dolphin ‘B’ 2, Sports Bar 2 Old Liberal House 5, Fox and Dogs 6 Three Tuns ‘A’ (Fazeley) 1, Longwood 6 Sports Bar ‘180’ 1, Dolphin ‘A’ 3 Belgrave Club 4, Players League:- John Lewin (Dolphin ‘B’) beat Andy Brennan (Wigginton), Jonathon Bagley (Old Liberal House) beat Rob Taft (Sports Bar), Martin Edwards (Fox and Dogs) beat Susie Leek (Three Tuns ‘A’, Fazeley), Mark DeLeon (Longwood) beat Terry Molineux (Sports Bar ‘180’), Adam Williams (Belgrave Club) beat Ian Turner (Dolphin ‘A’) via a bye.


The West Midlands County Youth team travelled to take on Essex in their second game of the season but were unable to return with a result from their three games as the Under 21 team lost 3-2, the ladies went down 2-1 and the Under 18 team finished on the wrong side of a 7-2 result.

Let’s hope 2015 will bring better fortunes, the next game will be a home tie with London on Sunday 25thJanuary and the week after they will take on Berkshire.


The Wolverhampton Tuesday Night League will be holding their AGM to form the 2015 – 2016 season at the Emerald Club, Cross Street, Wolverhampton on Tuesday 27thJanuary. The meeting will get underway at approximately 8.00pm all existing and new teams are welcome to attend and should bring with them a list of the signed players.

Anyone requiring any further information should contact Michele Pritchard on 07933-246173.


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