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

Darts News – A West Midlands Report By Alan Towe

Reigning champions of the premier division in the Sheldon and District Winter League Saltley Amateur Gardeners are slowly seeing their crown drift away from them, undefeated in last season’s 22 games they have so far this campaign lost four of the eleven played. The latest round of fixtures saw Saltley go down 6-3 at home to fourth in the table Mackadown Social to leave them lying in fifth place six points adrift of leaders Crown at Olton.

Division two leaders remain the only unbeaten team in the league taking their winning run to eleven with an 8-1 home win over Emerald Flights to give them a four point’s lead over second placed Maggies who won 6-3 at Shirley RBL Flights.

Full Results:Week 12:Premier DivisionSheldon Dukes 5 (M.O’Donnell 125, P.Pudge 103b, L.Molyneux 112b,137,8 darts game, P.Curry 101,107b,140) George V 4 (A.Edwards 114b,101b, J.Savage 121,100,180, C.Horsley 111b, A.Dews 101), Crown at Shard End 6 (D.Cherry 132, P.Shipley 100, N.Parsonage 2x100,125,112b, K.Deeley 100, A.Hoey 100, J.Prince 100,105) The Pirates 3 (R.Lawrence 100, G.Green 121, A.Cooksey 100, M.Naylor 121, J.Buttle 100), Saltley Amateur Gardeners 3 (N.Clarke 101b, A.Caddick 160b,10 darts game,105, S.Winters 102b, T.White 115,120b, T.Webster 100,136) Mackadown Social 6 (B.Allen 100, M.Anwar 100, D.Young 100, A.Sheen 100b, A.McCrave 100), The Lyndon 7 (R.Lucas 2x100, A.Daly 120b,160b, S.Darby 2x120b, J.Buckingham 125, S.Harding 100, J.Harris 100) Raven 2 (D.Keatley 2x100,130f,9 darts game, S.Whatmore 134, R.Earl 2x100, D.Mortiboys 100,127, A.Whitehouse 100, T.Whitehouse 121,140), Langley Hall Sports and Social 2 (A.Barnfield 100, D.Tudor 120b, R.Nixon 120b, S.Bromley 100, C.Round 100) Crown at Olton 7 (J.Sidwell 160f, K.Attwood 123, M.Wall 100,140, P.Yardley 2x100,100b, B.Nixon 180,112b,100, T.Steele 100,111, D.Duncan 100b), Division Two:- Holy Souls 7 (C.Stokes 137, T.Evans 100, D.Heighway 120b, M.O’Sullivan 147, J.Lucas 140) Marston Green Tavern 2 (P.Parker 110, T.Randell 100b,120b,145, P.Lawrence 105, S.Cresser 140,100), Iron Horse Flights 7 (J.Evans 100,140, J.Green 120b, R.Parry 100b, D.Kilbey 121) Crown Arrows 2 (R.Vann 100, K.Depper 122, S.Moran 100, J.Masefield 100), Yardley Ex Colts 3 (D.Wright 100, R.Collins 100, G.McFonnell 100, R.Mason 105, P.Welch 123) Banbury Club 6 (J.Gallagher 120b, M.Morgan 2x100, T.Frost 120b,100, G.Fleetwood 100,125), Division Two:- Crown-Forget-Me-Not 8 (P.Seadon 100, W.Griffiths 100,140, C.Kettlewell snr 123, G.Lynch 100,116b, J.Stokes 120, B.Steptoe 121,100, C.Kettlewell jnr 120,140) Emerald Flights 1 (P.Webster 2x100,120b, P.Hopkins 100, A.Burbridge 100, S.Facey 100), Meadway Sports and Social 4 (D.Delaney 121,103b, D.Maguire 149b, M.McArthur 102b,140) Ridgemere Social 5 (D.Hipkiss 2x100, D.Jones 2x100), Greville Arms 5 (A.Hawkins 100) Highwood Exiles ‘A’ 4 (K.Pearson 100, S.Payne 140, D.Carey 100), Shirley RBL Misfits 3 (A.McCracken 140, M.Hodgson 100, G.Brown 102b) Maggies 6 (R.Kirby 106, N.Hall 100b, S.Hall 125,100), League Cup:Quarter Finals:- Langley Hall Sports and Social Arrows 3 (D.Heath 100, S.Bromley 140,180, A.Powell 2x140,100, A.Barnfield 125, C.Round 100, M.Barber 119) Saltley Amateur Gardeners 6 (N.Clarke 100, A.Caddick 100, I.McClean 2x100, P.Sinnett 140,100, T.White 140,118f, T.Webster 120,100), Mackdown Social 6 (B.Allen 120b, D.Young 100, G.Tegg 100, T.McCrave 122, M.Anwar 160b) The Pirates 3 (K.Green 131, R.Lawrence 100, W.Naylor 100,2x140, A.Cooksey 121, J.Buttle 121, G.Green 100, M.Turner 100), Sheldon Dukes 1 (M.O’Donnell 100, P.Sunner 140,100, L.Molyneux 112b, P.Curry 2x100, P.Pudge 140) Crown at Olton 5 (J.Sidwell 100b,140,100, K.Attwood 121, S.Kennedy 140, M.Wall 140, P.Yardley 131, B.Nixon 180,100), The Lyndon 6 (S.Harding 100,115, A.Daly 100, D.White 120, T.Daly 100, P.Stevens 100, J.Harris 140, P.Henderson 127) Crown at Shard End 3 (N.Parsonage 2x100, K.Deeley 121, P.Shipley 180, K.Reynolds 100,137, J.Prince 140).


The Beehive consolidated their grip on the on the division one title in the Four Oaks and District League beating current league champions and second in the table Sutton Sports 6-3 to open up a four point’s gap between the two top teams. Red Lion and Old Oscott Arrows in turn won 6-3 at Brookvale Social and 5-4 at Golden Hind Arrows to put both teams on 10 points, two less than Sutton Sports.

In division two Golden Hind won 6-3 away to third in the table Old Oscott WMC keeping them two points ahead of Boldmere Sports who beat Pint Pot Flights 5-4 in a very closely fought contest which was won in the final game. Another close affair was the one between Plough and Arrows and Erdington Stars, the former going 4-0 up then being pegged back to 4-4 before winning the final game for a 5-4 victory.

Division three leaders Anvil Nomads had a bye The Fox in second place drew within two points of the top team with a 6-3 win at Erdington Arrows.

Just one maximum recorded this week and that was supplied by Brookvale Social’s W.Naylor, R.Stanton (The Fox) not far behind with his 177.

Full Results:Match 9:Division One:- Sutton Sports 3 (M.Aston 122b,120b,100,115f,125, J.Kavanagh 2x100, S.Paling 123,100, R.Hawker 2x100b,100, M.Wild 120b) The Beehive 6 (K.Reynolds 2x140, C.O’Neil 105b, N.Clarke 100b,2x100, M.Partridge 105b,2x100, J.Prince 112b, K.Deeley 2x100), Golden Hind Arrows 4 (K.Lumby 118,132, R.Hasluck 100, J.Clarke 100, J.Mahon 2 x100) Old Oscott Arrows 5 (D.Page 112b,100, A.Mountford 135,123,3x100, M.Compton 2x100,140,118f, M.Maher 100,121, E.Atkins 140,100, M.Page 100), Brookvale Social 3 (J.Yates 100, W.Naylor 100,180,140, D.Munge 100b) Red Lion 6 (B.Hughes 135,100, D.Vickers 107b, M.E.Gaughan 121,100, D.Rawlings 100,121, T.Vickers 100), Division Two:- Plough and Arrows 5 (J.Vickers 108b,2x100, N.Robbins 100b,3x100, P.Smith 120b,2x100, I.Taylor 112b,121,125, A.Humphriss 120b) Erdington Stars 4 (K.Shorthouse 111, L.Shorthouse 100, K.Jarvis 115, D.Shannon 103b,2x140, R.Liggins 100,140, D.A.Jarvis jnr 2x140), Old Oscott WMC 3 (D.Parsons 100, N.Hawkley 137, P.Burgess 139, J.Tolley 140) Golden Hind 6 (G.Kimberley 140,118, J.Morris jnr 120b,3x100, D.Keatley 121, T.Kelly 100, D.Pickering 140,120, T.Keatley 140), Boldmere Sports 5 (C.Packer 120b,100,160f, P.A.Seadon 2x100, L.Barbaran 100, A.Gallett 2x100,131,134f,140, J.Frost 105b) Pint Pot Flights 4 (W.Bailey 101b, J.Moon 100b, M.Pearson-Bagnall 2x100,121, M.Bruin 110b,100b,125,2x140), Division Three:- Erdington Arrows 3 (J.Cox 125,2x100, R.Bazeley 140,100, M.Edwards 108b, J.Cronin 108b, P.MacDonald 100) The Fox 6 (D.Perry 140,128, R.Stanton 121,100,125,177, M.Willetts 134,121,100, D.Baker 3x100, D.Willetts 120,100), Bishop Vesey 6 (C.Sammons 2x100, D.Sammons 100, A.France 131, S.Holmes 120b,140, T.Pringle 121) Boldmere Oak 3 (A.Small 121,125, S.Hagans 101, C.Hagans 108b, P.Bromley 3x100), Anvil Nomads had a bye.


Springfield Social Club held on to their six points lead in the Netherton Thursday Night League with a comfortable 7-2 win at The Widders. Second in the table Netherton Sports and Social went one better with an 8-1 home win over The Bell. Third and fourth placed Bulls Head and Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club both won 6-3 against respective opponents Pensnett and Bromley and White Swan. Sixth in the table Fairfield were the only losers in the top six, they lost 5-4 away to Brickmakers who are fifth.

Full Results:- Brickmakers 5 Fairfield 4, Netherton Sports and Social Club 8 The Bell 1, Bulls Head 6 Pensnett and Bromley 3, The Widders 2 Springfield Social Club 7, White Horse 4 Rose and Crown 5, White Swan 3 Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 6.


The Cradley Tuesday Night League started their new campaign with the first round of their Harry Siviter Memorial Cup biggest winners of the round were Chop House who beat Bulls Head 7-2. Members Club ‘B’, Netherton Sports and Social ‘A’ and Brickmakers Arms were 6-3 winners against Plough and Harrow, Roost ‘B’ and The Gate, while White Horse, Crown ‘A’ and The Vine each won 5-4 at the expense of Crown ‘B’, Members Club ‘A’ and Wheatsheaf.

Full Results:Harry Siviter Memorial Cup:Round One:- White Horse 5 Crown ^B^ 4, Chop House 7 Bulls Head 2, Members Club ^B^ 6 Plough and Harrow 3, Members Club ^A^ 4 Crown ^A^ 5, Netherton Sports and Social ^A^ 6 Roost ^B^ 3, Brickmakers Arms 6 Gate 3, Vine 5 Wheatsheaf 4.


The Small Heath League made its way to the half way point of the season this week Cobs Bar were looking to enter the second half of the season on the back of a win over the Mitre who were looking to maintain their own title challenge. A strong start to the match by the visitors saw them take an early 3-0 lead from which they never looked back and went on to win 6-3.

Playing at home Emerald Flights took on the league dark horses Wagon and Horses and after an even start to the game the visitors took charge with better finishing securing a 6-3 win against a team who will fancy their chances in the shadow league.

The Gulp were looking to maintain their lead at the top of the table against Emerald Club who in turn were looking to win points for their challenge at the top. After taking the opening game the visitors were then pegged back before squaring the game at 2-2, from there the Gulp took charge winning the final games to secure a 7-2 victory and remain two points clear at the top of the table.

Warwick Arms and Sheldon Marlborough Flights were involved in a close encounter the hosts just falling short as they went down 5-4.

Full Results:- Cobs Bar 3 (D.Shakespeare 100, A.Latimer 100, M.Turner 100, G.Haveron 100, T.Humphries 107) Mitre 6 (I.Jones 121,120b,100, L.Austin 139f, P.Brown 101b,140, A.Wale 100, S.Tierney 100,100b,103b, C.Austin 140, S.Hughes 100), Emerald Flights 3 (K.Corfield 2x100, M.Shah 108b, D.Dodd 180, S.Facey 120b,100) Wagon and Horses 6 (C.Murphy 120f,105, R.Ingram 101b,140,125,120f, S.Whitaker 2x100, M.Looby 136), Gulp 7 (S.Moon 100, D.Heighway 100, L/Harris 100b,100, J.Harris 100, M.Cooper 140) Emerald Club 2 (N.Parsonage 2x100,140, A.Fisher 100,120b, P.Hopkins 105b, C.Rigby 100,127f,140), Warwick Arms 4 (W.Magee 126b, C.Harris 100) Sheldon Marlborough Flights 5 (D.Humphries 140,2x100, N.Rughani 140, M.Murrin 100, A.Eden 100,120).


After completing thirteen fixtures Brandon lead the Warwickshire Men’s Super League with 98 points, Coventry Bishopsgate some eight points behind them are their nearest rivals.

Birmingham Court Oak are in third place and have a game in hand on the two teams above them but they are 18 points behind Bishopsgate and a massive 26 adrift of Brandon.


The Stourbridge and District Monday Night League have reached the halfway point in their season and top of the table Ashwood got there handing oput a 9-0 whitewash to their hosts The Cat (Wordsley) to put them on 36 points, six more than Britannia and Ten Arches, who both have a game in hand on the leaders. Britannia won 7-2 at The Fox (Lye), while Ten Arches had a bye.

At the other end of the table there was a rare win for Shrubbery Cottage, their second in seventeen when they won 7-2 against middle of the table Quarry Bank Conservative Club. Full Results:Match 18:- Church Tavern 9 Gigmill 0, Fox (Lye) 2 Britannia 7, Plough 2 Bird ‘A’ (Stourbridge) 7, Shrubbery Cottage 7 Quarry Bank Conservative Club 2, Stourbridge RBL 4 Corn Exchange 5, Bird ‘B’ (Stourbridge) 7 Crestwood 2, Cat Inn (Wordsley) 0 Ashwood 9, Brickmakers 9 Bird (Wordsley) 0, Kingswinford Conservative Club 1 New Inns 8.


Due to them having their game with Bridgtown Social postponed Crown lost pole position in the West Midland Men’s Super League. Taking over the number one spot is Landywood Snooker Club who won their home tie with bottom of the table White Swan 7-0 to give them 47 points from 7 games, Crown have played the same number of games and are three points behind Landywood.

Wednesfield FC won 4-3 at Staffordshire Knot to give them 43 points from eight games and third place in the table, while fourth placed Cleveland Arms lost ground as they went down 4-3 at Allens Sports Bar to leave them seven points behind Cleveland.

Full Results:- Allens Sports Bar 4 Cleveland Arms 3, Staffordshire Knot 3 Wednesfield FC 4, Landywood Snooker Club 7 White Swan 0.


It was cup week in the South Birmingham League, in the Knockout Cup there were big wins for the top two division one sides, leaders Crown-Forget-Me-Not beating division two’s second placed Trident 7-2 and Crown at Shard End, who are second in division one won their home fixture against The Dog (third in division two) 9-0.

Toby Jug (div one) won 8-1 against The Kingfisher (div two), St John’s (div one) lost 5-4 against The Raven (div one).

In the Jimmy Walker Cup second division leaders Coleshill Social lost 5-4 at home to division one’s Punchbowl, the remainder of the matches were between division two teams and winning through were Banbury Flights and The Gate who won in turn against Smithswood Social and Poachers Pocket.

Full Results:Knockout Cup:- Toby Jug 8 (R.Lawrence 100, M.O^Connor 140) The Kingfisher 1, Trident 2 (A.Cooksey 2x100, M.Naylor 121, S.Hipkiss 100) Crown-Forget-Me-Not 7 (M.Birch 100, J.Frost 140,100, C.Millard jnr 100, M.Gallet 112b, B.Cadby 105b, C.Millward snr 2x100, W.Naylor 107b,119), Crown at Shard End 9 The Dog 0, St John’s 4 (B.Harris 103b, W.Yates 103b,100, D.Clinton 140, A.Aston 110b,135) Raven 5 (J.Evans 112b, J.Whitehouse 138, D.Mortiboys 100,140, R.Earl 100,136,100b), Jimmy Walker Knockout Cup:- Banbury Flights 5 (W.Cooper 100, D.Raven 118, K O^Conner 116, P.Morgan 2x100, P.Wilde 100) Smithswood Social 4 (M.Winstanley 125,100, P.Cobley 100), The Gate 7 (T.Barrs 100,116b,114b, K.Russell 100, T.Molineux 106b) Poachers Pocket 2 (B.Salter 121, B.Anderton 120,100), Coleshill Social 4 (S.Harvey 140,100, S.Sweetman 2x100, P.Bryant 140) Punchbowl 5 (N.Robinson 180, K.Richards 100, M.Turner 100).


It was not a good week for Olton Crown in division one of the Forest of Arden Winter League as they lost their unbeaten record and it was to their nearest rivals Highwood ‘A’. Prior to the fixture Olton were top of the table, but following their 5-4 home defeat they drop to second place trailing behind Highwood ‘A’ on average as both teams have 16 points.

Just one other result from division one which saw third placed Journeys End beat bottom of the table Ivy leaf 7-2.

In division two there was good and bad news for the three Highwood teams, third in the table Highwood KB lost at home by 8-1 to second in the table Highwood ‘C’ and next to bottom Highwood Exiles lost 5-4 at Sheldon Flights.

Full Results:Division One:- Olton Crown 4 (J.Sidewell 106b,130,9 darts game,100, P.Nunn 100b,105, B.Nixon 140,110f,149b,128,8 darts game, T.Steele 100, D.Duncan 120b, C.John 106) Highwood ‘A’ 5 (D.Cherry 120b,100, T.Constable 100,135, C.King 125, J.Buckingham 125,140,100, S.Darby 117b,2x100, A.Daly 2x137,136), Journey^s End 7 (J.Savage 140, L.Barberan 112b,100,180, W.Yates 121, J.Jennings 118, A.Savage 123,100, S.Edwads 138) Ivy Leaf 2 (J.Harley 124, B.Jelly 101, A.Fenney 100), Division Two:- Highwood KB 1 Highwood ‘C’ 8, Iron Horse 8 (R.Parry 116, R.Earl 120b,100b) Greville Arms 1 (P.Thorley 134, M.Osbourne 120b,4x100, B.Anderton 100), Crown Arrows 7 (J.Gaskin 100, R.Vann 123,125, K.White 100, L.Vann 100,103b, D.White 100) New Inns 2 (D.Blick 100b, B.Scott 101,2x100), Sheldon Flights 5 (C.Cotter 121,102,105f, L.Allwood 101b) Highwood Exiles 4 (R.Harrison 100, S.Payne 100).


The Camp Hill League played off their Ladies Singles and Mixed Doubles competitions. In the singles Bordesley Labour Club player Sue Kingdon beat Sheila Carter form Holy Souls in the final to clinch the title.

Losing semi finalists were E.Cumiskey (Bordesley Labour Club) and Jean Forde (Devil’s Club). Sue then made it a terrific double when she teamed up with Luis Barberan to win the doubles knockout. Runners up were Ann and Mick O’Sullivan from Holy Souls.


Birchmoor Club remain in the number one spot in division one of the Pip Club League after a convincing 7-1 win away to bottom team Two Gates Club. Wilnecote stay hot on the heels of the leaders with a 5-3 win at Tamworth Motor Spares keeping them within one point of Birchmoor.

The top four teams in division two all won, with big wins for the top three, leaders J W Belgrave winning 11-5 at Old Liberal, second placed Sports Bar ‘180’ having a 12-4 win at Bulls Head ‘B’ (Polesworth) and Pip Club won their home game with Globe ‘B’ 10-6. Globe ‘A’ are fourth and they had a much closer 9-7 win as hosts to Gate (Amington) who are fifth.

Full Results:Division One:- Wigginton 3 Bulls Head ‘A’ (Polesworth) 5, Tamworth Motor Spares 3 Wilnecote Club 5, Two Gates Club 1 Birchmoor Club 7, Division Two:- Pip Club 10 Globe ‘B’ 6, Old Liberal 5 J W Belgrave 11, Globe ‘A’ 9 Gate (Amington) 7, Royal Oak 6 Progressive Club 10, Bulls Head ‘B’ (Polesworth) 4 Sports Bar ‘180’ 12.


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