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Article: Darts News – A West Midlands Round Up By Alan Towe

Darts News – A West Midlands Round Up By Alan Towe

This coming weekend the Warwickshire County Darts Organisation will be travelling south to take on Cambridgeshire in what will be their sixth fixture in their nine games season in the Premier Division of the BDO Inter County Championships. Following their two opening defeats at the beginning of the season they have now strung together three consecutive wins their most recent being a terrific 21-15 victory over second in the table Lancashire. Now fourth in the table Warwickshire will be hoping to open up a gap between themselves and their hosts who are fifth on 93 points just six short of Warwickshire.
Lining up for Warwickshire will be Men’s ‘A’:- Noel Grant, Jamie Hughes, Tom Aldridge, Antony Allen, Bob Nixon, Mark Westgarth, Mark Carter, William Naylor, Dean Stewart, Richard Foster, Mark Strong, Jamie Atkins, Men’s ‘B’:- Simon Power, Paul Deslandes, Simon Fairbrother, Tom Ryan, Rob Hawker, Carl Green, Mangal Singh, Peter Hughes, Luke Kennedy, Tom McGlone, Ian Shaw, James Hykin, Reserves:- Tom Martin, Dan Green, Prakash Jiwa, Matt Edgar, Ted Evetts, Women’s ’A’:- Trina Gulliver, Sue Gulliver, Melanie Hill, Wendy Adams, Natalie Gilbert, Kerry Bambridge, Women’s ‘B’:- Lisa Deslandes, Angela Jones, Marian Conway, Donna Pinch, Nina Bolt, Denise Keyte, Reserves:- Kat Spanswick, Lucy Keyte, Helen Rigg.
In division two of the BDO Inter County Championships West Midlands after returning to the top of the promotion table will have a testing fixture this weekend when they travel south to take on Suffolk who with 103 points are just ten adrift of West Midlands and currently third in the table behind Berkshire who are on 108 points, West Midlands have 113.
Unfortunately once again the men’s teams have not been made available but thanks to Kim Fellows the ladies line up is Women’s ‘A’:- Sophie Singh, Sarah Roberts, Lisa Astbury, Debbie Loon, Katharine Jenkins, Gemma Barrett, Women’s ‘B’:- Heather Wright, Shellbie Simmons, Jacqueline Maiden, Samantha Maiden, Kim Fellows, Kirsty Shaughnessy, Reserves:- Claire Hobbs, Wendy Waine, Nicci McLaughlin, Roxanne Nicholls, Lizzy Arnold.
Fulll Results:BDO Inter County Championships:Division Two:West Midlands v Worcestershire (19-17):(West Midlands names first): Men’s ‘A’:- Lewis Venes 1 James Hurrell 4, Keith Allman 3 Graham Hall 4, Gareth Watts 0 Phil Whitlock 4, Michael Baker 4 Terence Webster 3, Matthew Dicken 3 Chris Jennngs 4, Avtar Singh 3 Dave Honey 4, Sam Hamilton 1 Ian Mackenzie 4, Shaun Carroll 4 Tom White 1, Ian Jones 4 Patrick Sinnett 3, Christopher Mason 4 Lee Furneaux 0, Mark Craddock 3 Richard Hosey 4, Gavin Baker 4 Mark Jones 1, Men’s ‘B’:- Mick Hoult 1 Keith Simpson 3, John Morris 3 Paul Wallace 0, Daniel Nicholls 3 Elliot Hancox 0, Ashe Khayat 3 Mark Luscott 1, Scott Baker 3 Neil Parsonage 1, John Mycock 1 Paul Bailey 3, Mark Rollinson 1 Andrew Pullen 3, Paul Price 3 Wayne Thomas 1, Jonathan Platt 3 Philip Randell 2, Robert Smith 0 Anthony Butler 3, Glen Cullen 0 Kevin Mason 3, Neil Pointon 3 Nick Evans 1, Women’s ‘A’:- Kath Jenkins 3 Jackie Evans 1, Gemma Barrett 0 Allison Gallagher 3, Sarah Roberts 3 Nicola Ellis 0, Debbie Loon 0 Zoe Jones 3, Lisa Astbury 2 Jenny Shail 3, Sophie Singh 3 Kim Jones 2, Women’s ‘B’:- Shellbie Simmons 2 Debbie Bearmand 3, Jacqueline Maiden 3 Rachel Gallagher 2, Samantha Maiden 3 Janet Farley 2, Kirsty Shaughnessy 3 Brenda Ellis 2, Heather Wright 2 Jenny Place 3, Sophie Singh 3 Lynne Arnold 1.
The Sheldon and District Winter League staged the first round of their Punchbowl knockout in which there were no major shock results. Winning through to round two were, Saltley Amateur Gardeners, East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association, Ridgemere Social, Crown-Forget-Me-Not, Solihull Moors, Iron Horse, Highwood Arrows, Holy Souls, Crown at Shard End, Mackadown Social, Highwood KB’s, Castle Vale Residents, Crown at Olton, Langley Sports and Social Arrows, George V and Sheldon Dukes.
Full Results:Punchbowl:Round One:- Saltley Amateur Gardeners 7 (R.Lawrence 108b, J.Randell 120b, T.White 100,140, J.Phipps 123) Langley Hall Sports and Social Flights 2 (S.Barrett 100), Small Heath Amateur Gardeners 1 East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association 8 (A.Hinton 121, P.Carey 100, D.Horley 100), Ridgmere Social 9 Emerald Flights 0 (walkover), Greville Arms 2 Crown-Forget-me-Not 7 (A.Smith 100, T.Colley 100b), Solihull Moors 7 (C.Turner 102b, S.Hicks 115b, L.Hodges 100, J.Palmer 100) Sheldon Heath Social 2 (M.Morgan 124, R.Evans 137,100, B.Evans 3x100, A.Richards 100, D.Whitehouse 120b), Iron Horse 5 (R.Earl 100, J.Evans 100, P.Byrne 100, R.Parry 100) Yardley Ex Colts 4 (R.Collins 112b, S.Whadlock 110b), Maggies 3 Highwood Arrows 6, Holy Souls 6 (M.O’Sullivan 171, D.Smith 100, D.Heighway 125), Crown at Shard End 8 (A.Mayell 140, N.Parsonage 136, P.Shipley 130, C.King 140) The Pavillions 1 (K.Richards 100, N.Robinson 180), Mackadown Social 5 (D.Young 100, G.James 100, M.Noonan 100) Crown Arrows 4 (D.White 139, L.Vann 102b, R.Perkins 101), Highwood KB’s 7 (N.Wykes 156b, D.Buckler 140, T.Hobbis 112b, D.Cherry 128) Meadway Sports and Social 2 (S.Collins 140,10 darts game), Castle Vale Residents 5 (P.Nicholls 132, R.Vann 100, J.Burdett 114f, B.Cadby 125, A.Rose 100) The Lyndon 4 (D.Wright 100, J.Buckingham 110b), Shirley RBL Misfits 2 (J.Boyle 100) Crown at Olton 7 (J.Jennings 100b, T.Randell 120b, J.Sidwell 100, I.Spencer 103b, D.Duncan 100), Langley Hall Sports and Social Arrows 8 (D.Tudor 140, D.Nixon 120b, A.Nixon 100, R.Nixon 100) Willclare Sports and Social 1 (F.Dixon 130, M.Holt 140, D.Reid 140), George V 9 (S.Palmer 102, A.Savage 100) Highwood Exiles 0 (J.Phipps 120, D.Cooper 100, C.Harrison 100b), Sheldon Marlborough Flights 4 (B.Steptoe 100, D.Howlett 112b) Sheldon Dukes 5 (P.Pudge 1-4, S.O’Donnell 140).
Boldmere St Mikes 7-2 win at Old Oscott Arrows maintains their unbeaten run at the top of the first division table in the Four Oaks and District League. The Beehive continue to keep the pressure on the leaders their 6-3 win against Plough and Arrows leaving them trailing by just two points. Golden Hind are a further two points adrift in third place following their similar 6-3 win at Pint Pot Flights.
Bottom of the table Boldmere Sports and Social celebrated their first league points with a 5-4 victory at Red Lion to leave them just two points behind their hosts.
In the second division Golden Hind march on, a 9-0 whitewash over The Park taking their unbeaten run to ten games and also keeping intact their four points lead over second in the table Bishop Vesey who for the second consecutive week came from 4-2 down to go on and win 5-4, this week against The Fox.
Disappointment for Erdington Arrows whose 7-2 reversal at home to The Boot was their third defeat in a row and are now fourth on the same 12 points as third placed Lions who had a bye this week. Apparently the Magic Circle beckons for Brookvale Social who after going 4-1 went on to beat Boldmere Tap 5-4.
C.Perry (Boldmere St Mikes), J.Frost (Boldmere Sports and Social) and P.Smith (Plough and Arrows) all hit 180’s this week.
Full Results:Match 11:Division One:- Old Oscott Arrows 2 (M.Page 126, M.Compton 3x100, E.Atkins 2x125,100, A.Lea 108b,2x100,140,135, D.Page 100) Boldmere St Mikes 7 (M.Wild 131, A.Kimberley 120b,2x140,100, M.Ashton 120b,100, B.Linnecor 125, N.Smallwood 100, S.Paling 100,125, J.Kavanagh 125, C.Perry 180), Red Lion 4 (M.Wilde 177, M.Gaughan 121, D.Bond jnr 132, D.G.Bond 4x100, D.Bayliss 105b,100,140, E.A.Birkett 100b) Boldmere Sports and Social 5 (J.Frost 101b,140,100,125,180m D.Munge 3x100, R.Paine 119, R.Tidmarsh 100,121, A.Mills 100), Pint Pot Flights 3 (G.Cookson 2x140,100, J.Moon 103b,2x121, M.P.Bagnall 2x100,125,140,116,101,10 darts game, B.Godfray 100) Golden Hind 6 (T.O’Kereke 123,100, G.Kimberley 120b,100,123, D.Keatley 2x100,122f, S.Baker 100, D.Pickering 100, D.Fowler 100b,2x100,140), The Beehive 6 (K.Reynolds 105b, N.Clarke 100b,105b, K.Deeley 4x100, S.Harvey 140,100, W.Mynard 100, C.O’Neil 117, R.Parry 110b) Plough and Arrows 3 (P.Smith 180,2x100,125, M.O’Driscoll 100, N.Robbins 103b, K.Gow 100, I.Taylor 100,106f, P.Robbins 2x100), Division Two:- Erdington Arrows 2 (J.Cox 132,140, R.Bazeley 2x100,114, J.Stokes 101, M.Phillips 2x100, M.Kenny 2x100, M.Edwards 108b) The Boot 7 (M.Norton 4x100,127,140, N.Napier 101,115,117, G.Gaughan 119,2x100,120, D.Walton 100, R.Smith 120b,100,127), Bishop Vesey 5 (C.Sammons 119,114f, J.Cronin 100,117, M.Archer 3x100, S.Holmes 116,100,112f) The Fox 4 (R.Stanton 2x140,2x100, A.Jarvie 140,100,125,110f, S.Wilson 100b,5x100, M.Horacek 140, M.Willetts 116b,100,100f,138, D.Perry 101b), Boldmere Tap 4 (A.Small 138, D.Simpson 101, S.Alexander 137, C.Hagans 100) Brookvale Social 5 (R.Kelly 4x100,119, J.Yates 100, W.Naylor 112b,121,105,100), Golden Hind Arrows 9 (J.Mahon 102, J.Verschoyle 101, K.Lumby 134, A.Day 135,100, S.Spink 100) The Park 0 (D.Clarke 122,125, A.Hay 140, J.Boulstridge 100).
The Untouchables, despite a very close 25-23 win over fourth placed Bulls Hitters in the Winmau Centre Monday Night League still managed to hold on to pole position with a total of 589 points, but the gap between them and the rest of the field is shortening as Misfits chalked up a huge 43-5 win over Where’s My Team to take over second place with 580 from What Are Thooose who won 27-21 against What’s The Point to give them 572 points. Misfits and What Are Thooose also have a game in hand on Untouchables and with fixtures now beginning to run out they could well be in danger of losing their title and handing the crown over to another team.
It was another week of top scores with no fewer than fourteen recorded, there were two each for Matt Hallett and Jay Hough plus one for Sam Guest (Misfits), two for Andy Busby (Untouchables), Mark Harvey hit one for Barney Army, Owen Maiden was another player to hit two (What Are Thooose) and there was also two for Bob Lockley and one each for Phil Clarke and Adam Teasdale (What’s The Point).
Full Results:Week 19:- Misfits 43 (Sam Guest 180, Matt Hallett 2x180, Jay Hough 2x180) Where’s My Team 5, Bulls Hitters 23 The Untouchables 25 (Andy Busby 2x180), Barney Army 33 (Mark Harvey 180,151f) Keep It In The Family 15, Double Trouble 9 Here For The Beer 39 (John Evans 12 darts game), What Are Thooose 27 (Owen Maiden 2x180) What’s The Point 21 (Phil Clarke 180, Bob Lockley 2x180, Adam Teasdale 180).
The Harborne and District League played off their doubles knockout and taking the honours on the night with a final 2-1 victory over P.Green and P.Brookes were Ashley Hykin and Richard Hosey.
The Camp Hill League have got their new season underway and the early season leaders are reigning champions Cotterills Lane Club who kicked off the season with a 6-1 win over newcomers Station Bar. Cotterills are closely followed by Grange Social Club and Holy Souls who in turn both won 5-2 against Devil’s Club and Lions.
Full Results:Week 1:- Station Bar 1 Cotterills Lane Club 6, Holy Gulp 5 Lions 2, Wagon and Horses 4 New Inn 3, Devil’s Club 2 Grange Club 5.
Just one result from division one of the South Birmingham League which saw Family Tree move off the bottom of the table with a 5-4 win at St John’s. There was a similar situation in division two as The C’s beat Smithswood Social 5-4 to lift them off the foot of the table. Leaders Banbury Flights have opened up a four points lead after beating second in the table The Dog 5-4, Banbury now undefeated in nine games.
Full Results:Division One:- St John’s 4 (B.Harris 100, D.Clinton 121,100, L.Barberan 100f,120f, T.Evans 100.140, J.Norris 138,125) Family Tree 5 (K.Buttle 106b, A.Cooksey 119, N.Jackson 112b, J.Buttle 140), Division Two:- The Gate 5 (D.Downes 100, N.Groves 120b,2x100) Toby Jug 4 (D.Revitt 2x100, P.Round 100, S.Round 119, T.Adams 105), The Kingfisher 5 (R.Mills 100, B.Bosen 100, D.Glover 120, G.Shergold 120b) The Bell 4 (T.Anderton 102, J.Creen 116, K.Hull 100), The C^s 5 (D.Evans 123b, D.Whitehouse 105b, S.Healy 115, K.Geary 145,112b, J.Carter 100, A.Burkett 107) Smithswood Social 4 (M.Winstanley 2x100, P.Cobley 100, L.Walker 118,100 , K.Mann 100), The Dog 4 (P.Richards 100, M.Clayton 103b,140) Banbury Flights 5 (J.Phipps 116, P.Wilde 140 , L.Reece 3x100, P.Moran 2x100,106f,120b,132), Mini League:- Mackadown Social 15 legs (D.Young 2x140,101b,180, M.Heaven 130, N.Parsonage 100, A.Caddick 140, G.James 100, M.Noonan 109b, A.Kavanagh 100b, T.McCrave 112b,132,140) Erdington Members Club 12 legs (M.Birch 120b,101b,100, J.Frost 180,100b,100, C.Millward 160b, B.Cadby 100, W.Naylor 120, R.Liggins 101).
The Stourbridge and District Monday Night League staged round one of their doubles knockout and winning through were P.Thompson / T.Purslow (Stourbridge RBL), R.Pierce / J.Wrench, M.Bayliss / A.Vellender (Ten Arches ‘B’), T.Catton / M.Hughes (Kingswinford Conservative Club), I.Walker / D.Hunt jnr (Nird, Wordsley), S.Mills / M.Rollinson (Ten Arches ‘A), R.Purchase snr / M.Pye (Quarry Bank Conservative Club).
Full Results:Doubles Knockout:Round One:Winners:- P.Thompson / T.Purslow (Stourbridge RBL), R.Pierce / J.Wrench, M.Bayliss / A.Vellender (Ten Arches ‘B’), T.Catton / M.Hughes (Kingswinford Conservative Club), I.Walker / D.Hunt jnr (Nird, Wordsley), S.Mills / M.Rollinson (Ten Arches ‘A), R.Purchase snr / M.Pye (Quarry Bank Conservative Club).
Olton Crown strengthened their bid for the division one title in the Forest of Arden Winter League with a 7-2 win over Sheldon Marlborough Arrows while their nearest rivals Journeys End had a surprisingly close 5-4 verdict over their visiting opponents bottom of the table Greville Arrows to leave Journeys still four points off the top.
Just one result in from division two which saw the battle of the Highwoods as next to bottom Highwood Arms hosted divisional leaders Highwood KB, as expected the outcome was a win for KB but surprisingly it was a close 5-4 to put them two points ahead of second placed Sheldon Marlborough Flights, both teams having played six games.
Full Results:Division One:- Riley’s Red Arrows 7 (L.Hodges 123,100, B.Twist 104,100, N.Harris 100b, J.Harris 100, B.Allen 100b) Crown Arrows 2 (R.Vann 140,111,100, D.White 100,130f, 9 darts game, R.Perkins 100, S.Shepard 2x120b, L.Vann 100), Journeys End 5 (B.Harris 120b, S.Edwards 121, D.Kingdon 100b, L.Barberan 180,131,105,120b, S.Kingdon 121, J.Jennings 101b,100, M.Tiley 121,107) Greville Arrows 4 (C.Roberts 3x100,140, M.Mitchell 100,112f, C.Okey 100,100f), Sheldon Marlborough Arrows 2 (J.Humphries 104, M.Cox 100, S.Whatmore 140,100,137) Olton Crown 7 (John Sidwell 100,123,11 and 12 darts games, Jack Sidwell 100b, A.Hutchings 100, R.Duncan 106f,137,100, T.Steele 100), Division Two:- Highwood Arms 4 (B.Anderton 180, P.Thorley 123, D.Hudson 125, C.Horsley 100) Highwood KB 5 (N.Wykes 100,177, N.Byrne 100, T.Hobbis 100).
A 2-0 result in the final against M.O’Sullivan has seen C.Wyatt win the Captains Cup in the Small Heath League, the Secretaries Cup title went N.Parsonage who had a similar straight 2-0 win over L.Stanton in the final.
Full Results:Captains Cup:Preliminary Round:- R.Fisher 2 S.Whitacre 1 (2x100), C.Wyatt 2 (3x100) R.Pikey 1 )140,2x100), Semi Finals:- Clive Austin 0 M.O’Sullivan 2 (101,105), R.Fisher 0 (100,115) C.Wyatt 2 (140,125,100), Final:- C.Wyatt 2 (140,125,2x100) M.O’Sullivan 0 (140), Secretaries Cup:Preliminary Round:- T.White 1 (100) N.Parsonage 2 (100), M.Cooper 2 D.Rivet 1, Semi Finals:- L.Stanton 2 (100) I.Jones 0 (100,101,105), N.Parsonage 2 (5x100) M.Cooper 1 (140,180,3x100), Final:- L.Stanton 0 N.Parsonage 2 (140,3x100),
Week three in the Shirley and District Monday Night League and just two of the starting twelve teams are able to boast a 100% record. Highwood lead the field on average from Legion Royals after their close 5-4 win over reigning champions Crown Jewels who drop from top to third in the table. Second placed Legion Royals also won 5-4 in their home tie with Blue Bell Bears. After the leading three teams comes a block of five all on four points.
Finding the three treble twenties this week were Solihull Sports Club man Craig Clarke who also had a 156 checkout, Mark Henderson (Plume Misfits), Dave Hesketh (Shirley Red Lion), Simon Edwards (Highwood), Trevor Carter (Shirley Legionnaires) and Chris Thomas (Blue Bell Bears).
Full Results:Week 3:- Solihull Sports Club 6 (Craig Clarke 180,156f) Cider House 3, Plume Misfits 1 (Mark Henderson 180) Red Lion 8 (Dave Hesketh 180), Highwood 5 (Simon Edwards 180) Crown Jewells 4, Sharmans Cross 5 Shirley Spartac 4, Blue Bell 2 Shirley Legionaires 7 (Trevor Carter 180), Legion Royals 5 Blue Bell Bears 4 (Chris Thomas 180).
Cup semi finals were on the agenda for the Kings Norton League, first the League Cup in which third in the league table Kings Norton RBL suffered somewhat of a shock 4-3 defeat against West Heath who are placed sixth in the table.
In the Consolation Cup last four play-offs as expected the game between Bulls Head who are placed eighth and seventh in the table Coppice was always going to be close, the 4-3 scoreline went in favour of Bulls Head. The other game saw next to bottom Weoley Hill lose 5-2 to Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club who are four places above their opponents in the league table.
Full Results:League Cup:Semi Finals:- Kings Norton RBL 3 (S.Nolan 2x100,105, T.Roberts 2x100,140, N.Porter 2x100, B.Morgan 2x100,140, M.Ellis 100, J.Calt 2x100,123) West Heath 4 (T.Shipley 2x140,121, C.Micklewright 2x100,140, P.Hughes 2x100, T.Corbett 4x100, K.Hall 100, A.Sutton 100,129,140), Dingle Social 1 (M.Ferriday 100,120, A.Edmonds 100, S.Ager 100) Toby Jug ‘A’ 6 (A.Deeley 100,115, B.Heath 2x100,125, J.Grainger 2x100,140, S.Hodges 101,121, R.Higgins 100,125,134), Consolation Cup:Semi Finals:- Bulls Head 4 (G.Purnell 100, S.Seery 2x100, J.Davies 100, P.Smith 140, K.Maxim 5x100,111f, V.Walton 2x100,121) Coppice 3 (M.Jones 100, R.Mooney 118, D.Hill 2x100, B.Tanner 100), Weoley Hill 2 (D.Barnickle 100, M.Lloyd 6x100, J.Cole 121,125, G.Morley 2x100,115, P.Cole 133, J.Brookes 100) Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club 5 (D.Whiteocmbe 100,121, C.Davenport 100, M.Bloomer 2x100,125, Peter Corbett 2x100, S.Carr 2x140,104).
The Shirley Red Lion Thursday Night Premier League have got their new season underway and in week two after most of the 22 players have played four games Mick Bown heads the table with 12 points the same number as second placed Julian Harris but he trails slightly on average. In the latest fixtures Bown had 3-0 wins over Dave Hesketh and Mark Gwalchmai and so far has not dropped a leg while Harris won his second week opener against Tom Bent 3-0 and then was held to a closer 3-2 win by Brian Lawton.
Full Results:Week 1:- Mark Gwalchmai 2 Adam Stuart 3, Dave Hesketh 3 Trevor Carter 2, Stuart Dixon 0 Mick Bown 3, Mark Cater 1 Chris John 3, Chris Thomas 0 Dave Fisher 3, Steve Heeks 3 Ken Hopton 0, Steve Thomas 0 Adam Stuart 3, Mick Gorst 3 Stuart Dixon 1, Dave Fisher 3 Brian Lawton 1, Steve Heeks 0 Julian Harris 3, Brian Lawton 2 Ken Hopton 3, Mick Gorst 3 Mark Gwalchmai 1, Chris Thomas 2 Jack Sidwell 3, Mark Cater 1 Trevor Carter 3, Chris John 2 Dave Hesketh 3, Mick Bown 3 Steve Thomas 0, Julian Harris 3 Jack Sidwell 1, Week 2:- Jack Sidwell 3 Steve Thomas 0, Julian Harris 3 Tom Bent 0, Mick Bown 3 Dave Hesketh 0, Chris John 2 Paul Higgins 3, Ken Hopton 3 Chris Thomas 1, Mark Gwalchmai 3 Steve Thomas 0, Stuart Dixon 2 Dave Fisher 3, Mark Cater 2 Steve Heeks 3, Mick Bown 3 Mark Gwalchmai 0, Chris John 3 Adam Stuart 2, Dave Fisher 1 Dave Hesketh 3, Ken Hopton 3 Stuart Dixon 1, Julian Harris 3 Brian Lawton 2, Adam Stuart 3 Tom Bent 1, Jack Sidwell 3 Steve Heeks 1, Brian Lawton 3 Mark Cater 1, Dave Fisher 0 Mark Gwalchmai 3, Tom Bent 3 Chris Thomas 0.
Although he has played two games more than second in the table Robert Pierce, Kevin Harris has opened up a twenty points lead at the top of the Winmau Centre Thursday Night Champions League. Week eight saw Harris win 6-1 against Chris Fox and then go one better and beat Steve O’Neill 7-0 to give him 75 points. Pierce meanwhile also opened with a 6-1 win over Tam Singh but was then held to a closer 5-2 win by Mick O’Neill.
Third in the table Mick Baker is still a player to keep an eye on, although he has only 52 points and is 23 off the top he has only played nine games and has a massive five in hand on leader Harris, the five could net him a possible 35 points.
Full Results:Week 8:- Ken West 5 Steve O’Neill 2, Kevin Harris 6 Chris Fox 1, Robert Pierce 6 Tam Singh 1, Mick O’Neill 5 Rob Harris 2, Mark Bayliss 4 Ken West 3, Kevin Harris 7 Steve O’Neill 0, Tam Singh 2 Ken West 5, Ken West 6 Chris Fox 1, Mark Bayliss 4 Rob Harris 3, Mick O’Neill 2 Robert Pierce 5.
The Pip Club League staged round one of their Divisional Cups and in the division one games there were wins for Belgrave Club, Prince of Wales, Bulls Head ‘A’ (Polesworth) and Pip Club. Going through into the next round in division two are Globe (Tamworth), Globe (Wilnecote), Globe Trotters and Royal Oak.
Full Results:Divisional Cups:Division One:- Belgrave Club beat Wigginton Arms, Sports Bar ‘180’ lost to Prince of Wales, Bulls Head ‘A’ (Polesworth) beat Birchmoor Club, Pip Club beat Two Gates Club, Division Two:- Globe (Tamworth) beat Progressive Club, Old Liberal lost to Globe Trotters, Bulls Head ‘B’ (Polesworth) lost to Royal Oak, Globe (Wilnecote) – bye.
Week two of the Cradley Tuesday Night League has seen White Horse despite winning 5-4 against Brickmakers Arms lose pole position, replacing them in the number one spot is Members Club who had a convincing 8-1 home win over Hawne Lane Tavern to put them on the same four points as White Horse but with a one point average advantage. Also on maximum four points are Chop House and Crown (Station Road) who both won 5-4 in turn against Bulls Head and Rose and Crown.
A 5-4 win by Gate Hangs Well over Crown ‘Z’ has seen the former move off the bottom and up five places in the table, taking over at the foot of the table is Crown ‘A’ (Netherton) whose game away to White Swan is a late result.
Full Results:Week 2:- Roost ‘B’ 1 Netherton Sports and Social 8, Chop House 5 Bulls Head 4, Rose and Crown 4 Crown (Station Road) 5, White Horse 5 Brickmakers Arms 4, Crown ‘Z’ 4 Gate Hangs Well 5, Members Club 8 Hawne Lane Tavern 1, Wheatsheaf 4 Roost ‘A’ 5.
The Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League played the first round of their Blackcountry Windscreens Trophy and all of the top teams involved in the round progressed to round two, leaders Vine beating Sportsman 6-1, second placed Dewdrop winning by the same margin against Horsley Tavern and fifth placed Old Hop Pole beating Ivy Bush 4-3. Two bottom half teams Albion and Jolly Collier squared up to each other and saw the former win 4-3.
Full Results:Blackcountry Windscreens Trophy:Round One:- Sportsman 1 The Vine 6, Dewdrop 6 Horsley Tavern 1, Old Hop Pole 4 Ivy Bush 3, Albion 4 Jolly Collier 3.
Just five of the sixteen starters in the Brierley Hill Monday Night League are still able to boast a 100% win record after only two fixtures have been played. The Bridge followed up their opening 8-1 win with a 6-3 success against Blue Brick to put them just two legs of average ahead of reigning champions Dudley Sports C’ whose latest game saw them win by the same 6-3 scoreline against The Bell. High Acres and Pensnett Liberal Club share third place with the same points and average both of them had 5-4 wins this week against respective opponents Queens Head and The Swan.
Full Results:Week 2:- New Talbot 3 Bulls Head (Netherton) 6, Pensnett Liberal Club 5 The Swan 4, Dudley Sports ‘C’ 6 The Bell 3, Old Star 5 Griffin 4, Queens Head 4 High Acres 5, Brickmakers Arms 7 Dudley Sports ‘A’ 2, Dudley Sports ‘B’ 5 Roebuck 4, Blue Brick 3 The Bridge 6.
The Halesowen Friday Night League have changed their format going from a seven a side 501 team league to a singles league and in week one young fourteen years old Jamie Smith, despite losing 6-1 to Richard Hill recorded his very first league maximum in the game, one to watch out for for the future as he gains a little more experience.
The league is split into two divisions in group ‘A’ M.Rutter is the early leader after his 7-0 win over R.Langford and M.Hoult with the same result against A.Fletcher tops group ‘B’.
Other players to hit a maximum were T.Johnson, R.Lenton and A.Smith who also had a 130 outshot. R.Hill checked out on 104.
Full Results:Week 1:Group ‘A’:- A.Smith 6 (180,130f) V.Bayliss 1, R.Langford 0 M.Rutter 7, R.Lenton 3 (180) J.Gale 4, M.Archer 6 A.Hill 1, N.Cope 1 A.Cowley 6, R.Hill 6 (104f) J.Smith 1 (180), K.Dauncey 4 L.Law 3, Group ‘B’:- M.Washington 5 S.Carey 2, J.Hall 2 D.Richmond 5, T.Johnson 4 (180) D.McConomy 3, N.Jones 4 M.Fisher 3, S.Oakley 5 O.Tate 2, P.Evans 4 C.Kehoe 3, M.Hoult 7 A.Fletcher 0,
With only one defeat in their first eight games Brickmakers Arms lead the table in the Brierley Hill Friday Night League, their 6-3 win at The Bell keeps them two points ahead of Miners (Wollescote) and Pensnett Welfare Club, Miners winning 7-2 at Netherton Cricket Club and the Welfare Club chalking up the league’s biggest win of the week when they won their home tie with The Cross (Oldswinford) 8-1, however they have played one game more than both teams above them.
Full Results:Week13:- Netherton Cricket Club 2 Miners (Wollescote) 7, Bulls Head (Netherton) 5 Pensnett Liberal Club 4, The Bell 3 Brickmakers Arms 6, Pensnett Welfare Club 8 The Cross (Oldswinford) 1.
Sixteen teams began the new season in the Rowley Monday Night League and after just two weeks there are only three that remain undefeated. The Bell head the table their latest win being 7-2 at Britannia Inn, second place is shared by Haden Cross ‘Z’ and Springfield Social Club who are just one leg of average behind Bell, Haden Cross ‘Z’ won 6-3 at home against Whiteheath Tavern while Springfield beat Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ 7-2.
Full Results:Week 2:- Ivy Bush ‘A’ 6 Yeltz Bar 3, Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘B’ 3 Ivy Bush ‘Z’ 6, Britannia 2 Bell 7, Beech Tree 7 Bacaba 2, Roost 7 Haden Cross ‘A’ 2, Haden Cross ‘Z’ 6 Whiteheath Tavern 3, Crown 5 Fairfield 4, Springfield Social Club 7 Ex Serviceman’s Club A’ 2.
After playing 37 games in division one of the Wolverhampton Tuesday Night League, Wednesfield FC have wrapped up the title with a final 6-1 win over Wednesfield Conservative Club. ECC who are two points adrift of the champions will finish as runners up following their 4-3 win at Corpus, they ended the season twelve points ahead of third placed Victoria.
In division two its Whitmore Reans WMC who take the title, a 5-2 win at Woodfield Social giving them 60 points from their 35 games, second placed Roebuck lost 4-3 at Boat ‘B’ but have finished second four points to the good on third placed Pheasant.
Full Results:Division One:- Ashmore Inn 2 Bradmore ‘A’ 5, Bradmore ‘B’ 4 Jack’s Bar 2, Corpus 3 ECC 4, Otter and Vixen 5 Dog and Partridge 2, Railway 2 Cabin 5, Riley’s ‘D’ 4 Chillington Club 3, Victoria 5 Merry Boys 3, Village Inn 7 Penn Bowling 0, Wednesfield FC 6 Wednesfield Conservative Club 1, Wednesfield Legion ‘A’ 4 Riley’s ‘C’ 4, Division Two:- Bird in Hand 1 Old Stags Head 6, Boat ‘B’ 4 Roebuck 3, Castle 0 Wednesfield Legion ‘C’ 7, Emerald 4 Red Lion 3, Moreton 5 Riley’s ‘A’ 2, Pheasant 4 Pendulum 3, Ukrainian Club 2 Three Crowns 5, Wednesfield Legion ‘B’ 3 The Bull 4, Woodfield Social 2 Whitmore Reans WMC 5.
Congratulations to Dolphin Inn player Tracey Parris who for the first time in nine games has won in the Players League within the Tamworth League. Tracey won against Paul Smallwood (Wigginton ‘A’) who is four places above her in the table.
On the league front Prince of Wales ‘A’ are top after playing ten games their most recent win being 7-0 against Mile Oak Rovers giving them 86 points seventeen more than second placed Fox and Dogs who have a game in hand on the leaders.
Full Results:- Three Tuns (Fazeley) 3 Wigginton ‘B’ 4, Prince of Wales ‘A’ 7 Mile Oak Rovers 0, Belgrave Club 3 Prince of Wales ‘B’ 4, Sports Bar ‘180’ 4 Globe Inn 3, Wigginton ‘A’ 5 Dolphin Inn 2, Players League:- Martin Young (Three Tuns, Fazeley) beat Donna Whitmore (Wigginton ‘B’), Mick Chater (Prince of Wales ‘A’) beat Debbie Tallis (Mile Oak Rovers), Mark Tomlinson jnr. (Prince of Wales ‘B’) beat Adam Williams (Belgrave Club), Steve Taft (Sports Bar ‘180’) beat Ian Grylls (Globe Inn), Tracey Parris (Dolphin Inn) beat Paul Smallwood (Wigginton ‘A’) – bye.

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