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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

Kenny Brown ran the Bloomsbury League for a fantastic 36 years from 1956 to 1992 when the league folded. Now at the tender age of 84 Ken although he no longer plays an active role in darts league’s insists that every Wednesday he has the Birmingham Mail so as he can keep up to date with all of the results and check out what’s going on in the local leagues.  
Group one fixtures for the South Birmingham League brought up a top of the table clash between leaders Coleshill Social and second placed Banbury Flights, the result was a convincing 6-2 win for the home side Coleshill Social who with 12 points are now seven ahead of Banbury who have played five games compared to the six of Coleshill.
It was a good week for The Bell who for the first time in five games recorded a win, a 5-3 home success over The C’s to see them move off the foot of the table and be replaced by their opponents.
Group two also came up with a top of the table encounter with leaders Erdington Members Club taking on and beating The Raven 5-3 to go four points clear of Crown at Shard End who after winning 8-0 against The Kingfisher have taken over the second place from Raven who drop to third after suffering their first defeat of the season.
Similar to the top two groups group three also saw the top two teams square up to each other Mackadown Social winning 6-2 at Banbury Arrows to go five points ahead of The Gate who replace Banbury in second place following their 6-2 win over The Dog.
Full Results:Group One:- Coleshill Social 6 (S.Parsons 100,130, L.Thompson 2x100,137,180, S.Sweetman 3x100,140, G.Jones 4x100,140,180, C.Cooke 140,120) Banbury Flights 2 (M.Tilley 4x100,140, J.Spinks 140, J.Phipps 100,115, P.Moran 2x100,125,105,100f), The Bell 5 (T.Anderton 140, N.Walker 107, B.Walker 102, D.Hudson 125, J.Creen 100) The C^s 3 (G.Merideth 2x100, D.Flores 100, S.Healy 100,123, K.Geary 128, J.Shingler 100), Group Two:- The Raven 3 (A.Mayell 100,140, D.Keatley 2x100, J.Dunn 140, J.Green 3x100,109, T.Whitehouse 121, J.Evans 180, D.Mortiboy 2x100, A.Whitehouse 100,125) Erdington Members Club 5 (J.Frost 2x100, W.Naylor 2x100, C.Winters 2x100,140, M.Birch 100,125, B.Cadby 125, C.Millward 121,100, S.Bird 100, J.Liggins 100), Crown at Shard End 8 (L.Barberan 100, S.Whatmore 3x100,135,140, D.Smith 140, D.Clinton 5x100,121, T.Evans 125,100, M.Walker 100) The Kingfisher 0 (R.Mills 100, G.Shergold 4x100,2x140), Group Three:- The Gate 6 (T.Barrs 100,121, T.Molineux 100, P.Jones 123,117, N.Groves 100,123,127) The Dog 2 (P.Thompson 118, J.Fathers 121, M.Wheat 100, S.O^Brien 3x100, J.Kane 100, M.Clayton 140), Banbury Arrows 2 (D.Evans 100,140, W.Cooper 100, J.Gallagher 135, M.Noonan 140,2x100, A.McCrave 100,140,180) Mackadown Social 6 (D.Young 100, N.Parsonage 3x100,2x140,123, M.Heaven 100,121,135,170f, G. James 121, M.Cooper 2x100,111, A.Savage 2x100).

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Court Oak made it nine wins in as many games in division one of the Kings Norton League but surprisingly by the narrowest of margins a 4-3 home win over Reds who are bottom of the table without a win in nine.
E57 with a 4-3 win at West Heath leapfrogged their hosts and moved up into second place on 12 points, six short of Court Oak but two ahead of West Heath.
The Coppice lost their home tie 4-3 to Stirchley United and with eight points are a further two behind West Heath.
Just two results from division two which saw leaders Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club win 4-3 at home against Kings Heath Cricket Club who are placed next to bottom of the table and Billesley continue their steady climb up the table with a similar 4-3 win away to Coldstream.
Full Results:Division One:- Toby Jug ‘A’ 5 (A.Deeley 123, R.Higgins 101b, S.Knowles 120b, B.Heath 2x100,140, J.Grainger 112, M.Bennet 125, D.Kent 100, R.Higgins 180) Hillyfields 2 (D.Evans 2x100, L.Fox 156, Joe Fox 100, K.Vaughan 100), The Coppice 3 (M.Harper 124, D.Hill 100, A.Ward 140, R.Mooney 110, D.Hill 180) Stirchley United 4 (T.Jeffs 121,105b,140, B.Thomas 125, P.Gossage 100, C.Ryan 100,107), West Heath 3 (P.Hughes 123, A.Sutton 100, T.Shipley 100,121, W.Webb 100, T.Atkins 100,121,114f, C.Airey 140, K.Hall 100, T.Hill 120) E57 4 (J.Calt 100,180, N.Porter 100,146, T.Roberts 101,106, S.Nolan 131, M.Ellis 120, L.Brotherton 100), Court Oak 4 (E.Simpson 2x100, D.Bourne 100,100b, K.Bedder 137, J.Best 120b,165, G.Dews 112b, J.Hykin 180, S.Hykin 100, P.Blades 100, R.Mann 100, K.Bedder 180) Reds 3 (D.Singleton 117f, A.Underwod 120, K.Bowbrick 100,140, K.Bowbrick 110f), Division Two:- Coldstream 3 (B.Andrews 127, M.Ferriday 2x100) Billesley 4 (P.Lilley 141, J.Sadler 105,102f, J.Eades 135, S.Moore 119), Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club 4 (P.Corbett 2x100, M.Bloomer 125) Kings Heath 3 (C.Upton 100, R.Morris 100b).
With only a couple of fixtures remaining in division one of the Sutton and District League, leaders The Beehive lost a vital home game 5-4 to their nearest rivals Boldmere St Michael’s to put both teams level on 20 points, Beehive having two games to play and St Michael’s three. Third placed Old Oscott Arrows also have three to play after winning 6-3 against Golden Hind Arrows but they are four points behind the leading duo.
In division two Golden Hind who have already won the title had a 7-2 win against Rosey Macs taking their points tally to 24 from thirteen games, but it’s still a closely fought battle for the runners up spot as St Thomas’s Club won 6-3 away to The Boot and Erdington Club won their home tie with The Park 8-1 to put both teams on 18 points with just one game to play and Erdington only trailing St Thomas’s by two legs of average.
Full Results:Week 13:Division One:- Beehive 4 Boldmere St Michaels 5, Bishop Vesey 5 Red Lion 4, Old Oscott Arrows 6 Golden Hind Arrows 3, Pint Pot Flights 3 Plough and Arrows 6, Division Two:- Golden Hind 7 Rosey Macs 2, The Boot 3 St Thomas’s Club 6, The Oak Boys 7 Boldmere Tap 2, Erdington Club 8 The Park 1.
Louis Burley added another 6-1 win over Liam Baker to his account in the Winmau Centre Thursday Night Champions League to give him a total of 128 points from 23 games. With reigning champion Mick Baker not playing this week he drops to third behind Kevin Harris who with 7-0 and 4-3 wins over respective opponents Tam Singh and Craig Capewell moves up into second place with 113 points from 22 games. Mick Baker now trails by one point on Harris with a game in hand and 16 behind Burley with two games in hand.
Robert Pierce continues to move up the table going from sixth to fourth despite losing 4-3 to Paul Boddison after beating Paul Walters 6-1. Pierce is on the same 112 points as Baker but has played three games more.
Full Results:Week 13:- Kevin Harris 7 Tam Singh 0, Les Marson 5 Craig Capewell 5, Louis Burley 6 Liam Baker 1, Rob Harris 4 Baz Pearce 3, Robert Pierce 6 Paul Walters 1, Mark Bayliss 4 Paul Boddison 3, Rhys Langford 0 Mark Bayliss 7, Paul Boddison 4 Robert Pierce 3, Baz Pearce 2 Mick O’Neill 5, Liam Baker 1 Les Marson 6, Craig Capewell 3 Kevin Harris 4,  
Just one result from division one of the Forest of Arden Summer League which saw leaders Journeys End add another two points to their tally and take them six points to the good on second placed Highwood KB after winning 5-3 away to Crown Arrows, that lead, with just one to play is enough to give Journeys End the division one title despite Highwood KB still having two to play.
Making it a double celebration for Journeys End were Journeys End Flights whose 7-1 win over Crown Arrows Flights guaranteed them the division two title. With nine wins from nine games Journeys End Flights have a four points lead over second in the table Riley’s Resurrected who won their game against Highwood Exiles 6-2 to confirm them as runners up both teams have one remaining fixture.
Full Results:Division One:- Crown Arrows 3 (K.Depper 140,103, K.White 5x100,177, R.Perkins 100, D.White 100,140,2x134) Journeys End 5 (A.Howell 4x140,121,180, S.Whatmore 125,100, P.Shipley 5x100,140, L.Barberan 3x100, A.Kavanagh 100,137,140,15 darts game, S.Kingdon 100,180), Division Two:- Riley’s Resurrected 6 (C.Vann 2x100, L.Perry 4x100,140,126, R.Franklin 5x100,2x140, J.Derbshire 2x100,140,116, N.Warner 4x100, R.Derbyshire 2x140,100) Highwood Exiles 2 (R.Harrison 2x100, D.Carey 140,116,100), Journeys End Flights 7 (J.Norris 135, S.Kennedy 2x140,123, A.Edwards 100, S.Edwards 3x100,118,125,140) Crown Arrows  Flights 1 J.Gaskin 2x100,125,132,140, L.Vann 125, M.Bown 100, P,Carter 100,129,135).
Week three in the Harborne League and Weoley Castle Pub maintained their undefeated run in the singles league with a 5-1 win over bottom of the table Avenue Social.
Sportsman Flights were held to a 3-3 draw at Smethwick Labour Club and as a result drop one place to third trailing by one leg of average on Hillyfields ‘A’ who take over second place following their 6-0 win over Weoley Castle WMC. Fourth placed Hillyfields ‘B’ beat Bartley Green FC 4-2 to put them on the same four points as their ‘A’ team and Sportsman.
In the doubles league it’s Weoley Castle Pub who lead the way again and as in the singles league they have won all three of their fixtures the latest being 12-2 against Avenue Social, however Hillyfields ‘A’ have also won all three games and their 9-4 win against Weoley Castle WMC gives them the same six points as the leaders with a slightly inferior average.
Full Results:Week 3:Singles League:- Smethwick Labour Club 3 Sportsman Flights 3, Weoley Castle Pub (A.Hykin 2x180, R.Hosey 180) 5 Avenue Social 1, Hillyfields ‘A’ (T.Hamilton 180) 6 Weoley Castle WMC 0, Hillyfields ‘B’ 4 Bartley Green FC (R.O’Neill 114f) 2, Doubles League:- Smethwick Labour Club 7 Sportsman Flights 7, Weoley Castle Pub 12 Avenue Social 2, Hillyfields ‘A’ 9 Weoley Castle WMC 4, Hillyfields ‘B’ 6 Bartley Green FC 6.
With a total of 48 points on offer from every fixture and only one fixture remaining in the Winmau Centre Monday Night League anyone of the top three teams are in with a chance of taking the title.
Is It In are the current leaders with a total of 588 points The Outcasts just three points behind them and the reigning champions 3 Yam Yams and A.Stokie (formerly What Are Thooose) third with 582 points. The final match night should be quite a tense evening.
With the season fast drawing to an end plans are already well advanced for the next season which will get underway on the 19th September, anyone interested in entering a team consisting of five players in the league for the new season or require any further information regarding the league should contact the Wolverhampton Indoor Community Sports Stadium on 01902-420827 or e-mail
Cotterills Lane Club extended their unbeaten run in the Camp Hill League to four games with a 6-1 away win over Station Wagon who go to joint bottom with New Inns who lost their home tie with Wagon and Horses 4-3.
It was not a good week for Holy Gulp whose first loss of the season a 4-3 reversal away to Eagle and Ball has seen them drop one place to third and their opponents move up two places to second both teams are on six points as are Devil’s Club who suffered a 5-2 defeat at Hay Mills Social, all three teams are two points behind Cotterills.
Full Results:Week 4:- Station Wagon 1 Cotterills Lane Club 6, Eagle and Ball 4 Holy Gulp 3, New Inns 3 Wagon and Horses 4, Hay Mills Social Club 5 Devil’s Club 2, Tyseley WMC 4 Emerald Club 3.
A final reminder that this coming Saturday the Winmau Darts Centre in the Wolverhampton Indoor Community Sports Stadium, Racecourse Road, Wolverhampton, WV6 0QU will be staging their fourth Winmau BDO Wolverhampton Open which will carry a top prize fund of £3,000 plus the eventual winner will be entered into the 2016 Winmau World Masters and the 2017 Lakeside playoffs.
The cost of entry is £10 and to register visit or for any further information contact the Winmau Centre on 01902-420827 or alternatively log onto
After 31 games and with most of the teams having nine to play only six points separate the top six teams in the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League, Ashwood with a 9-0 success over Bird (Wordsley) lead the way with 56 points from 31 games while Bird ‘A’ (Stourbridge) kept their title hopes on track with a 5-4 win against Ten Arches ‘A’ leaving them just two points off the top with two games in hand. Ten Arches ‘B’, Brickmakers Arms and Britannia are all on 52 points while sixth placed Ten Arches ‘A’ have 50.
Full Results:Week 31:- Ashwood 9 Bird (Wordsley) 0, Bird ‘A’ (Stourbridge) 5 Ten Arches ‘A’ 4, Crestwood 4 High Acres 5, Brickmakers Arms 9 Bird ‘B’ (Stourbridge), New Inns 4 The Fox (Lye) 5, Quarry Bank Conservative Club 4 Kingswinford Conservative Club 5, The Swan 4 Stourbridge RBL 5, Britannia 8 Plough 1, Ten Arches ‘B’ 9 Queens 0, Garibaldi 4 Church Tavern 5.
Dudley Sports ‘C’ look all set to retain their title as they already have one hand on the winners silverware in the Brierley Hill Monday Night League despite there being five games still to play as their most recent win, 7-2 at Old Star has kept them eight points ahead of second placed Bridge who were also 7-2 winners at home to The Bell.
After the top two there is a gap of another six points to third in the table High Acres who handed out a 9-0 whitewash to their visitors The Swan.
Full Results:Week 25:- The Bridge 7 The Bell 2, High Acres 9 The Swan 0, Dudley Sports ‘A’ 5 Bulls Head (Netherton) 4, Brickmakers Arms 6 Roebuck 3, Queens Head 4 New Talbot 5, Old Star 2 Dudley Sports ‘C’ 7, Griffin 4 Dudley Sports ‘B’ 5, Blue Brick 8 Pensnett Liberal Club 1.
It was top versus bottom in the Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League when leaders Dewdrop took on and won 7-0 against Horseley Tavern to stay four points ahead of second placed Island Inn who also won 7-0 in their home game with next to bottom Court House.
Third in the table Old Hop Pole have the same 34 points as Island Inn after beating Merry-Go-Round 5-2.
Full Results:Week 22:- Old Hop Pole 5 Merry-Go-Round 2, The Vine 5 Ivy Bush 2, Sportsman 4 Jolly Collier 3, New Talbot 6 Hayes Social 1, Island Inn 7 Court House 0, Horseley Tavern 0 Dewdrop 7.
Just two games played in the Netherton Thursday Night League this week which saw Fairfield win 4-3 at The Widders and Delph Bell ‘A’ beat White Horse by the same scoreline.
Full Results:Week 9:- The Widders 3 Fairfield 4, Delph Bell ^A^ 4 White Horse 3
With only two games to the halfway point in the Stourbridge and District Wednesday Night League Ashwood ‘A’ have taken their unbeaten run to fourteen games and opened up a four points lead over their nearest rivals Brickmakers Arms after beating them 5-2, Brickmakers hold on to second place but now only on average from Miners Welfare who are on the same 24 points and just two legs behind of them.
Full Results:501 Cup:Round One:- Crestwood 3 Ten Arches ‘A’ 4, Netherton Cricket Club 0 Ashwood ‘B’ 7, Miners Welfare 3 Brickmakers Arms 4, Hollybush 0 Dudley Sports 7, Hare and Hounds 0 Ashwood ‘A’ 7, Portway 0 Ten Arches ‘B’ 7, Wombourne Cricket Club 3 Gornal Conservative Club 4, High Acres 0 Britannia 7, Week 14:- Ten Arches ‘A’ 0 Brickmakers Arms A.Floyd 170f) 7, Miners Welfare 5 Portway 2, Ashwood ‘B’ (D.Cartwright 160b) 5 Netherton Cricket Club 2, Wombourne Cricket Club 7 High Acres 0, Hollybush 4 Crestwood 3, Britannia 5 Dudley Sports 2, Hare and Hounds 1 Ten Arches ‘B’ 6, Gornal Conservative Club 7 The Fox (Lye) 0, Week 15:- Portway 0 Ashwood ‘B’ *G.Moreton 160b) 7, The Fox (Lye) 3 Wombourne Cricket Club 4, Netherton Cricket Club 4 Hollybush 3, High Acres 0 Britannia 7, Crestwood 5 Hare and Hounds 2, Dudley Sports 1 Ten Arches ‘B’ (K.Bambrick 160b) 6, Ten Arches ‘A’ 3 Gornal Conservative Club 4, Ashwood ‘A’ 5 Brickmakers Arms (N.Walters 160b)
Half of the teams in division one of the Wolverhampton Tuesday Night League have played twelve games but only one, Riley’s ‘C’ have won them all, their most recent fixture seeing them hand out a 7-0 whitewash to Penn Bowling. Gilberts Bar were not far behind with a 6-1 win over Cabin to see them take over second place from Victoria who lost 4-3 at home to fourth in the table Ashmore Inn, Gilberts, Victoria and Ashmore are all on 16 points, eight fewer than the leaders.
In division two Sunbeam move up into pole position with a 6-1 win against Dog and Partridge who with 22 points lose the number one spot and fall to third behind Pavilion whose 5-2 win over Wednesfield Legion ‘B’ keeps them level on 24 points with Sunbeam.
Full Results:Division One:- Bradmore ‘A’ 0 Riley’s ‘D’ 7, Gilberts Bar 6 Cabin 1, Riley’s ‘C’ 7 Penn Bowling 0, Victoria ‘A’ 3 Ashmore Inn 4,  Division Two:- Bird in Hand 3 Pendulum 4, Boat 2 Lanesfield RBL 5, Pavilion 5 Wednesfield Legion ‘B’ 2, Red Lion 1 Woodfield Social 6, Sunbeam 6 Dog and Partridge 1, Ukrainian Club 4 Bull 3, Wednesfield Legion ‘C’ 3 Riley’s ‘A’ 4.
The Wednesbury and Darlaston Wednesday Night League staged their team doubles and taking the title were Black Horse representatives Lee Jones and Steve Copson who beat Thomas Hargroves and Kieron Stanford from Red Lion in the final.
With the majority of teams having played twelve games and almost two thirds of the season completed Cleveland Arms are top of the pile in the Tettenhall Wednesday Night League their 6-1 win at Moreton keeping them in pole position with 42 points from 24 games. Second placed Whitmore Reans WMC had a 5-2 home win over The Bull and although two points behind Cleveland have played one game less than their rivals.
Full Results:Week 24:- Brewood British Legion 2 ECC ‘A’ 5, Claregate 7 Jacks Bar 0, Jones Road 2 Dog and Partridge 5, Moreton 1 Cleveland Arms 6, Otter and Vixen 2 Riley’s ‘A’ 5, Riley’s ‘B’ 4 ECC ‘B’ 3, Whitmore Reans WMC 5 Bull 2.

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