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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

With Iron Horse Flights having a bye in division one of the Sheldon and District Summer League in week eleven second placed Langley Hall Sports and Social Arrows drew level on 16 points with them at the top of the table when they won their home game against fourth in the table Mackadown Social 6-2, but Langley have now played ten fixtures compared to the nine played by Iron Horse.
In division two The Harvester maintained their six points lead at the top with a 5-3 win over fourth placed Sheldon Marlborough Arrows while second in the table The Pirates were held to a 4-4 draw by their nearest rivals Iron Horse Arrows who are third, Pirates could reduce the arrears to four points as they have a game in hand on the leaders. At the other end of the table Sheldon Dukes with a 6-2 win over George ‘V’, only their second win in nine outings moved off the foot of the table to be replaced by Holy Souls who had a bye.
Highwood KB’s had a bye in division three and lost pole position to Crown Arrows who finished all square at four each with Willclare Sports and Social who are just two places off the bottom of the table. KB’s are just one point behind Crown Arrows with three games in hand.
No change at the top of division four as leaders Small Heath Amateur Gardeners won 6-2 at Highwood Exiles and second placed Ridgemere Flights went one better beating Meadway Sports and Social 7-1 to keep within two points of Small Heath.
Full Results:Week 11:Division One:- Langley Hall Sports and Social Arrows 6 (L.Nixon 2x140,100,134, R.Nixon 140,2x100, D.Nixon 121,137, P.Nixon 118,2x100,140, P.Connolly 125, M.Cooper 100) Mackadown Social 2 (B.Allen 125,2x100, G.James 3x100,140, D.Young 100,180,140, R.Allen 180,125, J.Cabena 100), Marston Green Tavern 0 Castle Vale Residents 8 (walkover), East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association 1 (R.Cooper 100, D.Horley 101, M.Forsyth 100) Pavillions 7 (K.Richards 140, A.Richards 140,105, N.Robinson 100,121, R.Richards 2x100, M.Turner 140), Division Two:- Iron Horse Arrows 4 The Pirates 4, Sheldon Dukes 6 (G.Groves 100, C.Cotter 2x100,140, P.Sunner 2x100, L.Molyneux 4x100,140, A.Plows 132) George ‘V’ 2 (C.Horsley 121,100, G.King 2x100, A.Savage 100,3x140, J.Savage 2x100, C.Grimes 115), The Harvester 5 (J.Smythe 4x100, L.Hodges 100,140, S.Hicks 100, M.Hicks 2x100,143, N.Warner 100, J.Palmer 100) Sheldon Marlborough Arrows 3 (D.Howlett 3x100,121,122, P.Jones 100, A.Eden 2x100, D.Humphries 2x100,180,140), Division Three:- Willclare Sports and Social 4 (G.Ferguson 125, M.Tilley 100,100f,140, C.Roberts 100, D.Reid 2x100, M.Holt 100, Mick Holt 4x100) Crown Arrows 4 (S.Moran 140,100, K.White 2x100,125, D.White 140,100,114, J.Gaskin 120, R.Vann 121, J.Morrisey 100), Maggies 1 (D.Tudor 140,131, S.Hoccom 119, P.Cunningham 125, B.Carter 100,140, B.Swaine 100) Yardley Ex Colts 7 (P.Knowles 100, P.Welch 2x140,100, J.Darby 100,160,100f, R.Collins 140), Division Four:- Meadway Sports and Social 1 (D.Delaney 113, A.Byrad 2x100, M.McArthur 100, M.Herrod 100) Ridgemere Flights 7 (D.Lees 125,140,100, C.Jones 100,120, C.Smith 134,100, P.Fielding 100, D.Jones 100,180, A.Phipps 140), Ridgemere Ladies 3 (J.McGuigan 100, T.O’Leary 123) Greville Arms 5 (A.Hawkins 101, J.Cocchi 2x100, R.William 122, C.Burns 102), Highwood Exiles 2 (D.Gill 126, R.Harrison 3x100,140, J.Phipps 138, R.Harrison 2x100) Small Heath Amateur Gardeners 6 (S.Miller 124,123,103, D.Hykin 100, L.Allwood 123,100, A.Sleath 100,121).
All three divisions of the South Birmingham League have now been decided, Coleshill Social rounded off their fixture card with a 6-2 win over The Bell to take the division one title with a perfect sixteen points from their eight games. The division two title went to Erdington Members Club who finished their season in style by handing out an 8-0 whitewash to The Kingfisher.
Division three champions Mackadown Social also finished on a high by beating their visiting team The Dog 6-2.
Full Results:Group One:- Coleshill Social 6 (S. Sweetman 4x100,  G.Jones 2x100,  P.Bryant 100,125) The  Bell 2 (B.Anderton 100, K.Hull 100), Smithswood  Social 4 (A.Richards 120,100,180, L.Hughes 2x100, P.Cobley 3x100,140, N.Wilson 125) The C^s 4 (D.Flores 125,100,140, K.Geary 135,125, L.Spink 140, J.Shingler 100,125), Group Two:- Crown at Shard End 4 (S.Edwards  4x100, M.Walker 2x100,134, S.Whatmore 2x100, D.Clinton 3x100,2x140, D.Smith 2x100, T.Evans 140,125) The Trident 4 (S.Hughes 100, A.Cooksey 100,140, J.Lawton 115,100,140, M.Naylor 100,140, S.Hipkiss 121, C.Walton 100), Erdington Members Club 8 (M.Birch 2x140, J.Frost 2x140,2x100,120f, C.Winters 2x100, C.Millward snr 3x100,125,180, M.McFall 5x100,140,120,180) The Kingfisher 0 (R.Mills 140,3x100, G.Shergold 3x100,135, D.Green 100,121,140, S.Boden 100), Group Three:- Mackadown Social 6 The Dog 2.
The Forest of Arden Summer League had the final of their new Rose Bowl Cup on the fixture card and taking the inaugural title were division one champions Journeys End who beat their local rivals and division two champions Journeys End Flights 5-2, M.Tilley and S.Edwards both notching a maximum for Flights.
The Rose Bowl Consolation Cup final was played off by the bottom two teams in division one, next to bottom Crown Arrows just getting the 4-3 edge on bottom placed Chelmsley Town to win the title.
Full Results:Rose Cup Bpwl:Final:- Journeys End 5 (L.Barberan 2x140, S.Whatmore 3x100, C.Millward 3x100,123,116,140, J.Jennings 3x140,121,3x100) Journeys End Flights 2 (M.Tilley 180, J.Phipps 3x100,135,125, S.Kennedy 2x100,2x123,125, S.Edwards 6x100,123,125,180), Rose Bowl Consolation Cup:Final:- Crown Arrows 4 (D.White 2x100,117,139f, G.Deeney 140, D.Miller 2x100,118, S.Moran 3x100) Chelmsley Town 3 (M.Cunningham 100, N.Lumley 100,132,140, I.Robinson 140).
The Shirley Red Lion Premier League title is being so hotly contested that no fewer than ten of the sixteen fixtures in the third week finished with a 2-2 draw. Chris Thomas followed up his 2-2 draw with Steve Sidwell with a 3-1 success against Brian Lawton to give him 17 points and pole position and a lead of three points over second and third in the table Paul Higgins and Mick Bown, Higgins having a 2-2 draw in his first game against Mark Gwalchmai and then a 3-0 win over Tony Daly while Bown finished all square at 2-2 with Tony Daly and won his second game against Stuart Dixon 3-0.
Full Results:Week 3:- Mark Cater 2 Dave Fisher 2, Adam Stuart 2 Andy Hoy 2, Tom Bent 2 Antony Daly 2, Steve Sidwell 2 Chris Thomas 2, Tony Daly 2 Mick Bown 2, Steve Heeks 3 Stuart Dixon 0, Mark Gwalchmai 2 Paul Higgins 2, Mark Cater 2 Brian Lawton 2, Andy Hoy 3 Mark Cater 0, Antony Daly 2 Adam Stuart 2, Chris Thomas 3 Brian Lawton 1, Steve Heeks 2 Tom Bent 2, Paul Higgins 3 Tony Daly 0, Stuart Dixon 1 Mick Bown 3, Mark Gwalchmai 2 Steve Sidwell 2, Dave Fisher 3 Brian Lawton 0.
Wins for the top three teams in division one of the Kings Norton League leaders Court Oak taking their unbeaten run to twelve games with a 5-2 win at The Coppice while second in the table Hillyfields were 7-0 winners away to Stirchley United to stay just two legs of average ahead of E57 who won 6-1 against Toby Jug ‘A’, the two teams a massive ten points behind Court Oak who have already won the divisional title.
Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club won 5-2 at Cotteridge Social to hold on to pole position in division two but their nearest rivals Rubery RBL’s 7-0 win at Toby Jug Flights leaves them four points off the top with two games in hand.
Full Results:Division One:- E57 6 (J.Good 100,120b,125,135, B.Morgan 100,112b, M.Ellis 123, L.Brotherton 2x100) Toby Jug ‘A’ 1 (M.Bennet 120, S.Hodges 100, S.Knowles 100b, R.Higgins 100,140, L.Arnold 102b, D.Hodges 100), Stirchley United 0 (K.Mason 100b,120b, C.Ryan 100) Hillyfields 7 (M.Poolton 100,120, A.Vaughan 103b, L.Fox 180, S.Poolton 121), The Coppice 2 (M.Harper 111, D.Hill 100, C.Heath 100,150f, G.Twist 112b) Court Oak 5 (E.Simpson 100b, D.Bourne 100, V.Gould 160b ,100, J.Hykin 112b,140, P.Blades 120), Division Two:- Toby Jug Flights 0 (J.Higgins 121, B.Roberts 100b) Rubery RBL 7 (D.Lowndes 140, M.Pierce 113, R.Packer 100, I.Medlicott 100), Billesley 1 (J.Sadler 100) Weoley Hill Cricker Club 6 (M.Lloyd 100,100b,117, N.Proctor 100, J.Brookes 100, D.Barnickle 156f, J.Simpson 180, A.Rojers 100), Cotteridge Social 2 (J.O^Neill 100,112b, B.Faulkner 100, T.Young 2x100,125, J.O^Neill 180) Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club 5 (K.Gater 100, S.Carr 100, C.Davenport 2x100, M.Bloomer 2x140,123, D.Whitecombe 100).
There was a shock for Louis Burley in week eighteen of the Winmau Centre Thursday Night Champions League as for only the second time in thirty two games he lost. Playing against reigning champion Mick Baker Burley went down by a huge 6-1 margin, he recovered quickly to win his next game against Mark Bayliss 5-2 giving him a total of 173 points. Baker added a similar 5-2 win against Les Marson to his tally to give him 151 points and although he trails Burley by some 22 points with four games in hand he has a possible total of 28 points on offer that could take him to the top of the table. Kevin Harris lies in between Burley and Baker in the number two spot, Harris played just one game in which he beat Paul Boddison 4-3 to put him on 167 points six short of Burley from the same 32 games played.
Full Results:Week 18:- Craig Capewell 6 Paul Walters 1, Kevin Harris 4 Paul Boddison 3, Louis Burley 1 Mick Baker 6, Mick O’Neill 2 Mark Bayliss 5, Rob Harris 3 Robert Pierce 4, Chris Fox 3 Martin East 4, Tam Singh 2 Chris Fox 5, Martin East 1 Devinder Singh 6, Robert Pierce 4 Mick O’Neill 3, Mark Bayliss 2 Louis Burley 5, Mick Baker 5 Les Marson 2, Paul Boddison 5 Craig Capewell 2, Paul Walters 5 Liam Baker 2.
The Camp Hill League played their singles knockout down to the last eight and reaching the quarter finals were Adrian Radbourne (Station Wagon), Anthony Fisher, Joe Fox (Emerald Club), Leyton Powell (New Inns), Mark Coles, Nathan Prentice (Tyseley WMC), Matt Cooper (Cotterills Lane Club), Richard Hogan (Hay Mills Social Club).
Full Results: Singles Knockout:Last Eight:- Adrian Radbourne (Station Wagon), Anthony Fisher, Joe Fox (Emerald Club), Leyton Powell (New Inns), Mark Coles, Nathan Prentice (Tyseley WMC), Matt Cooper (Cotterills Lane Club), Richard Hogan (Hay Mills Social Club).
It just couldn’t be any tighter at the top of the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League with two points separating the top five teams, four of the teams having 60 points but from having played a different amount of games. Brickmakers Arms go from second to top on average after their 7-2 win against Queens, Brickmakers having played 34 games. Ashwood lost the top spot after losing 5-4 away to sixth placed Britannia, Ashwood and second placed Ten Arches ‘B’ have both played 35 games, Ten Arches ‘B’ having a 9-0 home win over Quarry Bank Conservative Club.
Fourth in the table Bird ‘A’ (Stourbridge) have only played 33 games and have games in hand on all the teams above them their latest fixture seeing them win 5-4 at home against Church Tavern.
Ten Arches ‘A’ like their ‘B’ team also won 9-0 as they accounted for their hosts Garibaldi, they have 58 points from 34 games and are fifth in the table.
Full Results:Week 35:- Britannia 5 Ashwood 4, Bird ‘A’ (Stourbridge) 5 Church Tavern 4, Crestwood 4 Fox Inn (Lye) 5, Brickmakers Arms 7 Queens 2, Ten Arches ‘B’ 9 Quarry Bank Conservative Club 0, Garibaldi 0 Ten Arches ‘A’ 9, Bird (Wordsley) 6 Plough 3, High Acres 6 New Inns 3, Kingswinford Conservative Club 6 Bird ‘B’ (Stourbridge) 3, Stourbridge RBL 5 Cat Inn (Wordsley) 4.
The Royal, Albrighton staged the fifth of their knockouts and as ever top players were attracted to the event which produced some first class darts. The first of the semi finals saw Telford’s Andy Roberts win 5-2 against Steve Ritchie from Shifnal and by the same margin Adam Smith-Neal from Coventry defeated Birmingham’s Jamie Hykin.
The final was extended to the best of eleven legs and it was Smith-Neale who with a 6-2 result walked away with the top prize of £190, runner up Roberts received £100. Both losing semi finalists Ritchie and Hykin collected ££30.
In the first round losers Plate Competition Steve Groucott (Shifnal) with a 4-1 scoreline defeated Andre Knox (Telford), the winner picking up £25 and the runner up £13.

2016-09-17 - Plate Runner Up Andre Knox and Winner Steve Groucott

I2016-09-17 - Plate Winner Steve Groucott

Full Results:Semi Finals:- Andy Roberts 5 Steve Ritchie 2, Adam Smith-Neale 5 James Hykin 2, Final:- Adam Smith-Neale 6 Andy Roberts 2, Plate Competition:Final:- Steve Groucott 4 Andre Knox 1.

2016-09-17 - Runner Up Andy Roberts and WInner Adam Smith-Neale

2016-09-17 - Winner Adam Smith-Neale

Making the last eight of the Netherton Thursday Night League’s doubles knockout were L.Banner / P.Wells (White Swan), C.Wakeman / C.Hadlington, D.Hughes / N.Raybould (White Horse), J.Batham / R.Powers, S.Skidmore / T.Bingham (Dudley Sports), P.Tonks / M.Kendall, R.Carr / D.Brown (Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club), S.Green / T.Johnson (Fairfield).
Full Results:Doubles Knockout:Last Eight:- L.Banner / P.Wells (White Swan), C.Wakeman / C.Hadlington, D.Hughes / N.Raybould (White Horse), J.Batham / R.Powers, S.Skidmore / T.Bingham (Dudley Sports), P.Tonks / M.Kendall, R.Carr / D.Brown (Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club), S.Green / T.Johnson (Fairfield).
Fancy a little extra cash? Think you can defeat the opposition? Then here is a reminder that Riley’s, Solihull will be staging the latest of their Last Sunday in the Month Open’s this coming Sunday with the club adding £100 to the prize fund.
Cost of entry is £5 with a deadline of 1.30pm for entries with a 2.00pm start.
The Brickmakers Arms, Quarry Bank will be staging a darts marathon this coming weekend commencing at 12 noon Saturday until 12 noon Sunday with all proceeds going to the Mary Stevens Hospice.
Why not call in, donate and support a very worthy cause.
Dudley Sports ‘C’ were 8-1 winners against Roebuck in the Brierley Hill Monday Night League but the result was immaterial as with one game to go, 56 points and a ten points lead over second placed The Bridge they have already retained their league title.
A 5-3 win at Dudley Sports ‘A’ has confirmed The Bridge as runners up and at the other end of the table The Griffin take the wooden spoon as they are four points adrift of the team directly above them Queens Head (Wordsley).
Full Results:Week 29:- Dudley Sports ‘A’ 3 The Bridge 6, Brickmakers Arms 5 The Griffin 4, Queens Head (Wordsley) 3 The Bell 6, Blue Bricl 5 The Swan 4, Old Star 4 Bulls Head (Netherton) 5, Dudley Sports ‘C’ 8 Roebuck 1, Pensnett Liberal Club 5 New Talbot 4, High Acres 6 Dudley Sports ‘B’ 3.
In the Brierley Hill Friday Night League the top four teams all made it three wins in as many games, Pensnett Welfare Club ‘A’ leading the field on average after their 6-1 win against The Gate (Colley Gate). Brickmakers Arms won by the same 6-1 margin away to Lenches Bridge to leave them just two legs of average off the top. Third place is tied as Pensnett Welfare ‘B’ and Samson and Lion are level on both points and average, the Welfare Club winning 5-2 at The Fox (Lye) and Samson and Lion accounting for their hosts Miners (Wollescote) with a similar scoreline.
Full Results:Week 3:- Pensnett Welfare Club ‘A’ 6 The Gate (Colley Gate) 1, Dudley Sports 1 Netherton cricket Club ‘A’ 6, The Bell 4 Ten Arches 3, Miners (Wollescote) 2 Samson and Lion 5, Lenches Bridge 1 Brickmakers Arms 6, Netherton Cricket Club ‘B’ 4 Britannia 3, Fox Inn (Lye) 2 Pensnett Welfare Club ‘B’ 5.
Amazingly the top three teams in the Rowley Monday Night League all won 8-1 in week 24. Springfield Social Club beat The Roost to stay top on average from Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ who defeated Ivy Bush ‘Z’, both of the top two teams have 44 points. Third placed The Bell won away against bottom of the table Yeltz Bar, their win keeping them within two points of the top two with a game in hand.
Full Results:Week 24:- Whiteheath Tavern 6 Haden Cross ‘A’ 3, Fairfield 6 Bacaba 3, Yeltz Bar 1 The Bell 8, Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ 8 Ivy Bush ‘Z’ 1, Ivy Bush ‘A’ 4 Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘B’ 5, Haden Cross ‘Z’ 5 Beech Tree (Christopher Eaves 152b) 4, Springfield Social Club 8 Roost 1.
With only four fixtures remaining White Horse with a 6-3 win at Wheatsheaf moved another step closer to winning the Cradley Tuesday Night League as they now have a total of 50 points and a four points lead over their nearest rivals Crown (Station Road) who also won 6-3 in their home game with Crown ‘A’ *Netherton). Third placed Brickmakers Arms won 8-1 at home to Bulls Head but are eight points behind Crown (Station Road).
Full Results:Week 26:- Gate Hangs Well 2 Netherton Sports and Social 7, Brickmakers Arms 8 Bulls Head 1, Crown (Station Road) 6 Crown ‘A’ (Netherton) 3, Hawne Lane Tavern 6 Roost ‘B’ 3, Roost ‘A’ 6 Chop House 3, Members Club 2 White Swan 7, Crown ‘Z’ (Netherton) 3 Rose and Crown 6, Wheatsheaf 3 White Horse 6.
The first round of their Harry Tibbetts Cup was the order of the day for the Wednesbury and Darlaston Wednesday Night League and winning through to the semi finals were Staffordshire Knot, Black Horse, Windmill and T and R Bar who in turn defeated Horse and Jockey, St Mary’s ‘A’, St Mary’s ‘B’ and Civil Defence.
Full Results:Harry Tibbetts Cup:Round One:- Horse and Jockey 4 Staffordshire Knot 5, Black Horse 6 St Mary’s ‘A’ 3, St Mary’s ‘B’ 3 Windmill 6, Civil Defence 4 T and R Bar 5.
Riley’s ‘C’ are leaders of division one of the Wolverhampton Tuesday Night League and a convincing 6-1 win over second in the table Victoria has virtually confirmed them as divisional champions as they are now ten points ahead of Victoria with four to play. The only team that could mathematically catch the leaders is third in the table Wednesfield Conservative Club who are currently on the same 20 points as Victoria but have played two games fewer than both of the teams above them.
It’s tight at the top of division two with Sunbeam and Pavilion both on 28 points from 19 games. Sunbeam had a close 4-3 away win over middle of the table Boat while Pavilion handed out a 7-0 whitewash to their opponents Red Lion.
Full Results:Division One:- Ashmore Inn 6 Riley’s ‘D’ 1, Bradmore ‘A’ 2 Gilberts Bar 5, Riley’s ‘C’ 6 Victoria 1, Royal 3 Penn Bowling 4, Wednesfield Conservative Club 5 Roebuck 2, Wednesfield FC 7 Cabin 0, Division Two:- Boat 3 Sunbeam 4, Dog and Partridge 3 Riley’s ‘A’ 4, Lanesfield RBL 3 Woodfield Social 4, Pavilion 7 Red Lion 0, Wednesfield Legion ‘C’ 4 Ukrainian Club 3.
There was a rare win for Jones Road in the Tettenhall Wednesday Night League, their surprising 4-3 win over sixth in the table Moreton being only their second success in 29 outings, but despite the win they remain at the foot of the table with four points, six behind the team above them ECC ‘B’.
At the top of the table Cleveland Arms continued their press for honours with a 7-0 win over Bull to keep them two points ahead of Whitmore Reans WMC who were 5-2 winners against Riley’s ‘B’, Whitmoer however do have a game in hand on Cleveland.
Full Results:Week 29:- Bull 0 Cleveland Arms 7, Dog and Partridge 4 Brewood British Legion 3, Jacks Bar 4 ECC ‘A’ 3, Jones Road 4 Moreton 3, Otter and Vixen 4 ECC ‘B’ 3, Riley’s ‘A’ 4 Claregate 3, Whitmore Reans WMC 5 Riley’s ‘B’ 2.
Full ResultsHilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League:- Old Hop Pole 6 Court House 1, The Vine 4 Dewdrop 3, Sportsman 2 Merry-Go-Round 2, New Talbot 3 Ivy Bush 4, Island Inn 4 Jolly Collier 3, Horseley.Tavern 3 Hayes Social 4.

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