Darts News – A West Midlands Round Up By Alan Towe
The South Birmingham League have got their new winter season underway and the early pacesetters in division one are last season’s runners up Erdington Members Club who beat The Raven 6-3. Reigning champions Mackadown Social didn’t have the best of starts as they went down 5-4 at home to Coleshill Social. In division two Toby Jug with a 6-3 win against C’s Flights top the table closely followed by Crown Jewels and Iron Horse who in turn had 5-4 wins over Kingfisher and The Dog. Full Results:Division One:- Crown at Shard End 5 (S.Edwards 100, R.Lawrence 140,108b, M.Walker 140, D.Clinton 2x100,110b, J.Jennings 2x100,121, P.Kingdon 125,100) Banbury Arrows 4 (L.Reece 2x100), Erdington Members Club 6 (J.Frost 140,100, W.Naylor 100,103, B.Liggins 101b, M.Gallett 100, J.Liggins 128,100, L.Barberan 100, C.Millward snr 100,121,120f, M.Birch 120b) The Raven 3 (D.White 100, M.Bown 100, N.Warner 100,135,112b, A.Whitehouse 100, T.Whitehouse 107b, D.Mortiboys 121), Mackadown Social 4 (N.Parsonage 140, D.Young 120b,100b,140,110f, A.Savage 2x100, C.Henn 112b,100, M.Noonan 106f,111b,100) Coleshill Social 5 (G.Jones 100, C.Cooke 126, B.Jones 106f), Pavilions had a bye, Division Two:- Toby Jug 6 (D.Revitt 100,121) C's Flights 3 (S.Beale 100, R.Meigh 105), The Dog 4 (J.Boylan 100, J.Kane 100, J.Fathers 100) Iron Horse 5 (J.Lewin 100, T.Rainsford 120b, R.Earl 100, R.Parry 101), Kingfisher 4 (S.Boden 100, D.Walters 102b,100) Crown Jewels 5 (T.Anderton 100, B.Anderton 2x100, N.Walker 100,114), Mini League:- The C's Arrows 18 legs (D.Kingdon 100, P.Shipley 3x100,100b, S.Whatmore 126f,121, A. Harvey 2x100, K.Geary 100) Chelmsley Conservative Club 9 legs (J.Shingler 100, S.Cooper 100, P.Barton 154b,133, L.Walker 112b,100,106b,102b, J.Phipps 140).
There was just one result from the South Birmingham Summer League, a rearranged fixture which saw Pavilions beat Toby Jug 6-3 to see them replace The Dog at the top of group two to take the title with 16 points, two more than The Dog who finished as runners up. Full Results:Group Two:Rearranged Fixture:- Pavilions 6 Toby Jug 3.
Reigning division one champions The Boat were unbeaten last year in the Four Oaks and District League but very nearly lost the first match of the new season when after going 3-0 up away to Old Oscott Arrows they lost the next four games, however in the end they scraped a very close 5-4 victory. Last year’s runners up Royal Sutton Flights had no such problem as they beat St Thomas’s Social Club 8-1 to go top of the table. Red Lion hold pole position in the second division with a 7-2 win against Plough and Arrows while a resurgent Pint Pot Flights are in second place after defeating Bishop Vesey 6-3. Boldmere Tap lead the way in division three after winning 6-3 at Brookvale Social, A.Gough producing the only 180 of the week for the Tap. At 3-3 The Oscott Social took the next two games to win their first match in the League 5-4. Full Results:Match 1:Division One:- Old Oscott Arrows 4 (B.Hoare 115b,100b,122, M.Compton 116b, D.Page 125,3x100, M.Maher 102b,120, A.Lea 2x140,100, E.Atkins 2x100) The Boat 5 (K.Reynolds 123,121, K.Deeley 3x100,148b,140, M.Archer 140, S.Harvey 102, J.Prince 109b,140, M.Partridge 100b,3x100,129,139,149f, N.Clarke 2x100), St Thomas’s Social Club 1 (J.Collins 138b,102f,2x140, A.Rose 120b,121, W.Cadby 100, R.Franks 100b, J.Burdett 100, S.Bird 100,121,140) Royal Sutton Flights 8 (M.Wild 117b,140, M.Ashton 10b,120,100, A.Kimberley 120b,125,105, S.Paling 2x100,140,100f, C.Perry 100, L.Harris 2x100,117f), Drakes Drum 3 (J.Clarke 2x125, R.Hasluck 117, A.Day 160b,140,100, J.Cox 112b,100, A.Lilley 100) Golden Hind 6 (S.Pritchett 3x140,2x100,135, W.Naylor 105, M.Tedstone 2x140,2x100,137, G.Kimberley 100b,100, K.Lumby 100), Division Two:- Bishop Vesey 3 (N.Sammons 112b, S.Holmes 100, N.Smallwood 140,139, D.Walton 117f, C.Sammons 125) Pint Pot Flights 6 (R.Mercer 152b,135,140, N.Gilbert 117b,3x100,126f,140, 9 darts game, M.Bagnall 120b,100, M.Bruin 107,126,2x100, R.Wright 100), Red Lion 7 (B.Hughes 3 x100,140, D.G.Bond 2x100,100f, D.Bayliss 2x100, L.Bayliss 121, S.Andrews 100,125, G.Oldfield 125, M.Wilde 100) Plough and Arrows 2 (A.Humphriss 100, I.Taylor 104b,100, N.Robbins 121,109f, P.Smith 3x100, R.Davies 101,100, J.O’Connor 125), The Fox 5 (D.Perry 100,121, R.Stanton 120b,120,112, J.Cronin 133) Old Oscott WMC 4 (J.Tolley 133, D.Parsons 125,2x100, A.Cole 116b,2x100), Division Three:- Brookvale Social 3 (J.Kiernan 121, S.Hipkiss 123, R.Kelly 3x100, K.Orlowski 100b,125, J.Yates 125) Boldmere Tap 6 (A.Gough 2x100,180, A.Nicholls 116, P.Bromley 100, D.Quirk 100, D.Byrne 100, D.Simpson 2x100), Oscott Social 5 (P.Hodgkins 100b,2x140, J.Morris 120, G.Bushell 120b,3x100,10 darts game, R.Graham 100, P.Graham 2x100,101,140, A.Whitehouse 125) St Thomas’s Arrows 4 (G.Lynch 100, J.Lynch 100, C.Connells 106b, R.Nelson 3x100,2x140, M.Andrews 127), Sutton Sports and Social 3 Rosey Mac’s 6, The Boot, Erdington Arrows and The Lad In The Lane had byes.
The Sheldon and District League have completed their summer season fixtures and taking the honours are, in division one Mackadown Social who are champions with 15 points two more than runners up Iron Horse Flights. The division two title has gone to Highwood KB’s with Willclare Sports and Social runners up, again the difference between the two teams was two points. Ridgemere Social are division three champions finishing with 14 points just one more than their nearest rivals Shirley RBL Misfits while division four produce the biggest winning margin in the league with Fox and Goose topping the table with 18 points, three more than runners up Highwood Exiles. Full Results:Week 10:Division One:- Mackadown Social 7 George ‘V’ 1, The Harvester 3 Iron Horse (J.Burdett 180) 5, Sheldon Marlborough Arrows 8 The Pirates 0 (walkover), Division Two:- Crown Arrows (J.Morrissey 103f) 7 Holy Souls 1, Lyndon Old Boys 3 Willclare Sports and Social 5, Maggies 3 Highwood KB’s (A.Gorman 106f) 5, Division Three:- Meadway Sports and Social (B.Fenton 102f) 2 Inn on the Green 6, Ridgemere Social Flights (D.Jones 180) 4 Shirley RBL Misfits (T.Dixon 111f) 4, Yardley Ex Colts (B.Law 180) 4 Small Heath Amateur Gardeners 4, Division Four:- Langley Hall Sports and Social Flights 2 Greville Arms 6, Fox and Goose 6 Highwood Exiles 2, Ridgemere Social Ladies 5 Langley Hall Sports and Social Ladies 3.
The Shirley Red Lion Premier League lost one of their 30 players in week twelve when due to health issues Jack Nason had to drop out of the league all of the players wish young Jack a speedy recovery. On the league scene Tom Bent extended his lead at the top of the table to six points after taking seven of a possible eight points in his latest games. He kicked off with a 3-1 win over Dave Heighway and ended the night with a straight 4-0 win over Mark Cater to put him on 77 points. There were second defeats of the season for second and third placed Mark Gwalchmai and Steve Sidwell as Gwalchmai, after being held to a 2-2 draw by Chris Thomas snr then lost 3-1 to Ken Hopton and Sidwell who began with a 3-1 win against Hopton then lost 4-0 to Phil Thomas, leaving Gwalchmai on 71 points with a game in hand on Bent and Sidwell with two games in hand on Bent on 69 points. Phil Thomas with a 100 checkout in a 2-2 draw with Mick Bown takes this week’s £5 for the highest finish. Full Results:Week 12:- Tim Lowe 1 Lee Holtham 3, Andy Thomas 3 Chris Thomas 1, Ken Hopton 1 Steve Sidwell (14 darts game) 3, Tony Daly 1 Mikey Harris 3, Noreen Harris 0 Antony Daly 4, Phil Thomas (100f) 2 Mick Bown 2, George Drennan 1 Mark Henderson 3, Karl Wilson 0 Lee Holtham 4, Nick Walker 1 Mark Cater 3, Tom Bent 3 Dave Heighway 1, Mark Gwalchmai 2 Chris Thomas snr 2, Lee Harris 1 Jordan Ottley (180) 3, George Drennan 2 Andy Thomas 2, Ken Hopton 2 Chris Thomas 2, Mikey Harris 4 Karl Wilson 0, Tony Daly 2 Jordan Ottley 2, Lee Harris 4 Nick Walker 0, Mark Henderson (180,13 darts game) 4 Tim Lowe 0, Mick Bown (15 darts game) 2 Dave Heighway 2, Steve Sidwell 0 Phil Thomas 4, Mark Cater 0 Tom Bent 4, Noreen Harris 0 Tony Daly 4, Mark Gwalchmai 1 Ken Hopton 3, Chris Thomas snr 1 Antony Daly 3, Chris Thomas 3 Lee Holtham 1, Andy Thomas 4 Antony Daly 0.
After their away trip against Staffordshire in the Western division of the Northern Youth Darts Organisation for a second successive fixture Warwickshire’s Youth Darts team played away when they travelled to Telford to take on Shropshire, following up their opening 11-4 win with a tremendous 8-7 victory. With wins from Matthew Cain, Jake Liggins, Jordan Ainsworth and George Ross the under 18’s won 4-3 while the ladies won 2-1 thanks to Shona Emslie and Lucy Keyte. The under 21’s lost by a close 3-2 result with Tom Mills and Adam Paxton their winners. Winners of the match awards were Matthew Cain (Under 18’s), Lucy Keyte (Ladies) and Adam Paxton (Under 21’s). Full Results:Shropshire Youth v Warwickshire Youth (Shropshire names first):Under 18’s:- Jacob Perrins 0 Matthew Cain (134,137) 2, Ryan Bate (140) 2 Ashley Reid (133) 0, Jonty Eyre 0 Jake Liggins (2x100,123) 2, Sam Aitkins 0 Jordan Ainsworth (100) 2, Ashley Marson (125) 2 Tom Winter 0, Nathan Perrins (100) 0 George Ross (121) 2, Mark Lloyd (100,134) 2 Harry Earp (2x100) 0, Ladies:- Abbie Perrins 0 Shona Emslie 2, Tyler Crook (131) 2 Tia Barker 0, Hannah Gaskin 1 Lucy Keyte (100) 2, Under 21’s:- Jordan Ward (2x100,121,135,140,180) 3 Charlie Symons (3x100,121,134,139,140) 1, Phillip Richardson 0 Tom Mills (117,120,135) 3, Alfie Jacques (125) 3 Lewis Bayliss (3x100,120) 0, Joshua Lanyel (4x100,180) 1 Adam Paxton (100,120,122,139,2x140) 3, Will Roberts (3x100,140,135,156f) 3 Jake Golding (100,121,125,138) 1.
Only two results from the Forest of Arden Winter League which produced two local derby’s. League leaders Journeys End took on second placed Journeys End Flights and went down 6-3 to leave them top of the table with 18 points from 11 games and their opponents second also on 18 points bur from only 9 games. Highwood Arms squared up to Highwood KB, the latter winning 7-2 to put them third in the table with 16 points from 11 games. Full Results:Week 11:- Journeys End 3 (S.Whatmore 100,140, G.Clinton 2x100,140, P.Kingdon 120,140,174,100, D.Wilson 3x100,140,135, L.Barberan 2x140,125, J.Jennings 6x100,140) Journeys End Flights 6 (J.Sidwell 2x100,140,125,180, S.Edwards 2x100,125,140, S.Kennedy 2x140, A.Edwards 140, R.Hogan 2x100,125, P.Yardley 5x100,3x140,100f,108f,180), Highwood Arms 2 (A.Thurman 121, D.Hudson 100, N.Walker 140,100, A.Hawkins 117, P.Thorley 100, K.Hull 100, B.Anderton 125) Highwood KB 7 (A.Gorman 3x100,123, T.Hobbis 105,2x100,180,140, W.Cooper 2x100, N.Byrne 2x100,140, T.Walton 100,125, M.Gorman 3x100).
Week three in the Pip Club League and leading the Main division is Old Liberal with a maximum six points after their latest 5-4 win over Globe (Wilnecote), Nigel Vaughan and Martin Richards both hitting a maximum for the winners. The Office are in second place and with 180’s from Alex Tempest and Mark Stringer plus a 13 darts game from Martin Edwards and a 14 darts game from Phil Daulman beat the Dolphin 8-1 to leave them two points short of Old Liberal with a game in hand and a superior average. Wigginton Arms had a 6-3 win over Mercian aided by a 2-0 win from twelve years old Rosie O’Connor who beat Mercian’s Adam Walker. Full Results:Week 3:- Belgrave Club (Joe Wilson 113f, Sarah Ingram 140,2x100) 5 Birchmoor Club 4, Pip Club (Mark Hollyoake 180) 2 Queens Head (Sam Whittaker 180,15 darts game) 7, Old Liberal (Nigel Vaughan 180, Martin Richards 180) 5 Globe (Wilnecote) 4, Wigginton Arms 6 Mercian (George Smith 116f) 3, Kettlebrook Club (Martin Coles 180) Red Lion 6, Sports Bar ‘180’ 5 Progressive Club 4, Dolphin 1 The Office (Alex Tempest 180, Mark Stringer 180, Martin Edwards 13 darts game, Phil Daulman 14 darts game) 8, Winning Post had a bye.
The Brierley Hill Monday Night League took a break from their weekly domestic fixtures to stage the second leg of their League Cup and winning through to the quarter finals were Roebuck, Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club, Portway, Pensnett Liberal Club, Mount Pleasant, Delph Bell and New Talbot. Full Results:League Cup:Round One:Second Leg- Roebuck 5 Dudley Sports ‘A’ 4, King William 1 Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 8, Portway 6 The Swan 3, Pensnett Liberal Club 6 Lamp Tavern 3, Mount Pleasant 4 Brickmakers Arms 5, Delph Bell 7 Bulls Head (Netherton) 2, Dudley Sports ‘B’ 5 Blue Brick 4, Limes Club 3 New Talbot 6, Rearranged First Leg Fixture:- New Talbot 8 Limes Club 1.
After the opening three fixtures in the Sedgley and Gornal Tuesday Night League just three of the sixteen teams remain undefeated. Gornal Labour Club are in pole position their latest 6-3 win handed their hosts Hilly House their first defeat of the campaign. Old Bulls Head are second remaining one leg of average short of the leaders following a similar 6-3 win in their game against Fellows Club. Making up the top three is Ashwood who are a further one leg of average short Old Bulls Head, their week three game saw them win 7-2 at home against Britannia, this being Britannia’s first defeat. Coseley Tavern recorded their first win as they accounted for their hosts Pensnett Liberal Club with a close 5-4 verdict. Full Results:Week 3:- Ashwood 7 Britannia 2, Hilly House 3 Gornal Labour Club 6, Jolly Crispin 5 Five Ways 4, Netherton Cricket Club 4 Parkes Hall 5, Red Cow 6 Club Dudley 3, Old Bulls Head 6 Fellows Club 3, Pensnett Liberal Club 4 Coseley Tavern 5, White Lion 3 Gornal British Legion 6.
Cup semi finals were the order of the day for the Netherton Thursday Night League, first the League Cup where the first leg games saw league champions Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club lose their home tie with bottom of the table Hill and Cakemore 5-4 and with the score Riddins Tavern beat Fairfield. In the first leg of the last four play off for the Shadow Cup 5-4 was the scorelines yet again as Delph Bell and White Horse in turn won against Bulls Head and Townsend Club. Full Results:League Cup:Semi Finals:First Leg:- Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 4 Hill and Cakemore 5, Riddins Tavern 5 Fairfield 4, Shadow Cup:First Leg:- Bulls Head 4 Delph Bell 5, Townsend Club 4 White Horse 5.
The Cradley Tuesday Night League played off their doubles knockout and from the semi finals onwards the results were all 2-1. In the last four games Mark Rutter and Shaun Hill beat Carl Penzer and Jeff Batham and from the other side of the draw Lee Banner and Carl Davies took out Jess Archer and John Slim. The title then went to Rutter and Hill as they defeated Banner and Davies in the final. Full Results:Doubles Knockout:Semi Finals:- Mark Rutter & Shaun Hill 2 Carl Penzer & Jeff Batham 1, Lee Banner & Carl Davies 2 Jess Archer & John Slim 1, Final:- Mark Rutter & Shaun Hill 2 Lee Banner & Carl Davies 1.
Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ consolidated their number one spot in the Brierley Hill Friday Night League when they handed out a 7-0 whitewash to their hosts Pensnett Welfare Club ‘B’ and at the same time held on to their four points advantage over second in the table Netherton Cricket Club ‘A’ who won their tie at Dudley Sports 5-2. There was rare joy for the two joint bottom teams this week as Netherton Cricket Club ‘B’ and Fox Inn ‘A’ (Lye) both won 4-3. Both teams had very surprising wins the Cricket Club beating Pensnett Welfare Club ‘A’ who as a result drop one place in the table to fourth whilst their victors move up one place from the bottom of the table as do Fox Inn ‘A’ (Lye) who won against their local rivals Fox Inn ‘B’ (Lye) who are placed fifth in the table. Full Results:Week 9:- Dudley Sports 2 Netherton Cricket Club ‘A’ 5, Pensnett Welfare Club ‘B’ 0 Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ 7, Fox Inn ‘B’ (Lye) 3 Fox Inn ‘A’ (Lye) 4, Brickmakers Arms ‘B’ 5 Britannia 2, Netherton Cricket Club ‘B’ 4 Pensnett Welfare Club ‘A’ 3, Delph Bell 2 Miners (Wollescote) 5.
The Harborne and District League have begun their new season with eleven teams and topping the table after the opening fixture is HV Flights who won 8-1 against Avenue Social ‘A’. Hillyfields and Stag and Three Horseshoes both won 7-2 against respective opponents Smethwick CC and The Abbey while Cock Inn won 6-3 at Avenue Social ‘B’ and Bartley Green FC had a closer 5-4 verdict over Weoley Castle WMC. Full Results:Week 1:- Weoley Castle WMC 4 Bartley Green FC 5, Avenue Social ‘A’ 1 HV Flights 8, Hillyfields 7 Smethwick CC 2, Avenue Social ‘B’ 3 The Cock 6, The Abbey 2 Stag and Three Horse Shoes 7, Man on the Moon – bye.
Gate ‘B’ lost ground in the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League title race when in week 29 they lost 5-4 at home against fifth placed Bridge (Kingswinford) and as a result drop to third place behind Ten Arches ‘B’, both teams are on 48 points but Gate trail massively on average after Arches ‘B’ won 9-0 at Church Tavern. Leaders Ten Arches ‘A’ hang on to their four point’s advantage after a 7-2 home win over Britannia. Full Results:Match 29:- Bird (Wordsley 3 Gate ‘A’ 6, Gate ‘B’ 4 The Bridge (Kingswinford) 5, Queens 5 Bird (Stourbridge) 4, Stourbridge RBL 6 The Swan 3, Kingswinford Snooker Club 5 Quarry Bank Conservative Club 4, Hare and Hounds ‘B’ 4 Kingswinford Conservative Club 5, Old Cat (Wordsley) 7 Hare and Hounds ‘A’ 2, Ten Arches ‘A’ 7 Britannia 2, Church Tavern 0 Ten Arches ‘B’ 9, Garibaldi 5 Crestwood 4, Fox Inn (Lye) 2 Brickmakers Arms 7.
After their recent surprising 5-2 defeat by The Vine, Dewdrop are back to winning ways in the Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League adding a vital 5-2 win over second in the table Waggon and Horses to their tally to put them eight points ahead of their rivals who are now just two points to the good on third placed Island Inn who also won 5-2 away to bottom of the table Hayes Social. Full Results:Match 28:- Waggon and Horses 2 Dewdrop 5, Old Hop Pole 6 Old Court House 1, Ivy Bush 2 Merry-Go-Round 5, Wonder 6 Horseley Tavern 1, Hayes Social 2 Island Inn 5, The Vine 3 New Talbot 4.
Great prize money was on offer but it was a very disappointing turnout for the Brandon Open as only 28 players turned out. Despite the poor numbers a good day was had by all who did turn up. In the semi finals Warwickshire’s Mark Carter and Noel Grant lost in turn to Nick Fullwell and Martin Biggs and then in the final West Midlands man Fullwell took the top prize and the title when he defeated Biggs. [caption id="attachment_26280" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Brandon Open Winner Nick Fullwell with Les Ball (Warwickshire Treasurer)[/caption]
Riley’s ‘B’ have lost their number one spot in the division one doubles division of the Wolverhampton Tuesday Night League after losing 2-1 to next to bottom of the table Jack’s Bar. With a 3-0 win at Victoria Riley’s ‘C’ have taken over in pole position but only on average as Riley’s ‘B’, Wednesfield Conservative Club and Bull are all on the same 32 points as Riley’s ‘C’. Full Results:Match 26:Singles League:Division One:- Pavilion 1 Sunbeam 6, Penn Bowling 2 Riley’s ‘A’ 5, Riley’s ‘B’ 4 Jack’s Bar 3, Victoria 3 Riley’s ‘C’ 4, Wednesfield Conservative Club 3 Bull 4, Division Two:- Bird in Hand 0 Pendulum 7, Riley’s ‘D’ 4 Shed 3, Roebuck 2 Wednesfield Legion 5, Ukrainian Club 7 Red Lion 0, Woodfield Social 1 Dog and Partridge 6, Yale Club 3 Royal 4, Doubles League:Division One:- Pavilion 0 Sunbeam 3, Penn Bowling 1 Riley’s ‘A’ 2, Riley’s ‘B’ 1 Jack’s Bar 2, Victoria 0 Riley’s ‘C’ 3, Wednesfield Conservative Club 1 Bull 2, Division Two:- Bird in Hand 0 Pendulum 3, Riley’s ‘D’ 2 Shed 1, Roebuck 0 Wednesfield Legion 3, Ukrainian Club 3 Red Lion 0, Woodfield Social 1 Dog and Partridge 2, Yale Club 1 Royal 2.
Week 29 results in the Tettenhall Wednesday Night League did not change the league positions at all, however there was a rare win for bottom of the table Jones Road as they chalked up only their seventh win in 29 games when they won 4-3 against next to bottom of the table Dog and Partridge. Full Results:Week 29:- Cleveland Arms 6 Bull 1, ECC ‘A’ 5 Moreton 2, Jones Road 4 Dog and Partridge 3, Riley’s 1 ECC ‘B’ 6, Swan Compton 3 Brewood British Legion 4, Whitmore Reans WMC 5 Village Inn 2.
It was no surprise in the Wednesbury and Darlaston Wednesday Night League when leaders The Nutan beat bottom of the table Churchills ‘B’ 8-1 but it was something of a surprise when Black Horse lost 5-4 at home to Staffordshire Knot ‘A’ which saw Black Horse replaced in second place by their opponents who now have a two points lead over them but have played one game more. Full Results:Match 23:- Horse and Jockey 6 Churchills ‘A’ 3, Churchills ‘B’ 1 The Nutan 8, English Oak 5 Staffordshire Knot ‘B’ 4, Black Horse 4 Staffordshire Knot ‘A’ 5.
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