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Article: Darts News – From Around the West Midlands By Alan Towe

Darts News – From Around the West Midlands By Alan Towe

As season ten of the Shirley and District Monday Night League came to an end Dunky’s Boys rounded off their season with a 6-3 win at Legion Flights to give them the same 56 points as Highwood, who had completed their fixtures the previous week, but with a far superior average to give them the league title. The Lion took third place their final 6-3 home win over HSDT leaving them just four points short of the top two teams and eight to the good on their nearest rivals Wharf who finished fourth. The wooden spoon went to Shirley Spartac and Saracens Misfits won the Shadow League title. Bob Nixon (Dunky’s Boys) hit the most 180’s (10) and shared the least darts of 12 with team mate John Sidwell. The highest finish of 153 was achieved by John Smyth (Wharf) and the highest break of 160 went to Dave Heighway (Bears). Full Results:Week 34:- The Lion 6 (T.Bent 112b) HSDT 3 (P.Thorley 180, R. Allcott 180), Saracens Jesters 5 (R.Saggo 140f) Saracens Misfits 4 (J.Taylor 102b), Bears 6 The Short Shafts 3, Cider House 4 (L.Sahota 180) Wharf 5, Legion Flights 3 Dunky’s Boys 6 (A.Hutchings 180,120b,121f, B.Nixon 180), Shirley Spartac 3 Legion Royals 6, Lodge had a bye.
Avenue C.Fox continue to dominate the Kings Norton League their latest 6-1 win away to fifth in the table E57 giving them 34 points from 18 games and a lead of four over second placed Bournebrook who have played one game more than the leaders after their closer 4-3 win against Weoley Hill. Third placed Rubery RBL lost ground in the title race as they lost 4-3 at Harborne C.Fox to leave them eight points off the top and despite having a game in hand on Bournebrook are four points behind them. Only average separates Cock Inn and E57 from Rubery as all three are on the same 26 points, Cock Inn winning 6-1 against Dingle. This week there were maximums for A.Vaughan (Cock Inn) and C.Whitehouse (Avenue C.Fox). Full Results:Game 19:- Harborne C.Fox 4 (A.Poolton 102b, P.Sitshebo 125, S.Adams 100, A.Hopkins 135, M.Poolton 100,131) Rubery RBL 3 (P.Medlicott 136b, J.O'Neill 124, I.Medlicott 2x100,100b,115b,11 darts game), Cock Inn 6 (L.Caven 100, L.Fox 100,123, M.Naylor 100, A.Vaughan 100,140, Joe Fox 143f, A,Vaughan 180) Dingle 1 (S.Wallace 105), Grant Arms 4 (P.Taylor 105b,100,120,8 darts game, D.Campbell 132) Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club 3 (C.Davenport 100, M.Bloomer 100, D.Whitecombe 100,125, T.Shaw 100,120b), Kings Heath 3 (D.Parish 133, S.Morris 125, J.Tulloch 119, N.Pearce 100,101) Coppice 4 (K.Manger 100, A.Chidley 2x140,10 darts game, M.Jones 120, M.Mooney 114, A.Aindow 132), E57 1 (D.Price 100b, D.Logan 100,121, A.Mutch 100, E.Bird 100, M.Ellis 100,100b) Avenue C.Fox 6 (E.Simpson 2x100, D.Marsh 100,111b,122f,138, S.Pasetti 140, V.Gould 160b, C.Whitehouse 120,180, T.Hamilton 2x100, G.Dews 136, L.Morton 100,125, R.Mann 134), Bournebrook 4 (T.Cullen 120b,11 darts game, K.Mason 100b,117b, M.Bathurst 105b, D.Collins 100,149b,8 darts game, L.Arnold 100, J.Stringer 100) Weoley Hill 3 (M.Lloyd 100, L.Preece 121, L.Allen 2x100).
The South Birmingham League have been engaged in round one of their Knockout Cup which saw league leaders C’s Top Guns win 8-1 against local rivals C’s Bullets. Another local derby saw C’s Hot Shots beat C’s Flights 5-4 and with the same scoreline second in the league Banbury Arrows won at Coleshill Social. To make up the last four teams third in the league table Centurion had a convincing 7-2 win over next to bottom of the table Smithswood Social. Full Results:Game 4:- C’s Top Guns 7 (R.Mills 2x100,108b, W.Yates 120b, J.Webster 137, M.Noonan 149b, S.Kingdon 2x125,107, S.Edwards 105, M.Evans 100) C's Flights 2 (S.Beale 100, N.Moore 100, D.Green 100, R.Beale 102b), Centurion 6 (C.Winters 100,129, A.Hoey 100,135, N.Jackson 100, M.Phillips 100) Coleshill Social 3 (D.Holt 101,140,102, G.Jones 100,140, P.Bryant 112b,140), C's Hot Shots 3 (J.Carter 100) Banbury Arrows 6 (I.Beattie 140, A.Cooksey 125,180, J.Kearney 100, B.Evans 100b,140,9 darts game, J.Moss 122,100, L.Reece 100), Mini League:- Smitshwood Social 17 legs (J.Buttle 140,100, L.Buttle 105b,100, G.Davidson 100, L.Vann 100,120) C's Bullets 10 legs (M.Fellows 125, D.Smith 140,134), Knockout Cup:Round One:- C's Bullets 1 (G.Vasou 2x100, R.McCarthy 100) C’s Top Guns 8 (R.Mills 121,100, W.Yates 100b,133, D.Kingdon 100, S.Kingdon 100, M.Kingdon 125, S.Edwards 139), C's Flights 4 (J.Pitts 3x100, R.Meigh 100, K.Moore 111,100, D.Green 100) C’s Hot Shots 5 (D.White 100,102b, L.Walker 100, W.Cooper 118,100,180, S.Moran 124, D.Stone 135, J.Masfield 120b), Coleshill Social 4 (P.Williams 140, S.Sweetman 100,105, P.Bryant 2x100) Banbury Arrows 5 (A.Cooksey 2x100, G.Fleetwood 112b, P.Moran 100b,140, B.Evans 2x140), Smithswood Social 2 (J.Buttle 140,139,100b, G.Davidson 100) Centurion 7 M.Farquahson 120, N.Jackson 100, M.Phillips 145, P.Shipley 140).
The Four Oaks and District Winter League got the second half of their season underway and the best match to start the half in division one came from two middle order rivals Walmley CSC Arrows and Pint Pot Flights with the former winning 6-3. Between them there were no fewer than 38 scores of a ton or more with 23 of them going to the winners, the remaining games in the division all produced 7-2 wins for the top three teams Boldmere St Mikes. Boat and Golden Hind, who in turn accounted for Erdington Arrows, Bishop Vesey and Old Oscott Arrows. Red Lion remain top of the second division defeating St Thomas Arrows 7-2 while second placed Walmley CSC Flights won 6-3 at Rosey Mac’s to leave them two points behind Red Lion. In the third division the top two teams had comfortable wins, leaders Rosey Mac’s Leopard beating Deers Leap 6-3 and second placed Oscott Social Club winning 8-1 against Sutton Sports to keep within two points of Leopard. W.Naylor hit a 180 for Golden Hind and J.Prince (Boat), (M.McFall (Boldmere St Mikes) and D.Rawlings (Erdington Arrows) all hitting their second of the season. Full Results:Game 8:Division One:- Walmley CSC Arrows 6 (W.Cadby 100, A.Cooksey 2x140,2x100,121, P.Moran 2x100b,101b,2x121, M.Willetts 124,119, K.Green 2x140,3x100, S.Wilson 4x100,119f) Pint Pot Flights 3 (N.Robbins 100b,129,103b,2x100, M.O’Driscoll 107f, R.Mercer 133,3x100, M.Bagnall 4x100, T.O’Driscoll 100), Boldmere St Mikes 7 (M.Wild 125,2x140,115,100, C.Millward snr 135, M.McFall 140,115,180,9 darts game, R.Johnson 115, R.Hawker 100b,118, C.Millward jnr 2x120f,100) Erdington Arrows 2 (J.West 100, M.Edwards 102b,140, C.Hill 160b,138, K.Smith 100, D.Rawlings 140,180), Golden Hind 7 (D.Pickering 132,100, A.Stainfield 122b, B.Stephens 104f, T.O’Kereke 112b,121, Andy Kimberley 3x100,120, W.Naylor 134,180,100,122f) Old Oscott Arrows 2 (B.Hoare 101b, D.Page 2x152b,133,2x100,145, E.Atkins 100,140, M.Maher 140, A.Lea 140, J.Higgins 120), Bishop Vesey 2 (D.Quirk 115b, N.Smallwood 105b,100, N.Sammons 120, D.Walton 140, S.Abbott 2x120b,140,145,100) The Boat 7 (K.Reynolds 124,100, S.Harvey 100, J.Prince 180, K.Deeley 148b,2x100,103b,108b,2x140, M.Archer 100,140,100f), Division Two:- Rosey Mac’s 3 (J.Cox 100, D.Sargent 120,131, F.Harris 123) Walmley CSC Flights 6 (R.Smith 100, I.Taylor 140,2x100, A.Evans 2x100, J.Kavanagh 100, T.Tyrie 100), Red Lion 7 (J.Collins 2x100,140,128, T.Vickers 119, L.Vickers 121, M.Corfield 101b, B.Hughes 118,124f, D.Lowe 100, I.Matthews 140) St Thomas Arrows 2 (M.Avery 100, P.Andrews 140, R.Nelson 100, D.Wakelam 100, G.Stait 100), Oscott Sports 5 (R.Bennett 160b,100b, N.Hawkley 140,100, C.Hawkley 138, J.Tolley 120b,2x100,125) Rosey’s Chaps 4 (R.McLaughlin 140, G.Averill 160b,100b, J.Averill 125), Division Three:- Oscott Social Club 8 (D.Hodgkins 100, P.Graham 140,134, A.Whitehouse 119,140) Sutton Sports 1 (D.Panjanaden 100,101, T.Clarke 100, R.Hinett 140, G.Hinett 116b,140,2x100,105), Rosey Mac’s Leopard 6 (K.Shorthouse 120b, J.Liggins 120b,100, S.Pritchett 134,100,122, B.Liggins 100) Deer’s Leap 3 (S.Kelly 100, J.Sabin 105b,121, M.Brogan 122,100,121).
Just one rearranged fixture was played in the Small Heath League which saw East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association beat Wagon and Horses 8-1 to replace Heartlands Club at the top of the table. Currently E.B.A.H.A are on 36 points, Heartlands 34 with only one leg of average the difference between the two but the last game of the season will be a title decider as the two teams will play each other and the winner of that game will become champions, should be quite a tense and exciting fixture. Full Results:Rearranged Fixture:- East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association 8 (N.Parsonage 140,100,120b, N.Davis 100, C.Waytt 2x123,118f, T.White 100,125, M.Cooper 2x100, L.Robinson 100, P.Webster 100,140) Wagon and Horses 1 (S.Facey 100, B.Hayer 100, R.Walton 100).
In game number 22 in the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League leaders Brickmakers Arms were the only winners in the top three teams as they won 5-4 at home against third placed Ten Arches and second in the table Britannia lost by the same margin at British Oak who are seventh in the league. The results mean Brickmakers now have played an unbeaten 22 games and have a lead over the rest of the field of a massive ten points. At the other end of the table there were 8-1 defeats for the bottom two teams as bottom team Hare and Hounds lost at home to Stourbridge RBL and next to bottom Kingswinford Conservative Club went down by the same score at Church Tavern. Full Results:Game 22:- Hare and Hounds 1 Stourbridge RBL 8, Bird (Wordsley) 6 Bird (Stourbridge) 3, Rose and Crown 5 Fox Inn (Lye) 4, British Oak 5 Britannia 4, Brickmakers Arms 5 Ten Arches 4 (J.Gaskin 152b), Church Tavern 8 Kingswinford Conservative Club 1, Glascutters 5 Lion (Stourbridge) 4, Gigmill 2 Hop House 7, Gate Hangs Well 8 Swan 1.
After a surprising 6-1 home defeat by Tyseley WMC, Emerald Club have been ousted from their number one spot in the Camp Hill Marston’s League and replaced by Nomads who won 5-2 at Marlborough Star to give them a two points advantage over Emerald who drop to second place. Tyseley remain in third place but with 20 points are now only two adrift of Emerald Club. Full Results:Week 13:- Peaky Blinder 2 Wagon and Horses 5, Marlborough Star 2 Nomads 5, Sheldon Marlborough Flights 4 New Inn 3, Roost Rebels 6 Sedgemere Devil’s Club 1, Emerald Club 1 Tyseley WMC 6.
The Rowley Monday Night League have got their new season underway and the early pacesetters are last season’s runners-up the George who handed their hosts Ivy Bush a 9-0 whitewash. Not far behind the George with an 8-1 win at Loyal Lodge are newcomers to the league Beech Tree whose nearest rivals are reigning champions Bell, Fairfield, Tividale FC, Whiteheath Tavern and Windmills End who in turn won 6-3 against Cradley Sports and Social, Three Diamonds, Wonder, Ex Serviceman’s and Hare and Hounds. Full Results:Week 1:- Three Diamonds 3 Fairfield 6, Spring Meadow 5 Cottage 4, Tividale FC 6 Wonder 3, Bell 6 (Connor Whitehouse 180) Cradley Sports and Social Club 3, Whiteheath Tavern 6 Ex Servicemen’s 3, Loyal Lodge 1 Beech Tree 8, Hare and Hounds 3 Windmills End 6, Ivy Bush 0 George 9 (Marc Perkins 160b).
The Sedgley and Gornal Tuesday Night League had cup semi-finals on their fixture card first the John Walters Knockout Cup in which league leaders Old Bulls Head with a 5-4 win over Gornal British Legion made their way into the final where they will take on second in the league and level on 26 points with them Lamp Tavern who won 7-2 against Netherton Cricket Club. In the John Walters Knockout Trophy there were 6-3 wins for Red Cow and Jolly Crispin who defeated respective opponents Pensnett Liberal Club and Meadow Lark. Full Results:John Walters Knockout Cup:Semi-Finals:- Gornal British Legion 4 Old Bulls Head 5, Netherton Cricket Club 2 Lamp Tavern 7, John Walters Knockout Trophy:Semi-Finals:- Pensnett Liberal Club 3 Red Cow 6, Meadow Lark 3 Jolly Crispin 6.
The Brierley Hill Friday Night League played round one of their two legs League Cup in which Pensnett Welfare Club will take a 6-1 lead into the second leg against Netherton Cricket Club while Brickmakers Arms ‘B’ will hold a 5-2 advantage over their ‘B’ team in the next leg. Full Results:League Cup:Round One (First Leg):- Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ 2 Brickmakers Arms ‘B’ 5, Netherton Cricket Club 1 Pensnett Welfare Club 6.
Highwood Gerry’s Boys made it eight wins in nine in the premier division of the Sheldon and District Winter League when they won 8-1 against Kingshurst Labour Club and with a late result for leaders Dunky’s Boys against third in the division Langley Arrows, Gerry’s Boys have now moved to within two points of Dunky’s with a game in hand plus a superior average. Division One leaders Hornet have lost just one of their eleven games the latest of which saw them win 6-3 at Yardley Ex Colts to open an eight point’s gap between them and second played Hobs Mead who lost 5-4 playing at third placed Maggies who now have the same 12 points as Hobs but have played one game more than them. Like the leaders of the two divisions above them Meadway Sports and Social top the division two table having lost just one game. A 5-4 win over Sheldon Marlborough Ridge keeps Meadway top on average from Holy Souls whose 5-4 win against Small Heath Gardeners was their twelfth fixture, one more than Meadway. Full Results:Week 12:Premier Division:- Highwood Gerry’s Boys 8 (Darren Wright 180, Shay Darby 100f) Kingshurst Labour Club 1, Sheldon Marlborough Arrows 6 East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association 3, Sheldon Dukes 3 Raven Arrows 6 (Jason Prince 130f,121f, Alan Mayall 103f), Division One:- Yardley Ex Colts 3 Hornet 6 (Matt Stait 180,9 darts game, Rob Wilson 100f), Shirley Misfits 2 North Star 7, Maggies 5 (Shaun Hoccon 180,11 darts game) Hobs Meadow 4, Crown-Forget-Me-Not 6 Willclare Sports and Social 3, Division Two:- Langley Flights 3 (Julian Harris 124f) Hampton and Solihull CC 6, Meadway Sports and Social 5 Sheldon Marlborough Ridge 4, CCC’s 3 Inn on the Green 6 (Marcus Gilmartin 107f), Raven 4 Crown Arrows 5, Holy Souls 5 Small Heath Gardeners 4.
After playing the opening fixtures of their new season in the Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League Merry-Go-Round top the league table with a 7-0 win at Court House. Hot on the heels of the leaders are Rising Sun and Tipton Sports who both had 6-1 wins in turn over Ivy Bush and New Talbot while Dewdrop ‘A’ and Vine are close behind with 5-2 wins, Dewdrop ‘A’ beating their ‘B’ side and Vine winning at Island Inn. Full Results:Game 1:- Miners Arms 3 Waggon and Horses 4, Albion 4 Hayes Social 3, Rising Sun 6 Ivy Bush 1, Island Inn 2 (P.Simmons 120b,9 darts game) Vine 5, Tipton Sports 6 New Talbot 1, Dewdrop ‘B’ 2 Dewdrop ‘A’ 5, Court House 0 Merry-Go-Round 7.
A resounding 7-0 win for leaders of the Stourbridge and District Wednesday Night League Ashwood ‘B’ over Gigmill has taken their points tally to 26 and sees them hold on to a two points advantage over second in the table Swan ‘A’ who had a less convincing 4-3 win at Bird (Stourbridge). After the top two come a trio of teams Brickmakers Arms, Ten Arches ‘B and Wilson Hall all on 22 points after Brickmakers won 5-2 at home against Bell, Ten Arches ‘B’ had a bye and Wilson Hall beat Gate Hangs Well 4-3, Brickmakers have played one game more than both Ten Arches ‘B’ and Wilson Hall. Full Results:Game 15:- Wilson Hall 4 Gate Hangs Well 3, Holly Bush 2 Ashwood ‘A’ 5, Ten Arches ‘A’ 2 Caves 5 (K.Aspinall 132f), Church Tavern ‘A’ 3 Fox Inn (Lye) 4, Bird 3 Swan ‘A’ 4, Brickmakers Arms 5 (K.Bambridge 8 darts game) Bell 2 (K.Cooksey 160b), Ashwood ‘B’ 7 Gigmill 0, King Arthur 5 Church Tavern ‘B’ 2, Swan ‘B’ 3 Wombourne Cricket Club 4, Ten Arches ‘B’ had a bye.
The Cradley Tuesday Night League have kicked off their new campaign and the number one spot after the opening fixtures is shared by Brickmakers Arms and Netherton Sports and Social ‘B’ who had respective 6-3 wins over Plough and Wheatsheaf ‘B’. On the mark for Brickmakers were Nick Fullwell and Jeff Batham who both notched a maximum, Dave Timmins replied for the Plough. Full Results:Week 1:- Brickmakers Arms 6 (Nick Fullwell 180, Jeff Batham 180,13 darts game) Plough 3 (Dave Timmins 180), Bulls Head 4 Dudley Labour Club 5, Netherton Sports and Social Club ‘B’ 6 Wheatsheaf ‘B’ 3, Wheatsheaf ‘A’ 4 Netherton Sports and Social Club ‘A’ 5.
It’s as you were at the top of the West Midlands Men’s Super League after the top two teams both won 4-1. Leaders Allen’s Sports Bar ‘A’ beat third in the table Yeltz Bar ‘A’ while second placed Railway Tavern won against the ECC Sports and Social Club after the social club had gone 1-0 up when Mick Baker accounted for Kevin Harris with a straight 4-0 win. So now after completing eighteen fixtures Allen’s Sports Bar ‘A’ remain top of the table with 110 points and Railway Tavern with 107 are just three behind them but following their defeat Yeltz Bar ‘A’ are now twelve points off the top and nine behind Railway and have a lot of ground to make up. Full Results:Game 18:- Allen’s Sports Bar ‘A’ 4 Yeltz Bar ‘A’ 1 (J.Hykin 1 J.Lowe 4, N.Fullwell 4 L.Eaves 0, S.Baker 4 I.Townsend 1, D.Nicholls 4 P.Wells 3, A.Edgar 4 S.Gillam 0), Horse and Jockey ‘A’ 2 Staffordshire Knot 3 (B.Robbins 1 M.Angell 4, J.Walker 0 M.Dyke 4, M.Price 4 A.Hateley 0, A.Howells 4 P.Smith 3, J.Micklewright 1 B.Hollowood 4), Cabin 1 Allen’s Sports Bar ‘C’ 4 (I.Hebberts 2 S.Jones 4, J.Simms 0 M.Coleman 4, G.Johnston 2 J.Hughes 4, S.Price 4 D.Oakes 0, S.Hall 0 J.Singh 4), Railway Tavern 4 ECC Club 1 (K.Harris 0 M.Baker 4, M.Moore 4 A.Teasdale 1, L.Kelly 4 M.Hampson 0, J.Rollinson 4 L.Griffiths 1, M.Rollinson 4 L.Venes 3), Gilberts Bar 0 Bridgtown Social 5 (L.Evans 0 G.McGrandle 4, P.Clarke 2 G.Watts 4, C.Hill 2 N.Pointon 4, G.Rollinson 1 O.Maiden 4, R.Ward 0 M.Craddock 4), Griffin 3 Horse and Jockey ‘B’ 2, Yeltz Bar ‘B’ 0 Pensnett Welfare 5 (T.Brennan 3 R.Bowen 4, K.Harrison 2 J.Moore 4, M.Greenwood 1 R.Colley 4, C.Newton 2 M.Bayliss 4, I.Hartland 2 C.Skelding 4), Gunners 1 Allen’s Sports Bar ‘B’ 4 (S.Jennings 2 P.Harrison 4, S.Pryce 1 L.Shaw 4, G.Walsh 4 A.Fellows 1, C.Cook 1 C.Hickman 4, W.Barber 0 T.Baker 4).
The Pip Club League played off their divisional John Young Challenge Cup semi-finals and in the division one fixtures league leaders Belgrave Sports and Social Club won the local derby between them and Belgrave Club while third in the table Dolphin Wanderers won against Sports Bar ‘180’. There was a win for division two leaders Pip Club as they took out Old Liberal House and joining them in the final will be Dolphin who accounted for Kettlebrook Club. Full Results:John Young Challenge Cup:Semi-Finals:Division One:- Sports Bar ‘180’ (Paul Corfield 15 darts game) lost to Dolphin Wanderers, Belgrave Sports and Social Club beat Belgrave Club (Martin Ringrose 180), Division Two:- Pip Club beat Old Liberal House (Jo Worth 100), Dolphin (Leighton Massey 140) beat Kettlebrook Club (Jeannette Blount 100).
A final reminder that this coming Saturday Gilberts Bar, 54 Field Street, Willenhall, Wolverhampton, WV13 2NY will be staging a knockout and based on an entry of 64 players there will be a £500 prize for the eventual winner. Cost of entry is £8 per player which includes entry into a Plate Knockout for first round losers. Registrations are being accepted between 11.30am and 1.00pm with doors opening at 11.00am.
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