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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

Warwickshire County Darts Organisation’s latest fixture in the premier division of the BDO Inter County Championships was an away game against Essex which saw them return with a tremendous 20-16 victory to make it four consecutive wins. The ladies ‘B’ side suffered a 4-2 defeat on Saturday with Tammy Montgomery their lady of the match as she recorded a 3-1 win over Carol Pinfold giving her a superb 22.25 average, the team’s other winner was Marian Conway. The men’s ‘B’ side fought back from 3-0 down to register a tremendous 8-4 victory with their top player being Gareth Braham who won 4-0 against Tony Osborne in 18,20,15 and 17 darts to give him a top average of 28.63. There was a better outcome for Sunday’s ladies as they finished all square at three each with opener Natalie Gilbert their lady of the match as she won 3-0 against Wendy Collins with a 21.78 average. Rounding off the overall win with a 7-5 result were the men’s ‘A’ team whose Steve Hine was in top form as he accounted for Ben Adams with a 4-2 result with winning legs of 18,13,15 and 17 darts to give a fantastic 31.94 average. The win sees Warwickshire hold on to third place in the table just three points behind second placed Lancashire and ten ahead of fourth in the table Glamorgan. Full Results:Premier Division:Essex v Warwickshire (16-20):Essex names first):Men’s ‘A’:- Paul Marsh 4 Tom Aldridge 3, Andrew Kateley 4 Dave Atkins 1, Richie Howson 4 Dave Honey 3, Ben Adams 2 Steve Hine 4, Steve Johnson 1 Jamie Atkins 4, Phillip Brewster 3 Antony Allen 4, Jamie Peetoom 3 Ian Shaw 4, Steve Haggerty 1 Noel Grant 4, Phil Halls 2 Nigel Heydon 4, Joe Russell 3 Steve Giddings 4, Darren Peetoom 4 Kevin Dowling 2, Craig Vickers 4 Ian McFarlane 1, Men’s ‘B’:- Michael Pinnington 4 Tom Martin 1, Danny McIntyre 2 Wayne Mynard 4, Simon Monk 3 Matty Washbrooke 4, Lennie Holmes 2 James Hykin 4, Tony Osborne 0 Gareth Braham 4, Allan Mathieson 2 Mark Strong 4, Michael Hancocks 4 Ashley Hurrell 2, Bradley Halls 4 Rob Comben 1, John Costigan 4 Carl Green 1, Adam Howard 2 Jack Wareing 4, Alan Collins 0 Karl Reynolds 4, Shaun Fox 0 Mark Carter 4, Women’s ‘A’:- Wendy Collins 0 Natalie Gilbert 3, Karen Breen 1 Donna Pinch 3, Pauline Donat 3 Sue Gulliver 2, Donna Gleed 3 Caroline Pike 0, Lynn Kelly 2 Angela Jones 3, Stacey Ellis 3 Nina Bolt 0, Women’s ‘B’:- Dawn Kennedy 3 Rosie O’Connor 1, Carol Pinfold 1 Tammy Montgomery 3, Steph Hewson 1 Marian Conway 3, Kerry Rudd 3 Denise Keyte 0, Ann Farmer 3 Helen Rigg 2, Tracey Newman 3 Melanie Jones 2.
After the defeat away to Hertfordshire, West Midlands only loss in the first five games, a home tie against Oxfordshire saw them return not only to winning ways but also to the top of the division one table in the BDO Inter County Championships. Both the men’s ‘A’ and ‘B’ sides recorded 8-4 wins with Glen McGrandle the ‘A’ team’s top player winning in straight legs against Simon Tricker in 16,22,10 and 21 darts, the ten darts leg seeing him score 140,180 and 145 before checking out on double eighteen to give him a super 29.04 average. Taking the ‘B’ award with a 27.74 average was Alfie Jacques who had a 4-1 success over Adam Bowman in 15,17,17 and 16 darts. It was not a bad weekend for the ladies as the ‘B’ side finished all square at 3-3 with Shellbie Simmons the lady of the match with a 20.59 average and in the ladies ‘A’ team’s 4-2 win it was Shannon Hall with a 15.66 average who took the match award. With Cheshire losing 22-14 away to Dorset West Midlands returned to pole position with 139 points eleven more than Cheshire who have dropped to second place. Full Results:Division One:West Midlands v Oxfordshire (23-13):West Midlands names first):Men’s ‘A’:- Justin Evans 4 Preben Krabben 3, Ian Jones 4 Steve Dennett 1, Paul Wells 4 Lennon Cradock 1, Stephen Jones 4 Simon Key 3, Owen Maiden 0 Tom Baughan 4, Trevor Brennon 4 Jon Jukes 2, Michael Baker 1 Ade Larner 4, Shaun Carroll 2 Sean Holley 4, Daniel Nicholls 3 Terry Wood 4, Glen McGrandle 4 Simon Tricker 0, Alfie Jacques 4 Peter Hall 1, Gavin Baker 4 Kevin Lowe 2, Men’s ‘B’:- Stephen Jones 4 Rhys Kerry 2, Mark Rollinson 4 Stephen Pearce 3, Shane Price 2 Graham Earwicker 4, Gareth Watts 3 Darren Hammond 4, Dave Redding 4 Rob Adnams 0, Adam Edgar 4 Pete Smith 1, Danny Coyle 4 Liam Gregor 3, Gareth Johnston 4 Stephen Wright 0, Scott Hall 4 Andrew Quinn 3, Mark Craddock 2 Mark Laverack 4, Jamie Rollinson 3 Daniel Smith 4, Alfie Jacques 4 Adam Bowman 1, Women’s ‘A’:- Shannon Hall 3 Cali Birch 0, Jacqueline Maiden 3 Jaine Telling 0, Gemma Barrett 2 Deta Hedman 3, Kath Jenkins 3 Kim Ledbury 2, Kat McLean 0 Denise Pape 3, Cheryl Alcock 3 Gina Freshwater 2, Women’s ‘B’:- Heather Wright 3 Emma Everett 2, Debbie Davies 2 Nicola Curzon 3, Sophie Singh 1 Barbara Manning 3, Shellbie Simmons 3 Allyson Thomson 0, Shannon Hall 3 Catherine Birch 0, Lynne Reynolds 2 Caroline Caldicott 3.
The Four Oaks and District Winter League were involved in cup semi-finals first the Brian Goodman Cup in which Bishop Vesey fought back from 3-0 down to level the match with Golden Hind only to see Golden Hind go on to win 5-4. Golden Hind, currently second in the division one table will take on Boldmere St Mikes the divisional leaders in the final after they won 7-2 against division two leaders Red Lion. In the last four games of the Ken Rust Cup Oscott Sports trailed 4-2 against Oscott Social Club but took the final three games 2-1 to take their place in the final where they will play Walmley CSC Arrows who had a comfortable 8-1 over local rivals Walmley CSC Flights. Full Results:Brian Goodman Cup:Semi-Finals:- Golden Hind 5 (W.Naylor 120b,100, A.Stainfield 117b, D.Pickering 120, K.Stephens 100,139, T.Taylor 121, Andy Kimberley 160b,105b) Bishop Vesey 4 (N.Smallwood 121, S.Abbott 120b,100,100b, A.Jones 121, C.Sammons 100,153), Red Lion 2 (L.Vickers 121, M.Corfield 131, M.Gaughan 111b, J.Collins 100) Boldmere St Mikes 7 (R.Hawker 117b,100,130b, C.Millward snr 120,100, S.Edwards 100, R.Johnson 100b,110b, C.Millward jnr 2x100), Ken Rust Cup:Semi-Finals:- Oscott Social Club 4 (G.Bushell 130b,145, A.Whitehouse 140, D.Hodgkins 121, P.Willis 140,100f) Oscott Sports 5 (C.Hawkley 120), Walmley CSC Arrows 8 (K.Green 104f, D.Perry 140, S.Wilson 120b,100, P.Moran 160b, W.Taylor 115b,140,100, M.Willetts 112b, A.Sargeant 137,100) Walmley CSC Flights 1 (J.Kavanagh 120b, R.Smith 100, I.Taylor 100, A.Evans 100).
The Small Heath League played off the final of their League Cup in which the league’s top two teams East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association and Heartlands Club squared up to each other. After the first six games the score stood level at three each before league leaders E.B.A.H.A. took control to run out 6-3 winners. Full Results:League Cup:Final:- Heartlands Club 3 (B.Lysaght 125,121f, M.Cain 122,140,136, Jim Frost 121,100,100b, John Frost 2x100, S.McCormack 180,100) East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association 6 (N.Parsonage 2x100,140,114f,117, L.Robinson 100b, C.Wyatt 2x140,2x100, N.Davis 3x100,2x140,120b, T.White 4x100,140,101b).
Congratulations and commiserations to Dudley based and West Midlands county player Scott Baker who in his PDC Players Championship 2 game against Danny Noppert recorded his second-ever perfect nine darts game. The commiseration was for the fact that he actually lost the game by the odd leg 6-5.
The Shirley and District Monday Night League have got their eleventh season underway and this season have split the league into two divisions. After the opening round of fixtures three teams, Red Lion, Tippetts Bar and Wharf share the number one spot in division one after in turn they won 7-2 against Cider House, Legion Flights and The Lodge. No doubt about who leads division two as Howell’s Angel handed out a 9-0 whitewash to their hosts Sharmans Cross to secure pole position with Saracens Swords and Wythall Legion just behind them in joint second after they both won 8-1 against respective opponents Shirley Spartac and Saracens Slingers. Full Results:Week 1:Division One:- Dunky's Boys 5 (P.Yardley 120f, P.Healy 120f, A.Hutchings 14 darts game) Bears 4, Cider House 2 (M.McCallion 180) Red Lion 7 (T.Bent 112b,120f,15 darts game, E.Leonard 18 darts game, S.Sidwell 17 darts game), The Wharf 7 (M.Jones 100b,16 darts game, L.Hodges 16 darts game) The Lodge 2 (N.Parsonage 180), Tippetts Bar 7 (A.Foulkes 2x180,17 darts game, T.Constable 180) Legion Flights 2, Saracens Misfits had a bye, Division Two:- The Highwood 4 Solihull Municipal 5, Legion Royals 4 HSDT 5 (T.Allcott 18 darts game), Wythall Legion 8 (J.Lee 180) Saracens Slingers 1, Shirley Spartac 1 Saracens Swords 8, Sharmans Cross 0 Howell's Angels 9.
Avenue C.Fox and Bournebrook extended their leads at the top of the Kings Norton League as third and fourth placed Rubery RBL and Cock Inn both lost. Avenue C.Fox had a 7-0 home win over Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s to give them 42 points and a six point’s lead over second placed Bournebrook. Third in the table Rubery RBL were surprise losers at Weoley Hill who are four places and some twelve points behind them while Cock Inn who are fourth lost 5-2 playing away to Thurlestone who are sixth in the table and on 20 points again twelve points fewer than their opponents. Full Results:Game 22:- Thurlestone 5 (B.Andrews 105b, D.Peace 100, D.Garfield 2x100,131, T.Hill 134) Cock Inn 2 (P.Hughes 107, M.Naylor 2x100,121, A.Vaughan 100, Joe Fox 100b,140, K.Vaughan 140, Joe Fox 180), Avenue C.Fox 7 (E.Simpson 2x100,115f, D.Marsh 100,140,149b, C.Whitehouse 140,180, V.Gould 140, R.Mann 100,112, L.Morton 100) Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club 0 (S.Carr 100), Coppice 5 (A.Chidley 100,106, K.Manger 100b,140, C.Heath 105b,100,12 darts game, M.Mooney 100) Grant Arms 2 (P.Taylor 140, S.Campbell 100, Donna Campbell 152b, S.Hale 116,121), Weoley Hill 4 (M.Lloyd 100,100b, L.Preece 136b,121,10 darts game, J.McGlone 180) Rubery RBL 3 (J.Higgins 112b,137, P.Medlicott 101b, R.Higgins 125, B.Heath 100, R.Packer 100b,140f,140,9 darts game, J.Grainger 100, I.Medlicott 2x100,157f, 9 darts game), E57 4 (D.Price 100, J.Good 100, N.Porter 100,135,10 darts game, E.Bird 100, M.Ellis 115b, A.Mutch 100) Dingle 3 (A.Bailles 100,102b, G.Bailles 125, A.Chatterton 100,103).
The Camp Hill Marston’s League had the semi-finals of their League and Consolation Cups on the fixture card and in the former there were wins for Roost Rebels and Emerald Club who in turn took out Nomads and New Inn. The final of the Consolation Cup will be fought out between Tyseley WMC and Wagon who had respective wins over Sheldon Marlborough Flights and Sheldon Marlborough Star. Full Results:League Cup:Semi-Finals:- Roost Rebels beat Nomads, Emerald Club beat New Inn, Consolation Cup:Semi-Finals:- Tyseley WMC beat Sheldon Marlborough Flights, Wagon beat Sheldon Marlborough Star.
The Stourbridge and District Monday Night League played off the first round of their League Cup and winning their way into the quarter finals were Stourbridge RBL, Brickmakers Arms, Britannia, Ten Arches, Gate Hangs Well, Bird (Wordsley), Swan and British Oak. Full Results:League Cup:- Lion (Stourbridge 4 Stourbridge RBL 5, Hop House 2 Brickmakers Arms 7, Britannia 9 Kingswinford Conservative Club 0, Rose and Crown 2 Ten Arches 7, Gate Hangs Well 8 Gigmill 1, Fox Inn (Lye) 1 Bird (Wordsley) 8, Swan 9 Hare and Hounds 0, Glasscutters 1 British Oak 8.
The Netherton Thursday Night League played off the preliminary round of their Andy Bastable Trophy in which league newcomers Long Hop Taphouse handed out a 9-0 whitewash to their hosts Netherton Conservative Club and another new team to the league Old Hill Cricket Club had a close 5-4 verdict over Brickmakers Arms. Reigning league champions Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club won 6-3 at Spring Meadow Social Club. Full Results:Andy Bastable Trophy:Preliminary Round:- Netherton Conservative Club 0 Long Hop Taphouse 9, Old Hill Cricket Club 5 Brickmakers Arms 4, Spring Meadow Social Club 3 Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 6.
Week four of the new season in the Brierley Hill Monday Night League saw Lamp Tavern record their first win of the campaign, a 5-4 home success over Dudley Sports ‘A’. High Oak continue in pole position adding a 6-3 win over Roebuck to their account to keep them ahead on average of Rose and Crown and Mount Pleasant who are the only other teams in the league to have won all four games. Rose and Crown won 5-4 at Wombourne Pool Bar and Mount Pleasant had a 6-3 win away to bottom of the table King William. Reigning champions Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ are fourth two points behind the leading trio after their 6-3 win at Crestwood. Full Results:Week 4:- Wombourne Pool Bar 4 Rose and Crown 5, Crestwood 3 Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ 6, King William 3 Mount Pleasant 6, Swan 5 Brickmakers Arms 4, Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘B’ 4 Delph Bell 5, Lamp Tavern 5 Dudley Sports ‘A’ 4, High Oak 6 Roebuck 3, Dudley Sports ‘B’ 7 Limes Club 2.
Former leaders of the Rowley Monday Night League Beech Tree suffered another setback in week five as they took on the team who were just above them George. The result was a 6-3 win for George which included a maximum for their Marc Perkins keeping George in second place with a perfect ten points but sees Beech Tree drop three places to sixth. Bell top the table on average following their 9-0 home win over Three Diamonds with Windmills End in third place after their 6-3 win over Ex Serviceman’s Club, Windmills two points short of the two teams above them. Full Results:Week 5:- Tividale FC 5 Spring Meadow 4, Bell 9 Three Diamonds 0, Whiteheath Tavern 3 Fairfield 6, Loyal Lodge 3 Cottage 6 (Martin Tibbetts 180, Lewis Bowen 160b), Hare and Hounds 2 Wonder 7, Ivy Bush 2 (S.Singh 180) Cradley Sports and Social Club 7 (Alan Croft 180), Windmills End 6 Ex Servicemen’s 3, Beech Tree 3 George 6 (Marc Perkins 180).
Dewdrop ‘A’ and Tipton Sports after the opening five games in the Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League are level on points and average at the top of the table. In the latest round of fixtures Dewdrop ‘A’ won 7-0 at Ivy Bush and Tipton Sports won 5-2 away to fifth in the table Island Inn. With both of the top two teams on an unbeaten ten points third place Vine’s 6-1 win at Horseley Tavern leaves them trailing by just two points. Full Results:Game 5:- Dewdrop ‘B’ 4 Court House 3, Miners Arms 6 New Talbot 1, Albion 3 Merry-Go-Round 4, Horseley Tavern 1 The Vine 6, Ivy Bush 0 Dewdrop ‘A’ 7 (W.Hobday 100b), Hayes Social 2 Waggon and Horses 5, Island Inn 2 Tipton Sports 5 (L.Jordan 8 darts game).
With the Dunky’s Boys versus Raven Arrows a late result in the premier division of the Sheldon and District Winter League Highwood Gerry’s Boys 6-3 win at Mackadown Social keeps them top of the division with 20 points from 12 games, Dunky’s are second on 18 points from two fewer results. Third placed Langley Arrows had a 5-4 home win over Sheldon Marlborough Arrows to put them on the same 18 points as Dunky’s but they have played two games more than them. In division one leaders Hornet had a 5-4 win away to third in the table Maggies and have a huge eight points lead over second in the table Hobs Meadow who were 5-4 winners at Willclare Sports and Social to stay two points ahead of Maggies who have a game in hand. A 6-3 win at The Raven keeps Meadway Sports and Social top of division two, two points to the good on their nearest rivals Holy Souls who after their 7-2 win over Langley Flights have played one game more than Meadway. Full Results:Week 14:Premier Division:- Sheldon Dukes 6 Kingshurst Labour Club 3, Langley Arrows 5 Sheldon Marlborough Arrows 4, Mackadown Social 3 Highwood Gerry’s Boys 6 (Darren Wright 106f), Division One:- Maggies 4 Hornet 5, Lyndon Old Boys 3 Yardley Ex Colts 6, Willclare Sports and Social 4 Hobs Meadow 5, Division Two:- CCC’s 2 Hampton and Solihull CC 7, The Raven 3 Meadway Sports and Social 6, Holy Souls 7 Langley Flights 2, Small Heath Gardeners 3 Sheldon Marlborough Ridge 6, Crown Arrows 3 Inn on the Green 6.
The Silver End Sunday Morning League produced a top of the table clash between leaders Woodside ‘A’ and second placed Glasscutters ‘B’ with the result deciding who would be crowned league champions. The game finished all square at 4-4 giving Woodside ‘A’ a total of 71 points with Glasscutters ‘B’ finishing as runners-up with 69 points. Kings Head ‘B’ took the wooden spoon having lost all 30 of their fixtures. Full Results:Game 31:- Three Crowns 2 New Talbot 6, Woodside ‘A’ 4 Glasscutters ‘B’ 4, Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 8 Kings Head ‘B’ 0, Kings Head ‘A’ 3 High Oak 5, Glasscutters ‘A’ 4 Old Star 4, Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ 0 Woodside ‘B’ 8, Bell 5 High Acres 3, Dudley Sports and Brickmakers Arms ‘B’ had a bye.
Leaders of the Cradley Tuesday Night League Brickmakers Arms had a resounding 8-1 win plus maximums from Jeff Batham and Carl Penzer against next to bottom of the table Netherton Sports and Social Club ‘B’ to keep them three points ahead of second in the league Netherton Sports and Social Club ‘A’ who handed out a 9-0 whitewash to their visitors Wheatsheaf ‘B’ with Keith Morris notching a 180 for the winners. Another player to hit the three treble twenties was Plough’s Ali Galib as his team went down 6-3 at Dudley Labour Club. Full Results:Week 5:- Wheatsheaf ‘A’ 4 (Steve Blewitt 152f) Bulls Head 5, Netherton Sports and Social Club ‘A’ 9 (Keith Morris 180) Wheatsheaf ‘B’ 0, Dudley Labour Club 6 Plough 3 (Ali Galib 180), Brickmakers Arms 8 (Jeff Batham 180, Carl Penzer 180) Netherton Sports and Social Club ‘B’ 1.
Week eleven of the Brierley Hill Friday Night League saw British Oak lose their outright number one spot as they lost their home tie with Brickmakers Arms ‘B’ 5-2, their victors now sharing the top position with them level on points and average. The top two teams have a four points lead over third and fourth placed Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ and Pensnett Welfare Club who in turn won against Glasscutters (6-1) and Delph Bell (5-2). Full Results:Week 11:- Netherton Cricket Club 7 Dudley Sports 0, Pensnett Welfare Club 5 Delph Bell 2, Gornal British Legion 5 Miners (Wollescote) 2, British Oak 2 Brickmakers Arms ‘B’ 5, Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ 6 Glasscutters 1.
Ashwood ‘B’ and Swan ‘A’ are locked together on the same 30 points in the Stourbridge and District Wednesday Night League with Ashwood having the superior average to top the table. The latest round of fixtures saw Ashwood ‘B’ win 6-1 against Bell while Swan ‘A’ were 5-2 winners at Gate Hangs Well. After the leading duo comes a quartet of teams Bird (Wordsley), Brickmakers Arms, Ten Arches ‘B’ and Wilson Hall all on 26 points four short of the top two. Full Results:Game 18:- Ten Arches ‘A’ 3 Bird (Wordsley) 4, Wilson Hall 4 Ashwood ‘A’ 3, Caves 4 Fox Inn (Lye) 3, Gate Hangs Well 2 Swan ‘A’ 5, Church Tavern ‘A’ 5 Holly Bush 2, Ashwood ‘B’ 6 Bell 1, Wombourne Cricket Club 4 Ten Arches ‘B’ 3, Gigmill 3 Church Tavern ‘B’ 4, Swan ‘B’ 0 Brickmakers Arms 7, King Arthur had a bye.
There were wins for the top three teams in the Sedgley and Gornal Tuesday Night League Old Bulls Head remaining top of the table with 32 points following their 8-1 home win over New Inn but they are only top on average from Lamp Tavern whose similar 8-1 win over Meadow Lark gives them the same 32 points. Netherton Cricket Club are third and despite their 5-4 win at Pensnett Liberal Club are some four points short of the top two teams. Full Results:Game 17:- Old Bulls Head 8 New Inn 1, White Lion 3 Red Cow 6, Pensnett Liberal Club 4 Netherton Cricket Club 5, Jolly Crispin 6 Five Ways 3, Lamp Tavern 8 Meadow Lark 1, Gornal British Legion 9 Hilly House 0, Chainyards 3 Gornal Labour Club 6.
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