Darts News – A West Midlands Round Up By Alan Towe
The Forest of Arden Winter League staged their singles knockout and from a starting line up of 32 players it was Dan White who lifted the title with a close 2-1 win over Simon Edwards in the final. After both players had won the last eight games 2-0, White against Steve Whatmore and Edwards against A.Plant the two finalists were then taken to a deciding leg in the semi’s as Dan White beat Dale Evans and Simon Edwards won against Laura Vann. Full Results:Singles Knockout:Quarter Finals:- A.Plant 0 Simon Edwards 2, Terry Blakemore 0 Laura Vann 2, Steve Whatmore (180) 0 Dan White 2, Terry Clinton 0 Dale Evans (180) 2, Semi Finals:- Simon Edwards 2 Laura Vann 1, Dan White 2 Dale Evans 1, Final:- Simon Edwards 1 Dan White 2.
Winner Dan White (top) and Runner-up Simon Edwards (Bottom) with Treasurer, Trevor Edwards and Organiser, Sue Kingdon.
Division two of the South Birmingham League produced a couple of shock results in week nine as leaders Toby Jug drop to third place after they went down 6-3 at home to fifth placed Banbury Flights and second placed The Dog finished on the wrong side of a 7-2 scoreline away to bottom of the table Smithswood Social which sees The Dog go down to fourth in the table. No such problem for the top three in division one as they all won, top side Erdington Members Club had a 7-2 home win over The Trident while their nearest rivals Mackadown Social were 6-3 winners away to bottom of the division Crown Arrows. Third placed Crown at Shard End also won 6-3 at Banbury Arrows to leave both them and Mackadown on 12 points, four short of Erdington Members Club however Mackadown have two games in hand on Erdington and Crown one. Full Results:Division One:- Erdington Members Club 7 (M.McFall 2x140,109f,8 darts game, J.Liggins 123,100, M.Gallet 131,128f, J.Frost 112b,125) The Trident 2 (A.Cooksey 100, SHipkiss 128b, T.McDonough 118), Banbury Arrows 3 (J.Moss 100, D.Evans 100b, A.Luckman 2x100, W.Cooper 100, K.O'Connor 101b, L.Reece 125,100,100b,10 darts game) Crown at Shard End 6 (S.Edwards 156b, J.Jennings 140, G.Clinton 100, R.Lawrence 100,180, D.Clinton 2x100, T.Evans 121,140), The Raven 3 (A.Whitehouse 140,130, D.Mortiboys 100,140,9 darts game, T.Whitehouse 120) Coleshill Social 6 (S.Sweetman 2x140,121,120b,100, S.Parsons 100 G.Jones 107b, L.Thompson 137, P.Bryant 152b, B.Jones 100), Crown Arrows 3 (R.Vann 2x100, P.Carter 100, M.Bown 129f, K.Depper 105) Mackadown Social 6 (G.James 116b,100,140,9 darts game,11 darts game, J.Cabena 117, N.Parsonage 112b,100,140, M.Heaven 100b, A.Caddick 140, M.Cooper 112b,140, A.Sheen 160b), Division Two:- The C's 4 (E.Williams 100, K.Geary 100, J.Shingler 100, J.Tedd 100) The Bell 5 (C.Horsley 100,137, T.Anderton 100, N.Walker 100), Toby Jug 3 J.McSwiggan 100, D.Revitt 104b, A.McSwiggan 125) Banbury Flights 6 (M.Tilley 100,140, J.Spink 100, D.Cooper 100), The Kingfisher 4 (R.Mills 2x100,121,108b,10 darts game, D.Green 100, S.Boden 2x100) The Gate 5 (T.Barrs 100, P.Jones 121,117), Smithswood Social 7 (N.Wilson 100) The Dog 2 (P.Thompson 121, J.Fathers 101,121, P.Richards 140, S.O'Brien 125,100).
Only three teams remain in contention for the first division title in the Four Oaks and District League, current leaders The Boat beat Old Oscott WMC 7-2 to give them 22 points from eleven games while second placed Boldmere St Mikes won 6-3 at Plough and Arrows to keep them within four points of Boat with a game in hand. Not such a clear cut win for Golden Hind who are third in the table, they were 3-0 down at Drakes Drum but fought back and went on to win by a narrow 5-4 to put them on 18 points from eleven games. In the second division it’s a lot tighter with three teams all tied at the top on 16 points. St Thomas’s Social Club hold pole position but only on average and with a game in hand on their rivals. In their latest fixture St Thomas’s trailed 3-0 at home to Red Lion but eventually won the tie 5-4. The Boot are second and they chalked up a vital 6-3 win at The Fox who are now fourth in the table two points adrift of the leading trio. Making up the top three is Erdington Arrows who did the title hopes no harm at all with a convincing 8-1 win over bottom of the table Rosey Mac’s. W.Naylor (Golden Hind) hit his third maximum this week and S.Paling (Boldmere St Mikes) his second. Full Results:Match 12:Division One:- Pint Pot Flights 2 (N.Garbett 101b, M.Mills 125, M.Bruin 140, R.Mercer 140, J.Moon 100, S.Robotham 140) Bishop Vesey 7 (C.Sammons 121,2x100, M.Hall 4x100, M.Norton 123, S.Holmes 105b,100, D.Walton 112b,140,100, M.Archer 140, J.Dempsey 100), The Boat 7 (K.Deeley 134,140,2x100,135, J.Prince 100,2x140,123, K.Reynolds 117b,140,125, S.Harvey 140, W.Mynard 100b,105,140) Old Oscott WMC 2 (N.Hawkley 112b, A.Cole 100,138, J.Rogers 107b,100, M.Bowles 100, J.Higgins 112b, D.Parsons 112b,122, T.Morris 140), Drakes Drum 4 (K.Brown 140,4x100, J.Clarke 102b,140,100, J.J.Armstrong 100,111, S.Spink 2x100, R.Hasluck 102b, A.Day 2x120b,122,101b,100, J.Mahon 2x140,116) Golden Hind 5 (J.Frost 3x100b,100,121,136, D.Keatley 100, T.O’Kereke 125, W.Naylor 180,100, J.Morris 100, G.Kimberley 160b,125,101, D.Pickering 100), Boldmere St Mikes 6 (M.Ashton 103b,101b,2x140, M.Wild 105b,100,140, S.Paling 180,117, C.Perry 135, J.Kavanagh 100b, N.Smallwood 160b,100, A.Kimberley 2x140,100,112f) Plough and Arrows 3 (P.Robbins 100, M.O’Driscoll 2x140, G.Baxter 105b, N.Robbins 118b, P.Smith 140, T.Evans 140, I.Taylor 100,121,125), Division Two:- Erdington Arrows 8 (J.West 140. J.Cox 112b,100. M.Phillips 2x100. P.Ellery 100,125,140) Rosey Mac’s 1 (E.Groves 101b,2x100. D.Sargent 125). The Fox 3 (D.Perry 100,121. R.Stanton 100b,140. M.Corfield 140,100. M.Willetts 100. M.Naylor 120,100) The Boot 6 (G.Gaughan 112b,4x100,108f,129f,9 darts game, J.Lynch 112b, G.Lynch 100,125, T.Taylor 120b, P.Opieler 100, T.Tyrie 100), Boldmere Tap 7 (D.Simpson 135,137,10 darts game, A.Nicholls 100, S.Alexander 116,100,140, A.Gough 2x100, D.Quirk 100) The Duke 2 (G.Hinett 130b,100, G.Chamberlain 140, L.Graham 2x100, W.Harvey 132b, A.Hay 123), St Thomas’s Social Club 5 (J.Collins 118,125,140, W.Cadby 140, I.Lloyd 123,100, A.Rose 3x100, I.Matthews 2x100, W.Taylor 120b,2x100,140,104f, T.Kelly 100) Red Lion 4 (B.Hughes 100,140, L.Bayliss 100, D.Bayliss 2x100,125,135, M.Wilde 100,105, D.G.Bond 136,2x100,125), Old Oscott Arrows and Erdington Club had byes.
The Camp Hill League had their Captains and Secretaries competitions on the agenda and in the former it was Matthew Cooper representing league champions Cotterills Lane Club who took the title after beating Bill Carter from Holy Souls in the final. The secretaries’ knockout title went to Pete Yardley from Hay Mills Social Club Lions with Daniel Lee (Eagle and Ball) the runner up. Full Results:Captains Competition:Losing Quarter Finalists:- Ada Radbourne (Station Wagon), Mark Coles (Tyseley Working Men’s Club), Peter Freeman (Wagon and Horses), Rod Snelson (Eagle and Ball), Losing Semi Finalists:- Michael Looby (Devil’s Club), Raymond Cridge (Hay Mills Social Club Lions), Runner Up:- Bill Carter (Holy Souls), Winner:- Matthew Cooper (Cotterills Lane Club), Secretaries Competition:- Losing Quarter Finalists:- Ash Pearson (Station Wagon), John Young (Devil’s Club), Richard Cooper (Cotterills Lane Club), Stuart Ollerenshaw (Tyseley Working Men’s Club), Losing Semi Finalists:- Derek Rivitt (Wagon and Horses), Mick O’Sullivan (Holy Souls), Runner Up:- Daniel Lee (Eagle and Ball), Winner:- Pete Yardley (Hay Mills Social Club Lions).
A 25-23 win over What’s The Point leaders of the Winmau Centre Monday Night League was not enough for The Untouchables to hold on to second place as Smash It recorded a massive 40-8 win over Full Monty to leap frog Untouchables with a total of 532 points, nine short of What’s The Point and one more than Untouchables. Fourth placed The Outcast moved to within two points of Untouchables with the biggest win of the week 45-3 over make Mine A Double. Individual performances in week sixteen included two maximums for Chris Marshall (The Outcasts) and James Owen (Smash It) plus one each for Andy Croydon (Make Mine A Double), Andy Busby, Simon New (The Untouchables) and Dave Lewis (Keep It In The Family). Best game shot of 130 came from Ben Wellsbury (Here For The Beer). Full Results:Week 18:- The Outcasts (Chris Marshall 2x180) 45 Make Mine A Double (Andy Croydon 180) 3, The Untouchables (Andy Busby 180, Simon New 180) 25 What’s T^he Point 23, Here For The Beer (Ben Wellsbury 130f, Philip Machin 110f) 28 Double Trouble 20, Full Monty 8 Smash It (James Owen 2x180) 40, Keep It In The Family 26 Oche Dokie 22.
After the majority of teams have completed fourteen fixtures in the Warwickshire men’s Super League only six points separate the top three teams. Sutton Sports lead the way with 96 points an advantage of four over second in the table Coventry Bishopsgate who in turn have a two points lead over third placed Coventry Old Ball ‘A’. Coventry Old Ball ‘B’ are at present bottom of the table, the only team in the league without either a win or a draw so far.
The Small Heath League played off their End of Season 501 Knockout and taking the honours with a clear cut 2-0 result in the final was D.Heighway with T.White runner up. Both players won their quarter final games 2-1, Heighway beating P.Webster and White with a 180 winning against M.Cooper. The last four games saw Heighway booking his final place with a straight 2-0 win over S.Cain while White was taken to a deciding leg by C.Wyatt before winning 2-1. Full Results:End of Season 501 Knockout:Preliminary Round:- C.Wyatt (3x100) 2 M.O’Sullivan (121) 0, L.Wyatt 0 M.Cooper (5x100) 2, D.Shakespeare (100,140) 2 M.Turner (2x125) 1, J.Webster (123) 0 T.White (2x100,2x121) 2, R.Pikey 1 J.Frost 2, Last Sixteen:- D.Heighway (4x100,119) 2 G.Drennan (2x100) 0, P.Webster (100) 2 M.Fisher (125) 0, S.Cain 2 R.Cooper 0, I.Jones (2x100,140) M.Cain (2x100) 1, A.Fisher 2 C.Austin(3x100) 0, G.McCormack (140,121) 0 C.Wyatt (5x100,140) 2, M.Cooper (140,100) 2 D.Shakespeare (100,116) 0, T.White (4x100,180) 2 J.Frost (3x140,136,100) 1, Quarter Finals:- D.Heighway (2x100,140) 2 P.Webster (2x100) 1, S.Cain (3x100,180) 2 I.Jones (100,119) 1, A.Fisher 0 C.Wyatt (4x100,135,140) 2, M.Cooper (2x100,114f) 1 T.White (180.100,112) 2, Semi Finals:- D.Heighway (4x100) 2 S.Cain (2x121,100) 0, C.Wyatt (2x140,121) 1 T.White (3x140,2x100,137f) 2, Final:- D.Heighway (2x140) 2 T.White (3x100) 0.
In week four of the Winmau Centre Thursday Night Champions League no fewer than five of the eleven games played finished with a 7-0 scoreline. Handing out those straight wins were Sam Aitkens, Louis Burley (2), Paul Boddison and Chris Williams who in turn defeated John Edwards, Shane Watters and Rob Montana, Martin East and Mark Bayliss. Chris Manoila holds on to the number one spot and his unbeaten record adding a 4-3 win over Chris Fox followed by a 6-1 result against Devinder Singh to give him a total of 37 points from seven games. Second in the table Sam Aitkens is also undefeated and his latest 7-0 win leaves him just one point behind Manoila. Mick Baker reigning champion for the past two seasons is third and like the two players above him has won all of his games and although he is two points adrift of Manoila he has played one game less than him. The only other unbeaten player in the league is Sam Guest who is slowly but surely making his way up the table, his 6-1 win over Rob Montana giving him 17 points from only three games and puts him thirteenth in the table. Full Results:Week 4:- Martin East 3 Baz Pearce 4, Chris Fox 3 Chris Manoila 4, John Edwards 0 Sam Aitkens 7, Louis Burley 7 Shane Watters 0, Sam Guest 6 Rob Montana 1, Adam Quinton 3 Chris Fox 4, Paul Boddison 7 Martin East 0, Chris Williams 7 Mark Bayliss 0, Rob Montana 0 Louis Burley 7, Liam Baker 2 Devinder Singh 5, Devinder Singh 1 Chris Manoila 6.
It’s as you were at the top of the Brierley Hill Friday Night League with all of the top four teams winning in week 17. Brickmakers Arms remain top of the table, their 5-2 win at Netherton Cricket Club ‘B’ pushing their hosts down one place to sixth but maintain their own two points lead over second placed Pensnett Welfare Club ‘A’ who had a similar 5-2 result in their game at the Fox Inn (Lye). Netherton Cricket Club ‘A’ are third and are on the same 28 points as Pensnett Welfare Club ‘A’ after beating their hosts The Bell again 5-2. Fourth in the table Pensnett Welfare Club ‘B’ like the three teams above them won 5-2 as they accounted for their visitors Britannia. Full Results:Week 17:- The Bell 2 Netherton Cricket Club ‘A’ 5, Dudley Sports 3 The Gate (Colley Gate) 4, Fox Inn (Lye) 2 Pensnett Welfare Club ‘A’ 5, Pensnett Welfare Club ‘B’ 5 Britannia 2, Netherton Cricket Club ‘B’ 2 Brickmakers Arms 5, The Bridge (Kingswinford) 0 Samson and Lion 7, Miners (Wollescote) 6 Ten Arches 1.
The Silver End Sunday Morning League played off the second leg of their Team Knockout and the winners going into the last eight are Railway, Portway, Woodside, The Bell, Pensnett Welfare Club and Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club plus The Bridge and High Acres who both had a bye into the next round. Portway after taking a 5-3 lead from the first leg were beaten by the same 5-3 margin in the second leg, but then went on to win the 3-a-side decider 2-1. Full Results:Team Knockout:Round One (Second Leg, first leg results in brackets):- Old Star 5 (5) Railway 3 (3), Railway win 10-6 on aggregate, Woodside.6 (4) Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ 2 (4), Woodside win 10-6 on aggregate, Brickmakers Arms ‘B’ 5 (3) Portway 3 (5), Aggregate 8-8 Portway won 3 a-side decider 2-1, The Bell 5 (5) 3 (3). Dudley Sports ‘B’ 3 (3), Bell win 10-6 on aggregate, Pensnett Welfare Club 3 (6) Dudley Sports ‘A’ 1 (2), Pensnett Welfare Club win 9-3 on aggregate, Blue Brick 4 (2) Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 4 (6), Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club win 10-6 on aggregate, The Bridge and High Acres had byes.
The Pip Club League played their Divisional Challenge Cup semi finals and with respective wins over Belgrave Club and Queens Head it will be Globe Trotters and Bulls Head ‘A’ (Polesworth) that will battle it out for the division one title. The final for the division two contest will be between Globe (Wilnecote) and Royal Oak who in turn accounted for Pip Club and Wigginton Arms. Full Results:Challenge Cup:Divisio One:Semi Finals:- Globe Trotter beat Belgrave Club, Bulls Head ‘A’ (Polesworth) beat Queens Head, Division Two:- Globe (Wilnecote) beat Pip Club, Royal Oak beat Wigginton Arms.
The Nutan have been ousted from their pole position and drop to second place in the 501 section of the Bilston and District League after losing 2-1 to Tilted Barrel who take over the top spot with a two points lead over their opponents. No such problem in the 301 league as Nutan beat third placed Tilted Barrel 4-3 to keep them two points ahead of Lanesfield RBL in second place, Lanesfield winning 6-1 away to 44 Club. There was a rare win for bottom of the table White Hart who recorded only their second win in seventeen games when they beat Red Lion 6-1, Red Lion are two places above White Hart with a two point’s advantage. Full Results:301 League:- 44 Club 1 Lanesfield RBL 6, Allens Sports Bar ‘A’ 4 Darlaston Conservative Club 3, Bilston Conservative Club 5 Allens Sports Bar ‘B’ 2, Tilted Barrel 3 The Nutan 4, Travellers Rest 7 Orange Tree 0, Triangle Snooker Club 2 Rocket Pool 5, White Hart 6 Red Lion 1, 501 League:- 44 Club 1 Lanesfield RBL 2, Allens Sports Bar ‘A’ 1 Darlaston Conservative Club 2, Bilston Conservative Club 2 Allens Sports Bar ‘B’ 1, Tilted Barrel 2 The Nutan 1, Travellers Rest 3 Orange Tree 0, Triangle Snooker Club 0 Rocket Pool 3, White Hart 1 Red Lion 2.
Andy Roberts (Oakengates) and Johnny Haines (Swindon) were successful in the second round qualifier of the Riley’s UK Open at the Riley’s Wolverhampton branch and now go through to the finals to be played at Minehead. The last four play off saw Roberts gain a conclusive 5-1 win over Antony Hayman while Haines was taken to a deciding ninth leg before getting his 5-4 verdict. Full Results:Losing Quarter Finalists:- Andy Bates, Daz Bullock, Glen McGrandle, John Mann, Semi Finals:- Andy Robert 5 Antony Hayman 1, Johnny Haines 5 Doug Thompson 4.
The Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League played the quarter finals of their Rickuss Cup which saw the league’s early pacesetters Island Inn beat reigning league champions Dewdrop 4-3 and last season’s runners up Old Hop Pole lose 5-2 to The Wonder who are currently second in the league table. Joining Island Inn and Wonder in the semi finals will be Merry-Go-Round who beat Waggon and Horses 4-3 and Ivy Bush who were the rounds biggest winners with a 6-1 result against Hayes Social. Full Results:Rickuss Cup:- Merrry-Go-Round 4 Waggon and Horses 3, Dewdrop 3 Island Inn 4, Hayes Social 1 Ivy Bush 6, Old Hop Pole 2 Wonder 5.
Week four of the new season in the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League and just one leg of average separates the top two teams. Ten Arches ‘A’ with a 6-3 home win over Hare and Hounds ‘A’ top the table with eight points followed closely by Gate ‘B’ who won by the same 6-3 margin away to Crestwood. Kingswinford Conservative Club were the only losers in the top seven teams going down by a convincing 8-1 scoreline away to Bird (Stourbridge), the Conservative Club dropping from third in the table to eighth, Bird move up one to fifth. Full Results:Week 4:- The Bridge (Kingswinford) 8 The Swan 1, Brickmakers Arms 8 Kimgswinford Snooker Club 1, Bird (Stourbridge) 8 Kingswinford Conservatie Club 1, Quarry Bank Conservative Club 4 Cat Inn (Wordsley) 5, Gate ‘A’ 6 Church Tavern 3, Hare and Hounds ‘A’ 0 Ten Arches ‘B’ 9, Ten Arches ‘A’ 6 Hare and Hounds ‘B’ 3, Crestwood 3 Gate ‘B’ 6, Garibaldi 6 Fox Inn (Lye) 3, Stourbridge RBL 6 Starving Rascal 3, The Cross (Oldswinford) 5 High Acres 4, Bird (Wordsley) 8 Gigmill 1.
The top two teams in the West Midlands Men’s Super League Crown ‘A’ and Landywood ‘A’ both won 5-0 in week 18, Crown ‘A’ winning at the Cabin and Landywood ‘A’, who also played away won at Old Queens Head. The Pheasant (formerly ECC) leapfrog Ten Arches into third place with a 5-0 win against Staffordshire Knot, but there was a surprising 3-2 defeat for fourth placed Ten Arches away to Allen’s Sports Bar ‘B’ who are some 34 points behind them in twelfth position. Full Results:Week 18:- Staffordshire Knot 0 The Pheasant 5, Cabin 0 Crown ‘A’ 5, Landywood ‘B’ 0 Pensnett Welfare Club 5, Allens Sports Bar ‘B’ 3 Ten Arches 2, Chillington 1 Allens Sports Bar ‘A’ 4, Olde Queens Head 0 Landywood ‘A’ 5, Crown ‘B’ 4 Rowley Bar and Grill 1, Duke of York 2 Bridgtown Social 3, White Swan- bye.
Cradley Liberal Club, Ex Serviceman’s ‘A’ and The Bell took their unbeaten runs to three games in the Rowley Monday Night League all three in turn winning 6-3 against Three Diamonds, The Roost and Three Diamonds ‘X’ to keep them two points ahead of the rest of the field. At the other end of the table there was a first win in three for Fairfield who won 5-4 at Tividale FC to go two points to the good on the bottom three teams Three Diamonds ‘X’, Haden Cross and Loyal Lodge. Full Results:Week 3:- Cottage 6 Ex Serviceman’s ‘B’ 3, Cradley Heath Liberal 6 Three Diamonds 3, Ex Serviceman’s ‘A’ 6 The Roost 3, Loyal Lodge 4 Windmills End 5, Tividale FC Darts 4 Fairfield 5, The Bell 6 Three Diamonnds ‘X’ 3. Whiteheath Tavern 5 Ivy Bush 4, Yeltz Bar 6 Haden Cross 3.
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In the third week of the Wednesbury and Darlaston Wednesday Night League Churchill ‘A’ with a 6-3 result not only beat English Oak but also replaced them at the top of the table and are now the only team in the league to have won all of their games, English Oak drop to fourth on four points. An 8-1 win at Horse and Jockey sees Black Horse move into second place two points off the top as are third in the league Nutan who won their home tie with Staffordshire Knot 6-3. Full Results:Week 3:- Horse and Jockey 1 Black Horse 8, English Oak 3 Churchill ‘A’ 6, Churchill ‘B’ 3 Red Lion 6, Nutan 6 Staffordshire Knot 3.
The Tamworth League played the finals of their League Cup, in the semi finals Sports bar beat Wigginton Arms ‘B’ 6-1 and Globe Inn were 4-2 winners against Sports Bar ‘180’. The final saw Sports Bar repeat their last four result beating Globe Inn 6-1. Full Results:League Cup:Semi Finals:- Sports Bar 6 Wigginton Arms ‘B’ 1, Globe Inn 4 Sports Bar ‘180’ 2, Final:- Sports Bar 6 Globe Inn 1.