Darts News – A West Midlands Round Up By Alan Towe
The South Birmingham League played off two cup finals, in the Knockout Cup Crown at Shard End took the title when they beat Coleshill Social 6-3, while the Jimmy Walker Cup went to Erdington Members Club after winning 7-2 against Banbury Flights. Full Results:Knockout Cup:Final:- Crown at Shard End 6 (S.Edwards 130b,116b, J.Jennings 100b,140, G.Clinton 101b) Coleshill Social 3 (P.Bryant 2x100), Jimmy Walker Cup:Final:- Erdington Members Club 7 (M.Birch 140,120b, M.McFall 2x100,112b, L.Barberan 2x100, J.Frost 2x100, J.Liggings 100) Banbury Flights 2 (D.Cooper 2x100,100b).
It was cup week in the Forest of Arden Summer League playing round one of their Knockout Cup in which Journeys End Flights won 7-2 against Kingshurst Knights and Greville Arrows record a 6-3 win over The C’s. Full Results:Knockout Cup:Round One:- Greville Arrows 6 (M.Mitchell 2x100, C.Okey 100, D.Ryecroft 3x100, K.Duggan 114 , D.Duggan 3x140,128f, C.Ray 102) The C's 3 (B.Gibson 2x100,120, R.McCarthy 100, G.Vasou 3x100), Journeys End Flights 7 (M.Tilley 100, S.Edwards 3x100,140, S.Kennedy 4x100,135, T.Steele 103, A.Edwards 100, P.Yardley 2x140,125) Kingshurst Knights 2 (C.Vann 100,121, D.Miller 121, K.White 2x100,140, K.Brush 2x100, D.White 180,140, R.Franklin 3x100,120,140).
Tom Bent continues to lead the way in the Shirley Red Lion Premier League despite losing his first game against Luke Coles 3-1, a somewhat surprising defeat as Coles had previously only won one of his 21 games, however Bent quickly recovered to beat Brian Lawton 4-0 to give him 73 points from 25 games. Paul Higgins was in form in week twelve with 4-0 wins over Brian Lawton and Mark Cater plus a 3-1 win against Tony Daly to move into second place on 69 points from 24 games. Former leaders Lee Harris and Mark Gwalchmai both slipped down the table Harris because he didn’t play in week 12 dropped to third on 67 points from 22 games while Gwalchmai goes down to fourth as he only played one fixture in which he recorded a 152 break, a 106 finish and ten and twelve darts legs in a 4-0 win over Tim Lowe to put him on 67 points from 23 games. Tom Bent picked up the week’s £5 prize for the highest finish of 120 in his game with Brian Lawton. Highest break of the night was 152 achieved by Mark Gwalchmai whilst the.best leg of the night was nine darts by Chris Thomas snr, Mark Gwalchmai had a ten darts leg. Full Results:Week 12:- Chris Thomas snr 1 Dave Fisher 3, Andy Hoy 1 Dave Heighway (118f) 3, Mick Bown 4 Chris John 0, Pete Silver 3 Tim Lowe 1, Paul Higgins (2x145b) 4 Brian Lawton 0, Mark Cater 4 Nick Walker 0, Steve Sidwell 0 Andy Thomas 4, Tom Bent 1 Luke Coles 3, Paul Higgins 3 Tony Daly 1, Tim Lowe 0 Mark Gwalchmai (152b,106f,10 and 12 darts games) 4, Jack Sidwell (120b) 1 Mick Bown (120b) 3, Andy Hoy 2 Adam Stuart 2, Nick Walker 1 Chris Thomas snr 3, Tom Bent (120f) 4 Brian Lawton 0, Paul Higgins (105b,2x10 darts games) 4 Mark Cater 0, Dave Fisher 1 Dave Heighway 3, Jack Sidwell 3 Pete Silver 1, Tony Daly 2 Steve Heeks 2, Brian Lawton 2 Chris John 2, Andy Thomas 2 Adam Stuart 2, Chris Thomas snr (109f,9 darts game) 2 Steve Sidwell 2, Dave Fisher 2 Jack Sidwell 2, Andy Hoy 2 Dave Fisher 2.
The Camp Hill League staged the preliminary rounds of their League and Consolation Cups. In the League Cup Hay Mills Social Club Lions defeated Wagon and Horses while in the Consolation Cup there was a win for Tyseley WMC over Station Wagon. Just one rearranged league fixture was played in which Holy Gulp beat Devil’s Club 5-2. Full Results:Rearranged Fixture:- Devil’s Club 2 Holy Gulp 5, League Cup:Preliminary Round:- Hay Mills Social Club Lions beat Wagon and Horses, Consolation Cup:Preliminary Round:- Station Wagon lost to Tyseley WMC.
A 6-3 win over third in the table Foaming Tankard keeps East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association in pole position in the Small Heath League with 16 points from their nine games. Close on the heels of E.B.A.H.A. is Gulp Tribe, their 5-4 win at Cob’s Bar putting them on the same 16 points as the leaders trailing only on average. After their defeat Foaming Tankard are now six points adrift of the leading duo. Full Results:Week 9:- Cob’s Bar 4 (Mark Turner 135,120,100,101b, Ash Lattimer 100, Tom Humphries 100, Desmond Mahon 120, Lee Stanton 100) Gulp Tribe 5 (Bill Carter 125,100,122b,9 darts game, Neil Parsonage 130,4x100, Dave Heighway 118,100,120b, John Phipps 138, Matthew Cooper 100), Foaming Tankard 3 (M.Cain 100, Jim Frost 141,2x100, Gerry McCormack 118,2x100, John Frost 121,100, Clive Austin 140,100b) East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association 6 (Les Robinson 140, Colin Wyatt 140,100,2x120b, Nigel Davis 100, Terry Webster 140,115f, Paul Webster 121,2x100), Wagon and Horses 8 (Con Murphy 100, Jim Sayers 2x100, Alan Cheshire 100, Julian May 133, Michael Looby 101, Rob Hampton 140) Emerald Club 1 (D.Willis 100, J.Fisher 100, Colin Rigby 140).
This coming Friday the Red Lion, Shirley, Monday night team will be staging a 24 hour charity dart-a-thon to raise money for Lupus UK as two of the players have wives suffering from the disease. The event will get underway at 16:00 on the Friday 26th May and go on till 16:00 the following day. Drop in the Red Lion and support a very worthy cause.
The Sutton and District League were involved in the preliminary round of their Prestridge Shield and winning through to round one were, The Boat, Plough and Arrows, Oscott Social, Golden Hind, Old Oscott WMC, Drakes Drum, St Thomas’s Club and The Fox who had a bye. Full Results:Prestridge Shield: Preliminary Round:- Boat 7 Red Lion (D.Bond 160b) 2, Boldmere Tap 1 Plough and Arrows 8, Duke 1 Oscott Social 8, Golden Hind (A.Kimberley 117f) 5 Erdington Club (S.Paling 180, J.Liggins 152b) 4, Lad in the Lane 2 Old Oscott WMC 7, Old Oscott Arrows 4 Erdington Arrows 5, Rosey Mac’s 3 Drakes Drum (J Mahon 142b) 6, St Thomas Club 5 The Boot 4, The Fox had a bye.
Just The Tip have returned to the top of the Winmau Centre Monday Night League with 266 points from eight games just four points more than second placed What’s The Point who drop from the number one spot after their somewhat close 29-19 win over third in the table The Untouchables who are now some 23 points adrift of their victors. Full Results:Week 8:- What’s The Point 29 The Untouchables 19, Oche Dokie 11 Is It In 37, Utter Nutters 37 Unleashed Warrior 11, Keep It In The Family 37 Make Mine A Double 11.
No fewer than five of the 12 fixtures in the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League finished with 9-0 scorelines. Three of the bottom five teams Starving Rascal, Gigmill and Hare and Hounds ‘A’ lost 9-0 and two of the bottom five Cat Inn (Wordlsey) and Kingswinford Snooker Club won 9-0. At the other end of the table leaders Ten Arches ‘A’ won 9-0 at Hare and Hounds ‘A’ and Brickamkers Arms moved up into second place following their 9-0 win against The Cross (Oldswinford), Ten Arches ‘A’ taking their unbeaten run to fifteen games and having a four points lead over the Brickmakers, Ten Arches ‘B’ and Gate ‘B’. Full Results:Match 15:- Bridge (Kingswinford) 8 Hare and Hounds ‘B’ 1, Ten Arches ‘B’ 7 Gate ‘B’ 2, Church Tavern 4 Fox Inn (Lye) 5, Old Cat Inn (Wordsley) 9 Starving Rascal 0, Kingswinford Conservative Club 1 Queens 8, Kingswinford Snooker Club 9 Gigmill 0, The Swan 2 Bird (Wordsley) 7, Brickmakers Arms 9 The Cross (Oldswinford) 0, Bird (Stourbridge) 5 Stourbridge RBL 4, Quarry Bank Conservative Club 6 Garibaldi 3, Gate ‘A’ 9 Crestwood 0, Hare and Hounds ‘’ 0 Ten Arches ‘A’ 9.
Mount Pleasant take over the top spot in the Brierley Hill Monday Night League from Bulls Head (Netherton) after they won 6-3 away to Portway and Bulls Head lost 5-4 away to The Swan who move up one place in the table to tenth. A 7-2 win by Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club see’s them move into second place just two points short of the leaders following their 7-2 home win against fifth placed Dudley Sports ‘B’. Full Results:Week 13:- Dudley Sports ‘A’ 5 Brickmakers Arms 4, Portway 3 Mount Pleasant 6, Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 7 Dudley Sports ‘B’ 2, Blue Brick 7 Limes Club 2, Roebuck 5 Lamp Tavern 4, Pensnett Liberal Club 6 New Talbot 3, The Swan 5 Bulls Head (Netherton) 4.
The Pip Club League played off their doubles competition and taking the honours were Mark Martin (Bulls Head ‘A’, Polesworth) and his partner Mick Smith (Queens Head) who won defeated Daz Jones and Wayne Hewins (Bulls Head ‘A’ , Polesworth) in the final. Full Results:Doubles Knockout:Quarter Final Losers:- Alan Sutton & Mark Young (Birchmoor Club), Mick Chater & Mark Tomlinson (Queens Head), Phil Daulman & Billy Burdett (Bulls Head ‘A’, Polesworth), Simon Casewell & Mark Potter (Winning Post), Losing Semi Finalists:- Clive Daffin & Ash Luckman (Pip Club), Sam Whittaker (Queens Head) & Adam Wood (Winning Post), Runners Up:- Daz Jones & Wayne Hewins (Bulls Head ‘A’, Polesworth), Winners:- Mark Martin (Bulls Head ‘A’, Polesworth) & Mick Smith (Queens Head).
Week 21 in the Winmau Centre Thursday Night Champions League was a good week for current leader Sam Guest as he beat Charlie Burley 7-0 and then won 6-1 against Paul Boddison to give him 205 points from 37 games. It was not such a good week for fourth in the table and reigning champion Mick Baker as he lost 4-3 to both third placed Louis Burley and Devinder Singh who is tenth. Baker did win his third tie against Craig Capewell 5-2 to leave him on 172 points from 32 games. With two games in hand on Guest second placed Chris Williams added 7-0 wins over Lisa Maiden and Rob Montana plus a 6-1 success against Sam Aitkens to leave him thirteen points short of Guest. Full Results:Week 21:- Louis Burley 4 Mick Baker 3, Chris Fox 3 Louis Burley 4, Adam Quinton 1 Louis Burley 6, Lisa Maiden 0 Chris Williams 7, Sam Aitkens 1 Chris Williams 6, Craig Capewell 2 Paul Boddison 5, Sam Guest 7 Charlie Burley 0, Sam Guest 6 Paul Boddison 1, Mark Bayliss 6 Lisa Maiden 1, Craig Capewell 2 Louis Burley 5, Craig Capewell 2 Mick Baker 5, Mick Baker 3 Devinder Singh 4, Chris Fox 2 Mark Bayliss 5, Devinder Singh 4 Adam Quinton 3, Charlie Burley 1 Chris Fox 6, Sam Aitkens 4 Charlie Burley 3, Lisa Maiden 0 Rob Montana 7, Chris Williams 7 Rob Montana 0.
The first leg of the first round of the League Cup was the order of the day for the Brierley Hill Friday Night League which brought together the two Netherton Cricket Club teams and ended in a close 4-3 win for the ‘A’ team over the ‘B’. The other game played produced a clear cut 6-1 win for Brickmakers Arms over Pensnett Welfare Club ‘B’. Full Results:League Cup:Semi Finals:First Leg:- Netherton Cricket Club ‘A’ 4 Netherton Cricket Club ‘B’ 3, Brickmakers Arms 6 Pensnett Welfare Club ‘B’ 1.
The Brickmakers Arms, Mount Pleasant, Quarry Bank will be hosting a darts knockout this coming Monday with registrations being accepted from 1.30pm with a 2.00pm start. Cost of entry is £5 per player and the prize money will consist of £50 donated by the Brickmakers plus all entry fees.
The Bell have taken over pole position on average from Ex Serviceman’s ‘A’ in the Rowley Monday Night League after they won 9-0 away to Three Diamonds and Ex Serviceman’s ‘A’ lost for the first time in sixteen games going down 5-4 away to third in the table Ivy Bush who are eight points adrift of the leading pair as are Cradley Liberal Club and Whiteheath Tavern. Full Results:Week 16:- Ex Serviceman’s ‘B’ 6 Three Diamonds ‘X’ 3, Three Diamonds 0 Bell (Peter Evans 156f,9 darts game) 9, Fairfield 7 Cottage 2, Haden Cross 2 Cradley Liberal Club (Dave Redding 180) 7, Windmills End 2 Tividale FC 7, Roost 4 Yeltz Bar 5, Whiteheath Tavern 5 Loyal Lodge 4, Ivy Bush 5 Ex Serviceman’s ‘A’ 4,
The top two teams in the Netherton Thursday Night League Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club and Delph Bell extended their unbeaten runs, Ex Serviceman’s made it six straight wins with a 6-3 win away to fourth placed White Horse to keep them three points ahead of Delph Bell whose 5-4 home win over Hill and Cakemore made it five successive wins. Full Results:Week 6:- White Horse 3 Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 6, Bulls Head 7 Fairfield 2, Delph Bell 5 Hill and Cakemore 4, Riddins Tavern 6 Townsend Club 3, The Crown had a bye.
Only average separates the two top teams in the Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League, Dewdrop are top and had 5-2 win at Horseley Tavern in their latest fixture while second placed Island Inn had a similar result in their game at Old Hop Pole. The leading duo have a four points advantage over third placed Wagon and Horses. Full Results:Week 14:- Merry-Go-Round 3 New Talbot 4, Horseley.Tavern 2 Dewdrop 5, Hayes Social 2 Old Court House 5, The Vine 3 Ivy Bush 4, Waggon and Horses 4 Wonder 3, Old Hop Pole 2 Island Inn 5.
There were no major shocks in week twelve of the Yeltz Bar Tuesday Night 501 Singles League Neil Steventon, Tommy Johnson and Loz Slater continuing there fine form with 5-0 wins in turn against Doug Richmond, Tony Duncan and Richard Swinden, while Richard Reed kept his nose in front at the top of the league with a 4-1 win over Mark Adams. Full Results:Week 11:- Tommy Johnson 3 Richard Reed 2, Adam Hill 1 Tony Duncan 4, Steve Carey 1 Richard Duncan 4, Neil Steventon 5 Mark Adams 0, Trevor Collier 2 Doug Richmond 3, Richard Swinden 2 Alister Duncan 3, Vince Bayliss 0 Loz Slater 5, Richard Hill 5 Richard Barrett 0, Week 12:- Neil Steventon 5 Doug Richmond 0, Tony Duncan 0 Tommy Johnson 5, Trevor Collier (180) 2 Alister Duncan (180) 3, Richard Swinden 0 Loz Slater (180) 5, Mark Adams 1 Richard Reed (130f) 4, Adam Hill (180) 2 Richard Duncan 3, Vince Bayliss (180) 0 Richard Hill 5.
There were 5-2 wins for the top two teams in the division one singles league in the Wolverhampton Tuesday Night League, leaders Riley’s ‘C’ beating their local rivals Riley’s ‘B’ and second placed Sunbeam accounting for Victoria. In division two top team Dog and Partridge handed out a 7-0 whitewash to their hosts Ukrainian Club while the Shed hold on to second place with a 4-3 win at Bird in Hand. In the doubles divisions Riley’s ‘B’ with a 2-1 win over their ‘C’ team are top with 20 points and it’s Riley’s ‘D’ who top the second division after their 3-0 win at Yale Club. Full Results:Week 12: Singles League:Division One:- Boat 4 Jack’s Bar 3, Penn Bowling 3 Bull 4, Riley’s ‘C’ 5 Riley’s ‘B’ 2, Victoria 2 Sunbeam 5, Wednesfield Conservative Club 4 Pavilion 3, Division Two:- Bird in Hand 3 Shed 4, Pendulum 5 Woodfield Social 2, Roebuck 2 Royal 5, Ukrainian Club 0 Dog and Partridge 7, Wednesfield Legion 4 Red Lion 3, Yale Club 0 Riley’s ‘D’ 7, Doubles League:Division One:- Boat 1 Jack’s Bar 2, Penn Bowling 1 Bull 2, Riley’s ‘C’ 1 Riley’s ‘B’ 2, Victoria 1 Sunbeam 2, Wednesfield Conservative Club 2 Pavilion 1, Division Two:- Bird in Hand 3 Shed 0, Pendulum 0 Woodfield Social 3, Roebuck 2 Royal 1, Ukrainian Club 1 Dog and Partridge 2, Wednesfield Legion 1 Red Lion 2, Yale Club 0 Riley’s ‘D’ 3
ECC ‘A’ leaders of the Tettenhall Wednesday Night League had a convincing 6-1 win over their ‘B’ team to keep them ahead of second placed Whitmore Reans WMC on average after they had a close 4-3 win away to lowly Dog and Partridge. Third and Fourth placed Cleveland Arms and Swan Compton are both on 16 points four short of the leading pair. Full Results:Week 12:- Bull 2 Swan Compton 5, Cleveland Arms 2 Moreton 5, Dog and Partridge 3 Whitmore Reans WMC 4, ECC ‘B’ 1 ECC ‘A’ 6, Jones Road 2 Brewood British Legion 5, Riley’s 4 Village Inn 3.
Match number eleven in the Wednesbury and Darlaston Wednesday Night League brought together the two Churchill teams and a 6-3 win for the ‘A’ side saw them move up into second place behind The Nutan who won 6-3 against Red Lion. Churchills ‘A’, Nutan and English Oak are all on 14 points, Nutan having a game in hand on the other two. Full Results:Match 11:- Churchills ‘B’ 3 Churchills ‘A’ 6, English Oak 5 Black Horse 4, The Nutan 6 Red Lion 3, Horse and Jockey 7 Staffordshire Knot 2.
by Alan Towe Website: www.alantowedarts.co.uk