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Article: Darts News – A West Midlands Round Up By Alan Towe

Darts News – A West Midlands Round Up By Alan Towe

Crown ‘A’ reigning champions in the West Midlands Men’s Super League look as if they have thrown away any chance they had of retaining the title when in their penultimate game of the season they lost 3-2 away to Allens Sports Bar ‘B’ who are sixth in the table and some 44 points short of their opponents. The defeat leaves Crown ‘A’ on 169 points four fewer than leaders Landywood ‘A’ whose 3-2 win at Duke of York appears to have wrapped up the title with 173 points. Crown ‘A’ are now in danger of losing the runners up spot as third in the table Pheasant, after winning 4-1 at Landywood ‘B’ are just one point behind Crown ‘A’. At the other end of the table the bottom two teams played each other, next to bottom White Swan winning 3-2 at home against Rowley Bar and Grill who will take this seasons wooden spoon. Full Results:Match 33:- Cabin 2 Staffordshire Knot 3, Landywood ‘B’ 1 The Pheasant 4, Allens Sports Bar ‘B’ 3 Crown ‘A’ 2, Chillington 5 Pensnett Welfare Club 0 (walkover), Olde Queens Head 2 Ten Arches 3, Crown ‘B’ 1 Allens Sports Bar ‘A’ 4, Duke of York 2 Landywood ‘A’ 3, White Swan 3 Rowley Bar and Grill 2.
The South Birmingham League have got their summer season underway and with a 6-2 win at The C’s Flights The Bell top the group one table. A similar 6-2 win in group two for Iron Horse over The Kingfisher puts them top of the pile while the lead is shared in group three as both Erdington Members Club and Mackadown Social chalked up 7-1 wins over respective opponents Smithswood Social and The C’s Arrows. Full Results:Week 1:Group One:- The C's Flights 2 (R.Meigh 121, L.Walker 100, A.Wright 100) The Bell 6 (D.Hudson 2x100, B.Anderton 125,140, N.Walker 125,135), Group One Mini League:- The Raven 17 legs (J.Whitehouse 100, L.O'Donnell 121,2x100, T.Whitehouse 120b, D.Mortiboys 105,100) Conservative Club 7 legs (M.Tilley 2x100, L.Walker 100, J.Phipps 134), Group Two:- The Dog 3 (P.Thompson 100,115, M.Clayton 100, P.Richards 128,140, R.Gressey 121) The Pavillions 5 (N.Jackson 100, A.Hoey 121,117,2x100, J.Buttle 100, M.Barnes 140,100, D.Whitehouse 4x100,140,134), Iron Horse 6 (J.Evans 100,140, C.Hough 3x100, R.Earl 3x100,121,140, T.Rainsford 100, P.Byrne 125) The Kingfisher 2 (R.Mills 3x100,106f,140, D.Green 140, G.Shergold 100, S.Boden 100, R.Sharples 100, D.Walters 140), The Trident 4 (C.Walton 100, S.Hughes 4x100, M.Naylor 2x100, P.Jones 131,134) The Toby Jug 4 (I.Beattie 100,132, T.Adams 100, A.McSwiggan 110, L.Tyrell 121,2x100), Group Three:- Coleshill Social 3 (S.Parsons 100,125, S.Sweetman 100, G.Jones 100,140, B.Jones 2x100, N.McCrave 109, L.Coulson 100, P.Williams 125) Crown Shard End 5 (S.Edwards 5x100,140, D.Kingdon 100, R.Lawrence 2x100,134, D.Clinton 3x100, P.Kingdon 100), Erdington Members Club 7 (J.Liggins 100, J.Frost 2x100, L.Barberan 3x100,125,140, C.Millward snr 100,180, B.Cadby 140, B.Liggins 100, M.Anwar 100) Smithswood Social 1 (P.Cobley 2x100, S.King 100, M.Bailey 2x100), Mackadown Social 7 (N.Parsonage 125,171,2x140,126f, D.Young 2x100, M.Heaven 2x100,121, M.Cooper 2x100, G.James 3x100, M.Noonan 3x100, C.Henn 135,100, A.Sheen 132) The C's Arrows 1 (E.Williams 2x100,139).
A 4-1 win over Chris Devlin followed by a 2-2 draw with fourth in the table Tom Bent has seen Paul Higgins pick up six from a possible eight for a second successive week in the Shirley Red Lion Premier League and keeps him in pole with 88 points after completing all of his games. Andy Thomas with 3-1 wins over both Mick Bown and Lee Holtham is second on 81 points he has also played all of his fixtures. However the battle for a top four place is still on and will go to the final week as Tom Bent who is on 79 points has three remaining games which could net him a total of twelve points and take him into pole position, plus fifth placed Mark Gwalchmai has two more games to play and he could finish as runner up. When all of the fixtures have been completed the top four players will then be involved in a playoff where the winner will receive £140. Meanwhile at the other end of the table Tim Lowe, Nick Walker and Lee Holtham have already secured their play off place with Luke Coles favorite to join them but he could still avoid a bottom four place in the final week and would then be replaced by Mike Forsyth, the winner of the bottom four playoff will get his entry fee refunded. Full Results:Week 15:- Lee Harris 3 Chris Devlin 1, Mike Forsyth 3 Jack Sidwell 1, Andy Thomas 3 Mick Bown (105b) 1, Chris John 3 Mark Cater 1, Steve Sidwell 1 Mark Gwalchmai (112b) 3, Adam Stuart 2 Chris Thomas 2, Craig Johnson (136b) 2 Brian Lawton 2, Chris Devlin 1 Mikey Harris 3, Chris Thomas snr 2 Lee Holtham 2, Nick Walker 2 Dave Fisher 2, Mark Cater 1 Dave Heighway 3, Tom Bent (152b,8 darts game) 4 Tony Daly (120b,180) 0, Brian Lawton 4 Tim Lowe 0, Steve Heeks 1 Craig Johnson (120b) 3, Steve Sidwell 2 Andy Hoy 2, Chris Devlin 0 Paul Higgins 4, Lee Holtham 1 Andy Thomas 3, Mick Bown 3 Chris Thomas snr 1, Tim Lowe 2 Mike Forsyth 2, Brian Lawton 2 Mikey Harris (9 darts game) 2, Steve Sidwell 4 Steve Heeks 0, Tom Bent 2 Paul Higgins 2, Lee Holtham 1 Andy Hoy 3, Craig Johnson 3 Dave Fisher 1, Mike Forsyth 1 Adam Stuart 3, Chris John 2 Mike Forsyth 2.
The Camp Hill League played off their doubles knockout and clinching the title with a final win over team mates Neil Parsonage and Matthew Cooper (Cotterills Lane Club) were Colin Wyatt and Nigel Davis. Losing semi finalists were Chris Stokes and Shay Darby (Holy Gulp) and Tom Humphries (Hay Mills Social Club Lions) and Bill Carter (Holy Gulp). Full Results:Doubles Knockout:Losing Quarter Finalists:- Stuart Ollerenshaw & James Hinkley (Tyseley WMC), Dean Wakefield & Trevor Stubbins (Tyseley WMC), John West & Paul Muller (Eagle and Ball), Andrew Brookes & Rod Snelson (Eagle and Ball), Losing Semi Finalists:- Chris Stokes & Shay Darby (Holy Gulp), Tom Humphries (Hay Mills Social Club Lions) & Bill Carter (Holy Gulp), Runner Up:- Neil Parsonage & Matthew Cooper (Cotterills Lane Club), Winners:- Colin Wyatt & Nigel Davis (Cotterills Lane Club).
Week twelve of the Small Heath League brought together the top and bottom teams as leaders East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association took on Emerald Club. The result went as expected to E.B.A.H.A, a convincing 8-1 verdict to keep them in pole position on 22 points and a lead of two on second placed Gulp Tribe who had a closer 5-4 win at home against third in the table Foaming Tankard. Gulp Tribe are now six points clear of Foaming Tankard and have a game in hand on both them and E.H.A.B.A. Full Results:Week 12:- East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association 8 (Nigel Davis 2x100, Jake Webster 100,116b, Terry Webster 140,115b, Tommy White 140,121,104f) Emerald Club 1 (Jamie Fisher 124, Mark Fisher 101), Cob’s Bar 5 (Dave Shakespeare 2x100, Mark Turner 125,100, Lee Stanton 100, Rob Pikey 2x100, Ashley Lattimer 140) Wagon and Horses 4 (Graham Daly 100, Derek Rivitt 140, Michael Looby 139, Ashley Pearson 100b), Gulp Tribe 5 (Mick Tilley 100,120b, Chris Stokes 152b, John Phipps 102f, Neil Parsonage 2x100,160b, Bill Carter 100, Matthew Cooper 121,100) Foaming Tankard 4.
Just two main league results from the Forest of Arden Summer League which saw Journey’s End Flights awarded a 5-0 win over Chelmsley Town to put them level on eight points with leaders Journeys End but trailing slightly on average. The other game between The C’s and Crown Arrows resulted in a 7-2 win for Crown Arrows to take them up the table into fourth place on 4 points together with Highwood KB, Kingshurst Knights and Greville Arrows. Full Results:Week 5:- The C's 2 (R.McCarthy 120,100, D.Smith 2x100,141, T.Maguire 2x100) Crown Arrows 7 (J.Gaskin 2x100,118,125, R.Vann 125,2x100, R.Brown jnr 134,100,2x140, R.Brown snr 2x100, M.Bown 3x100,2x125,121, T.Blakemore 2x100,2x120), Journeys End Flights 5 Chelmsley Town 0 (walkover), Mini League:- Highwood Arms 4 legs (N.Warner 3x100,135, B.Walker 2x105,128, B.Anderton 100,137, N.Walker 100) Journeys End 23 legs (D.Evans 2x100,140,2x125,180, L.Barberan 5x100,180, G.Clinton 140,100,105,101,135, R.Lawrence 3x100, P.Kingdon 119, S.Whatmore 123, J.Jennings 4x100,3x140,117,127).
With What’s The Point having a bye in week eleven of the Winmau Centre Monday Night League they have been replaced at the top of the table by Just The Tip who won 42-6 against bottom of the table Unleashed Warrior the only team in the league without a win so far. With a total of 351 points Just The Tip have a six points advantage over What’s The Point who have dropped to second place but are nine points to the good on third placed The Untouchables whose 27-21 win over Utter Nutters takes their games played to ten one more than What’s The Point. Full Results:Week 11:- The Untouchables 27 Utter Nutters 21, Make Mine A Double 15 Ochie Dokie 33, Unleashed Warrior 6 Just The Tip 42, Full Monty 20 Keep It In The Family 28.
The Bilston and District League staged their Legends of the Oche competition which was restricted to signed league players only but paid out some big cash prizes. The best of three legs final went to the wire with Warwickshire county player Jamie Hughes just getting the 2-1 verdict over Tikey Gelder to give him the title plus the £200 top prize and Gelder £100. In the last four games Hughes beat Alfie Jacques while Gelder took out Cav Timmins each of the losing players picking up £50. [caption id="attachment_22956" align="aligncenter" width="480"]Jamie Hughes, Red Dragon Darts, Bilston and District League, Winner Bilston and District League Legends of the Oche Champion Jamie Hughes[/caption] [caption id="attachment_22957" align="aligncenter" width="480"]Tikey Gelder, Red Dragon Darts, Bilston and District, Runner-up Bilston and District League Legends of the Oche Runner Up Tikey Gelder[/caption] Full Results: The Legend Of The Oche:Quarter Finals:- Phil Arnold lost to Jamie Hughes, Tim Baker lost to Alfie Jacques, Darrel Farmer lost to Tikey Gelder, Cav Timmins beat Ray Alexander, Semi Finals:- Tikey Gelder beat Cav Timmins, Alfie Jacques lost to Jamie Hughes, Final:- Tikey Gelder 1 Jamie Hughes 2.
The Brierley Hill Monday Night League played their doubles knockout down to the last last sixteen pairs and winning through to finals night were I.Golding & C.Bowen, M.Hadley & W.Cairns, B.Neale & K.Lavender, W.Humphries and T.Humpries (Bulls Head), C.Tomes & S.Cartwright, M.Bennett & J.Batham (Delph Bell), J.McCormack & D.Moss, A.Neale & C.Weeks (Mount Pleasant), M.Garrett & P.Whitcombe, A.Stretton & N.Weaver (Blue Brick), N.Candlin & S.Grainger, S.Kite & D.Ellerton (Swan), N.Clarke & M.McAviney (Roebuck), R.Hunt & J.Poole (Portway), C.Pinion & D.Cooper (Brickmakers Arms), P.Tonks & M.Kendall (Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club).
With only a few outstanding fixtures remaining in the Winmau Centre Thursday Night League the big question is still who will collect the top prize of £300 as champion and also receive twelve months sponsorship from Winmau. With the top two players Sam Guest and Mick Baker not playing in week 25 they remain locked together on average and 226 points one of the two will finish as the winner and the other runner up. Full Results:Week 25:- Charlie Burley 2 Baz Pearce 5, John Edwards 0 Craig Capewell 7, Rob Harris 2 Chris Fox 5, Devinder Singh 7 John Edwards 0, Martin East 3 Chris Manoila 4, Charlie Burley 1 Craig Capewell 6, Liam Baker 3 Baz Pearce 4, Lisa Maiden 0 Sam Aitkens 7, John Edwards 0 Rob Harris 7, Chris Manoila 4 Devinder Singh 3, Liam Baker 3 Mark Bayliss 4, Rob Harris 6 Charlie Burley 1, Craig Capewell 3 Shane Watters 4, Adam Quinton 7 Lisa Maiden 0, Chris Fox 7 John Edwards 0, Baz Pearce 2 Sam Aitkens 5, John Edwards 1 Shane Watters 6, Mark Bayliss 4 Rob Harris 3, Adam Quinton 7 Liam Baker 0.
League week seventeen was a good one for the Ten Arches teams in the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League as league leaders Ten Arches ‘A’ won their home tie with Crestwood 8-1 and Ten Arches ‘B’, who are second in the table, four points adrift of their ‘A’ team, also won 8-1 in an away game against fifth placed The Bridge (Kingswinford). Third in the league Gate ‘B’ closed the average gap slightly on Ten Arches ‘B’ as they handed out a 9-0 whitewash to their hosts Old Cat Inn (Wordsley). Kingswinford Snooker Club also recorded a clean sweep as they won their home game against Starving Rascal 9-0. Full Results:Match 17:- Ten Arches ‘A’ 8 Crestwood 1, Bridge (Kingswinford) 1 Ten Arches ‘B’ 8. Church Tavern 7 hare and Hounds ‘B’ 2, Old Cat Inn (Wordsley) 0 Gate ‘B’ 9, Kingswinford Conservative Club 5 Fox Inn (Lye) 4, Kingswinford Snooker Club 9 Starving Rascal 0, Swan 3 Queens 6, Bird (Stourbridge) 4 Bird (Wordsley) 5, Quarry Bank Conservative Club 5 The Cross (Oldswinford) 4, Gate ‘A’ 5 Stourbridge RBL 4, Hare and Hounds ‘A’ 2 Garibaldi 7.
As a result of their 6-1 home win over Waggon and Horses and Island Inn’s unexpected 4-3 home defeat by bottom of the table Hayes Social, Dewdrop have gone two points clear at the top of the Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League. Hayes Social’s win was only their second success in seventeen games. Full Results:Match 17:- Dewdrop 6 Waggon and Horses 1, Old Court House 2 Old Hop Pole 5, Ivy Bush 6 Merry-Go-Round 1, Island Inn (P.Simmonds 7 darts game) 3 Hayes Social 4, New Talbot 3 The Vine 4.
The Netherton Thursday Night League played off a couple of preliminary cup rounds, first the Andy Bastable Shadow cup in which Riddins Tavern lost 5-4 at home to Fairfield and the League Shadow cup in which Delph Bell beat The Crown 6-3. Full Results:Andy Bastable Shadow Cup:Preliminary Round:- Riddins Tavern 4 Fairfield 5, League Shadow Cup:Preliminary Round:- Delph Bell 6 The Crown 3.
As the Yeltz Bar Tuesday Night 501 Singles League nears the halfway mark Tommy Johnson with a 4-1 win over Adam Hill took his unbeaten run to fifteen games to keep him two points ahead of second in the table Richard Reed who lost ground in the title race when he lost 3-2 to his nearest rival third placed Loz Slater. Slater is now just three points behind Reed and one to the good on fourth in the table Neil Steventon who won his fixture with the man just below him in the table Richard Hill 3-2. Full Results:Week 15:- Tommy Johnson 4 Adam Hill 1, Richard Duncan 1 Doug Richmond 4, Tony Duncan 2 Alister Duncan 3, Richard Reed 2 Loz Slater 3, Neil Steventon 3 Richard Hill 2.
The top four teams in the division one singles league of the Wolverhampton Tuesday Night League all won in week 14 so there is no change at the top with Riley’s ‘C’ still in pole position on 26 points after their 5-2 home victory over Victoria. Second and third placed Sunbeam and Wednesfield Conservative Club are only separated on average as they are both on 22 points following wins over respective opponents Pavilion (5-2) and Bull (4-3). Riley’s ‘B’ are fourth their 6-1 win over Jack’s Bar seeing their opponents drop one place to sixth. In the second division Dog and Partridge the only team in the entire league to have a 100% win record lead the way with 30 points after adding a 4-3 home win over Woodfield Social. Wednesfield Legion dropped from second to third after a 4-3 home defeat by Roebuck and taking over in second place is Shed who won their game against Riley‘s ‘D’ 5-2. In the doubles leagues Riley’s ‘B’ lead division one with 26 points and a six points lead and it’s Wednesfield Legion who top division two again on 26 points and a six points advantage. Full Results: Match 14:Singles League:Division One:- Bull 3 Wednesfield Conservative Club 4, Jack’s Bar 1 Riley’s ‘B’ 6, Riley’s ‘A’ 5 Penn Bowling 2, Riley’s ‘C’ 5 Victoria 2, Sunbeam 5 Pavilion 2, Division Two:- Dog and Partridge 4 Woodfield Social 3, Pendulum 4 Bird in Hand 3, Red Lion 4 Ukrainian Club 3, Royal 3 Yale Club 4, Shed 5 Riley’s ‘D’ 2, Wednesfield Legion 3 Roebuck 4, Doubles League:Division One:- Bull 0 Wednesfield Conservative Club 3, Jack’s Bar 1 Riley’s ‘B’ 2, Riley’s ‘A’ 2 Penn Bowling 1, Riley’s ‘C’ 2 Victoria 1, Sunbeam 1 Pavilion 2, Division Two:- Dog and Partridge 2 Woodfield Social 1, Pendulum 2 Bird in Hand 1, Red Lion 0 Ukrainian Club 3, Royal 3 Yale Club 0, Shed 2 Riley’s ‘D’ 1, Wednesfield Legion 2 Roebuck 1.
5-2 wins for the top two teams in the Tettenhall Wednesday Night League, leaders ECC ‘A’ beating Riley’s while Whitmore Reans WMC had a crucial 5-2 win over Cleveland Arms who are third and now six points behind Whitmore. ECC ‘B’ moved off the foot of the table with only their fourth win in fifteen when they won 4-3 at Brewood British Legion, Jones Road take over the bottom spot after their 5-2 defeat at Swan Compton. Full Results:Match 15:- Brewood British Legion 3 ECC ‘B’ 4, Dog and Partridge 3 Bull 4, ECC ‘A’ 5 Riley’s 2, Swan Compton 5 Jones Road 2, Village Inn 0 Moreton 7, Whitmore Reans WMC 5 Cleveland Arms 2.
Pip Club League:Match 21:- Progressive Club 5 Globe Trotters 4, Belgrave Club 4 Old Liberal 5, Pip Club 2 Bulls Head ‘A’ (Polesworth) 7, Queens Head 7 Sports Bar ‘180’ 2, Globe (Wilnecote) 2 Winning Post 7, Birchmoor Club 9 Royal Oak 0.
The Nutan continue to lead the field in the Wednesbury and Darlaston Wednesday Night League their latest success being a 7-2 win over Black Horse. Match thirteen’s biggest win however went to Horse and Jockey who beat their hosts Churchills ‘B’ 9-0. Full Results:Match 13:- Staffordshire Knot ‘B’ 3 Churchills ‘A’ 6, The Nutan 7 Black Horse 2, Churchills ‘B’ 0 Horse and Jockey 9, English Oak 2 Staffordshire Knot ‘A’ 7.
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