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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

Langley Hall Sports and Social Arrows suffered a setback to their premier division title hopes in the Sheldon and District Winter League when they were held to a 4-4 draw away to Castle Vale Residents who are currently fifth in the table. Langley who drop one place to third are now three points behind leaders Crown at Olton who added a convincing 7-1 win over Harvester to their account. Taking over in second place is Mackadown Social whose 5-3 win at Saltley Amateur Gardeners puts them on the same ten points as Langley but with a slightly better average. Week seven was a good week for The Pirates who moved off the foot of the table with a 5-3 win at Pavilions they are replaced at the bottom by Saltley. Willclare Sports and Social have lost their number one spot in division one after going down 5-3 at home to Iron Horse, the win giving Iron Horse nine points just one fewer than their hosts. Crown Arrows with a 5-3 win away to George ‘V’ move up into pole position with eleven points, one more than Willclare. Second division’s Shirley RBL Misfits remain the only team in the league with a 100% win record their latest success being a 5-3 win away to bottom of the division Langley Hall Sports and Social Flights. Second in the table Ridgemere Flights finished all square at 4-4 with fourth in the table Lyndon Old Boys which leaves them three points behind Shirley. The Meadway Sports and Social Club will be the setting for the league’s secretaries meeting this coming Sunday (29th January) at 10.30am this is the final date for entries to the singles and doubles which will cost £2.50 per player. Full Results:Week 7:Premier Division:- Pavilions 3 (B.Evans 100, R.Richards 125,100, M.Morgan 120, R.Agar 2x100, A.Finnegan 100) Pirates 5 (R.McDonough 140, G.Green 2x100,118,102, M.Naylor 126, A.Cooksey 135, R.Lawrence 140, P.Moran 129,100b), Saltley Amateur Gardeners 3 (L.Adams 132, J.Webster 140,100, A.Caddick 100,125, T.Webster 100,139, J.Phipps 100,126) Mackadown Social 5 (N.Parsonage 120,180,9 darts game, L.Barberan 100, S.Edwards 180, M.Heaven 100,100,110f, S.Whatmore 154, S.Kingdon 135,112b), Castle Vale Residents 4 (J.Burdett 134,180, A.Barber 140, I.Lloyd 100,132) Langley Hall Sports and Social Arrows 4 (D.Nixon 100, B.Nixon 180, L.Nixon 103f, A.Nixon 100, J.Carter 100), Harvester 1 (S.Hicks 100, L.Hodges 100, J.Smith 120b,140, I.Evans 140,101b,125) Crown at Olton 7 (J.Sidwell 100,125,101b,135, A.Hutchings 100,100b, T.Randell 120b,117b, P.Yardley 100, J.Jennings 108, I.Spencer 119), The Lyndon 5 (P.Collins 100, J.Buckingham 140,180, P.Stephens 140, C.King 100, D.Wright 100) Highwood KB’s 3 (A.Gorman 125, T.Hobbis 100), Division One:- Sheldon Marlborough Flights 3 (P.Brown 128, P.Jones 100, A.Eden 100, D.Howlett 100, M.Cox 100) Sheldon Dukes 5 (S.O’Donnell 100, G.Groves 100, R.Hicks 100, A.Plows 100, L.Molyneux 100), Yardley Ex Colts 4 (B.Law 125b, J.King 100) East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association 4 (D.Sudbury 140,100, P.Carey 100b, B.Skinner 108b, N.Davis 2x140, G.McGill 2x100,115), Willclare Sports and Social 3 (Matt Holt 2x100,140, D.Reid 100, Mic k Holt 100, C.Roberts 100) Iron Horse 5 (A.Mayell 100b,100,125b, R.Earl 2x100, A.Whitehouse 140, T.Rainsford 100, J.Evans 105f, D.Mortiboys 140,100), George ‘V’ 3 (A.Edwards 100, S.Palmer 100, C.Horsley 120b,100, A.Dews 100b,100, A.Savage 100) Crown Arrows 5 (R.Vann 100, L.Vann 140, S.Shepherd 100,140, S.Moran 180, J.Morrisey 120b, D.White 100), Crown-Forget-Me-Not 5 (W.Griffiths 100, I.Scattergood 138, C.Kettlewell jnr 108b,100, D.Rawlings 100, T.Colley 120b) Holy Souls 3 (M.O’Sullivan 100,120b, C.Sharman 2x100, D.Heighway 100, T.Evans 140, D.Smith 115b,114), J.Duffy 100), Division Two:- Ridgemere Social Flights 4 (C.Smith 2x100, L.Carter 100) Lyndon Old Boys 4 (C.Millward 124, G.Wilson 137,100, L.Palmer 100, V.Evans 100, T.Campton 101, C.Foy 121, S.Foy 100), Highwood Exiles 6 (R.Harrison snr 123, M.Mitchell 100, D.Carey 100,101b) Small Heath Amateur Gardeners 2 (A.Wale 100, S.Miller 100, A.Sleath 100), Langley Hall Sports and Social Flights 3 (S.Harper 125, K.Barber 111,117, S.Barrett 101) Shirley RBL Misfits 5 (J.O’Sullivan 100, C.Blythe 180, K.Bygrave 140,136, D.Rutter 104), Greville Arms 0 (T.Cox 129) Maggies 8 (D.Tudor 100b, S.Hoccom 120b,100b,108), N.Hall 2x100). --------------------------------- In week eleven of the Four Oaks and District League division one leaders The Boat had a bye, second placed Boldmere St Mikes took the opportunity to reduce the arrears on The Boat to four points with an 8-1 win at Bishop Vesey, Boldmere also have a game in hand on the leaders. In the local derby between Old Oscott WMC and Old Oscott Arrows the lead changed four times before WMC clinched the 5-4 result in the final game. Third placed Golden Hind remain in contention after a 6-3 win over Plough and Arrows, however they have played one game more than Boldmere and trail them by four points. Similar to division one division two leader’s St Thomas’s Social Club had a bye and they are on 14 points from nine games, joining them on the same 14 points are The Fox, The Boot and Erdington Club, who in turn won 5-4 against Red Lion, 6-3 against Boldmere Tap and with the biggest win of the week Edington Club beat Rosey Mac’s 9-0. There was just one maximum in the league this week which was supplied by T.Evans (Plough & Arrows). Full Results:Match 11:Division One:- Bishop Vesey 1 (M.Archer 100,137,140, S.Holmes 115b,120b,105b,100,121, A.France 2x100, D.Walton 100,102, M.Norton 105b) The Boat 8 (K.Reynolds 127,2x140,100, M.Partridge 5x100, J.Prince 140, S.Harvey 103b, K.Deeley 100, N.Clarke 120b,160b,100), Pint Pot Flights 4 (M.Mills 100, M.Bagnall 140,100,105f, B.Godfray 100,125, J.Moon 100b, S.Robotham 2x100,115,121) Drakes Drum 5 (J.Mahon 100, A.Lilley 140,100, J.J.Armstrong 100, A.Day 105b,115b,3x100, S.Spink 101b, K.Brown 2x100, D.Yates 140, J.Clarke 134,3x100,117), Old Oscott WMC 5 (T.Morris 100,137. N.Hawkley 131,100, D.Parsons 112b,3x100,140,129f, A.Cole 125,118,102f, J.Higgins 2x100) Old Oscott Arrows 4 (D.Page 2x100,105, E.Atkins 128b, M.Maher 3x100, B.Hoare 120b, M.Page 2x100, A.Lea 100, M.Compton 134), Plough and Arrows 3 (N.Robbins 125, G.Baxter 120b,100, I.Taylor 2x100, T.Evans 116b,100,180, P.Smith 2x100,2x140, M.O’Driscoll 2x125,140) Golden Hind 6 (J.Morris 100, J.Frost 120b,100,125,101f, G.Kimberley 2x120b,100,100f, W.Naylor 100,137, T.O’Kereke 100, D.Fowler 100), Division Two:- The Duke 3 (G.Chamberlain 2x100, J.Boulstridge 100) Erdington Arrows 6 (M.Phillips 127, J.Cox 100, R.Bazeley 100, J.West 100b, P.Ellery 100), Erdington Club 9 (D.Hodge 100, L.Shorthouse 2x100,107f, P.Willis 120b,125, R.Barritt 140, P.Graham 100,132) Rosey Mac’s 0 (R.Lloyd 112b, L.Edwards 105b,108, E.Groves 100b,105b,100), The Boot 6 (G.Gaughan 125,100,2x140, T.Taylor 100, P.Opieler 100, R.Whiteside 2x100, T.Tyrie 137) Boldmere Tap 3 (C.Hagans 130b, S.Alexander 152b,3x100, D.Quirk 100, P.Bromley 140,2x100), Red Lion 4 (B.Hughes 112b,3x100, D.Bayliss 100b,100,120b, D.G.Bond 135,100,140, L.Bayliss 100) The Fox 5 (M.Corfield 100,121, R.Stanton 2x100,135, S.Wilson 100). --------------------------------- Erdington Members Club did their title hopes in division one of the South Birmingham League no harm at all in week eight as they chalked up an 8-1 win over Coleshill Social to put them on 14 points from eight games and gives them a four points lead over Mackadown Social, Crown at Shard End and Raven who all have games in hand on the leaders. In division two The Dog were ousted from the top of the table as they suffered a 5-4 defeat away to The Gate, while a similar 5-4 win for Toby Jug at The Kingfisher sees them take over the top spot with 12 points, The Dog, The Gate and The Bell are all on 10 points. Full Results:Week 8:Division One:- Trident 9 Banbury Arrows 0 (walkover), Crown Arrows 3 (L.Vann 125, M.Bown 140, T.Blakemore 100) The Raven 6 (A.Eden 140,121, A.Mayell 140, A.Whitehouse 140,100, T.Whitehouse 135, D.Mortiboys 113f, P.Jay 100b,125, D.White 102,100b), Coleshill Social 1 (P.Williams 100, S.Sweetman100, N.Harris 100, G.Jones 140,100, P.Bryant 100) Erdington Members Club 8 (J.Liggins 100,140,112b,137,8 darts game, M.Birch 137,140, M.Anwar 160b, M.McFall 109b,108, B.Cadby 100,140,108, J.Frost 100), Division Two:- The Gate 5 (T.Barrs 140, M.Watts 133, N.Groves 120b,100b,125,129,100) The Dog 4 (J.Fathers 100, P.Shipley 100, P.Richards 2x100,112b, M.Clayton 100,112b), The Kingfisher 4 (R.Mills 137,100,140, G.Shergold 118f, R.Sharples 100, S.Boden 121) Toby Jug 5 (T.Adams 129,106f, S.Hunt 101b,140,134, S.Round 100), The Bell 5 (N.Walker 2x100, M.Allen 140, T.Anderton 100) Smithswood Social 4 (S.King 122b, M.Bailey 136f), Banbury Flights 4 (L.Walker 100, J.Carter 102b,121, M.Tilley 3x100,140, J.Spink 100, D.Cooper 2x100, G.Davidson 100b, J.Phipps 116b) The C's 5 (S.Healy 100, G.Meridith 100, B.Etheridge 119). --------------------------------- Leaders of division one of the Forest of Arden Winter League Journeys End were involved in a top of the table clash with second placed Highwood KB, the 6-3 result going in favour of Highwood. This was Journeys first defeat in seven games, however they hold on to the number one position but their advantage has now been reduced to just two points. No such problem for Journeys End Flights in division two as they romped to a 9-0 win over Inn on the Green to keep them four points ahead of the rest of the field. Second placed Crown Arrows remain hot on the heels of Journeys recording an 8-1 win at Chelmsley Town and with a game in hand could reduce the arrears to just two points. Full Results:Week 6:Division One:- Highwood KB 6 (G.Thomas 3x100,140, N.Wykes 140,105,2x100, T.Hobbis 100,121,125, W.Cooper 3x100, N.Byrne 120,2x137,3x100, M.Gorman 100) Journeys End 3 (S.Whatmore 140,3x100,127, A.Howell 180,2x100, L.Barberan 134,2x100, .Jennings 100), Division Two:- Chelmsley Town 1 (M.Bennett 100, N.Lumley 100,121, B.City 100,115, M.Hughes 101, S.Keay 2x121,117,100, T.Attard 100) Crown Arrows 8 (J.Gaskin 100, L.Vann 100, M.Bown 100,121,140, K.Depper 125,115,100, T.Blakemore 117), Journeys End Flights 9 (M.Tilley 121,100,140, J.Norris 140,102,100,131, J.Sidwell 2x100,141f, D.Duncan 100,120f,125, S.Kennedy 100) Inn on the Green 0 (P.Kelley 3x100, M.Green 3x100, S.Carter 100,125, J.Cassidy 4x100,121). --------------------------------- A 3-0 win over Mark Gwalchmai and two 2-2 draws with Steve Sidwell and Ken Hopton keeps Mick Gorst in pole position in the Shirley Red Lion Premier League with a total of 81 points. In second place Paul Higgins lost a little ground as he lost his first game of the night 3-0 to Mark Cater, he did then share a 2-2 draw with Adam Stuart to leaves him eight points behind Gorst and having played one game more than his rival. In addition to his draw with Mick Gorst Steve Sidwell had a 3-0 win over Jack Nason and beat Dave Hesketh and Tony Daly 3-1 to see him leap up the table from tenth to fourth with 70 points plus Sidwell has games in hand on all three players above him. There were three ton plus finishes this week Paul Higgins 106, Mick Gorst 115 and Mark Gwalchmai 106, but only one 180 which was supplied by Tom Bent. Full Results:Week 16:- Stuart Dixon 0 Jack Nason 3, Steve Sidwell 3 Dave Hesketh 1, Steve Heeks 1 Brian Lawton 3, Adam Stuart 3 Mick Bown 0, Mark Gwalchmai 0 Mick Gorst 3, Ken Hopton 2 Tom Bent 2, Dave Hesketh 3 Andy Hoy 1, Mark Cater 3 Paul Higgins 0, Tony Daly 1 Steve Sidwell 3, Brian Lawton 2 Chris Thomas 2, Stuart Dixon 1 Steve Heeks 3, Jack Nason 0 Dave Hesketh 3, Mick Bown 0 Andy Hoy 3, Paul Higgins (106f,15 darts game) 2 Adam Stuart 2, Steve Sidwell 2 Mick Gorst (115f) 2, Tom Bent (180) 2 Mark Gwalchmai (106f) 2, Chris Thomas 2 Mark Cater 2, Stuart Dixon 0 Tony Daly, Steve Sidwell 3 Jack Nason 0, Mick Gorst 2 Ken Hopton 2, Brian Lawton 3 Stuart Dixon 1. --------------------------------- An 8-1 win at Belgrave Club keeps Bulls Head ‘A’ (Polesworth) top of both division one and the Master League in the Pip Club League. In division one they and Queens Head, who beat Wining Post 5-4 are the only two teams to remain undefeated, Bulls Head having played four games to Queens Head’s three and holding a two points lead over them. In division two leaders Globe (Wilnecote) lost their home tie with Royal Oak 6-3 but hang on to the number one spot with five points from four games, one more point than their nearest rivals Progressive Club whose 6-3 win against Old Liberal gives them a total of four points from three games. Full Results:Week 8:- Belgrave Club 1 Bulls Head ‘A’ (Polesworth) 8, Progressive Club 6 Old Liberal 3, Birchmoor Club (Alan Sutton 180) 4 Globe Trotters (Paul Mason 180) 5, Globe (Wilnecote, Stephen Pulley 108f) 3 Royal Oak 6, Queens Head (Ian Turner 119f, Mark Tomlinson jnr 180) 5 Winning Post (Andy Smith 130f) 4, Wigginton Arms 5 Sports Bar ‘180’ 4. --------------------------------- With 5-2 wins for the top four teams in the Kings Norton League there is no change at the top of the table, leaders Stirchley United beat fifth placed The Coppice to put them on 12 points while second, third and fourth placed Hillyfields ‘B’, West Heath and Hillyfields ‘A’ who are all on 10 points, in turn accounted for Rubery RBL, Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club and Grant Arms. Full Results:Week 6:- Billesley 0 (T.Shaw 100, T.Elscey 100, W.Ford 100) E57 7 (N.Steventon 100, B.Morgan 100, N.Porter 100, T.Roberts 2x100,150, D.Logan 100,140, M.Ellis 122,2x140, R.Morris 2x100), Weoley Hill 2 (T.Heneghan 100, M.Lloyd 2x100,140,180,14 darts game, J.Simpson 2x100, G.Morley 2x100, J.Brookes 123,121) Cotteridge Social 5 (J.O'Neill 121, C.Harman 100, B.Faulkner 121, Matt Ivory 100, P.Taylor 100, S.Brookes 100,101, L.Betteridge 100, Mike Ivory 100), Stirchley United 5 (T.Jeffs 2x100,2x125, K.Mason 2x100,139,140, C.Price 100,121,137, D.Collins 2x100, M.Bathurst 2x100, C.Ryan 2x100,2x121, B.Thomas 100, A.Wright 116) The Coppice 2 (A.Chidley 2x100,2x140, D.Hill 7x100, C.Heath 3x100,140,103f,16 darts game, M.Mooney 2x100, A.Deeley 100,123, D.Jordan 140), Hillyfields ‘A’ 5 (L.Fox 100,120,140, A.Harvey 100,139, Joe Fox 2x100,180, G.Wilkes 153f, M.Varley 180) Grant Arms 2 (N.Kelly 3x100,125. J.Bennet 100, S.Seery 4x100,2x140, Donna Campbell 2x100, S.Campbell 100,123, V.Walton 100,140, P.Smith 100), Rubery RBL 2 (S.Hodges 2x100,121,137f,18 darts game, B.Heath 100, I.Medlicott 100,123,135,140, R.Packer 100, S.Jacques 132) Hillyfields ‘B’ 5 (E.Simpson 5x100,3x140, J.Hykin 100,123,153, J.Best 2x100,140, V.Gould 4x100, G.Dews 3x100, T.Hamilton 100, R.Mann 2x100,180, P.Blades 100), Toby Jug Flights 5 (J.Higgins 140, Dan Kent 3x100,140, R.Higgins 100, R.Smith 117, S.Knowles 100) Coldstream 2 (P.Andrews 119, M.Deeley 125, S.Ager 100,132, M.Ferriday 100), West Heath 5 (P.Hughes 100,180, C.Airey 135,140, A.Sutton 140, W.Webb 3x100,125,140, S.Deeley 140, T.Corbett 3x100,140, K.Hall 3x100,140, W.Marshall 100, P.Hughes 180) Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club 2 (S.Corbett 100,123, C.Davenport 100, M.Bloomer 125, D.Whitecombe 100, K,Gator 100,140, S.Brown 104, P.Corbett 140). --------------------------------- The Camp Hill League have completed their domestic programme and winning the league with an eight points advantage were Cotterills Lane Club who brought the curtain down with a 5-2 win at Hay Mills Social Club their nearest rivals who finished as runners up with 26 points. Eagle and Ball took third place their 4-3 defeat by New Inn ending any hopes they had of finishing as runners up, and with the same ten points as Eagle and Ball were Holy Gulp who also lost their final game at Emerald Club 4-3. Full Results:Week 18:- Hay Mills Social Club 2 Cotterills Lane Club 5, Emerald Club 4 Holy Gulp 3, Tyseley WMC 6 Wagon and Horses 1, Station Wagon 4 Devil’s Club 3, Eagle and Ball 3 New Inn 4. --------------------------------- Winners of the Small Heath League East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association won their final game of the season at Wagon and Horses 5-4 the win seeing them go through the ten games season undefeated. Mitre also ended the campaign on a high as they won 7-2 at Gulp Tribe to see them finish as runners up with 14 points, six behind the champions. Emerald Club took the wooden spoon completing the ten matches without a single win. Full Results:Week 10:- East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association 5 (Colin Wyatt 2x140,117b, Les Robinson 135, Ricky Lawrence 140, Terry Webster 140,134,121,100,103f, Tommy White 140,121,2x100) Wagon and Horses 4 (Con Murphy 125,101b,100b, Graham Daly 100, Robert Hampton 101, John O’Connor 2x100), Mitre 7 (Gerry McCormack 120b,100b, George Drennen 100b, Clive Austin 100, John Frost 2x140,110,100, Matthew Cain 100) Gulp Tribe 2 (Nick Walker 100,106f, Matt Cooper 140,126, John Phipps 140,100, Micky O’Sullivan 100, Dave Heighway 100,120b), Cob’s Bar 7 (Anthony Fisher 121,2x100, Mike Beasley 100b, Dennis Willis 100, Peter Hopkins 129,100,117f) Emerald Club 2 (Dave Shakespeare 110,100,105b, Mark Turner 180,125,100b, Lee Stanton 100, Tom Humphries 2x100), Final League Statistics:Highest Break:- 160 Colin Wyatt (East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association), Pete Hopkins (Emerald Club), Highest Score:- 180 Colin Wyatt 2, Tommy White 2 (East Birmingham Allotment Holders Associaition), John Phipps 1 (Gulp Tribe), Mark Turner 1, William Johnson 1 (Cob’s Bar), Highest Finish:- 161 Julian May (Wagon and Horses), Least Darts:- 8 Colin Wyatt (East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association). --------------------------------- Week two in the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League and after just two fixtures only five of the twenty four teams are undefeated and one of those The Cross (Oldswinford) have only played one game so far. The early pacesetters are last season’s runners up Ten Arches ‘A’ who made it two wins in a row when they beat High Acres 8-1 to give them a lead of average over Gate ‘B’, Ten Arches ‘B’ and Kingswinford Conservative Club. Gate ‘B’ went one better than the leaders when they handed out a 9-0 whitewash to their hosts Quarry Bank Conservative Club while reigning champions Ten Arches ‘B’ won 6-3 away to Brickmakers Arms the same scoreline by which Kingswinford Conservative Club won at The Bridge (Kingswinford). Fulll Results:Week 2:- Bridge (Kingswinford) 3 Kingswinford Conservative Club 6, Kingswinford Snooker Club 5 Cat Inn (Wordsley) 4, The Swan 8 Church Tavern 1, Brickmakers Arms 3 Ten Arches ‘B’ 6, Bird (Stourbridge) 6 Hare and Hounds ‘B’ 3, Quarry Bank Conservative Club 0 The Gate ‘B’ 9, The Gate ‘A’ 5 Fox Inn (Lye) 4, Hare and Hounds ‘A’ 1 Starving Rascal 8, Ten Arches ‘A’ 8 High Acres 1, Crestwood 6 Gigmill 3, Garibaldi 2 Bird (Wordsley) 7, Stourbridge RBL 4 The Cross (Oldswinford) 5. --------------------------------- The Brierley Hill Friday Night League played the first leg of the first round of their League Cup which saw Dudley Sports gain an emphatic lead of 7-0 to take into the second leg against The Bridge. There were 6-1 wins for Netherton Cricket Club ‘B’ and Netherton Cricket Club ‘A’ who in turn accounted for Fox Inn (Lye) and The Gate. Other teams taking a lead into round two were Britannia 4-3 against Miners (Wollescote), Samson and Lion 5-2 over Ten Arches and Brickmakers Arms who won 4-3 at Pensnett Welfare Club ‘A’. The Bell and Pensnett Welfare Club ‘B’ both had a bye. Full Results:League Cup:Round One:First Leg:- Netherton Cricket Club ‘B’ 6 Fox Inn (Lye) 1, Britannia 4 Miners (Wollescote) 3, The Gate 1 Netherton Cricket Club ‘A’ 6, Ten Arches 2 Samson and Lion 5, Pensnett Welfare Club ‘A’ 3 Brickmakers Arms 4, Dudley Sports 7 The Bridge 0, The Bell and Pensnett Welfare Club ‘B’ both had a bye. --------------------------------- With games running out in the Stourbridge and District Wednesday Night League Ashwood ‘A’ moved another step nearer the title with a 6-1 home win over Netherton Cricket Club to keep intact their six points lead over second placed Brickmakers Arms who won by the same 6-1 margin at Hare and Hounds. Third in the table Miners Welfare are on the same 40 points as Brickmakers but with a 4-3 win over Britannia fell further behind their rivals on average. Full Results:Match 26:- Netherton Cricket Club 5 Crestwood 2, Fox Inn (Lye) 4 Dudley Sports 3, Portway 1 Ten Arches ‘B’ 6, Ten Arches ‘A’ 6 Hare and Hounds 1, Miners Welfare Club 6 Wombourne Cricket Club 1, Ashwood ‘B’ (D.Cartwright 160b) 5 Gornal Conservative Club 2, High Acres 2 Ashwood ‘A’ 5, Match 27:- High Acres 2 Fox Inn (Lye) 5, Crestwood 3 Portway 4, Dudley Sports 3 Ten Arches ‘A’ 4, Hare and Hounds 1 Brickmakers Arms 6, Britannia 3 Miners Welfare Club 4, Wombourne Cricket Club 3 Ashwood ‘B’ 4, Ashwood ‘A’ 6 Netherton Cricket Club 1. --------------------------------- In the opening games of the Rowley Monday Night League’s new season no fewer than five teams share the number one spot with a 7-2 win. Chalking up that league topping win were The Bell, Ex Serviceman’s ‘A’, The Roost, Springfield Social Club and Whiteheath Tavern who in turn defeated Three Diamonds, Ivy Bush, Yeltz Bar, Haden Cross and Loyal Lodge. The Cottage were not far behind the leading quintet with their 6-3 victory at home to Fairfield. Full Results:Week 1:- The Cottage 6 Fairfield 3, Ex Serviceman’s ‘A’ 7 Ivy Bush 2, Loyal Lodge 2 Whiteheath Tavern 7, Springfield Social 7 Haden Cross 2, The Bell 7 The Three Diamonds 2, Three Diamonds ‘X’ 4 Ex Serviceman’s ‘B’ 5, Yeltz Bar 2 The Roost 7. --------------------------------- The Wolverhampton Tuesday Night League played off the finals of their Burrell Shield in which the top two teams from the two divisions did battle against each other. The semi finals produced a local derby between Riley’s ‘A’ and Riley’s ‘C’ in which the ‘A’ team won 4-3 in a very closely fought game. The other semi saw Gilberts Bar win 4-2 against Sunbeam. The final saw Riley’s ‘A’ win by a convincing 4-1 scoreline with Gilberts Bar finishing as runners up. Full Results:Burrell Shield:Semi Finals:- Riley’s ‘A’ 4 Riley’s ‘C’ 3, Gilberts Bar 4 Sunbeam 2, Final:- Riley’s ‘’A’ 4 Gilberts Bar 1. --------------------------------- There were straight 5-0 wins for the top two teams in the West Midlands Men’s Super League. Leaders and reigning champions Crown ‘A’ won at home against Allens Sports Bar ‘B’ while second in the table Landywood ‘A’, who also played at home beat Duke of York. Bottom half Pensnett Welfare Club handed out a somewhat surprising 3-2 defeat to Chillington who are fifth in the league. In the tie between the bottom two teams Rowley Bar and Grill and White Swan it was the latter who got the 3-2 result to open a gap of 16 points between themselves and bottom team Rowley. Full Results:Week 16:- Staffordshire Knot 3 Cabin 2, ECC 5 Landywood ‘B’ 0, Crown ‘A’ 5 Allens Sports Bar ‘B’ 0, Pensnett Welfare Club 3 Chillington 2, Ten Arches 4 Olde Queens Head 1, Allens Sports Bar ‘A’ 3 Crown ‘B’ 2, Landywood ‘A’ 5 Duke of York 0, Rowley Bar and Grill 2 White Swan 3. --------------------------------- The Wednesbury and Darlaston Wednesday Night League got their campaign underway and Staffordshire Knot began where they left off with a win as they kicked off with a 7-2 success away to newcomers Churchills ‘B’. It was a better night for Churchills ‘A’ as with a 142 finish and a nine darts game for Tony Jones they began the season with a 5-4 win at Black Horse. Cav Timmins recorded a 160 break for Nutan but it was not enough for his team to avoid a 5-4 defeat at English Oak. Full Results:Week 1:- Black Horse (Lee Jones 120b) 4 Churchills ‘A’ (Tony Jones 142f,9 darts game) 5, Horse and Jockey 4 Red Lion 5, English Oak (Nick Whitehouse 120b) 5 Nutan (Cav Timmins 160b,141f) 4, Churchills ‘B’ 2 Staffordshire Knot 7, ---------------------------------

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