A West Midlands Round Up By Alan Towe
The West Midlands are not enjoying the start to their second campaign in the top flight of the BDO Inter County Championships as they fell to their third consecutive defeat when they went down 21-15 away to Hampshire. Saturday’s games saw the ladies lose 4-2 and the men 7-5 with Shellbie Simmons (16.59) and Trevor Brennan (28.23) taking the respective match awards. Sarah Roberts (21.35) was the only winner for the ladies ‘A’ team as they suffered their second 5-1 defeat in three games. The men’s ‘A’ were the only highlight of the weekend as they chalked up their first win of the season a 7-5 success which included a 4-0 win in 18,18,14 and 15 darts for Kevin Bambrick over Luke Getty to earn him the match award for his superb 30.83 average. The defeat leaves West Midlands perilously close to the relegation zone, their 44 points just four more than next to bottom Cheshire and only six more than bottom of the table Essex who they play next match, a win in that game now crucial. Full Results:Division Three:Hampshire v West Midlands (21-15):(Hampshire names first):Men’s ‘A’:- Mick Savvery 3 Adam Edgar 4, Graham Chalk 4 Glen McGrandle 1, Paul Winter 4 Paul Wells 2, Robin Hathaway 0 Scott Baker 4, Stephen Phipps 1 Gareth Watts 4, Mike Gillet 4 Shaun Carroll 1, Luke Getty 0 Kevin Bambrick 4, Troy Butler 1 Matthew Coleman 4, Mike Symes 1 Gavin Baker 4, Andy Mitchell 1 Ian Jones 4, Chas Barstow 4 Matthew Dicken 1, Gary Stafford 4 Mark Craddock 3, Men’s ‘B’:- David Bonnett 1 Kevin Harris 4, Darren Barnes 4 Avtar Singh 1, John Large 1 Neil Pointon 4, James Nicholson 4 Danny Coyle 0, Richard North 4 Mark Dyke 1, Linton Hickman 4 Alfie Jacques 3, David Coffin 0 Jonathan Platt 4, Nillson Pritchard 4 Steve Gillam 1, Steve Musson 3 Shane Price 4, Mick Street 4 Ben Hollowood 0, Steve Jannaway 4 Stephen Jones 3, Andy Newcombe 0 Trevor Brennan 4, Women’s ‘A’:- Sue Lowther 3 Kat McLean 0, Joanne Senior 3 Debbie Loon 1, Abi Jurd 1 Sarah Roberts 3, Jame Monaghan 3 Cheryl Alcock 2, Jo Rolls 3 Gemma Barrett 2, Tracy North 3 Lisa Badger 0, Women’s ‘B’:- Dawn Simmonds 3 Lizzy Arnold 1, Maria Agozzino 3 Jacqueline Maiden 0, Kelly Palmer 3 Kat McLean 1, Pennie Lewis 2 Shellbie Simmons 3, Nikki Stevens 3 Heather Wright 2, Clare Cheney 1 Kath Jenkins 3.
The Shirley Premier League has got its twelfth season underway with a terrific entry of 34 players including newcomers to the league Sam Hicks, John Smyth, Lee Lattimer, Dave Barrows and their youngest player ever Jack Barrows who is just 13 years old. The early pacesetter is Chris Thomas jnr who opened his account with a 4-0 win over Dave Barrows and then defeated his father Chris Thomas snr 3-1. Young Jack Barrows got his first campaign off to a good start with a 3-1 win over Derek Harper, he then unfortunately lost 4-0 to Colin Green but the season can only prove to be good experience for him for the future. Paul Harper recorded the only ton plus finish of the night, a 118 outshot in his 2-2 draw with Sam Hicks to earn him the week’s £5. Full Results:Week 1:- Chris Thomas snr 0 Dave Heighway 4, Chris Thomas jnr 4 Dave Barrows 0, Phil Thomas 1 Thomas Bent (180,15 darts game) 3, Sean Talbot 4 Mick Bown 0, John Smyth 2 Trevor Carter 2, Mikey Harris 0 Antony Daly 4, Jordan Ottley 2 Tony Daly 2, John O’Sullivan 3 Dave Fisher 1, Brian Lawton 2 Kevin Graver 2, Steve Heeks 1 Mikey Harris (17 darts game) 3, Lee Lattimer 0 Mark Gwalchmai (16 darts game) 4, Sam Hicks 2 Paul Harper (180,118f) 2, Mark Henderson 3 Steve Harper 1, Derek Harper 1 Jack Barrows 3, Chris Thomas snr 1 Chris Thomas jnr 3, Dave Barrows 0 Phil Thomas 4, Thomas Bent 3 Sean Talbot (180) 1, Mick Bown 1 John Smyth 3, Steve Heeks 1 Trevor Carter 3, Antony Daly 2 Jordan Ottley 2, Tony Daly 1 John O’Sullivan 3, Colin Geens 0 Brian Lawton 4, Kevin Graver 4 Lee Lattimer 0, Derek Harper 0 Sam Hicks (180) 4, Paul Harper 2 Mark Henderson 2, Steve Harper (180) 2 Dave Heighway 2, Mark Gwalchmai 2 Dave Fisher 2, Steve Heeks 3 Chris Thomas snr 1, Jack Barrows 0 Colin Geens 4.
The preliminary round of the Four Oaks and District League’s Coronation Shield saw all of last year’s finalists win through to the next round, although St Thomas’s Social Club left it to the final leg of the last game away to Boldmere Tap to scrape through 8-7, Boldmere St Mikes defeated The Oscott Social 14-1 and The Boot beat St Thomas Arrows 9-6 while Bishop Vesey had a bye. Golden Hind overwhelmed Lad in the Lane 15-0 and The Boat sailed past Old Oscott Arrows 10-5. Other teams to make it into the next round were Pint Pot Flights, Drakes Drum, Rosey Mac’s, Oscott Sports, The Boot and The Fox. Full Results:Coronation Shield:Preliminary Round:- Boldmere St Mikes 14 (M.Ashton 120b,7x100,140, A.Kimberley 140,2x100, C.Perry 125, B.Linnecor 2x100,2x125,121,135,140, J.Liggins 100b,140,121,100,125) The Oscott Social 1 (R.Barritt 100, G.Bushell 132,2x100, R.Graham 140, P.Graham 140, T.Purcell 120), Boldmere Tap 7 (S.Alexander 100, P.Bromley 2x100, K.Gow 125, N.Garbett 123,125,100,140, D.Simpson 100,140) St Thomas’s Social Club 8 (J.Collins 140,100, S.Davey 100, I.Matthews 111b, T.Kelly 100b,3x100, M.Corfield 3x100,180,128, D.Watkins 116), Golden Hind 15 (T.O’Kereke 100b,2x100,120b,140, S.Pritchett 140, D.Pickering 100, W.Naylor 100,140, S.Shorthouse 140, L.Vickers 100, S.Spink 2x100, D.Vickers 109b,100,105) Lad in the Lane 0 (G.Averill 100), Pint Pot Flights 12 (M.Bruin 120, A.Clarke 2x100, N.Robbins 100,135, R.Mercer 100, M.Bagnall 4x100,135,118,140, J.Moon 140) The Digby 3 (A.Linehan 140,100,125,120, L.Cooksey 2x100,136), Red Lion 6 (S.Bird 125,100,118, B.Hughes 106b,4x100, D.G.Bond 100) Drakes Drum 9 (G.Oldfield 2x120b,100,140,119, N.Goldie 125,100, A.Lilley 100,120, R.Hasluck 140, J.Mahon 103, J.Verschoyle 100), Rosey Mac’s 11 (D.Jarvis snr 100,121, E.Groves 135) The Towers 4 (A.Poyner 125, S.Bell 125, D.Stride 100), Sutton Sports and Social Club 4 (R.Hinett 135,100, R.Snelson 129, J.Illidge 100, G.Hinett 140,2x100) Oscott Sports 11 (D.Munge 125, N.Hawkley 125,132,140, M.Bowles 100, J.Tolley 100), The Boat 10 (M.Partridge 3x100,180, M.Archer 2x100,125,134,108b,140, J.Prince 180,140,125,135, N.Clarke 120,2x140) Old Oscott Arrows 5 (D.Parsons 112b,2x100,140, M.Maher 102b,100,106b, D.Page 125,2x100, B.Hoare 100), The Boot 9 (G.Baxter 2x100, J.Kavanagh 100, R.Kavanagh 112, R.Smith 127,119,100, T.Evans 2x100) St Thomas’s Arrows 6 (M.Andrews 125,100, G.Lynch 100b,3x100, R.Nelson 140,180, P.Andrews 100), The Fox 12 (D.Perry 120b,2x100, M.Willetts 121, S.Hughes 2x100, K.Green 5x100,140,125, M.Horacek 113,100,134, R.Stanton 2x100) Erdington Arrows 3 (D.Rawlings 149b,100, R.Bazeley 100, C.Hill 120b,140, K.Smith 111b,100,140, T.Colley 140, J.West 100b,118).
Week 11 of the Small Heath League saw the top two teams, East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association and Heartlands Club square up to each other on Heartlands board. Home advantage didn’t prove to be of any benefit as E.B.A.H.A. ran out the 6-3 winners to open up a four point’s gap between the two teams. At the other end of the table the bottom two teams Emerald Club and Sheldon Marlborough Flights played each other, the outcome was a close 5-4 win for Emerald to put them four points to the good on their bottom of the table opponents with two games in hand. Full Results:Week 11:- Emerald Club 5 (M.Fisher 100 J,Fisher 124, G.Daly 125, C.Rigby 100 D.Willis 101,100) Sheldon Marlborough Flights 4 (S.Mccarthy 140, M.Shellis 105b, R.McGuigan 100), Sheldon Marlborough Arrows 4 (B.Carter 100) Cob’s Bar 5 (J.Kenny 121, D.Shakespeare 100), Heartlands Club 3 (D.Bond 100,100b, I.Jones 112b, C.Austin 100, S.McCormack 120b,160b,100, S.Cain 100, John Frost 100, G.McCormack 120b,125,100,121) East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association 6 (N.Parsonage 3x100,112b, L.Robinson 100, T.White 101b,3x100,119, P.Webster 130,100, Matt Cooper 100, Martin Cooper 100,120).
Week sixteen in the Shirley and District Monday Night League provided a couple of big shocks as league leaders Highwood lost for the first time in those sixteen games when they went down 6-3 away to Legion Flights who are four places below them and have eight points fewer. The defeat however was not as costly as it could have been as The Wharf, who held second place in the league lost their home tie against seventh in the table The Lodge 7-2 and drop two places to fourth. The Bears with a convincing 8-1 win at Sharmans Cross take over second place with 26 points just two less than Highwood and moving up into third place is Red Lion who had an 8-1 home win over Legionnaires to put them on the same 24 points as Wharf but with a superior average. Full Results:Week 16:- Plume of Feathers 7 Saracens Misfits (Luke Harris 180) 2, Legion Flights 6 The Highwood (Darren Wright 180, John Buckingham 14 darts game) 3, Red Lion 8 Legionnaires 1, Sharmans Cross 1 The Bears 8, Saracens Jesters (Martin Graham 108f) 4 Blue Bell 5, Cider House 9 Legion Royals 0, The Wharf 2 The Lodge (Bill Carter 180) 7, Shirley Spartac had a bye.
The Camp Hill League have run a series of knockouts at the Emerald Club the first of which was their ladies knockout in which Laura Caven (Emerald Club) took the title with a final win over Lauren Ridge (North Star) while the final of the doubles knockout saw Paul Sunner and Dave Humphries (Sheldon Marlborough Flights) beat Gez Oldfield and Fred Naylor (White Swan Nomads). Journeys End Lions representative Simon Edwards won the league’s singles title after beating his final contestant John West from White Swan Nomads. Full Results:Ladies Knockout:Final:- Laura Caven (Emerald Club) beat Lauren Ridge (North Star), Doubles Knockout:Losing Semi-Finalists:- Jim Sayers & Andy Hegarty (Wagon and Horses), Joseph Nolan & Brendan Nolan (North Star), Runners up:- Gez Oldfield & Fred Naylor (White Swan Nomads), Winners:- Paul Sunner & Dave Humphries (Sheldon Marlborough Flights), Singles Knockout:Losing Semi-Finalists:- Steve McCarthy (Sheldon Marlborough Flights), Mark Coles (Tyseley WMC), Runner up:- John West (White Swan Nomads), Winner:- Simon Edwards (Journeys End Lions).
As the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League moves into the second half of the season leaders Brickmakers Arms had an important 6-3 away win over third in the table Ten Arches ‘B’ to move six points ahead of them while second in the table Ten Arches ‘A’ had a comfortable 8-1 win at Crestwood to keep within two points of Brickmakers who have currently won all 22 of the games so far. Full Results:Stourbridge and District Monday Night League:Game 22:- Hare and Hounds ‘B’ 5 Old Cat (Wordsley) 4, Swan 8 Hare and Hounds ‘A’ 1, Ashwood 8 Glasscutters 1, Ten Arches ‘B’ 3 Brickmakers Arms 6, Gate Hangs Well 6 Kingswinford Conservative Club ‘A’ 3, British Oak 4 Stourbridge RBL 5, Bird (Wordsley) 5 Bird (Stourbridge) 4, Garibaldi 0 Hop House 9, Kingswinford Conservative Club ‘B’ 2 Fox Inn (Lye) 7, Crestwood 1 Ten Arches ‘A’ 8, Church Tavern 5 Britannia 4.
The Brierley Hill Monday Night League played off the finals of their singles knockout and in the semi-finals there was joy for both Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ players as D.Brown beat M.Hadley (Bulls Head) 2-1 and B.Carr won by the same margin against S.Baker (Portway). The all Ex Serviceman’s final saw Brown defeat Carr with a 3-1 scoreline. Full Results:Singles Knockout:Semi-Finals:- D.Brown (Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’) 2 M.Hadley (Bulls Head ) 1, B.Carr (Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’) 2 S.Baker (Portway) 0, Final:- B.Carr 1 D.Brown 3.
Avenue Social continue to impress in the Kings Norton League, their 7-0 win at Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club taking their unbeaten run to nine games and giving them a lead of two points plus a game in hand on second in the table West Heath who were 5-2 winners at home to Grant Arms. Third in the table Rubery RBL are on the same 16 points as West Heath but from one game less following their 5-2 win at Cock Inn. Full Results:Game 10:- Cock Inn 2 (K.McManus 2x100,123,125, John Fox 100, M.Naylor 122, L.Fox 100,123, M.Malone 100, Joe Fox 2x100,123, K.Vaughan 3x100,135) Rubery RBL 5 (J.Higgins 121, I.Medlicott 100,180, B.Heath 2x100,120,115, J.Ford 100,102,140, J.O'Neill 140, R.Higgins 100,123,180, J.Grainger 2x100,123), Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club 0 (T.Shaw 140, C.Davenport 2x100,107f, S.Brown 100, K.Gater 2x100, D.Whitecombe 100,116) Avenue Social 7 (E.Simpson 3x140, C.Whitehouse 123,125,140,177, P.Blades 3x100, V.Gould 2x100,121f,3x140,2x15 darts games, G.Dews 4x100, T.Hamilton 2x100,121, R.Mann 3x100,122), Thurlestone 1 (B.Andrews 117, A.Deeley 3x100, T.Hill 100, P.Andrews 121, J.Downer 133) E57 6 (J.Good 3x100, D.Logan 100,140, T.Roberts 2x100, N.Porter 3x100,102f, A.Mutch 3x100,140, M.Ellis 2x100), Kings Heath 0 (D.Parish 100, J.Desai 140, S.Morris 112,121, J.Tulloch 100, J.Bridges 102) Coppice 7 (A.Chidley 2x100,140, M.Turner 100,129, A.Ward 100, D.Crook 100, C.Heath 100, M.Mooney 100, G.Twist 100, M.Mooney 103f), Weoley Hill 3 (L.Allen 100, M.Lloyd 140, L.Preece 2x100, P.Draper 3x100, O.Draper 121) Bournbrook 4 (T.Jeffs 140, R.Chambers 100,105, K.Mason 2x100,125,140,15 darts game, L.Arnold 100,120, D.Collins 3x100,140, C.Ryan 100), West Heath 5 (W.Marshall 2x100,140, S.Deeley 100,103,140, P.Hughes 6x100, D.Bencens 3x100, K.Hall 3x100) Grant Arms 2 (P.Taylor 100, P.Norris 2x100,125, N.Kelly 107,120,140, P.Smith 115, M.Davies 100,125, S.Campbell 100), Dingle 2 (S.Blackford 100,132, B.Faulkner 100,118,3x140, B.Crumpton 100, A.Faulkner 100,115, M.Ferriday 100) Harborne 5 (M.Poolton 100,135,140, M.James 100,125,3x140, N.Steventon 3x100,139,140, J.Harris 100, D.Hopkins 3x100,133, S.Sheridan 2x100).
After winning the Henley and District Summer League, Studley Cricket Club made it a fabulous double when they added the League Cup title to their honours list beating Wootton Bears 6-3 in the final. The Consolation Cup went to Wythall RBL after a close 5-4 win in the final against local rivals Wythall Legion. Full Results:League Cup:Final:- Wootton Bears 3 Studley Cricket Club 6, Consolation Cup:Final:- Wythall Legion 4 Wythall. RBL 5.
The Netherton Thursday Night League have played their final fixtures of the season but there are still a few outstanding games to play. The league champions and runners up Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club and Riddins Tavern completed their final official games both of them winning 7-2 in turn against Bulls Head and White Horse. Townsend Social Club take third place finishing six points behind second placed Riddins after their 7-2 win at Netherton Conservative Club, Riddins and the Ex Serviceman’s Club still have one to play. Full Results:Game 28:- White Horse 2 Riddins Tavern 7, Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 7 Bulls Head 2, Fairfield 5 Delph Bell 4, Netherton Conservative Club 2 Townsend Social Club 7.
After the first five games in the Combined section of the Pip Club League, Queens Head and Belgrave Sports and Social remain the only two teams with a 100% win record. In the latest fixtures Queens Head, who head the table on average, won their home game with Progressive Club 8-1 while their nearest rivals Belgrave Sports and Social reduced the average arrears slightly with a 9-0 success at Wigginton Arms, Cliff O’Connor notching a maximum for Wigginton. Other players to hit a 180 were Gaz Podmore (Belgrave Sports and Social), Mark Faulkner (Globe, Wilnecote), Nathan Jackson (Belgrave Club) and Daz Massey (Dolphin Wanderers). Full Results:Week 5:- Pip Club 1 (Ash Luckman 101f) Birchmoor Club 8, Old Liberal House 6 Dolphin 3, Wigginton Arms 0 (Cliff O’Connor 180, Rosie O’Connor 140,128) Belgrave Sports and Social Club 9 (Gaz Podmore 180), Kettlebrook Club 0 Globe (Wilnecote) 9 (Mark Faulkner 180), Sports Bar ‘180’ 7 (Emily Jones 2x100) Gate (Amington) 2, Belgrave Club 7 (Nathan Jackson 180) Glascote Club 2, Queens Head 8 Progressive Club 1 (Duncan Campbell 100f), Dolphin Wanderers 6 (Daz Massey 180) Bulls Head 3.
With only a couple of fixtures remaining in the Rowley Monday Night League The George, who have held pole position for the majority of the season, suffered a severe setback to their title hopes when they lost 5-4 playing away to Ivy Bush who are fifth in the table and some 16 points behind George. This second defeat in 28 games has seen George replaced in pole position by The Bell whose 9-0 home win over bottom of the table Loyal Lodge gives them a two points and two legs of average lead on George. There was a rare win for Tividale FC as they won 5-4 at Hare and Hounds, only their fifth win in 28 games. Full Results:Week 29:- Roost (Simon Edmonds 180) 3 Whiteheath Tavern 6, Bell 9 Loyal Lodge 0, Ivy Bush 5 George 4, Ex Serviceman’s ‘B’ 1 Ex Serviceman’s ‘A’ 8, Hare and Hounds 4 Tividale FC 5, Lodgers 8 Three Diamonds 1, Cradley Sports and Social Club 5 Windmills End 4, Bulls Head 5 Cottage (Andy Powell 9 darts game) 4.
The Brierley Hill Friday Night League had their doubles finals on the agenda and winning the title after beating C.Pickett and J.Pickett 2-1 in the semis were R.Riaz and A.Nicholls who lifted the silverware with a straight 3-0 win over R.Colley and M.Rowley in the final. Colley and Rowley beat G.Jackson and R,Tipper 2-1 in their last four game. Full Results:Doubles Knockout:Semi-Finals:- R.Riaz & A.Nicholls 2 C.Pickett & J.Pickett 1, R.Colley & M.Rowley 2 G.Jackson & R.Tipper 1, Final:- R.Colley & M.Rowley 0 R.Riaz & A.Nicholls 3.
The Cradley Tuesday Night League’s singles title went to Brickmakers Arms player Kevin Bambrick who with a 160 finish and a twelve darts leg won the final against Steve Tipper (Roost) 3-0. In the semi-finals Bambrick with a 2-1 result beat Joe Sharratt (RiddinsTavern) while Tipper won against Lindon Bird (Wheatsheaf). The league will be staging a knockout on the 27th November at Netherton Sports and Social Club with all monies in paid out as prize money. Cost of entry is £3 with registration between 7.30 and 8.0pm with an 8.15pm start. Full Results:Singles Knockout:Semi-Finals:- Joe Sharratt (Riddins Tavern) 1 Kevin Bambrick (Brickmakers Arms ) 2, Lindon Bird (Wheatsheaf) 1 Steve Tipper (Roost) 2, Final:- Steve Tipper 0 Kevin Bambrick 3.
It’s all change at the top of the Sedgley and Gornal Tuesday Night League after former leaders Coseley Tavern lost their first game of the season’s eight played so far when they surprisingly finished the 5-4 losers at Pensnett Liberal Club who are eighth in the table. Taking over in pole position on average from Coseley are Gornal Labour Club whose 8-1 win at New Inn puts them level on 14 points with Coseley but with four legs of average more. Full Results:Week 8:- Meadow Lark 0 Jolly Crispin 9, Netherton Cricket Club 8 Red Cow 1, New Inn 1 Gornal Labour Club 8, Hilly House 4 Chainyard 5, Pensnett Liberal Club 5 Coseley Tavern 4, Old Bulls Head 7 Five Ways 2, White Lion 4 Gornal British Legion 5.
Congratulations to father and son Mark and Jamie Rollinson from the Woodside Inn on winning the West Midlands Men’s Super League Doubles Knockout. Mark and Jamie overcame some tough opposition to lift the title beating Matt Dennant and Shaun Carroll, Affy Singh and Mark Watkiss, Nick Fullwell and Alfie Jacques, Scott Baker & Dan Nicholls before winning against Adam Edgar and Matt Tedstone in the final.
The Wolverhampton Tuesday Night League played the finals of their divisional cups and winning the division one title with a final win over Dog and Partridge ‘A’ were the Sunbeam team. The division two final saw another Dog and Partridge team just lose out as the ‘B’ side lost to Wednesfield Legion. Full Results:League Cup:Division One:Final:- Sunbeam beat Dog and Partridge ‘A’, Division Two:Final:- Wednesfield Legion beat Dog and Partridge ‘B’.
The Vine are fourth in the Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League and gained a useful 4-3 win over third placed Island Inn in the latest round of fixture, however the difference between the two teams is still six points. Leaders Tipton Sports had a 5-2 win at New Talbot while second in the table Dewdrops ‘A’ kept level on 62 points with the leaders after their 4-3 home win over Merry-Go-Round ‘A’. Full Results:Game 37:- Dewdrop ‘A’ 4 Merry-Go-Round ‘A’ 3, New Talbot 2 Tipton Sports 5, Waggon and Horses 2 Sportsman 5, Hayes Social 4 Wonder 3, The Vine 4 Island Inn 3, Horseley Tavern 5 Dewdrop ‘B’ 2, Merry-Go-Round ‘B’ 5 Ivy Bush 2.
By Alan Towe Website: www.alantowedarts.co.uk