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Article: A West Midlands Round Up By Alan Towe

A West Midlands Round Up By Alan Towe

With a break from league fixtures the Four Oaks and District Winter League played the second round of their Brian Goodman and Ken Rust Cups. In the Brian Goodman Cup Bishop Vesey came from 3-0 down to level the match against The Boat but The Boat responded to take the next two games and eventually run out 5-4 winners. Erdington Arrows went 4-0 down to Boldmere St Mikes and despite winning the next two games lost 7-2. Another see-saw game was that between Old Oscott Arrows and last year’s Ken Rust Cup winners Boldmere Tap, Tap lost the first two games then won the next five to run out 5-4 winners. Pint Pot Flights made their way into the semi-finals with a close 5-4 win over The Boot. In the Ken Rust Cup there was further torture for division three’s bottom team The Towers, they matched their opponents Drakes Drum for scores but could not find their finishing doubles and made their exit losing 9-0. Golden Hind, last year’s losing Brian Goodman finalists made short work of Red Lion winning 7-2 while Rosey Mac’s and St Thomas’s Social Club had narrow 5-4 wins over respective opponents St Thomas Arrows and The Fox to reach the semi-finals. I.Lloyd (St Thomas’s Social Club) and T.O’Kereke (Golden Hind) both Chalked up a 180. Full Results:Brian Goodman Cup:Round Two:- Bishop Vesey 4 (A.France 100, D.Walton 112b,125,140, M.Norton 120b, N.Smallwood 120b,100) The Boat 5 (M.Partridge 2x100, W.Mynard 103b,100, K.Reynolds 105,101, N.Clarke 100, S.Harvey 131, K.Deeley 100), Erdington Arrows 2 (K.Smith 108b, R.Bazeley 100,140, T.Colley 120b,110, M.Phillips 140,9 darts Fgame, C.Hill 100, D.Rawlings 100) Boldmere St Mikes 7 (S.Edwards 125, M.Ashton 100, M.Wild 140,100f, B.Linnecor 135,100, B.Liggins 100, J.Liggins 168, A.Kimberley 120b,135,100, R.Liggins 140), Old Oscott Arrows 4 (D.Page 2x100, E.Atkins 2x100, M.Maher 120,100, B.Hoare 100, D.Parsons 2x100, M.Page 125) Boldmere Tap 5 (K.Gow 140,100, A.Humphriss 122b, P.Bromley 2x100, S.Alexander 125, R.Davies 140, D.Simpson 120, D.Byrne 100,105), The Boot 4 (G.Gaughan 100, T.Tyrie 120b, R.Smith 100,128, R.Kavanagh 100) Pint Pot Flights 5 (M.O’Driscoll 101b,160b, P.Robbins 2x100, J.Moon 112, M.Bagnall 106b,2x100, B.Godfray 2x100), Ken Rust Cup:Round Two:- Golden Hind 7 (T.O’Kereke 108b,140,180, G.Kimberley 114b,120, W.Naylor 112b,140,152b) Red Lion 2 (R.O’Grady 100b,117, D.G.Bond 135, S.Larvin 3x100, M.Gaughan 140), St Thomas Arrows 4 (G.Stait 100, J.Lynch 100, R.Nelson 140, G.Lynch 100b,2x100) Rosey Mac’s 5 (J.Cox jnr 101b, D.Jarvis jnr 109f, E.Groves 121, D.Jarvis snr 120b,156), The Fox 4 (W.Cadby 115b, M.Horacek 125, K.Green 114,124, R.Stanton 100b, D.Perry 100, S.Hughes 100) St Thomas’s Social Club 5 (L.Shorthouse 100, D.Watkins 100, M.Corfield 103b, I.Lloyd 180, J.Collins 100, K.Shorthouse 100b), The Towers 0 (J.Addison 100, A.Poyner 105b, D.Stride 2x100) Drakes Drum 9 (J.Verschoyle 140, A.Day 110, G.Oldfield 100, J.Clarke 140).
With the Wharf having a bye in the Shirley and District Monday Night League the Highwood took the opportunity to extend their lead at the top to four points coming from 1-0 down away to Legionnaires to go on and win 8-1. Third placed Red Lion reduced the arrears on second in the table Wharf to just two points with a similar 8-1 win at Sharmans Cross and keep a one point lead with a game in hand on their nearest rivals Legion Flights who beat Saracens Misfits 7-2. Finding the three treble twenties this week were Trevor Carter (Legionnaires) and James Hinkley (The Lodge) who both hit two plus Dave Heighway (The Bears), Jack Sidwell and John Sidwell (Red Lion). Full Results:Week 23:- The Lodge (James Hinkley 2x180) 5 Legion Royals 4, Blue Bell (Tom McCabe 113f) 3 Cider House 6, Saracens Jesters 2 The Bears (Dave Heighway 180, Jordan Ottley 14 darts game) 7, Sharmans Cross 1 Red Lion (Jack Sidwell 180, John Sidwell 180,120f) 8, Legionnaires Trevor Carter 2x180) 1 The Highwood 8, Legion Flights (Craig Clarke 112b) 7 Saracens Misfits 2, Plume of Feathers 7 Shirley Spartac 2, The Wharf had a bye.
The Camp Hill League rounded off their season with a rearranged fixture between league champions White Swan Nomads and Journeys End Lions. From their previous fifteen fixtures the Nomads had lost just one game and that was against Journeys End Lions. Journeys made it a memorable double beating the champions for a second time when they won 4-3. Despite the win Journeys still finished fourth in the table four points short of third placed Tyseley WMC. The leagues new season will get underway tonight (Wednesday 16th January). [caption id="attachment_36034" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Red Dragon Darts, Alan Tower, Camp Hill League Camp Hill League and Cup Winners White Swan Nomads[/caption] Full Results:White Swan Nomads 3 Journeys End Lion 4.
With Emerald Club unable to field a team in the Small Heath League their would be opponents East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association were awarded a 9-0 win to take their unbeaten run in the league to thirteen games and keep intact their two points advantage plus a game in hand on second placed Heartlands Club who won 6-3 at Wagon and Horses. In the local derby between Sheldon Marlborough Arrows and Sheldon Marlborough Flights it was third in the table Arrows who got the 7-2 result over their bottom of the table opponents. Full Results:Week 16:- East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association 9 Emerald Club 0 (walkover), Wagon and Horses 3 (D.Rivitt 134, M.Looby 100, A.Cheshire 3x100) Heartlands Club 6 (D.Bond 140f,120b, I.Jones 100, Jim Frost 125,100, G.McCormack 128,134,100, S.McCormack 140), Sheldon Marlborough Arrows 7 (J.Phipps 100, M.O’Sullivan 100f) Sheldon Marlborough Flights 2 (S.McCarthy 135, Julie McGuigan 116, M.Shellis 125, D.Humphries 100,112b, E.McGuigan 116).
Coleshill Social suffered their first defeat in their opening four games in division one of the South Birmingham Winter League when playing at home against second in the table C’s Top Guns they went down 6-3, C’s Top Guns are now the only unbeaten team in the division and just two points off the top with a game in hand plus a superior average. In division two there was no such problem for leaders The Dog who won 7-2 at Toby Jug, the home side losing their number two spot to The Trident who won 5-4 away to bottom of the table C’s Flights. Just one leg of average separate Trident and Toby Jug with both teams on four points, four fewer than leaders Dog but they both have two games in hand on the top side. Full Results:Game 4:- Coleshill Social 3 (G.Jones 107b, B.Jones 100,140, P.Bryant 140, S.Sweetman 100) C's Top Guns 6 (S.Edwards 140, B.Nixon 100, R.Mills 100, P.Kingdon 125, D.Kingdon 120, D.Clinton 2x100, D.Wilson 140), Division Two:- C's Flights 4 (J.Meigh 100, R.Meigh 102b, C.Meigh 140) The Trident 5 (P.Millerchip 100b, J.Lawton 125, K.Bittle 134, T.Blakemore 106, L.Vann 100), Toby Jug 2 (D.Pebbles 133, D.Revitt 180,100, I.Beattie 121) The Dog 7 (G. Taylor 100, A.Houlton 100, M.Clayton 140,135, J.Kane 100,119), Mini League:- C's Hot Shots 18 legs (D.White 140,100,180,11 darts game, R.Hopkins 100,120b, J.Masfield 112b,140) C's Arrows 9 legs (D.Stone 171,152b, D.Cooper 100b, D.Carroll 2x100).
It just could not be tighter at the top of the Shirley Premier League with three players Mark Henderson, Thomas Bent and Phil Thomas all having played 16 games with 47 legs for and 17 against with a total of 47 points. After 4-0 wins over Dave Fisher and Mick Bown, Henderson has won one fixture more than his rivals and takes pole position with Bent and Thomas sharing second place. Bent also had two 4-0 wins in his games against Brian Lawton and Lee Lattimer while Thomas played catch up and after a 2-2 draw with Jordan Ottley, beat Jack Barrows and Colin Geens 4-0 and rounded off the evening with a 3-1 success over Dave Fisher. Former leader Ken Hopton dropped to fourth place despite winning 3-1against Mick Bown and 4-0 against Trevor Carter to put him on the same 47 points as the three players above him but he has won fewer games. Mark Gwakchmai held on to fifth place and is only two points behind the players above him after his 4-0 wins over Gary Cleverley and Dave Barrows. The highest finish of the night went to John Smyth, a 120 game shot in his 3-1 victory over Pete Silver. There were 180’s from Gary Cleverley, Mark Henderson and John O’Sullivan. Full Results:Week 8:- Pete Silver 3 Chris Thomas jnr 1, Steve Sidwell 4 Dave Heighway 0, Mark Henderson 4 Dave Fisher 0, Gary Cleverley (180) 0 Mark Gwalchmai 4, Trevor Carter 3 Lee Lattimer 1, Brian Lawton 0 Thomas Bent 4, Mick Bown 1 Ken Hopton 3, Phil Thomas 2 Jordan Ottley 2, Chris Thomas snr 1 Antony Daly 3, Colin Geens 0 Paul Harper 4, Sean Talbot 2 John O'Sullivan (180) 2, Sam Hicks 3 Dave Barrows 1, Steve Harper 3 Tony Daly 1, John Smyth 3 Jack Barrows 1, Antony Daly 4 Derek Harper 0, Dave Fisher 1 Dave Heighway 3. Jordan Ottley 3 Sean Talbot 1, Chris Thomas jnr 2 Steve Sidwell 2, Ken Hopton 4 Trevor Carter 0, Thomas Bent 4 Lee Lattimer 0, John Smyth (120f) 3 Pete Silver 1, Brian Lawton 3 Chris Thomas snr 1, Mick Bown 0 Mark Henderson (180) 4, Phil Thomas (13 darts game) 4 Jack Barrows 0, Steve Harper 1 Gary Cleverley (17 darts game) 3, Derek Harper 1 Tony Daly 3, Paul Harper 3 John O'Sullivan 1, Colin Geens 0 Phil Thomas 4, Dave Barrows 0 Mark Gwalchmai 4, Sam Hicks 2 Sean Talbot 2, Dave Fisher 3 Steve Harper 1, Chris Thomas snr 0 Pete Silver 4, Dave Barrows 2 Brian Lawton 2, Tony Daly 3 Paul Harper 1, Trevor Carter 1 Chris Thomas jnr 3, Phil Thomas 3 Dave Fisher 1.
Chris Fox added a 6-1 success over Liam Baker and an important 4-3 win against Chris Williams in the ECC Sports and Social Club Thursday Night Champions League to give him 77 points from 18 games and the leadership in the league table. Despite hitting two maximums and losing 4-3 to Sam Aitkens second placed Andy Vellender has taken his points total to 73 as he recovered from his defeat and followed his 6-1 win over Gemma Barrett with a 4-3 win against reigning champion Michael Baker. Chris Williams is in third place on 70 points from just fifteen games. Prior to his 4-3 loss to Chris Fox he had lost by the same margin to Jordan Ward. However Williams won his third game of the night, a 6-1 victory over Sam Aitkens in which he hit a 180 and recorded a twelve darts leg. Full Results:- Gemma Barrett 2 Michael Baker 5, Chris Williams 3 Jordan Ward 4, Andy Vellender (2x180) 3 Sam Aitkens 4, Liam Baker 1 Chris Fox (180) 6, Jordan Ward 4 Michael Baker 3, Robert Pierce 3 Sam Aitkens 4, Andy Vellender (180) 6 Gemma Barrett 1, Chris Williams (180) 3 Chris Fox (180) 4, Robert Pierce 2 Liam Baker 5, Michael Baker (180) 3 Andy Vellender 4, Sam Aitkens 1 Chris Williams (180,12 darts game) 6.
With all of the domestic fixtures completed in the Brierley Hill Friday Night League the 3 A-Side Knockout has been the most recent priority and winning their way through the latest round are Delph Bell, Miners (Wollescote), Old Star (two teams), Brickmakers ‘A’, Netherton Cricket Club ‘A’, Dudley Sports and Ashwood. Full Results:3 A-Side Knockout:- Delph Bell 4 Old Star 1, Miners (Wollascote) 4 Netherton Cricket Club ‘B’ 2, Old Star 4 Netherton Cricket Club ‘B’ 0, Miners (Wollescote) 2 Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ 4, Ashwood 2 Old Star 4, Netherton Cricket Club ‘A’ 4 Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ 3, Dudley Sports 4 Netherton Cricket Club ‘A’ 3, Ashwood 4 Glasscutters 0.
Despite home advantage Ashwood were the surprise losers in the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League as the Bird (Wordsley) beat them 5-4. The win for Bird (Wordsley), who are ninth in the table, puts them level on the same 36 points as their fifth placed hosts. Brickmakers Arms made it a fantastic 29 wins in as many games when they beat Church Tavern 6-3 but despite their superb record they only have a slender two points lead over second in the table Ten Arches ‘A’ who added a 5-4 win at Bird (Stourbridge) to their account. A further four points behind in third place is Ten Arches ‘B’ who won their home tie with sixth in the table British Oak 7-2. At the other end of the table bottom placed Hare and Hounds ‘A’ took on the team just above them Kingswinford Conservative Club ‘B’, the 5-4 result going to the Conservative Club to put them two points to the good on their opponents, both teams remain in the position they were prior to the fixture. Full Results:Game 29:- Gate Hangs Well 7 Hare and Hounds ‘B’ 2, Ten Arches ‘A’ 7 British Oak 2, Ashwood 4 Bird (Wordsley) 5, Swan 3 Garibaldi 6, Hare and Hounds ‘A’ 4 Kingswinford Conservative Club ‘B’ 5, Glasscutters 4 Crestwood 5, Brickmakers Arms 6 Church Tavern 3, Kingswinford Conservative Club ‘A’ 6 Old Cat (Wordsley) 3, Stourbridge RBL 2 Britannia 7, Bird (Stourbridge) 4 Ten Arches ‘A’ 5, Hop House 8 Fox Inn (Lye) 1.
The Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League played the first round of their Rickus Cup which produced wins for Tipton Sports, Merry-Go-Round, New Talbot, Sportsman, Dewdrop ‘A’, Court House, Miners Arms and The Vine who in turn defeated Island Inn, Ivy Bush, Horseley Tavern, Hayes Social, Wonder, Dewdrop ‘B’, Waggon and Horses and Allen’s Sports Bar. Full Results:Rickus Cup:Round One:- Island Inn 3 Tipton Sports 4, Ivy Bush 2 Merry-Go-Round 5, Horseley Tavern 2 New Talbot 5, Sportsman 6 Hayes Social 1, Wonder 2 Dewdrop ‘A’ 5, Court House 4 Dewdrop ‘B’ 3, Waggon and Horses 3 Miners Arms 4, The Vine 6 Allen’s Sports Bar 1.
Highlight of the week in the Pip Club League was the maximums recorded by Emily Jones (Sports Bar ‘180’) and Rosie O’Connor (Wigginton Arms). On the league front leaders of the Main Combined Division Queens Head with 180’s from Sam Whittaker, Scott Hope and Mark Tomlinson snr took their winning run to an unbeaten ten games with an 8-1 success at the Dolphin. Queens maintain their two point’s advantage over Belgrave Sports and Social and Birchmoor Club as second placed Belgrave Sports and Social won 9-0 at home against Bulls Head and Birchmoor beat Belgrave Club 6-3. Full Results:Game 10:- Belgrave Sports and Social 9 Bulls Head 0, Dolphin 1 (Cameron Tutt 134,125,105,2x100) Queens Head 8 (Sam Whittaker 180, Scott Hope 180, Mark Tomlinson snr 180), Birchmoor Club 6 (Mark Young 15 darts game, Syd Kirkham 150f) Belgrave Club 3 (Martyn Ringrose 180), Pip Club 5 Sports Bar ‘180’ 4 (Emily Jones 180,140,125), Old Liberal House 7 (Alan Carter 180) Kettlebrook Club 2 (Keith Smith 180), Wigginton Arms 1 (Rosie O’Connor 180,139, Cliff O’Connor 180, Grant Harris 180) Dolphin Wanderers 8 (Leighton Massey 121,118, Daz Massey 156f), Gate (Amington) 2 Glascote Club 7 (Mark McCloughlin 180), Globe (Wilnecote) 5 (Paul Storton 15 darts game) Progressive Club 4 (Duncan Campbell 180, Ross Manton 138f).
Bob Nixon continues to dominate the C’s Club Double Top Wednesday Night League adding two more straight 3-0 wins over Steve Groves and Neil McCrave to take his points to a total of 60 with a lead over second placed Mitchell Mann of seven. Mann’s evening got off to a good start when he beat Richard Meigh 2-1 but then he lost 3-0 to Dan White who moves up from thirteenth to tenth in the table. Mann rounded off the evening with a 3-0 success against Charlie Kingdon to put him on 53 points, however third placed Richard Mills has only played 20 games and is just five points behind Mann. Late entrant Simon Edwards is gradually catching up on games but is sprinting up the table, his latest 2-1 win over Gary Groves and 3-0 wins against Richard Hopkins and Steve Groves have taken him into fourth place on an unbeaten 45 points from 16 games, certainly a name to watch. A special mention for Melissa Beale this week as she chalked up her second win in in twenty games. Her 2-1 success over Connor Marshall has lifted her up one place in the table and is now two off the foot of the table. Full Results:Week 12:- Richard Meigh 1 Mitchell Mann 2, Chris Cooke 1 Mick Noonan 2, Dave Field 1 Jay Pitts 2, Chris Meigh 0 Dan White 3, Charlie Kingdon 1 Jamie Carter 2, Ryan Beale 2 Steve Beale 1, Keith Geary 0 Richard Mills 3, Luke Beale 0 Phil Ashford 3, Neil McCrave 0 Richard Mills 3, Connor Marshall 1 Pete Kingdon 2, Jay Meigh 2 Melissa Beale 1, Sean Healy 2 Frank Dixon 1, Wayne Cooper 2 Gordon Clinton 1, Brian Anderton 1 Gavin Davidson 2, Gary Groves 1 Simon Edwards 2, Jack Sidwell 1 Richard Hopkins 2, Bob Nixon 3 Steve Groves 0, Louise Beale 0 Lee Walker 3, Gary Groves 3 Jamie Carter 0, Phil Ashford (180) 3 Brian Anderton 0, Lee Walker 2 Jay Pitts 1, Mitchell Mann 0 Dan White 3, Charlie Kingdon 1 Mitchell Mann 2, Chris Meigh 0 Chris Cooke 3, Richard Meigh 2 Louise Beale 1, Melissa Beale 2 Connor Marshall 1, Gordon Clinton 1 Frank Dixon 2, Simon Edwards 3 Richard Hopkins 0, Pete Kingdon 1 Wayne Cooper 2, Steve Groves 0 Simon Edwards 3, Dan White 2 Richard Hopkins 1, Dave Field 2 Jay Meigh 1, Wayne Cooper 3 Luke Beale 0, Ryan Beale 0 Gavin Davidson 3, Bob Nixon (180) 3 Neil McCrave 0, Jack Sidwell 1 Sean Healy 2, Richard Mills 3 Steve Beale 0, Mick Noonan 2 Keith Geary 1.
With the Christmas and New Year breaks the Sedgley and Gornal Tuesday Night League have not played any league fixtures, they have however played the first round of two of their the cups, the Team Knockout and Team Trophy. In the former there were wins for Gornal Labour Club, Old Bulls Head and Pensnett Liberal Club who in turn defeated Five Ways, Gornal British Legion, and Coseley Tavern with Netherton Cricket Club having a bye. Winners in the Team Trophy were White Lion, Chainyard and Red Cow at the expense of respective opponents Meadow Lark, New Inn and Jolly Crispin, Hilly House had a bye. The semi-finals for both competitions will be played on the 15th January with the finals on the following week the 22nd. Full Results:Team Knockout:Round One:- Gornal Labour Club 5 Five Ways 4, Old Bulls Head 8 Gornal British Legion 1, Pensnett Liberal Club 5 Coseley Tavern 4, Netherton Cricket Club had a bye, Team Trophy:Round One:- White Lion 8 Meadow Lark 1, New Inn 4 Chainyard 5, Red Cow 5 Jolly Crispin 4, Hilly House had a bye.
Seventeen points is the lead Allen’s Sports Bar ‘A’ have at the top of the West Midlands Men’s Super League after adding a 4-1 win over their ‘C’ team to their tally. The leaders have now played and won all twenty of their fixtures and lead both second and third placed Woodside Inn and Yeltz Bar, who are both on 109 points after Woodside beat Allen’s Sports Bar ‘B’ 4-1 and Yeltz had a closer 4-3 success at Cabin. Full Results:Week 20:- Allen’s Sports Bar ‘A’ 4 Allen’s Sports Bar ‘C’ 1 (A.Edgar 4 D.Oakes 3, D.Nicholls 4 M.Coleman 3, A.Jacques 1 S.Jones 4, M.Tedstone 4 P.Harrison 1, N.Fullwell 4 T.Edwards 2), Staffordshire Knot 3 Hill and Cakemore 2, Horse and Jockey 2 Bridgtown Social 3 (D.Owen 4 S.Hickman 3, A.Howells 3 L.Hodgkiss 4, S.Hartsopp 1 P.Wyse 4, I.Shaughnessey 0 N.Pointon 4, M.Price 4 D.Coyle 2), The Victoria 2 Landywood 3 (L.Venes 3 G.McGrandle 4, B.Hollowood 4 G.Watts 1, P.Smith 4 S.Carroll 1, J.Blakemore 1 M.Dennant 4, A.Hateley 0 S.Guest 4), Cabin 2 Yeltz Bar 3 (J.Simms 3 D.Redding 4, S.Price 4 S.Gillam 1, I.Hebberts 2 P.Wells 4, J.Webb 4 J.Lowe 3, S.Hall 1 I.Townsend 4), The Crown 1 Gilberts Bar 4 (S.Hill 3 C.Hill 4, L.Jones 1 J.Morris 4, K.Harrison 3 J.Evans 4, C.Newton 2 G.Rollinson 4, M.Greenwood 4 M.Angell 1), Allen’s Sports Bar ‘B’ 1 Woodside Inn 4 (S.Tyler 1 J.Rollinson 4, S.Hughes 1 R.Colley 4, C.Hickman 4 M.Moore 0, D.Woolley 0 L.Kelly 4, D.Bull 1 M.Rollinson 4), Colebatch’s 0 Allen’s Sports Bar ‘D’ 5 (S.Clarke 1 O.Maiden 4, M.Franks 0 D.Thorpe 4, L.Baker 0 L.Marson 4, C.Cook 1 M.Baker 4, G.Walsh 0 D.Stewart 4).
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