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A West Midlands Round Up By Alan Towe

Warwickshire County Darts Organisation will be playing their final game of the season in the Premier Division of the BDO Inter County Championships this coming weekend a home tie against Northamptonshire at the Bishopsgate Club, Foleshill Road, Coventry, CV1 4JJ. They will be hoping for a big win to lift them a little higher than their current fifth position in the table and with their opponents dangerously close to the relegation zone that may not be too easy a task as they will be fighting to ensure survival. The home side with just one win, one draw and one defeat from their three previous home games this season will also be looking to better that statistic.

Bringing the curtain down on the season will be Men’s ‘A’:- Steve Giddings, Charlie Symons, Ian McFarlane, Nigel Heydon, Kevin Dowling, Noel Grant, Dean Stewart, Antony Allen, Tom Aldridge, Ian Shaw, Steve Hine, Jamie Atkins, Men’s ‘B’:- Simon Fairbrother, Rob Comben, Gareth Braham, Dave Hill, Tom Martin, James Hykin, Mark Carter, Mark Strong, Adam Paxton, Carl Green, Karl Reynolds, Jack Wareing, Reserves:- Tom McGlone, Luke Kennedy, Tom Ryan, Jamie Hughes, Ted Evetts, Prakash Jiwa, Women’s ‘A’:- Wendy Adams, Sue Gulliver, Angela Jones, Natalie Gilbert, Caroline Pike, Donna Pinch, Women’s ‘B’:- Kat Spanswick, Nina Bolt, Chloe McKivett, Helen Rigg, Melanie Jones, Marian Conway, Reserves:- Vicki Cross, Denise Keyte, Lucy Keyte.


The Shirley Legion Double Top League staged the latest of their singles knockouts in which Mark Henderson, for the second consecutive week reached the final. In the opening two rounds he won 3-0 against Dave Heighway and Mick Bown. He then progressed to the semis with a 3-1 success over Craig Clarke and booked his final place with a close 3-2 win over Chris Thomas.

From the other half of the draw Jordan Ottley made the final for the first time with a bye in round one, a 3-2 win over Jack Barrows followed by a 3-1 victory against Steve Harper and then in a close 3-2 semi-final beat Sam Hicks.

Mark ran out the 3-1 winner in the final to make two successive wins in as many weeks.

Full Results:Singles Knockout:Round One:- Amanda Doherty 1 Jaime Whitton 3, John O’Sullivan 3 Lee Holtham 0, Dave Heighway 0 Mark Henderson 3, Jack Barriws 3 Sean Talbot (180) 1, Sam Hicks (120b,160b) 3 Gary Cleverley (120b) 1, Round Two:- Jack Barrows 2 Jordan Ottley 3, John Smyth 3 Ken Hopton 2, Dave Barrows 0 Craig Clarke 3, Mick Bown 0 Mark Henderson 3, John O’Sullivan 3 Dan Farr 0, Jaime Whitton (140b,9 darts game) 1 Steve Harper 3, Sam Hicks 3 Ravi Saggo 0, Chris Thomas 3 Colin Geens 1, Quarter Finals:- Steve Harper 1 Jordan Ottley 3, Chris Thomas 3 John Smyth (10 darts game) 2, John O’Sullivan (169b,137b) 2 Sam Hicks 3, Craig Clarke 1 Mark Henderson 3, Semi-Finals:- Sam Hicks 2 Jordan Ottley 3, Chris Thomas 2 Mark Henderson 3, Final:- Jordan Ottley 1 Mark Henderson 3.


A 6-1 win at Northfield took Avenue Social another step nearer the Kings Norton League title as after playing 23 fixtures they have a total of 44 points, two more than second placed Rubery RBL who have played one game more than Avenue. Rubery’s latest fixture saw them also win 6-1 playing away to Dingle. With games now running out it does look as though the top two places will be filled by the current top two teams with Avenue certainly looking to finish as champions with Rubery runners-up.

There was a rare win for next to bottom of the table Kings Heath whose 4-3 win over Bournbrook was only their fifth win in 23 games.

Full Results:Game 25:- Northfield 1 (G.Corbett 100,127, P.Cahill 3×100,125, B.Simkiss 100, J.Wakefield 121, T.Cahill 100,140) Avenue Social 6 (E.Simpson 2×100,114,140, G.Dews 100, S.Pasetti 3×100, V.Gould 3×100, R.Mann 100,125, A.Hykin 100,128,140,180), Kings Heath 4 (D.Parish 121, N.Pearse 135, J.Desai 100, M.Marshall 100) Bournbrook 3 (T.Jeffs 100, T.Cullen 100,121,2×140, R.Chambers101 115, D.Collins 2×100, C.Ryan 100), Cock Inn 1 (L.Caven 134,2×140, M.Naylor 100,123, M.Malone 100, L.Fox 2×100,125,140, A.Vaughan 3×100, Joe Fox 121 , K.Vaughan 140) Thurlestone 6 (J.Downer 2×100,140, N.Watts 2×100, T.Hill 100,121, R.Hosey 100,180, C.Micklewright 121,2×140, P.Andrews 117,133, R.Hosey 180), Dingle 1 (G.Bailles 110f, A.Bailles 100, A.Faulkner 135, M.Ferriday 140) Rubery RBL 6 (J.Higgins 2×100,101, J.O’Neill 3×100, B.Heath 2×100,140, J.Ford 100, R.Higgins 125,140, J.Grainger 100,114, I.Medlicott 2×100,125,140, N.Pierce 100), Weoley Hill 4 (H.Taylor 100,121, M.Lloyd 100,140, L.Allen 2×100, J.Taylor 3×100, G.Webb 100,125) Grant Arms 3 (P.Taylor 2×100,123,124,135, M.Ellis 132, S.Hale 102, Donna Campbell 3×100,125), West Heath 3 (S.Deeley 100,134, T.Shipley 100,140, A.Sutton 2×100,121,137, T.Corbett 100,140, K.Hall 5×100) E57 4 (E.Bird 2×100,106f,180, D.Logan 129, N.Porter 100,140, T.Roberts 100,125,133, S.Nolan 2×100,140, A.Mutch 2×100,125), Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club 3 (T.Shaw 111, C.Davenport 100, M.Bandy 140, K.Gater 100,140, P.Corbett 120) Harborne 4 (M.Lacey 100, M.Harding 100,121,137, S.Sheriden 100,140, A.Poolton 100,123, M.Poolton 3×100, D.Hopkins 135,140,18 darts game).


East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association have only lost one of their 23 games in the Small Heath League and have just two more to play, however their 7-2 win over Cob’s Bar in their most recent fixture almost guarantees them the title as they are two points to the good on second placed Heartlands Club with a game in hand. Heartlands had an 8-1 win over Emerald Club but for them to take the title off E.H.A.B.A. they would have to have a big win in their final game and their rivals would have to lose both of theirs by a huge margin.

Full Results:Week 26:- East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association 7 (L.Robinson 180,125,160b, C.Wyatt 180,140, N.Parsonage 2×100,107,114,103f, N.Davis 133, P.Webster 3×100,140, T.White 100b,100,140, M.Cooper 2×140) Cob’s Bar 2 (M.Turner 2×140, A.Lattimer 2×100,140, D.Shakespeare 2×100,140,135), Wagon and Horses 2 (P.Muller 140, M.Looby 100, A.Pearson 100, A.Cheshire 100) Sheldon Marlborough Arrows 7 (M.O’Sullivan 111b,2×100,140, J.Phipps 140, D.Brown 2×100), Heartlands Club 8 (D.Bond 125,130b,112f, I.Jones 100, Jim Frost 119, C.Austin 100, A.Downes 122, S.McCormack 120b,137,100, G.McCormack 100,118, M.Cain 100 John Frost 106f) Emerald Club 1 (A.Fisher 100,121, J.Fisher 100, D.Willis 122).


Three teams Bears, Lodge and Dunky’s Boys took their undefeated run to four games in the Shirley and District Monday Night League. Bears and Lodge share the top spot level on points and average after in turn winning 5-4 against Lions and 7-2 at Plume of Feathers. Dunky’s in third place are just one leg of average behind the top two after they won 8-1 against Saracens Misfits.

Four teams Legion Flights, Wharf, Highwood and Saracens Misfits are just two points behind the leading trio.

Full Results:Week 4:- Bears 5 Lion 4, Cider House (John McArdle 180) 5 Saracens Jesters 4, Legion Flights 8 Sharmans Cross 1, The Highwood 8 HSDT 1, Plume of Feathers (Robin Poole 116f) 2 The Lodge 7, Legion Royals 4 The Bluebell 5, Dunky’s Boys (Andy Hutchings 2×180,15 darts game, Bob Nixon 180,120f, Pete Yardley 180) 8 Saracens Misfits (Mark Henderson 100f,17 darts game,152b) 1, The Wharf 6 The Short Shafts (Trevor Carter 100f) 3, Shirley Spartac had a bye.


There were just a couple of rearranged fixtures played this week in the Camp Hill League which saw White Swan Nomads move up into second place in the table just two points and one leg of average short of leaders Roost Rebels following their 6-1 win over Station Wagon.

In the other game played Wagon and Horses won 4-3 against Sedgemere Devil’s Club to draw level on four points with their opponents but after playing two games more than them.

Full Results:Rearranged Fixtures:- Wagon and Horses 4 Sedgemere Devil’s Club 3, White Swan Nomads 6 Station Wagon 1.


It was top versus bottom in the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League with leaders Brickmakers Arms securing the league title with an 8-1 win over Hare and Hounds ‘A’. The win gives Brickmakers a total of 80 points and a lead of eight points over second and third placed teams Ten Arches ‘A’ and Ten Arches ‘B’. Ten Arches ‘A’ had a close 5-4 home win over Bird (Wordsley) who are eighth in the table while their ‘B’ side had a more convincing 8-1 success away to ninth in the table Bird (Stourbridge).

Full Results:Game 40:- Hare and Hounds ‘B’ 3 Glasscutters 6, Brickmakers Arms 8 Hare and Hounds ‘A’ 1, Kingswinford Conservative Club 5 Swan 4, Stourbridge RBL 2 Ashwood 7, Bird (Stourbridge) 1 Ten Arches ‘B’ 8, Fox Inn (Lye) 2 British Oak 2, Ten Arches ‘A’ 5 Bird (Wordsley) 4, Britannia 5 Garibaldi 4, Old Cat (Wordsley) 6 Kingswinford Conservative Club ‘B’ 3, Church Tavern 7 Crestwood 2.


The Silver End Sunday Morning League had the first leg of the first round of their Team Knockout on the agenda which produced a few somewhat surprising results. League leaders Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club are undefeated in eight in the league but went down 6-2 at Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ who are eighth in the table. Fourth placed Glasscutters ‘B’ handed out a 5-3 defeat to second in the table Woodside ‘A’ and there was a 5-3 win for bottom placed High Acres over Bell, High Acres without a win in the league so far.

Other teams to carry a lead into the second leg are Dudley Sports, Brickmakers Arms ‘B’, Glasscutters ‘A’, Old Star and High Oak.

Full Results:Team Knockout:Round One First Leg:- Dudley Sports 6 New Talbot 2, Kings Head ‘A’ 2 Brickmakers Arms ‘B’ 6, Woodside ‘B’ 0 Glasscutters ‘A’ 8, Old Star 8 Kings Head ‘B’ 0, High Oak 5 Three Crowns 3, Bell 3 High Acres 5, Glasscutters ‘B’ 5 Woodside ‘A’ 3, Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ 6 Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 2.


A 6-3 win for High Oak at Portway has seen them stay top of the Brierley Hill Monday Night League table but only by one leg of average over Roebuck whose 9-0 success over Fox and Grapes puts them level on points with High Oak and sees them take over the number two spot from Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ after they suffered a surprising 5-4 home defeat at the hands of Dudley Sports ‘A’ who move up one place in the table to fifth while the Ex Serviceman’s Club drop one to third now two points behind the leading duo.

Full Results:Week 13:- Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ 4 Dudley Sports ‘A’ 5, Brickmakers Arms 5 Bull and Bladder 4, Portway 3 High Oak 6, Rose and Crown 5 Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘B’ 4, Dudley Sports ‘B’ 8 Limes Club 1, Delph Bell 8 Wombourne Pool Bar 1, Mount Pleasant 6 Swan 3, Roebuck 9 Fox and Grapes 0, Lamp Tavern 6 King William, 3.


Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club held on to their six points lead at the top of the Netherton Thursday Night League with a 6-3 win over Townsend Social Club while their nearest rivals Riddins Tavern had an 8-1 result at White Horse to stay three points ahead of Bulls Head who have a game in hand.

Netherton Conservative Club made it two wins in nine games with their fine 6-3 success against Fairfield.

Full Results:Game 9:- White Horse 1 Riddins Tavern 8, Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 6 Townsend Social Club 3, Netherton Conservative Club 6 Fairfield 3.


All of the winners in week thirteen of the Rowley Monday Night League were against teams below them in the table. The top three teams Bell, George and Cradley Sports and Social Club all won 6-3. Bell with a fine performance from Trevor Brennan, who had a 160 break and hit a 180 won at Wonder, while George with a maximum from Mathew Tedstone accounted for Cottage, Cradley Sports and Social Club beat Hare and Hounds. Bell top the table with 26 points and lead George and the Sports and Social Club by four points.

Full Results:Week 13:- Ivy Bush 5 Loyal Lodge 4, Three Diamonds 7 Bulls Head 2 (Connor Allen 152b), Wonder 3 Bell 6 (Trev Brennan 160b,180), Tividale FC 6 Ex Serviceman’s ‘B’ 3, Ex Serviceman’s ‘A’ 5 Spring Meadow 4, Cradley Sports and Social 6 Hare and Hounds 3, Windmills End 3 Cottage 6, Fairfield 3 George 6 (Mathew Tedstone 180).


An 8-1 win for Old Bulls Head against Jolly Crispin in the Sedgley and Gornal Tuesday Night League took them another step nearer the league title as one more win from the remaining two games will clinch it for them. Currently Old Bulls Head with 44 points are only two ahead of Gornal Labour Club after their 6-3 win at Chainyard, however in addition to being two points adrift the Labour Club are also well behind the leaders on average. With an eight points advantage over third placed Coseley Tavern Gornal Labour will at the worst take the runners-up prize.

Full Results:Week 24:- White Lion 6 Meadow Lark 3, Gornal British Legion 8 Red Cow 1, Coseley Tavern 5 Five Ways 4, Pensnett Liberal Club 8 New Inn 1, Hilly House 3 Netherton Cricket Club 6, Old Bulls Head 8 Jolly Crispin 1, Chainyard 3 Gornal Labour Club 6.


Leaders of the Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League The Vine had a bye this week but nevertheless held on to pole position with 20 points from 11 games. Three of the other top six teams all lost to teams below them in the table, however that was not the case for second placed Tipton Sports who had a 6-1 win away to Court House to remain the only team in the league with an undefeated record and put them on the same points as Vine with a game in hand.

Miners Arms slipped one place to fourth after losing 6-1 to Ivy Bush, Dewdrop ‘A’ replacing them in third place with a 5-2 win over Wonder. Sportsman dropped one place to sixth following their 4-3 defeat at Merry-Go-Round and Island Inn who were sixth drop to eighth after a 6-1 setback at Dewdrop ‘B’.

Full Results:Game 12:- Dewdrop ‘B’ 6 Island Inn 1, Miners Arms 1 (M.Collins 160b) Ivy Bush 6, Merry-Go-Round 4 Sportsman 3, Waggon and Horses 6 (Ant Pitts 180) New Talbot 1, Wonder 2 (L.Maskell 180) Dewdrop ‘A’ 5, Hayes Social 3 Horseley Tavern 4, Court House 1 Tipton Sports 6, The Vine had a bye.


After playing their opening 18 games in the Main Division of the Pip Club League Bombay Bob’s Boys remain unbeaten, their latest fixture against Glascote Club seeing them win 8-1 to take them to a perfect 36 points. Second in the table Belgrave Sports and Social Club drew level on points with Bombay after handing out a 9-0 whitewash to their hosts Kettlebrook Club but they have now played 19 games, one more than Bombay.

In the Seeded Division One section Bombay head the division with 20 points, four ahead of Belgrave Sports and Social who have a game in hand. In the Seeded Division Two section Globe (Wilnecote) lead the field with 16 points two to the good on their nearest rivals Pip Club.

Full Results:Game 20:- Kettlebrook Club 0 (Jeannette Blount 134) Belgrave Sports and Social Club 9 (Gaz Podmore 180, Steve Taft 15 darts game), Wigginton Arms 6 (Rosie O’Connor 3×100) Dolphin 3, Old Liberal House 2 Birchmor Club 7 (Mark Young 180), Dolphin Wanderers 6 (Leighton Massey 100) Pip Club 3, Bombay Bob’s Boys 8 (Sam Whittaker 180,117f,15 darts game Glascote Club 1 (Dylan McCloughlin 100), Belgrave Club 9 Gate (Amington) 0, Sports Bar ’180’ 6 (Emily Jones 140,2×100, Heather Jones 133) Globe (Wilnecote) 3.


The Henley and District Winter League has completed all of its domestic fixtures, it’s been a very successful season with Studley Cricket Club winning all of their fourteen games. The Cricket Club finished six points ahead of runners-up Studley Conservative Club who for most of the campaign were hot on the heels of the champions but then faltered in the final run-in.

On the individual scene Kevin James (Studley Cricket Club) was the Players League Champion, while his team mates Dale Evans and Roger Allbut in turn won the most 180’s and highest break. The highest finish went to Alan Marsh (Wootton Bears) and the most tons was recorded by Dean Harris (Studley Conservative Club).

Full Results:Game 14:- Wootton Bears 4 Studley Cricket Club 5, Wythall RBL 7 Village Inn 2, Dorridge 5 Beausale 4, Studley Conservative Club 9 Wythall Legion.


The Royal, Albrighton staged the latest of their knockouts the Royal Easter Knockout which saw Connor Jeffs (Selsey) collect the winners £100. Jeffs won the final against Sam Guest (Wednesfield) 6-2 with Guest receiving £50.

In the last four games Jeffs beat Steve Richie (Shifnal) 5-3 and Guest won 5-4 against Mark Lloyd (Wednesfield), both losing semi-finalists picked up £15.


Congratulations go to the Allen’s Sports Bar ‘A’ side of Iain Mathers, Scott Baker, Dan Nicholls, Nick Fullwell, Adam Edgar, Alfie Jacques, Mat Tedstone, Matt Dicken, Ash Hykin, James Hykin and Lewis Law who with three more games to go in the West Midlands Men’s Super League are confirmed champions. The latest 5-0 win at Cabin secured the title giving them an unassailable 190 points with second placed Woodside on 168 after adding their awarded 5-0 win over Cradley Sports and Social. The runners-up position is left to fight for with third placed Yeltz Bar only two points behind Woodside.

Full Results:Game 31:- Staffordshire Knot 2 The Victoria 3, Cabin 0 Allen’s Sports Bar ‘A’ 5 (J.Webb 0 D.Nicholls 4, J.Simms 1 N.Fullwell 4, S.Hall 3 L.Law 4, S.Price 3 S.Baker 4, I.Hebberts 2 A.Edgar 4), The Crown 3 Allen’s Sports Bar ‘C’ 2 (M.Greenwood 4 S.Jones 3, G.Johnston 3 M.Coleman 4, A.Wakeman 1 D.Oakes 4, L.Jones 4 N.Whitehouse 3, K.Harrison 4 P.Harrison 2), Allen’s Sports Bar ‘B’ 3 Hill and Cakemore 2 (R.Fathers 3 P.O’Brien 4, D.Bull 4 J.Orchard 2, C.Hickman 4 K.Wright 2, S.Tyler 3 J.Bunn 4, T.Baker 4 A.Bomber 1), Allen’s Sports Bar ‘D’ 3 Bridgtown Social 2 (L.Marson 4 P.Craddock 0, O.Maiden 4 A.Simmons 1, D.Stewart 4 L.Hodgkiss 1, M.Baker 1 P.Wyse 4, D.Thorpe 3 M.Craddock 4), Woodside Inn 5 Cradley Sports 0 (walkover), Gilberts Bar 1 Landywood 4, G.Rollinson 1 G.McGrandle 4, J.Evans 1 S.Carroll 4, M.Angell 0 M.Dennant 4, C.Hill 1 J.Hughes 4, J.Morris 4 S.Guest 3), King Arthur 2 Horse and Jockey 3 (T.Brennan 4 K.Ford 0, P.Coats 2 I.Shaughnessey 4, L.Bowen 1 A.Howells 4, L.Hackett 1 B.Robbins 4, C.Whitehouse 4 D.Owen 2), Yeltz Bar 5 Gunners Club 0 (P.Wells 4 C.Cook 0, I.Townsend 4 S.Pryce 0, S.Gillam 4 L.Baker 3, D.Redding 4 G.Walsh 0, J.Lowe 4 S.Clark 2).


Riley’s ‘C’ and Railway took their undefeated run to seven games in the Singles Division of the Wolverhampton Tuesday Night League, Riley’s winning 5-2 against Red Lion (Wednesfield) and Railway handing their visitors Riley’s ‘A’ a 7-0 whitewash. The leading two teams are two points ahead of third placed Bull who have played one game more than them.

The same two teams Railway and Riley’s ‘C’ head the Doubles Division, both teams have 12 points and exactly the same average.

Full Results:Game 8:Singles Division:- Mount Tavern 5 Royal, Albrighton 2, Pendulum 1 Jones Road 6, Penn Bowling 3 Wednesfield Conservative Club 4, Railway 7 Riley’s ‘A’ 0, Riley’s ’C’ 5 Red Lion (Wednesfield) 2, Village Inn 3 Gilberts Bar 4, Yale Club 2 Bull 5, Doubles Division:- Mount Tavern 1 Royal, Albrighton 2, Pendulum 0 Jones Road 3, Penn Bowling 1 Wednesfield Conservative Club 2, Railway 3 Riley’s ‘A’ 0, Riley’s ’C’ 3 Red Lion (Wednesfield) 0, Village Inn 2 Gilberts Bar 1, Yale Club 2 Bull 1, Dog and Partridge and Wednesfield Legion had a bye.


By Alan Towe
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