Fullwell Leads Newly Christened Amblecote RBL Premier League

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The former Ashwood Premier League have now set up as the Amblecote RBL Premier League and, after ending their last campaign with thirty-one, have got their new season underway with an increased number of forty players.

After week one leading the field, where he left off last season, is Nick Fullwell. Thr PDC Tour Card holder began his campaign with a 6-1 win over newcomer Ryan Green then made it two wins with a straight 7-0 success over another new face in the league Howard Pritchard, to give him a total of thirteen points.

Currently second in the league is Reece Colley, who like Fullwell had an opening 6-1 win as he accounted for Joe Poole and then by the same 6-1 margin beat Cayden Smith to leave him one point short of Fullwell.

Other players to kick-off with two wins on opening night were Chris Williams, Ben Watts, Jake Shipley, Jamie Barrowman, Carl Hipkiss, Ian Townsend, Andy Vellender and Dave Simpson.

Full Results: Week 1: Reece Colley 6 Joe Poole 1, Andy Vellender 4 Jack Pritchard 3, Gavin Smith 7 Mitch Pickett 0, Ben Watts 6 Matt Halliday 1, Jamie Barrowman 6 Shane Passey 1, Rob Pierce 6 Wozza Pritchard 1, Carl Hipkiss 5 Howard Pritchard 2, Ian Townsend 6 Sam Page 1, Shane Sheridan 6 Craig Lowin 1, Dave Simpson 5 Michael Harding 2, Neil Murphy 5 Mark Nassralla 2, Jake Shipley 4 Martyn Harper 3, John Green 6 Aaron Colley 1, Carl Hipkiss 5 Tony Bennett 2, Chris Williams 4 Josh Wheeler 3, Jayden Harper 4 Jake Robinson 3, Cayden Smith 7 Stephen Cartwright 0, Nick Fullwell 6 Ryan Green 1, Matt Davies 7 Tony Bennett 0, Jamie Barrowman 4 Shane Sheridan 3, Dave Simpson 4 John Green 3, Shane Passey 4 Jayden Harper 3, Ian Townsend 4 Gavin Smith 3, Mitch Pickett 6 Matt Halliday 1, Reece Colley 6 Cayden Smith 1, Jack Pritchard 5 Craig Lowin 2, Sam Page 5 Wozza Pritchard 2, Andy Vellender 5 Rob Pierce 2, Jake Shipley 6 Mark Nassralla 1, Martyn Harper 7 Matt Davies 0, Michael Harding 5 Ryan Green 2, Ben Watts 5 Neil Murphy 2, Nick Fullwell 7 Howard Pritchard 0, Aaron Colley 5 Josh Wheeler 2, Chris Williams 7 Stephen Cartwright 0, Jake Robinson 6 Joe Poole 1.


It was cup final week in the Kings Norton League, first the League Cup in which league runners-up Copper Fox lifted the winners silverware with a 5-2 victory over Rubery Social Club who finished the season in fourth place, ten points short of their opponents and league champions Northfield. For the winners E.Simpson, in addition to hitting four scores of a hundred also notches a maximum.

League champions Northfield made it a superb double by wining the Consolation Cup. A convincing final 6-1 win over Coppice who ended their season in the league in eighth position. Top scorer for Northfield was L. Allen who had scores of 2×100 and 140 together with a 103 checkout.

Full Results: League Cup: Final: Rubery Social Club 2 (J.Grainger 125, J.Higgins 2×140, K.Manger 2×100, M.Cormell 100,122, J.Ford 100, J.O’Neill 3×100,140) Copper Fox 5 (E.Simpson 4×100,180, D.Marsh 2×100, A.Beagrie 3×100,123, G.Dews 100f,140, T.Hamilton 100,125, R.Mann 100,134), Consolation Cup:- Northfield 6 (R.Hitchmough 123,140, L.Allen 2×100,103f,140, A.Busby 120, M.Lloyd 3×100,125, S.Busby 100, R.Broadhurst 100, M.Hopkins 100,101) Coppice 1 (B.Heath 3×100, A.Chidley 2×100,125, A.Aindow 116, R.Packer 121, M.Mooney 125).


With only two more fixtures to play in the Harborne and District League and a 9-0 win in game sixteen, Northfield Conservative Club have one hand already on the winner’s silverware. By handing their visitors, next to bottom of the table The Mill a 9-0 whitewash the Conservative Club now have a four points advantage over second placed Smethwick Cricket Club whose 8-1 win at bottom of the table Avenue Social also left them trailing the leaders by four legs of average. Third placed Copper Fox ‘R’ were also 9-0 winners as they swept aside the challenge of their hosts Quinton RBL to keep within two points of Smethwick Cricket Club.    

It was a week of high scores as there were no less than eight 180s recorded. Chalking up the maximums were A.Williams (Avenue Social), V.Gould (Smethwick Cricket Club), R.Hosey, A.Sutton, D.Hill (Northfield Conservative Club), D.Davy (The Mill), D.Marsh (Copper Fox ‘R’) and M.Bolton (Weoley Castle WMC).

Full Results: Game 16: Avenue Social 1 (C.Morgan 100, M.Gilliland 2×100, A.Williams 100,180) Smethwick Cricket Club 8 (A.Bomber 100,140, M.Collins 121,132,135, V.Gould 100,140,180, M.Smith 2×100, S.Bond 106), Northfield Conservative Club 9 (R.Hosey 100,135,140,180, T.Shipley 100,140, A.Sutton 100,121,135,140,180, D.Hill 2×100,125,2×140,180, S.Jones 4×100,121,123,18 darts game, C.Airey 101,119, W.Marshall 2×100) The Mill 0 (D.Davy 100,180, J.Goulding 2×100,140,18 darts game, T.Goulding 100, A.Gough 100), Quinton RBL 0 (D.McConomy 3×100,134, D.Windsor 140) Copper Fox ‘R’ 9 (E.Simpson 3×140, M.Hamilton 121,122, J.Hykin 2×100,135,140, N.Porter 100,125, T.Hamilton 100,102,121,125,140, D.Marsh 100,121,180, T.Hykin 100), Weoley Castle WMC 4 (S.Joyce 2×100, S.Pasetti 125,140, M.Bolton 2×100,180, D.Cornwell 100,105, M.Warr 100, A.Coombes 140, S.Tyler 100) Cock Inn 5 (L.Fox 2×100,120, A.Vaughan 100,120, Joe Fox 2×100, John Fox 3×100), Copper Fox ‘M’ 4 (J.Downer 140, K.Jukes 2×100, G.Dews 3×100, J.Loughran 138, M.Davies 100,121,120) Northfield Town 5 (A.Busby 100,114, R.Needham 100, M.Hopkins 140, A.Faulkner 3×100,140, N.Procter 119, A.Busby 127f).


With nine darts games from both Paul Nixon and Richard Nixon plus the 5-4 win in their local derby away to Langley Flights, Langley Arrows remain top of the premier league in the Sheldon and District Winter League taking their unbeaten run to five games and keeping intact their two points lead on second placed Sheldon Marlborough Arrows who won their home game with Sheldon Dukes 6-3. With Raven Arrows having a bye this week they surrendered their third placing to Banbury Club who won 7-2 at Yardley Ex Colts.  

A 5-4 home win over Maggies for Brian’s Flights, which included a nine darts game from Daniel White, was not enough for the winners to hold on to pole position in division one as their nearest rivals Trident Spears won 7-2 at Iron Horse Rebels to put them level on eight points with Flights but with a slight one leg of average advantage. Third in the division Hollywood Social Club are also on eight points but from one more game than the two teams above them, their latest fixture seeing them win 6-3 at Kingshurst Labour Club with the help of a super 158 finish by their Tony Colley. Danny Chiswell (Bell Inn) hit the only maximum of the night in his team’s 5-4 win at home against Smithswood Social Club.

In division two leaders Hornet suffered their first defeat in five as they went down 5-4 at home to second in the division Sheldon Marlborough Ridge who are now level on eight points with Hornet and have a game in hand on them. Castle Bromwich WMC and Lyndon Old Boys are respectively third and fourth in the division and are both two points off the top with a game in hand the WMC won 6-3 at College Arms Flights while the Old Boys had a closer 5-4 win at Sheldon Marlborough Flights.

Full Results: Week 5:Premier League:- Sheldon Marlborough Arrows 6 Sheldon Dukes 3, The Dingle 4 Highwood 5 (Dave Cherry 160f), Langley Flights 4 Langley Arrows 5 (Paul Nixon 9 darts game, Richard Nixon 9 darts game), Yardley Ex Colts 2 The Banbury Club 7, Raven Arrows had a bye,

Division One:- Kingshurst Labour Club 3 Hollywood Social Club 6 (Tony Colley 158f), Brian’s Flights 5 (Daniel White 9 darts game) Maggies 4, Shirley Misfits 1 Willclare Sports and Social 8, Iron Horse Rebels 2 Trident Spears 7, The Bell Inn 5 (Danny Chiswell 180) Smithswood Social Club 4,

Division Two:- Sheldon Marlborough Flights 4 Lyndon Old Boys 5, The College Arms Flights 3 Castle Bromwich WMC 6, The Hornet 4 Sheldon Marlborough Ridge 5, The Raven v Moseley Rugby Club was a late result.


Week two in the South West Birmingham Clubs Winter League and Longbridge United’s 7-1 win at Quarry Club sees them hold on to the number one spot in the singles division with a perfect four points from their opening two games while their opponents drop from third to eighth in the table. Northfield Town remain second despite being held to a 4-4 draw at home by Bartley Green FC, A.Chidley having to scores of 160 and 180 for Northfield who are on three points, the same number as their two nearest rivals Stirchley United and West Heath CEM who in turn had results of a 5-3 win over E57 and a 4-4 draw with Bournbrook. It was a good week for Moseley All Services Club as their 5-3 home win over Perfection saw them move off the bottom of the table and up three places with their opponents replacing them at the foot of the table.

Longbridge United may have held on to the singles division lead but have been knocked off the top of the pre-match doubles division by West Heath CEM who are on twenty-five points, one more than Longbridge who drop to second place.

Full Results: Game 2:- West Heath CEM 4 (K.Bedder 101. N.Watts 140,102, A.Deeley 123,100, A.Savage 100, K.Webb 140) Bournbrook 4 (D.Collins 100,134, P.Nevin 2×100, C.Smith 100,138f,9 darts game, R.Chambers 112, J.Warman 136b,140), Stirchley United 5 (M.Cormell 2×100, K.White 125, C.Ryan 131, M.Welsh 100, M.Heath 100) E57 3 (C.O’Hara 119, R.Butcher 123, J.Butcher 138), Quarry Club 1 (N.Husrt 110b, K.Vaughan 122, L.Fox 139, C.Evans 107b, L.Fox 180) Longbridge United 7 (S.Jones 100,135, A.Sutton 100,123,140, C.Eacock 100,107,114f, T.Shipley 100, C.Steadman 2×100,140,100b), Northfield Town 4 (S.Harper 118, J.Cutler 129,100, L.Fowler 104f, A.Chidley 160,180) Bartley Green FC 4 (T.Godden 100, P.O’Neill 120b), Moseley All Services Club 5 Perfection 3 (K.Jones 100, T.Moore 100), Northfield Conservative Club ‘A’ 1 (J.Stewart 132, C.Doherty 141, T.Cahill 109) Northfield Conservative Club ‘B’ 7 (D.Kent 120b, J.Grainger 140, N.Harris 128,140, J.O’Neill 125,104).


Despite a 160 break from their talisman Sid Pritchett Highcroft Hotdogs suffered only their second defeat in fifteen games when in their latest fixture they lost 5-4 at home to Old Oscott Arrows who are four places below them in division one of the Sutton and District Summer League and have ten fewer points. Nevertheless the Hotdogs hold on to the top spot with twenty-six points but second placed Bishop Vesey have drawn within two points of them after winning 6-3 in their home game with Heartlands.  

There was a similar occurrence in division two where leaders Scott Armers lost 6-3 at home to third in the division Plough and Arrows. The defeat could well cost the Armers the league title as second placed Charley’s Flights had a 5-4 win at Rosey Mac’s to put them level on twenty-two points with Armers and they also have a game in hand.   

Full Results: Game 15: Division One: Old Horns Lions 5 (Barrie Linnecor 140,104, Andy Kimberley 100, J.,Greaves 101b,122, Paul Seadon 100, Tony O’Kereke 100) The Nomads 4 (Kevin Smith 120b, Sam Robinson 140, Tony Colley 121f), Aston Manor CC Flights 0 Old Horns Arrows 9, Red Lion 5 (Brian Hughes 106b, Tim Vickers 121, Lee Vickers 101) Walmley CSC Flights 4 (Greg Gaughan 116, Jamie Meredith 134,100, Jake Liggins 120,100, Ben Liggins 121), Highcroft Hotdogs 4 (Leigh Dells 125,108f,100, Sid Pritchett 121,160b, Jack Alexander 152b,109, Kevin Shorthouse 2×100) Old Oscott Arrows 5 (Dave Page 100, Derek Parsons 121, Phil Locke 135,100,116f, Andy Lea 108b,109,140, B.Trayhern 100,140), Bishop Vesey 6 (Stuart Abbott 100b,100, Chris Sammons 100, Mark Wild 125,2×100, Nick Sammons 130,100, Nigel Smallwood 100) Heartlands 3 (John Frost 100, George Drennan 100, Gerry McCormack 100, Matthew Cain 111),

Division Two: Rosey Mac’s 4 (John Cox snr 121, Neil Bradley 100, Stephen Wright 100, Steven Wintle 100f,100b) Charley’s Flights 5 (Rob Vann 120b, Martin Mills 100, Clive Austin 100b), Sutton Sharks 2 (Chris Gardener 100, Michael Taylor 100, Jason Meadows 100) Rosey Mac’s Bar 7 (George Averil 100, Andrew Colley 101), St Tom Cats 4 (Rod Snelson 116) Pint Pot Flights 5 (Joe Taroni 100,120b, Mick Bagnall 100, Martin Phillips 100, Pete Smith 140), The Scott Armers 3 (Jamie Sabin 120b,101b,123, Ollie Day 100, Mark Felkin 121,131, Lee Gumbley 105b, Owen Carroll 113) Plough and Arrows 6 (Roxy Bennett 121, Reece Davies 140, Dan Hughes 140, Nigel Robbins 140).

Tyseley WMC made it ten wins in ten games when in their latest outing in the Camp Hill League they won 4-3 away to Cotterills Lane EBAHA Club who drop two places in the table to fifth. The WMC with an unbeaten twenty points have a six points lead on second placed Erdington Nomads who had a 5-2 home win over bottom of the table Sedgemere Devils, Erdington now having played only nine games to the WMC’s ten.

Full Results: Game 10: Cotterills Lane EBAHA Club 3 Tyseley WMC 4, Moseley Arms 3 Tyseley Bears 4, Clumsy Swan 6 Peaky Blinder 1, Erdington Nomads 5 Sedgemere Devil’s 2.


The Netherton Thursday Night League staged the quarter-finals of their League Cup with all four results going to current league form. There were wins for Townsend Social Club (5-2), Bulls Head (6-3), Hill and Cakemore Ex Serviceman’s Club (6-3) and Old Liberal Club (5-4) who in turn accounted for Netherton Sports and Social Club, Spring Meadow Social, Spring Meadow Pub and Plough and Harrow. Abdul Galeb hit a maximum for Townsend Social Club.

The two legged semi-finals will be played off on the 21st March and 25th April.

Full Results: League Cup: Quarter Finals:- Netherton Sports and Social Club 2 Townsend Social Club 5 (Abdul Galeb 180), Bulls Head 6 Spring Meadow Social 3, Hill and Cakemore Ex Serviceman’s Club 6 Spring Meadow Pub 3, Old Liberal Club 5 Plough and Harrow 4.


The Rowley Monday Night League have also been engaged in cup games playing off the finals of their Bill Bishop and Challenge Cups. In the Bill Bishop Cup second placed White Swan took on sixth in the table Plough and Harrow with the 7-2 result going in favour of White Swan. The Challenge Cup final brought together two Rowley teams, Rowley Bar and Grill and Rowley Labour Club placed twelfth and ninth respectively in the league. The result was a 5-3 win for Rowley Bar and Grill.

Full Results: Bill Bishop Cup: Final:- Plough and Harrow 2 White Swan 7, Challenge Cup:- Rowley Bar and Grill 5 Rowley Labour Club 3.


With Allen’s Bar ‘A’ already acclaimed champions of the Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League congratulations now go to the Cottage Spring whose 4-3 home win over Waggon and Horses has confirmed them as runners-up, Although third placed Horseley Tavern are on the same forty-two points as Cottage Spring they have completed their fixture list and will finish in third place.

Hill Top Friendly Tuesday Night League are now looking for new teams to join them for their 2024 season which will get underway around mid-January. Anyone wishing to enter a team in the forthcoming season should contact John Wright through the league’s Facebook page.

Full Results: Week 32:- Vine ‘A’ 3 Ivy Bush 4, Albion 2 Horseley Tavern 5, Cottage Spring 4 Waggon and Horses 3, Sow and Pigs 4 Vine ‘B’ 3, Allen’s ‘B’ 0 Tamebridge 7, Allen’s ‘A’ had a bye.


There were 6-1 wins for the three top teams in the Stourbridge and District Wednesday Night League this week, leaders Old Liberal Club ‘A’ added their latest 6-1 win over local rivals Old Liberal Club ‘B’ to take their undefeated run to twenty-four games giving them forty-eight points and a huge average lead over both second and third placed Bird in Hand ‘E’ and Cottage who in turn won against Ashwood and Wheatsheaf to keep them both level on points with forty each. However it now seems very unlikely that either of them will catch leaders Old Liberal Club ‘A’ who with four more games to play require just one more win to secure the title.

Full Results: Game 24: Stourbridge FC 5 Netherton Conservative Club 2, Brickmakers Arms 1 Garibaldi 6, Old Liberal Club ‘A’ 6 Old Liberal Club ‘B’ 1, Hollybush 5 Shovel 2, Cottage 6 Wheatsheaf 1, Fox Inn (Lye) 4 Dudley Sports 3, Bird in Hand ‘E’ 6 Ashwood 1, Kings Head had a bye.


Reigning runners-up in the Sedgley and Gornal Tuesday Night League Old Bulls Head have lost ground in the latest title race as they drop from third to fourth in the table after losing 5-4 at White Horse who replace them in the number three spot with the same fourteen points but with a slightly better average. Leaders and reigning champions Gornal Labour Club had a bye this week and second placed Netherton Sports and Social Club accepted the opportunity to draw level on sixteen points with them by winning 5-4 at home against New Inn, they now trail Gornal Labour Club by just two legs of average.  

Full Results: Game 10: Jolly Crispin 3 Britannia 6, Gornal British Legion 6 The Cabin 3, Seven Stars 3 Baggeridge WM 6, White Horse 5 Old Bulls Head 4, Meadow Lark 4 Red Cow 5, Netherton Sports and Social Club 5 New Inn 4, Gornal Labour Club had a bye. 


Although Gilbert’s Bar ‘B’ remain in pole position in the Black Country Men’s Super League they actually lost ground as they went down 4-1 away to Whiteheath Tavern who have moved up one place in the table to second, two points behind the leaders with seventy-six points. Also on seventy-six points is third placed Allen’s Bar ‘C’ who after their 3-2 win over Townsend Social dropped one place to third but they are only two off the top and have a game in hand.

Full Results: Game 25: Gilbert’s Bar ‘A’ 4 Soccer Zone 1, Allen’s Bar ‘C’ 3 Townsend Social 2, The Vine, Blackheath 3 Allen’s Bar ‘B’ 2, Pensnett Liberal LCub 3 Allen’s Bar ‘A’ 2, Townsend ‘A’ 3 Quarry Bank Liberal Club 2, Halesowen Cricket Club 4 Horse and Jockey 1, Whiteheath Tavern 4 Gilbert’s Bar ‘B’ 1, The Ashwood 4 White Swan 1.


Dog and Partridge moved another step closer to the West Midlands Men’s Super League title when they handed out a 5-0 whitewash to their visitors Chase Social, the win taking their points tally to 170 and giving them a lead of six points over second placed Kings Head ‘A’ who after their similar 5-0 win over bottom of the league Three Crowns have played one game more than Dog and Partridge. Third placed Gilbert’s Bar ‘B’ are only two points behind Kings Head ‘A’ but with a game in hand.

Full Results: Week 35: Gilbert’s Bar ‘C’ 3 Gilbert’s Bar ‘D’ 2, Dog and Partridge 5 Chase Social 0, Kings Head ‘A’ 5 Three Crowns 0, Staffordshire Knot 3 Gilbert’s Bar ‘A’ 2, ECC 4 Corpus Christi 1, Kings Head ‘B’ 3 Bridgtown Social 2, Gilbert’s Bar ‘C’ 3 Gilbert’s Bar ‘D’ 2.


The Gilbert’s Bar staged their ‘Gilbert’s Bar Grand Slam Knockout’ which attracted a total of thirty-two players and saw notable names such as Ian Jones, Andy Jervis, Steve Blewitt and Ben Johnson make their exit in the quarter-finals. The first of the semi-finals produced a close 5-4 win for Reece Colley over Rob Thompson with Jon Platt having a slightly easier 5-2 success against Geoff Marson. The final was a close-run affair with Reece Colley just getting the 6-5 edge on Jon Platt to collect the winners £220 with Platt receiving £100. There was £50 each for Rob Thompson and Geoff Marson with Ian Jones, Andy Jervis, Steve Blewitt, Ben Johnson each collecting £20.

Full Results: Losing Quarter-Finalists: Andy Jervis, Ian Jones, Steve Blewitt, Ben Johnson, Semi-Finals:- Reece Colley 5 Rob Thompson 4, Jon Platt 5 Geoff Marson 2, Final:- Reece Colley 6 Jon Platt 5.


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