New Seasons and Old Favourites

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A new season kick off for, one of the oldest established leagues in the country, the Four Oaks and District League. Both they and Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League have added new sides and appear to be thriving. Meanwhile several leagues saw changes at, or near, the top last week:

Week ten results in the Sheldon and District Winter League saw no change in the top four places of the Premier League, Langley Arrows holding on to pole position with a 6-3 win away to third in the division Highwood. Langley’s win keeps their 100% win record intact making it nine consecutive victories and also maintains their two points lead over second placed Sheldon Marlborough Arrows, who with a maximum from their Neil Parsonage won 7-2 at Raven Arrows. Highwood’s defeat has seen them fall eight points behind their victors and has also seen fourth placed Banbury Club draw level on the same ten points following their 7-2 home win over Sheldon Dukes.  

In division one leaders Brian’s Flights had a 7-2 win at Iron Horse Rebels to give them a slender one leg of average lead over Trident Spears whose 6-3 home win over Hollywood Social puts them level on sixteen points with Brian’s Flights. Third placed Willclare Sports and Social won 7-2 on their home board against The Bell Inn leaving them two points short of the leading duo but they have now played ten games, one more than the two teams above them.

An 8-1 home win over The Raven has increased division two leaders Sheldon Marlborough Ridge’s average lead over second placed Castle Bromwich WMC who won 5-4 at Lyndon Old Boys. Although two points behind Ridge, Castle Bromwich have a game in hand but currently a 9-0 win in that game would see them go level on points with Sheldon Marlborough Ridge but still trailing on average. Hornet and Lyndon Old Boys are third and fourth in the division both on ten points after Hornet beat Moseley Rugby Club 6-3 and Lyndon lost at Castle Bromwich WMC.

Full Results: Week 10: Premier League: Highwood 3 Langley Arrows 6 (Lee and Paul Nixon 8 darts game), The Banbury Club 7 (Paul Connelly 106f) Sheldon Dukes 2, Raven Arrows 2 Sheldon Marlborough Arrows 7 (Neil Parsonage 180), Yardley Ex Colts 3 The Dingle 6 (Sam Hick 180), Langley Flights had a bye, Division One:- Maggies 4 Shirley Misfits 5, Trident Spears 6 (Simon Winters 11 darts game) Hollywood Social 3, Smithswood Social Club 5 Kingshurst Labour Club 4, Iron Horse Rebels 2 Brian’s Flights 7 (Nathan Jackson 142f), Willclare Sports and Social 7 The Bell Inn 2, Division Two:- Lyndon Old Boys 4 Castle Bromwich WMC 5 (Elliott Astley 111f), The Hornet 6 Moseley Rugby Club 3, Sheldon Marlborough Ridge 8 The Raven 1, Sheldon Marlborough Flights and The College Arms Flights had a bye.

Smethwick Cricket Club have been ousted from their number one spot in the Harborne and District League after returning from Cock Inn on the wrong side of the 5-4 result. Smethwick drop to fifth in the table and are  replaced at the top of the table by Copper Fox ‘R’ who made it two wins in as many games when they had a convincing 8-1 win away to next to bottom of the table The Mill. Other teams to have won both of their opening fixtures to the new season are Northfield Conservative Club, Northfield Town and Weoley Castle WMC. Northfield Conservative Club handed Copper Fox ‘M’ their first defeat of the new campaign beating them on their own board 7-2 while Northfield Town, who are level on the same points and average as the Conservative Club handed their hosts Windsor a 9-0 whitewash. Weoley Castle WMC were another team to keep a clean sheet as they also won 9-0 away to Avenue Social.   

Just the one player found the three treble twenties this week and that was Northfield Conservative player A.Sutton.

Full Results: Game 2:- The Mill 1 (D.Davy 134,140, O.Gough 117, A.Beagrie 140, J.Rogers 100, K.Pearsall 2×133) Copper Fox ‘R’ 8 (E.Simpson 3×100,140, D.Marsh 100,133,140, J.Hykin 2×100,125,128,140,15 darts game, A.Hykin 100,130,140, M.Hamilton 2×140, T.Hamilton 121,123,140, N.Porter 100, T.Hykin 100,140, R.Mann 125), Cock Inn 5 (L.Fox 100,131, Joe Fox 100,140, A.Vaughan 100,2×120, K.Vaughan 100, S.Denton 2×100,140, P.Vaughan 100) Smethwick Cricket Club 4 (A.Bomber 100,140, M.Collins 125,140, M.Smith 100, P.Brookes 140, V.Gould 2×100, S.Bond 125), Copper Fox ‘M’ 2 (K.Jukes 5×100,2×140, D.Kent 3×100, A.Harvey 102,121, J.Loughran 2×100,140, J.Downer 2×100, G.Dews 4×100,123) Northfield Conservative Club 7 (T.Garfield 4×100,121,128,2×140, D.Hill 100,140, M.Lloyd 100, S.Jones 4×100,140, A.Sutton 2×100,180, C.Airey 128,135, W.Marshall 140, T.Shipley 100), Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club 4 (A.Reynolds 100, R.Foxhall 100,140, R.Poole 120, A.Fenton 100, J.Garvey 140, S.Tonks 100,136, M.Fisher 125, J.Butcher 140) Lions Bar 5 (D.Windsor 100,123,125, C.Millward 3×100, E.Scullion 101,136, F.Goldsby 125), Windsor 0 (A.King 110, T.Birch 100) Northfield Town 9 (L.Allen 2×100,135, N.Steventon 105,2×140, A.Faulkner 2×100,111,119,140, R.Needham 100,140, J.Evetts 2×100,140, M.Mooney 100, M.Bennett 2×100), Avenue Social 0 (C.Morgan 100, M.Gilliland 101, E.Spencer 100, P.Gilliland 121,127, J.Wood 2×100, A.Girling 110f) Weoley Castle WMC 9 (S.Joyce 2×100, M.Warr 125,139, P.Coombes 100, M.Bolton 4×100, S.Pasetti 100,115, D.Cornwell 101).

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Thurlestone lost their top place in the Kings Norton League and drop to fourth in the table after suffering a 6-1 home defeat by Northfield. After only three fixtures have been played, from the starting line-up of fourteen teams only two are able to boast a 100% win record, Copper Fox and Northfield. Taking over at the top of the league are those two teams Copper Fox and Northfield who share the number one position level on points and average after Copper Fox won 5-2 at Cock Inn and Northfield beat Thurlestone.  

Two 160 breaks were recorded in the league this week and they were supplied by S.Jacques whose team Coppice lost 4-3 at Bourneville and M.Welsh who also finished on the wrong side of a 4-3 result as his team Stirchley lost at Longbridge.

Full Results: Game 3:- Perfection 4 (N.Smith 2×100, P.Taylor 125, P.Smith 100, J.Price 117, Donna Campbell 102,117) Dingle 3 (A.O’Sullivan 120, R.Needham 100, J.Bruce 100), Thurlestone 1 (T.Garfield 100,134b, J.Downer 100, N.Watts 108b, R.Waldron 115) Northfield 6 (L.Allen 100,110b,11 and 12 darts games, M.Lloyd 122f,12 darts game A.Busby 100b,120b,11 darts game, R.Hitchmouth 100, S.Busby 123, M.Hopkins 100,124, P.Draper 131,10 darts game), Rubery Social Club 5 (M.Cormell 100, J.Higgins 140, J.Ford 100, A.Faulkner 125) Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club 2 (D.Whitecombe 100bB, G.Foley 100), Cock Inn 2 (P.Hughes 100b, L.Fox 120, S.Cartwright 100,127, A.Vaughan 100, Joe Fox 100) Copper Fox 5 (E.Simpson 100, D.Marsh 100, A.Harvey 2×100, N.Porter 100, G.Dews 108b, R.Mann 2×100, M.Hamilton 100), Kings Norton Flights 1 Bournebrook 6 (C.Smith 100, D.Collins 100,109b, T.Cullen 100,139,11 darts game, K.Mason 105,10 darts game, M.Bathurst 125, R.Chambers 100), Bourneville 4 (M.Collins 2×100, L.Pearce 100, G.Caver 140, J.Garvey 100,125) Coppice 3 (S.Jacques 160b), Longbridge 4 (R.Stacey 100,111, R.Broadhurst 100, D.Watts 100, J.Taylor 140, C.Evans 109b, J.Wood 120) Stirchley 3 (M.Welsh 125,160b, G.Lee 100).

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The South West Birmingham Clubs League are up to game eight and Longbridge United consolidated their top of the table position in the singles division with an 8-0 win at E57. The win keeps Longbridge five points to the good on second placed Northfield Town who were not far behind with their 7-1 home win over fourth in the league Northfield Conservative Club ’B’, With ten points, five fewer than Longbridge, West Heath CEM are placed third after being held to a 4-4 draw at home by Quarry Club who are seventh in the league.

It’s close at the top of the pre-match doubles division with both West Heath CEM and Longbridge United on ninety-one points. Northfield Town are the nearest threat to the leading duo, they are third, four points off the top with eighty-seven points.

Full Results: Game 8:- E57 0 Longbridge United 8, Northfield Town 7 Northfield Conservative Club ‘B’ 1, Stirchley United 6 Bartley Green 2, West Heath CEM 4 Quarry Club 4, Northfield Conservative Club ‘A’ 3 Perfection 5, Moseley v Bournbrook was postponed.

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The Four Oaks and District League have got their new season underway with the preliminary round of their Coronation Cup, the biggest win of the round going to The Beehive who won their home game with Rosey Mac’s Bar 14-1. Close behind Beehive were Rosey Mac’s who had a 13-2 win at Sutton Sports while with a 12-3 scoreline Highvroft Hotdogs beat Drakes Drum. There were 11-4 win for Plough and Arrows, Old Horns Lions, Pint Pot Flights, Deer’s Leap, The Nomads and Red Lion who in turn accounted for Charley’s Flights, Erdington Arrows, St Thomas Arrows, St Tom Cats, The Rise Club and Sutton Sharks. Bishop Vesey booked their place in the next round with a 10-5 win at Heartlands and joining them will be Walmley CSC Flights who were 9-6 winners at Beggars Bush.

Full Results: Coronation Shield: Preliminary Round: Beggars Bush 6 Walmley CSC Flights 9, Charley’s Flights 4 Plough and Arrows 11, Erdington Arrows 4 Old Horns Lions 11, Heartlands 5 Bishop Vesey 10, Highcroft Hotdogs 12 Drakes Drum 3, Pint Pot Flights 11 St Thomas Arrows 4, Red Lion 11 Sutton Sharks 4, St Tom Cats 4 Deer’s Leap 11, Sutton Sports 2 Rosey Mac’s 13, The Beehive 14 Rosey Mac’s Bar 1, The Rise Club 4 The Nomads 11.

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The Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League have managed to increase their numbers for the new season by adding another four teams. The season has got underway with the first round of their Black Country Windscreens Trophy which saw Cottage Spring chalk up the round’s biggest win as they took out Albion with a 6-1 scoreline. There were 5-2 wins for both Ivy Bush and Horseley Tavern ‘A’ who in turn defeated Horseley Tavern ‘B’ and Vine ‘B’. The remaining three fixtures all finished with a close 4-3 result and making their way into the next round were Allen’s Bar, Tamebridge and Vine ‘A’ at the expense of Waggon and Horses, Sow and Pigs and Horse and Jockey.

Full Results: Black Country Windscreens Trophy: Round One:- Ivy Bush 5 Horsley Tavern ‘B’ 2, Albion 1 Cottage Spring 6, Horsley Tavern ‘A’ 5 Vine ‘B’ 2, Waggon and Horses 3 Allen’s Bar 4, Sow and Pigs 3 Tamebridge 4, Vine ‘A’ 4 Horse and Jockey 3.

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The Stourbridge and District Wednesday Night League staged the semi-finals of their League Cup in which already acclaimed league champions Old Liberal Club ‘A’ beat fourth in the league Cottage 5-2. Meeting Old Liberal Club ‘A’ in the final will be Stourbridge FC who had close 4-3 win over Brickmakers Arms who are just two places off the foot of the table.

Full Results: League Cup: Semi-Finals:- Stourbridge FC 4 Brickmakers Arms 3, Old Liberal Club ‘A’ 5 Cottage 2.

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A bye has cost Bulls Head the leadership of the Netherton Thursday Night League and sees them drop three places to fourth on sixteen points. Taking over at the top of the table is Townsend Social Club, their 5-4 home win over Hare and Hounds giving them a two points lead over reigning champions Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ who like Townsend move up one place to take over the number two spot. The Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ had a 7-2 win over local rivals Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘B’ to leave them just two points short of Townsend but with two games in hand. On the same sixteen points as the Ex Serviceman’s Club ’A’ and Bulls Head is third placed Old Liberal Club whose latest fixture saw them win 8-1 away to Spring Meadow Social. Old Liberal Club have one game in hand on the current league leaders and also have a superior average.

The other end of the table produced a clash between the bottom two teams with bottom side Olde Queens Head taking on next to bottom Netherton Sports and Social Club, the 8-1 result going in favour of the Sports and Social Club to open up a four points gap between the two teams, Olde Queens Head still, after ten games, are seeking their first win.

Full Results: Game 11: Spring Meadow Social 1 Old Liberal Club 8 (B.Watts 180,13 darts game), Hill and Cakemore Ex Serviceman’s Club 6 Spring Meadow Pub 3 (T.Johnson 180, L.Lowe 180), Olde Queens Head 1 Netherton Sports and Social Club 8, Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘B’ 2 Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ 7, Plough and Harrow 7 Old Glasshouse 2 (R.Hodgetts 180), Townsend Social Club 5 Hare and Hounds 4 (D.Haden 14 darts game), Bulls Head had a bye.

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The Rowley Monday Night League saw White Swan become the early pacesetters as they kicked-off the new campaign with an 8-1 win at Huntingtree to put them top of the table. Close behind White Swan with 7-2 wins were Bell and Romsley Cricket Club, Bell with a tremendous 170 maximum break from their Trevor Brennan winning at home against league newcomers Hawthorns whose T.Johnson chalked up a maximum score of 180, while Romsley Cricket Club played away and won against Spring Meadow. Gate Hangs Well and Plough and Harrow both won 6-3 in turn defeating Snooks and Loyal Lodge while there were 5-4 wins for Rowley Bar and Grill, Rowley Labour Club and Wonder who beat respective opponents Tividale FC, Whiteheath Tavern and Hill and Cakemore Ex Serviceman’s Club.

Full Results: Week 1: Spring Meadow 2 Romsley Cricket Club 7, Huntingtree 1 White Swan 8, Rowley Bar and Grill 5 Tividale FC 4 (D.Locke 9 darts game), Loyal Lodge 3 Plough and Harrow 6, Whiteheath Tavern 4 (N.Hodgkins 9 darts game) Rowley Labour Club 5, Snooks 3 Gate Hangs Well 6, Hill and Cakemore Ex Servicemen’s Club 4 Wonder 5, Bell 7 (T.Brennan 170b) Hawthorns 2 (T.Johnson 180).

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It was week six of the Sedgley and Gornal Tuesday Night League’s Mini Leagues, the John Walters Cup and the John Walters Trophy. In the cup Gornal Labour Club went down 6-3 at White Horse and as a result drop three places in the table to fourth with Netherton Sports and Social and Bulls Head sharing the top position after the former won 7-2 at Gornal British Legion and the latter won by the same margin at Baggeridge.

In the trophy a close 5-4 win at Meadow Lark was enough to keep Britannia top of the table and also take their unbeaten run to five games. Britannia with ten points have a two points advantage over second placed Red Cow who also won 5-4 in their home tie with Seven Stars.

Full Results:John Walters Cup:Week 6:- White Horse 6 Gornal Labour Club 3, Gornal British Legion 2 Netherton Sports and Social Club 7, Baggeridge 2 Old Bulls Head 7, John Walters Trophy:- Meadow Lark 4 Britannia 5, Red Cow 5 Seven Stars 4, New Inn 5 Jolly Crispin 4, The Cabin had a bye.

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Week eight in the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League and the top two teams continue to remain undefeated. A 160 break from S.Tipper and a 6-1 win at Crestwood helped to keep Old Liberal Club top of the table with a perfect sixteen points and a lead of seven legs of average over their nearest rivals second placed Bird in Hand who kept their winning run going with a 4-3 home win over Rose and Crown ‘A’. Third placed Netherton Conservative Club ‘B’ had a similar 4-3 win at Gate Hangs Well ‘B’ whose A.Moreton had a 160 break.

Full Results: Game 8: Raven ‘B’ 4 Mount Pleasant 3, Five Ways 7 Britannia Bar and Grill 0, Crestwood 1 Old Liberal Club 6 (S.Tipper 160b), Netherton Conservative Club ‘A’ 4 Raven ‘A’ 3, Glasscutters ‘A’ 5 Gate Hangs Well ‘A’ 2, Fox Inn (Lye) 2 Princess 5, Bird in Hand 4 Rose and Crown ‘A’ 3, Gate Hangs Well ‘B’ 3 (A.Moreton 160b) Netherton Conservative Club ‘B’ 4, Queens Head 5 Glasscutters ‘B’ 2, Rose and Crown ‘B’ 1 Seven Stars 6.

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Leader of the Amblecote RBL Premier League Nick Fullwell played three games in the latest round of fixtures he began by handing Jake Shipley a straight 7-0 defeat and after being held to a close 4-3 win by Neil Murphy rounded off his evening with another 7-0 win, this time against Michael Harding. The three wins take Fullwell’s points tally to 101 from nineteen games. Andy Vellender had to surrender his number two placing to Dan Nicholls despite playing and winning two games beating Mitch Pickett 5-2 and winning 6-1 against Ben Watts as Nicholls beat Joe Poole 6-1, Ryan Green 7-0 Jake Robinson 6-1 and Shane Passey 7-0 to take him up into second place with eighty-eight points from only fifteen games, thirteen short of Fullwell but with four games in hand. Vellender drops to fourth place on eighty-five points from seventeen games. Gavin Smith moves up to third place on the same eighty-eight points as Nicholls but from seventeen games, the latest of which saw him win 5-2 against Josh Wheeler, 4-3 against John Green and 6-1 against Steve Gillam.  

Full Results: Week 9: John Green 7 Matt Halliday 0, Steve Gillam 5 Dave Simpson 2, Cayden Smith 4 Rob Pierce 3, Craig Lowin 4 Tony Bennett 3, Shane Passey 4 Matt Davies 3, Dan Nicholls 6 Joe Poole 1, Ryan Green 6 Jake Robinson 1, Gavin Smith 5 Josh Wheeler 2, Joe Poole 5 Michael Harding 2, Sam Page 4 Stephen Cartwright 3, Steve Gillam 4 Neil Murphy 3, Nick Fullwell 7 Jake Shipley 0. Andy Vellender 5 Mitch Pickett 2, Chris Williams 5 Jack Pritchard 2, Howard Pritchard 4 Nick Wyer 3, Jamie Barrowman 7 Carl Hipkiss 0, Chris Williams 6 Wozza Pritchard 1, Ian Townsend 6 Shane Passey 1, Howard Pritchard 5 Craig Lowin 2, Cayden Smith 7 Jack Pritchard 0, Rob Pierce 6 Stephen Cartwright 1, Dan Nicholls 7 Ryan Green 0, Ben Watts 4 Tony Bennett 3, Nick Wyer 5 Matt Davies 2, Dave Simpson 4 Jake Robinson 3, Gavin Smith 4 John Green 3, Nick Fullwell 4 Neil Murphy 3, Michael Harding 4 Matt Halliday 3, Mitch Pickett 6 Wozza Pritchard 1, Ian Townsend 7 Jamie Barrowman 0, Sam Page 5 Josh Wheeler 2, Andy Vellender 6 Ben Watts 1, Jake Shipley 5 Carl Hipkiss 2, Rob Pierce 6 Chris Williams 1, Dan Nicholls 6 Jake Robinson 1, Nick Fullwell 7 Michael Harding 0, Chris Williams 5 Sam Page 2, Gavin Smith 6 Steve Gillam 1, Dan Nicholls 7 Shane Passey 0.

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No change at the top of the Black Country Men’s Super League table as leaders Pensnett Liberal Club won 4-1 at home against Allen’s Bar ‘B’, Allen’s Bar ‘C’ lost 3-2 at Ashwood but hold on to second place with 100 points which is three short of the leaders and only one more than third in the league Gilbert’s Bar ‘B’ who won 3-2 at home against White Swan.

Full Results: Game 33: Pensnett Liberal Club 4 Allen’s Bar ‘B’ 1, Allen’s Bar ‘A’ 3 Old Bulls Head 2, Quarry Bank Liberal Club 4 Horse and Jockey 1, Townsend Social 3 The Vine, Blackheath 2, The Ashwood 3 Allen’s Bar ‘C’ 2, Gilbert’s Bar ‘B’ 3 White Swan 2, Townsend ‘A’ 3 Soccer Zone 2, Whiteheath Tavern 5 Gilbert’s Bar ‘A’ 0.

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A 7-1 win over Jon Blakemore consolidates Wayne Jones place at the top of division one of the Gilbert’s Bar Monday Night Singles League and gives him a three points lead plus a game in hand on his nearest rival Ian Stanton who beat Clark Cook 6-2 and Dean Simmons-Fullwood 5-3.

Alan Melling tops division two with forty-three points. In his latest fixture he was held to a 4-4 draw by Michael Franks but he still has a six point’s advantage over second placed Artur Lubkowski.

Leading the way in division three is Dave Thackeray who took his points tally to fifty-three with a clear-cut 8-0 win over Andy Poole to give him a lead of four points over second in the division Gareth Walsh after he won 5-3 against Sandra Beardsmore.

Full Results:Week 6:- Paul Price 7 Jimmy Stackhouse 1,Darren Williams 5 Jason Hough 3, Tony Singh 4 Stewart Pryce 4, Clark Cook 2 Ian Stanton 6, Clayton Edge 2 Scott Baker 6, Conor Whitehouse 7 Jamie Webb 1, Wayne Jones 7 Jon Blakemore 1, Chris Evans 7 John Simms 1, Steve Lynch 5 Andy Mullinder 3, Ian Stanton 5 Dean Simmons-Fullwood 3, Alex Simmons 5 Artur Lubkowski 3, Gemma Barrett Jenkins 4 Keith Hollowood 4, Malcolm Pugh 2 Neville Quinton 6, Alan Melling 4 Michael Franks 4, Colin Wood 3 Robert Harris 5, Reece Cook Lucas 4 Jon Williams 4, Kevin Bate 4 Richard Brown 4, Jamie Aplin 2 Kurt Wright 6, Reece Cook Lucas 5 Gemma Barrett Jenkins 3, Bradley Martin 4 Kevin Bate 4, Thomas Hollowood 6 Claire Hobbs 2, Sandra Beardsmore 3 Gareth Walsh 5, Eddie Gripton 0 Joe Bartolo 8, Adam Sullivan 4 Jenni Seedhouse 4, Alex Bryant 7 Lauren Kempson 1, Dave Thackeray 8 Andy Poole 0, Michele Pritchard 5 Sarah Barrett 3, Jacqui Simmons 5 Andy Poole 3.

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Corpus Christi was the setting for the finals of the Wolverhampton Tuesday Night League’s singles knockout which attracted a total of forty-five players. Making their exits in the quarter-finals were Paul Bromley (ECC ‘A’), Ash Barker (Three Crowns), Adam Slade (Railway) and Luke Griffiths (ECC ‘A’). Just missing out on a final place and losing in the last four were Jamie Webb (Gilbert’s Bar ‘B’) and Ian Stanton (ECC A).

The final was fought out between Dave Lucas (Corpus Christi ‘A’) and Mark White (Ring of Bells) with the former getting the straight 3-0 result to clinch the title.

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