Midlands Leagues Pick Up the Pace

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Game four in the Harborne and District League brought about no changes in the top four places with leaders Northfield Conservative Club extending their unbeaten run to ten games with a 9-0 home win over Avenue Social to keep them two points ahead of second placed Copper Fox ‘R’ who won 6-3 at Weoley Castle WMC.

Third in the league Copper Fox ‘M’ are a further two points short of the leaders after their close 5-4 home win over Cock Inn and with fourteen points, six off the top after they won their home game with Lion Bar 6-3 is fourth placed Northfield Town.

Half a dozen maximums scored this week and they came from N.Hurst and L.Fox (Cock Inn), R.Hosey and D.Hill (Northfield Conservative Club) plus J.Hykin and T.Hykin (Copper Fox ‘R’).

Full Results: Game 10: Copper Fox ‘M’ 5 (K.Jukes 100, D.Kent 2×100, J.Loughran 100,114,125, J.Downer 2×100,121, G.Dews 100,107,2×140, T.Collier 100, M.Davies 120) Cock Inn 4 (N.Hurst 180, L.Fox 100,180, Joe Fox 2×100,125,140, A.Underwood 100, A.Vaughan 2×100, R.Allcott 100,121, John Fox 2×100,140), The Mill 9 (O.Gough 121, A.Beagrie 2×100,2×140, J.Goulding 3×140, N.Davis 2×100, K.Pearsall 125,133) Windsor 0 (S.Hopkins 100,140, C.Burke 100,114), Smethwick Cricket Club 7 (M.Collins 3×100,125,140, M.Smith 100, P.Brookes 100,103,120, V.Gould 100, B.Warren 3×100, M.Perkins 125,2×140,180) Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club 2 (R.Foxhall 100, A.Fenton 2×100,120, M.Fisher 100,134, J.Fisher 100,140, G.Saad 2×100, R.Fisher 100), Northfield Conservative Club 9 (R.Hosey 2×100,115,2×140,180,17 darts game, T.Garfield 2×100,2×140,2×17 darts games, D.Hill 4×100,140,180, C.Steadman 2×100,105,140, S.Jones 2×100,135, S.Cartwright 100, W.Marshall 156f) Avenue Social 0 (J.Wood 100, V.Gilliland 100, L.Grant 126, A.Girling 100), Northfield Town 6 (L.Allen 100,140, L.Fowler 3×100, N.Steventon 2×100,121,135,140, A.Faulkner 100,2×140, J.Evetts 100, J.Needham 123, M.Bennet 121, M.Mooney 125, R.Needham 100) Lion Bar 3 (D.Windsor 100,135, C.Millward 100,121,140, D.Horden 132, D.McConomy 2×100,121, D.Windsor 114f), Weoley Castle WMC 3 (S.Joyce 135, M.Warr 105,110,121,130f,18 darts game, T.Heath 110, A.Heath 100,125, M.Bolton 2×100,140,18 darts game) Copper Fox ‘R’ 6 (E.Simpson 2×100, J.Hykin 2×100,180, T.Hamilton 3×100, N.Porter 120, R.Mann 2×100, T.Hykin 100,125,180, J.Hykin 121f).

As in the Harborne League there was no change in the top four places of the Kings Norton League after completing game thirteen, Northfield holding on to pole position despite suffering their second defeat in thirteen when they lost heavily, 6-1 at home to Copper Fox who are second in the league, now on the same twenty-two points as Northfield with a game in hand. Third and fourth in the league Bournebrook and Thurlestone are both on eighteen points with the former having just a four legs of average lead on the latter. The latest fixtures saw Bournebrook win their home game with Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club 5-2 and Thurlestone win 4-3 at home against Coppice.

There were 180’s for Cock Inn players P.Hughes and L.Fox with T.Cullen also finding the three treble twenties for Bournebrook. J.Fisher (Kings Norton Flights) chalked up a 160 break and recorded a nine darts game in his team’s 6-1 home win over Perfection.

Full Results: Game 13: Stirchley 5 (M.Welsh 140, T.Atkins 120b, S.Lilley 118, L.Little 100, M.Heath 133) Dingle 2 (A.Poolton 100,101, O.Fallon 100, R.Needham 100), Longbridge 1 (J.Wood 100, S.Facey 138) Bourneville 6 (M.Collins 116b, A.Deeley 100, M.Ferriday 125, D.Murray 120,120b, P.Garvey 100), Kings Norton Flights 6 (J.Fisher 100,160f,9 darts game, R.Foxhall 3×100, E.Dearn 100, M.Fisher 100b) Perfection 1 (S.Hale 100, K.Astbury 2×100,100b, J.Price 117, P.Smith 121,140, M.Davies 140), Cock Inn 3 (P.Hughes 140,180, John Fox 104, L.Fox 112b, S.Cartwright 123, A.Vaughan 100b,120, N.Hurst 100,132, R.Allcott 120, L.Fox 180) Rubery Social Club 4 (J.Higgins 3×100,11 & 12 dart games, R.Higgins 100, J.O’Neill 2×100,123, A.Faulkner 1000, Northfield 1 (L.Allen 2×100,107b,13 darts game, M.Lloyd 120b,177, A.Busby 124b,130,12 & 13 dart games, R.Hitchmough 2×100, S.Busby 2×100, N.Steventon 121,127, C.Eacock 100) Copper Fox 6 (E.Simpson 140,13 darts game, D.Marsh 128, G.Dews 140, D.McConomy 140,11 darts game, J.Hykin 100,112b,134,14 darts game, K.Bedder 120b,125, C.Whitehouse 111b,134,10 darts game, N.Porter 100), Bournebrook 5 (D.Collins 140, T.Cullen 105b, T.Jeffs 125,126, C.Ryan 100b,130, T.Bathurst 115, R.Chambers 107b, T.Cullen 180) Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club 2, Thurlestone 4 (N.Harris 112b,139, J.Downer 112b, R.Waldron 100,108b, B.Andrews 100, A.Ferguson 2×100) Coppice 3 (A.Aindow 100, A.Ward 100,120b, R.Packer 103b,135, J.Garghan 137).

Just a handful of fixtures played in the Sheldon and District Winter League this week the most notable game being the premier league fixture between fourth in the division Banbury Club and their opponent’s leaders Langley Arrows who after fifteen games were undefeated. The result was a somewhat surprising 5-4 win for the home side Banbury Club which sees them move up one place in the table to third on sixteen points from fourteen games while Langley Arrows hold on to the number one spot with a four points lead on second placed Sheldon Marlborough Arrows who won 5-4 at Langley Flights leaving them with a game in hand on the leaders.

Full Results: Game 17: Premier League: The Banbury Club 5 Langley Arrows 4 (Simon Power 101f,9 darts game), Langley Flights 4 Sheldon Marlborough Arrows 5, Raven Arrows v Highwood, Yardley Ex Colts v Sheldon Dukes were both postponed, The Dingle had a bye, Division One:- Trident Spears 7 (Simon Winters 180,10 darts game) Shirley Misfits 2 (Mark Hodgson 11 darts game), Iron Horse Rebels 4 (Mark Osbourne 180) Hollywood Social Club 5, Willclare Sports and Social Club 6 Kingshurst Labour Club 3, Smithswood Social Club v Maggies, and The Bell Inn v Brian’s Flights were both postponed, Division Two:- Sheldon Marlborough Ridge 5 Lyndon Old Boys 4, The Hornet v Castle Bromwich WMC and The College Arms Flights v The Raven were both postponed, Moseley Rugby Club and Sheldon Marlborough Flights had a bye.

Alan Towe writes with the support of Red Dragon Darts

The South West Birmingham Clubs League played their Individual Doubles Competition this week at Stirchley United Club and from a starting line-up of 23 pairs taking the top prize were Tom Garfield and Dave Hill who beat fellow finalists Anthony Cullen and Mark Welsh.

A 180 and 9 darts game from Dave Heighway helped to keep Tyseley Bears 100%win intact in the Camp Hill League, Tyseley beating Moseley Arms 4-3 to keep two points ahead of Cotterills Lane EBAHA Club who lost 4-3 at home to Wakefield Warriors, Wakefield being the only other unbeaten team in the league. James Taylor hit a maximum for the Warriors.

Full Results: Game 4: Sedgemere Devil’s 0 Erdington Nomads 7, Cotterill’s Lane EBAHA Club 3 Wakefield Warriors 4 (James Taylor 180), Clumsy Swan 7 Roost 0 (Graham Davis 114f), Tyseley Bears 4 (Dave Heighway 180,8 darts game) Moseley Arms 3.

Playing their Singles Knockout at four venues down to the last eight and making finals night in the Netherton Thursday Night League were Steve Tipper, Kurt Wright (Bulls Head), Jason Southall (Plough), Jon Colley, Phil Tonks, Bobby Carr (Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’), Jason Bland (Hill and Cakemore Ex Serviceman’s Club), Lee Beasley (Townsend Social Club).

Full Results: Singles Knockout: Last Eight: Steve Tipper, Kurt Wright (Bulls Head), Jason Southall (Plough), Jon Colley, Phil Tonks, Bobby Carr (Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’), Jason Bland (Hill and Cakemore Ex Serviceman’s Club), Lee Beasley (Townsend Social Club).

A 7-0 win at Bird in Hand took Old Liberal Club undefeated run to 16 games in the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League and gives them a six points lead on second and third placed Gate Hangs Well ‘B’ and Bird in Hand, Gate Hangs Well ‘B’ won 6-1 at Crestwood.

Full Results: Game 16: Gate Hangs Well ‘A’ 4 Mount Pleasant 3, Bird in Hand 0 Old Liberal Club 7, Princess 4 Netherton Conservative Club ‘B’ 3, Rose and Crown ‘A’ 7 Glasscutters ‘B’ 0, Fox Inn (Lye) 2 Seven Stars 5, Glasscutters ‘A’ 5 (J.Prescott 170b) Rose and Crown ‘B’ 2, Netherton Conservative Club ‘A’ 6 Queens Head 1, Crestwood 1 Gate Hangs Well ‘B’ 6, Five Ways 7 (A.Nicholls 9 darts game) Raven ‘B’ 0, Raven ‘A’ had a bye.

A 6-3 home win over Beggars Bush keeps leaders Bishop Vesey two points to the good on second placed Beehive after they won 5-4 at Nomads in division one of the Four Oaks and District League.

No change at the top of division two with leaders Heartlands winning 8-1 at Plough and Arrows and second placed Walmley CSC Flights winning by the same margin at Drakes Drum.

After a 6-3 win at Rosey Mac’s Bar, St Thomas Arrows have drawn level on 12 points with division three leaders Pint Pot Flights who after their unbeaten run of seven games lost 5-4 at home to Deer’s Leap.

Full Results: Game 8: Division One: Bishop Vesey 6 (C.Sammons 120b, N.Sammons 2×100, M.Wild 121,100, N.Smallwood 2×140,101, S.Abbott 100,160b, T.Rubery 121,108) Beggars Bush 3 (Des Shannon 101b, Gary Bushell 121, Paddy Hodge 129b), The Nomads 4 (Sam Robinson 119, D.Jarvis jnr 101b,140f,9 darts game, D.Chisnell 112b,100, Tony Colley 120b,140, J.Statham 140,100) The Beehive 5 (Dean Grainger 101b,139,100, Ben Lobbett 108b, Keith Deeley 100, Dave Mortiboys 2×100), Highcroft Hotdogs 3 (P.Graham 2×100, Steve Paling 117,120b,140, Simon SHorthouse 2×100,180, Jordan Alexander 112b, Kevin Shorthouse 120b, Leigh Dells 180,120b,120) Old Oscott Arrows 6 (L.Jones 100, D.Oage 123, B.Trayhearn 112b, P.Locke 100b), Division Two:- Charley’s Flights 7 (John Burdett 140, Paul Nicholls 100,100b, Dean Bond 100, Martin Mills 140,100, William Cadby 119) Erdington Arrows 2 (Matt Yate 2×125, Ray Liennard 121, Karl Tooze 125,110, Martin Edwards 100, Luke Cooksey 120b,145,100b), The Rise Club 5 (Luke Parry 100,100f,140, Mark Felkin 100, Jamie Sabin 140,100, Ollie Day 2×100) Red Lion 4 (J.Collins 108b, D.Vickers 139, G.Oldfield 140, Richard O’Brian 111f), Plough and Arrows 1 (Kieran Gow 3×100, Roxy Bennett 133) Heartlands 8 (Martin Cooper 101b,100, John Frost 125, Matthew Cain 135, Alex Downes 100, George Drennan 137), Drakes Drum 1 (Matt Willetts 123, Marc Pearce 140,120b, Callum Crocket 100), Walmley CSC Flights 8 (Jamie Meredith 141f,9 darts game, Adam Cooksey 100, Ben Liggins 100, John Kavangh 102b,100, Gary Fleetwood 140, Kris Green 100), Division Three:- Rosey Mac’s Bar 3 (Joseph Nolan 120b,105b) St Thomas Arrows 6 (Mick Avery 120b, Paul Andrews 160b,100b, Martin Andrews 118b, Garry Stait 100), Pint Pot Flights 4 (Pete Smith 140, Andy Clarke 121, Louie Lemathy 100, Michael Bagnall 140, Neil Napier 100,115) Deer’s Leap 5 (Daniel Hopkins 100, Darren Stenson 100, Adam Dunn 104b,112b,140,100, Luke Sinclair 100, Tom Whyley 100), St Tom Cats 4 (K.Coleman 103) Rosey Mac’s 5 (Neil Bradley 100, Adrain Poole 121, Jack Cox 100), Sutton Sharks 8 (Michael Taylor 100b,100, Chris Gardener 100,120b,120, Frank Davis 125, Jon Boden 100, Ally Jarvis 104) Sutton Sports 1.

Dudley Sports ‘A’ dropped their first points of the season in the Silver End Sunday Morning League when they were held to a 4-4 draw away to fifth placed Tenth Lock. Second in the league Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club had a 6-2 win at Three Crowns ‘A’ to reduce the deficit to just one point.

Full Results: Game 8:- Three Crowns ‘A’ 2 Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 6, Rose and Crown 5 Brickmakers Arms 3, High Acres ‘A’ 2 Old Star 6, Tenth Lock 4 Dudley Sports ‘A’ 4, Brier Rose 6 High Acres ‘B’ 2, Dudley Sports ‘B’ 1 Mount Pleasant 7, High Acres ‘C’ 4 Church Tavern 4, Old Liberal Club 4 Three Crowns ‘B’ 4, Old Cat Inn 5 Pensnett Liberal Club 3, Raven had a bye.

Bell consolidated their top spot in the Rowley Monday Night League with a 9-0 home win over Rowley Bar and Grill to keep them two points ahead of both Romsley Cricket Club and Plough and Harrow who in turn won 5-4 against Rowley Labour Club and White Swan.

Full Results: Game 11: Snooks 5 Whiteheath Tavern 4, Hawthorns ‘B’ 5 Loyal Lodge 4, Bell 9 Rowley Bar and Grill 0, Tividale Sports 6 Huntingtree 3, Gate Hangs Well 4 Spring Meadow 5 (S.Edmonds 160b), Rowley Labour Club 4 Romsley Cricket Club 5, Plough and Harrow 5 White Swan 4 (M.Tedstone 2×180), Tividale FC 2 (J.Tart 160b, H.Kainthal 160b) Hawthorns 7.

A 4-1 defeat at Gilbert’s Bar ‘B’ has seen Dog and Partridge drop from pole position to fourth in the West Midlands Men’s Super League. Taking over at the top of the table is Kings Head ‘A’, their 5-0 home win over Three Crowns giving them a total of 35 points, one more than second placed Gilbert’s ‘B’ and two to the good on third placed Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club who won 4-1 at home against Chase Social.

Full Results: Game 9: Kings Head ‘A’ 5 Three Crowns 0, Gilbert’s Bar ‘A’ 4 Staffordshire Knot 1, Gilbert’s Bar ‘B’ 4 Dog and Partridge 1, Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 4 Chase Social 1, Cottage Spring 4 Landywood 1, Junction ‘A’ 5 Wednesbury British Legion 0, Corpus Christi 4 Junction ‘B’ 1, Shepwell Green 3 Kings Head ‘B’ 2.

It was a catch-up week in the Gilbert’s Bar Monday Night Singles League which saw Scott baker move up into second place in division one with 108 points from 15 games, four short of leader Wayne Jones and from two games more than him after Baker won 5-3 and 6-2 against respective opponents Chris Evans and Darren Williams.

With Kurt Wright not playing in division two Alan Melling has replaced him at the top of the table following his 7-1 win over Artur Lubkowski putting him on 92 points, eight more than Wright who has three games in hand.
An 8-0 win over Keogh Bate has seen Dave Thackeray return to the top of division three, replacing Thomas Hollowood who didn’t play this week. Thackeray has a two point’s lead plus a game in hand on Hollowood.

Full Results: Catch-Up Week 1: Andy Mullinder 3 Paul Price 5, Scott Baker 5 Chris Evans 3, Steve Lynch 2 Ian Stanton 6, Tony Singh 5 John Simms 3, Jimmy Stackhouse 0 Dean Simmons-Fullwood 8, Scott Baker 6 Darren Williams 2, Andy Mullinder 4 Jamie Webb 4, Catch-Up Week 2:- Alan Melling 7 Artur Lubkowski 1, Michael Franks 7 Jon Williams 1, Robert Harris 7 Malcolm Pugh 1, Jon Williams 3 Jack Rollinson 5, Reece Cook Lucas 2 Jack Rollinson 6, Keogh Bate 3 Claire Hobbs 5, Michael Pritchard 7 Sandra Beardsmore 1, Gareth Walsh 7 Lauren Kempson 1, Eddie Gripton 5 Andy Poole 3, Dave Thackeray 8 Keogh Bate 0.

Full Results: Amblecote RBL Premier League: Week 19: Dan Nicholls 4 Reece Colley 3, Gavin Smith 7 Sam Page 0, Jamie Barrowman 7 Tony Bennett 0, Jack Pritchard 4 Jake Robinson 3, Jake Shipley 6 Joe Poole 1, Cayden Smith 6 Rob Pierce 1, Dave Simpson 5 Howard Pritchard 2, Jayden Harper 4 Matt Davies 3, John Green 4 Ian Townsend 3, Dan Nicholls 6 Aaron Colley 1, Neil Murphy 7 Jon Underhill 0, Shane Sheridan 4 Carl Hipkiss 3, Craig Lowin 4 Rob Pierce 3, Reece Colley 6 Steve Gillam 1, Wozza Pritchard 4 Michael Harding 3, Dave Simpson 5 Ryan Green 2, Mitch Pickett 7 Josh Wheeler 0, Gavin Smith 7 Stephen Cartwright 0, Martyn Harper 5 Chris Williams 2, Aaron Colley 4 Chris Williams 3, Craig Lowin 5 Carl Hipkiss 2, Jon Underhill 4 Wozza Pritchard 3, Shane Sheridan 6 Jack Pritchard 1, Jake Shipley 5 Jayden Harper 2, Jamie Barrowman 6 Matt Davies 1, Neil Murphy 6 Joe Poole 1, Cayden Smith 4 Martyn Harper 3, Tom Bissell 6 Andy Vellender 1, Ryan Green 5 Howard Pritchard 2, John Green 6 Mitch Pickett 1, Andy Vellender 7 Stephen Cartwright 0, Chris Williams 4 Dan Nicholls 3, Reece Colley 7 Sam Page 0, Tom Bissell 7 Josh Wheeler 0, Aaron Colley 5 Steve Gillam 2, Ian Townsend 4 Michael Harding 3, Jake Robinson 6 Tony Bennett 1, Joe Poole 4 Tony Bennett 3, Rob Pierce 5 Josh Hodgkins 2, Tom Bissell 4 Aaron Colley 3, Carl Hipkiss 4 Joe Poole 3, Aaron Colley 6 Josh Hodgkins 1.


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