West Midland Leagues Review

Red Dragon Darts

Week three results in the Sheldon and District Summer League produced no change in the group one league table with Raven Arrows continuing to lead the field with a slender one leg of average lead over Langley Arrows after they won 8-0 at home against RAFA with Jason Prince chalking up a maximum for the winners, while second placed Langley Arrows, with a ten darts winning leg from Richard Nixon, won their home game against Brian’s Flights 7-1. The top two teams are the only teams to remain undefeated in the group, third placed Highwood keeping within two points of the leading duo with a 7-1 home win over Mackadown Sports and Social Club.

A 6-2 home defeat at the hands of the Trident Spears outfit has cost Yardley Ex Colts the leadership of group two with their victors taking over in pole position with a total of five points one more than Yardley Ex Colts who drop to third place behind Banbury Club. Banbury Club’s 8-0 whitewash of their visitors Hornet gives them the same four points as Yardley but with a four legs of average advantage. Gary Fleetwood (Banbury Club) found the three treble twenties, while there was a twelve darts game for his team mate Adam Cooksey plus a 104 game shot for Kingshurst Labour Club’s Rick Richards as his team won 5-3 at EBAHA.

Sheldon Marlborough Ridge suffered a 6-2 defeat away to Old Salts Darts in group three which saw them replace their hosts in the number one spot. Old Salts Darts have a total of five points, one more than Sheldon Marlborough Ridge who drop to second place with a two points lead on third in the group Langley Flights, however Langley Flights have only played one fixture so far and with two games in hand and being the only team with a 100% win record in the group could take over at the top of the table when they catch-up on games played. Micky Clayton had a 126 finish for Old Salts Darts.

A 100 checkout from Paul Byrne helped his team The Raven to a 6-2 win away against former leaders of group four, Moseley Rugby Club. The win sees Raven replace Moseley at the top of the table with a perfect four points from the two games they have played. Moseley Rugby Club are on the same four points but they have played three games. Third in the group Langley Stems have one point fewer than the two teams above them after they were held to a 4-4 draw playing away against Trident Flights who are bottom of the group with just the one point from their latest draw.       

Group one is the only group to have teams still seeking their first point of the season as three of their teams RAFA, Brian’s Flights and Mackadown Sports and Social Club all remain pointless.

Full Results: Game 3:Group One:- Langley Arrows 7 (Richard Nixon 10 darts game) Brian’s Flights 1, Highwood 7 Mackadown Sports and Social Club 1, Raven Arrows 8 (Jason Prince 180) RAFA 0, Group Two:- Yardley Ex Colts 2 Trident Spears 6, EBAHA 3 Kingshurst Labour Club 5 (Rick Richards 104f), Banbury Club 8 (Gary Fleetwood 180, Adam Cooksey 12 darts game) Hornet 0, Group Three:- Old Salts Darts 6 (Micky Clayton 126f) Sheldon Marlborough Ridge 2, Shirley Misfits 4 Maggies 4, Smithswood Social Club v Langley Flights was postponed, Group Four:- Trident Flights 4 Langley Stems 4, Moseley Rugby Club 2 The Raven 6 (Paul Byrne 100f), Sheldon Marlborough Flights 5 Lyndon Old Boys 3.

On the agenda for the Four Oaks and District League was their singles knockout in which three of the four quarter-final games finished with straight 2-0 results as Neil Clarke, Jason Prince and Zac Prince in turn defeated respective opponents Ben Cobbett, Dean Grainger and Stuart Abbott with Zac Prince recording a maximum in his win. The fourth fixture went to the wire with Mark Naylor edging out Ben Liggins with a close 2-1 result.

Both of the semi-finals went the full three legs distance with Jason Prince beating Mark Naylor and Zac Prince accounting for Neil Clarke to set up a father and son final. With a top score of 120 plus a 104 finish Jason Prince had to settle for the runners-up trophy as his son Zac rattled off scores of 125 and 180 to go on to win 3-1.

Full Results: Singles Knockout: Preliminary Round:- A.Jones 0 P.Locke 2, J.Grainger 0 J.Statham 2, J.Prince 2 R.Bennett 0, J.Liggins 1 B.Liggins 2, M.Naylor 2 S.Robinson 1, N.Clarke 2 S.Alexander 0, S.Abbott 2 R.Barritt 0, Jordan Alexander 2 M.Partridge 1, B.Cobbett (9 darts game) 2 L.Dells 1, R.Lowe 2 J.Collins 1, C.Sammons 1 J.Meredith 2, A.Gough 0 D.Grainger 2, Round One:- P.Seadon 1 N.Clarke 2, J.Prince 2 J.Meredith 0, B.Cobbett 2 Jordan Alexander 0, J.Statham 1 S.Abbott 2, B.Liggins 2 B.Cadby 1, Z.Prince 2 P.Locke 0, R.Lowe 0 M.Naylor 2, R.O’Brien 0 D.Grainger 2, Quarter-Finals:- Neil Clarke 2 Ben Cobbett 0, Jason Prince 2 Dean Grainger 0, Stuart Abbott 0 Zac Prince (180) 2, Ben Liggins 1 Mark Naylor 2, Semi-Finals:- Mark Naylor 1 Jason Prince 2, Neil Clarke 1 Zac Prince 2, Final:- Jason Prince (120,104f) 1 Zac Prince (125,180) 3.

Wakefield Warriors took their undefeated run in the Camp Hill League to eleven games when they handed their hosts, bottom of the table Roost, a 7-0 whitewash. The win takes Wakefield’s points tally to twenty-two and gives them a four points lead over their nearest rivals Cotterills Lane ABAHA Club who hold on to the number two spot with a 6-1 win away to Sedgemere Devils who are next to bottom of the league with just the one win from their eleven games. Third in the league Tyseley Bears kept within two points of Cotterills with a 5-2 home success playing against fifth placed Clumsy Swan. Fourth in the table Erdington Nomads had a 7-0 home win over Moseley Arms.

Full Results: Game 11: Sedgemere Devil’s 1 Cotterills Lane EBAHA Club 6, Tyseley Bears 5 Clumsy Swan 2, Erdington Nomads 7 Moseley Arms 0, Roost 0 Wakefield Warriors 7.

After completing the first twenty-three games of their thirty-six games season the big question in the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League is will anyone defeat current leaders Old Liberal Club who to date have won all twenty-three of their fixtures. In their most recent game Old Liberal Club had a 5-2 win playing away against Gate Hangs Well ‘B’ who are second in the league and now some six points behind their opponents. Third in the league Princess had a comfortable 6-1 win at Crestwood to reduce the arrears on Gate Hangs Well ‘B’ to just two points and keep two points ahead of fourth in the league Five Ways who were the week’s biggest winners handing out a 7-0 defeat to their visitors Gate Hangs Well ‘A’.

Full Results:Game 24:- Rose and Crown ‘B’ 5 Mount Pleasant 2, Gate Hangs Well ‘B’ 2 Old Liberal Club 5, Raven ‘B’ 1 Raven ‘A’ 6, Five Ways 7 Gate Hangs Well ‘A’ 0, Crestwood 1 Princess 6, Netherton Conservative Club ‘A’ 6 Rose and Crown ‘A’ 1, Glasscutters ‘A’ 7 Fox Inn (Lye) 0, Seven Stars 1 Netherton Conservative Club ‘B’ 6, Bird in Hand 7 Glasscutters ‘B’ 0, Queens Head had a bye.


Week sixteen in the Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League brought about the first defeat in their sixteen games for league leaders Vine ‘A’ as they went down 4-3 playing away against Horseley Tavern ‘A’ who are seventh in the table with eighteen points some twelve fewer than their top of the table opponents. Despite the reversal and a superb seven darts leg for their D.Quinn, his second of the season, Vine ‘A’ remain in pole position with thirty points still four to the good on their nearest rivals second placed Tamebridge who won 7-0 against King Arthur. Allen’s Bar make up the top three places in the league, their twenty-four points six off the top after they added their latest 6-1 win away to Waggon and Horses.

Full Results: Game 16: Horseley Tavern ‘A’ 4 Vine ‘A’ 3 (D.Quinn 7 darts game), Tamebridge 7 King Arthur 0, Waggon and Horses 1 Allen’s Bar 6, Sow and Pigs 0 Three Horseshoes 7, Cottage Spring 4 Ivy Bush 3, Albion 6 Horseley Tavern ‘B’ 1, Vine ‘B’ 3 Horse and Jockey 4.

With maximums from both Dave Edwards and Andy Floyd, Old Liberal Club, leaders of the Netherton Thursday Night League made it twenty wins in twenty-one games and kept their three points lead plus a game in hand on second placed Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ who in their local derby fixture with Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘B’ won 8-1, Matt Rogers recording a maximum for the ‘B’ side. Third in the league Bulls Head had a bye and although they are six points behind Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ they have two games in hand which could net them those six points. However to overtake the Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ they would have to win both games 9-0.

At the other end of the table bottom team Old Queens Head travelled to take on next to bottom Netherton Sports and Social Club, the result was 7-2 to the Sports and Social Club to widen the gap between the two teams to twelve points, Old Queens Head have lost all twenty-two of their fixtures and their hosts have won four of their games.

Full Results: Game 23: Old Liberal Club 8 (Dave Edwards 180, Andy Floyd 180) Spring Meadow Social 1 (Carl Hadlington 180), Spring Meadow Pub 5 Hill and Cakemore Ex Serviceman’s Club 4 (John Green 180), Netherton Sports And Social Club 7 Olde Queens Head 2, Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ 8 (Mark Rollinson 180) Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘B’ 1 (Matt Rogers 180), Old Glasshouse 4 Plough and Harrow 5, Hare and Hounds 2 Townsend Social Club 7, Bulls Head had a bye.

The top seven teams in the Silver End Sunday Morning League remain the same after completing game seventeen. Top of the table is Dudley Sports ‘A’ who added a convincing 7-1 home win over High Acres ‘B’ to their account to give them forty-three points from their sixteen games and a lead of three over second in the table Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club who won their home tie with Brickmakers Arms 5-3. Third placed Old Star fell further behind the top two teams as they were somewhat surprisingly held to a 4-4 draw at home by Pensnett Liberal Club who lie next to bottom of the league, Old Star are now seven points short of the leaders.

Full Results: Game 17: Rose and Crown 3 Old Liberal Club 5, New Talbot ‘A’ 5 Brier Rose 3, High Acres ‘A’ 4 Dudley Sports ‘B’ 4, High  Acres ‘C’ 5 Raven 3, Tenth Lock 5 Mount Pleasant 3, Dudley Sports ‘A’ 7 High Acres ‘B’ 1, Church Tavern 7 New Talbot ‘B’ 1, Old Star 4 Pensnett Liberal Club 4, Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 5 Brickmakers Arms 3, Old Cat Inn had a bye.

Five Way’s ‘A’ are the only team in the Stourbridge and District Wednesday Night League able to boast a 100% win record as in game nine they added a 6-1 win at Fox Inn (Lye) to their tally. With sixteen points Five Ways ‘A’ have a two points advantage over second in the league Old Liberal Club ‘A’ who won 5-2 playing away against Bird in Hand ‘E’ who as a result of their defeat had to forfeit their number two spot to their opponents and drop to third place on twelve points the same number as Plough, Mount Pleasant and Fox Inn (Lye). Plough won 5-2 at home against Rose and Crown while Mount Pleasant had a 7-0 home win over bottom of the table Netherton Conservative Club, Fox Inn (Lye) have played one game more than Mount Pleasant.

Full Results: Game 9:- Fox Inn (Lye) 1 Five Ways ‘A’ 6, Plough 5 Rose and Crown 2, Bird in Hand ‘E’ 2 Old Liberal Club ‘A’ 5, Mount Pleasant 7 Netherton Conservative Club 0, Five Ways ‘B’ 4 White Horse 3, Old Liberal Club ‘B’ 3 Wheatsheaf 4, Brickmakers Arms 0 Beech Tree Miners 7, Garibaldi 4 Stourbridge FC 3, Hollybush had a bye.

The only change in the Cradley Tuesday Night League table after game fourteen was that of Brickmakers Arms and Blackheath Liberal Club swapping places after Brickmakers lost 4-3 to the Liberal Club. In the local derby between Quarry Bank Liberal Club ‘A’ and Quarry Bank Liberal Club ‘B’ the close 4-3 result went to the ‘A’ side to keep them top of the table with thirty-nine points from thirteen games and the ‘B’ team second with thirty-six points from fourteen games, third in the league Plough won 5-2 at Tenth Lock to leave them trailing the leaders by nine points.  

Full Results: Game 14: Quarry Bank Social Club ‘B’ 2 Bulls Head 5, Blackheath Liberal Club 4 Brickmakers Arms 3, Tenth Lock 2 Plough 5, Quarry Bank Liberal Club ‘A’ 4 Quarry Bank Liberal Club ‘B’ 3, Quarry Bank Social Club ‘A’ had a bye.

This week in the West Midlands Ladies Super League Gemma Barrett and Sarah Barrett were the only two players out of the top seven to actually play. Gemma leads the field and added a 3-1 win over Sarah to consolidate her number one position giving her forty-seven points from eighteen games and a lead of ten over second and third placed Jackie Trott and Jacqueline Maiden who in turn have played thirteen and fourteen games.

Full Results: Week 17:- Sarah Maybury 3 Julie Emery 0, Gemma Barrett 3 Sarah Barrett 1, Jacqui Simmons 3 Sarah Maybury 2, Julie Emery 3 Sam Rowley 1.

A 5-0 home win over Quarry Bank Liberal Club ‘B’ made sure Allen’s Bar held on to the top position in the Black Country Men’s Super League while their opponents dropped one place in the table to third on sixteen points, five short of their hosts. Taking over in the number two spot is Townsend ‘A’, their 4-1 home success against Pensnett Liberal Club ‘B’ taking them to within a point of the leaders who are on twenty-one points.

A 3-2 win by Allen’s Bar ‘B’ over Pensnett Liberal Club ‘A’ has seen them move off the foot of the table to be replaced by Pensnett Liberal Club ‘B’ who are level on six points with Allen’s Bar ‘B but have played one game more than them.

Full Results: Game 5:- Blackheath Liberal Club 3 Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 2, Townsend ‘A’ 4 Pensnett Liberal Club ‘B’ 1, Quarry Bank Liberal Club 4 Townsend Social 1, New Inn 3 Northfield Darts Club 2, Allen’s Bar ‘B’ 3 Pensnett Liberal Club ‘A’ 2, Allen’s Bar 5 Quarry Bank Liberal Club ‘B’ 0.

Leader of the Amblecote RBL Premier League Dan Nicholls didn’t play in the latest round of fixtures and despite his nearest rival Nick Fullwell playing three games he still has a game in hand and a seven point’s lead on Fullwell. Fullwell began his evening with a narrow 4-3 win over Neil Murphy and from there it got better and better for him as he beat John Green 5-2 and rounded off the night by handing Josh Wheeler a 7-0 whitewash. Third in the league Jamie Barrowman is just two points behind Fullwell but he has played two games more than him.

Full Results: Week 27:- Nick Fullwell 4 Neil Murphy 3, Mitch Pickett 4 Steve Gillam 3, Dave Simpson 4 Jack Pritchard 3, Joe Poole 6 Howard Pritchard 1, Ryan Green 6 Stephen Cartwright 1, Martyn Harper 6 Carl Hipkiss 1, Jake Shipley 4 Matt Davies 3, Wozza Pritchard 5 Craig Lowin 2, Ian Townsend 6 Jamie Barrowman 1, Nick Fullwell 5 John Green 2, Ryan Green 7 Sam Page 0, Jon Underhill 5 Josh Hodgkins 2, Aaron Colley 4 Andy Vellender 3, Carl Hipkiss 5 Michael Harding 2, Dave Simpson 5 Mitch Pickett 2, Martyn Harper 7 Wozza Pritchard 0, Josh Wheeler 5 Jake Shipley 2, Matt Davies 7 Stephen Cartwright 0, Josh Hodgkins 5 Jake Robinson 2, Jack Pritchard 5 Howard Pritchard 2, Steve Gillam 4 Sam Page 3, Aaron Colley 6 Neil Murphy 1, John Green 5 Michael Harding 2, Ian Townsend 7 Jon Underhill 0, Nick Fullwell 7 Josh Wheeler 0, Andy Vellender 6 Joe Poole 1, Jamie Barrowman 4 Craig Lowin 3, Jamie Barrowman 6 Josh Hodgkins 1.

Ian Stanton was the only player in the top six in division one of the Gilbert’s Bar Monday Night Singles League to play this week and he didn’t have the best of results as he lost 5-2 to sixth in the division Stewart Pryce leaving him third in the table with 130 points from twenty games and although he has two games in hand on leader Scott Baker he is thirty-three points behind him.

Division two leader Kurt Wright played two games, his first saw him held to a 4-4 draw by Artur Lubkowski who is fourth in the division, while in his second he won 5-3 against Gemma Barrett Jenkins to take his points tally to 161 from twenty games giving him a very comfortable thirty-three points lead over second placed Allan Davies who didn’t play this week but has played the same twenty games as Wright.  

Even though he didn’t play this week Dave Thackeray with twenty wins from twenty games is the only player in the league to have won all of his games, he has amassed a total of 185 points and although second placed Thomas Hollowood played and won 5-3 against Robert Bradley he has played two games more than Thackeray and has eighteen points fewer.

Full Results:Game 23:- Adam Teasdale 6 Andy Mullinder 2, Dean Simmons-Fullwood 4 Steve Lynch 4, Stewart Pryce 5 Ian Stanton 3, Steve Lynch 5 Jon Blakemore 3, Adam Teasdale 4 Clark Cook 4, Game 25:- Artur Lubkowski 4 Kurt Wright 4, Alan Melling 4 Kevin Bate 4, Alex Simmons 6 Malcolm Pugh 2, Keith Hollowood 0 Richard Brown 8, Kurt Wright 5 Gemma Barrett Jenkins 3, Anthony Bradley 5 Eddie Gripton 3, Keogh Bate 4 Sandra Beardsmore 4, Claire Hobbs 3 Jenni Seedhouse 5, Warren Bower 6 Lauren Kempson 2, Alex Bryant 1 Gareth Walsh 7, Thomas Hollowood 5 Robert Bradley 3, Joe Bartolo 6 Michele Pritchard 2, Andy Poole 3 Dave Akers 5.


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