In Your League: Birmingham Darts Approaches Full Strength

By Alan Towe 01/06/2022

Another league making a welcome return to the local scene after the enforced COVID-19 break is the Dave Duncan Double Top League with an encouraging sixteen players kicking off the new season.

Topping the table in the first week is Simon Power who followed up his 4-1 win over Simon Edwards with a 5-0 success against John Taylor to put him on nine points and giving him a two points advantage over his two nearest rivals Andy Hutchings and Ian Spencer. Andy had 4-1 and 3-2 wins over respective opponents Jack Sidwell and Tom White while Ian began with a 3-2 defeat to Jason Jennings and then recorded his first win which was 5-0 against John Taylor.

Full Results: Week 1:- Jason Jennings 3 Ian Spencer 2, Pete Healy 3 Darren Wilson 2, Richard Mills 2 Mark Wall 3, Simon Power 4 Simon Edwards 1, Tom White 3 Terry Webster 2, Alan Mayall 1 Nigel Davis 4, Andy Hutchings 4 Jack Sidwell 1, Ian Spencer 5 John Taylor 0, Mark Wall 1 Darren Wilson 4, Alan Mayall 2 Richard Mills 3, Jason Jennings 3 Pete Healy 2, Nigel Davis 1 Jack Sidwell 4, Terry Webster 3 Simon Edwards 2, Simon Power 5 John Taylor 0, Andy Hutchings 3 Tom White 2.

As week three is played off in the Shirley Legion Double Top League it was announced that a couple of players had dropped out of the league but the league are still able to boast an entry of 22 players, 19 of which turned out this week. The evening saw some very close games and some shock results, one of them being the 4-0 win by Michael Forsyth over Lee Lattimer with Lattimer missing out on his finishing doubles.

There is a new leader of the league as Mark Gwalchmai with 4-0 wins over Jordan Ottley and Luke Sahota plus a 3-1 success against Brian Lawton giving him a total of 22 points from seven games a lead of two points over second placed James Lee who beat Tony Daly 4-0 and then finished all square at 2-2 with Lee Harris, leaving him with a game in hand on Gwalchmai.

Former leader Kyle Bevan didn’t play in week three and drops to fifth place on 16 points but with three games in hand on leader Gwalchmai. Third in the table John Smyth has played the same number of games as James Lee and is just one point behind him after he added a 4-0 win over Brian Lawton and a 3-1 win against Kim Daly to his tally which gives him a one pont advantage plus a game in hand on fourth placed Mark O’Donnell who had 3-1 wins over Lee Lattimer and Tony Daly before beating Steve Harper 4-0.

Finding the three treble twenties this week were Mick Bown, Jordan Ottley, Mark Gwalchmai, Mark O’Donnell and John Smyth.

Full Results: Week 2:- Jordan Ottley (180) 4 Kim Daly 0, Steve Harper 0 John Smyth (180) 4, Mike Forsyth 1 Mark Gwalchmai 3, Julian Harris 2 Tom Bent 2, Mark O’Donnell 4 Dave Fisher 0, Sean Talbot 1 Dave Heighway 3, James Lee (14 darts game,16 darts game) 4 Lee Lattimer 0, Mick Bown 0 Kyle Bevan (180) 4, Tony Daly 1 Brian Lawton (180) 3, Luke Sahota 1 John Bown 3, Mark Gwalchmai 3 Steve Harper 1, Tom Bent (116f)  3 John Bown 1, Kyle Bevan 4 Mike Forsyth 0, Brian Lawton 3 Julian Harris 1, Dave Fisher 0 James Lee (16 darts game) 4, Sean Talbot 2 Mark O’Donnell 2, Kim Daly 3 Luke Sahota 1, Dave Heighway 3 Lee Lattimer 1, Julian Harris 0 John Bown (180) 4, Tom Bent 3 Dave Heighway 1, Tony Daly 0 Mick Bown 4, Week 3:- Tom McCabe 2 Lee Harris 2, John Bown 4 Kim Daly 0, Dave Heighway 2 Julian Harris 2, Lee Lattimer 1 Mark O’Donnell 3, Jordan Ottley 0 Mark Gwalchmai 4, Luke Sahota 3 Mike Forsyth 1, Mick Bown (180) 3 Tom Bent 1, Brian Lawton 0 John Smyth 4, James Lee 4 Tony Daly 0, Tom Bent 2 Tom McCabe (18 darts game) 2, John Smyth (180,18 darts game) 3 Kim Daly 1, Mike Forsyth 4 Lee Lattimer 0, Tony Daly 1 Mark O’Donnell (107f) 3, Dave Heighway 1 Mick Bown 3, Jordan Ottley (180) 2 Brian Lawton 2, Luke Sahota 0 Mark Gwalchmai (17 darts game) 4, James Lee (19 darts game) 2 Lee Harris (17 darts game) 2, Steve Harper 0 Mark O’Donnell (180,19 darts game) 4, Mark Gwalchmai 3 Brian Lawton (180) 1, Julain Harris 0 Lee Harris 4, Lee Lattimer 0 Steve Harper 4.

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It was cup week in the Camp Hill League, the first round of their League Cup in which three of the four games finished with a 6-1 scoreline. Chalking up the big wins were Tyseley WMC, Clumsy Swan and Cotterill’s Lane EBAHA Club who defeated respective opponents Moseley Arms, Peaky Blinder and Sedgemere Devils. In the other game played Tyseley Bears won 4-3 against Aston Inn Nomads.

Full Results: League Cup: Round One:- Aston Inn Nomads 3 Tyseley Bears 4, Moseley Arms 1 Tyseley WMC 6, Peaky Blinder 1 Clumsy Swan 6, Cotterills Lane EBAHA Club 6 Sedgemere Devils 1.

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In division one of the Shirley and District Monday Night League Tippetts Bar, for the first time this season and in five games they lost. Playing at home against third placed Lions Tippetts who were second in the division went down 5-4 and at the same time also lost their number two spot to their opponents. Lions have now joined leaders Dunky’s Boys on ten points, Dunky’s handed out an 8-1 thrashing to fourth placed Saracens Swords with their players in outstanding form as Andy Hutchings, Bob Nixon and Jason Jennings all hit two maximums and Simon Edwards recorded a 100 finish. Although the two top teams are both on ten points Dunky’s have played one game fewer than Lions.

In division two leaders Saracens Misfits hosted bottom of the division Saracens Slingers and won 6-3 to keep them two points to the good on second placed Highwood who won 5-4 against HSCC.

Full Results: Week 12:Division One:- Tippetts Bar 4 Lions 5, Dunky’s Boys 8 (A.Hutchings 2×180, B.Nixon 2×180, J.Jennings 2×180, S.Edwards 100f) Saracens Swords 1, Wharf 5 Lodge 4 (N.Personage 123f,15 darts game, J.Hinkley 180), Cider House 5 (M.McCallion 112b) Solihull Municipal 4 (B.Lawton 101b, C.Clarke 112b), Wythall Legion had a bye, Division Two:- Saracens Misfits 6 (J.Ballad 120b) Saracens Slingers 3, Sharmans Cross 4 (R.Pettit 109f) Leo’s Vikings 5, Highwood 5 HSCC 4, Yardley Wood Social 4 Legion Royals 5.

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The Netherton Thursday Night League played the first leg of the semi-finals of their League Cup and both Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club and Old Hill Cricket Club will have a big task in the second leg to turn around 6-3 deficits.

League champions Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club played away against league runners-up Townsend Social Club while Old Hill Cricket Club, who finished sixth in the league hosted fifth placed The Clock.

Full Results:League Cup:Semi-Finals:First Leg:- Townsend Social Club 6 Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 3, Old Hill Cricket Club 3 The Clock 6.

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With leaders of the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League White Horse having a bye in week 24 second-placed Cross (Oldswinford) took the opportunity to draw level on 34 points with them as they defeated Gate Hangs Well 4-3. Despite the top two teams being level on points they are not level on games played as White Horse have two games in hand on Cross with Cross now having just two more games to play.

At the other end of the table, there was a rare win for Fox Inn (Lye) whose 5-2 home success over Ten Arches has seen them move off the foot of the table and go above both Crestwood and Rose and Crown, with Crestwood dropping to the bottom of the table.

Full Results: Game 24:- Cross (Oldswinford) 4 Gate Hangs Well 3, Crestwood 3 Bird in Hand 4, Bell ‘A’ 7 Woodman 0, Fox Inn (Lye) 5 Ten Arches 2, Church Tavern 3 Seven Stars 4, White Horse and Rose and Crown had a bye.

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Bell ‘A’ had a bye in the Silver End Sunday Morning League and as a result lost their second place in the table and dropped to third behind Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club who took over the number two spot after beating Bell ‘B’ 5-3. Leaders Dudley Sports were convincing 7-1 home winners over Crestwood to take them up to 28 points, one more than the Ex Serviceman’s Club and four more than Bell ‘A’.

The bottom two teams played each other, next to bottom Black Horse ‘A’ winning handsomely by 7-1 against bottom placed Kings Head ‘B’ who after ten fixtures are still seeking their first win of the season.

Full Results: Rearranged Fixture:- Brickmakers Arms 6 Crestwood 2, Game 13:- Bell ‘B’ 3 Dudley Ex Servicemen’s Club 5, Black Horse ‘B’ 6 King’s Head ‘A’ 2, Dudley Sports 7 Crestwood 1, King’s Head ‘B’ 1 Black Horse ‘A’ 7, New Talbot 5 Brickmakers Arms 3, Tenth Lock 3 Old Star 5, Bell ‘A’ had a bye.

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The top three teams in the Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League all won 5-2 in their latest round of fixtures. Top of the table Waggon and Horses won at Dewdrop ‘B’ while Dewdrop ‘A’, who are second beat their hosts Vine ‘B’. Third in the league Miners Arms ‘B’ won their home tie with bottom placed Sow and Pigs to keep them on the same number of points as Dewdrop ‘A’ both having 20, four short of Waggon and Horses who also have a game in hand on the two of them.

Horseley Tavern who were previously fourth in the league lost 6-1 at home to Miners Arms ‘A’ and drop to fifth with Vine ‘A’ moving up one place as a result of their 6-1 win at Albion.

Full Results: Game 13:- Vine ‘B’ 2 (N.Norman 180) Dewdrop ‘A’ 5 (B.Martin 180, L.Fletcher 180), Horseley Tavern 1 Miners Arms ‘A’ 6, Albion 1 Vine ‘A’ 6, Dewdrop ‘B’ 2 Waggon and Horses 5, Miners Arms ‘B’ 5 Sow and Pigs 2, Tamebridge had a bye.

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Week three of the League Cup in the Netherton Tuesday Night League and in Group ‘A’ Netherton Sports recorded a 6-1 win over Quarry Bank Social Club while Church Tavern had a much closer 4-3 win at Chop House.

In Group ‘B’ Bulls Head were 6-1 winners against Wheatsheaf, Plough not too far behind with a 5-2 win over Samson.

Full Results:League Cup:Week 3:Group ‘A’:- Chop House 3 Church Tavern 4, Netherton Sports 6 Quarry Bank Social Club 1, Group ‘B’:- Plough 5 Samson 2, Bulls Head 6 Wheatsheaf 1.

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Bell consolidated their number one position in the Rowley Monday Night League by handing out a 9-0 whitewash to their hosts Tividale FC. The win keeps Bell at the halfway point of the season two points ahead of White Swan, Whiteheath Tavern and Plough and Harrow. White Swan had a 6-3 home win over sixth in the league Gate Hangs Well while as a result of their 9-0 win against Loyal Lodge Whiteheath Tavern move above Plough and Harrow as they only won 7-2 against Hare and Hounds, Whiteheath who are one leg of average short of White Swan have a two legs of average lead on Plough and Harrow.

Full Results:Game 15:- Roost 4 Three Diamonds 5, Plough and Harrow 7 Hare and Hounds 2, White Swan 6 Gate Hangs Well 3, Tividale FC 0 Bell 9, Romsley Cricket Club 7 Wonder 2, Whiteheath Tavern 9 Loyal Lodge 0, Cradley Heath Sports and Social 7 Windmills End 2, Ex Servicemen’s 7 Spring Meadow 2.

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Nick Fullwell’s quest for the Ashwood Premier League title has been strengthened by the fact that in week eleven he beat Rob Pierce 6-1 and Mitch Pickett 7-0 to take his points tally from 19 games to 123 with a lead of eight points and two games in hand on currently second in the league Chris Manoila who added 5-2 wins over Ash Marson and Martyn Harper to his account to move him up one place in the table.

Formerly second-placed Chris Williams had a bad start to the night as he lost out 5-2 to Sam Aitkens before recovering to beat Jayden Harper 5-2 to put him fourth in the table on 113 points. After his win over Williams, Aitkens then won 7-0 against Jayden Harper but finished the night going down 4-3 to a former leader of the league Tom Stockton. Nevertheless, Aitkens moved four places up the table to third on the same 115 points as Manoila but from three more games played.

Full Results: Week 11:- Sam Aitkens 5 Chris Williams 2, Chris Fox 5 Andy Vellender 2, Kevin harris 7 Tony Bennett 0, Shane Passey 4 Paul Pollard 3, Geoff Marson 6 Jon Underhill 1, Matt Davies 5 Craig Lowin 2, Nick Fullwell 6 Rob Pierce 1, Martyn Harper 6 Mark Glaze 1, Sam Aitkens 7 Jayden Harper 0, Martyn Harper 4 Josh Pickett 3, Connor Pickett 6 Craig Lowin 1, Connor Pickett 6 Craig Lowin 1, Neil Murphy 6 Mark Glaze 1, Gaz Cartwright 5 Mitch Pickett 2, Kevin Harris 4 Rob Pierce 3, Chris Manoila 5 Ash Marson 2, Gaz Cartwright 4 Ash Marson 3, Chris Fox 4 Kevin Harris 3, Rob Pierce 4 Neil Murphy 3, Dave Simpson 4 Josh Pickett 3, Nick Fullwell 7 Mitch Pickett 0, Tom Stockton 4 Connor Pickett 3, Chris Manoila 5 Martyn Harper 2, Kevin Harris 5 Craig Lowin 2, Geoff Marson 7 Paul Pollard 0, Andy Vellender 4 Dave Simpson 3, Shane Passey 5 Tony Bennett 2, Jon Underhill 6 Matt Davies 1, Chris Williams 5 Jayden Harper 2, Tom Stockton 4 Sam Aitkens 3.

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It may well have been week 13 in the Black Country Thursday Night Singles League but it was certainly not unlucky for leader Graham Hall as throughout the night he got better and better. Hall began the night with a 5-3 win over Reece Colley, he then won 6-2 against Rich Bowen and finished his trio of games with an 8-0 success over Shane Passey to give him a total of 200 points from 23 games. Nick Fullwell is Hall’s nearest threat he had 7-1 wins over both Nick Whitehouse and Shane Price to leave him 18 points short of Hall from the same number of games played.

Full Results: Week 13:- Reece Colley 6 Joe Colley 2, Rich Bowen 6 Nick Whitehouse 2, Rich Bowen 7 Justin Evans 1, Steven Gillam 7 Nick Whitehouse 1, Graham Hall 5 Reece Colley 3, Jason Lowe 7 Lewis Handley 1, Justin Evans 4 Paul Dicken 4, Steven Gillam 5 Benjamin Hollowood 3, Paul Harrison 7 Heather Wright 1, Shane Passey 4 Joe Colley 4, Nick Fullwell 7 Nick Whitehouse 1, Jason Lowe 8 Cheryl Allcock 0, Reece Colley 4 Benjamin Hollowood 4, Graham Hall 6 Rich Bowen 2, Lewis Handley 6 Nick Whitehouse 2, Joe Colley 5 Paul Dicken 3, Justin Evans 7 Cheryl Allcock 1, Jason Lowe 4 Steven Gillam 4, Reece Colley 7 Heather Wright 1, Graham Hall 8 Shane Passey 0, Nick Fullwell 7 Shane Price 1.

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It’s so close at the top of the Singles Division in the Wolverhampton Tuesday Night League that a bye for Railway saw them lose their pole position and drop to fourth. Woodfield, the only team in the division with a 100% win record have taken over the number one spot following their 4-3 win over Stile, their twelve points two more than Hurst Hill, Gilbert’s Bar and Railway. Hurst Hill and Gilbert’s Bar both had close 4-3 wins over in turn Wednesfield Legion and Cleveland Arms.

In the Doubles Division ECC continue to lead the way adding a straight 3-0 win over Yew Tree to their account to put them on 12 points. Second-placed Hurst Hill have played one game less than ECC and are the only unbeaten team in the division, they took the winning run to six games with a 3-0 win over Wednesfield Legion.

Full Results: Singles Division:- Cleveland Arms 3 Gilbert’s Bar 4, ECC 7 Yew Tree 0, Hurst Hill 4 Wednesfield Legion 3, Jack’s Bar 1 Dog and Partridge 6, Moreton Arms 5 Red Lion (Wednesfield) 2, Woodfield 4 Stile 3, Railway had a bye, Doubles Division:- Cleveland Arms 1 Gilbert’s Bar 2, ECC 3 Yew Tree 0, Hurst Hill 3 Wednesfield Legion 0, Jack’s Bar 2 Dog and Partridge 1, Moreton Arms 2 Red Lion (Wednesfield) 1, Woodfield 1 Stile 2, Railway had a bye.

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Words: Alan Towe (Supported by Red Dragon Darts)

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