In Your League: Midlands Leagues enjoy a hectic schedule.

The results for the eighth fixtures of the season in the Sheldon and District Winter League produced just one change in all of the three divisions, the premier division and division one remain exactly the same as before. All of the top four teams won in the premier leaders Dunky’s Boys handed out a 9-0 whitewash to their hosts and fifth in the division Iron Horse Flights. Second-placed Sheldon Marlborough Arrows are on the same 14 points as Dunky’s after their 8-1 success over Hornet and third-placed Langley Arrows, who are also on 14 points won 6-3 at Mackadown Social.

Division one leaders Sheldon Dukes suffered their first defeat in eight games when they somewhat surprisingly lost 5-4 at home to Shirley Misfits, however, the Dukes hold on to the top spot with 14 points four more than second and third-placed Kingshurst Labour Club and Hollywood Social. Kingshurst won their home tie with Meadway Sports and Social 6-3, Hollywood Social having a slightly closer 5-4 success in their home game with Maggies.

Division two saw the week’s only positional change as second and third-placed Journeys End and Langley Flights swapped places as Journeys had their fixture with Small Heath Gardeners cancelled and Langley won 9-0 against Hampton and Solihull CC to overtake Journeys on average, both teams are on 12 points two adrift of leaders Willclare Sports and Social who won 7-2 against Sheldon Marlborough Ridge.

Full Results: Game 8:Premier Division:- Iron Horse Flights 0 Dunky’s Boys 9 (Andy Hutchings 9 darts game), Sheldon Marlborough Arrows 8 Hornet 1, Mackadown Social 3 Langley Arrows 6 (Paul Nixon 180), Highwood Gerry’s Boys 6 Hobs Meadow 3, Division One:- Yardley Ex Colts 6 Irish Centre 3, Hollywood Social 5 Maggies 4, Sheldon Dukes 4 Shirley Misfits 5, Kingshurst Labour Club 6 Meadway Sports and Social 3, Division Two:- Lyndon Old Boys 7 Raven 2, Langley Flights 9 (Darren Tudor 180) Hampton and Solihull CC 0, Willclare Sports and Social 7 Sheldon Marlborough Ridge 2, Journeys End v Small Heath Gardeners postponed.


It was the first defeat in eleven games for the Four Oaks and District League division one leaders Boldmere St Mikes as they went down 5-4 in an incredibly tight match at home to their nearest rivals Erdington Arrows. The defeat leaves Boldmere still in pole position with their lead now reduced to two points. Third, in the division, Red Lion lost ground as they slumped to a 7-2 home defeat at the hands of the Golden Hind Lions team who are next to the bottom of the table. Fourth-placed Highcroft Social also fell further behind and are on the same 12 points as Red Lion after losing 5-4 at Walmley CSC Flights.    

It’s oh so close at the top of division two with top team Heartlands winning 7-2 against Sutton Sharks and second-placed Bishop Vesey beating Rosey Mac’s 8-1 to keep them level on 18 points with Heartlands and trailing by just one leg of average.

Charley’s Flights defeated Plough and Arrows 7-2 to move into the third spot on average from their opponents but are some four points behind the top two teams. 

C.Millward Jnr (Boldmere St Mikes) hit his second 180, G.Bushell (Oscott Social Club) his first and N.Bradley chalked up Rosey Mac’s first maximum.

Full Results: Game 11:Division One:- Golden Hind 2 (A.Kimberley 100,140, J.Greaves 100b, J.Morris 100, T.O’Kereke 160b,123, W.Naylor 3×100, D.Munge 100) Old Oscott Arrows 7 (M.Page 108,100, D.Page 100, A.Lea 102b,102f,100, P.Locke 2×100, M.Maher 102b), Red Lion 2 (B.Hughes 121, I.Matthews 140, D.Vickers 101, J.Collins 121, T.Vickers 100, R.Lowe 115b, L.Vickers 131,134) Golden Hind Lions 7 (A.Day 100, J.Clarke 100,139, M.Deathridge 124,100), Boldmere St Mikes 4 (B.Liggins 140,134, D.Jarvis jnr 134b, R.Liggins 101b, M.Wild 3×100, C.Millward jnr 140,100,125,180,140, B.Linnecor 112b,165,125,133,127,140,100, J.Liggins 2×100) Erdington Arrows 5 (C.Winters 100,125,110f,9 darts game, K.Smith 100, S.Winters 160b,136,105,100,125, T.Colley 6×100, J.Green 120b,118), Oscott Social Club 5 (R.Graham 120, P.Graham 150b, T.Whyley 100, G.Bushell 100,180, 8 darts game) Pint Pot Flights 4 (J.Moon 103b,123,100, M.Phillips 100, P.Southall 100, N.Robbins 2×100, L.Lemathy 100,140, M.Pearson Bagnall 3×100), Walmley CSC Flights 5 (K.Green 116f, J.Kavanagh 100b, A.Cooksey 2×125, P.Moran 105b,2×100, S.Wilson 100, G.Gaughan 105,111) Highcroft Social 4 (J.Verschoyle 116, L.Shorthouse 115, T.Pallett 2×100, S.Pritchett 112b,100,109f, S.Shorthouse 100), Division Two:- Bishop Vesey 8 (A.Jones 108b, C.Sammons 100, D.Walton 100, N.Smallwood 120b,100,110,114f, N.Sammons 104, T.Rubery 121, D.Quirk 100, D.Sammons 100) Rosey Mac’s 1 (A.Poole 119, S.Wright 100, R.Snelson 140, J.Cox snr 100, N.Bradley 120b,180,100), Heartlands 7 (Jim Frost 120b,140,2×100, John Frost 100,140, S.Cain 100b, C.Austin 120,115, J.Rogers 121) Sutton Sharks 2 (C.Gardener 105,100, C.Baldwin 100,135, J.Boden 100b,105b,100), Erdington Flyers 7 (D.Forster 148b, K.Hopkins 100, L.Cooksey 140, A.Linehan 138,100,140) St Thomas Arrows 2 (G.Lynch 125, R.Nelson 3×100, M.Andrews 2×100, K.Nelson 152b, G.Stait 2×100, D.Wakelam 120), Charley’s Flights 7 (P.Nicholls 132, R.Barritt 122, P.Nicholls 140, J.Morahan 100,120, J.Burdett 101,100) Plough and Arrows 2 (S.Alexander 101,100, M.Willetts 123, S.Johnson 103b,  D.Hughes 140, Roxy Bennett 100, A.Humphriss 100,140), Deers Leap 5 (Ant Kimberley 105, T.Kelly 100b,123,120b,2×100, T.Ross 4×100,135, R.Batham 140) Bills Arrows 4 (M.Clark 100, D.Bond 101b,100,140,100f,9 darts game, G.Averill 2×100, M.O’Gara 105,100f, M.Cooper 112b,140,2×14 darts games).


The Shirley and District Monday Night League played off the finals of their Main and Consolation Cups, in the former division one leaders Dunky’s Boys beat second in the table Tippetts Bar 8-1 with P.Healey notching a maximum for Dunky’s. 

The Consolation final beatween Sharman’s Cross (division two) and Lodge (division one) produced a 5-2 win for Lodge, T.Birmingham finding the three treble twenties for Sharman’s.

Full Results:Main Cup:Final:- Tippets Bar 1 (D.Wright 114f,15 darts game) Dunkys Boys 8 (P.Healey 180), Consolation Cup:Final:- Sharmans Cross 2 (T.Birmingham 180) Lodge 5.


With wins for the top two teams in the Kings Norton League the difference between the two remains the same two points with Copper Fox adding a convincing 6-1 win over Cock Inn to hold on to pole position and E57’s 5-2 win at Thurlestone keeping them in second place. The defeat for Thurlestone however sees them drop from third in the table to fifth, on the same 20 points as second and third placed Rubery Legion and Bournebrook, Rubery winning 6-1 at home against Toby Jug and Bournebrook having a 5-2 success at Rubery Social Club to see keep both winning teams six points off the top of the table.

It was a fantastic week for bottom of the table Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club as their 4-3 win over Northfield was their first win so far of the fourteen games season.

Full Results:Game 14:- Copper Fox 6 (E.Simpson 2×100,125, C.Whitehouse 2×100,101,135, K.Whitehouse 100,131f,180, D.Marsh 100,104f,2×140, D.McConomy 3×100, T.Hamilton 3×100,180, G.Dews 3×100,140, C.Whitehouse 180, E.Simpson 180) Cock Inn 1 (P.Hughes 2×100,140, L.Fox 3×100, A.Harvey 100,137, Joe Fox 2×100,140, A.Vaughan 4×100,140, K.Vaughan 2×100,140), Thurlestone 2 (J.Downer 5×100, D.Peace 137, R.Waldron 2×140, A.Deeley 2×100, N.Watts 121,140, B.Andrews 100,104,125) E57 5 (D.Logan 2×100,122f,125, J.Calt 100, N.Porter 3×100, A.Mutch 2×100,140, T.Roberts 100,140, S.Nolan 100, E.Bird 3×100), Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club 4 (C.Davenport 2×100, S.Corbett 100,116, D.Whitecombe 100, G.Williamson 180, P.Corbett 128, S.Brown 100) Northfield 3 (J.McGlone 100, M.Lloyd 100,3×140, L.Allen 2×100,140, P.Walton 100, L.Farrell 133, P.Draper 140,100, J.Taylor 2×100), Grant Arms 4 (P.Taylor 100,125, N.Smith 100, M.Ellis 132, A.Dewsbury 100,139, A.McGowan 100,121) Kings Heath 3 (J.Bridges 132, A.Homer 3×100,121,180, M.Marshall 121,133, R.Hampton 2×100,105, J.Tulloch 2×100, S.Morris 121, M.Marshall 180), Rubery Social Club 2 (G.Bailles 100,112, L.Pearce 100, A.Pearce 100, M.Ferriday 100) Bournebrook 5 (T.Jeffs 3×100,105, L.Arnold 100, C.Ryan 117,123, M.Bathurst 122,140, R.Orton 100, D.Collins 2×100), Rubery Legion 6 (J.Higgins 3×100, J.Grainger 140, K.Manger 121,135, J.O’Neill 100,125,140, A.Faulkner 2×100,140,180) Toby Jug 1 (B.Heath 100, R.Packer 3×100,140, D.Crook 121).


Due to illness, positive COVID tests and work commitments there was just the one fixture played in the Camp Hill League this week which saw Tyseley Newbies win 4-3 against Meadway Social. The win sees the Newbies move up the table one place to fourth with New Inn Lions making way for them and dropping to fifth.

Full Results:Game 16:- Tyseley Newbies 4 Meadway Social 3, all other fixtures were cancelled due to COVID tests, illness and work shifts.


The Stourbridge and District Monday Night League played their Singles Knockout down to the last sixteen and winning through were B.Fitzgerald, S.Bloomer, V.Mitchell, J.Jackson, K.Forrest (Britannia), B.Stevens, J.Stevens, N.Gordon (Seven Stars), K.Bambrick, C.Hart (White Horse), C.Slater, L.Davies (Gate Hangs Well), J.Ward (Fox Inn, Lye), M.Wallace (Crestwood), A.Moreton (Ten Arches), A.Nicholls (Bell ‘A’).

Full Results:Singles Knockout:Last Sixteen:- B.Fitzgerald, S.Bloomer, V.Mitchell, J.Jackson, K.Forrest (Britannia), B.Stevens, J.Stevens, N.Gordon (Seven Stars), K.Bambrick, C.Hart (White Horse), C.Slater, L.Davies (Gate Hangs Well), J.Ward (Fox Inn, Lye), M.Wallace (Crestwood), A.Moreton (Ten Arches), A.Nicholls (Bell ‘A’).


Big 8-1 wins for the top two teams in the Netherton Thursday Night League and 8-1 defeats for the next two teams as leaders Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club won playing away against third in the table Bulls Head and second placed Townsend Social Club won at fourth in the table Old Hill Cricket Club. With 42 points the Ex Serviceman’s Club have a lead of six points on Townsend plus a game in hand.

Full Results:Game 17:- Old Hill Cricket Club 1 Townsend Social  Club 8, Netherton Conservative Club 3 Netherton Sports and Social 6, Spring Meadow Social Club 4 Fairfield 5, Bulls Head 1 Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 8. 


No change for the top four teams in the Sedgley and Gornal Tuesday Night League as top team Old Bulls Head kept their four points lead intact with a 5-4 home win over fifth in the table Jolly Crispin, second team New Inn handed out a 9-0 whitewash to their visiting team and bottom of the table Meadow Lark, third in the league Gornal Labour Club won 6-3 at Chainyard and making up the top four Seven Stars had a close 5-4 home success over Five Ways.

Full Results:Game 14:- Pensnett Liberal Club 4 Lamp Tavern 5, Old Bulls Head 5 Jolly Crispin 4, Red Cow 3 Griffin 6, New Inn 9 Meadow Lark 0, Seven Stars 5 Five Ways 4, Chainyard 3 Gornal Labour Club 6.


The quarter finals of the Doubles Knockout was the order of the day for the Stourbridge and District Wednesday Night League, the biggest winners of the round being league leaders Bird in Hand ‘E’ who beat Raven 7-0. Not far behind were White Horse who had a 6-1 victory over Bell ‘A’. The other two games finished with a 5-2 result both going in favour of Ten Arches as their ‘A’ team won against Bird in Hand ‘A’ and the ‘B’ side took out Fox Inn (Lye).

Full Results:Doubles Knockout:Quarter Finals:- Bird in Hand ‘E’ 7 Raven 0, Bell ‘A’ 1 White Horse 6, Ten Arches ‘B’ 5 Fox Inn (Lye) 2, Ten Arches ‘A’ 5 Bird in Hand ‘A’ 2.


4-1 was the scoreline for all of the top six teams in the Black Country Super League, but not all of them were winners. Leaders Railway Tavern were winners as they accounted for next to bottom of the table Horse and Jockey. Second in the league Yeltz Bar ‘A’ also won beating High Acres ‘A’ who were placed fourth but now drop to fifth. Third placed Allen’s Bar ‘C’ beat Old Hill Cricket Club and Allen’s Bar ‘A’ won against High Acres ‘B’ who are sixth.

Full Results:Game 19:- Allens Bar ‘B’ 2 White Swan 3 (D.Martin 4 R.Duncan 0, T.Baker 4 L.Bowen 2, L.Shaw 0 J.Hykin 4, C.Glover 3 N.Steventon 4, C.Hickman 1 S.Sheridan 4), Railway Tavern 4 Horse and Jockey 1 (L.Kelly 4 A.Howells 1, T.Bissell 4 B.Hollowood 2, J.Rollinson 2 M.Price 4, R.Colley 4 C.Micklewright 0, M.Rollinson 4 J.Gennard 0), High Acres ‘B’ 1 Allens Bar ‘A’ 4 (A.Hickinbottom 1 N.Fullwell 4, B.Watts 0 G.Johnston 4, L.Law 4 J.Evans 3, K.Harris 0 S.Price 4, J.Moore 0 S.Hall 4), Rowley Bar and Grill 2 Yeltz Bar ‘B’ 3 (P.O’Brien 4 J.Ward 2, B.Radcliffe 1 K.Harrison 4, M.Harding 0 T.Brennan 4, C.Chander-Allen 4 M.Greenwood 0, M.Crumpton 1 M.Moore 4), Allens Bar ‘C’ 4 Old Hill Cricket Club 1 (O.Maiden 4 S.Hill 1, S.Jones 4 D.Homer 0, J.Blakemore 4 T.Johnson 2, M.Maiden 2 D.Haden 4, M.Coleman 4 M.Bayliss 2), Yeltz Bar ‘A’ 4 High Acres ‘A’ 1 (P.Wells 0 R.Bowen 4, S.Gillam 4 M.Harper 1, R.Smith 4 M.Flatman 2, J.Lowe 4 G.Moreton 1, D.Nicholls 4 J.Barrowman 0).

Alan Towe writes with the support of Red Dragon Darts

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