In Your League: A West Midlands League Medley

It was cup semi-finals week for the Four Oaks and District League and in the Coronation Shield a strong performance from Old Oscott Arrows gave them an unassailable lead over Golden Hind, finishing 9-6 winners. Red Lion fought hard against division one leaders Boldmere St Mikes and it took the final game St Mikes to secure the other semi-final place. 

St Thomas Arrows could not stop Golden Hind in the Norman Day Cup as they ran out 11-4 winners. Golden Hind will play Highcroft Social in the final after they beat their division one rivals Walmley CSC Flights 10-5.

Full Results: Coronation Shield: Semi-Finals:- Old Oscott Arrows 9 (A.Lea 101,140, B.Hoare 100,121,125,177, P.Locke 120b,100,2×140, D.Page 4×100,112,125,111f) Golden Hind 6 (J.Greaves 140, W. Naylor 137,3×100,140, A.Kimberley 3×100,2×120,135, T.O’Kereke 101b, B.Stephens 2×100,140), Red Lion 5 (B.Lysaght 137,121, I.Matthews 121, D.Vickers 100, M.Corfield 2×100,140, J.Collins 100,134) Boldmere St Mikes 10 (M.Wild 120b,2×140,2×100, C.Millward jnr 2x112b,2×100,139, B.Linnecor 100,121, R.Hawker 2×100,140, M.Ashton 120b,2×100), Norman Day Cup:Semi-Finals:- Golden Hind Lions 11 (A.Day 120b,121,120, J.Mahon 3×100,121, N.Goldie 101b,2×100, J.Clarke 120, M.Deathridge 125,4×100, D.Haynes 100) St Thomas Arrows 4 (G.Stait 123, M.Avery 125, P.Andrews 140, J.Lynch 100b), Walmley CSC Flights 5 (S.Wilson 2×100,136,140, A.Cooksey 2×100, J.Kavanagh 125, P.Moran 100) Highcroft Social 10 (K.Shorthouse 140,2×100, T.Pallett 100, S.Pritchett 3×100,3×140,120, S.Shorthouse 4×100,122). 


With three more fixtures to play in the Kings Norton League, leaders Copper Fox require just one more win to secure the title. A 7-0 win away to bottom of the table Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s gives Copper Fox 36 points, six more than their nearest rivals Rubery Legion who also handed out a 7-0 whitewash to their hosts Grant Arms. E57 held on to third place and kept within two points of Rubery Legion with their 6-1 home win over Toby Jug while Bournebrook lost their fourth place after losing 5-2 at Northfield, replacing them in the number four spot is Thurlestone, whose 5-2 home success over Rubery Social Club puts them on 26 points, two more than Bournebrook.

Full Results: Game 19:- Thurlestone 5 (D.Garfield 3×100, T.Garfield 4×100,3×140, R.Waldron 140,180, J.Downer 3×100,125, B.Andrews 117, N.Watts 121, A.Deeley 125, M.Deeley 133) Rubery Social Club 2 (G.Bailles 101, N.Harris 100, J.Steward 115,126, A.Pearce 100, L.Pearce 115,121, A.Bailles 100,121,140, M.Malone 100,116,134, M.Ferriday 100), Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club 0 (G.Williamson 100, C.Davenport 2×100,140, R.Fisher 125, D.Whitecombe 125, S.Brown 115,140, M.Fisher 140) Copper Fox 7 (E.Simpson 2×100,135,140, C.Whitehouse 100,114, D.Marsh 2×100,140, D.McConomy 3×100,140, T.Hamilton 121,180, R.Mann 100,140, E.Simpson 180), Grant Arms 0 (P.Taylor 2×100,140, A.Dewsbury 2×100, N.Smith 2×100, M.Ellis 100,116, Donna Campbell 140, M.Davies 101, V.Walton 100, D.Campbell 101, S.Hale 140) Rubery Legion 7 (J.Higgins 2×100,140, A.Faulkner 2×100, J.O’Neill 100,3×140, R.Higgins 125, K.Manger 3×100,118, M.Ivory 3×100,115, J.Ford 3×100, M.Cormell 100,119, J.Grainger 100), Kings Heath 4 (D.Parish 100, A.Homer 100,118,120,121, N.Pearce 100,115, M.Marshall 100,140, S.Morris 2×100,109, R.Hitchmough 100,125, J.Tulloch 2×100) Cock Inn 3 (L.Fox 140, A.Harvey 2×100,105, Joe Fox 2×100,180, K.Vaughan 2×100,140), Northfield 5 (M.Lloyd 4×100, L.Allen 2×100, S.Denton 3×100, P.Draper 100, J.Taylor 2×100, D.Hopkins 2×100,121,140) Bournebrook 2 (T.Jeffs 3×100, T.Cullen 3×100,113, M.Henson 100, L.Arnold 2×100,121, D.Collins 101, R.Orton 100), E57 6 (D.Logan 140, N.Porter 3×100,125, S.Nolan 2×100, E.Bird 100) Toby Jug 1 (S.Phillips 100, A.Phillips 100, B.Heath 2×100,140). 


The Sheldon and District Winter League had the first round of the Sheldon Shield on the fixture card in which division two outfit Lyndon Old Boys provided one of the shock results of the round winning 5-2 against Meadway Sports and Social from division one. Next to bottom of the table Irish Centre also had a good result beating fellow division one side Kingshurst Labour Club who are third in the division.

Other teams to progress to round two are Highwood Gerry’s Boys whose Rob Wilson hit a maximum and his team mate Mike Barrett recorded a 160 finish, Maggies, Hobs Meadow, Mackadown Social and Sheldon Dukes, Langley Flights had a bye.

Full Results:Sheldon Shield:Round One:- Meadway Sports and Social 2 Lyndon Old Boys 5, Highwood Gerry’s Boys 5 Hornat 2 (Rob Wilson 180, Mike Barrett 160f), Irish Centre 6 Kingshurst Labour Club 1, Maggies 4 Shirley Misfits 3, Hampton and Solihull CC 2 Hobs Meadow 5, Hollywood Social 3 Mackadown Social 4, Raven 2 Sheldon Dukes 5, Langley Flights had a bye.


The Camp Hill League played off their Captains and Secretaries Knockouts in what was a well-supported night at Tyseley WMC. The Captains Knockout was won by Simon Edwards (Aston Inn Nomads) with Stuart Ollerenshaw (Tyseley WMC) runner-up.

Winning the Secretaries Knockout was Dean Wakefield (Tyseley WMC) who beat Dave Carter from Roost Rebels in the final.

Individual achievements on the night went to Dave Carter who hit a 180, Dave Heighway (Tyseley Newbies) who had a 120 break and with the highest finish of 114 it was Simon Edwards (Aston Inn Nomads).


Gareth Johnston followed up his impressive start of two 8-0 wins in week one of the new Black Country Thursday Night Singles League with 7-1 wins over both Shane Passey and  Paul Harrison and then won 6-2 against Robert Pierce to see him hold on to pole position with 46 points from five games. Second placed Shane Price began week two with an 8-0 success against Cheryl Allcock and then beat Shane Sheridan 6-2 and Shane Passey 5-3 to keep within three points of Johnston and five ahead of third in the league Shane Sheridan who had a 6-2 win over Shane Passey and followed that with an 8-0 win against Kieron Ford. 

Full Results: Week 2:- Paul Dicken 6 Stella Sims 2, Lewis Handley 8 Angie Carroll 0, Shane Price 8 Cheryl Allcock 0, Gareth Johnston 7 Shane Passey 1, Shane Sheridan 6 Shane Passey 2, Paul Dicken 4 Heather Wright 4, Grace Angell 7 Alex Mason 1, Gareth Johnston 7 Paul Harrison 1, Robert Pierce 6 Cheryl Allcock 2, Shane Price 6 Shane Sheridan 2, Lewis Handley 6 Jack Rollinson 2, Grace Angell 8 Stella Sims 0, James Davies 4 Heather Wright 4, Gareth Johnston 6 Robert Pierce 2, Paul Dicken 8 Angie Carroll 0, Shane Price 5 Shane Passey 3, Shane Sheridan 8 Kieron Ford 0, Martin Angell 5 Cheryl Allcock 3, Paul Harrison 8 Alex Mason 0, Benjamin Hollowood 8 James Davies 0. Kieron Ford 4 Jack Rollinson 4.


White Horse consolidated their number one position at the top of the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League with an impressive 7-0 win against Bell ‘B’ to keep them two points to the good on second in the table Cross (Oldswinford) who won 5-2 at Crestwood.

Third in the league Ten Arches were another team to win 7-0 as they accounted for Seven Stars but they remain six points off the top.

Rose and Crown moved off the foot of the table after a surprising 5-2 win at Woodman who are fifth in the league, this was only Rose and Crown’s third win in twelve games, Crestwood replace them in the bottom position.

Full Results: Game 16:- Church Tavern 6 Bird in Hand 1, Woodman 2 Rose and Crown 5, Crestwood 2 Cross (Oldswinford) 5, White Horse 7 Bell ‘B’ 0, Ten Arches 7 Seven Stars 0, Gate Hangs Well, Bell ‘A’ and Fox Inn (Lye) all had a bye.


After a minor setback last week, when they lost 7-2 to Townsend Social, leaders of the Netherton Thursday Night League Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club, returned to winning ways beating Old Hill Cricket Club 6-3. Townsend kept the pressure on the leaders with another 7-2 win, this time playing away against fourth in the league Fairfield. Townsend are still one win behind the Ex Serviceman’s but have played one game more than them, third in the table Bulls Head lost ground on the top two losing 5-3 at home to Netherton Sports and Social who are two places off the foot of the table.

Full Results:Game 21:- Spring Meadow 6 Netherton Conservative Club 3, Bulls Head 3 Netherton Sports and Social 6, Fairfield 2 Townsend Social Club 7, Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club 6 Old Hill Cricket Club 3.


From a sixteen-strong starting line-up, only two teams remain undefeated in the Brierley Hill Monday Night League after only four fixtures have been played. Roebuck made it four consecutive wins when they won 5-4 at Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ to keep them top of the pile with 8 points. It was not a good week for Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club as their ‘B’ side lost 7-2 to the only other undefeated team Talbot who trail Roebuck on average.

Two points behind the top duo are Dudley Sports ‘A’, Rose and Crown, Dudley Ex Serviceman’s ‘A’, Dudley Ex Serviceman’s ‘B’ and Wombourne Pool Bar.   

Full Results:Game 4:- Shrewsbury Arms 5 Dudley Sports ‘B’ 4, Talbot 7 Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘B’ 2, Brickmakers Arms 4 Pensnett Liberal Club 5, King William 2 Rose and Crown 7, Union 5 Black Horse 4, Tommy Turners 2 Wombourne Pool Bar 7, Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ 4 Roebuck 5, Dudley Sports ‘A’ 6 Bridge 3.


Week five in the Rowley Monday Night League and the top two teams extended their unbeaten runs, leaders Bell adding an 8-1 win over Hare and Hounds to their account to put them four legs of average ahead of second placed Gate Hangs Well who were 6-3 winners at home against Windmills End.

Plough and Harrow and Romsley Cricket Club are third and fourth in the league, both having lost just the one game but both winning this week, Plough 5-4 at Tividale FC and Romsley 6-3 at home against Ex Serviceman’s.

Full Results:Week 5:- Gate Hangs 6 Windmills End 3, Three Diamonds 6 Spring Meadow 3, Romsley Cricket Club 6 Ex Serviceman’s 3, Bell 8 Hare and Hounds 1, Whiteheath Tavern 3 (A.Hall 156b) Cradley Sports and Social 6, Loyal Lodge 3 White Swan 6, Tividale FC 4 Plough and Harrow 5, Wonder v Roost postponed.


Dewdrop ‘A’ had a 5-2 win over third in the Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League Horseley Tavern to keep them top of the table with a perfect eight points from their opening four games. Second placed Waggon and Horse are the only other team in the league to have won all of their games so far but they have played one fewer than Dewdrop ‘A’, their latest being a similar 5-2 win at Miners Arms ‘B’. 

After the top two teams come six teams, Miners Arms ‘A’, Vine ‘A’, Dewdrop ‘B’, Horseley Tavern, Miners Arms ‘B’ and Vine ‘B’ all on four points, Vine ‘A’ having only played three games compared to the others having played four.   

Full Results:Game 4:- Dewdrop ‘B’ 5 Tamebridge 2, Miners Arms ‘B’ 2 Waggon and Horses 5, Vine ‘B’ 6 Sow and Pigs 1, Horseley Tavern 2 Dewdrop ‘A’ 5 (L.Fletcher 160b), Albion 0 Miners Arms ‘A’ 7, Vine ‘A’ had a bye.


Old Bulls Head get nearer and nearer to the end of what could be a perfect season in the Sedgley and Gornal Tuesday Night League as they made it 18 wins in 18 games when they won 7-2 at Pensnett Liberal Club. New Inn kept their faint hopes of the title alive with an 8-1 win at Red Cow they are six points behind the leaders with four to play. Gornal Labour Club are a further two points behind New Inn, their 8-1 win over Lamp Tavern opening up a six points gap between them and fourth placed Seven Stars who were surprise 5-4 losers at home to Griffin who as a result of their win have moved two places up the table to sixth.

Full Results:Game 18:- Five Ways 5 Jolly Crispin 4, Pensnett Liberal Club 2 Old Bulls Head 7, Red Cow 1 New Inn 8, Seven Stars 4 Griffin 5, Chainyard 5 Meadow Lark 4, Gornal Labour Club 8 Lamp Tavern 1.


Bird in Hand ‘E’ have moved up to pole position in the Stourbridge and District Wednesday Night League, a position they held earlier in the season. The reason for Bird ‘E’ taking over the number one spot once again is twofold, firstly former leaders Fox Inn (Lye) lost 4-3 at home to Ten Arches ‘A’ who are four places below them and the second reason was the fact that Bird ‘E’ won 5-2 against Raven to put them on the same 20 points as Fox but with a far superior average.

Full Results:Game 14:- Ten Arches ‘B’ 4 Ashwood 3, White Horse 6 Bird in Hand ‘A’ 1, Bell ‘B’ 2 (B.Perry 160b) Bell ‘A’ 5 (R.Riaz 152b), Bird in Hand ‘E’ 5 Raven 2, Fox Inn (Lye) 3 Ten Arches ‘A’ 4.


The Ashwood Premier League have got their third season underway and the early pacesetter is Sam Aitkens who opened up his campaign with impressive 7-0 wins over both Tony Bennett and Paul Pollard to put him on 16 points, two more than Chris Williams and Connor Pickett who are joint second level on 14 points and average. Williams won 5-2 against Mike Cullis and 7-0 against Tony Bennett while Pickett was a 6-1 winner against Paul Pollard and then won by the same margin against Matt Davies.

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


Congratulations to Yeltz Bar ‘A’ who are champions of the Black Country Men’s Super League. Yeltz ended the season on a high winning their final game against White Swan 5-0.

Railway Tavern take the runners-up spot after leading the field for many weeks and looking odds on champions, however they faltered at the last hurdles in the run-in as they lost their final two games of the campaign against High Acres ‘A’ and Allens Bar ‘C’ 3-2 to finish on 118 points eight short of the champions.  

Taking the wooden spoon with just two wins in their 22 games were bottom of the league Rowley Bar and Grill, but without teams like Rowley there would be no leagues so congratulations to them also.

Full Results:Game 22:- High Acres ‘A’ 4 Horse and Jockey 1, Allens Bar ‘A’ 3 Old Hill Cricket Club 2, Allens Bar ‘C’ 3 Railway Tavern 2, Allens Bar ‘B’ 4 Rowley Bar and Grill 1, High Acres ‘B’ 3 Yeltz Bar ‘B’ 2, Yeltz Bar ‘A’ 5 White Swan 0.


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