In Your League: West Midlands

A 7-2 home win over Hornet has seen Langley Arrows join Sheldon Marlborough Arrows at the top of the premier division of the Sheldon and District Winter League. Langley’s win over the team bottom of the division has put them level on points and average with Sheldon who had a closer 5-4 success playing away against Highwood Gerry’s Boys who are fourth in the division and some ten points behind the leading duo. Third placed Dunky’s Boys had a similar 7-2 victory as Langley Arrows in their fixture at Hobs Meadow and trail the top two by four points.

In division one there was a top of the table clash between leaders Hollywood Social and third in the division Kingshurst Labour Club. The outcome was a 5-4 win for the hosts Kingshurst, who as a result of their win and the fact that former second placed Sheldon Dukes had a bye, take over in the number two spot with 16 points from 12 games, the Dukes now on the same amount of points with a game in hand, both teams just two points behind Hollywood.

With Willclare Sports and Social losing 5-4 at home to third placed Journeys End they have lost pole position in division two and dropped to third, two points adrift of new leaders Langley Flights who moved into the top spot following their 5-4 win at Lyndon Old Boys, Journeys End moving up to second on the same 16 points as Langley. Despite being two points behind the leading duo Willclare have a game in hand a win in that game would see them return to the top of the tale. 

Full Results:Week 12:Premier Division:- Hobs Meadow 2 Dunky’s Boys 7, Langley Arrows 7 Hornet 2, Highwood Gerry’s Boys 4 (Dave memory 119f) Sheldon MarlboroughArrows 5, Iron Horse Flights 5 Mackadown Social 4, Division One:- Meadway Sports and Social 3 Irish Centre 6, Shirley Misfits 1 Maggies 8, Kingshurst Labour Club 5 Hollywood Social 4, Yardley Ex Colts v Sheldon Dukes was postponed, Division Two:- Sheldon Marlborough Ridge 4 Raven 5, Willclare Sports and Social 4 (Mick Tilley 9 darts game) Journeys End 5, Lyndon Old Boys 4 Langley Flights 5. 


Congratulations to Copper Fox who are champions of the Kings Norton League. By handing out a 7-0 whitewash to their visitors Grant Arms, Copper Fox took their total points to 38 and with just two more games to play they are eight points clear of second in the league E57 who take over the second place as a result of their 5-2 win at Rubery Legion. Rubery Legion were formerly in the number two position but after their defeat drop to third on the same 30 points as their victors but with an inferior average.

It was a good week for bottom team Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club who chalked up only their second win in twenty games when they won 4-3 at Rubery Social Club who are just above them on ten points, still six to the good on their opponents.

Full Results:Game 20:- Rubery Legion 2 (J.Higgins 4×100,125, A.Faulkner 100,125,2×140,17 darts game, J.O’Neill 4×100,140, R.Higgins 100,120, M.Cormell 100, J.Ford 122,133, P.Medlicott 2×140, J.Grainger 100,120) E57 5 (J.Calt 120, N.Porter 100, T.Roberts 100,140, S.Nolan 140, R.Morris 100, A.Mutch 2×100,140, E.Bird 100), Rubery Social Club 3 (M.Ferriday 3×100,120, A.Bailles 3×100,105,140, G.Bailles 140, L.Pearce 100, M.Malone 125) Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club 4 (C.Davenport 3×100, S.Carr 100,125, A.Reynolds 121,140, G.Williamson 2×100, R.Fisher 121, P.Corbett 100), Copper Fox 7 (C.Whitehouse 123,3×140,180,14 darts game, M.Hamilton 2×100, D.Marsh 2×140,180,14 darts game, D.McConomy 100,134,137, R.Mann 100,121,124, G.Dews 2×100,121) Grant Arms 0 (P.Taylor 100, N.Smith 100, A.Dewsbury 100,140, Donna.Campbell 100, D.Campbell 100, S.Hale 125), Bournebrook 2 (L.Arnold 100,125,140, T.Cullen 2×125, T.Jeffs 125, D.Collins 100, M.Henson 100,140, R.Orton 100, M.Bathurst 2×100,114, K.Mason 100) Thurlestone 5 (D.Garfield 3×100,140, N.Watts 100,140, A.Deeley 140,145, R.Waldron 3×100,140,160, T.Garfield 5×100,134, J.Downer 123,130), Toby Jug 4 (A.Aindow 3×100, A.Ward 100, R.Packer 100,140, B.Heath 125,130, M.Mooney 100, S.Phillips 116) Kings Heath 3 (R.Hitchmough 100, P.Hunt 100,101, A.Homer 2×100, S.Morris 118, J.Williams 100, J.Tulloch 100), Cock Inn v Northfield was cancelled.


There are only three remaining fixtures in the Four Oaks and District League and in division one Boldmere St Mikes held on to their two points lead at the top of the table with a 6-3 home win over third in the division Red Lion. Second placed Erdington Arrows, the only team to have beaten St Mikes this season, kept the pressure on the leaders with their similar 6-3 win at Golden Hind, the title now sure to go to one of the top two teams.

Bottom of the division Pint Pot Flights felt the pain as they led Highcroft Social 4-1 but could not get across the line and finished 5-4 losers.

Three weeks left and in division two Heartlands lead Bishop Vesey by two points. Both sides won 8-1 this week as Heartlands accounted for Erdington Flyers and Vesey beat St Thomas Arrows. Charley’s Flights are still in the race, but only just as their 7-2 win over bottom team Sutton Sharks leaves them six points behind leaders Heartlands.

D.Vickers (Red Lion) hit a 180 in an eight dart game this week while N.Robbins (Pint Pot Flights) hit his second maximum and C.Austin (Heartlands) his first. A.Lineham (Erdington Flyers) had a 160 break.

Full Results:Game 15:Division One:- Golden Hind 3 (B.Stephens 120b,4×100, R.Hiett 116, A.Kimberley 100b,132,118,134,2×100, D.Pickering 100, F.Naylor 125) Erdington Arrows 6 (D.Rawlings 108b, J.Green 100, K.Smith 140, C.Winters 2×140,137, J.J.Armstrong 100b, T.Colley 140,100), Oscott Social Club 2 (A.Whitehouse 100,121,140, T.Purcell 110b, G.Bushell 2×100,110,140,134, T.Whyley 2×100) Golden Hind Lions 7 (J.Mahon 100, A.Day 3×100,3×140, M.Deathridge 116f, J.Clarke 140,100, R.Hasluck 135, M.Pearce 120b,100), Boldmere St Mikes 6 (M.Ashton 3×100,140, B.Linnecor 125,111, M.Wild 140,3×100, C.Millward jnr 140,125,3×100, R.Hawker 100) Red Lion 3 (D.Vickers 140,180,145,100,8 darts game, M.Corfield 100,117, I.Matthews 109b,121,3×100, B.Lysaght 100,140, R.Lowe 100, J.Collins 108b), Old Oscott Arrows 4 (M.Page 103b,100,120, M.Maher 2×100, A.Lea 100, P.Locke 100,140,105f, D.Page 3×100, B.Hoare 120b,120, D.Parsons 100) Walmley CSC Flights 5 (W.Cadby 102, R.Smith 100, A.Cooksey 108b,100, S.Wilson 120b,130b, P.Moran 100, G.Gaughan 100), Pint Pot Flights 4 (J.Moon 2×100, Martin Phillips 3×100, M.Pearson Bagnall 120b,2×100, P.Smith 2×100, N.Robbins 100,180,125, T.O’Driscoll 100) Highcroft Social 5 (K.Shorthouse 115b,100, T.Pallett 2×100, S.Pritchett 140,2×100,134,100f, G.Oldfield 100b, L.Shorthouse 100, K.Neale 3×100), Division Two:- Bishop Vesey 8 (S.Abbott 100, D.Walton 140,100, C.Sammons 105b,140, N.Sammons 152b,100, A.Jones 100,114, T.Rubery 2×100, A.France 140,120,100, D.Quirk 2×100) St Thomas Arrows 1 (G.Stait 140, D.Wakelam 112, R.Nelson 3×100, M.Andrew 100, M.Ansell 104), Charley’s Flights 7 (R.Vann 117, R.Barritt 120b,100, J.Burdett 100, T.Hines 100,134,140, R.Franks 140) Sutton Sharks 2 (J.Boden 100, N.Holmes 130, A.Jarvis 112b), Erdington Flyers 1 (R.Liennard 130b, L.Cooksey 102b,127, A.Linehan 160b,2×100,140, M.Yate 115, K.Hopkins 119, H.Sadler 100) Heartlands 8 (C.Austin 137,180, I.Jones 121, A.Downes 100, Jim Frost 2×140,2×100, John Frost 100b,2×100, Matthew Cain 102f), Rosey Mac’s 4 (N.Bradley 101b,4×100, J.Cox snr 100,140, S.Wright 2×140) Deers Leap 5 (T.Ross 100, T.Kelly 100,105, Jamie Sabin 140,105,124, Ant Kimberley 100, S.Kelly 125, R.Batham 123, T.Pedley 101b), Plough and Arrows 4 (S.Alexander 2×100,115f, K.Gow 100, D.Hughes 121, M.Willetts 100) Bills Arrows 5 (G.Averill 120b,2×100, R.McLaughlin 120b,100,140, D.Bond 125,121, J.Averill 116b, M.Clark 100b,100).


The Camp Hill League staged the finals of their Consolation Singles Knockout at Sheldon Marlborough Cricket Club and taking the honours on the night was Craig Plester of the Tyseley WMC who defeated Sheldon Marlborough Flight player Alan Eden in the final.


The Shirley and District Monday Night League got their twelfth season underway with an encouraging seventeen teams split into two divisions, nine for division one and eight in division two. Amazingly after the opening fixtures the leading three team in division one are exactly the same and in the same order, that ended last season’s campaign with Dunky’s Boys and Tippetts Bar top and second respectively and Lodge third. Dunky’s and Tippetts in turn both won 8-1 against newly promoted Wythall Legion and Saracens Swords while Lodge won 7-2 against Solihull Municipal.

Heartlands are clear leaders in division two after handing an 8-1 defeat to Legion Royals, Vikings being the nearest rivals to Heartlands with their 6-3 home win over HSCC.

Full Results:Season 12:Week 1:Division One:- Dunky’s Boys 8 Wythall Legion 1 (A.Lee 180), Tippetts Bar 8 Saracens Swords 1 (T.McCabe 180), Wharf 3 (S.Hicks 180) Lions 6 (A.Daly 17 darts game), Lodge 7 (B.Evans 110f, N.Parsonage 14 darts game) Solihull Municipal 2 (G.Dawes 16 darts game), Cider House had a bye, Division Two:- Saracens Misfits 5 (D.Barrows 152b, J.Barrows 19 darts game) Yardley Wood Social 4, Highwood 8 Legion Royals 1, Vikings 6 HSCC 3, Sharmans Cross 5 Saracens Slingers 4 (J.Ballad 100f).


The Netherton Thursday Night League played off the finals of their Singles Knockout with the eventual winner being Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club man Phil Tonks.

In the quarter and semi-finals Tonks had narrow 2-1 wins over respective opponents Matt Hadley (Townsend Social Club) and Simon Booton (Fairfield). From the other half of the draw Darren Brown made his way to the final again with 2-1 wins over Rich Lenton (Bulls Head) and Mark Archer (Old Hill Cricket Club).

Like the previous two rounds the all Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club final once again went the full three legs distance with Tonks getting the edge to lift the silverware in what was a very entertaining game.

Full Results:Singles Knockout:Quarter-Finals:- Matt Hadley (Townsend Social Club) 1 Phil Tonks (Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club) 2, Darren Brown (Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club) 2 Rich Lenton (Bulls Head) 1, Mark Archer (Old Hill Cricket Club) and Simon Booton (Fairfield) had a bye, Semi-Finals:- Mark Archer 1 Darren Brown 2, Simon Booton 1 Phil Tonks 2, Final:- Darren Brown 1 Phil Tonks 3. 


Only week three of the Black Country Thursday Night Singles League and already a maximum finish of 170 has been recorded and it was achieved by Grace Angell. Playing against her partner James Davies Grace chalked up not only a 170 game shot but also a tremendous 8-0 win to see her in eighth position in what is a thirty strong league.   

The league also has a new leader as former leader Gareth Johnston after adding a 7-1 win over James Davies then suffered his first defeat of the season a 5-3 loss to Steve Gillam. Taking over at the top of the table is Shane Price who on the night began with a 4-4 draw with sixth placed Reece Colley. He then won 7-1 against Heather Wright and rounded off his evening with an 8-0 success over Stella Sims to put him on 67 points from eight games. Gareth Johnston, who has played seven games is now second on 58 points and a further ten points behind is Graham Hall in third place after adding 8-0 wins over Grace Angell, Benjamin Hollowood and Joe Colley, Hall has only played five games.  

Full Results:Week 3:- Paul Harrison 6 Joe Colley 2, Nick Fullwell 7 Shane Passey 1, Graham Hall 8 Grace Angell 0, Jason Lowe 8 Stella Sims 0, Reece Colley 4 Shane Price 4, Gareth Johnston 7 James Davies 1, Grace Angell 5 Paul Harrison 3, Steven Gillam 5 Lewis Handley 3, Shane Price 7 Heather Wright 1, Nick Fullwell 6 Martin Angell 2, Shane Passey 5 Cheryl Allcock 3, Reece Colley 8 Kieron Ford 0, Graham Hall 8 Benjamin Hollowood 0, Steven Gillam 5 Gareth Johnston 3, Joe Colley 5 James Davies 3, Jason Lowe 4 Reece Colley 4, Kieron Ford 6 Heather Wright 2, Steven Gillam 6 Paul Harrison 2, Nick Fullwell 4 Lewis Handley 4, Graham Hall 8 Joe Colley 0, Benjamin Hollowood 5 Cheryl Allcock 3, Shane Passey 6 Martin Angell 2, Shane Price 8 Stella Sims 0, Grace Angell 8 James Davies 0.


White Horse held on to their number one spot in the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League with a 6-1 win away to Church Tavern. The win makes it 26 out of a possible 28 points for White Horse and keeps them two ahead of Cross (Oldswinford) who also won 6-1 against Fox Inn (Lye). Ten Arches are third and another four points adrift of the leaders, even after they also won 6-1 at Bird in Hand.

Full Results:Game 16:- Seven Stars 3 Rose and Crown 4 (J.Currin 112f), Bird in Hand 1 Ten Arches 6, Gate Hangs Well 3 Woodman 4, Bell ‘B’ 1 Bell ‘A’ 6, Cross (Oldswinford) 6 Fox Inn (Lye) 1, Church Tavern 1 White Horse 6 (J.Batham 158f), Crestwood had a bye.


A 7-2 win at Spring Meadow leaves Bell the only unbeaten team in the Rowley Monday Night League and gives them a two-point’s breathing space over their nearest rivals Plough and Harrow who had a vital 6-3 win over Gate Hangs Well. This was Gate’s first defeat of the season so far and puts them on the same 10 points as Plough and Harrow but sees them drop two places to fourth. Romsley Cricket Club’s 5-4 win at Hare and Hounds leaves them third, they like Plough and Harrow and Gate Hangs Well have ten points. 

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


Leaders of the Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League Dewdrop ‘A’ took their undefeated run to five games when they won 5-2 against Albion. Second in the league Waggon and Horses have only played four games and like Dewdrop ‘A’ have won all of their fixtures, the latest of which saw them hand out a 7-0 whitewash to Vine ‘B’ with D.Bull recording a 160 break.

After the top two there are three teams Horseley Tavern, Miners Arms ‘B’ and Dewdrop ‘B’ all on six points and in their most recent games Horseley won 6-1 at Sow and Pigs, Miners Arms ‘B’ won by the same 6-1 at Tamebridge and Dewdrop ‘B’ won a close battle at Vine ‘A’ 4-3.  

Full Results:Game 5:- Dewdrop ‘A’ 5 Albion 2, Vine ‘A’ 3 Dewdrop ‘B’ 4, Tamebridge 1 Miners Arms ‘B’ 6, Waggon and Horses 7 (D.Bull 160b) Vine ‘B’ 0, Sow and Pigs 1 Horseley Tavern 6, Miners Arms ‘A’ had a bye.


Bird in Hand ‘E’ lead the Stourbridge and District Wednesday Night League and have 22 points after their latest 4-3 win at Ashwood. However, breathing heavily down the neck of Bird ‘E’ is second in the league White Horse who added a 5-2 win at Raven to their tally to give them 20 points, two short of the leaders but they have played three games fewer.

Third in the league Fox Inn (Lye) are on the same 20 points as White Horse but from three games more, their latest fixture saw them lose ground as they went down 4-3 at Bird in Hand ‘A’.

Full Results:Game 15:- Ashwood 3 Bird in Hand ‘E’ 4, Bird in Hand ‘A’ 4 Fox Inn (Lye) 3, Ten Arches ‘A’ 7 Bell ‘B’ 0, Raven 2 White Horse 5, Bell ‘A’ 3 Ten Arches ‘B’ 4.  


Jon Blakemore continues to head the table in the Gilbert’s Bar Monday Night Singles League with a total of 44 points from five games. In game five Blakemore chalked up a 6-2 win over Jamie Webb to put him three points ahead of second in the league Alex Simmons who had a convincing 8-0 win against Sarah Maybury giving him a three points advantage over third-placed Andrew Jervis who has a game in hand on the top two players, his latest fixtures seeing him win 7-1 against Reece Cook-Lucas and then going one better by winning 8-0 against Lee Quarry.  

Full Results: Game 5:Board 1:- Roger Ward 7 Jamie Aplin 1, Reece Cook-Lucas 1 Andrew Jervis 7, John Simms 3 Steve Lynch 5, Lee Quarry 4 Matt Turley 4, Board 2:- Gemma Barrett-Jenkins 8 Sarah Maybury 0, Mal Pugh 4 Michele Pritchard 4, Scott Baker 5 Ben Johnson 3, Michele Pritchard 5 Warren Bower 3, Board 3:- Lee Quarry 0 Andrew Jervis 8, Chris Hill 2 Adam Teasdale 6, Alex Simmons 8 Sarah Maybury 0, Simon Pritchard 7 Thomas Hollowood 1, Board 4:- Eddie Gripton 0 Neville Quinton 8, Keith Hollowood 8 Sandra Beardsmore 0, Arthur Lubkowski 2 Kris Jones 6, Adam Teasdale 5 Ray Gutteridge 3, Board 5:- Riley Ward 1 Stuart Evans 7, Phil Clarke 8 Jon Williams 0, Jon Blakemore 6 Jamie Webb 2, Chris Hill 7 Jamie Aplin 1.


Week two got off to a bad start for Sam Aitkens in the Ashwood Premier League as he not only lost 4-3 to Dave Simpson but also lost his pole position and even though he recovered and won his second game against Mike Cullis 5-2 he dropped to fourth place in the table. Taking over at the top of the table is Connor Pickett who kept his 100% win record intact with 7-0 wins over Mike Cullis and Tony Bennett to give him 30 points, two more than another 100% winner in second place Tom Stockton after he added a 7-0 win over Ash Marson and a 6-1 victory against Mitch Pickett.

Other players that have won all their four matches so far are Adam Edgar, third on 25 points, Chris Manoila, sixth with 21 points, there are two other players who have not lost but only played two games so far Nick Fullwell and Martyn Harper.

Full Results: Week2:- Jon Underhill 4 Mark Glaze 3, Neil Murphy 7 Paul Pollard 0, Chris Manoila 4 Geoff Marson 3, Tom Stockton 7 Ash Marson 0, Gaz Cartwright 4 Shane Passey 3, Adam Edgar 7 Rob Pierce 0, Dave Simpson 4 Sam Aitken 3, Jayden Harper 7 Mitch Pickett 0, Matt Davies 5 Tony Bennett 2, Chris Williams 6 Chris Fox 1, Connor Pickett 7 Mike Cullis 0, Matt Davies 5 Paul Pollard 2, Sam Aitken 5 Mike Cullis 2, Dave Simpson 5 Chris Williams 2, Adam Edgar 6 Chris Fox 1, Tom Stockton 6 Mitch Pickett 1, Connor Pickett 7 Tony Bennett 0, Ash Marson 5 Jon Broome 2, Josh Pickett 6 Gaz Cartwright 1, Geoff Marson 6 Mark Glaze 1, Chris Manoila 5 Shane Passey 2, Rob Pierce 6 Jayden Harper 1.   


Words: Alan Towe

Images: Winmau

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