Midlands Leagues Battle in Summer Sun

After their close 4-3 win playing away against Cock Inn Northfield hold on to pole position in the Kings Norton League with a total of twenty-eight points from sixteen games.

Second placed Copper Fox won 5-2 at home against Coppice to leave them on the same twenty-eight points but with a game in hand on the leaders.

Rubery Social Club lost their third place after going down 5-2 at home to Bourneville and drop one place to fourth on twenty-two points, two short of their victors who replace them in the number three position.

Four players found the three treble twenties this week: L.Allen (Northfield), J.O’Neill (Rubery Social Club), M.James and A.Deeley both from Bourneville.

Full Results: Game 16:- Cock Inn 3 (L.Fox 2×100,3×140, A.Vaughan 100,140, Joe Fox 100) Northfield 4 (R.Hitchmough 3×100, L.Allen 2×100,140,180, A.Busby 2×100,101,123,140, M.Lloyd 140, D.Hopkins 123,125,2×140, M.Hopkins 2×100,140), Bournebrook 7 (M.Welsh 3×100,111,121,135, K.Mason 2×100,140, D.Collins 4×100, M.Bathurst 100, C.Smith 2×100,118) Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club 0 (M.Bandy 100, L.Bandy 101,156, T.Shaw 100,120, C.Davenport 134, S.Carr 108,123), Kings Norton Flights 3 (P.Lilley 100, M.Hanley 100,140, R.Fisher 100,139, G.Lee 2×100, 132, D.Willis 125) Longbridge 4 (M.Malone 2×100, C.Evans 100,137,140, S.Facey 100,105, L.Jordan 121), Copper Fox 5 (D.Marsh 140, G.Dews 3×100,125, K.Bedder 121,135,140, T.Hamilton 100,140, D.McConomy 135,140, M.Hamilton 100,125,132f,140, R.Mann 2×100) Coppice 2 (D.Hill 2×100, B.Heath 5×100, S.Jacques 100,125, R.Packer 3×100, A.Phillips 107), Rubery Social Club 2 (P.Medlicott 121,132, J.Higgins 119, A.Faulkner 3×100,140, R.Higgins 3×100, K.Manger 100, J.Ford 100, J.O’Neill 100,180) Bourneville 5 (M.James 2×100,112,180, P.Smith 3×100, M.Collins 3×100,140, G.Carver 3×100, A.Deeley 3×100,180, G.Bailes 100,139,140, D.Murray 2×100,121,135), Grant Arms 2 (A.Dewsbury 6×100, N.Smith 140, M.Davies 100,140, V.Walton 2×100, P.Smith 100, J.Price 132) Thurlestone 5 (D.Newton 100, R.Waldron 100,129,140, B.Andrews 2×100, J.Downer 100, S.Deeley 2×100,140, C.Taylor 100).

The Sheldon and District Summer League played off the quarter-finals of their League Cup which produced a couple of surprising results the first of which was the 4-3 win by Willclare Sports and Social who beat The Dingle, both team are in division one Willclare bottom of the division without a win in eight games while Dingle are two places above them in the table with three wins under their belts.

Another surprise was the 5-2 success from division four’s Smithswood Social who won playing away against Lyndon Old Boys who reside in division three. In the other two games there was a victory for division one teams Raven Arrows and Langley Arrows who in turn won against The Banbury Club and Brian’s Flights 7-0 and 6-1.

Daniel White (Langley Arrows) hit the only maximum of the round while Dave Reed (Willclare Sports and Social) had a 115 finish and Gary Fleetwood (Banbury Club) had a 103 game shot).

Just the one rearranged division three fixture played which saw Kingshurst Labour Club and Trident Spears finish all-square at 4-4. Kevin Richards had a 128 checkout and Stephen Shepherd a twelve darts game for Kingshurst.

Full Results: League Cup:Quarter-Finals:- The Banbury Club 0 (Gary Fleetwood 103f) Raven Arrows 7, Langley Arrows 6 (Daniel White 180) Brian’s Flights 1, Lyndon Old Boys 2 Smithswood Social Club 5, The Dingle 3 Willclare Sports and Social 4 (Dave Reed 115f), Rearranged League Fixture:Group Three:- Kingshurst Labour Club 4 (Kevin Richards 128f, Stephen Shepherd 12 darts game) Trident Spears 4.

It was not a good week for Highcroft Hotdogs in the first division of the Sutton and District Summer League as for the first time in six games they lost.

Playing away against seventh in the division Old Oscott Arrows Highcroft returned on the wrong side of the 6-3 result, however they still remain top of the division but now only lead by three legs of average as second placed Bishop Vesey won 5-4 at Heartlands to go level on points with them.

With the top two teams both on ten points third placed Old Horns Lions had an impressive 5-4 win at The Nomads who are just below them in the table and now two points behind them.

In division two Scott Armers have opened up a four points lead at the top of the table with a 5-4 win at fourth in the division Plough and Arrows while Charley’s Flights moved up two places to second with their 7-2 home win over Rosey Mac’s who were second and drop to fifth on the same six points as fourth and fifth placed Erdington Arrows and Plough and Arrows, Erdington Arrows had a bye this week.

The five teams directly below Scott Armers all have a game in hand on the leaders.

Only the one score of 180 this week and that was achieved by Ryan Lowe from the Red Lion.

Full Results: Game 6: Division One:

The Nomads 4 (Brendan Lysaght 105b,140, Kevin Smith 120b, Nathan Fields 100, Tony Colley 100b) Old Horns Lions 5 (Dave Pickering 112b, Andy Kimberley 110f, Barry Stephens 100, Tony O’Kereke 120b), Old Horns Arrows 2 (Jack Mahon 100, Matt Deathridge 115b,100, Clive Matthews 100, Alan Lilley 100,119) Aston Manor CC Flights 7 (Gary Bushell 115,100b, Robert Graham 100b, Martin Partridge 128, Des Shannon 140), Walmley CSC Flights 5 (Jamie Meredith 100, Rich Smith 100, John Kavanagh 120b, Jake Liggins 111b, Kriss Green 100) Red Lion 4 (Ryan Lowe 180,105, Brian Hughes 100, Dane Vickers 111b,100), Old Oscott Arrows 6 (Dave Page 119, Andy Lea 114f, Derek Parsons 2x112b,109, Mick Maher 112b,119,115, Phil Locke 140,100,123) Highcroft Hotdogs 3 (Karl Neale 140, Kevin Shorthouse 137, Sid Pritchett 120b,102, Simon Shorthouse 100,108b,140, Jack Alexander 100), Heartlands 4 (Ryan Cain 2×100) Bishop Vesey 5 (Dave Walton 125,127, Nick Sammons 100,137, Chris Sammons 130b,127,100, Stuart Abbott 120b), Division Two:- Charley’s Flights 7 (Martin Mills 2×100, Kevin Hewings 121, Clive Austin 2×100, Dean G Bond 120b,100, Paul Nicholls 100, John Burdett 136) Rosey Mac’s 2 (Neil Bradley 135, Steven Wintle 2×100), Rosey Mac’s Bar 2 (Jordan Nolan 100) Sutton Sharks 7 (Chris Gardener 121,2×100, Jonathan Boden 100), Pint Pot Flights 6 (Paul Wilkes 100, Louie Lemathy 100) St Tom Cats 3 (Andy Dudley 124, Dean Wakelam 111), Plough and Arrows 4 (Kieran Gow 108b) The Scott Armers 5 (Luke Parry 2×100, James Sabin 100, Owen Carroll 121, John Parry 140,100, Jamie Sabin 118), Erdington Arrows had a bye.

It’s as you were in the Singles Division of the South West Birmingham Clubs League with the results from game fifteen not having any effect on the table whatsoever.

Leaders Longbridge United remain top of the division despite losing their home tie with middle of the table Avenue Social 5-2 but now second placed West Heath CEM with their 6-1 home win over Northfield Town have drawn level on twenty-six points with Longbridge and only trail them by the slightest of differences, just one single leg of average.

Third placed Bournbrook are a further two points behind although they handed out a 7-0 whitewash to their visitors Moseley All Services.

Quarry Club’s 5-2 home win over Perfection keeps them top of the Shadow League with six points, two more than their nearest rivals Northfield Conservative who had a 4-3 win away to Kings Norton Ex Service.

Top of the Pre Match Doubles Division is once again Longbridge United with 196 points and once again it’s West Heath CEM who are the nearest rivals with 176 points before a huge gap of 43 points to third placed Avenue Social.

Full Results: Game 15: Longbridge United 2 Avenue Social 5, West Heath CEM 6 Northfield Town 1, Bournbrook 7 Moseley All Services 0, Kings Norton Ex Service 3 Northfield Conservative 4, Quarry Club 5 Perfection 2, Stirchley Flights 2 Stirchley United 5.

With only two more league fixtures to play the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League title is still far from being decided as current leaders Old Liberal Club added a straight 7-0 defeat to Britannia and second placed Cross (Oldswinford) won 4-3 at home against Rose and Crown ‘A’ to put both teams on sixty-six points with only average the difference separating the two. Third placed Ten Arches won 5-2 at home against Gate Hangs Well but they are well out of the frame as they are twelve points adrift of the leading duo.
The Shadow League title could go to any one of the top four teams as leaders Mount Pleasant are on eighteen points from seventeen games, second placed Raven have sixteen points from the same seventeen games and both have just one more to play while third and fourth teams Crestwood and Church Tavern area also on sixteen points and have two games to play.

Full Results:bGame 36: Old Liberal Club 7 Britannia 0, Glasscutters 1 Netherton Conservative Club 6, Fox Inn (Lye) 1 Crestwood 6, Ten Arches 5 Gate Hangs Well 2, The Princess 2 Mount Pleasant 5, Cross (Oldswinford) 4 Rose and Crown ‘A’ 3, Church Tavern 1 Cottage 6, Rose and Crown ‘B’ 3 Old Cat Inn 4, Seven Stars 4 Raven 3.

In the Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League Allen’s Bar ‘A’ handed a 7-0 whitewash to their visiting team Sow and Pigs to give them a total of forty points from twenty-two games and a lead of six over second placed Vine ‘A’ who were awarded a 7-0 win as their opponents Allen’s Bar ‘B’ have dropped out of the league..

Third and fourth placed Cottage Spring and Horseley Tavern are both on thirty points with the former having game in hand on the other three teams in the top four after having a bye this week. Horseley Tavern had a 5-2 win at Tamebridge.

Full Results: Week 24: Vine ‘A’ 7 Allen’s Bar ‘B’ 0, Vine ‘B’ 3 Ivy Bush 4, Allen’s Bar ‘A’ 7 Sow and Pigs 0, Waggon and Horses 4 Albion 3, Tamebridge 2 Horseley Tavern 5, Cottage Spring had a bye.

Week twenty-two of the Rowley Monday Night League brought together the league’s top two teams with leaders Bell playing hosts to second placed White Swan. The outcome was a 7-2 win for Bell to see them open up a two points lead over White Swan who in turn had their advantage over third placed Gate Hangs Well remain at four points as Gate also lost, going down 5-4 at Windmills End who with thirty points are fifth in the league.

Fourth in the table is Hill and Cakemore Ex Serviceman’s Club, they won 6-3 at Rowley Bar and Grill, the win keeping them within two points of Gate Hangs Well.

On the individual scene Connor Whitehouse (White Swan) hit a maximum and there were 160 breaks for both Simon Edmonds 9Spring Meadow) and Matt Hadley (Rowley Labour Club).

Full Results:Week 22:- Whiteheath Tavern 4 Wonder 5, Romsley Cricket Club 9 Huntingtree 0, Waterfall 4 Tividale FC 5, Windmills End 5 Gate Hangs Well 4, Bell 7 White Swan 2 (Connor Whitehouse 180), Spring Meadow 3 (Simon Edmonds 160b,7 darts game) Plough and Harrow 6, Loyal Lodge 3 Rowley Labour Club 6 (Matt Hadley 160b), Rowley Bar and Grill 3 Hill and Cakemore Ex Servicemen’s Club 6.

Old Liberal Club made the halfway mark of the Stourbridge and District Wednesday Night League without losing as they rounded off the first half with a 5-2 win away against fifth in the league Stourbridge FC.

Although undefeated in fifteen games Old Liberal Club have only a two points lead on second in the league Hollybush who had a close, but important 4-3 win at Bird in Hand ‘E’ who are fourth in the table with twenty-two points two short of third placed Cottage after their 6-1 win at Shovel which leaves them with twenty-four points, six off the top.

Full Results:Game 15:- Stourbridge FC 2 Old Liberal Club ‘A’ 5, Shovel 1 Cottage 6, Netherton Conservative Club 2 Garibaldi 5, Kings Head 4 Brickmakers Arms 3, Ashwood 6 Wheatsheaf 1, Old Liberal Club ‘B’ 3 Dudley Sports 4, Woodman 0 Fox Inn (Lye) 7, Bird in Hand ‘E’ 3 Hollybush 4.

Leader of the Ashwood Premier League Chris Williams didn’t play in week 29 but nevertheless remains top of the table with 292 points from 60 games. Second placed John Green played and won his first game against Carl Hipkiss 5-2 and then won 4-3 against Jack Pritchard to put him on 287 points and although five short of Williams he has seven games in hand on him, Third in the league Nick Fullwell also played two games winning the first against Ash Marson 5-2 and then beating Carl Hipkiss by the same margin to give him 276 points, however he has four games in hand on Green and eleven on Williams.

Full Results:Week 29:- Kevin Harris 4 Neil Murphy 3, Nick Fullwell 5 Ash Marson 2, Josh Pickett 5 Chris Fox 2, Sam Aitkens 5 Jon Underhill 2, Gavin Smith 6 Matt Davies 1, Carl Hipkiss 4 Wozza Pritchard 3, Neil Murphy 4 Chris Eacock 3, John Green 5 Carl Hipkiss 2, Ben Watts 6 Tony Bennett 1, Rob Pierce 7 Shane Passey 0, John Underhill 5 Jake Robinson 2, Martyn Harper 6 Jayden Harper 1, Cayden Smith 6 Josh Pickett 1, Sam Aitkens 6 Paul Pollard 1, Gavin Smith 4 Neil Murphy 3, Chris Manoila 7 Ash Marson 0, Kevin Harris 5 Jake Robinson 2, Matt Davies 7 Jack Pritchard 0, Chris Fox 6 Chris Eacock 1, John Green 4 Jack Pritchard 3, Jayden Harper 6 Paul Pollard 1, Rob Pierce 4 Martyn Harper 3, Nick Fullwell 5 Carl Hipkiss 2, Ben Watts 5 Wozza Pritchard 2, Kevin Harris 4 Cayden Smith 3, Chris Manoila 7 Tony Bennett 0, Chris Manoila 4 Ash Marson 3.

No change in the top placings of the Black Country Men’s Super League with leaders Allen’s Bar ‘C’ winning 4-1 in their home tie with Gilbert’s Bar ‘A’ and with forty-nine points the leaders are just one to the good on second placed Gilbert’s Bar ‘B’ who went one better with a 5-0 clean-sweep over bottom of the table Vine, Blackheath. Gilbert’s ‘B have a game in hand on Allen’s ‘C’ which could see them go top of the table.

Full Results:Game 14:- Townsend Social 4 Old Bulls Head 1, Allen’s Bar ‘B’ 3 Halesowen Cricket Club 2, Gilbert’s Bar ‘B’ 5 The Vine, Blackheath 0, White Swan 3 Soccer Zone 2, Horse and Jockey 4 Coseley Tavern 1, Townsend ‘A’ 3 Whiteheath Tavern 2, Railway Tavern 4 The Ashwood 1, Allen’s Bar ‘C’ 4 Gilbert’s Bar ‘A’ 1, Allen’s Bar ‘A’ 3 Quarry Bank Liberal Club 2.

As a result of Danny Nicholls not playing in the Black Country Thursday Night Singles League he has dropped to second place behind new leader Mark Jones who with a 5-3 win over Neil Murphy and a 7-1 success against Rich Bowen has gone top of the table with 79 points, one more than Nicholls who has played one game fewer than Jones.

Full Results:Week 5:- Mark Jones 5 Neil Murphy 3, Rich Bowen 6 Neil Murphy 2, Shane Passey 8 Alex Mason 0, Mark Jones 7 Rich Bowen 1, Nick Fullwell 7 Alex Mason 1, Nick Fullwell 6 Shane Passey 2, Neil Murphy 8 Sarah Jane Parker 0.

Dog and Partridge are leading the West Midlands Men’s Super League with 117 points from 21 games, they have a lead of eleven points over second placed Kings Head ‘A’ plus a game in hand which looks very much like a title winning advantage.

Full Results:

Week 26: Kings Head ‘A’ 4 ECC 1, Kings Head ‘B’ 3 Chase Social 2, Gilbert’s Bar ‘A’ 3 Gilbert’s Bar ‘C’ 2, Gilbert’s Bar ‘B’ 3 Gilbert’s Bar ‘D’ 2, Staffordshire Knot 4 Three Crowns 1, Bridgtown Social 5 Corpus Christi 0.

There are clear leaders in al l three divisions of the Gilbert’s Bar Monday Night Singles League with Scott baker leading the way in division one with 176 points from 22 games and a lead of 27 over second placed ben Johnson.
In division two it’s Jason Hough who heads the table on 160 points with Clark Cook second just three points short of Hough from the same 22 games.
Alan Melling has a massive 33 points lead on his nearest rival Robert Harris and looks odds-on to clinch the title and promotion.

Full Results:

Week 24:- Martin Price 5 Ian Stanton 3, Martin Angell 3 Steve Lynch 5, John Simms 0 Scott Baker 8, Rushpal Bhogal 1 Jon Blakemore 7, Simon Pritchard 8 Wayne Willis 0, Ian Stanton 6 Jon Blakemore 2, Allan Davies 5 Malcolm Pugh 3, Keith Hollowood 2 Tony Singh 6, Ben Hollowood 2 Clark Cook 6, Jason Hough 5 Neville Quinton 3, Allan Davies 6 Max Law 2, Alan Melling 7 Joe Bartolo 1, Eddie Gripton 0 Alex Bryant 8, Robert Harris 6 Artur Lubkowski 2, Michele Pritchard 4 Warren Bower 4, Andy Poole 3 Jamie Aplin 5.

Gilbert’s Bar was the setting for the Bank Holiday Knockout and also the Willenhall Junior Darts Academy Knockout.

In the former it was Richard Hosey who collected the winners £170 after beating Simon Mountford 5-2 in the final, Mountford receiving £80.

In the semis Hosey won 4-3 against Rob Thompson and Mountford accounted for Kevin Bambrick with a 4-2 result, Thompson and Bambrick each picked up £25.

The Willenhall Junior Darts Academy Knockout title, plus the winners £50 went to Cayden Smith who had a straight 4-0 win over Jake Robinson in the final, Robinson collected £30.

Full Results:

Gilbert’s Bar Bank Holiday 301 Knockout:

Losing Quarter-Finalists:- Wayne Jones, Brett Cooper, Dan Jones, Tom Garfield,


Richard Hose 4 Rob Thompson 3

Simon Mountford 4 Kevin Bambrick 2,


Richard Hosey 5 Simon Mountford 2.

Willenhall Junior Darts Academy Knockout:

Losing Semi-Finalists:- Enola Wilson, Dylan Hudders,

Final:- Cayden Smith 4 Jake Robinson 0.


Alan Towe with Red Dragon Darts


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