It was seven defeats in eight games for West Midlands when in their last home fixture of the season in the BDO Inter County Championship Premier Division against Lancashire they suffered their biggest defeat of the campaign 25-11 with all four teams losing, the last time this happened was in January 2017 when they lost 27-9 away to Dorset when they were in Division One.

The ladies ‘B’ side lost 5-1 with Sophie Singh (19.48) their sole winner, for the men’s ‘B’ it was a third successive defeat as they went down 7-5 with Stephen Jones their top man with a 27.32 average.

Sunday’s results saw the ladies lose 4-2 with Cheryl Alcock (22.21) taking the match award and the men go down 9-3 with Ian Jones the man of the match with a 29.63 average.

The defeat leaves West Midlands in the relegation zone, next to bottom of the table on 120 points, seven ahead of bottom team Cheshire and a similar seven points behind the team above them Northamptonshire. Neighbours Warwickshire could hand West Midlands a lifeline if they could chalk up a big win in their last game which is a home tie with Northamptonshire, but to avoid relegation it means West Midlands would require a huge result from their final game which is a tough away fixture against fourth in the table Glamorgan.