In the penultimate round of fixtures in the Four Oaks and District Winter League the top two teams in division one squared up to each other in what was in effect a title decider. Leaders Boldmers St Mikes played hosts to second in the table Golden Hind and the home team’s 7-2 success earned them the championship for 2020 while their opponents dropped down to third behind The Boat on average after Boat had a narrow 5-4 win at Pint Pot Flights after Flights had fought back from 4-2 down to level at four each.
Walmley CSC Flights lost 5-4 to The Digby, the defeat ending their second division title hopes as leaders and now champions Red Lion opened the gap between the two teams to six points with just one more game to play when they won 5-4 at home to Oscott Sports.
In the third division second placed Rosey Mac’s Leopard trail Oscott Social Club by just two points but need a massive result to win the division when they meet each other in the final weeks fixtures.
A.Cooksey, W.Taylor (Walmley CSC Arrows), J.Higgins (Old Oscott Arrows), I.Matthews (Red Lion) and A.Day (Drakes Drum) all hit a maximum this week, S.Wilson’s (Walmley CSC Arrows) hit his second and there was a third for M.Ashton (Boldmere St Mikes).
The Camp Hill Marston’s League completed its domestic fixtures this week and the tile could not have been more closely contested as Nomads wound up their programme with a convincing 6-1 win over Wagon to win the championship with a total of 30 points, however they only beat Emerald Club on average as their 5-2 win over bottom of the table Peaky Blinder put them level on points but losing out by just three legs of average. In addition to the top two having 30 points, third placed Tyseley WMC also finished with the same amount of points after their final 4-3 win against Sedgemere Devil’s Club, they were seven legs short of the champions.
With six wins from their final nine games Sheldon Marlborough Flights won the Shadow League with 12 points, six more than runners up Wagon.
The Sheldon and District Winter League played its doubles knockout down to the last Sixteen Pairs and winning through were Andy Hutchings & Pete Yardley, Bobby Nixon & John Sidwell, Jason Jennings & Mark Wall (Dunky’s Boys), Paul Nixon & Aaron Nixon, Simon Edwards & Jake Webster (Langley Arrows), Neil Parsonage & Martin Heaven, Dean Young & Jack Young, Glenn James & Anthony Hoey (Mackadown Social), Frank Dixon & Brett Dixon, Matt Cooper & Mick Tilley (Willclare Sports and Social), Dave Humphries & Liam O’Donnell (Sheldon Marlborough Arrows), Bob Hayer & Dave Vanes (North Star), John Burdett & Alan Whitehouse (Raven Arrows), Terry Webster & Tom White (East Birmingham Allotment Holders Association), Freddie Naylor & Laura Vann (Crown Arrows), Rob Wilson & Darren Kirwan (Hornet).
The Shirley and District Monday Night League had the preliminary round of their League Cup on the fixture card and possibly the biggest shock of the round was the 5-4 win by Wythall Legion over The Wharf as the Legion are placed third in division two and their opponents second in division one. In the other games there were wins for division one sides Cider House and Red Lion who in turn beat second division challengers Howell’s Angels (5-4) and The Highwood (7-2).
P.Harris recorded a fantastic 164 game shot Wythall Legion, while J.Harris had a 145 outshot for Cider House. There was also a 115 break for M.Bown (Red Lion) and a 112 game shot for L.Hodges (The Wharf).
The Stourbridge and District Monday Night League staged their singles knockout and taking the title was Ten Arches player A.Moreton with a final win over A.Nicholls from the British Oak. In the last four games Moreton took out S.Bills (British Oak) while Nicholls accounted for J.Young (Lion, Stourbridge).
Losing quarter finalists were C.Slater (Gate Hangs Well), J.Payne (British Oak), M.Pye (Hop House) and J.Gaskin (Ten Arches).
High Oak are now the only unbeaten team in the Brierley Hill Monday Night League after in week eight Mount Pleasant, who were second in the table lost 7-2 away to fifth placed Rose and Crown. As a result Mount Pleasant drop two places to fourth on the same 14 points as the two teams just above them Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ and Delph Bell, the Ex Serviceman’s in second place with the better average after their latest 5-4 win at Dudley Sports ‘B’ and Delph third following their 6-3 win at Wombourne Pool Bar.
High Oak had a 6-3 win away to Swan and with 16 points are two to the good on the rest of the field.
With Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club winning 6-3 against Long Hop Taphouse and Bulls Head beating Townsend Social Club 7-2 the two winning teams share the number one spot in the Netherton Thursday Night League level on 12 points and average.
Brickmakers Arms had a bye this week and are third on six points with a game in hand while fourth in the table Old Hill Cricket Club lost for the first time in their three games played and are on the same points as Brickmakers.
Brickmakers Arms took their unbeaten run in the Cradley Tuesday Night League to seven games when they beat third in the table Wheatsheaf ‘A’ 8-1. The win gives Brickmakers a lead of six points over their nearest rivals Netherton Sports and Social Club ‘A’ who lost their home tie with Bulls Head 5-4.
Bottom of the table Wheatsheaf ‘B’ despite having a maximum from Scott Fellows emulated their ‘A’ team’s result as they went down 8-1 at home to Plough.
The George continue lead the Rowley Monday Night League adding a further 7-2 away win over Cradley Sports and Social Club to their tally giving them a two points lead over both Bell and Fairfield. Bell were also 7-2 winners in their game at Whiteheath Tavern while Fairfield won 6-3 at Windmills End.
New to the league this season Beech Tree continue to impress and they also climb up two more places in the league to fourth after their 6-3 win over Cottage who are seventh in the table. With 12 points Beech Tree are only four adrift of both Bell and Fairfield and only two more behind leaders George.
There were 160 breaks for Chris Ledge Jones (Fairfield), Kurt Wright (Beech Tree) and Matt Wakefield (George) and nine darts legs for Kurt Wright and his team mate Kalvin N Jayne Chambers. Wonder’s Steve Bullimore scored a 180.
Ten Arches ‘B’ were the only losers in the top five teams in the Stourbridge and District Wednesday Night League as they lost 4-3 to their ‘A’ team who in a seventh position are now just two places below and two points short of them. Top of the table Swan ‘A’ handed their ‘B’ side a 7-0 whitewash to keep them two points clear of second placed Ashwood ‘B’ who won 6-1 against their ‘A’ team. The Church Tavern local derby saw the ‘A’ team, who are next to bottom of the table beat their ‘B’ side, who are two places and four points ahead of them 4-3.
Leaders of the West Midlands Men’s Super League Allen’s Sports Bar ‘A’ had a 4-1 win away to next to bottom of the table Griffin but had their lead cut by one point as their nearest rivals Railway Tavern had a clear cut 5-0 win at Yeltz Bar ‘B’ to put them on 132 points as opposed to Allen’s ‘A’ having 139. Railway now have an eleven points advantage over third in the table Yeltz Bar ‘A’ who in game 23 won a close tie with fourth placed Bridgetown Social 3-2.
ECC Sports and Social Club continue to move up the table their 4-1 home win over Horse and Jockey ‘A’ taking them into eighth place and into the top half of the table.
The Brierley Hill Friday Night League were involved with their singles knockout and qualifying for the next round are John Green, Andy Vellender, Adam Hughes, Ray Pitt, Carl Penzer, Carl Hipkiss, Barry Cox, Mathew Price, Chris Fox, Kevin Harris, Alex Nicholls.
Tipton Sports top the Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League table and added a 6-1 win away to Horseley Tavern to their account to give them a perfect sixteen points from their eight games. As the only team in the league to remain undefeated Tipton Sports lead second placed The Vine by two points, Vine going one better than Sports this week as they were 7-0 winners against bottom of the table Court House.
Dewdrop ‘A’ in third place have the same fourteen points as Vine after they won 5-2 at home against Island Inn who drop one place to sixth behind Merry-Go-Round and Waggon and Horse who are both on ten points, Merry-Go-Round suffering an unexpected 4-3 home defeat at the hands of the New Talbot team who are just three places off the foot of the table while Waggon and Horses had a close 4-3 verdict at home to Dewdrop ‘B’.
Lamp Tavern hold on to pole position in the Sedgley and Gornal Tuesday Night League their latest fixture seeing them win 6-3 at home against White Lion to stay two points ahead of second in the table Old Bulls Head, who in their home tie were held to a close 5-4 win by Chainyards.
Netherton Cricket Club lost ground in the title race as they went down 5-4 at home to Gornal Labour Club who replace their hosts in third place as they lead them on average, both teams are on 30 points, six behind Old Bulls Head and eight short of the top place.
Week four of the Tettenhall Wednesday Night League was a fantastic week for the ECC Sports and Social Club as their ‘A’ side won 5-2 at home against Moreton ‘B’ and the ‘B’ team went one better with a 6-1 result at Emerald. ECC ‘A’ move up into the top three with six points just two short of the two teams above them leaders Whitmore Reans WMC and second placed Bull while the ‘B’ side move up three places in the table to eighth.
Top of the table Whitmore had a comfortable 7-0 win at Swan Compton while Bull had a hard fought and close 4-3 success playing away against Cleveland Arms who drop from third to fourth in the table.
The Wolverhampton Tuesday Night League is up to week three and only two teams in the singles and doubles divisions are able to boast a 100% win record.
In the singles division Dog and Partridge won 5-2 at Riley’s ‘A’ while Riley’s ‘C’ with a similar 5-2 win at Elay (Yale) are level on both points and average with Dog and Partridge to share the number one spot. The two top teams have a two point’s advantage over both Gilberts Bar and Wednesfield Legion who are third and fourth respectively.
In the doubles division it’s Dog and Partridge who once again lead the way, topping the division with a perfect six points after adding their 2-1 win over Riley’s ‘A’, however they are only top by one leg of average over Wednesfield Legion whose 2-1 win at Mount Tavern puts them on the same unbeaten six points as Dog and Partridge.
Pendulum chalked up their first win in the doubles division when they won 2-1 at home against Gilberts Bar who are still looking to kick start their season.
Penn Bowling had a bye this week and are currently bottom of the singles division and next to bottom of the doubles with Elay (Yale) bottom of the doubles.