The Four Oaks and District League have been involved in their Coronation Shield and Norman Day Cup, in the former the leaders of division one Bodmere St Mikes and the leaders of division two Heartlands squared up to each other with Boldmere emerging the 10-5 victors. The only all division one clash was a local derby between Old Oscott Arrows and Oscott Social Club which produced a nail biting 8-7 win for Old Oscott Arrows.
The remainder of the fixtures saw division one teams matched against division two opponents and saw Red Lion win 13-2 at Charley’s Flights and Golden Hind win 10-5 at Plough and Arrows,
There were two maximums in the Coronation Shield supplied by J.Morris (Golden Hind) and P.Graham (Oscott Social Club).
In the Norman Day Cup it was the luck of the draw again as three division one sides faced second division opponents. Golden Hind Lions beat Erdington Flyers 12-3, Highcroft Social won 10-5 against Deer’s Leap and Walmley CSC Flights defeated Bills Arrows 10-5. The match between St Thomas Arrows and Sutton Sharks was postponed.
As the Kings Norton League kicked off the second half of their season leaders Copper Fox consolidated their number one spot with a 5-2 home win over Rubery Social Club to take their points tally to 22. Second in the table E57 had a closer 4-3 result playing away against Northfield to leave them two points adrift of the leaders.
Bournebrook are placed third, they won 5-2 at Rubery Legion leaving them four points off the top but seeing their hosts drop from fourth to fifth in the table with Thurlestone, who won their home tie with Kings Heath 5-2 replacing them in fourth place trailing Bournebrook by just a couple of legs of average.
No joy for the bottom two teams as they both lost their home games by narrow 4-3 results, bottom of the table Kings Norton Ex Serviceman’s Club losing to Toby Jug and next to bottom Grant Arms losing to Cock Inn, Kings Norton still without a point after playing twelve games.
It was not a good start to 2022 for Langley Arrows in the premier division of the Sheldon and District Winter League as they lost 5-4 at home to Dunky’s Boys, not only losing the fixture but also their pole position in the division as they dropped to third place, on the same ten points as their victors who have moved up one place to second. New leaders for the division are Sheldon Marlborough Arrows, their convincing 7-2 win at Hobs Meadow giving them a perfect score of twelve points from their six games and a two points lead over nearest rivals Dunky’s and Langley Arrows.
A 5-4 win over Hornet sees Iron Horse Flights take over the number four spot from Highwood Gerry’s Boys who lost 5-4 at home to Mackadown Social.
In division one the results did not alter the league positions. Sheldon Dukes made it six wins in as many games when they won 5-4 playing away against previous leaders Kingshurst Labour, they remain at the top of the table with Kingshurst still second but like third placed Hollywood Social are four points adrift of Sheldon and Hollywood also have a game in hand on Kingshurst.
As Langley Arrows lost pole position in the premier division, Langley Flights did exactly the same in division two as they were ousted from the top perch after losing 6-3 at Willclare Sports and Social who have replaced them in the number one spot on ten points from an unbeaten five games. Langley are on the eight points from six games and drop to third in the table behind Journeys End whose 5-4 win at Sheldon Marlborough Ridge puts them on the same ten points as Willclare but again from six games.
Dudley Ex-Serviceman’s Club, leaders of the Netherton Thursday Night League could not have wished for a better start to the New Year as they travelled to take on their nearest rivals second in the table Old Hill Cricket Club. The result was an emphatic 7-2 win for the Ex-Serviceman’s Club to take their points tally to 33 from thirteen games. The Cricket Club drop to third place but are now some six points adrift of the leaders and have played fourteen games.
Townsend Club move up one place from third, they also have played fourteen games and are on 30 points, three points off the top after winning their home game with Fairfield 6-3. Bulls Head in fourth place are on the same 27 points as Old Hill Cricket Club, they won 5-4 at Netherton Sports and Social.
There were just two rearranged fixtures played in the Camp Hill League which saw leaders Aston Inn Nomads make it fourteen undefeated games with a 5-2 win at Meadway Social. Second in the league Sheldon Marlborough Flights have a game in hand on Aston but are a huge eight points behind them.
In the other fixture played Tyseley Newbies beat bottom of the table Sedgemere Devils 5-2.
The Stourbridge and District Wednesday Night League played their Doubles Knockout down to the last eight pairs and winning through to the quarter finals were, C.Moreton/A.Moreton, A.Marson / J.Harper (Ten Arches ‘A’), D.Simpson / A.Batham (Ten Arches ‘B’), N.Cooper / J.Batham (White Horse), M.Pritchard / D.Fox, C.Slater / L.Davies (Bird in Hand ‘A’), A.Smith / J.Churchill (Bird in Hand ‘E’), T.Stockton / J.Wrench (Raven).