Derbyshire vs Merseyside

BDO Inter County Championships:Division Three:

Report From: Alan Towe

Derbyshire v Merseyside

Fresh off the back of two consecutive wins in division three of the BDO Inter County Championships Derbyshire played a rearranged home tie with Merseyside, a game originally scheduled to be the season’s opening fixture.

Saturday’s ladies game did not have the best of starts for Derbyshire as Adel Mulligan gave the visitors first blood with a 3-1 win over Sara-Jane Harrison. Tracy Morrison doubled Merseyside’s lead with her 3-2 win over Louise Rawson, after Louise had gone 2-0 up. A 3-0 win for Janet Hardman against Emily Jones meant that the away side were in an unbeatable position leading 3-0.

Rachel Ayres stopped the rot when in game number four she beat Sandra Rule 3-1 and with a lady of the match performance from Nicola Fletcher (16.97) when she won 3-1 against Julia Bain Derbyshire were still in with a shout for a draw.

Marie Leahy – Derbyshire’s latest addition.

Last on for the hosts was Marie Leahy vs Viv Cullimore. Marie won the first leg but then lost the second she went ahead again in the third only to miss out on her finishing doubles in the last two legs allowing her opponent to go on and win 3-2 to give the visitors the 4-2 result.

Men’s ‘B’ like the ladies ‘B’ were also slow starters as John Crossley, Paul Ford and Dan Nuttie in turn all won 3-1 against Darron Brown, Benjamin Holmes and Dan Ford to give Merseyside a 3-0 lead.

In game four Paul Williams put Derbyshire’s first stripe on the board coming from one down against David Powell to win 3-1 and with a similar game whereby he lost the first leg and won the following three Ian Allcock defeated Ade Heathcote to reduce the deficit to 3-2.

By the end of the first half it was all even as Steve Thompson (Derbyshire) despite being pegged back to level terms twice by Mike Addison won the encounter 3-2 with winning legs of 16, 18 and 26 darts to give him a man of the match award winning average of 26.64.

The second half began with Merseyside taking the lead once again as David Harnick after trailing 1-0 to James Parkin and then being taken to a deciding leg won 3-2 and with a 3-1 win for Philip Bennett over Andy Cass the hosts men’s ‘A’ team found themselves 5-3 down.

Lee Cropper kept Derbyshire’s hopes alive when he won 3-1 against George Bell and with a further 3-2 success for Andrew Houghton who won his game against John Prescott with a 115 game shot it was all square at 5-5 with two to play.

In the penultimate game the home side took the lead for the first time in the match when Dale Gadsby beat Jason Chisnall 3-1 but with a final 3-0 win for Alan Magee (Merseyside) over Colin Rich the final score was levelled at six each.

The home teams ladies ‘A’ had a cracking start as Jackie Sweet kicked off proceedings with her 3-2 win over Sandra James after James had gone 1-0 up and drawn level in the fourth. Making it 2-0 to the hosts was Rose Mort who handed out a straight 3-0 defeat to her opponent Claire New. Taking the score nicely along to 3-0 was Rebecca Hoyland, Rebecca’s 3-1 win against Julie Whelan guaranteeing her team mates at the worst a share of the spoils.

Emma Barlow was Merseyside’s first winner as in game four she won 3-1 against Rachel Bird, however the all-important fourth and match winning game was put up in the fifth when Jane Densley added her clear-cut 3-0 win over Vicki Lloyd to the home team’s account. Jane making a most welcome return to Derbyshire this term went one up in 21 darts and rounded off her win in 17 and 18 darts to give her a superb award winning average of 26.84, her second award in the four games played so far.

The last game went to the visitors as Laura Thompson won 3-0 against Terri Bellamy after the home player had struggled on finishing doubles. The final score 4-2 to Derbyshire.

Could things be looking up for Derbyshire?

With two draws and one defeat the men’s ‘A’ were without a win so far this season. As the game got underway the first four games all went against the darts as Sean Lambert gave Derbyshire a win in the opener when he beat Craig Winstanley 4-1 then Lewy Williams cancelled out the win when he won 4-0 against Lee Stanley only to see the home side go ahead again in the third when Nigel Daniels not only won 4-2 against Clive Rule but also win his team’s match award for his 26.88 average in which he had winning legs of 20,21 and 16 darts before rounding off his win with a tremendous 14 darts leg hitting 22,140,180 and 99 before checking out on 60.

After losing the first leg to Steve Gow, Gary Fenn then went 2-1 up but with Gow winning the next three Fenn eventually went down 4-2. It was at this point that the sequence changed and Merseyside took the lead for the first time when Joe Palfreyman beat Ryan O’Connor 4-2, O’Connor like Gary Fenn coming from one down to 2-1 up before losing.

Lee Arkwright (Derbyshire) opened up leads of 1-0,2-1 and 3-2 against Robbie Gorst but he was unable to capitalise on his lead as Gorst won the last two legs for a 4-3 win giving his team a 4-2 lead at the break.

Michael Ryall reduced the arrears for Derbyshire when he began the second half with a straight 4-0 win over Kevin Lloyd and it looked as though the game would go to 4-4 when John Elliott went 2-0 up against Martin O’Boyle but it was O’Boyle who got the 4-2 verdict to take Merseyside’s advantage to 5-3.

Henry Coates had a similar game to John Elliott as he won the first two legs against Johnny Brammeld and then lost the following four to see the away team move to within an ace of victory.

A man of the match performance from Richard Hanson delayed any celebrations that the visitors may have had as he handed Kieron Stringer a 4-0 whitewash chalking up a 27.83 average as he checked out in 15,18,21 and 18 darts with a tremendous 154 game shot in the fourth.

The winning seventh game was added to Merseyside’s account when Anthony Hitchmough beat Connor Hodgkinson 4-0. Another 4-0 result for Dave Richards over Matt Faulkner in the final game of the weekend ensured Merseyside (men’s ‘A’) won the match 8-4 giving them an overall 20-16 win for the weekend.

Despite the defeat Derbyshire moved up four places from the foot of the table, encouragement to go on and do better things in the five remaining games.

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Towe The Line – December Preview

BDO Inter County Championships Premier Division:

Cornwall v Warwickshire

Not since the 2012-2013 season has Warwickshire County Darts Organisation lost the opening two fixtures in the Premier Division of the BDO Inter County Championships and in that season they actually lost the first three to Yorkshire, Oxfordshire and Cheshire, they then went on to finish sixth in the table with three wins from their final six games.

After the opening day defeat to Yorkshire, Warwickshire’s next encounter saw them take a trip down to St Austell where they took on the local county, Cornwall. The Ladies ‘B’ side got off to a great start as Chloe McKivett gave them a 3-2 win in the first game against Hayley Kellow and taking the score to 2-0 was Kat Spanswick who won 3-1 against Pauline Mead.

Cornwall got their first win in the third when Becky Curnow beat Helen Rigg 3-1 but a 3-2 win from Nina Bolt guaranteed Warwickshire at the worst a share of the points. Nina after going 1-0 up then trailed 2-1 to Tyrian Jesse but went on to seal her win with wins in the fourth and fifth legs.

The home side’s award winner Catherine Rashleigh was their second winner as in the penultimate game she won 3-2 against Marian Conway after Conway had gone 1-0 and 2-1 up.

The outcome now rested on the final game between Courtney Hancock and Melanie Jones which went the full five legs distance. Despite leads of 1-0 and 2-1 Jones was pegged back to level terms on both occasions, however with her opponent still requiring 77 she checked out on 80 to clinch her 3-2 win and give her teammates their first win of the season, 4-2.

The men’s ‘B’ were hoping to put the 11-1 crushing defeat by Yorkshire behind them but it was not to be as for the second fixture they lost 11-1, yet again with more than a sprinkling of missed doubles.

The home side had a clean sweep in the first half all begun by Kev Thompson who came from 1-0 and 2-1 down to Wayne Mynard to win 4-2. Rich Slater made it 2-0 with his 4-3 win over Mark Carter, Slater going 3-0 up then being pegged back to three each before winning the deciding leg. Two 4-0 win in a row from Neil Dudbridge and Jonny Westren over respective opponents Tom McGlone and James Hykin took Cornwall’s lead to 4-0 before another seven legs affair in which Richard Craddock (Cornwall) went 2-0 up against Tom Ryan then Ryan reduced the arrears in the third before Craddock made it 3-1 in the fourth. Ryan then won the following two legs to square the game at 3-3 but it was those finishing doubles that saw Craddock win the seventh and final leg for a very close 4-3 victory.

It was 6-0 at the midway point with Shaun Burden adding his 4-1 win over Tom Martin.

Gareth Braham looked to be on his way to securing Warwickshire’s first win as he opened up a 2-0 lead over Carl Jeffery but despite having attempts at doubles in the next four legs he went down 4-2. Jack Wareing (Warwickshire) began well taking a 1-0 lead with a 114 game shot against Martin Smith and although Smith levelled in the second it was Wareing with another fine 121 finish who went 2-1 up. Smith won the next two legs and with a win for Wareing in the sixth it was another one leg decider which once again went to the Cornwall player.

Man of the match against Yorkshire Karl Reynolds was on at number nine, he won the first leg against David Mills in 18 darts. Mills then reversed the lead with wins in the following two legs only to see Reynolds level in the fourth. The fifth leg could have gone to either player as they both struggled on their doubles but it was Cornwall’s Mills that won it and with a win in the sixth he secured his 4-2 win.

Chris Eustice (Cornwall) won the opening leg against Carl Green only to see Green then go 2-1 up. Winning legs of 17 and 18 darts restored the lead for Eustice and although Green took him to a decider it was the home player that got the 4-3 verdict.

Dave Hill was on for Warwickshire in the penultimate game playing against Andy Dunstan. Hill won the first in 21 darts and Dunstan the second in 25. Hill then romped to a 4-1 victory with winning legs of 20,22 and 20 darts to give him the team’s match award for his average of 23.11.

The final 11-1 result was rounded off with a 4-2 win for Joshua Symons as he beat Warwickshire’s Mark Strong 4-2, Strong winning the second and fifth legs.

Natalie Gilbert (Warwickshire) followed up her opening day lady of the match performance with a 3-1 win over Tracey Hancock in the opening game of the of the ladies ‘A’ match, however the visitors lead didn’t last long as Sarah Gill beat, Donna Pinch 3-0 and Teresa Brookshaw won 3-1 against Caroline Pike.

Parity was restored in the fourth when Sue Gulliver, not only won 3-1 against Sue Shepherd but in the process took the match award for her average of 20.96 in which she had winning legs of 18,26 and 30 darts.

The hosts went ahead again in the fifth when Nikki Furse won 3-1 against Wendy Adams and with a final 3-0 win for Jacqui Champion over Angela Jones Cornwall sealed a 4-2 win.

There was a cracking start for Warwickshire’s men’s ‘A’ side as Jamie Hughes kicked off with a man of the match performance against Dennis Bryant, although Jamie didn’t have it all his own way as he lost the first leg then went 2-1 up in 18 and 16 darts. He lost the fourth in 15 darts but then levelled with a superb 12 darts leg hitting 99,177,140 and finishing on 85 to go 3-2 up. The sixth leg went to Bryant in 16 darts but it was Hughes with a 15 darts deciding leg in which he checked out on 100 leaving his opponent way back on 173 that won the game 4-3. Jamie’s average a tremendous 30.33.

Kevin Dowling despite going 1-0 and 2-1 down to Gareth Griffiths went on to win the tie 4-2 with a 116 game shot in the second giving the away team a 2-0 lead.

Neil Meneer reduced the arrears for the home team as he beat Charlie Symons 4-2 and with a similar 4-2 win for Mike Jones over Antony Allen the score was level at two each.

Noel Grant was pegged back to level terms twice after leading 2-0 and 3-2 against Kevin Bray and although both players had throws at a finishing double in the decider it was Grant who got the all-important double for a 4-3 win.

As the game went into the break the running score was squared at 3-3 with Kevin Dunstan adding his 4-1 win over Dave Atkins to Cornwall’s tally.

As did the first the second half began well for Warwickshire and it was another Jamie who began the half, this time Jamie Atkins who handed out a straight 4-0 defeat to Mike Beard, then with a second in a row 4-0 result Steve Giddings accounted for Greg Hambly to give Warwickshire a 5-3 lead.

Simon Knowles (Cornwall) saw Steve Hine peg him back twice to level terms before he went on to win 4-2 and with a 4-1 win for Jez Campe over Colin Laffar the home side had levelled the game at 5-5.

Rob Comben looked all set to put the win beyond Cornwall’s reach when he opened up a 2-0 lead over Matt Knowles but he then had to win the fourth leg to get back on level terms and despite having chances in the last two legs it was Knowles who won the tie 4-3 to leave the result hinging on the final game of the weekend.

Anchorman for Warwickshire was Dean Stewart and for Cornwall Steven Thomas. Nerves got the better of both players in the first leg but it was Stewart who won it in 23 darts. Thomas won the second in 19 darts only to see Dean Stewart go ahead again in the third when he checked out in 18 darts. For a second time, Thomas drew level, this time in 16 darts but he was unable to reach a double in the next two legs as Dean Stewart wrapped up a 4-2 win in 15 and 20 darts to put the final score at 6-6.

The men’s draw took the overall result to 23-13 to Cornwall, Warwickshire’s second successive such defeat.


Warwickshire v Devon

Following their two 23-13 defeats to Yorkshire and Cornwall, Warwickshire’s third fixture was a home tie against newly promoted Devon. Saturday’s ladies ‘B’ game began with a win for the home team’s Courtney Hine as she won 3-1 against Sarah Brown. The lead didn’t last long as Hayley Brant and Tracy Ware, in turn, won 3-0 against Denise Keyte and Nina Bolt to give Devon a 2-1 lead.

The away team’s advantage was taken to 3-1 when Cat Callard beat Kat Spanswick 3-1, their win confirmed in the fifth when Michelle Andrews defeated Melanie Jones 3-0 the third such win for the visitors.

For the home team, it was a case of keeping the best till last as Chloe McKivett went 1-0 up against Anna Johnson then trailed 2-1, she then went on to win 3-2 and in the process earn the match award for her 18.04 average. The final score 4-2 to Devon

The men’s ‘B’ were hoping to put behind them their previous two 11-1 defeats and first on for them was Tom Martin. Martin lost the first leg to Neil White and then in 15 and 25 darts went 2-1 up. White came back with winning legs of 19 and 21 darts and although Martin levelled the game in the sixth in 17 darts it was Neil White who put Devon one up with a deciding 15 darts leg.

Carl Green (Warwickshire) was made to fight all the way for his 4-3 victory as he opened up a 2-0 lead over Anthony Moss, was then pegged back to 2-2, went 3-2 up, 3-3 and won the final leg in 18 darts to square the game.

Mark Carter lost his opener to Adrian Watts but won the next four legs to put Warwickshire in front for the first time in the game. Carter’s leveller in the second was a 17 darts leg, he then won the next three in 18,20 and 16 darts giving him an award-winning average of 28.94. Rob Comben trailed 1-0 and 2-1 to Daniel Belsten but went on to win 4-3 sealing his win with a tremendous 161 game shot in a 15 darts decider to extend the home team’s lead.

Matty Washbrooke handed out a straight 4-0 defeat to Dean Angel before James Hykin took the hosts to lead to 5-1 at the break when he came from two down to beat David Matthews 4-2.

As the second half got underway Dave Hill took the home team’s lead to 6-1, assuring them of at least a draw when he handed out a 4-0 whitewash to Danny Bull.

Devon got their second winner in the eighth game when Steve Colbourne came from 1-0 down against Karl Reynolds to win 4-1, but then it was back to winning ways for the home side as Mark Strong after losing the first and fourth legs to Phillip Ward won the tie 4-2 and guaranteed a first win for his team, then with a similar result to Strong, Wayne Mynard had a 4-2 win over Fred Goldsmith to make it 8-2.

Tommy Ryan lost the first leg to Kieran Burns but then went 3-1 up in 19,15 and 21 darts, unfortunately, he then went down 4-3 after missing out on his finishing doubles.

The final score was taken to 9-3 for Warwickshire as anchorman Gareth Braham accounted for Scott Hutchinson with a straight 4-0 result.

There was somewhat of a surprise in the opening game of the ladies ‘A’ as opener Natalie Gilbert after going 2-0 up against Maria O’Brien lost 3-2, a rare defeat for Natalie especially after such a commanding lead.

Caroline Pike had her lead reversed as she went one up then trailed 2-1 to Kelly-Marie Gabriel. Nevertheless, Caroline with a superb 138 outshot squared the game and then went on to win it 3-2.

Warwickshire went ahead for the first time after game number three as Angela Jones won 3-1 against Chrissie Kinnaird and with a similar result for Sue Gulliver over Karen Matthews the hosts were 3-1 up, Sue for the second consecutive fixture named the lady of the match with a 21.47 average.

The win was achieved in the penultimate encounter when Wendy Adams beat Jodie Hawton 3-1 and the final score was taken to 4-2 when Lisa Hughes won the final game for Devon as she beat Donna Pinch 3-0.

In the opening two fixtures Warwickshire’s men’s ‘A’ have been the most consistent with one win and one draw, they got their game against Devon off to a fine start as Jamie Atkins and Antony Allen in turn both won 4-1 against John Burton and Lewis Dare.

Glyn Wells was Devon’s first winner when he won 4-1 against Dean Stewart but with Nigel Heydon coming from 1-0 down against Mark Shears to win 4-1 Warwickshire’s two games advantage was restored.

By the halfway point of the match a 4-2 success for Ian Shaw over Lee Hellings and a 4-3 win for Tom Aldridge over Mark Turner gave the home side a somewhat comfortable 5-1 lead.

Mark Vellacott (Devon) had his lead cancelled out no fewer than three times by Ian McFarlane who with two superb finishing legs of 14 and 12 darts won the tie 4-3. McFarlane rounded off his fantastic win with scores of 140,140 and 122 and then wrapped up the leg and the game with a 99 checkout.

With the score standing at 6-1 to the home team the win was put up in style as Prakash Jiwa despite having his lead wiped out three times by John Mann went on to not only win the tie 4-3, put the result at 7-1 and beyond Devon’s reach but also won the man of the match award for his 29.78 average.

The score moved nicely along to 8-1 with a 4-0 win from Noel Grant over Mike Pearce and although Steve Giddings had his 3-0 lead wiped out by Thom Humphrey he won the tie 4-3.

In the penultimate game, Steve Hine made it 10-1 when he beat Ben Chamberlain 4-2, then in the last game of the day and weekend, Kevin Dowling came from 1-0 down against Paul Milford to lead 3-1 and then lost 4-3to give a final score of 10-2 to Warwickshire.

The overall score for the weekend was a 25-11 win for Warwickshire which saw them move off the foot of the table into a more relaxing sixth place in the table.

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Preview – Alan Towe’s ‘The Line’. West Midlands vs Cambridgeshire

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After suffering the disappointment of relegation from the Premier Division of the BDO Inter County Championships last season West Midlands had the joy of seeing their opening home win against Cambridgeshire take them to the top of the Division One promotion table.

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Saturday’s ladies ‘B’ team gave the county a boost as they stormed into an unassailable position. Sophie Singh opened up with a 3-1 win over Lorraine Bullman after Bullman had won the first leg. Stella Sims was pegged back to level terms twice by Jess Cassidy and although the decider could have gone either way it was West Midlands Sims who got the 3-2 result.

The hosts lead was taken to 3-0 by the lady of the match Shellbie Simmons who after going 1-0 up saw her opponent Rebecca Brouse draw level in the second. Shellbie went ahead again in the third and rounded off her 3-1 win with an 18 darts leg giving her a superb 21.09 average.

Game number four saw Cambridgeshire chalk up their first winner when Carol Bareham beat Claire Hobbs 3-1 and although Hannah Rampley looked as though she was going to reduce the arrears even further in the fifth when she won the first leg against Heather Wright it was Wright who won the following three legs to give her teammates a winning 4-1 lead.

The ladies final game went the full five legs distance, Julie Aston (West Midlands) twice taking the lead against Laura Corrigan before winning the deciding leg for a 3-2 win and an overall 5-1 victory for the ladies ‘B’ which was a repeat of the result in the 2017-2018 season when the West Midlands played away to Cambridgeshire in the Premier Division.

Similar to the ladies ‘B’ the men’s ‘B’ also won the first three games as Matthew Coleman began the match with a 4-2 win over Simon Bewley and by the same margin, Adam Edgar defeated Connor Arberry. Stephen Jones made it 3-0 when he accounted for Iain Styles with a 4-1 result.

Matthew Moore (West Midlands) fought back from 1-0 and 3-1 down to Mark Lynn to twice level the game but it was Lynn who won the final leg after both players had thrown for a finishing double. The deficit was reduced to 3-2 in the fifth when Leigh Beeton won 4-2 against Mark Rollinson, however by the halfway stage the home side were 4-2 up as Alfie Jacques accounted for Barry-John Paget in four straight legs, Jacques winning in 22,21,18 and 16 darts to give him an award-winning average of 26.03.

The second half got underway with Eddie Martin keeping Cambridgeshire in the hunt with a 4-3 win over Neil Pointon, Pointon going 1-0 up then 2-1 down, drawing level in the fourth and then losing the fifth. The home player won the sixth leg after both players had struggled on double one but it was Martin who won the last leg again after both players had thrown for a winning double.

Trevor Brennon restored West Midlands two games buffer when he won 4-1 against Michael Bodle but then with a 4-3 win for Duggie McInerney over Scott Hall followed by a 4-2 success for Gary Robertson over Dave Redding the visitors were well and truly back in the game with the score at 5-5 and just two to play.

Stuart Ward (Cambridgeshire) went 1-0 and 2-1 up against Gareth Johnston and although Johnston levelled in the fourth and went 3-2 up in the fifth the game was squared once again as Ward won the sixth with a 106 checkout. The seventh leg saw Ward throw for a winning double and miss giving Johnston the one opportunity he required to throw for 82 which he dispatched with aplomb to keep his teams’ hopes of a win alive and at the same time kill off any chance of their opponents actually winning.

Shane Price held his nerve in the last game of the day against John Gowler as he swept aside his challenge with winning legs in 22,18,17 and 21 darts to win 4-0 and give the West Midlands men’s ‘B’ side a 7-5 victory.

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Whereas the West Midlands ladies ‘B’ won 5-1 against their Cambridgeshire counterparts in the 2017-2018 season and again in this their latest fixture against the same opponents, the ladies ‘A’ lost 4-2 in the 2017-

2018 season and once again history repeated itself as they lost by the same margin once again to Cambridgeshire.

As the game got underway the away side began with a 3-0 win for Karen Stanhope against Kat McLean, however by the same straight 3-0 margin Jacqueline Maiden beat Liz Humphries to level the game. Kath Jenkins (West Midlands) went one up against Casey Hill only to see Hill take the next three legs for a 3-1 win to put the visitor’s noses in front once again.

West Midlands Cheryl Alcock began strongly against Carol Bareham as she won the first leg with a 102 finish. Alcock then took the second leg in 21 darts and rounded off a straight 3-0 victory giving her a 21.47 average to clinch the lady of the match award.

Gemma Barrett found herself trailing 2-0 against Amy Grant and despite pulling back to 2-2 missed her doubles in the fifth and went down 3-2.

With the result now dependant on the final game, the home team could not have wished for a more consistent player to represent them than Sarah Roberts, winner of numerous match awards. Sarah won the first leg then after losing the second to Nadine Bentley went ahead again in the third in 22 darts. Unusually Sarah missed her finishing doubles in the fourth and Nadine levelled the game once again to leave the outcome resting on the final leg. It was a nervy fifth leg with both players throwing for a double but it was finally Nadine Bentley who found the elusive double to win 3-2 and give Cambridgeshire a 4-2 victory.

Both of the first two games in the men’s ‘A’ fixture had a 4-2 result with both of them going to Cambridgeshire as Martin Adams and Ian Withers in turn accounted for Gavin Baker and Alfie Jacques.

Getting West Midlands first stripe on the board was man of the match Dan Nicholls who after going 2-0 up against Jason Marriott in 22 and 16 darts rounded off a superb straight 4-0 win with two fifteen darts legs giving him a terrific 29.47 average.

At number four was Mick Baker who in 21 darts went one up against Chris Fidler only to see Fidler win the next three legs in 18,19 and 17 darts. The following three legs were very close and could have gone either way but it was Mick Baker who claimed them all to win 4-3 and level the game at two each.

Game five was another close seven legs affair with Paul Wells (West Midlands) taking the lead three times against Simon Hill only to see Hill cancel it out on each occasion. However against the first throw advantage in the seventh leg, it was Wells who won it for another tight 4-3 victory.

With John Morris adding his 4-1 win over Carl Dockerill in the last game of the first half the home side were well in control as they held a lead of 4-2.

Scott Baker added to that lead as the second half got underway, his 4-2 win over Matthew Wing after Wing had won the first and fourth took the score nicely along to 5-2 and with a similar 4-2 win for Owen Maiden against Scott Williams West Midlands couldn’t lose the game as they were now leading 6-2. The possible draw was quickly turned into a win as Shaun Carroll with a straight 4-0 win over Ashley Coleman made it 7-2.

Cambridgeshire won their third game in the tenth when John Imrie beat Glen McGrandle 4-3. Imrie won the first leg in 17 darts only to see McGrandle level in the second and although the away player won the third McGrandle levelled again in the fourth with a 17 darts leg and then for the first time went ahead with a super 14 darts leg. Unfortunately, it was those elusive doubles that counted once again in the last two legs, both players being guilty of missing them but it was Imrie who came out of it the better as he went on to win 4-3.

Dennis Harbour gave the visitors their best run since the opening two games when at number eleven he made it two in a row as he won 4-2 against Mark Craddock, however with a 4-1 win for the evergreen Ian Jones over Martyn Moore in the final game of the day the score was taken to 8-4 to West Midlands giving them a table-topping 22-14 overall win for the weekend…………..

Written by Alan Towe.

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West Midlands Action. Alan Towe Summarises The Latest Events.

Alan Towe produces a huge summary of West Midlands Darts every month. Each edition of Darts World Magazine includes his extensive results and concise comments:

Below is an abridged version of his latest reports:

Kings Norton League – A 5-2 win over fifth in the table West Heath has given Avenue Social the title as with 52 points and only one fixture remaining they have a four points advantage over their nearest rivals Rubery RBL who will now take the runners-up spot as they are eight points to the good on third in the table E57 who do have a game in hand but cannot catch Rubery. A 5-2 home defeat by Cock Inn leaves Northfield at the foot of the table, they will take the wooden spoon.

Shirley and District Monday Night League – The Bears have lost pole position after suffering their first defeat of the campaign. They went down 6-3 at The Highwood who are fourth in the table but on the same ten points as second-placed Bears. New leaders The Wharf have gone from third place and taken over the number one spot after winning their home tie with HSDT 8-1 putting them on the same ten points as Bears but with a better average. Also on ten points are third, fourth and fifth-placed Lodge, Highwood and Dunky’s Boys, Lodge winning 6-3 at Drawbridge while Dunky’s Boys who are the only team with a 100% win record in the league had a bye and now have a game in hand on the four teams above them.

The Small Heath League – played off the final of their Consolation Cup which ended with a very close 5-4 result going in favour of Emerald Club with Wagon and Horses the losing finalists.

It was Doubles Knockout week in the Camp Hill League which saw Ken Vaughan and Anthony Vaughan from the Emerald Club beat the White Swan Nomads pairing of Dan Lee and John West in the final, losing semi-finalists were Joe Fox and Liam Fox (Emerald Club) and Dan Lees and Matt Cooper (Sheldon Marlborough Flights).

Week three in the Shirley Legion Double Top League has seen Mick Bown take over as the league’s new leader. With 3-1 wins over Dave Barrows, Sean Talbot and Jaime Whitton Bown took his points tally from six games to 19 points but only leads Mark Gwalchmai and Adam Stuart on average as they too have the same 19 points from six games. Gwalchmai’s night began with a 14 darts leg as he was held to 2-2 draw by Ben Quadri, he then romped to a 4-0 success against Ravi Saggo while former leader Stuart, like Gwalchmai was also held to a 2-2 draw in his opening game against Lee Holtham and had the same result in his fixture with Steve Heeks.

Besides Mick Bown the only other 100% winner in the league is fourth placed Thomas Bent who made it five games played with a 4-0 win over Steve Harper in which he recorded a 10 darts leg and then beat Kyle Bevan 3-1 to put him on 18 points just one short of the top three with a game in hand. Highlights on the night saw Jack Sidwell record a 152 break in a 2-2 draw with Sam Hicks, Mark Henderson hit a maximum in a 2-2 draw with Ken Hopton and Ben Quadri check out on 122 despite losing 3-1 to Jordan Ottley. The fastest leg of darts was nine this week going to John O’Sullivan in a 3-1 win over Lee Harris.

The Silver End Sunday Morning League played the second leg of round one of their Team Knockout and winning through to the quarter finals were Dudley Sports, Brickmakers Arms ‘B’, Glasscutters ‘A’, Old Star, High Oak, High Acres, Woodside ‘A’ and Brickmakers Arms ‘A’.

Woodside ‘A’ were taken to the wire as after losing the first leg against Glascutters ‘A’ 5-3 they then won the home leg by the same 5-3 margin and the game then went to a decider which was won by Woodside.

There is just outstanding fixture to be played in the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League between Gate Hangs Well and Hop House, whichever team wins will move up one place in the table, Gate Hangs Well will go to sixth place and Hop House would finish the season ninth.

Champions Brickmakers Arms rounded off what has been a fantastic season with a 7-2 home win over fifth in the table Ashwood to make it an unbelievable 42 games played with 42 wins and a perfect 84 points. Runners-up Ten Arches ‘A’ handed out a 9-0 whitewash to their final visitors Kingswinford Conservative Club ‘B’ to just beat their ‘B’ side to the number two spot as they had the same 76 points but trailed on average, their final game seeing them win 6-3 away to Kingswinford Conservative Club ‘A’.

Although they still have one more game to play Hop House have won the Shadow League, their 26 points is six more than second-placed Stourbridge RBL.

Week fifteen in the Rowley Monday Night League was one leader’s The Bell would wish to forget as for the first time in this season’s fifteen games played they lost. The Bell were playing away to fifth in the table Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ and returned on the wrong side of the 5-4 result. Despite their defeat, The Bell remains in pole position but have had their lead halved with George and Cradley Sports and Social just two points behind them. George kept the pressure on the Bell with a 7-2 home win over Cottage while Cradley Sports and Social with a terrific 154 finish from Andy Floyd won by the same margin at home against Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘B’.

L.Gill hit a 180 for fourth in the table Ivy Bush who won 5-4 at Three Diamonds and Fairfield’s Ashley Hall had a 160 break in his team’s 8-1 win over Hare and Hounds.

Roebuck were the only losers in the top six teams in week fourteen of the Brierley Hill Monday Night League, they dropped one place in the table to third as a result of their 7-2 defeat away to Dudley Sports ‘A’ who are fifth and four points behind Roebuck. Leader’s High Oak continued their fine form with a 7-2 home win over Brickmakers Arms to stay two points ahead of Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ who have replaced Roebuck in second place following their 7-2 win at Bull and Bladder, Roebuck have the same 24 points as Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’.

The Netherton Thursday Night League played their Singles Knockout at four different venues to bring the competition down to the last eight players. Making their way into the quarterfinals were B.Neale, J.Sharratt, A.Ghaley (Riddins Tavern), D.Brown, P.Tonks, R.Carr (Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club), I.Golding, S.Fellows (Bulls Head).

There were just two rearranged fixtures played in the Cradley Tuesday Night League which saw Bulls Head (Netherton) win their home game against Dudley Labour Club 5-4 and by the same 5-4 margin Wheatsheaf win at home against Plough.

Neither of the results affect the league placing’s too much Wheatsheaf the highest placed team of the four, they are third in the table but trail leaders Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ by some nine points.

All team secretaries and players should note that the AGM for the Warwickshire Ladies and Men’s Super League is set for July 14th at the Bishopsgate Club, Foleshill Road, Coventry, CV1 4JJ with an 11.00am start. Any proposals for rule changes must be in hands of either the men’s or ladies secretary at least 7 days prior to the set date. Any Proposals for the positions of Secretary, Treasurer or Chairman must be in hands of the secretary at least 7 days prior to the set date.

The Warwickshire County AGM is on Sunday 18th August again at the Bishopsgate Club, Coventry and again with an 11.00am start. Any Proposals must be in the hands of the Secretary no later than 14 days prior to set date. Any Proposals for the position of Chairman must be in hands of County Secretary at least 14 days prior to the set date. Ladies are holding their own AGM prior to this meeting to discuss their format.

High Oak received their first defeat in nine games in the Brierley Hill Friday Night League when they went down 4-3 at home to their nearest rivals Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ who are now on the same 16 points as their hosts and trail by just two legs of average.

A further two points behind, in third, in the table Ashwood who won their home game against Delph Bell who are currently fifth and now with 8 points are six points behind their victors.

The Stourbridge and District Wednesday Night League have been involved in the second round of their Singles Knockout and going into the hat for the next round are K.Sprague (Gate Hangs Well), M.Hadley (Netherton Cricket Club), J.Barrowman (Ashwood ‘A’), J.Pickett (Glasscutters), J.Ward (Ashwood ‘B’), G.Moreton (Swan), M.Rutter (Wilson Hall), S.Aitkens (Ten Arches ‘A’).

On the league front after completing 30 games the two top teams Swan and Ashwood ‘A’ are only separated by average, both teams on 56 points after Swan handed out a 7-0 whitewash to their hosts High Acres and Ashwood ‘A’ had a closer 4-3 win at home against Gate Hangs Well. Third in the table Ashwood ‘B’ had a 5-2 win at Glasscutters which leaves them two points short of the top two teams but with a game in hand.

Bombay Bob’s Boys made it 20 wins from 20 games in the Main Division of the Pip Cub League when they beat Globe (Wilnecote) 7-2. The win takes the leaders to a perfect 40 points with a slender one-point lead plus a game in hand on Belgrave Sports and Social Club who went one better with an 8-1 win away to Belgrave Club.

The position is the same at the top of the Seeded Division One table with Bombay top on 20 points from 10 games and Belgrave Sports and Social second with 19 points from 11 games.

Pip Club head the Seeded Division Two League on average only, they have 16 points from 10 games but second-placed Globe (Wilnecote) are on the same 16 points from one game less than their rivals.

As a result of having a bye in week 11 of the Tettenhall Wednesday Night League, Cleveland Arms have been knocked off the top of the table and drop to third with 18 points. Replacing Cleveland in pole position is Hurst Hill who made it ten straight wins when they beat Bull 4-3 to remain the only team in the league with an unbeaten record. Two points adrift of Hurst Hill with 18 and in second place is Whitmore Reans WMC who were 5-2 winners away to Brewood British Legion, Whitmore ahead of Cleveland in the table by virtue of the fact that their average is better than Cleveland’s.

It was a good week for the ECC Sports and Social Club as their ‘A’ side had a convincing 6-1 win over Dog and Partridge to cement their fourth position in the table and the ‘B’ team won 5-2 away to Moreton to see them move a little higher up the table.

A bye for Bull in the Wolverhampton Tuesday Night League has seen them lose the number one spot in the Doubles Division and drop to third with Railway moving up from second place to top the table with 18 points after their 3-0 win over Penn Bowling. Riley’s ‘C’ are just one leg of average short of Railway after their 2-1 win against Royal, Albrighton.

In the Singles Division, it’s the other way round as Riley’s ‘C’ top the table with 20 points and Railway are second on the same number of points but trailing on average. Riley’s ‘C’ won 6-1 against Royal, Albrighton while Railway had a 5-2 win over Penn Bowling.

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