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County continue great start; DARTS DIARY with RILEYS SPORTS BAR, SOLIHULL.

Byline: ALAN TOWE mail.sport@birminghammail.co.uk

WEST Midlands continued their great start to the season making it three wins in as many games in Division Two of the BDO Inter County Championships as they won 23-13 away to Sussex.

The weekend got off to a fine start with the Women's 'B' winning 5-1 - Heather Wright (20.88) their top player.

Following up with a 7-5 victory were the Men's 'B' side - their top player being Ashe Khayat with a 28.18 average.

The Women's 'A' match saw all of the games go with the darts advantage so finished all square at 3-3 with Sarah Roberts claiming her second match award with a top average of 23.48.

The Men's 'A' won 8-4 for the second consecutive fixture - Mark Craddock the man of the match with a 27.96 average.

The result sees West Midlands hold on to pole position in the promotional table and increase their slender lead over London to five points.

? FOR the first time in five games Crown at Olton lost in the Premier division of the Sheldon and District Winter League.

Playing away to bottom club The Pirates, Crown went down 5-4 and as a result drop two places in the table to third as their hosts moved off the foot of the table to be replaced by EBAHA who lost 7-2 to The Lyndon.

A 5-4 win at Mackadown Social has seen Saltley Amateur Gardeners take over the number one spot with ten points from six games.

Crown at Shard End are second with eight points from four games and are now the only undefeated team in the division.

In Division One Iron Horse made it five straight wins with a 5-4 win over Willclare Sports and Social who drop from third to fourth in the table.

Highwood KB's move up two places to second following their 7-2 home win over Holy Souls.

Crown Arrows are going strong in Division Two their 5-4 home win over Shirley RBL Misfits taking their 100 per cent win record to six games giving them a four-point advantage over second placed Ridgemere Social Flights who beat Maggies 6-3.

n ? THE preliminary round of the Brian Goodman Cup was on the fixture list for the Four Oaks and District League and the biggest win of the round was 8-1 achieved by both Golden Hind and The Beehive who in turn defeated Boldmere Tap and Red Lion.

In contrast the lead changed four times in the match between Bishop Vesey and Golden Hind Arrows before the Arrows took the final game to win 5-4. Another nail-biter saw Old Oscott Arrows beat Plough and Arrows 5-4. Boldmere St Mikes won 6-3 at The Boot with 180s from M.Wild and B. Linnecor.

Erdington Arrows outscored their visitors Old Oscott WMC but were unable to match their opponents finishing power and lost 6-3. J.Dempsey (Bishop Vesey) and P.

Opelier (Plough and Arrows) also recorded maximums this week.

? HIGHWOOD enforced their bid for the Shirley and District Monday Night League title with a 5-4 win over third-placed Shirley Red Lion.

Second-placed Crown Jewels are on the same 30 points as Highwood - their 8-1 win against Shirley Legionnaires reducing the deficit on average to just three legs and after sixteen games a gap of eight points has now opened up between them and the rest of the teams.

Bottom-of-the-table Shirley Spartac had a good week as they chalked up their first win in 16 games beating next-to-bottom Blue Bell 6-3. Dan Rycroft was on the mark for Strawberry Fields hitting two maximums in their 8-1 win over Baldwin Bears. Matt McCallion (Cider House) was another player to find the three treble twenties while Mark Gwalchmai (Shirley Red Lion) recorded a 140 finish.

n ? THE South Birmingham League staged the first round of their Roy Parry Cup and three of the five games finished with 7-2 wins for St John's, Raven and Coleshill Social who in turn defeated Family Tree, The C's and The Bell.

Kingfisher and The Dog both won 5-4 against their respective opponents Toby Jug and The Gate.

A few late results saw Banbury Flights beat The Dog and Smithswood Social 5-4 to go top of Division Two with a perfect six points from their opening three games.

n ? THE Forest of Arden Winter League had their divisional cups on the agenda and in round one in Division One second-placed Olton Crown beat third-placed Sheldon Marlborough Arrows 6-3 while in the Division Two encounters there was a shock for the divisional leaders Chelmsley Town who, despite being unbeaten in the league, were knocked out by Ivy Leaf 6-3.

? WHAT Are Thooose had a setback to their title aspirations in the Winmau Centre Monday Night League played at Wolverhampton Indoor Community Sports Stadium.

For the first time this season they lost - a 31-17 defeat at the hands of the Misfits who have taken over pole position.

? JUST one fixture played in the Hilltop Friendly Tuesday Night League this week which saw league leaders Old Hop Pole beat thirdplaced The Vine 5-2 to open up a four-point lead at the top of the table, plus they have a game in hand on second-placed Dewdrop with just three fixtures remaining.

Old Hop Pole look to have the title in the bag.

n ? THE Aston league played off the first round of their 10-A-Side Cup with league leaders Kingstanding Ex Serviceman's Club winning 6-1 against Old Oscott WMC.

Second-placed Sportsmans Rest suffered a 4-3 defeat at the hands of third-placed Erdington Club.

In the other two games Mitre beat Aston Flights 5-2 and Red Lion won 4-3 at Safe Harbour.

n ? The latest of the Winmau First Thursday of The Month Knockouts at the Wolverhampton Indoor Community Sports Stadium was won by American number one Larry (The Bald Eagle) Butler who finished as runner up to Glen Durrant in this year's Winmau World Masters in Hull.

In the quarter-finals Butler was held to a close 4-3 win by Richard Hosey but then had a more convincing 5-1 success in the semis against Lee Craig. From the other half of the draw a previous winner Mick Baker accounted for Simon Meredith with a 4-1 verdict to reach the last four and then booked his final place with a straight 5-0 win over Sam Guest The final saw Butler clinch the top prize with a 6-2 win over Baker.

n ? SIX games into the new season and there are still three teams unbeaten in the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League.

Three of the top five teams won 9-0 in week six.

leaders. Bird 'A' (Stourbridge) beat their visitors Queens 9-0 to stay top of the table on average from reigning champions Ashwood who won their home tie with The Fox (Lye) 6-3. Third-placed Britannia won 9-0 at home against The Swan while fourth-placed Ten Arches 'B' - two points behind the leading trio - won 8-1 at The Crestwood.

Brickmakers Arms make up the top five and they were the third side to win 9-0 in a home game against The Cat Inn (Wordsley).

n ? THE Cradley Tuesday Night League played the finals of the doubles knockout and the final turned out to be an all Crown affair with A.Ghaley and M.Tedstone (Crown 'A') beating J.Sharratt and R.Humphries (Crown 'B') 3-1.

? WITH only three fixtures remaining in the Brierley Hill Monday Night League, Dudley Sports 'C' edged closer to the title as they won 6-3 at the Blue Brick to maintain their fourpoint lead at the top of the table over their nearest rivals Bridge 'B' who won 7-2 at home against the Griffin.

n ? THERE was a first defeat of the campaign for Roebuck in the Brierley Hill Friday Night League.

A crushing 9-0 reversal away to second in the table Brickmakers Arms saw Roebuck drop two places to fourth. Reigning champions Miners (Wollescote) once again lead the way. Their 7-2 home win over Pensnett Welfare Club made it three wins in as many games while second and third-placed Brickmakers Arms and Netherton Cricket Club are both on four points.

? ABBEY slipped from second to fifth in the Harborne League table following their 5-4 defeat at Amber Tavern Pirates who are one place above them and two points to the good.

Court Oak are top with a perfect eight points from four games following an 8-1 victory at home to Avenue Social.

Hillyfields 'A' are second - their 9-0 win over Sportsman leaving them just two points behind the leaders.

? AFTER eleven games there is nothing separating the top two teams in the Netherton Thursday Night League.

Rose and Crown and White Swan are locked together on the same points and average. The latest round of fixtures saw Rose and Crown win 7-2 at Fairfield with White Swan winning by the same scoreline at Delph Bell. Third-placed Bulls Head (Netherton) have played two games fewer and wins in both of those would take them level on the same 30 points - and if they can get fifteen or more winners in those games they would go top of the table.

? WHITE Horse (Quarry Bank) have taken over the number one spot in the Halesowen Monday Night Ladies League after a 5-2 win over Hare and Hounds.

n ? THERE were 6-1 wins for the top two teams in the Camp Hill League.

Leaders Cotterills Lane Club beat third-placed Holy Gulp while nearest rivals HMS Lions beat Lady Westminster to keep them level on the same 14 points as Cotterills.

n ? THE West Midlands Men's Super League is four games into its new season and leading the way is Landywood 'A' who handed out a 5-0 whitewash to their hosts bottom-ofthe-table Griffin.

n ? NO change at the top of Division One of the Wolverhampton Tuesday Night League with all of the top seven teams recording wins in week 29.

In Division Two long-time leaders Pheasant lost their home tie 4-3 to Emerald who are in the bottom half of the table and as a result drop to third - two points behind Roebuck who took over second place with a 7-0 whitewash to Red Lion.

Whitmore Reans WMC continue to lead the table their 6-1 win at Three Crowns.

n ? THE Tamworth League played off the first two rounds of their Three Tuns Trophy.

Winning through to the last four teams were Prince of Wales 'A''A,' Fox and Dogs, Mile Oak Rovers and Belgrave Club

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