|Jim Mitchell, Web Master.
|Founding member of this Web Site.
Thought someone might be interested in a few dart related links that might be of interest!
Edinburgh Darts Association
Darts Scotland web site.
B.D.O. Darts web site
Scottish Darts Association.
The sites thought for the year to come is!
A Day Without Laughter is a Day Wasted!
NEW COMPETITION STARTING IN APRIL
Last year there was a new competition added to the darting
calendar, this was the Over 50’s and Under 50’s league event played on a Thursday night in the Cawburn Sports
Bar in Pumpherston.
And I am proud to
announce that the Cawburn will once again be sponsoring this event. More information on the Over & Under page on the left
As many of you will
be aware this web site will be due to close it pages at the beginning of April, unless sponsorship can be found.
So For a short time the guest book will be reinstated for
players who may wish to join The New League advertised above, Please leave your name if writing in the guest
book, HOWEVER should messages without a name be left on the page, the guest book will be taken down a.s.a.p.
updated along with exhibition nights updated, if anyone has information they would like to share Please drop me a line and
it will be added, cheers Jim M.
| Alan Gardiner & Jim Graham
|Bathgate League Doubles Champions 2017
Friday 24th March, Bathgate league
action saw the League Doubles title on the line and there were some superb pairings in this event from all the teams in the
league, all the matches up to the final were the best of 5x501 and you would have had to be a brave man to try and pick a
winner from the quarter final line up, However when it came down to the last eight doubles partnerships left standing it saw,
M Burke & C Maxwell bt W Wilson & C Sangster, J Graham & A Gardiner bt W Harraughty & R Dick, W Borland &
K Bird bt P Lafferty & J Smith, C Wilkinson & P Weir bt S Duncan & J MacMillan, and to the
semi final line up one of the strongest line ups seen for a long time, J Graham & A Gardiner bt C Maxwell & M Burke,
W Borland & K Bird bt C Wilkinson & P Weir. And then we had two pairings left standing and the format now the best
of 7x501, From Lammies bar in Fauldhouse Jim Graham & Alan Gardiner and facing them across the ocky was William Borland
& Kieran Bird representing the Bentswood Inn from Stoneyburn, and the final could not have been closer 1-1 then 2-2 and
3-3 followed so after three hours of competitive game play we had a one leg shoot out to see who would claim the title of
Bathgate League 501 Doubles Champions, and it went to the pairing of Jim Graham and Alan Gardiner when Alan checked out on
double ten with his last dart with William and Kieran sitting on a double, fantastic match up so congratulations go to Jim
Graham & Alan Gardiner 2017 Bathgate league Doubles Champions, and also playing their part in a superb final congratulations
to the runners up Kieran Bird & William Borland, Once again many thanks to the staff of Coppies bar in Armadale for sponsoring
this event and to the committee of Danny Kirkland, Spencer McDonald and Big G for running this event. Couple of maximums hit
on the night with Jim Graham and William Wilson firing in maximum 180’s but special mention to Paul Weir recording 2x180’s,
Scott Baillie with a 110 game shot and Willie Wilson 86 game shot, I know there would have been more but in the cauldron of
match play they were not reported, so if you know of more statistics please drop me a line and they will be added, cheers.
Wednesday 22nd March, Edinburgh Darts Premier League got started with over 80 players
taking part in 8 leagues, And the local posse from West Lothian were involved, it saw five of the six players from West Lothian
winning with only one loss reported, However Scott Baillie from Armadale only went down by the odd leg in this the best of
13x501 match Scott losing 6-7 he recorded finishes of 75-76-78 game shots and rattled in four sub 20 dart legs with 17-17-18-19
dart games. Kieran Bird winning 7-2 Graeme Bird and on his way to reaching the magic number 7 it saw him fire in two maximum
180’s along with a 114 & 76 game shots fastest game a 17 darter, Jim Mitchell winning 7-0 fastest games being 15
& 16 darters, William Borland with a fighting 7-4 win in which he recorded 18-19-20 dart games and a maximum 180, Rab
Dick from Kirknewton also winning by a score line of 7 games to 2 Rab’s top finish a rock solid 90 game shot.
Premier League results.
bar Rebels 5-4 Brucefield Farmers, Cawburn Assassin’s 6-3 Almondale Pirates, Stirrup Stane Wanderers 8-1 Doo Club Fanciers,
Commercial Inn Nomads 7-2 Loganlea Colliers.
Deans B.C. Golden Oldies 2-7
Commercial Inn Juniors, Brucefield Crofters 3-6 Kirknewton Innkeepers, Grand Central Railroaders 4-5 Stirrup Stane Indians,
Tower bar Knights 4-5 Cawburn Highlanders.
Special mention this week are, Four players firing in maximum 180’s John Brogan for the Loganlea
Jack maximum 180 for the Crofters of Bellsquarry, William Borland for the Assassin’s, Sandy Coulter for the Highlanders,
Fast games coming from, Scott Baillie 18 darter, John Brogan
18 darter, A Micky 17 darter, W Borland 16 & 17 dart games, William Harraughty 15 dart game. Rab Dick from the Innkeepers with a brace
of 20 darters, Rab Jack with an 18 darter
Classy finishing this week recorded by, Jim Quinn with a 120 game shot, William Harraughty 84 game shot, Matt Purdie
85 game shot, Shaun Robertson 80 game shot, Davie Aitken 78 game shot,
I Simmons getting in on the action on the check out league with a 76 game shot. Top doubles match this week S Duncan
& M Brady for the Pirates of the Almondale with an 18 darter, M Balfour & G Smith from the Central bar Rebels with
20 dart doubles game as did D Aitken & J Grant for the Nomads.
Monday 20th March, This Weeks special match report.
Assassin’s v Almondale Pirates
W Borland 2-1 J Tannock, Borland with 16&17
darters plus a maximum 180, G Bird 2-1 M Brady, P Weir 2-0 S Cameron, I Stevenson 0-2 S Duncan, W Harraughty 2-0 S Bryson,
Harraughty with 15 darter plus an 84 take out, C Wilkinson 2-1 D Carmichael, so 5-1 to the Assassin’s after the singles,
Doubles matches saw, Borland & Bird 0-2 Tannock & Carmichael, Harraughty & Jack 1-2 Duncan & Brady Duncan
and Brady 20 darter, Weir & Stevenson 2-0 Cameron & Bryson. Final result 6-3 to the Cawburn Assassin’s.
P.D.C. Development comp 7 & 8, Sunday 19th
Jamie Banks and Arran Edwards losing out in round one to Jack Faragher and
Curtis Turner respectively 4-2.
William has now gone one better
than yesterday where he reached the last 32, to-day he is now into the last 16, results so far are, William Borland bye, William Borland 4-2 Aiden Cope, William Borland 4-2 Peter Fisher, William Borland 4-2 Scott Dale,
William Borland 1-4 Adam Hunt
Saturday 18th March, The P.D.C. Development tour was held
in Wigan and it saw three of our local Monday night players in action, Jamie Banks winning his first match 4-3 before losing
to Nathan Lafferty 4-0 in the second round, and it saw Arran Edwards also losing out in round two as he went down 4-3 to Patrikc van den Boogard
William Borland 4-0 Kieran Heard, following them out at the
second round it saw William Borland also leaving in the second round losing to Ryan Meikle 4-1.
Onto competition two on the day and it saw, William Borland receiving a bye then in the second round it saw
William winning 4-0 against Christopher Snyder’s, William Borland then beat Scott Dale 4-2, before losing out in the
last 32 to Brian Raman 4-3.
Jamie going out
to John Brown 4-1 in round one, Arran Edwards received a bye in round one then went on to beat Conner Scutts 4-1 before
bowing out to Jake Jones 4-3.
of the first two competitions were, Kenny Neyens 5-4 Adam Hunt in the first competition, Dimitri Van den Bergh 5-2 Adam
Hunt in the second competition.
results from Sundays two tournaments to follow!
Saturday news update 18th March, Crown bar in Bo’Ness held its
annual Open competition and with no fewer than six players in the mix who have all graced the ocky in televised events this
was a superb field of arrow smiths who entered, The grand final saw Alan Chuck Norris beating Gary Stone 6-1 to claim the
title. West Lothian’s only entry Mitchell fell at the first hurdle going down 6-4 to Michael Jones, good enough game
107 game shot and three legs under 18 darts but not enough in this type of field!
& District darts league season is coming to a close yes there are still three competitions to go, Men’s & Ladies
singles along with Delegates competitions to be played, However the league Pennant is now safely in the hands of the defending
champions from last season the Bentswood Inn from Stoneyburn, However there has to be a play-of for second place as the Lammies
bar (2) from Fauldhouse and the Cross Tavern from Whitburn will have to face each other on the 14th April at a
neutral venue, Results from Fridays league matches went like this, Bentswood Inn 8-1 corrie bar, Lammies (1) 0-9 Lammies (2)
Cross Tavern 5-4 Coppies bar. Some scores of note from the
Bentswood v Corrie game saw , Callum Wilkinson 15 & 19 dart games along with 117 game shot, Jim Mitchell 81 & 99 check
outs plus a maximum 180, William Harraughty cracking shanghai on the twenties for a 120 game shot, Graeme Bird 19 darter,
Willie Wilson from the Corrie bar also in on the action with a 20 darter plus a 81 game shot. But shot of the night was a
simple double 8 from Callum Wilkinson which delivered the league title for the second consecutive season.
Wednesday 15th March, William Borland wins 501 Double start
competitions in Edinburgh beating Andrew Davidson in the final. Results from the night’s action are as follows, EDA Edinburgh Grand
Prix singles 2017 results!
M.Crowe 5-2 L.Caithness
W.Borland 5-3 J.Mitchell
J.Gibson 5-1 K.Bird
M.Bain 5-2 C.Kingstree
S.Ironside 5-1 A.Isbister
A.Davidson 5-0 L.Coult
G.Bird 5-2 L.McDaid
C.Smith 2-5 M.Crowe
W.Borland 5-0 J.Gibson
M.Bain 2-5 S.Ironside
M.Crowe 0-5 W.Borland
S.Ironside 0-5 A.Davidson
W.Borland 6-2 A Davidson
to William Borland who won the second ever EDA singles Grand Prix against Andy Davidson in the final! William only dropped
5 legs the entire tournament including the group phase.
Congrats to Scott Muir who beat Ian Butler 5-2 in the final of the flyer this evening. Also a special thanks
to the folk that volunteered marked games this evening, it was greatly appreciated!
Monday 13th March, After a two week absence
the West Calder & District got back to league business, Results from the Premier league saw Almondale
Pirates 2-7 Stirrup Stane Wanderers, Commercial Inn Nomads 6-3 Volunteer Highway Men, Loganlea Colliers 8-1 Doo Club Flyers,
Brucefield Farmers 4-5 Cawburn Assassin’s. In the Championship league the results were as follows, Doo
Club Fanciers 2-7 Grand Central Railroaders, Kirknewton Innkeepers 5-4 Deans B.C. Golden Oldies, Cawburn Highlanders 8-1 Brucefield
Crofters, Stirrup Stane Indians 2-7 Tower bar Knights.
So with the Highlanders winning in the Championship league and their nearest rivals
at the moment the Stirrup Stane Indians losing they have opened up a 4 point gap at the top of the leader board and are now
6 points ahead of the third place Kirknewton Innkeepers. The Premier league saw the league leaders the Volunteer Highway Men
lose their second game of the season and with players sidelined through injury it looks like it may get even worse for them
as the season progresses, The Stirrup Stane Wanderers and the Cawburn Assassins are both now only 4 points behind and both
teams have a game in hand, So the fight is now on to see who can stay the course! Special mentions this week go to , John
Brett of the Nomads with 2x18 dart games a maximum 180 and a tidy 84 game shot, Also on target for the Nomads was Davie Aitken
with 14 and 16 dart games plus a maximum 180, Martin Deegan for the Highway Men firing in a 19 darter Mitchell 20 dart game,
Davie Nisbet with a 100 game shot, Brucefield Crofters player Brian Hart 20 dart game, Almonvale Pirates players Scott Bryson
and Scott Cameron with 100 and 81 finishes respectively, Mick Burk of the Wanderers from the Stirrup Stane on target with
a maximum 180.
Other mention in dispatches are, Paul
Weir with a maximum 180, and our very own WIL I AM otherwise known as William Harraughty with 14 and 16 darters nice shooting
always good to know once you pass 50 you can still keep it up! Also father and son duo from the Grand Central,
with Grant Lyle finishing on 75 and Lewis Lyle on 96 rock solid finishing power from these Railroaders.
|Davie Aitken, Invitational Champion 2017
|Rab & Raymond tournament organisers.
Saturday 11th March, Kirknewton Inn held
an Invitational open singles event and with over 50 of the finest players from across the county of West Lothian in attendance
it saw Davie Aitken from Polbeth who plays for the Commercial Inn Nomads take the title in superb fashion over William Borland
of the Cawburn Assassins, by a score line of 6 games to 2. Not only did Davie take the title he claimed the prizes for most
maximum’s scored on the day the fastest leg and the highest recorded finish of 145, superb arrows from this gentleman
of the ocky.
Friday 10th March, Bathgate league results
as follows, Bentswood Inn 8-1 Masonic, Old Wine 8-1 Cross Tavern, Coppies bar 9-0 Lammies (1) Corrie bar 3-6 Lammies (2)
Wednesday 8th March, This was the last
of a three week qualifying competition held in the Murrayfield Sports bar in Gorgi Edinburgh, and it saw some excellent games
from the travelling posse of Local dart players. With eight leagues and each player having to play everyone else in their
league the top two players from their respective leagues would then make the grand final next week. Kieran Bird winning league
(7) Graeme Bird winning league (8) William Borland winning league (3) and Jim Mitchell as runner up in league (6) so we have
four players in the last 16 should be some cracking ties and hopefully one of them will come away with the title, However
with some of the finest players from the Lothian’s and Borders in the mix, this will be tough competition to win.
Monday 6th March, West Calder &
District Match-play doubles competition saw a excellent turnout who came to try and annex the title, The quarter finals onwards
saw M Deegan & R Brady bt R Dick & W Millar, G Bird & W Borland bt J Galloway & J Devlin, G Borland &
W Harraughty bt J Fleming & J Brett, A Edwards & G Bruce bt S Morrans & T Laird. Semi Finals G Bird & W Borland
bt R Brady & M Deegan, A Edwards & G Bruce bt G Borland & W Harraughty, Final saw G Bird & W Borland bt A
Edwards & G Bruce. Champions G Bird & W Borland Runners up A Edwards & G Bruce.
|Paul (The Ranger) Weir
|Fastest recorded game 11 superb arrows, 5-3-2017
Sunday 5th March, Venue was the Players
Lounge in Falkirk, and once again a cracking posse of West Lothian players made the journey over the county border to try
and annex the title, Quarter final results, Andrew Alexander beat Paul Weir
Jim Mitchell beat Graeme Bird
Rab Dick beat Nikki Adamson
William Borland beat Alex Lister
beat Andrew Alexander
William Borland beat Rab Dick
William Borland beat Jim Mitchell
as it so happens once again it saw William Borland and Jim Mitchell take to the ocky in the grand final, few missed darts
early on sealed Mitchell’s fate and William Borland came out a 5-3 winner, this was his fifth winners purse of the year
for William Borland, while Mitchell has claimed one winners purse and has had to settle for four runners up purses so far
this year. On the day some tremendous arrows from the West Lothian players fastest game recorded saw Paul Weir with a fabulous
11 darter Paul also fired in 3 x180s and a 92 game shot on the day, Graeme Bird on target with a 177 score and a 105 game
shot plus 3x17 darters and a 18 dart game, Rab Dick 17 darter , Jim Mitchell game shots of 164 via 57-57-bulls eye, 154 via
57-57-40, and a more modest 90 game shot Mitchell also firing in a brace of 180’s and a tidy 177 score, games finished
in 12-14-15-15-17-17-18-18 darts, William Borland 4x180’s along with games finished in 15-18-19 darts and check outs
of 92-100-115-122. Five local players from the Monday night league in the last eight cracking effort from the guy’s,
see you at the next one.
3rd March, Bathgate Friday night league saw the league champions from last season the Bentswood Inn, and who sit top
of the league with two games to go in the league fixtures tasted their first defeat for almost two seasons, So though they
need only one win to secure the league pennant for the second time, they were brought down to earth by the team from Lammies
bar in Fauldhouse, this match saw the first four games very even and at 2-2 it was anyone’s game, However Lammies then
took full advantage of their home venue and went into a commanding 4-2 lead after the singles, But you don’t get to
be top of the Bathgate league without having a strong desire to win, and back came the Bentswood players taking the first
and second of the three doubles matches to even the match so 4-4 and into the final game of the night, and it saw Jim Graham
& Spencer McDonald take the plaudits for the home team with a final 5-4 result, this now brings three teams into contention
for second place as the Cross Tavern from Whitburn, Lammies bar from Fauldhouse and Coppies bar in Armadale can all secure
the second place position should results go there way, Some terrific scores from the nights play saw, Maximum 180’s
recorded by David Allan, Alan Gardiner, and Spencer McDonald, top finishes came by way of Paul Weir 115 game shot, Jim Mitchell
& Alan Gardiner both with 80 game shots, Rab Dick 78 game shot, fastest recorded game saw Paul Weir and Dave Allan with
a 15 darters recorded, Jim Graham, Rab Dick Dougie Hogg all firing in 18 dart games, So with only two league matches remaining
there is still plenty to play for in the Friday night league.
Results are Lammies bar (2) 5-4 Bentswood Inn, Corrie bar 1-8 Cross Tavern, Old Wine 0-9 Lammies bar (1),
Coppies bar 9-0 Masonic.
Well done to Mandy Millar
who I believe fired in her first maximum 180 to-day while playing with Willie Millar and Rab Dick. At the Kirknewton Inn.
Mr Edwin Grieve R.I.P. Funeral on Wednesday
at 1pm, Livingston Crematorium.
of the Ocky
Ladies & Gentlemen, Have just heard some bad news Mr Eddie Grieve who up until last season played
for the Stirrup Stane in Craigshill, Eddie is in hospital with the dreaded ‘c’, Now for those that know Eddie
this little story about the man wont be anything new to them, A few will remember that my wife of 31 years (Mhairi)
passed away a while ago, and one night at a darts exhibition the committee members, Fin Drummond and John Kirk sold raffle
tickets and at the end of the exhibition night Fin came up to me and handed me the proceeds of the raffles and said it was
for myself and that I could do with it as I wished, Well I stated the money raised would go to the Mobility centre in Carmon
dean, This is where Eddie comes into the story, Eddie says to me how much did they raise Jim! I answered £200 Eddie
then put another two hundred pounds into my hand and said here Jim do with it as you wish, Any way that kind gesture let us
the darts people of this area gift the £400 to the Mobility centre, Fin and Myself took the money raised and it was
in the Courier for those that may remember, But once again the generosity of this man Eddie Grieve can not be denied,
On behalf of all who know you in the league we wish you all the very best , and our thoughts are with you. Jim Mitchell
|Exhibition Night at the Cawburn Sports Bar.
Monday 27th February, Well the annual West
Calder and District darts exhibition rolled into the Cawburn Sports bar in Pumpherston on Monday night for the fifteenth consecutive
season and we had two old favourites back in action on the ocky, Gary Robson for the fifth time and Alan Norris for the third
time, And what a great evenings entertainment we were given by two of the finest exhibition players on the circuit, from the
P.D.C. Alan (Chuck) Norris and from the B.D.O. Gary (Robbo) Robson held us all enthralled as they strutted
their darting skills on the ocky, Double Double finishes were common from Chuck Norris, and I suppose you could say one up
man ship from Gary Robson as he played and scored on one board but finished matches by checking out on the board next to the
one he was playing on! Superb exhibition from both players and the crowd a mixture of league players , families and friends
had a great experience, Now these events could not take place without the help of a lot of people, so I would like to thank
our two M.C. on the night Mr Chris Forsyth & Mr Colin Hamilton, also from Winmau darts we had the Scottish representative
in attendance Mr Ted McMillan who sponsored a brand new blade 5 dartboard and also supplying a projector screen for use in
the scoring on the night, And then Ted also sponsored a brand new dart shirt signed by both professionals for a raffle prize
(many thanks) also to Billy Weir who did the computer scoring all night long, And of course our sponsor Malky from the Cawburn
Sports bar and his staff who made all very welcome on the night.
Gillian Mitchell and Connie Bamburry for selling raffles and the football card, And the two prizes on the
night the signed dartboard went to Mrs Donna Crook, and the autographed darts shirt going to Mrs Gillian Mitchell. Folks many
thanks for a great night atmosphere was superb, Jim Mitchell Chairman W.C.&.D.D.L.
|Bob Hall Memorial Champion 2017
| Saturday 25th February, The second annual Bob Hall Memorial competition
was held in the Royal British Legion in Bathgate who sponsored this event, And a terrific amount of players from the local
area and as far a field as Berwick turned up to compete in this competition. After three hours play it saw the last 32 players
left toeing the ocky, Alan McDonald 3-2 Jim Kennedy, Ashley Pendrech 3-2 Stevie Duncan, Alan Gardener 3-1 Wullie Wilson, David
Allan 3-2 Murray Smart, Callum Wilkinson 3-0 Stuart Whyte, Scott Baillie 3-1 George Thorburn, Jim Mitchell 3-1 Ryan Markham,
Ricky McDonald 3-0Rex Brady, Billy Meikle 3-1 David Nelson, Cameron Menzies 3-0 Jamie MacMillan, Willie
Harraughty 3-1 William Borland, Craig Young 3-0 Shaun Robertson, Arron Edwards 3-0 Jimmy MacMillan, Frank McDonald 3-2 Greg
Hogarth, Graeme Bird 3-2 Micky Rice, Gordon Bruce 3-0 Andy Thomson snr.
Last 16 saw Alan McDonald 3-0 Ashley Pendrich, David Allan 3-2 Alan Gardener, Scott
Baillie 3-1 Callum Wilkinson, Jim Mitchell 3-1 Ricky McDonald, Cameron Menzies 3-0 Billy Meikle, Willie Harraughty 3-0 Craig
Young, Frank McDonald 3-2 Arron Edwards, Gordon Bruce 3-1 Graeme Bird.
Quarter finals, Allan McDonald 3-2 David Allan, Jim Mitchell 3-0 Scott Baillie,
Cameron Menzies 3-1 Willie Harraughty, Gordon Bruce 3-2 Frank McDonald.
Semi finals, Jim Mitchell 3-0 Allan McDonald, Cameron Menzies 3-0 Gordon Bruce.
Grand Final. And it saw the man
who was crowned Scottish Open Singles Champion also add the Bob Hall Memorial competition to his C.V. as he defeated local
man Jim Mitchell 3-0 in the final. Once again a very well run competition with Liz McLean taking care of the running order
and the draw and posting the results on social media, Also a big thank you to Minwau darts representative Ted McMillan for
sponsoring the brand new board 5 and for his help in providing a large projector screen so that the audience at the back of
the hall could keep up to date with all the scores from the quarter finals onwards being screened live! But once again a cracking
venue and of course let us not forget the organiser Brian Speirs who played darts with Bob Hall for many a season, and to
Big Billy who took charge of the score calling through out the finals. Top scores recorded from the days action saw, Scott
Baillie, Graeme Bird, William Harraughty, Frank McDonald all record 1 x180, Jim Mitchell 3x180s, However top maximum hitter
was the champion Cameron Menzies with 6x180’s recorded on the day, Top Finishing saw Jim Mitchell 116-112-94 game shots,
Callum Wilkinson 116 game shot, Arran Edwards 96 game shot, Ricky McDonald 104 take out, Fast games that were recorded saw
Graeme Bird 17 darter, Scott Baillie 2X15 plus 18 and 19 dart games, Callum Wilkinson 19 darter, Gordon
Bruce 18-19-20 dart games, Arron Edwards 18-19-21 darters, Jim Mitchell 16-17-18 darters, Cameron Menzies far to many to mention
lets just say and this is the truth as all scores and darts averages from the quarter finals were on the big screen his dart
average for his last three matches was a very stead 30+ average his last 9 legs of darts were finished in 17 darts or less!
You’re Bob Hall Memorial Champion for 2017 CAMEREON MENZIES Scottish and British Open singles champion.
Friday 24th February, Bathgate
league held their annual D Ross four person team competition, this event has teams of four players playing 1x501 in the singles
then two games of 1x701 in the doubles, should the score be tied at 3-3 then a sudden death leg of 1001 would decide the outcome,
In the first semi final it saw Coppies bar edge out the Cross Tavern in tremendous tussle be the odd leg in seven 4-3 the
final score, the second semi final saw Bentswood Inn A+B play off against each other, and it was the defending champions of
William Borland, Jim Mitchell, Graeme Bird and William Harraughty who would face off against Rab Nelson, Micky Rice, Mick
Burke and Colin Maxwell in the grand final, It saw the Coppies team take a 2-0 lead in the race to 4, however the defending
champions were not to be denied and after the singles it saw the score tied at 2-2 and with both doubles matches going the
way of the Bentswood Inn it saw them under the leadership of team captain William Harraughty take the title for a second year.
Once again many thanks to the Coppies bar in Armadale for hosting this event and to Danny Kirkland who marked the final.
Wednesday 22nd February, Premier league in
Edinburgh had some tough match ups for our local players involved remembering this is a double start league!, Jim Mitchell
pulled himself back into contention with 3 wins from 3 with 5-0-5-1-5-1 win’s firing in games finished in 14-15-15-17
darts finishes of 160-100-88-85, plus a maximum 180, Rab Dick winning his first match 5-0 before double trouble set in and
two 2-5 losses came his way 90 game shot best of the night for this player who has been on top form lately! Graeme Bird from
East Calder firing in 6 sub 20 dart games with 2x17-2x18-2x19 dart legs plus an 80 game shot, matches won 5-2-5-3-5-0, Kieran
Bird also turning in a good performance with two 5-0 win’s plus a brace of maximum 180’s and
a tidy 20 darter, Scott Baillie from Armadale got himself onto the winners list with 2 victories from 3 matches with 5-0-5-0
and a solitary loss 1-5 couple of rock solid finishes with 76 & 80 game shots. William Borland 3 excellent wins on the
night all with 5-0 score lines see’s him top of his league and with some excellent games finishing with 17-2x18, 19-20
dart games a maximum 180 and finishes of 81-84-86.
Monday 20th February, W.C.&.D.D.L. Results from the Championship league saw the, Stirrup Stane Indians 7-2 Brucefield Crofters, Commercial
Inn Juniors 5-4 Kirknewton Innkeepers, Tower bar Knights 8-1 Doo Club Fanciers, Deans B.C. Golden Oldies 1-8 Cawburn Highlanders,
Premier league results, Doo Club Flyers
3-6 Almondale Pirates, Volunteer Highway Men 7-2 Loganlea Colliers, Stirrup Stane Wanderers 6-3 Brucefield Crofters.
Special Mentions this week go to , Rab Craig 2 x180 for the Brucefield Crofters, Gordon Bruce firing in 2x180’s
for the Wanderers of Craigshill, Davie Nisbet 1 x 180 for the Highway Men, John Charleston from the Farmers of Brucefield
1x180, Top finishes saw Craig Forrest 113 game shot, Ryan Jack nice 88 take out B Hart 76 game shot. Couple other mentions
go to John Charleston only fast game I have heard about so far sure more to follow 17 darter, J Tannock from the Pirates and
Stephan Hume both just missing out on maximum 180’s having to settle for 140 scores.
Just in few more top scores from the nights play,
Jim Mitchell for the Highway Men 20 darter, Martin the Dechmont hobbit hits a 20 darter and a 15 dart game along with maximum
180, looks like this bad weather is giving him time to practice! Also with a 15 dart game Rex Brady, Stuart Russell for the
Loganlea Colliers on target with a maximum 180 and a cracking 14 dart game fastest of the evenings play.
|Skippy Charleston & Micky Rice
|After a few beers at the Scottish Open
|Colin Hamilton & Micky Rice,
|James Anderson Mitchell & John Charleston
Saturday & Sunday 18-19th
February, This was the Scottish Open which is held in the Normandy hotel in Glasgow, with over 1200 men & ladies
from as far a field as Iceland-Mainland Europe and the united Kingdom and Ireland taking to the ocky on the Saturday to try
and make the last 32 for the grand finals on the Sunday it saw some superb performances from local players in the West Calder
Monday league, Fastest set saw John Charleston from the Brucefield Farmers turn in 13-15-15 dart games for a superb 104 per
throw average this included a maximum 180 along with a cracking 139 game shot, However in John ‘s next match double
trouble turned up and he went down 2-3, Colin Hamilton from the Commercial Nomads never really got started and his opponent
never missed a check pout and 0-3 the result of this match up. And so to Jim Mitchell who managed to win through to the finals
with 3-1,3-0,3-2, 3-2, 4-3, wins and claim his place in Sundays grand final, In his last 32 match up it saw him up against
former Scottish captain and current international Ross Montgomery ranked 11th in the World darts Federation rankings,
Mitchell went 2-0 up before Montgomery fought back to 2-2 then Mitchell missed no opportunity when it came round and took
the match 4 games to 2, However the task now saw Mitchell up against World ranked number 8 Wesley Harms, and once again a
see saw battle on the ocky with the longest match a 18 darter, Mitchell went 0-1 down came back to 3-1 up but back came Harms
and 3-3 it was sudden death Wesley had the advantage of throwing first but Mitchell left 40 after 12 darts tragedy which all
dart players will know of two on the top wire one just below and 20 was left, Wesley Harms with 80 left took it out for the
longest game of the match a 18 darter. And so another dream over until next year. However some superb news Cameron Menzies
from Ayrshire took the Scottish Open Men’s singles t. Ladies doubles champions saw Aileen de Graff & Sharon Prins
take the title over Lisa & Danielle Ashton, Men’s Doubles title went to Ryan Joyce & Kevin McDine who held of
Tom Gregory & Gary Thomson in the final 3-2, Ladies singles title went to Fallon Sherrock who edged out Deta Hedman 5-4
in a cracker. Men’s title went to home crowd favourite Cameroon Menzies who beat Daniel Day from England 6-2.
Top shots reported from local players this week end saw Colin
Hamilton 82 check out, John Charleston 139 game shot along with 13 plus a brace of 15 darters and a maximum 180, Jim Mitchell
3x180’s plus a 177 score and 14 games finished in 19 darts or less , alas though three darts at double tops was the
one throw which will be remembered once the chalk dust settles!!
Saturday 18th February, The Cawburn Sports
bar held its annual N.T.S.O. tournament which is run by Kirk Gordon, and it saw a superb competition which had players from
the central belt and over the water players from Fife attend, The final saw Local player Davie Aitken from Polbeth defeating
Fife star Kevin Feeley in the final, semi finalist were Colin Feeley and Scott McLeod.
Sunday 19th February, where
another two tournaments would be held, First up on Sunday saw Arran Edwards losing out 2-4, William Borland went on to win
his first round match 4-0, Jamie then went out 1-4, and in the last 128 it saw William Borland then lost out 3-4 in this round,
And so to the last competition of the week end and the results went like this, Arran Edwards receiving a bye, William Borland
also got a bye, Jamie losing out 0-4, Next game saw Arran Edwards losing 1-4, William Borland won 4-2, William then lost out
in the last 64 2-4, But he did receive some prize money for reaching this stage, Players from Europe, United Kingdom and Northern
Ireland attended these events and the standard is quite amazing to say the very least, so well done to our local players and
roll on the next development tour, Players who won the events played were, Luke Humphries who won Development tour One on
the Saturday and also Development tour 4 on the Sunday outstanding play, Dimitri Van den Bergh won Development tour 2, and
Development tour 3 went to Ryan Meikle.
Saturday 18th February, Saturday saw the P.D.C.
Development tour taking place in Wigan, this event is held over two days and has four tournaments to play in, West Calder’s
Jamie Banks collected a fine 4-1 win in his first match, Arran Edwards from Livingston winning 4-3 in his first round match,
William Borland from East Calder receiving a bye in the first round, their second round matches in the last 128 saw mixed
results as Jamie Banks lost out 1-4, Arran Edwards then lost out in a 7 leg thriller by the tightest of score lines 3-4, William
Borland then won 4-3 and it was into the last 64 for him as he carried the West Lothian banner, However that was his final
round as he then went out 2-4. And so onto the second competition of the day, William Borland then lost out 0-4, Jamie Banks
was his turn to receive a bye, Arran Edwards also lost out 0-4, so Jamie Banks was left carrying the West Lothian banner this
time, unfortunately it saw Jamie losing 1-4 in the next round.
Friday 17th February, Bathgate Friday night
league results, Coppies bar 8-1 Corrie bar, Cross Tavern 5-4 Lammies (2), Bentswood Inn 6-3 Old Wine, Special
notes from the nights play saw Jim Graham from the Lammies team in Fauldhouse fire in 2x180,s Paul Drake from the Cross Tavern
1x180, Paul Weir recording a maximum 180 for the Bentswood Inn, top finish from the nights play saw Wullie Jack with a tremendous
149 game shot, 60-57-32, Graeme Bird 130 game shot via 60-20-bulls eye, Fast games saw Paul Weir with a 16 darter, Graeme
Bird 2x20 dart games, Rab Dick 20 dart game and Jim Mitchell 19 darter.
Wednesday 15th February, Well start of the
Edinburgh Darts Association, dart league which is played in the Murrayfield Sports bar in Edinburgh and for the next few weeks
and with over 80 registered players this singles league looks like it will have some tough battles on the ocky ahead
for the local West Lothian players, and the format is 8x501 and a wee twist to it being a double start, and so the West
Lothian contingent went to try and strut their stuff as you do! With mixed results, Rab Dick winning 5-3 & 5-2, Graeme
Borland with 5-0, 5-0 win’s, and Graeme Bird won both his matches 5-2 and 5-0, Kieran Bird 5-1 win
and a 4-4 draw, Jim Mitchell losing 3-5 and then with a 5-0 win, Scott Baillie losing 3-5 and 2-5, However Scott managed a
brace of maximum 180’s on the night, Other games of note came via Graeme Bird 2x17 darters followed by 2x19 dart games
plus a tidy 80 game shot, William Borland 13-18-19 dart games, Jim Mitchell 1x180 and four games finished in 18 darts or less
with 16-17-18-18 darters, and it did see some excellent shooting skills on the checking in remembering this is a double start
competition, Scott Baillie 160 check in as did William Borland who did it twice!
13TH February, W.C. &.D.D.L.
a mile stone finally passed as the Brucefield Crofters collected their first points of the season, with a fine 6-3 victory
over the Doo Club Fanciers in the Championship league, Cawburn Highlanders 7-2 Commercial Inn Juniors which keeps the Highlanders
firmly at the top of the Championship league table, Grand Central Railroaders 5-4 Tower bar Knights, Stirrup Stane Indians
6-3 Deans B.C. Golden Oldies.
Premier league action
saw the Commercial Inn Nomads suffer a heavy defeat at the hands of the travelling Cawburn Assassin’s 0-9 the score
line, Almondale Pirates take the points in this match up 7-2 winners over the Loganlea Colliers, Brucefield Farmers continue
to collect points after a slow start to the season with a fine 8-1 win over Doo Club Flyers. The Premier league had a match
which was almost like the game of monopoly, Volunteer Highway Men hosted the travelling Central bar Rebels from West Calder
and what a match up, to say this was anyone’s game was an understatement, and I do believe the Highway Men used their
get out of jail card on this one! Scores on the door went like this, S Scott 1-2 S Hanlon, J Mitchell 2-0 S Baker, D Nisbet
2-1 R Little, P Hastings 0-2 G Smith, R Brady 2-0 M Buik, M Deegan 1-2 M Balfour, Doubles went down the wire, Mitchell &
Hastings 2-0 Baker & Buik, Scott & Nisbet 0-2 Hanlon & Little, Deegan & Brady 2-0 Smith & Balfour. Final
score 5-4 for the home team.
Shots of note from the nights play saw
some absolutely top marksmanship from an awful lot of players, Finishing power on the night was absolutely superb here are
what I have been told, Craig Jack for the Brucefield Crofters fabulous 153 game shot, Old Man Mitchell for the Highway Men
150 game shot, Almondale Pirate M Brady 142 take out, Graham Borland for the Assassin’s 129 game shot, Also for the
Assassin’s Paul Weir with a 127kill shot, M Brady also on target with a 90 take out for the Pirates of Craigshill, Sean
Hanlon from the Rebellious ones in West Calder and John Brogan of the Colliers in Loganlea both with 88 take outs finishing
on the bulls eye via 20-18-bull, Ryan Jack 87 game shot, William Harraughty 86 game shot. Maximum hitters on the night saw
M Brady from the Pirates, Jim Mitchell and Davie Nisbet for the Highway Men, Ian Simmons for the Crofters,
J Mackie from the Colliers and Paul Weir from the Assassin’s all finding the red lipstick with 180 scores, Fast games
came quick and fast Mitchell 16 darter, Martin Balfour 16 & 20 dart games, Paul Weir 17 darter,
John Kirk 17 darter, Sandy
Coulter 18 darts, William Borland 18 & 20 Ryan Little 19 darter, darters, William Harraughty 18 dart game. R Barraclough from the Doo Club Flyers rock solid 75 game shot,
Craig Forrest 84 check out and Bunny Forrest maximum 180. Any more out there drop me a line and the scores will be added.
Sunday 12th February, Auld Toll bar in
Grangemouth, Fine body of darting enthusiasts attended this very well run tournament, with former Scottish News of the World
Champion and a former Scottish Masters Champion in the mix there were some excellent
match ups, However when all done and dusted it was John Connal who got the better of Jim Mitchell in the grand final, score
4 games to 3, This competition if the organisers don’t mind me saying is great value for money, They paid out £100
to the winner, £50 for R/up, and 2x £ 25 for S/f, on the day and only charge £3 entry, you cant buy a pint
for that price in most public houses these days! Well done Mr W Lindsay for running this comp, look forward to next one, and
to all the players who took time out to talk to me, it must have been hard as my travelling companion Micky Rice of Whitburn
notoriety hardly ever shuts up! Great company. Any way couple of wee notes Mitchell 141 & 107 &
84 & 81 check outs, brace of maximum 180’s, and a few games under 20 darts best being a 12 darter via 100-180-140-81
11th February, Saturday
County Results, Scottish Inter-counties road train rolled into the Loganlea Social club home venue for the West Lothian county
team, Unfortunately the travelling county team from Clackmannanshire proved just to strong on the day the Ladies ‘B’
team losing out 1-3, Men’s ‘B’ however fought out a very competitive 3-3 draw in their match, Ladies ‘A’
lost 1-5, and the Men’s ‘A’ losing 2-10, Player of the match awards went to Davie Aitken
for the men’s A, Kirsty McKaw for the Ladies ‘A’, Men’s ‘B’ team man
of the match award went to Frank Brown, and Finally Ladies ‘B’ award going to Mary Walker. Only Maximum 180 recorded
went to Livingston’s Stephan Colthart.
10th February, Bathgate Friday night
Masonic 0-9 Bentswood
Inn, Lammies (2) 7-2 Corrie bar, Old Wine 2-7 Cross Tavern, Coppies 7-2 Lammies (1) couple special mentions reported so far,
Spencer McDonald & Dougie Hogg both rattling in 16 darters, Mitchell 17 darter, Willie Jack 17 dart game , Ross Burnside
and Callum Wilkinson both finishing in 19 darts, Alan McDonald and Jim Mitchell both on the maximum 180 trail, highest check
out reported so far J Mackie with a cracking 100 game shot.
8-2-2017 Wednesday Premier league in Edinburgh saw William Borland continue his good
run of form winning the open singles with a 5-3 victory over Stuart Ironside in the final, Jim Mitchell lost out in the semi
finals, Graeme Bird, Kieran Bird and Scott Baillie making the last 16 and Rab Dick falling in the last 32, Top
shots came by way off William Borland firing in 3x180’s along with games finished in 13-16-16-17-18-19-20-20 darts,
finishes of 108-120-133 also along the way, Mitchell with 3x180’s games finished in 15-16-16-16-19-19-19 darts, and
game shots of 104-116, Kieran Bird 3x180’s and quick games 17-17-20-20 arrows, Graeme Bird brace of 19 darters, Scott
Baillie 76 game shot and a 19 dart game, Rab Dick 19 darter.
Monday 6th February,
Here are last night’s results in the Premier league it saw, Stirrup Stane Wanderers 6-3 Commercial
Inn Nomads, Cawburn Assassin’s 5-4 Volunteer Highway Men, Almondale Pirates 5-4 Brucefield Farmers, Central bar
Rebels 4-5 Loganlea Colliers.
Championship league saw the Deans B.C.
Golden Oldies 6-3 Doo Club Fanciers, Brucefield Crofters 2-7 Grand Central Railroaders, Commercial Inn Juniors 4-5 Stirrup
Stane Indians, Kirknewton Innkeepers 3-6 Cawburn Highlanders.
the Premier league it has seen the last remaining team that was undefeated lose their winning streak, and the Assassin’s
and the Wanderers have now closed the gap to just 4 points behind the Highway Men, so looks like hard run in for these three
teams who have managed to pull away from the chasing pack. The Championship league has seen the Highlanders from the Cawburn
bar keep their place at the top of the division with a 6-3 win over the Kirknewton Inn keepers, and with the Indians under
the leader ship of Fred Hamilton from the Stirrup Stane they now join the Innkeepers in joint second place and with a game
Other mentions from the nights play saw only two maximum’s
on the treble twenty bed but Graham Borland with a superb 171 score which is also classed a maximum in the league tables,
Matt Purdie from the Golden Oldies from the Deans Bowling club who recorded one of them, and Paul Weir of the Assassins who
claimed the other 180 scores, Quick games this week were recorded by Paul Weir with the fastest of this weeks play a rock
solid 15 dart game, M Brady of the Almondale Pirates also with a quick 16 dart game, Graeme Bird 2 x 17 dart legs, John Kirk
from the Highlanders with a 19 darter as were Bunny Forest and Calvin Fleming from the Brucefield Farmers, Paul McCaig from
the Railroaders firing in a 18 darter, Graham Borland on target with an 18 dart game, Mitchell of the Highway Men 17 &
18 darters recorded. Top finishes saw Graham Borland cracking shanghai on the twenties for a 120 take out, Martin Deegan 114
take out, Rab Craig from the Brucefield Crofters with a 97 game shot as was S Webster from the Railroaders also a 97 take
out, Paul Weir nice 84 take out, Davie Black 103 game shot and Michael Meek of the Commercial Juniors with an 80 finish, Willie
Millar from the Innkeepers 80 game shot, John Charleston 80 check out for the Farmers, Scott Cameron from the Pirates of Craigshill
76 check out, Stephan Colthart from the Crofters 75 game shot. Couple of other mentions saw Craig Jack and Stuart Russel firing
in 21 dart games. Fastest pairs game reported Rex Brady & Martin Deegan 15 darter.
Sunday 5-2-2017 (News Flash) William Bridges
Borland wins Brightons Inn Memorial singles.
|Bathgate League 5 Person team champions
|The Bentswood Inn (A- & B+)
Friday 3-2-2017 The Bathgate league
players were in action, at the home of the leagues sponsors Coppies bar in Armadale, this was the leagues five person team
event, the format was five single matches with each match being a best of 3x501 affair, first team to get three chalks progressed
to the next round. When the chalk dust had settled it saw the four semi final teams in action and on board one it saw the
Bentswood Inn (A-) up against the Cross Tavern from Whitburn, this match up saw some superb arrows from
both teams and it went down the wire, with the score standing at 2-2 it saw the final match up between William Harraughty
and Ross Burnside take to the ocky, Ross Burnside from the Cross Tavern took the first leg and with a finishing double in
sight it looked like the match could be going to the Tavern team, However a superb 161 game shot from Harraughty via 60-51-bulls
eye saw the match level at 1-1 and in a very tense last leg shoot out it saw the Bentswood Inn player take
his team through to the final with not quite same tremendous check as his 161, but a more important double 2, so in a very
close match it saw Bentswood Inn (A-) 5-4 Cross Tavern. On board three it saw another tense affair with
the Bentswood Inn (B+) up against Coppies bar, and once again the match could not have been more close 2-2 and with the last
two players at the ocky it saw Kieran Bird secure the win for the Bentswood with a thrilling 2-1 win over seasoned campaigner
Jimmy McMillan and truth be told Jimmy had chances but it was Kieran Bird who took his when the chance came around! So Bentswood
Inn (B+) 5-4 Coppies bar the final result. So here we had it after some terrific battles on the ocky the two teams facing
each other were the Bentswood Inn, Needless to say the title went to the Bentswood Inn with 3-0 victory in the final, So congratulations
to both teams, Bentswood Inn (A-) Gillian Mitchell, William Borland, Jim Mitchell, Graeme
Bird, William Harraughty. Bentswood Inn (B +) Denise Bird, Rab Dick, Callum Wilkinson, Paul Weir, Kieran
Bird. Once again a well run tournament under the supervision of league chairman Danny Kirkland. Some facts from the nights
play saw a fantastic 11 darter in the very first match of the night from Lammies player (Pelter) Jim Graham with a marvellous
11 darter via 81-180-180-60 game shot, other top scores from the night saw Jim Mitchell with a 12 dart game via 140-180-100-81
out on the bulls eye, along with 2x14 darters and a 16 and an 18 dart games also 3 x180’s finishes of 122 & 81,
William Borland 1x180 and a 98 game shot and 16 & 20 dart legs, Rab Dick 81 game shot finishing on the bulls eye, Graeme
Bird with 2x16 darters, Wullie Jack 90 game shot via 60-30 plus a 20 darter, Paul Weir 14 darter and a maximum 180, But highest
finish of the night and when you consider the pressure he was under must go to William Harraughty with his superb 161 take
|Champions 2016 & 2017
|Jamie Fleming & Davie Aitken (Commercial Nomads)
Monday 30-1-2017 Monday night saw the
West Calder and District hold their annual league pairs competition and with a fabulous entry of 48 pairs the event had some
absolute tremendous matches happening on all six match boards, when the quarter final line up was decided these are the results
from there on, D Aitken & J Fleming 3-2 C Wilkinson & P Weir, Aldo & Ross 3-2 S Morton & S Hume, W Harraughty
& G Borland 3-1 S Duncan & M Brady, W Borland & G bird 3-1 J Brett & J Quinn, And to the semi finals which
saw, D Aitken & J Fleming 3-2 Aldo & Ross, W Harraughty & G Borland 3-2 W Borland & G Bird, and after three
hours of intense play on the flock boards we had the defending champions D Aitken & J Fleming taking on W Harraughty &
G Borland in a best of 7 x501 grand final. And in a tense affair which saw Harraughty and Borland take a 3-1 lead it saw missed
doubles for the match and the defending champions punished them and in a great fight back it saw the West Calder & District
darts league Doubles championship stay with the defending champions Davie Aitken and Jamie Fleming from the Commercial Inn
from West Calder retain the title by 4 games to 3, commiserations to the runners up William Harraughty and Graham Borland
from the Cawburn Sports bar in Pumpherston.
Next year it could see history if the champions match the league record of three years on the belt! Two other partnerships
have held the title for two consecutive years but only one for three years.
Now some top scores from the nights play which were recorded saw maximum’s recorded by Jim Mitchell,
Graham Borland, Callum Wilkinson, Graeme Bird each recording 1 x180 a piece, William Borland going one better with 2 x 180
recorded, But top 180 hitter on the night was William Harraughty with 3 x 180’s to add to his tally on the record books,
Top finishes saw Jim Quinn from Harthill firing in 88 & 92 game shots, Stevie Duncan rock solid 96 game shot, Gerry Hughes
from the Grand Central Railroaders 99 take out, Mitchell 84 game shot, Scott Cameron of the Almondale Pirates 85 game shot,
Jamie Fleming from the Commercial Nomads 81 game shot, William Harraughty 80 take out, Graeme Bird 100 game shot, Callum Wilkinson
with a 116 finish top check out of the night recorded. Top games came thick and fast here are the top ones recorded, Harraughty
& Borland with 2x13 and another 5 games finished in under 20 darts, Next fastest recorded match saw Ian Stevenson &
Wullie Jack firing in a cracking 14 darter, Duncan & Brady rock solid 17 dart game, Fleming & Ducket 17 darter. So
once again a cracking turn out for this league competition, many thanks to Connie Bamburry (Match secretary) John McDonald
(League secretary) for once again getting the competition running smoothly, also to our sponsor the Cawburn Sports bar and
of course lets not forget the bar staff who kept the amber nectar flowing through out the nights play, T.Y.
Saturday 28-1-2017 Open singles tournament held in the Murray
bar Polbeth saw Davie Aitken from Polbeth claim the title with a 5-2 win over Callum Wilkinson from Whitburn.
Saturday 28-1-2017 The annual pilgrimage to the Moffat open
doubles competition was held in the Proudfoot club in Moffat this competition is capped at 96 pairs and after that you are
put onto a waiting list to see if you can enter, their was a notable amount of local players from both the West Calder Monday
and Bathgate Friday night leagues who made the trip South to play in this tournament, Frank & Alan
McDonald, Andy Fallon snr & Andy Fallon jnr, Jim Mitchell & Graeme Bird, Wullie Wilson & David Wallace, David
Lamond & Darrin Grey, William & Chris Audley, Dougie Hogg & Derek Campbell, After five hours of match play darts
which saw the games being played over the best of 5x501, the grand final saw Graeme Bird & Mitchell losing
out by the odd leg in 7 going down 4-3 to the pairing of Kris Jaimeson and Michael Sheehan from
Glasgow. Champions K Jamieson & M Sheehan, r/up G Bird & J Mitchell.
Friday 27-1-2017 Bathgate Friday night league results, Bentswood Inn 9-0 Lammies
bar (1) Masonic 2-7 Cross Tavern, Corrie bar 5-4 Old Wine Store, Lammies bar (2) 8-1 Coppies bar.
Non illigitamus carborundum
For Information only.
Gentlemen or should I just say readers of this web site, many of you will be aware that last August I was charged with assault
on a player from this area, In the time up until now there have been people who have gone around and spread rumours that I
actually punched this player in this so called assault, This did not happen, My own lawyer advised me that there was no assault,
and the Procurator Fiscal Services are not going ahead with the charge of assault, However I reiterate at no time did I ever
punch anyone, Now I believe that the player who made this charge against myself was put up to it by his peer’s, obviously
this is my own opinion only. Last Monday night speaking to an old comrade-friend and a former team captain of mine a man who
I have held in respect since the 1970’s when I first met him, I mentioned that things were starting to get on top of
me, with these accusations, His reply was, (Jim in this country you are innocent until proven guilty, don’t let them
get you down, don’t give in)And ladies and gentlemen I wont be giving in, as there are now no charges
being brought out against myself. I look forward to toeing the ocky once again with the knowledge that I won’t be appearing
in court, But to the people who went around telling anyone who would listen that I punched this player, SHAME ON YOU,
And for those who believed that story, well I always thought better of you!
Signed Jim Mitchell
And the burning question at the moment of readers of this web
Who is VESUVEOUS,
seems he or she is causing a bit of discussion, the one thing I can say it is not me!
W.C.&.D.D.L. 301 Singles championship
Once again the very
best players of the Monday night league turned out to try and annex the 301 Double start Double finish title to their resume,
69 players toed the ocky and with the format a cut throat best of 3 x 301 their were some very exciting matches taking place
on all six dart boards in use, No fewer than four former champions in the mix, well one by one they all fell so it was guaranteed
a new name would be added to the roll of honour this season and when it came to the quarter finals which then saw the competition
become the best of 5 x 301 the results go like this, Stevie Duncan 3-1 Jim Quinn, Scott Cameron 3-1 John Galloway, Rex Brady
3-2 Martin Deegan, William Borland 3-1 Callum Wilkinson, and so to the semi finals and the results went like this, William
Borland 3-1 Rex Brady, Stevie Duncan 3-2 Scott Cameron, And the grand finale saw the match then become 7 x 301 to see who
would take the title home. And it saw William Borland and Stevie Duncan share the opening legs however Borland who has been
in terrific form of late went into over drive and finished the next three legs with game shots off 112-118-and a more modest
86 game shot and it saw William Borland take the title of the 301 Singles championship home, Stevie Duncan a former league
Champion of Champion had to settle for runners up this time round, But it shows that in darts age is no barrier our two finalists
were from both ends of the age spectrum William 20 years of age, Stevie well lets just say he has a bus pass! And leave it
at that. Once again a very well run competition by the league secretaries and of course our thanks to the league sponsors
the Cawburn Sports bar in Pumpherston. Some top scores recorded on the night saw Scott Baillie from Armadale with a cracking
126 game shot, William Borland 118-112-86 game shots, Callum Wilkinson 90 & 81 take outs, Jamie Fleming from the Nomads
of West Calder with 75 game shot as did John Galloway with a 75 finish via 25-bulls eye, Only one maximum 180 recorded and
not surprising as in 301 if you check in big you don’t get many chances at the maximum score! William Harraughty with
a 180 and Rab Dick from the Inn on the hill the Kirknewton Innkeepers cracking 177 score.
Bathgate league action saw Danny Kirkland’s team from the Coppies
bar hosting the Bentswood Inn players who are now playing out of the Cawburn Sports bar as the Bentswood is now closed.
And what a match up this was Coppies players names first,
First to take to the ocky saw Mick Burke against Graeme Bird and it went the way of the Coppies man Mick taking out a cracking
86 game shot for an 18 dart game when Birdy was sitting on a double Graeme did notch up a maximum 180 but alas not enough
to stop Mick Burk from winning 2-1, next up saw Colin Maxwell v Jim Mitchell and here was a very high scoring match both players
rattling the twenty bed Colin firing in 140-125-and 3x100 scores however Mitchell replied with 180-140 and 3 x100’s
of his own and came out a 2-0 winner, Third match up saw Jim Gibson v Paul Weir and Paul took command with a fine 88 game
shot in the first leg via 48-tops and came away with a 2-0 win, so 2-1 to the visitors, Next match saw Jimmy Macmillan v William
Harraughty and it saw William take the game 2-0 with a fine 100 game shot, Stevie Duncan was next up for the home side v Rab
Dick and this was also a match up with some terrific scoring Rab took the first leg but Stevie then upped the ante with a
cracking 96 game via 5-51-tops,to level the match 1-1 however Rab held on and a double 5 secured another point for the visitors,
so at 4-1 down it saw Micky Rice take to the ocky to try and keep the home sides hopes alive his opponent Callum Wilkinson
and it was Callum who secured the winning leg and the points with a fine 16 darter and so the match was now over with the
travelling Bentswood Inn team 5-1 up, the doubles saw the home side take another point to make the final score line Coppies
bar 2 Bentswood Inn 7. Lammies bar’A’
(Fauldhouse) 2 -7 Cross Tavern, Old Wine (Shott’s) 2 -7 Lammies bar ‘B’ (Fauldhouse) Masonic
0-9 Corrie bar (Armadale)
W.C.&.D.D.L. RESULTS 16/1/17
Some excellent games this week in the Premier league, looks
like the festive period is well and truly departed. Commercial Inn Nomads 8-1 winners over the Doo Club Flyers, Volunteer
Highway Men versus the Stirrup Stane Wanderers saw the top two teams face of against each other and it was the league leaders
the Highway Men who came out 6-3 winners in this match up, The Loganlea Colliers hosted the Brucefield Farmers this week and
after a slow start to the season it has seen a revitalised Farmers team take to the ocky and they came away with a fine 5-4
win, Pumpherston Cawburn Assassin’s v Central bar Rebels from West Calder saw the Assassins come away with an excellent
7-2 victory, This now has the premier league leaders the Highway Men sitting on 22 points with both the Stirrup Stane Wanderers
and the Cawburn Assassin’s 6 points further back on 16 points a piece and the Nomads from the Commercial Inn in West
Calder sitting on 12 points.
The Championship league
saw the league leaders the Cawburn Highlanders having their free week, and this gave the two teams in joint second place the
chance to catch them, However the two teams in closest proximity to the league leaders were both due to play each other so
the points available were extremely important to both teams and it saw the Stirrup Stane Indians have home
advantage over the Kirknewton Innkeepers, but it was the travelling team from Kirknewton who took the points with a fine 7-2
win and join the Highway Men at the top of the league both on 18 points while the Indians from Craigshill are just 2 points
further back on 16, Other results saw the Doo Club Fanciers losing out 0-9 to inform Commercial Inn Juniors team from West
Calder who are steadily moving up the league, The Brucefield Crofters went down 1-8 to the Tower bar Knights from Craigshill
which has them sitting on 14 points and just two points off third place in the league race, Grand Central Railroaders got
themselves back on track with an excellent win over the Deans B.C. Golden oldies with a 8-1 score line, this was more like
the Railroaders who started of so well at the beginning of the season before the run off losses which they kept losing by
the odd game in nine!
Some top shot’s
reported this week has seen, maximum 180 hitters being recorded by, Davie Nisbet from the Highway Men with 2x180’s,
Mick Burk from the Wanderers 1x180, Paul Weir also with a maximum 180 for the Cawburn Assassin’s, Kirknewton Innkeeper
player William Millar also on the maximum trail,fast games saw Brucefield Crofters player Stephan Colthart fire in a 17 darter
and team mate Craig Jack joining him with a 19 dart game and a 84 game shot, William Borland with a 102 game shot for the
Assassin’s and Scott Baker with a 92 take out for the Rebels of West Calder, Frank Crook and Lewis Lyle from the Railroaders
with finishes of 93 & 71 respectively, couple of fine 21 dart games reported saw Brian McIntyre and Gary Cheshire both
on target and Brian also finishing a 81 game shot.
news for darts players, The Bentswood Inn which is situated in Bents & Stoneyburn will be closing it’s doors very
shortly, This public house has over the years held many an open competition and sponsored the Friday night darts league, However
with a situation out with the control of the management Mr John Reidy who has done an awful lot for darts over the years and
of course raised ten’s of thousands of pounds for local charities, he will be sadly missed by his Friday night darts
team, On behalf of all the players we wish him well, where ever he finds himself in the future John Reidy a true gent.
Saturday 14th January
The annual McKechnie open doubles competition was held in Loanhead Miners welfare club, And a huge West Lothian
contingent made the pilgrimage through to try and take the title in all ten pairs teams from the county travelled through,
The best pairing came by way of a joint effort as Rab Dick from Kirknewton and Graeme Bird of East Calder fell at the penultimate
hurdle losing out in the semi finals to eventual champions Harry Toddman and Ryan Murray from Edinburgh.
Players from the local area who played were, Paul McCaig & Wullie Wilson , William Borland
& Jim Mitchell, Graeme Bird & Rab Dick, Gillian Mitchell & Denise Bird, William Harraughty & Paul Weir, Tam
Brown & Micky Rice, Colin Robertson & Arran Edwards, Ryan Kelly & Stevie Scott, Calvin Fleming & Stephan Colthart.
Some top shots came by way off, William Borland 1x180, Ryan Kelly 1x180, Micky Rice 1x180, Graeme Bird cracking 158 game shot,
Rab Dick with two excellent finishes of 120 & 110 take outs, Mitchell 100 game shot, Willie Wilson 88 take out. Fastest
game recorded from the local players saw Rab Dick & Graeme Bird with a lovely 12 dart game.
Friday 13th January
The top two teams in the Bathgate league went head to head and it saw the Bentswood Inn v Cross Tavern, and
it saw the Bentswood Inn repeat their result from the first half of the season by winning by the same score line 9-0 win,
This keeps last seasons champions still at the top of the league and four points clear of their nearest rivals,The result
does not actually show the true match facts as the Cross Tavern players did have chances however the Bentswood players when
a finish came round took their chances and as the old adage goes doubles for dough trebles for show!
Coppies bar in Armadale won 7-2 over the Old Wine Store from Shott’s,
|Alan White Chairman E.D.A.
|William (Bridges) Borland tonights winner.
|Wednesday 11th January
The Premier league darts which is held in the Murrayfield Sports bar in Edinburgh got under way
last night and it saw five players from the West Calder & District league entering ,
Only one player made it into the quarter finals and it was East Calder’s William Borland
who took the plaudits by winning the title, the results from the last eight go like this with the matches being the best of
Quarter Finals I.Butler
0-5 M.Bain, L.Coult 3-5 W.Borland, S.Ironside 5-1 L.Caithness,
K.O'Neill 5-4 A.White, semi finals
results saw, M.Bain 2-5 W.Borland, S.Ironside 5-2 K O'Neill, Final saw W.Borland 5-4 S.Ironside.
Top scores from the night for our Monday night players saw
Rab Dick from Kirknewton rattling in a cracking 13 dart game, Graeme Bird fired in 2x180’s and a 19 darter, Mitchell
18 & 19 dart legs and a maximum 180, But without quest tion top player was William Borland with 4x180’s along with
games finished in 14 darts being the quickest but he also hit 15 darter and 5 x 16 dart legs and 6x17 darters plus a more
modest 18 dart game and a superb 148 game shot in the grand final via 54-54-40 on his way to picking up the winners purse.
Once again a very well run tournament which is organised by the committee of the E.D.A. and with
some where in the region of 72 players entering their Premier league there will some superb nights of darts ahead, The venue
can have up to 15 boards in action, and each board has a computer for the scoring along with a large screen for players to
see the scores on the door! This organisation has certainly taken darts right into the 21st century.
Monday 9th January
West Calder & District Darts Leagues were back in action
this week and it saw some superb matches taking place, in the Championship league the undefeated team up until now the Cawburn
Highlanders were drawn away to one of their nearest rivals the Stirrup Stane Indians and it was Fred Hamilton’s team
from the Stirrup who came away with a superb 6-3 win to close the gap to just two points of the Cawburn who sit at the top
of the league on 18 points and also joining in on the chase for top spot it saw the Kirknewton Innkeepers claim two points
when they won 6-3 against the Doo Club Fanciers, so Cawburn stay top on 18 points, with both the Innkeepers who are just ahead
of the Indians on legs difference now both on 16 points and with the Indians of Craigshill having a game in hand on their
rivals looks like some tough matches ahead in this Championship league before anyone can say where the title will end up!
Other results has seen the Commercial Juniors from West Calder winning 6-3 over the travelling Grand Central Railroaders,
this a blow to the Railroaders who for a while were part of the chasing pack vying for the top of the league, and the Juniors
from the Commercial Inn having started of slowly in the league are now certainly having a huge input into the leagues results
with 4 wins from 6 games. The Golden Oldies from the Deans B.C. a very hard fought match before losing
out by a single point to the Tower bar Knights from Craigshill score line 5-4 in favour of the Knights of Craigshill.
Looks like this league is heating up very nicely indeed!
The Premier league is also back in action and it saw the Cawburn Assassin’s winning a tough battle
against the Loganlea Colliers the score line 6-3 to the Assassins but have heard through the grapevine that it could have
been oh so different if the Colliers from Loganlea had hit their doubles! The Doo Club Flyers hosted the league leaders and
it saw the Volunteer Highway Men bang on form after the festive break and a 9-0 win for the Highway Men now has them as the
only undefeated team in either league. Almondale Pirates hosted the Commercial Inn Nomads and it was the away team that took
the points with a 6-3 victory, and perhaps the shock result of the night it saw Stewart Tait’s team going down by the
odd game in nine the Stirrup Stane Wanderers 4-5 Central bar Rebels the Rebellious ones have certainly got the players to
beat any team in the league and it looks like they might just have found their form and look out the rest of the league the
Rebels could be on the rampage!
notes from the night’s action on the boards go like this!
From the Doo Club Flyers it saw Stevie Morton firing in some excellent scores with a 2x140’s-137-125
and team mate Aldo just missing out on a maximum 180 and having to settle for a 140 on the wire oh so close! Highway Men saw
Stevie Scott 15 darter also firing in 2x140’s plus a tidy 137 score, Mitchell 18 darter and a 108 game shot, Cawburn
Highlanders player Sandy Coulter rock solid 20 dart game with an 80 game shot, Stirrup Stane Indians had S Stalker with a
88 game shot, and Commercial Inn Nomads saw Davie Aitken 17 dart game and a 84 take out along with team mates Jim Quinn 77
game shot and our overseas player the Jamaican Jim Aitken cracking 128 game shot.
Saturday 7th January
The Volunteer Arms in Uphall was the venue for an Open singles tournament which had players from afar a field as
Greater Glasgow in attendance, and there were some superb arrows thrown on the day and the quarter finals line up was about
as strong as it gets here be the results! Colin Robertson bt Colin Nichol, Rab Dick bt Martin Deegan, Gordon Bruce bt Jim
McGeary, Arran Edwards bt John Charleston, and so to the semi finals Colin Robertson edged out Rab Dick by the odd leg in
seven 4-3 the score line, and in the second semi final it saw Arran Edwards winning by 4 games to 2 over Gordon Bruce who
was 2-0 up in a very fast paced match, so the grand final which was played over the best of 9x501 went down the wire with
Arran Edwards missing two match winning darts Colin Robertson made no such mistake and took the final by 5 games to 4. Cracking
match with absolutely nothing between the final two men left standing, Champion Colin Robertson, runner up Arran Edwards.
Some superb scores recorded on the day 7 players firing in maximums John Charleston 3x180’s, Arran Edwards 3x180’s,
Colin Robertson 2x171’s, Jim McGeary 2x180’s, Kirk Gordon, Rab Dick, James Cumming and Jim Mitchell all with
1x180 a piece, Fast games came thick and fast and it saw Davie Nisbet firing in games finished in 15-16-18-18-20 darts, William
Harraughty 19 darter, Chris Forsyth games finished in 16-17-20-20-20 arrows, Gordon Bruce 17-20-20 darters, William Borland
with 14-19 dart games, Colin Nichol 14-20 darters, Arran Edwards 15-15-18-18 dart legs, Rab Dick 20 darter, Martin Deegan
19 dart game, Colin Robertson games finished in 17-17-17-18-18-18 deadly darts. Finishes saw Jim McGeary with 95 and 112 take
outs, Colin Nichol 113 game shot, Colin Robertson 119 game shot but top finish came from Arran Edwards with a fabulous 156
kill he also took out a 107 as well. Martin Deegan the organiser of this event and George Thorburn selling the raffles and
taking care of everyone’s musical requirements made this a very good competition indeed! Well done guy’s.
Friday 6th January
The Bentswood Inn held the annual three person team competition
which is now named after one of the leagues most respected players who sadly passed away a few years ago, So the Bob Hall
Memorial trophy is a competition which is played by first off a 1001 leg which is a team event, then a doubles match which
is 701 match and should the score be tied at 1-1 then the player who did not play in the doubles will play a best of 3x501
match to decide the winning team. Now the semi finals saw Lammies team of Jim Graham, Alan McDonald and Alan Gardiner
beating the Bentswood Inn team of Graeme Bird, Rab Dick and Paul Weir by two games to nil, the other semi final saw
two teams from the Cross Tavern in Whitburn face off against each other and it was Paul Drake, Ross Burnside and Wullie Jack
who edged out their team mates G McMillan, Ian Stevenson and Stephan Morrans by the same score line to claim their place in
the grand final, The Final saw the Cross Tavern team take the opening match of a 1001 leg, but back came the Lammies team
of Alan McDonald and Alan Gardiner to level the match at 1-1, so it came down to a final shoot out between Jim Graham for
Lammies against Ross Burnside from the Cross Tavern to decide the championship for this season and it went the way of the
team from Fauldhouse to take the title back to Lammies bar in a cracking match by 2 games to 1. Champions Jim Graham-Alan
McDonald-Alan Gardiner, runners /up Wullie Jack-Paul Drake-Ross Burnside. Once again a well run competition by the committee
of Danny Kirkland and G McMillan and thanks to the Bentswood Inn for sponsoring this event.
Well they do
say that what goes around comes around. And a wee competition held in the Kirknewton Inn on Tuesday night saw William (Bridges
)Borland doing exactly as he did last year turning on the style, 5X180'S and a superb 170 take out and he just missed
doing two off them back to back along with 12-13-15 darters not a bad way to see in the new year. Only other players in the
past few days with anything to report has seen Ross Burnside with a 18 darter with a cracking 108 game shot at the Top
O the Toon competition, and Rab Dick firing in a 20 darter along with Mitchell 19 darts and Graeme (Jaws) Bird with an 18
dart game at the Murrayfield Sports bar comp.
Looking for a set of Willie Ethrington, tungsten darts
27grams, one of the old dart players from the early 1970's he was a former pro-boxer and International player.
Anyway if anyone can help there is a message in the guest book, from a gentleman in Edinburgh who is trying
to find a set.
Looking forward to the leagues starting back this week Friday night the Bathgate league is back
in the Bentswood Inn for a competition, and on Monday night the West Calder League is back in action with league matches,
looking forward to seeing and hearing about the exploits from all the teams, so lets see if we can get some news to send
into the Courier for next week, The sports editor is giving us space in the sports section lets see if we can fill it!