Jim Mitchell, Web Master.
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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.

P.D.C.Darts

 
The sites thought for the year to come is!
A Day Without Laughter is a Day Wasted! 

 

And now for something completely different, Yes for those dart enthusiasts out there we will be having another easy quiz, oops perhaps not that easy! This quiz will be in three categories, there will be ten questions on local league matters, ten questions on Professional players, and my favourite ten questions on the News of the World competition that used to be held. And for your endeavours a small libation will be awarded to the winner, the points system is simple, 2 points each for the first set of 10 questions, 3 points each for the second set of questions and finally 5 points each for the last set of 10 questions, in total 100 points will be available. I wish you all good researching.

Geordie Dryburgh is the leader in the club house with a superb 72 1/2 points in the easy quiz!
there is one question which I will accept any of three answers to reason the organisers made a mistake its a 5 pointer! and no it is not this organiser! Also as there is a bonus question I will give not the 10 points stated for a bonus but 15 points, You will have to do some digging to find the answer.

 

New Page Added, as readers will be aware there are league tables for Maximums Scores from 171-180 as we have treble 19 hitters in this league, also Fast Games which are under 20 darts or less, also a High Check Out Table finishes from 75 and better. So here is a page with the top 20 ranked players in each category, Remember all these facts must be hit in a competitive competition and not just bounce games! And YES I realise some players don’t wish to share there endeavours on this web site but for those that do, here they are. Web Master.

 


Thursday night Over & Under's 50's league tables from the Cawburn Sports bar are now on the League Tables on the left hand column, a simple click away!

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27th April, The Over & Under’s Leagues were in action, and I would like to say after three hours of checking and rechecking the league tables fingers crossed they are correct, as some will be aware last year this event went almost without a hitch, unfortunately this year we have had players who could not make it due to work commitments etc and of course the DOMINOE interlude! And I have also been told that the Welsh Open will have an adverse effect as well, anyway what ever happens the competition will still finish on the first Thursday the 1st of June, if there are matches which have not been played on that eventful night the player who was in the venue will receive the 4 points on offer for each match, so PLEASE try and fulfil your fixtures as it may well have an adverse effect on the league tables! As you were all aware this was an 8 week league and we have had to cut it to 7 weeks so please players try and turn up T.Y. the results are on line in the League table page (left hand side of the main page) Now for some superb facts from last nights action we have Maximum hitters saw Gayle Maxwell with 2x180’s Shaun Clow also 2x180’s, Lewis Lyle likewise as was Paul Weir with a brace of maximums 2x180’s, Arran Edwards 1x180,  Scott Baillie 1x180, Jim Mitchell 1x180, William Borland 1x180, Rab Dick 1x180, Gordon Bruce 1x180, Paul McCaig 1x180, Ian Stevenson 1x180, 16 maximum 180’s and Gayle Maxwell also rattling in a 171 score as well, top scoring from a lot of players, Top finishing power also with Arran Edwards 140 & 90 game shots, William Borland 140 game shot, Gordon Bruce 113 & 102 finishes, Rex Brady 108 & 96 take outs, Craig Jack 108 game shot, Jim Mitchell 107 & 81 finishes on the bulls eye, Ian Stevenson 97 game shot, Christine McIntosh 88 game shot, Paul Weir 82 & 80 take outs,  Rab Dick 80 game shot, William Harraughty 76 game shot, Fast games came thick and fast and here are the ones recorded! Jim Mitchell 12 darter via 140-140-140-81 g.s. Arran Edwards with 13-2x15-17-18 dart games, Gayle Maxwell 13-14-2x20 darters,  Gordon Bruce with 7 fast games and these were 15-17-18-19-19-19-20 darts, Shaun Clow 15-2x17-18-2x19 20 dart games, William Borland 15-18-20 darters,  William Harraughty 15 darter, Lewis Lyle brace of 16 darters, Paul Weir 17-19 dart legs, Paul McCaig 17 & 18 dart games, Rab Dick 17 darter, Rex Brady 18 darter, Ian Stevenson 18 darter, Mick Burke 17 darter, Scott Baillie 2x20 darters.  

 

Under threat of sleeping in the spare room I have to mention one special classy finish on the night Double1 double 3 double 16 now that’s how to finish on 40 left! Well done Mrs Maw Mitchell x But there were a couple of other cracking scores of note, Nana Christine McIntosh rock solid 88 game shot, the Whirlwind Gayle Maxwell who is making a few of the male players in the under 50’s league look over their shoulders as she steadily moves up the rankings!, and of course we must not forget the youthful over 50’s player who has the honour of being the youngest of the oldies William Harraughty who with age catching up still managed a rock solid 76 check out not bad for someone who is looking to be in bed by 10pm at night now tucked up with his horlicks!

 

26th April, Premier League action in Auld Reekie saw some sterling performances from our West Lothian contingent, Rab Dick from Kirknewton a fine 7-0 win, Kieran Bird also with a 7-0 victory firing in some excellent shots with 17 & 19 darters and a superb take out of 135 via 25-60-bulle eye, joining him in his first match with an identical score line was Graeme Bird snr a 7-0 winner, Jim Mitchell winning 7-1 against Alan Ibster which saw Mitchell turn in a 14 darter, with Alan firing in a cracking 177 score to leave double 16 which he took out first dart for a 19 darter, Scott Baillie one of Armadales top players hard fought win with a 7-4 score line and four cracking legs done in 17-17-19-20 darts, Last game of the night for our local players saw Graeme Bird and Jim Mitchell going head to head, and it was Mitchell who came away with a 7-2 win once again Mitchell firing in a 14 darter, Graeme on target with a maximum 180 and a tidy 17 darter. In the league standings it has William Borland sitting in second place in division 2 with Dane McDiarmid holding the top position though William Borland does have 2 games in hand. Scott Baillie sitting in a handy fourth place, as when these leagues finish the top four go into the Premier K.O. cup along with the top four from the other leagues, Division 3 has a tough looking threesome at the top of the league with Stuart Ironside leading the group , Graeme Bird sits in second and Jim Mitchell in third though Mitchell does have a game in hand, Rab Dick sits in second place in division 1 with Kieran Bird back in fifth place. All these positions may well change shortly with last nights results still to be added, so could be changes a foot with all our local players winning matches.

 

24th April, W.C.D.D.L. The leagues four person team event took place last night in the Cawburn Sports bar who are the proud sponsors of the Monday night league, and 18 intrepid teams entered this event with the format being four games of singles which were 1x701, and for the doubles also 1x701, however should the score be tied at 3-3 then a final leg of 1001 would be played with players playing in the formation they had been placed by their respective captains, And there were some exceptional match ups, but once the chalk dust had settled after three hours of play we had four teams left toeing the ocky to contest the semi finals, board 5 saw the Cawburn Assassin’s winning 4-1 over the Almondale Pirates, board three saw the Volunteer Highway Men edging out the Stirrup Stane Wanderers in a close encounter. So after almost four hours of play here it was the final and it could have not been much closer, Jim Mitchell bt Graham Borland, George Thorburn losing to Graeme Bird, Rex Brady losing to William Harraughty, Martin Deegan losing to Callum Wilkinson, so the Assassins 3-1 up at the start of the doubles, but Mitchell & Thorburn kept the Highway Men’s hopes alive taking the first doubles against Borland & Bird, Rex Brady & Martin Deegan then won a tight game against William Harraughty & Callum Wilkinson, so here it was 3-3 and a one leg shoot out of 1001 to decide the title, And it was Callum Wilkinson with double 8 that took the title to the Cawburn Assassins by the tightest of margins 4 games to 3. A late night probably, the longest for some time but with so many matches going the distance it was only to be expected. Many thanks to the bar staff for keeping the foaming nectar flowing smoothly all night long, HOWEVER can I just say once your team has won! Perhaps some of the jubilant excesses might be toned down! The sight of Gillian Mitchell doing her Locomotion moves on the way to the control desk to tell off her ladies team success (Gillian, Denise, Kathy, Leona) moving them into the quarter finals was almost too much to bear! Fare enough if Little Eva was playing in the background but there again who is brave enough to tell a ladies team to cool it after an excellent 4-0 win! (Not me)

Few notes written down on the night, William Borland excellent 21 dart game of 701 with a 126 game shot on the bulls eye, John Brett 1x180 and a 114 and I believe 85 game shots, Mitchell 180 and a brace of 24 dart 701 legs. Martin Deegan & Rex Brady 23 dart doubles leg for a plus 30 dart average. I realise there will be more unfortunately I don’t have the paper with the stats on it at the moment but will add once they get to me.

 

20th April Under 50’s & Over 50’s League report,  Notes from last night go like this with some excellent shooting from an awful lot of players, so if the scores were written down here they are! Maximum scorers saw, William Borland 2x180’s, Kieran Bird 2x180’s, Christopher Mitchell 1x180, Shaun Clow 1x180, Top finishes saw two players taking out 150 game shots, William Harraughty and Rex Brady were these players top finishing, William Wilson 100 check out, Scott Baillie 100 game shot, Rex Brady with a 98 game shot, Shaun Clow 95 take out, William Borland 91 g.s. William Harraughty also on target with 80-84-86 game shots, Lewis Lyle 85 take down, William Wilson 81 g.s. Gayle Maxwell 80 take out, Fast Games which have to be 20 darts or less, Shaun Clow 15-19-20 darters, William Borland 11 fast legs recorded with games finished in 14-15-3x16-3x18-19-2x20 darters, William Harraughty games finished in 15-18-18 darts showing that age is no barrier to one of Whitburn’s more senior players, at the other end of the age spectrum we have Kieran Bird from East Calder firing in 16-18-20-20 dart games, Gayle Maxwell 16 & 17 dart games, Rab Dick of Kirknewton infamy firing in a brace of 18 darters plus a tidy 19 dart game, Scott Baillie 20 dart game, Rex Brady on target with a brace of rock solid 18 dart games. Ian Stevenson and Paul McCaig both on target with 20 dart games. One of Armadales top arrow smiths for many a season Mick Burke games finished in 18-19-19 darts.

On a wee note from myself, I would like to say welcome to Gayle Maxwell who has joined the under 50’s league (never ask a lady her age!) and already making a substantial inroad into the league couple of fast legs and a tidy 80 game shot, think this lady player will have a lot to say who reaches the top seven in her league, she may well have ambitions of being in there at the end of the league and who would bet against her! As many will be aware couple of people have dropped out well truth be told haven’t turned up, so everyone gets a 4-0 win against these names, would have been nice if they could have let me know before I did the league draws, but that’s life. So folks next week please if you can be at the venue for just a wee bit longer than usual it would certainly help, thanks Jim M.

 

19th April, Premier League at the Murrayfield Sports bar in Auld Reekie, saw all our players from the local area turning in winning performances, Graeme Bird with a 7-2 win and three fast legs done in 2x17 & 18 darts and a nice 123 game shot, Kieran Bird also firing in a cracking performance with two wins on the night  a brace of 7-0 wins and 4x18 darters and 4x 20 dart games plus a maximum 180 as well, Rab Dick 7-2 victory and a 19 dart game, Scott Baillie 7-0 victory and legs finished in 18-19-20-20 darts and a rock solid 76 game shot, Jim Mitchell 7-1 win with two legs under 20 darts 13 & 18 dart games. William Borland winning with games finished in 15-16-18-20 darts and 85 & 88 game shots in a 7-0 win.

 

17th April, Back to local league business and in the Premier league results went like this, Volunteer Highway Men 6-3 Doo Club Flyers, Commercial Nomads 4-5 Almondale Pirates, Cawburn Assassins 5-4 Loganlea Colliers, Central bar Rebels 4-5 Stirrup Stane Wanderers.

Championship league results, Tower bar Knights 6-3 Deans B.C. Golden Oldies, Grand Central Railroaders 5-4 Commercial Inn Juniors, Doo Club Fanciers 2-7 Kirknewton Innkeepers, Stirrup Stane Indians 6-3 Cawburn Highlanders,

 

Special Mentions reported so far go to, Stuart Russell from the Loganlea Colliers with 19 & 20 dart games and a tidy 98 game shot, Denise Bird from the Ladies of the Doo Club Fanciers 97 take out, Rab Dick 19 darter for the Innkeepers of Kirknewton, Commercial Nomads had John Brett 15 darter and team mate Davie Aitken 20 dart game, Tower bar Knights saw Gary Cheshire with a 90 game shot and Joe Devlin 94 game shot but superseding both his team mates was Brian Tosh McIntyre with a 100 take out and a 18 darter, Mitchell for the Highway Men 92 game shot. Stirrup Stane Indian a very tall Indian was also on the war path last night with a brace of 18 darters and two cracking finishes to both games with 74 & 76 take outs. Derek Yule for the Commercial Juniors nice rock solid 77 game shot. Grant Lyle 90 game shot for the Rail Roaders. Father and son then teamed up for a 20 dart pairs match. Wanderers from Craigshill players on target with Mick Burk firing in a

16 darter, Kieran Bird also with a 16 dart game, Arran Edwards 17 darter plus a maximum 180 as did Gordon Bruce who also filled up the red lipstick with a 180. Central bar Rebels had Martin Balfour with a 20 darter, Scott Baker 20 dart game as well, Ryan Little & Shaun Hanlon teaming up and firing in a tasty 17 dart doubles leg. Christopher Mitchell maximum 180 for the Highlanders and Liam Corbett 20 darter for the Craigshill Indians..

 

                                                                

 

 

Saturday 15th April, Posse of local darting talent rode into the Murrayfield Sports bar for a Charity singles event with money being raised for C.H.A.S. The competition saw eight sections with players having to play all of their opponents in there league and the top two from each league would then progress to the last 16, Format was quick best of 3x501,  but it saw all five of our Monday night players progress through to the final league table, Arran Edwards & Rab Dick going out in the last 16, Martin Deegan & Jim Mitchell making the quarter finals before retiring from the event, Graeme Bird made it through to the Grand Final before losing out to Alan White in a very close encounter. Stats for the local players goes like this Arran Edwards 13 darter, Jim Mitchell 8 games in 20 darts or less, 17-3x18-2x19-2x20 plus a couple of checkouts being 76-77-96 along with a maximum 180, Graeme Bird 5 games in 20 darts or under with 2x17-3x18 and a magnificent 158 game shot and a more modest 80 game shot, Rab Dick a maximum 180, Martin Deegan with 17 & 18 darters, Craig Jack 20 darter with 78 game shot. Well run tournament and raising money for a great cause well done the committee on the day another very well run tournament.

Mick Burke from the Over 50's League
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Fastest recorded game on the night 14 darter.

 

13th April The start, yes back by popular demand the over & Under 50’s road show got back to toeing the ocky again, and with new faces joining the ones from before there were some cracking laughs and superb arrows thrown at the flock boards on the night, here are some of the stats from the evenings play from both the Over 50’ league and the Under 50’s league.

Checkouts and it was the younger brigade that were showing us the way, With the top five ton plus finishes coming from , William Borland from East Calder with a cracking 122 game shot, Local Craigshill man Arran Edwards with a 118 & 100 take outs, From Kirknewton Jay Millar from the notorious Millar clan with a 113 game shot, Lewis Lyle 103 take out along with an 83 game shot, Rab Dick 100 take out, Paul (the Ranger) Weir 94 game shot, Wullie Jack rock solid 86 take out, Grand Central Railroader Wullie Wilson 80 game shot. Maximum scores remembering they are from 171-180 all count as maximums! Paul McCaig, Jim Mitchell, Rab Dick, all firing in 1x180 each however Shaun Clow the man with the Beard to be Feared went a little bit better rattling in 3x180’s on the night,

Fast games and these must be 20 darts or less to get on the score board for a dart average of 25 per dart or better! Gordon (The) Bruce with 6 games finished in 17-17-18-18-19-20 superb arrows, William Borland five sub 20 darters firing in 17-17-18-18-20 darts, Shaun Clow also with five cracking games recorded 16-19-19-19-20 darters, Lewis Lyle taking over where his dad left off with games finished in 18-18-19 darts, Arran Edwards with 16-17 darters, Big Wullie Jack games finished in 19-20 darts, The defending champions from both leagues last time out both hitting two top games Scott Baillie with 19-20 dart games and Jim Mitchell with 17-19 darters, Rab Dick 16 dart game, Paul McCaig & Willie Harraughty both with 20 darters, But fastest recorded game of the nights action went to one of Armadale’s top arrow smiths Mick Burke with a cracking 14 darter followed by an 20 dart game top shooting from an awful lot of players, lets see if it can better I believe without a doubt it will! Watch this space.

Results Over 50’s,  Christine McIntosh 0-4 Gordon Bruce, Gillian Mitchell 1-3 Martin Deegan, Ian Stevenson 1-3 William Harraughty, Jim Mitchell 3-1 Wullie Wilson, Wullie Wilson 2-2 Mary Clark, Ian Stevenson 1-3 Micky Burke, William Harraughty 1-3 Jim Mitchell, Mary Clark 0-4 Gordon Bruce, Gordon Bruce 3-1 Micky Burke, Mary Clark 3-1 Gillian Mitchell.

Results Under 50’s, A Edwards 4-0 R Jack, S Bryson 0-4 S Clow, C Jack 1-3 S Morrans, P Weir 4-0 J Millar, C Mitchell 0-4 K Bird, G Christie 0-4 W Jack,  A Chaffe 0-4 S Baillie,  A Millar 0-4 W Borland, R Dick 3-1 L Lyle, W Millar 3-1 P McCaig, S Clow 4-0 R Jack, S Morrans 1-3 R Brady, J Millar 2-2 S Bryson, K Bird 2-2 P Weir, W Jack 4-0 A Sclater, S Baillie 4-0 C Mitchell, L Lyle 3-1 A Chaffe, P McCaig 4-0 A Millar, W Millar 0-4 R Dick, A Edwards 2-2 S Clow, R Jack 3-1 J Millar, S Bryson 1-3 K bird, C Jack 1-3 W Jack, P Weir 2-2 S Baillie, A Sclater 0-4 W Borland, C Mitchell 1-3 L Lyle, A Chaffe 1-3 W Millar, G Christie 1-3 P McCaig, A Millar 0-4 R Dick, A Edwards 3-1 K Bird, C Mitchell 3-1 C Jack, A Chaffe 0-4 R Brady, P McCaig 1-3 S Morrans. 

 

12th April Premier, league report from the Murrayfield Sports Bar. All six of our local players were in action last night and here are the stats from matches played. Kirknewton’s top arrow smith getting in on the action with a superb 160 game shot and a cracking 13 darter to add to his tally of fast games this year, Kieran Bird from East Calder a brace of maximum 180’s plus a tidy 88 game shot and 18&19 dart games, Scott Baillie from Armadale on target with a maximum 180 and three rock solid finishes off 83 & 92 & 97, and games finished in 18-19-20-20-20- darts, William Borland tree maximum 180’s and games finished in quick time via 15-16-3x17-18-19-20 darts, Graeme Bird also with 3x180’s and five sub 20 darters via 15-17-17-18-18 darters along with 80 & 94 game shots, Old Man Mitchell tagging along with 18-19-19 darters and a cheeky wee 86 game shot.                            

 

Monday 10th April W.C.D.D.L. Results

Premier League Results, Stirrup Stane  Wanderer’s6-3 Cawburn Assassins, Doo club Flyers 5-4 Central bar Rebels, Almondale Pirates 4-5 Volunteer Highway Men, Brucefield Farmers 4-5 Commercial Nomads.

Championship League Results, Deans Golden Oldies 4-5 Brucefield Crofters, Commercial Juniors 4-5 Tower bar Knights, Kirknewton Innkeepers 5-4 Grand Central Railroaders, Cawburn Highlanders 8-1 Doo Club Fanciers.

SPECIAL MENTIONS, Maximum hitters this week saw, Arran Edwards 1x180, Chris Fawcett 1x180, George Thorburn 1x180, Rex Brady 1x180, Stevie Scott 1x180, Shaun Clow 1x180. Top Finishes were hit by, Scott Baillie 90 g.s.Gordon Bruce 80 g.s.Mick Burke 93 g.s. Colin Hamilton 98 g.s.John Tannock 98 g.s. Scott Cameron 88 g.s. Fast games saw, Gordon Bruce 18 darter, Davie Nisbet firing in 2x15 dart games, But fastest recorded game this week goes to Brucefield Farmer player Chris Fawcett with a cracking 13 dart game. But the nearly man once again but it has to happen he has been so close so many times this season so far Aldo of the Doo Club Flyers 121 score the maximum 180 must just be round the corner!

Wee snippet from the sun! Sunshine report from Sunny Spain saw Kathy Henderson and Jim Mitchell playing in the Benidorm Open darts competition, Kathy receiving an envelope with 45 euros for quarter finals of the Ladies pairs, and much the same for Mitchell quarter finals of the men’s pairs with Wullie Laird from Ayrshire and a quarter final place in the 701 singles, 70 euros for his efforts, But nice to see some darting colleagues from West Lothian also in attendance Mary and Johnny Walker from Greenrigg, Irene and Shug from Armadale and the Whyte family from Breich, Karen and Amy forgotten Karen’s mans name! Oops! Met some really nice people and fingers crossed will bump into them at an other comp some where down the line!

 

Monday 3rd April W.C.D.D.L. RESULTS.

Premier league results, Almondale Pirates 4-5 Central bar Rebels, Doo Club Flyers 1-8 Cawburn Assassin’s, Stirrup Stane Wanderers 8-1 Loganlea Colliers, Brucefield Farmers 3-6 Volunteer Highway Men,

Championship league results, Stirrup Stane Indians 9-0 Doo Club Fanciers, Cawburn Highlanders 7-2 Grand Central Railroaders, Commercial Juniors 3-6 Brucefield Crofters, and Kirknewton Innkeepers 5-4 Tower bar knights.

Special mentions from this weeks league action are, Maximum 180 hitters saw Bunny Forrest and Jamie Banks jnr rattling the treble twenty bed for 180’s scores for the Farmers of Brucefield, Gary Christie of the Indians from Craigshill maximum 180, Gordon Bruce from the Stirrup Stane Wanderers along with team mates Arran Edwards and Kieran Bird all on the maximum trail however Mick Burke went one better firing in a brace of the magical maximum 180’s excellent shooting from these Wanderers, Loganlea captain Alan Wilson maximum 180 recorded, Tower bar Knights player Gary Cheshire on target with a maximum 180 as well. Fast finishes this week came by way of Jimmy Johnson 84 g.s. Rab Anderson 88 g.s. Mick Burke 90 g.s. K irk Gordon 76 g.s. S andy Coulter 78 g.s. only four players breaking the ton finish this week and they were Martin Balfour with a 100 g.s for the Rebels of West Calder, Rab Dick 102 g.s for the Innkeepers of Kirknewton and Gordon Bruce of the Wanderers with a 103 g.s but top finish this week saw John Kirk with a cracking 130 game shot. Fast games finished in 20 darts or less were fired in by, Gordon Bruce 15 darter, Graeme Smith from the Rebels 18 darter, Martin Blainey 18 darter for the Innkeepers, couple of 20 darters and it was Christopher Mitchell & Saun Hanlon from Highlanders and Rebels respectively who did the deed. Couple doubles games to mention Gary Christie & Bob Wallace cracking 17 darter, Gary Cheshire & Paul Duff 18 darter, John Kirk & Christopher Mitchell 20 darter.

Spencer McDonald (Secretary) Jim Mitchell Champion
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Jim Graham r/up, Danny Kirkland chairman

 

Friday 31ST March, Saw the Blue ribbon events take place in the Bathgate Friday nights league season, The venue was Coppies bar in Armadale and quite probably one of the finest line up of players seen within the county in many a year were there to try and annex the League Singles Title, The first title on the night saw the Ladies final between last years champion Gillian Mitchell and Denise Bird, this time though there was no stopping Denise and she came away a worthy winner by 4 games to 0, Congratulations to Denise, Ladies Bathgate Singles champion 2017, commiserations to Gillian runner up Bathgate Ladies singles 2017.

Well after three hours of intense match play on three boards the men’s tournament was heating up the last 16 players left toeing the ocky were a who’s who of darting talent from the West Lothian area, Results are as follows Last16, Scott Baillie bt J Kennedy, Jim Graham bt Frank McDonald, A McDonald bt D Nelson, W Harraughty bt R Dick, D Allen bt R Nelson,  A Gardiner bt G McMillan, J Mitchell bt J Johnson, G Bird bt K Cochrane, So to the quarter final match up’s, J Graham bt S Baillie, A McDonald bt W Harraughty, D Allan bt A Gardiner, J Mitchell bt G Bird, and now there were four left to try and claim the title, First semi final saw Jim Graham bt Alan McDonald, the second semi final saw Last years champion Davie Allan up against Jim Mitchell and it was the latter who progressed to the final. So here it was the last two players left standing both these players having won the title before and the question would it be the power scoring of Jim (Pelter) Graham who batters the treble twenty with the force of a blacksmith striking his anvil, or would the rock steady play of Jim (Old Man) Mitchell see him take the day, Well it was Jim Mitchell who took the plaudits on the day beating Jim Graham by 4 games to 0. Both these players have great respect for each other as over the past thirty and more years they have battered each other up and down the ockies of the county venues this time it was Old Man Mitchell who came out ahead, but without a doubt these two champions will face each other again at some competition and next time it could well be the other way round. Now some statistics from the night’s play it saw Jim Mitchell recording 4x171 scores on the treble nineteen’s along with game shots of 80-114-115-126, and games finished in 14 darts twice, along with 15 and a brace of 18 darters. Jim Graham firing in 3x180’s along with 2x14 darters and game shots of 116 and a superb 132 via bull-bull-double 16, Top finish of the night went to Callum Wilkinson with a cracking 156 take out 60-60-36, Scott Baillie firing in 7 game finished in 20 darts or less with 16-17-18-19-19-20-20 darters plus a maximum 180, William Borland maximum 180 and 17 and 18 dart games, Rab Dick 100 game shot plus a maximum 180, Alan McDonald maximum 180 and a 15 darter plus a 05 game shot, Alan Gardiner a cracking 111 game shot, Davie Allan maximum 180, Ian Campbell also with a 180 maximum, Spencer McDonald 75 game shot.

Once again many thanks to the committee Danny Kirkland, Spencer McDonald and Big ‘G’ and of course our sponsors COPPIES bar from Armadale.

Bathgate Friday League Men's Singles  Champion 2017 Jim (Old Man) Mitchell, runner up Jim(Pelter) Graham.

Bathgate Friday League Ladies Singles Champion 2017 Denise Bird, runner up Gillian Mitchell. 

 

Wednesday 29th March, Premier League Action was once again on the agenda, unfortunately two of our players were down with illness, Rab Dick with the deadly Man Flu, and Graeme Bird visiting the hospital for his injury which he received back at Christmas time, But there was action on the boards from four players, Scott Baillie firing in five sub 20 dart games in his match ups with games finished in 17-17-18-20-20 darts plus 3 x 180’s he won his first match with a fine 7-4 score line before losing 2-7, Kieran Bird also on the maximum trail with 1x180, and 16-17-18 dart games to add to his fast games league table and he also won one match before losing his second match of the night, William Borland 15-16-17 darters plus a cracking 174 set up and a maximum 180 along with a 90 game shot on his way to winning 7-1, Jim Mitchell winning 7-1 and recording 112 game shot and games finished in 17-18-19 darts.

Assassin's from the Cawburn Sports Bar
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 Monday 27th March, W.C.&.D.D.L. The Monday night Three person team event was held in the venue of the league sponsor’s, the Cawburn Sports bar in Pumpherston, This event is a sudden type of competition with three games only , one game of 1001 all three play, then one game of 701 doubles, and should the score be tied at 1-1, then a singles match would decide the outcome, after two hours of play on the six boards in use we came down to the final eight teams left standing, match results going like this, Commercial Inn Juniors bt Commercial Nomads, Cawburn Assassins ‘A’ bt Kirknewton Innkeepers, Cawburn Assassins ‘B’ bt Brucefield Farmers, Central bar Rebels bt Cawburn Assassin’s ‘C’. So to the semi finals and it saw a clean sweep for the Cawburn Assassin’s as both their teams got past two very good teams in the Commercial Inn Juniors and the Central bar Rebels, the winning team from the Cawburn were, Graeme Bird and the Borland brothers of Graham and William, who edged out the team of Callum Wilkinson, William Harraughty and Paul Weir. Once again many thanks to the hospitality from the Cawburn sports bar, also to Connie Bamburry Match secretary and Colin Robertson who stepped in to help out as John MacDonald League secretary was unavailable to attend due to illness. 

 

Sunday 26th March, The Ellwyn Lounge was the venue in Grangemouth on Sunday for an Open Doubles competition, this event was in a slightly different format with each match being the best of 5 x 701, and the winners were Davie Kerwin & Jim Russell jnr from Grangemouth who edged out Paul Weir from East Calder and Rab Dick from Kirknewton in the Grand Final.

Alan Gardiner & Jim Graham
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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.

 

March 21st

Premier League results.

Central 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.

Championship League results.

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 Colliers, Rab 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.

Cawburn 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 March

 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  (Last 16)

 

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.

Winners 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.

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!

 Friday 17th March, Bathgate & 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! 

Last 16
C.Smith 5-3 D.McDiarmid
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

Quarter Finals
C.Smith 2-5 M.Crowe
W.Borland 5-0 J.Gibson
M.Bain 2-5 S.Ironside
A.Davidson 5-3 G.Bird

Semi finals
M.Crowe 0-5 W.Borland
S.Ironside 0-5 A.Davidson

Final
W.Borland 6-2 A Davidson

Big congratulations 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
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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
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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

Semis
Jim Mitchell beat Andrew Alexander
William Borland beat Rab Dick

Final
William Borland beat Jim Mitchell

and 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.

 

Friday 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.

CONGRATULATIONS.


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.

 

Gentleman 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 Chairman W.C.D.D.L.

Exhibition Night at the Cawburn Sports Bar.
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Action on the Ocky
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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
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Camereon Menzies

  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
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After a few beers at the Scottish Open
Colin Hamilton & Micky Rice,
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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.

Well 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 game shot.

 

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 league results,

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.

In 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 in hand!

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
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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 out.

Champions 2016 & 2017
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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.

Ladies & 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

 Chairman W.C.D.D.L. 2000-2017.

 

And the burning question at the moment of readers of this web site is!

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 23/1/2017

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.

 

Friday 20/1/2017

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.

  Pub Closure.

Sad 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.
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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 9x501,

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!

Some 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.

5th January 
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.

ANYONE HELP!

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!

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