Jim Mitchell, Web Master.
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Founding member of this Web Site.
13/7/1971 Royal Navy 26 recruitment, HMS Ganges
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Can you find Jim Mitchell, could be a pint in it!! if you can.
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Just for information, the web site was due to close at the end of April, However thanks to the generosity of a Kitchen Fabrication company and Mr John  McKie from Armadale the site will continue for another year, At the moment I am awaiting their company logo to have placed at the top of the home page

  

 

10th July, For dart players at a loose end during the summer, there will be a Pairs league in the Cawburn Sports bar on a Thursday night, 8pm start finish for roughly 10pm.  PLEASE PLAYERS if you cant play in the league could you let me know asap, as I will be drawing up a league table very shortly and it would help if I knew if a pairs team was withdrawing thanks! having reached fourteen pairs entries for the Thursday night summer league, (Gillian & Jim, Jessica & Jay, Scott Baillie & Andy Thomson, Martin Deegan & George Thorburn, Rex Brady & Graham Borland, Kirk Gordon & Paul Gausden, Amanda & William Millar, John Sandison & Grant Lyle, Ronan Gray & Mark,  Gordon Bruce & John Milln's, Rab Dick & Graeme Bird, Jamie Banks & Willie Borland, William Wilson & Stevie Duncan, Billy & Jack Stirling )  more teams are welcome, a couple of things which must be made clear, the league will start on the 26th July and run for six weeks with the other dates being the 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th August, the final night will see the prize monies also paid out, Now because this is a short league You have to be available to play for at least 5 of these nights, I realise holiday time is upon us  and missing one week would not be a problem however if it were two weeks I do not believe it would be fare on the teams that turn up each week. So please if you can not make at least 5 of the 6 weeks could you tell me in plenty of time! Also looking at an entry of £12 per team/doubles, Prize fund is like this £140 winners, £80 runners up, third place £50, remembering every leg is worth a point YES a simple league table who ever gets the most points is the winner, now there will also be a couple of special prizes, £10 to the fastest ladies leg reported, £10 for the fastest men’s leg reported, £10 for the fastest doubles leg recorded, and obviously football cards will be sold and all monies raised will go into the prize fund! Hope that explains just about everything!

 

16th July, Report from the hill of Craigshill, with Big Daddy has the Stirrup Stane summer league in full flight, On the maximum trail it saw Gary Christie firing in a brace of 180’s , Gordon Bruce also with a brace of maximums and joining them was Frank Crook who also rattled the treble twenty bed in style with a 180, Also with a huge score was John Mil’s with a cracking 177 score which joins the maximum league table as we treat any score from 171-180 as a maximum, Fastest game of the night a cracking 14 darter from our League Mascot Melman ok Gary Christie for those who did not realize we had a mascot!, Gordon Bruce firing  in four fast games which were 16-16-17-18 darts, John Miln’s 16 & 20 dart games, and joining him with a 16 darter was Sandy Coulter, Top finish of the night went to that man again John Miln‘s with a rock solid 100 take out which joins his other two superb ton plus finishes from last week on the high check out stats for the leagues.

 

16th July, Monday night report by James Banks snr, from the Commercial Inn of West Calder,  Maximum hitters from the evenings matches had Scott Baker of West Calder, Bunny Forrest of Ratho infamy!, both firing in maximum 180’s Jim Mitchell from Livingston on target with a 171 via the nineteen’s route, Players with top finishing  power were none other than, Jamie Fleming with a rock solid 101 take out, Jim Purse 87 kill shot, Scott Baker 85 take out, Jim Mitchell 84 game shot, Jamie Banks 80 & 74 take outs, Some fast games and recording these were, Scott Baker with a cracking 15 darter, David Aitken from Polbeth 16 darter, Roy Anderson two fast games of 18 & 20 arrows, Jamie Banks firing in a 17 darter, Mitchell with 19 & 20 dart games.

 

14th July, Bo’Ness and the Crown Inn , this was a venue for the Red Dragon Open qualifier Singles event, players having to register with Red Dragon before entering and  with the winner on the day heading down to Cardiff for the Grand Final later in the year, this competition attracted top players from all over Scotland and was run the old fashioned way best of 3x501 just like the News of the World competition many years ago, you really need to be on your game from the first arrow thrown to win these events, and it saw professional played from the P.D.C. Robert Thornton from Ayrshire take the title on the day and the opportunity to now go to Cardiff and win the main event. Local players doing well were, Scott Baillie from Armadale who just fell at the semi final stage, Andy Thomson from Bathgate losing out in the quarter finals to Scott Bailie, William Borland losing out one stage further back in the last 16 to the eventual champion on the day Robert Thornton.

 

14th July, Saturday and Haddington was the destination on the East side of the country for an Open Singles held in the Gardeners Arms in the centre of the Town, and the weather was hot but the standard of darts was even hotter the word scorching comes to mind, West Lothian had a full posse of players making the trip East, these being Gary Christie, Rab Dick, Graeme Bird, Gillian & Jim Mitchell, Mark Hopkinson, and Darren Beveridge, however it was Edinburgh’s Greg Ritchie who took the title in style with a final win over Darren Beveridge of Broxburn in a superb  grand final by 6 games to 3. Posse players who fired in top shots on the day were, Rab Dick from Kirknewton with a 108 game shot, Graeme Bird with a superb 142 game shot, Jim Mitchell 104 take out, Darren Beveridge 122 & 107 game shot’s, fast games from the local players saw, Jim Mitchell with 14 & 16 darters, Graeme Bird 15 darter, Gary Christie 19 dart game, Darren Beveridge with the fastest of the day a fabulous 12 darter, Darren also had the audience enthralled as he went ever so close to a 9 darter with 7 treble twenties registered he then narrowly missed the treble nineteen if that had gone in we might still be there celebrating! Fast games saw Darren also rattling in 12-15-16-18 darters, Maximum scorers Mitchell with 3x180’s, Darren with 4x180’s, However on the day there has to be a champion and it saw Greg Ritchie winning with some superbly thrown arrows with at least 8 games being under 18 darts superb consistency finishing the final off with a rock solid 15 darter’s plus a brace of maximum 180’s.

Though to be sure Greg  did get out of jail as when he was playing Mitchell not (Jim) but Gillian who won her first match 4 games to 2, decided he was being to accurate and thought a wee poke in the arm might just distract him, ehh Gillian it did not work he just got better!!!!

Many thanks to Michael Burgess our master of ceremonies on the day keeping the matches running smoothly and of course to our host’s the Gardeners Arms for their continued support of darts competitions, without these dedicated supporters of darts where would we be!

Here are scores from the day thanks to Mr Burgess for sending in the report, just remember folks he just like the rest of the reporters who send information in to this web site is (UNPAID) phew?

 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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M Hopkinson 2

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G Mitchell 4

G Mitchell 0

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J Ness 0

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G Ritchie 4

G Ritchie 5

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G Carruthers 4

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Greg Ritchie 6  (£160)

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S Blair 1

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Dart ave in final 25.42

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A Wheelans 4

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G Christie 2

A Wheelans 5

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R Dick 4

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M Kerr 3

R Dick 0

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A Crosbie 0

D Beveridge 5

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G Bird 4

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Darren Beveridge 3 (£80)

 

W Wheelans 1

G Bird 5

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G Bird 2 (£30)

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Hammy 2  Mitchell 4

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10th July, News just in,  The Murrayfield Sports bar in Edinburgh it saw a Charity singles competition held with funds going to S.I.M.B.A. And once again local players doing exceptionally well, William Borland from East Calder winning the tournament beating Rab Dick from Kirknewton in the grand final, Graeme Bird from East Calder going out in the semi final as did Scott Baillie from Armadale, and it saw West Calder’s Jamie Banks losing out in the quarter final. All in all a great week end for West Lothian darters.

 

5th July, The Tuesday night league held in the Ballroom AT Jock’s Lodge in Edinburgh league tables now updated, few call off’s on Tuesday night but with the start of the holiday fairs it was to be expected, however George Carruthers our master of ceromonies got as many games as possible played so fingers crossed he will be inundated with players next week, league table are now updated, along with fast games checkouts etc.

East Stirlingshire down South in Barnsley
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2nd July, Summer league being held in the Stirrup Stane in Craigshill saw some top finishing from the players participating,  Craig Agnew leading the way with two cracking finishes of 100 & 84 take outs, Brian Tosh McIntyre rock solid 88 game shot, Colin Kelly also in on the action with 90 & 72 game shots, firing in fast games were, Arry Edwards with 16-17-18 darters, Gordon Bruce also on target 15-17-18-19 dart games, Stevie Scott 19 darter, couple of top scores and these belonged to Gordon Bruce with a maximum 180 and Stevie Scott with a cracking 171 on the nineteen’s.

 

1st July, Down South of the Border in Barnsley it saw the Crown bar from Bo’Ness taking part in the BDO Champions cup, another competition which is played in group stages and with 78 dart boards in use this had players from across the united kingdom all toeing the ocky, each match is nine players all playing at the same time on nine boards so you really have to concentrate on your own match as the other games are also on at the same time!  with players playing 7x501 in the Crown’s section were Merseyside, Clwyd, Lincolnshire and to say matches were tight was an understatement if ever there was one, Crown losing 4-5 in the first match, then winning 5-4 in the second and then agonisingly losing 4-5 in their third and final match, so with Internationals, World champions, Masters champions etc get my drift the boys did well, but there are no easy games at this level, and also what a venue 78 dart boards all with solid ockies, four bars food hall etc etc, this could become the home of B.D.O. darts it is that good. On a plus side in the Gold Cup singles on Saturday it saw Gary Stone playing superbly well and making it to the grand final up against him on the stage was the new England captain Scott Mitchell from Dorset with the match the best of 11x501 and what a match! with a crowd of in excess of a thousand dart players watching these two superb players gave us a match of fabulous entertainment, Gary at 4-4 had two darts to go 5-4 up, but a miss at double tops left the door open for Scott Mitchell and he took it, and in the end it saw Scott crowned B.D.O. Gold cup champion for 2018 with a 6-4 victory , Gary had a 31.34 dart average, Scott a 33.3 dart average, winner receiving £3000.00 R/up £2000.00. GREAT GAME OF DARTS.

 

30th June, News form  Saturday tournament held in the Cairn in Alva, Few local league players making their way to this tournament, which is played in group stages then to  K.O. if your lucky enough to have made it to the last 16, Jamie Banks from West Calder went out in the group rounds where you have to play all the players in your section then the top 2 go to final,  Armadale’s’ Scott Baillie leaving the comp at the last 16 stage, One of Whitburn’s favourite  darting son’s Callum Wilkinson falling in the last 8, and Our last man standing was Bathgate’s Andy Thomson jnr who lost out to John Goldie in the grand final 1-5. Andy on the day was playing superbly well firing in 4x180’s along with 10 games finished in 18 darts or less with three of them being 15 darters, along with a couple of excellent game shots of 80 & 108. If anyone has other scores of note please drop me a line and they will be updated cheers Jim M.

 

26th June, Results from the Ballroom League AT Jocks Lodge in Auld Reekie with George Carruthers presiding! go like this,

R Murray 9-1 R Ronaldson, R Murray 8-2 D Mackie, D Mackie 6-4 R Ronaldson, J Callaghan 8-2 J Hindle, G Carruthers 6-4 D McNair, J Mitchell 9-1 G Higgins, G Carruthers 6-4 J Hindle, G Higgins 9-1 K Murray, A Wheelans 8-2 E Ness, I Butler 10-0 A Russell, W Wheelans 6-4 M Lamb, G Ritchie 9-1 A Russell, Top scores from the evenings play saw  Ryan Murray firing in 3x180’s, and no less than six other players all with 1 x180 a piece these being Andrew  Wheelans, William Wheelans, Jim Callaghan, George (Podge) Carruthers, Jim  Mitchell,  Ian Butler, Top finishing action came from a few players but without a shadow of a doubt it was William Wheelans who fired in three superb finishes off 125-120 and a 111 for good measure,  Fastest game of the night saw Jim Mitchell with an 11 darter via 85-140-180-96 out followed by a tidy 14 darter and that ladies and gents is all we have to report, see you next Tuesday on the ocky!

 

25th June, And yes the Summer leagues have started to be played, with the leagues just under way there are no league tables as of yet but some top scores being recorded none the less, up in Craigshill the Stirrup Stane league run by Big Daddy Frank Begley has seen Brian Tosh McIntyre firing in a maximum 180 along with a rock solid 84 take out, Frank Begley with a 109 game shot, fast games belonged to Gordon Bruce with 14-15-15-19 darters, other players with 19 dart games had John Miln’s with 19 & 20 dart games, Gary Christie 19 & 20 dart games, Craig Agnew 19 darter, Down in Bo’Ness Graeme Bird was finishing on a cracking 150 game shot to claim the highest finish of the evening.

 

24th June, The Inter-Town league which was a brand new venture this season saw players converge on Sunday to Lammies bar in Fauldhouse for their first running of their annual singles competition, and after four hours play we had our four semi finalists and what a cracking four players they were, all having played county darts at some stage in their darting careers, first semi final saw Spencer McDonald getting the better of Gordon Bruce by  3 games to 1, the second semi final saw Jim Mitchell winning by the same score line over Callum Wilkinson, The final saw Jim Mitchell winning 3-1  over Spencer McDonald, Jim firing in legs won in 13-19-14 darts and Spencer with an 18 darter, all four players were in the prize monies, their stats for the day went like this, Gordon Bruce with the highest finish of the day 135 which gave him the prize for highest game shot along with 93 and 70 take outs he also fired in 1x180 and a rock solid 18 darter, Spencer McDonald was on target with 79 & 75 game shots along with games finished in 16-16-17-18 darts, Billy Byrn on target with a a maximum 180 and 80 game shot, Ricky McDonald solid 16 darter, However it was Jim Mitchell who won the competition who fired in games finished in 13 darts which won the fastest game prize he also on the day rattled in games finished in 14-15-16-17-17-18-18-19-19 darters along with a brace of maximum 180’s, and two 100 finishes both the same way 20-48-32 and a more modest 72 take out. Many thanks to Lammies Bar for running this tournament and for the excellent buffet which went down well with all the players, a warm welcome and some great patter was had on the day, many thanks and see you all again on the ocky sooner rather than later!

 

23rd June, Yellow bar in Cumbernauld held an open singles competition and it saw East Calder’s Graeme Bird losing out in the semi final to P.D.C. Player and semi professional Andy Boulton, it saw Andy Boulton going on to win the competition beating Davie Kirwin the grand final.

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Congratulations, Once again we held the annual Presentation night for the Monday night West Calder & District Darts league, and looks like we are starting to buck the trend as roughly 60+ players and supporters came along to cheer on their champions excellent turn out as numbers had started to dwindle  in past seasons.

Here are a list of our players/teams picking up silverware.

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COMPETITIONS

2017-18 season

Premier League Champions

Volunteer Highway Men-Uphall

Premier League r/up

Commercial Inn Nomads-West Calder

Championship League Champions

Doo Club Flyers-East Calder

Championship League r/up

Grand Central Railroaders- Carmon dean

K.O. Cup win

Commercial Inn Nomads-West Calder

K.O. Cup r/up

Almondale Pirates- Craigshill

Inter town League Champions

South Murray bar- Polbeth

 

 

League Fours Champions

Commercial Inn Nomads-West Calder

League Fours r/up

Loganlea Colliers-Addiewell

Jocky Watson 4’s Champions

Kirknewton Innkeepers-Kirknewton

Jocky Watson 4’s r/up

Stirrup Stane Wanderers- Craigshill

Triples Champions

Volunteer Highway Men- Uphall

Triples r/up

Loganlea Colliers- Addiewell

Match Play Doubles Champions

Grand Central  Railroaders, A Thomson & J Sandison- Carmon dean

Match Play Doubles r/up

Almondale Pirates, S Cameron & S Duncan- Craigshill

League Doubles Champions

 Kirknewton Innkeepers, G Bird & W Borland- Kirknewton

League Doubles r/up

Doo Club Flyers, P Weir & C Wilkinson- East Calder

Ladies Doubles Champion

Doo Club Fanciers, G Mitchell & D Bird- East Calder

Ladies Doubles r/up

Doo Club Fanciers, D Heeps & L Stewart- East Calder

Christmas Singles Champion

Kirknewton Innkeepers, William  Borland- Kirknewton

Christmas Singles r/up

Volunteer Highway Men, Jim Mitchell- Uphall

301 Double start Singles Champion

Volunteer Highway Men, Jim Mitchell- Uphall

301 Double start Singles r/up

Loganlea Colliers, Stuart Russell- Addiewell

Champion of Champion Champion

Central bar Rebels, Scott Baker- West Calder

Champion of Champion r/up

Stirrup Stane Wanderers, Gary Christie- Craigshill

Delegates Singles Champion

Volunteer Highway Men, Jim Mitchell- Uphall

Delegates Singles r/up

Kirknewton Innkeepers, Rab Dick- Kirknewton

Ladies Singles Champion

Doo Club Fanciers, Denise Bird- East Calder

Ladies Singles r/up

Doo Club Fanciers, Gillian Mitchell- East Calder

Men’s League Singles Champion

Stirrup Stane Wanderers, Gordon Bruce- Craigshill

Men’s League Singles Champion r/up

Commercial Inn Nomads, Davie Aitken- West Calder

Men’s League Singles s/f

Volunteer Highway Men, Jim Mitchell- Uphall

Men’s League Singles s/f

Loganlea Colliers, John Brogan- Addiewell

 

 

 

20th June, The Edinburgh Darts Association held their last competition of the season and it was the Match Play singles, this event was played over 7 x501 legs of darts however you must win by 2 clear legs should the match go to 5-5 then a sudden death leg of darts would decide the winner, and after three and a half hours of intense match play we were down to the final four players it saw the two players just missing out on the final being Stuart Ironsides one of the top players in the Lothians and William Campbell who must be one of the most improved players in the Premier league and a very dangerous opponent, they both just lost out in the semi finals, so the men left standing were West of Edinburgh player Joe Bata and Livingston’s Jim Mitchell, and what a match up this was with Joe taking an early lead it saw the scores go like this with Joe first, 1-0, 1-1,2-1, 3-1,3-2,3-3 4-3,4-4,5-4,5-5, and here it was a last leg decider and with Joe having won the bull up the was slightly in his favour but there was absolutely nothing between the two protagonists, With Joe sitting on 178 after 12 darts and Jim on 187 after 12 darts , it saw Joe fire in a superb 138 lay up to leave double twenty, Jim replied with a ton to leave 87 but Joe Bata made no mistakes taking out the double tops to claim the Edinburgh Darts Association Match Play singles title with a 6-5 victory over Livingston’s Jim Mitchell, excellent game of darts which was appreciated by all who watched the grand final, and on that note I would like to say a huge thanks to the committee of the E.D.A. they run a superb organisation for dart players on a Wednesday night with four leagues going on at the same time, Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze, they also run a doubles league on a Monday night, So though this was my last match in the league as I have decided to cut back slightly on my darting nights (old age catches up!) I would like to say a huge thanks to Iain Lyon, Alan White, Daine McDiarmid, and Stevie Bachelor for all their hard work, cheers guys. Mitchell on the night fired in some pretty fast games with 2x16-15-14-13-12 and the 12 going like this 100-140-180-81 game shot, he also rattled in 3x180’s and a tidy 146 take out, however Joe Bata did what no one else did he hit one more double! Match -Play Champion for 2018 Joe Bata. Runner up Jim Mitchell.

 

19th June, Ballroom news from George Carruthers  Tuesday night league has seen some top arrows thrown and leading the way with maximum scores is Ryan Murray with 9x180’s to his credit, Gary Higgins with 5x180’s,  Davie Ness also with 5x180’s, Paul Campbell and Greg Ritchie both with 3x180’s and three players with a brace of maximums are Jim Mitchell, George Carruthers, Andrew Wheelins, other players with maximum 180’s to their credit are William Borland, Chris Gray, William Wheelins, Davie McNair,

Top finishes are shared by J Callaghan and K Murray both with cracking 160 take outs, George Carruthers with a 155 game shot, T Black 139 game shot, R Murrray 129 finish,  W Borland 127 take out, G Higgins 121 game shot, M Lamb 116 finish, Mitchell 111 take out, I Butler 108 game shot.

Fastest games recorded has Gary Higgins and Ryan Murray with 12 darters, Andrew Wheelins 13 dart game, Mitchell 14 darter, William Borland and Paul Campbell both with 15 darters.

League tables are also updated from Podge, left hand side of the page !!!! 

 

18th June, And the end was in sight, yes the last week of the West Calder & District Dart league, after 24 league matches and 11 nights of competition we were down to the final two competitions , the Delegates and the Champion of Champions, and what a night of action we had on the six boards which were all in action under the supervision of Connie Bamburry and John MacDonald our League and Match secretaries, The C.O.C. competition saw some of the league finest taking to the ocky to try and annex the title and what match ups we had, from the quarter finals we had a who’s who of top league players in action, and here are the results, Scott Baker bt Craig Forrest, Liam Corbett bt William Millar, Gary Christie bt Jamie Fleming, Davie Aitken bt Scott Cameron, and so to the semi final, Scott Baker from the Central bar Rebels in West Calder defeating Stirrup Stanes Indian Player Liam Corbett who is one of the players who is certainly coming to prominence in the league in the past couple of seasons this was a high scoring encounter but it was Scott Baker who claimed his place in the final, The defending champion Davie Aitken from the Commercial Inn Nomads from West Calder was up against  another Stirrup Stane player though this was Gary Christie who plays for the Wanderers, and a superb battle on the ocky ensued and it was Gary Christie who claimed his place in the final after a superb match up with Davie Aitken which could have gone either way, and so to the Grand Final and who ever won it was going to be a new name being engraved on the trophy, in this best of 7x501 encounter it saw Scott Baker playing superb darts and Gary Christie matching him but it was Scott who came away with the championship he did what no one else did he hit more doubles, so congratulations go to Champion of Champion for 2018 who is Scott Baker from the Central bar Rebels in West Calder, to a gallant runner up from the Stirrup Stane Wanderers Gary Christie congratulations to both finalists who player superbly well all night long. And just to say as you all who read this web site I like to give credit where credit is due! Scott Baker I have said for many seasons now has been one of the most under rated dart players in the league well if they did not know who he was then they most certainly do now! And for our Favourite well our only league mascot the man they call Melman what can I say couple of seasons ago he was in the doldrums his right arm was not behaving properly so what did he do he switched to being left handed and what a difference, this season he has been in tremendous form and his game is now without question one of the finest in the league as his record for the season goes with 12 x 180’s recorded cracking achievement from this ambidextrous Giraffe player!

 

18th June, And to the Delegates championship and once again we had some superb match ups, the teams left standing at the quarter final stage saw, Almondale Pirates bt Commercial Inn Juniors, Kirknewton Innkeepers bt Grand Central Steamers, Volunteer Highway Men bt Grand Central Railroaders, Volunteer Highway Men bt Stirrup Stane Wanderers, and so to the semi finals, Kirknewton Innkeepers bt Almondale Pirates, Highway Men bt Highway Men!! Remembering that the committee also get to play along side all the delegates as they do go to meetings as well! And so to the grand final and it saw Rab Dick from the Innkeepers up against Jim Mitchell of the Highway Men, and it went the way of Jim who managed to cross the line and add his twelfth Delegates singles title to his c.v. However Rab missed darts at doubles or things could have been different?

 

Action from the nights play which has been recorded goes like this, Scott Baker 1x177 and games finished in 17 & 18 darts, Gary Christie 3x180’s and finishes of 117&107, Jim Mitchell 6 sub 18 dart games 5x17 & 1x18 darters, Rab Dick 1x180 along with finishes of 110 & 96 and a brace of 20 darters and 16 darter, John Sandison 1x180 also 18&19 darters, Craig Forrest 19 darter, Jamie Fleming 1x180 and a 92 game shot, Davie Aitken 16 darter, Peter Hastings 1x180 and a tidy 19 darter, Highest finish of the night goes to Kirknewton Barkeepers player William Millar with a cracking 129 take out, and that is all that was written down so if you have anything to add please drop me a line and it will be, cheers Jim M.

 

Well the league is now finished and what a season we had, some terrific matches and not one of our 18 teams going undefeated , quite simply put there are so many great players in the league and they play for lots of different teams, not one team has the advantage over anyone else which makes for a great nights of darts. I do believe we have players/teams from no fewer than ten teams picking up silverware on Saturday at the presentation in the home of our league sponsor THE CAWBURN SPORTS BAR in Pumpherston 7.30pm for 8pm.

 

16th June, A brand new venue on the darting circuit and a great set up, the venue T.J’s in Motherwell, four dart boards all fixed to the wall, solid ockies, and plenty of room between boards so no waiting for players to get out the way, a superb place for competitions and I for one look forward to returning again, The organisers/owners certainly have taken darts to their heart and though they have many pool tables the dart set up is second to none, plenty of seating, TV’s on the walls with sporting action being shown, and plenty of choice behind the bar for even the most discerning taste buds, Yester day it saw W Borland winning the event, runner up was S Longshanks, with semi finals being A Jamieson & F McDonald, a well run competition by the organiser Spencer MacDonald and a good turn out of 32 players which always helps when doing the draw! See you at the next one!

15th June, Report just in,

Report just in from Wigan and our man on the ground Mr Stephan Colthart who has sent in the action from last week end when some of our top players were doing what they do best playing darts! The action was over Saturday & Sunday with four competitions being played under the P.D.C. rules.

West Calder’s Jamie Banks  won 4-3 in his first round match then went down fighting with 0-4, 2-4, 1-4  and on the fourth match up he was up against the World Youth Champion Dimitri van Den Bergh, Jamie firing in match shots of, 2x180, 111 & 80 & 78  game shots,

Craigshill man Arran Edwards was in cracking form, with a 4-0 win following that with a 4-1 win, 3-4 loss, 2-4 loss, won 4-2, won 4-2, won 4-3, lost 2-4, won 4-2, won 4-2, won 4-3, lost 2-4, lost 1-4, but over the week end he rattled in some terrific scores here are what is reported,  game shots of 120-116-105-90 some top finishing from the Craigshill man, maximum scores saw him fire in 9x180’s and he finished games played in 1x13, 1x14,2x16, 1x17, 2x18, 5x19, 2 x21 14 superb legs of darts.

Armadale’s rising star Scott Baillie was in action Scott this season winning 7 from 7 in the Scottish Inter Counties a superb performance from any player, Scott losing 2-4,  2-4, 2-4, 0-4, though he did fire in 2x180, and a couple of fast games finished in 17 and 19 darts,

 Now quite simply put this competition is for the rising stars of darts and with world champions and multiple champions in the mix there are no easy matches, and my hat is doffed to these young players who have put their own money where their mouths are and are doing their utmost to make a mark in this fantastic sport of ours, and they are doing it the hard way in one of the toughest darting schools on the International circuit, well done to all of them and many thanks to our roving reporter Stephan Colthart (unpaid) of course.

 

13th June, And the final matches were played in the Edinburgh Darts Association dart league last night in the Premier league it saw the defending champion Andrew Davidson retain his title with some superb action on the ocky, his last match was against Jim Mitchell, Jim firing in 14x100’s, 9 x 140’s, 1 x 180 and a dart average of 84+ in most matches this would have been enought to secure a victory BUT not tonight as Andrew Davidson fired out a tremendous 12x100’s, 4x 140’s and 5 x 180’s and with a finishing dart average of 93+, this was a superb way for the champion to sign off for the season, Platinum league Champion for 2018 Andrew Davidson well deserved.

There was a flyer for the players not in league action last night and it saw East Calders Graeme Bird playing superbly well as he has for many months now defeating Alan White in the their final 5 games to 1, on the night Graeme fired in 6x180’s and finished the final with a 72+ dart average which would have been higher except for a few of those drated doubles which some times keep moving!!!

On a personnel note nice to have a natter with the man they call Fatcat John McCafferty, John has been suffering with the dredit dartitis but has stuck the season out and is slowly getting his game back, which I can tell you is some game as he is one of the Lothians top players when he has his game face on, look forward to meeting up again real soon.

 

12th June, And some of the players firing out the big scores in this Ballroom Tuesday night league organised by George Carruthers has seen, Ryan Murray with 8x180’s, Gary Higgins 4x180’s, Davie Ness 4x180’s,George Carruthers 2x180’s, Greg Ritchie 2 x180’s, Paul Campbell 2x180’s, Jim Mitchell 2x180’s, Andrew Wheelins 2x180’s, D McNair, Chris Gray, William Botland, William Wheelins all with 1 x180 to their name at the moment!

Fast check outs have seen some excellent finishes with K Murray leading the way with a superb 160 game shot, other high finishes have come from, G Carruthers 155, T Black 139, R Murray 129, W Borland 127, G Higgins 121, M Lamb 116, I Butler 108, Mitchell 104.

Top games so far in the league read like this, G Higgins 12 darter, R Murray 12 darter, Andrew Wheelins 13 darter, Mitchell 14 darter, W Borland 15 darter, Paul Campbell 15 darter.

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For clarification of the W.C.D.D.L. Rules, a copy of the rules applying to last nights meeting have been published on the left hand column for you perhaps to understand them better, These rules apply to all our players, no one is exempt. J Mitchell Chairman W.C.D.D.L. 2000-18

 

11th June, The penultimate night of action from the W.C.D.D.L. saw two competitions being played , In the ladies singles competition it saw some superb action and it saw Connie Bamburry and Abby Sclater losing out in the semi finals , and so the grand final which saw the two ladies who made history earlier in the season when they teamed up and won the inaugural Ladies doubles which was played for the first time, Denise Bird versus Gillian Mitchell and it was East Calder’s Denise Bird who came away with the title in a cracking encounter winning 3-0 over Gillian Mitchell , this now puts Denise out there as one of the leagues top lady winners having won the title on four occasions and joining Lydia Barrowman as  the most  successful lady player in the leagues history. Denise has had a superb year on the ocky having played herself into the East Stirlingshire county 'A' team and winning lady of the match performances along the way, so congratulations to Denise Bird Ladies singles champion 2018, commiserations to Gillian Mitchell r/up.

 

11th June, The men’s title was a superb advert for darts as many of the leagues finest worked their way through the field and the last 16 was a who’s who of darting excellence, J Brogan bt G Bird, G Christie bt J Bruton, D Aitken bt C Mitchell, G Lyle bt C Wilkinson, A Thomson bt C Hamilton, J Mitchell bt K Gordon, W Millar bt A Wilson, G Bruce bt S Clow, and so to the quarter finals,

   J Brogan bt G Christie, D Aitken bt G Lyle, J Mitchell bt A Thomson, G Bruce bt W Millar, and here we were at the semi final stages with three players having won the title before G Bruce, D Aitken, J Mitchell and a man who has been in tremendous form this season John Brogan from Addiewell, the first semi final saw the defending champion Davie Aitken edging out John Brogan in a high scoring encounter and the second semi final was much the same as Gordon Bruce hit his doubles with deadly accuracy, and so here we had a final match up with both players having won the singles twice before, the best of 7x501 encounter was a classic way to finish any competition with both players firing out the big scores however the turning point was a superb 116 game shot by Gordon Bruce which gave him the edge and the final score saw Gordon Bruce 4 Davie Aitken 2, so Men’s champion for 2018 Gordon (the) Bruce, commiserations to Davie Aitken who almost made it back to back wins, a superb performance from the defending champion.

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Once again the leagues top players strutted their stuff on the ockies and here are just some of the scores recorded,

Andy Thomson 3 x 19 dart games, Jamie Fleming 18 darter, Ian Stevenson 18 darter, Gary Christie 18 darter, Mitchell 18 & 19 darters, John Bruton 19 darter, John Brogan 18 dart game, William Millar 17 darter, top games from our finalists saw Davie Aitken firing in 6 sub 20 dart games with 4 of them being 18 darters, Gordon Bruce on target with 6 fast games fastest a cracking 15 darter in the final, However the fastest recorded game of the night goes to the man from the land that time forgot Stuart Russell the Addiewell wizard with a fabulous 13 darter,

 

Top finishes from the night saw Cawburn Highlander player Kirk Gordon finishing on a superb 160 the highest of the evenings finishes he also added a tidy 80 take out as well, Gary Christie 117 take out, our man from the Principality John Bruton a cracking 110 game shot via 60-bulls eye, Kirknewton’s William Millar 102 game shot, John Brogan 94 game shot, David Aitken with 90 and 76 take outs, Jamie Fleming 86 game shot,  

Maximum scores think there may have been more but if there not written down then cant report them! Davie Aitken a brace of maximum scores 2x180’s, Gordon Bruce 1x180, Scott Baker from the Rebellious ones of the Central bar in West Calder 1X180, Stuart Russell 1 x180, Grant Lyle a  man who had a great season not losing a singles league match also with a maximum 180. So once again a cracking night of darting action but as the old saying goes there can be only one and this years Men’s Champion Gordon Bruce of the Stirrup Stane Wanderers, R/up Davie Aitken from the Commercial Inn Nomad’s.

 

9th June, And once again Haddington was the place to be on East side of the country the sun was shining and the beer was flowing (rather well) down in the Gardeners Arms as they held another top quality dart competition, players from the Borders, East Lothian, Lothian and West Lothian made the trip for their annual pilgrimage to the competitions run by Michael our host and with a prize pot of £300 up for the taking, it saw some superb action taking place on the ockies, the last four players left standing and in the money round were, Andrew Wheelans who edged out Big Darren Beveridge in a cracking match which was played over the best of 9x501 final score 5-3 to Andrew to book his place in the grand final, Jim Mitchell was up against Angus county player Steven Lewis! And got over the line by 5 games to 2, and so we had two players from the Ballroom Tuesday night league toeing off against each other in the final in a best of 11x501 match up, and it was a superb match with top scores being fired in by both men, the match went the way of the old fella with Jim getting the better of young Andrew Wheelans by 6 games to 3, excellent round of applause for both players once the chalk dust had settled this truly was a cracking finally to an excellent days darting action, Mitchell on the day firing in 5 x 180’s and a tidy 1x177 score and somewhere in the region of 10 sub 19 dart games However fastest game of the day I do believe goes to the beaten finalist Andrew who rattled in a superb 12 darter. This was old man Mitchell’s sixth singles title since the start of the year just goes to show us old guys can still hack it with the youngsters, (well just about everyone is younger than me these days!) Once again many thanks to the Gardeners Arms for their hospitality and of course for running these tournaments, see you in July for the next round of action on the ocky.

Finalists of the Gardeners Arms
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Jim Mitchell & Andrew Wheelans

 

9th June, Action from around the country as local players took part in the PDC Development tour down in Wigan, Greg Ritchie from Edinburgh reaching the last 16 in development tour number 8, William Borland losing out in the last 32, Andy Davidson going one better in competition number 10 reaching the quarter finals, as information gets to me more info will follow!

 

5th June, Ballroom Tuesday night darts league action from the ocky with matches being 10x501 all legs to be played.

League 1/  R Murray 9-1 D Ness, J Ness 3-7 Shoony, D Mackie 1-9 R Murray.

League 2/ K Murray 6-4 D McNair, J Callaghan 4-6 G Higgins, S Parry 1-9 D McNair.

League 3/ T Black 8-2 C Gray, G Carruthers 7-3 J Hindle, J Mitchell 10-0 C Gray

League4/  A Russell 1-9 W Borland, G Ritchie 9-1 I Butler, A Wheelans 7-3 A Lamb, E Ness 7-3 W Wheelans.

Few good scores on the night maximum hitters saw, Ryan Murray 1x180, George Carruthers 1x180, William Borland 1x180 However top maximum hitter was Gary Higgins with 3x180’s

Top Finishes and there were a few leading the way was our man Podge yes George Carruthers with a cracking 155 take out via 60-57-38, Tam Black with a 139 game shot via 57-50-32, Ryan Murray 129 take out, William Borland 127 game shot, Jim Mitchell more modest 104 game.

Fastest recorded game going to, Jim Mitchell with a tidy 14 darter, William Borland just one dart behind with a 15 darter.

 

4th June, W.C.D.D.L.

Yes after the curse of the dart playing public work has ended and I can now update you my faithful reader with Monday and Tuesday nights action from the ockies of Central Scotland!

In the Premier league in the West Calder & District league it saw,

Loganlea Colliers 5-4 Cawburn Highlanders

Kirknewton Innkeepers 5-4 Central bar Rebels

Top shots from this match up had East Calder’s man on form Graeme Bird firing in a maximum 180 and finishing in an excellent 15 darts, For the home team it was Scott Baker & Sean Hanlon who were in top form with a cracking 17 dart doubles game.

Volunteer Highway Men 5-4 Almondale Pirates

Once again the Premier league Champions were pushed all the way by the Pirates of Craigshill in a match which saw the home side move 3-0 out in front but only to be pulled back and after the singles were played it was all square3-3, however the deciding doubles were the very slight difference and with very little between these teams it saw the Home side come away with a win just the odd game in nine the difference, Top games/ shots coming from Stevie Duncan of the Pirates with a rock solid 20 darter, Jim Mitchell for the home side with 17 & 19 dart games and a tidy 82 take out, Stevie Scott a classy 18 dart game and last but not least it saw the Highway men’s front man Peter Hastings going through the season unbeaten with a record off played 22 won 22 he also for good measure rattled the treble twenty bed on the night with a superb brace of maximum 180’s.

Commercial Inn Nomads 6-3 Stirrup Stane Wanderers

Jamie Banks for the Nomads firing in a maximum 180, their only score written down and reported from this match (find that hard to believe) as both these teams are filled with excellent dart players! Special mention has to go to Big Daddy Frank Begley captain of the Wanderers who last season were the League champions, this year with players 6leaving because of work commitment’s and travelling problems he did a fantastic job of keeping his remaining players together, most weeks playing with only 5 players and being 0-2 down before firing a dart, that was a superb effort by a team captain to keep his merry band of brothers coming back every week!

 

Championship results,

G.C. Railroaders 5-4 Commercial Inn Juniors

Once again it saw some excellent arrows throw at the flock board and it was Willie Wilson for the Railroaders with a maximum 180 and a rock solid 19 darter getting on the team sheet first, Grant Lyle who has hardly not been on the top shots reported this season at it again with two excellent legs of darts 16 & 19 dart games for a 28.62 dart average, Grant is also a player with a great league record this season with no losses to his score card winning all his league matches, John Sandison who has been making a name for himself on the ocky one member of the Match Play doubles champions with a maximum 180, Paul McCaig & Grant Lyle firing in 18 dart doubles match.

Deans B.C. Golden Oldies 9-0 Murray bar Crofters

Golden Oldies from Ye Old Deans Village probably the oldest team in the league NO they will be the oldest average aged team in the league, nice to see them stay the course many of their players are past champions and dedicated darters from seasons in the past, look forward to meeting them in the league next season always good for a natter and a reminisce of old times!

Kirknewton Barkeepers 4-5 G.C. Steamers

Another close match with only the odd game the deciding factor, Special mention to Jay Millar for winning his sixth match in succession in the league , Also remembering Jay has been selected to represent Scotland in a forth coming International against the Old Enemy later in the year in the Deaf Darts Association championship.

Tower bar Knights 8-1 Doo Club Fanciers

The Knights of Craigshill signing off with a fine win their top shot from the night saw Rodger Barron with a excellent 113 take out, but let us not for get the Fanciers they are the only all ladies team in the league and once again have played all their matches coming close on a couple of occasions but just not quite crossing the line! These are a dedicated group of ladies and they have given quite a few men in the league a scare last night it once again saw Denise Bird taking out a rock solid 68 game shot, so fingers crossed we will see the ladies next season once again on the ocky.

 3rd  June, Congratulations to East Calder's William Borland on reaching the last 16 of the BDO World Darts Trophy, competition down in Preston. Defeating Conan Whitehead 6-1 in the last 32, before just losing out to Jim Williams from Wales in the last 16, Also well done to Ryan Hogarth from the Borders and Ross Montgomery, unlucky that both these players had to meet in the last 16, So I am sure on behalf of all of us Scots we will be wishing Ross all the very best for the rest of the tournament.

 

3rd June, Competition in the Old Oak in Rutherglen saw a top field of players turning out to play in this competition run by Kate Monaghan and Big John Jamieson, One of Whitburn’s favourite darting son’s Micky Rice falling in the last 16, the old man Jim Mitchell from Livingston went as far as the semi finals before losing to George Lynsey who got the better of the old guy by hitting those dastardly doubles which kept moving!  George winning 4 games to 2, Winner on the day was John McCallum who edged out George Lynsey in the final, semi finalists were Jim Mitchell & Jocky Craig. All four picking up monies for there endeavours which helped as the beer was going down rather well, not only hot on the ockies but one hot day all told, cracking venue which makes you very welcome but also sells excellent ales! Which I can confirm as tried my best to drink a barrel of it by my self!

 

29th May, Tuesday night saw the Ballroom Premier league start under the leadership of George Carruthers guiding hand, and there were some excellent match ups and a few good games and scores recorded, Firing in maximum 180’s were no fewer than 7 players these were,

A Whellins with 2x180’s, Paul Campbell 2 x180’s, W Whellins 1 x180 , G Carruthers 1 x180, Jim Mitchell 1x180, Chris Gray 1x180, David Ness 1x180,

Top finish of the night saw the man with the Tache! Mr Ian Butler with a rock solid 108 game shot, Mitchell with 96 & 80 game shots,

Fastest game was an excellent 13 darter by A Whellins, Paul Campbell was only two darts behind  firing in a cracking 15 darter, Mitchell with a more sedate 16 dart game, I am sure there were more and once they start getting reported they will appear on this site!

Some results from the nights action on the ocky saw, P Campbell 7-3 J Ness, David Mackie 6-4 Ryan Ronaldson, Paul Campbell 6-4 David Ness, S Parry 7-3 D Ronaldson, Gary Higgins 8-2 K Murray, J Callaghan 8-2 D McNair, Jim Mitchell 8-2 Tam Black, George Carruthers 9-1 Chris Gray, Ian Butler 6-4 Elliot Ness, A Whellins 9-1 W Whellins,

Once I get to know everyone’s first names they will appear so sorry if you only have an Initial!!!

 

28th May, W.C.D.D.L.

The winners are now announced with the Doo Club Flyers winning the Championship league  Pennant and it was certainly a hard fought battle from the beginning of the league as the Flyers and the Railroaders who came a distinguished second with only one match the difference between them and though there is still a match to go for the Railroaders they can not catch the Champions so congratulations to the team from the East Calder Homing Society (The Flyers),

The Premier league has the Volunteer Arms  from Uphall waving the Title Pennant though the Highway Men still have two matches remaining they can not be caught, However second place is still in the hands of the darting gods, John Bruton’s Nomads from the Commercial Inn look like it is signed sealed and delivered but you can never take it for granted until the I’s are dotted and the T’s crossed, the Colliers under the leadership of Alan Wilson are right on their tail but it would need a dramatic twist for the Nomads to lose second place,

 

Once again the strength in depth of both leagues is superb with no team having won all their matches and with twists and turn from the start of the league there have been some dramatic nights of action on the ockies from the start, to the final few matches of the league.

And with still three competitions still to play, there are chances for other team’s players to make their mark on this season’s league, at the moment we have no less than, nine players/teams picking up trophies for their endeavours at the seasons presentation, and as I have just stated there are another three competitions to go.

 

Last nights match results went like this,

Cawburn Highlanders 5-4 Stirrup Stane Indians

Commercial Inn Juniors 2-7 Doo Club Flyers

Almondale Pirates 4-5 Loganlea Colliers

Murray bar Crofters 0-9 G.C. Railroaders

Stirrup Stane Wanderers 3-6 Kirknewton Innkeepers

Doo Club Fanciers 2-7 Kirknewton Barkeepers

Central bar Rebels 2-7 Volunteer Highway Men

G.C. Steamers 2- Deans B.C. Golden Oldies 

Only a few special mentions so far reported, Ross Burnside from the Pirates of Craigshill and Jim Mitchell with 180 scores recorded, Checkouts saw Wullie Jack and Ross Burnside of the Almondale Pirates with 94&77 respectively, Ryan Little 95 game shot and Martin Balfour with a 82 game shot for the Rebels of West Calder,Iain Mitchell rock solid finish of 76 for the Indians of Craigshill, Fast games saw Jim Mitchell with 16 & 20 darters, John Brogan 16 darter for the Colliers of Loganlea, Ross Burnside with a rock solid 17 dart game to add to his other top scores from the nights action, But shot of the night once again goes to a lady and it saw East Calder’s Denise Bird with a excellent 97 take out to add to her tally for the season.

Only doubles games reported were John Brogan & Brian with a 20 darter, Fred Hamilton & Liam Corbett with a 19 dart game.

27th May, Competition in the Kirknewton Inn saw Arran Edwards from Craigshill beat East Calder's Graeme Bird in the final,

Top action on the ocky came by way off, William Millar rock solid 18 dart game, Rab Dick firing in 4 sub 18 dart games with a brace of 16’s and another brace of 17’s also on target with a maximum 180, Graeme Bird on target as usual these days with some excellent games recording 14-15-17 dart games a shanghai on the twenties for a 120 take out and a maximum 180, Champion on the night saw Arran Edwards fire in 2x13 darters along with 2x15 dart games and 4 x 180’s and a nice rock solid 100 game shot, However probably the shot of the evening has to be Livingston man Ian Stevenson with a superb clearance of 164 via 57-57-bulls eye and a cracking 15 dart leg, 21 entries excellent turn out on a Sunday night for this top darting venue. Well done to Rab Dick who organised and ran the event & Lawrence the publican who sponsored the tournament, just imagine if all the publicans in the area did this we could almost go back to good old day's when there were comps every week in the area, now that is a thought!


 

23rd May, and report from the Premier League which takes place in the Murrayfield Sports bar in Edinburgh goes like this, Graeme Bird keeping his good form going with an excellent 9-4 win over Davie Sharp to keep Graeme in second place in the Premier league with 26 points the Bird man having played 16 won 12 drawn 2 lost 2 and fired in over 265 ton plus scores with 16 of them maximum 180’s he also has the fastest leg of darts played a cracking 11 darter and the top finish of 170,

Steve Bachelor was up against Ross MacDonald and it saw a cracking match up  Ratho player Stevie firing in 5x140’s and a maximum 180 however it was not to be as Ross hit though all so important doubles and came away a worthy 8-4 winner, as Bobby George used to say Scoring for show, Doubles for dough!

In the Bronze league it saw both our lady players Gillian Mitchell and Denise Bird losing to Josh Deans and Thomas Arnot respectively.

Rab Dick from Kirknewton went down fighting in a back and forth match which saw Stuart Ironsides winning 9-6 Rab sitting in seventh place on 19 points at the moment, Rab has played 15 games won 8 drawn 3 and lost 4, with a 188 ton plus scores recorded which includes last nights 177 score and has registered 12 maximum 180’s and has a 12 dart fastest game Rab also fired in 126-102-94 game shots last night and hit 4 sub 19 dart games,

 Jim Mitchell lost last night to Alan White 4-9, but still remains at the top of the league for the moment with 28 points having played 16 matches winning 13 drawn 2  and lost 1, with 249 ton plus scores 17 of which were 180’s and his fastest game a 13 darter, last night the best Mitchell could do was a brace of 18 darters,

However Andrew Davidson who was not playing last night has possibly the best chance of winning the league title as he sits on 21 points and has 5 games in hand one of which is against Ian Butler the man with the Tache to be feared, who has been right on form of late this could alter things dramatically should the match go Ian’s way, as the title race could go right down the wire to the very last match as Andrew and Jim have yet to play! Which is Jim Mitchell’s last match! Could be a nail biter that night, but with some players nearly finished their league matches and others with catch up games all could change in the league in just one night of action! On the ocky, time will tell.                                             

 

22nd May, Monday night results are now in from the action on the ockies! Here is what has been reported,

Doo Club Flyers 9-0 Murray bar Crofters

Report from last week just in Callum Wilkinson of the Flyers with a shanghai finish on the twenties for a 120 game shot.

G.C. Railroaders 8-1 G.C. Steamers

Grant Lyle keeping his good form going with a maximum 180 and a 19 dart game, Couple of excellent doubles matches from the Railroaders with the pairing up of John Sandison & Andy Pagget firing in a 19 dart game, Grant Lyle & Paul McCaig with 18 & 21 dart games which included a nice 102 take out for a dart average of 25. 69. For the Steamers it saw Ian Baker of the infamous Baker brothers on target with a cracking maximum 180 score.

Deans B.C. Golden Oldies 6-3 Doo Club Fanciers

It had A Menzies for the Golden Oldies with a cracking 136 game shot and an 18 darter the top match from this league game.

Kirknewton Barkeepers 4-5 Tower bar Knights

 

Kirknewton Innkeepers 3-6 Commercial Inn Nomads

Bunny Forrest with the quickest game in this match up a cracking 16 darter, Top finishing from the home side had C Halliday with a rock solid 88 game shot, Graeme Bird also a 88 game shot, Rab Dick 91 take out, John Gardiner hitting the ton finish though with a excellent 100 game shot.

Stirrup Stane Indians 2-7 Almondale Pirates

Stevie Duncan for the Pirates of Craigshill firing in a 19 darter and a tidy 70 take out.

Loganlea Colliers 4-5 Central bar Rebels

Volunteer Highway Men 8-1 Stirrup Stane Wanderers

17 darters being the favourite of the Highway Men on the night with Colin Robertson, Jim Mitchell and Martin Deegan all recording one! Mitchell with a solid 100 game shot.

Colourful or what? Charity time again on the ocky!
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Ian Butler Martin Deegan and myself!
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Finalists of the Ballroom Open
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Eddie Main & Jim Mitchell

 

19th-20th May, Well what a week end of outstanding darts for our local West Calder & District Monday night darts league, with players from both ends of the age spectrum doing what they do best, William Borland adding yet another Scottish Title to his ever growing C.V. with out a doubt one of the men in form on the Scottish darts circuit Masters and Singles title in the same season an absolutely fantastic achievement, and for the slightly older generation it saw Old Man Mitchell winning his fifth Open competition of the year since January, just goes to show in the sport of darts age is no barrier, Yesterday it saw the Ballroom Open in Edinburgh take place run and organised by none other than Mr George (Podge) Caruthers, and players from East Lothian, Edinburgh and the Posse from West Lothian were all in attendance, with the matches best of 5 x501 in early rounds before going to 7x501 in the semi finals and 9x501 in the grand final, The players making it into the last 16 were and sorry if I don’t have your proper non de plum but this is what was written down by Podge (blame him!) Darren bt Gary Higgins, Eddie Main bt Elliot Ness, M Kerr bt Bod, J Thomson bt Andy Main, Jim Mitchell bt Adam Crosbie, Martin Deegan bt Steve Murray, George Caruthers bt Peter Wheelans, Paul Burrows bt Hammy!, and so to the quarter finals, Eddie Main bt Darren, Mick Kerr bt Jim Thomson, Jim Mitchell bt Martin Deegan, Paul Burrows bt George Caruthers, and now to the money round the last four players left standing and the best of 7 x 501, Jim Mitchell 4-1 Paul Burrows, Eddie Main 4-1 Mick Kerr, and so after four hours of action on the ocky we had the final first to win 5 legs the champion, and it saw Jim Mitchell take the title with 5 doubles hit with only 6 darts thrown at them,That however does not tell the story of the final Eddie Main firing in a brace of maximums only double trouble stopping him from claiming at least two of the legs played, however that was Eddie’s sixth maximum of the competition and his 26th maximum hit on the day in between matches there were four dart boards for practise and Eddie was firing in 180’s for fun he actually just missed a 9 darter by not hitting the double 12 with his ninth arrow in one session, However on the day it was the Old Fella Jim Mitchell who did what no one else did he hit more doubles, so Champion Jim Mitchell, Runner up Eddie Main, this is an absolute excellent venue to play darts in a BIG room dedicated to darts with four boards set by it self and also four other boards in the main hall, which also has 16 + Pool tables and a Snooker room and a restaurant, I do believe darts is going places with venues like the Ballroom taking darts into a new era, excellent venue and congratulations to George for organizing this event, also what an amount of raffle prizes with proceeds going to the Help Sam Higgins appeal, once again dart players did what they do best digging deep for an excellent cause, long may it continue.

On the day some stats from the West Lothian Posse, Martin Deegan 17 & 19 darters, and a maximum 180, Graeme Bird maximum 180 and a 17 & 18 darters, Rab Dick 17 darter, Jim Mitchell 2x180’s and 10 sub 19 dart games fastest being a tidy 13 dart game but could have been less on 32 left after 9! Oh that damn double 16 took 4 darts to hit it!

 

16th May, and the Posse was back in action in Auld Reekie after a wee sabbatical (Hearts were at home!) Anyway some excellent action on the ocky from Kirknewton’s Rab Dick (Turpin) with an excellent win over Paul Wyllie by 9 games to 2, Rab firing in 5 fast legs of arrows these being 15-16-17-18-19 darters, he also rattled the treble beds with a cracking 177 score and some excellent finishing power with 3 top finishes off 120-102-81.

East Calder’s Bird Man Graeme Bird was up against Kenny Smith and though no report from the match as yet it ended in a hard fought draw 8-8 for a share of the points going to both players.

Denise Bird and Gillian Mitchell went toe to toe on the ocky and these ladies who are the newly crowned Ladies Pairs Champions of the West Calder & District Monday night darts league had a excellent match but when it came to finishing power it was Denise who showed why she is a East Stirlingshire County ‘A’ player winning comfortably by 7 games to 1.

Jim Mitchell was up against his good friend Ian Butler and this turned into a real slug fest as both players continued to break each others throw, however it saw Jim cross the line by the score of 9 games to 6, Jims fastest game a solid 15 darter which was finished via 54-14-bull for a 118 game shot he also fired in a 86 take out via 18-36-32 Jim with 15x100’s 5x140’s and 1x180 his tally for the match, However Ian Butler was in excellent form on the big scores 21x100’s 6x140’s and a maximum 180 and best four darts of the match, Jim fired in his maximum 180, to leave a finish, Ian went even better following that maximum with one of his own then a double 10 finish for 200 scored in 4 darts super stuff from the man with the extremely long whiskers, Sunday at the Ballroom should see a few looks of concern on peoples faces as both Ian and Jim are having a re-dye of their facial hair now Ian has already told Jim what his colour scheme will be, BUT I think Jim has a somewhat different colour scheme in mind, should turn a few heads! Photo’s to follow!

Ratho player Stevie Bachelor was up against Neil Tomlinson and it saw a good high scoring encounter between these two darters who are both starting to come into form to wards the end of the season, but it was Neil who crossed the winning line coming away a worthy winner with a 8-4 victory, Stevie did fire in 13 x100’s with three of them 140’s but it was Neil who found those decisive doubles which in the end is what counts.

 

15th May, W.C.D.D.L. Monday night results from the ockies!

The G.C. Steamers 1-8 Doo Club Flyers

Report to follow!

Stirrup Stane Wanderers 3-6 Loganlea Colliers

Gordon Bruce of the Wanderers firing in a maximum 180 and a cracking 14 dart game, John Brogan for the Colliers with a rock solid 17 dart game, James Graham going two darts better with a cracking 15 dart game, top double game came by way off Gordon (THE) Bruce and our league mascot Gary (Melman) Christie with a 16 dart pairs game, Top shot of the night though I would have to say was from Craig Agnew of the home team with a superb 152 game shot excellent finishing power from this Wanderers player.

Doo Club Fanciers 0-9 G.C. Railroaders

The ladies of the Doo Club were up against one of the top teams in the Championship league and it found the Railroaders in excellent form firing in some top games with John Sandison knocking in a 18 darter, Grant Lyle 20 & 19 dart games for a rock solid 25.92 dart average and a 84 take out in his match, Andy Thomson & John Sandison the reigning Match Play doubles champions were on song firing in 19 darter.

Almondale Pirates 5-4 Cawburn Highlanders

Ross Burnside rock solid 76 game shot Derek Carmichael also finishing in style with 85 take out, and Stevie Duncan with a maximum 180  for the Pirates, Highlander player Shaun Clow firing in a 19 darter and a 85 take out.

 

Murray bar Crofters 4-5 Commercial Inn Juniors

J Jack for the Crofters firing in a cracking 177 score, however it was the Juniors with some superb finishing power that just edged this match up, Craig Forrest with a cracking 127 take out and Davie Black getting in on the action with a 112 game shot.

Commercial Inn Nomads 1-8 Volunteer Highway Men

Top two teams in the Premier league went head to head and though the score does not show it the matches were all close and only the doubling out the difference in this match, both teams having beating each other once before this league match took place,

Highway Men, had Peter Hastings finishing on a nice two darter on 96 game shot, Peter also finishing in 20 and 18 darts for a hard fought 2-1 win, Martin Deegan 112 game shot and 18 darter, Graham Borland fastest game with a cracking 14 dart game, Mitchell not quite on the league tables but a tidy 74 take out via 9-15-bull not quite the way intended!!

Tower Bar Knights 4-5 Deans .B.C.  Golden Oldies

Another tight match up in the Championship league and top score recorded came by way of Brian (Tosh) McIntyre with acracking 116 take out.

Central bar Rebels 6-3 Stirrup Stane Indians

Scott Baker for the Rebellious ones on target with two cracking finishes 122 & 117 along with a 18 dart game, Liam Corbett for the Indians with a 92 game shot.

 

11th May, Bathgate League held an open singles event and it saw Armadale’s Mick Burke from the Corrie bar in Armadale just edging out Kirknewton Innkeeper’s  Rab Dick in a seven leg thriller by 4 games to 3, semi finalists were Ricky McDonald from Lammies in Fauldhouse and Colin Maxwell from Lammies bar in Armadale. Once again another enjoyable season of darts which is run by the Bathgate committee of, Danny Kirkland (chairman) Big G MacMillan (secretary) Spencer McDonald (Match secretary) I do believe that the chairman has played in the league for somewhere in the area of 50+ years now that ladies and gents is dedication, superb achievement.

11th May, 

Congratulations must go to William Borland who has qualified for the BDO World Trophy competition later in May, William had to fight off stiff opposition from players from through out the United Kingdom but along with another Scot Ryan Hogarth from the Borders he has claimed his spot in the last 32 and will be on the t.v. (live) at the Preston Guild Hall in England.

 

7th May, And it saw the West Calder & District dart league hold their annual Three Person Team Competition, this is played with all three players playing 1x501, then a double of 1x501 and if the score is tied 2-2 then a triple of 1001 will decide the outcome, Some excellent match ups on the night saw at least five  matches have to play the deciding 1001 game three of them from the semi final and the final its self, the quarter final line up saw six teams from the league toeing the ocky the Volunteer Highway Men and the Loganlea Colliers had two teams making the quarter finals, the results went like this, Grand Central Railroaders bt Loganlea (1) Volunteer Highway Men (A) bt Cawburn Highlanders, Commercial Inn Nomads bt Stirrup Stane Wanderers, Loganlea Colliers (A) bt Volunteer Highway Men (1)

J Mitchell-M Deegan-C Robertson
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A Hobbit between two giants!

 

And so we had four teams left standing and all must have fancied their chances, the Volunteer and the Grand Central went down the wire with both teams having darts to win but it was the Highway Men who came away with a very hard fought win 3 games to 2, Loganlea also had a tough battle on their hands and once again it saw the match go the distance and it was the Loganlea Colliers who took their place in the grand final at the expense of the Commercial Inn Nomads, and so the final was once again almost to close to call as both teams did their utmost to try and claim the title, Jim Mitchell bt Boris Mackie so first tick to the Highlanders, but Stuart Russell then edged out Martin Deegan so 1-1, next up saw Colin Robertson getting past John Brogan, so 2-1 to the Highway Men, but back came the Colliers with Stuart Russell and John Brogan taking the doubles match, and here after three hours of match play it was one leg of a 1001 to see where the title would go, and with absolutely nothing between the two teams it saw the title go to the Highway Men the difference in the whole match was the bull up at the beginning of the match as the Colliers were sitting on an two dart finish when Martin Deegan checked the winning double so 3-2 the final outcome, Champions the Volunteer Highway Men (Jim Mitchell-Martin Deegan-Colin Robertson), runners up the Loganlea Colliers ( John Brogan-Stuart Russell-Boris Mackie) congratulations to both teams who had to fight extremely hard to make it to the Grand Final.

 

Few top scores from the evenings action saw Andy Thomson perhaps taking the plaudits for player of the night with a superb 13 darter and a cracking 116 game shot, Colin Robertson with a classy 15 dart game and a classic 120 game shot on shanghai on twenties, Jim Mitchell 16 darter and a 105 game shot,  Rex Brady firing in a maximum 180 along with a tidy 17 darter and a 104 take out, also with 17 dart games were Jamie Banks and Jim Quinn from the Nomads of West Calder, Graham Borland 18 darter with a 76 game shot, Peter Hastings a 19 darter,  Martin Deegan rock solid 76 take out, and the only player on the night to hit a brace of maximums was West Calder’s Jamie Banks for the Commercial Inn Nomads.

 

5th May, Darting action this week end does not stop as the Volunteer Arms in Uphall held a open tournament organised by our man they call Penfold Martin Deegan from Dechmont, and top players from West Lothian and the Central area were in attendance, the last 16 matches went like this, Pete Hastings bt Lewis Lyle, Jim Mitchell bt William Harraughty, Scott Baillie bt Davie Nisbet, Ian Baker bt Sparky Forsyth, Micky Rice bt Shaun Robertson, Rex Brady bt Jimmy McMillan, Scott Baker bt Andrew Davidson, Gordon Bruce bt Chris Forsyth, and then there were 8 left standing and the matches that followed went like this, with Monday night team mates Jim Mitchell v Peter Hastings and it was Jim that went through, Scott Baillie from Armadale bt Ian Baker and it was nice to see Ian again he was not well a wee while back so good to see him back on the ocky however it was Scott who went through to the next round, Rex Brady and Micky Rice had a real tussle and it was only the final leg in this best of seven encounter that separated these two darters, Two of the local leagues top arrow smiths went head to head in the form of Gordon Bruce from the Wanderers who play out of the Stirrup Stane in Craigshill and Scott Baker who represents the Rebellious one’s from the Central bar in West Calder and it was Gordon who took his place in the semi finals after a real tough battle on the ocky, so to the last four players left standing who all had an eye on making the grand final and the matches now played over 9x501, and it saw Rex (Cool Hand) a man who you would not want to play for money at on the green baize! just getting the better of one of the counties top old guard players who back in the day played at the highest level Gordon(THE)Bruce to claim his spot in the final, the second semi finals was old v young ok ancient v youth, Jim Mitchell who just seems to keep going did the same just edging past Scott Baillie in a tight match up as you would expect at this stage of the competition with both players rattling the treble twenty bed but it was the Old Fella who went through in a real tough match, so here we had it the Grand Final both players represent the Volunteer Arms on a Monday night in the West Calder & District darts league and the final was a best of 11 affair and it saw Jim and Rex both finding the trebles but it was Jim who did the damage on the doubling out so congratulations to both players for making it through some extremely tough matches, final saw Jim Mitchell 6 (champion) Rex Brady 1 (Runner up) Once again many thanks to Martin Deegan for organizing this event and master of ceremonies on the day Colin Robertson for keeping the matches going and of course the Volunteer Arms for promoting this event thanks to everyone who was involved ,fingers crossed see you at the next one or at the bar if that’s first! And if Sparky Forsyth gets his trusty camera photos to me I will update a.s.a.p. 

Oh and here are some states from the days action, Jim Mitchell 4x180’s,Lewis Lyle 3x180’s Gary Scott 1x180, Scott Baillie 1x180, William Harraughty 1x180, Gordon Bruce 1x180, Peter Hastings 1 x180,

Fast Games that were reported, Jim Mitchell 14-14-15-18-18-18-19, Scott Baillie with 15-16-17-17-17-19-20 dart games, Peter Hastings firing in 16-17-17-18 dart games, Out for the day William Harraughty from Longridge, with out his carer! (must have escaped)17-18-20 darters just realised Callum Wilkinson was there to make sure he did not get into any trouble talk about out the frying pan and into the fire, just as well Micky Rice was getting them home safe and sound! Andrew Davidson 17 darter, Davie Nisbet 18 & 19 dart games, Scott Baker 19 & 20 dart games, Grant Lyle 18 darter, Gordon Bruce 20 darter,

Top Finishes and there were a few top game shot of the day went to Jim Mitchell with a 150 via 57-57-36 he also fired in 98 & 80 game shots, Lewis Lyle with 114 & 98 take outs for this Central County darts player another top young player making his mark on the tournament circuit, one of the old guard Davie Nisbet showing age has not caught up with him just yet finishing with a rock solid 107 take out, Chris Forsyth and who can forget Mr Forsyth who used to write a report for the web site called the Rant from the Cab report back in the day! Firing out a classy 96 game shot via single 20 double18 double 20, Peter Hastings a solid 80 game shot, Armadale’s top arrow smith with a rock solid   Scott Baillie 75 take out. And that folks is all that was written down so if you have information missing drop me a line and it will be added t.y.

 

4th May, And here we are again for another top darting event this time further North than the river Towe, this time the banks of the mighty river Forth yes this was the Crown Inn in Bo’Ness for an event run by Alan Kerr, and there was a formidable field of players gathered for this tournament, it saw the local Posse of players who usually travel to Edinburgh for a Wednesday night show down in attendance and they did themselves proud with Rab Dick (Turpin) from Kirknewton just bowing out in the quarter finals along with the Old Fella Jim Mitchell who also fell at the same stage however East Calder’s Bird man went one step better just losing out in the semi finals as did John Donaldson all four of the semi finalists play for the East Stirlingshire county in the Scottish Inter Counties North section, all three of the Posse collecting  monies for their endeavour’s, but it was former International player Gary Stone who took the title just edging out his team mate East Stirlingshire county team ‘A’ player  Jason (Jaggie) Norwood in the grand final, once again another top competition sponsored by the Crown Inn there is no doubt that Alan Kerr gets some of Scotland’s top arrow smiths entering his competitions long may it continue.

Jay Millar in action down in Wales, Selected also
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to play for Scotland v England in October (superb)

 

4th May, And it has Jason (Jay) Millar from Kirknewton travelling down to the Principality of Wales Swansea to be precise by the river Towe, the event the Deaf Darts Association championship, and did young Jay do well YES he did making it through to the Semi finals of the singles event when he just got edged out 5 games to 3, he also had an excellent run in the doubles making it to the quarter finals, not only did he do himself and his family proud but the Scotland selectors were there, and Jason has been asked to represent Scotland in the forth coming international against the one and only Auld Enemy, well done to this Kirknewton man who is certainly making his name known in the darting circle long may it continue, and once I receive some photos they will be published as will his exploits in the forth coming International, I reckon Amanda & William his mum and dad haven’t stopped smiling yet, superb stuff.

1st May, Couple of special mentions which go to Mr Ian Butler for winning the Ballroom Singles League in Edinburgh at Jocks Lodge end of London Road, and to Adam Crosbie for winning the Haddington League Singles, both these players have supported our competitions in West Lothian and always nice to give Credit where Credit is Due, and lets not forget George Caruthers who picked up two runners up in places in both leagues.

 

3Oth April W.C.D.D.L. Results.

Stirrup Stane Indians 3-6 Stirrup Stane Wanderers,

This Darby match up saw the two captains Franks Hamilton the man they call the Fat Controller and Frank Big Daddy Begley go head to head and it was the Wanderer who took the points on offer, highlights from this match saw Frank Begley with a cracking 108 game shot, Craig Agnew with a rock solid 20 dart game and Gary Christie keeping his good run of form going with a maximum 180 and also a 20 dart game.

Doo Club Flyers 9-0 Doo Club Fanciers,

Another home Darby match up and it saw the Flyers show no mercy to their Lady opponents who are the only full ladies team in the league, Flyers had Kevin Murphy firing in a 17 darter and he also rattled in some top scores in his match with a brace of 140’s and 125 score, Callum Wilkinson 20 dart game and a maximum 180 followed by 135 score, Paul the Ranger Weir just missing out on a maximum this week and having to settle for a 140 top score, Ian Stevenson also just missing out on a maximum score with a 140 as well though he did have the top finish with 111 game shot and an excellent 18 dart game, Christine MacIntosh for the ladies had a superb top score of 159 perhaps a slightly different way than you would imaging though 57-51-51 cracking score from the lady Called Nana.

Loganlea Colliers 5-4 Commercial Inn Nomads,

No special mentions reported yet but will update a.s.a.p.

Grand Central Railroaders 9-0 Tower bar Knights,

Grant Lyle the man on form in this rout of the Knights who have been playing well recently! Grant recording a maximum 180 and a 98 take out and a couple of good legs 21 & 23 darts, top game though was a doubles with Willie Wilson and Grant teaming up for a cracking 16 dart game, The man they call Tosh Brian McIntyre who fired in a 16 darter for the Knights fastest single game recorded.

Cawburn Highlander 4-5 Central bar Rebels,

Sean Hanlon in top form with a 100 take out and a classy 18 dart game for the Rebellious ones from West Calder, other top finishes all came from the home team with former league singles champion (twice) John Kirk firing out a 105 game shot, also finishing well was Kirk Gordon with 85 & 75 game shots.

Commercial Inn Juniors 6-3 Grand Central Steamers,

Top score recorded in this match up goes to Jason Rae with a cracking 174 score to be added to the maximum league table.

Deans B.C. Golden Oldies 3-6 Kirknewton Barkeepers,

Once again no mentions yet but will update a.s.a.p.

Volunteer Highway Men 7-2 Kirknewton Innkeepers,

Peter Hastings with a 106 take out for the home side, Jim Mitchell 19 darter, top doubles saw Mitchell and Colin Robertson teaming up for a rock solid 19 dart game, But fastest game of the evening was Graham Borland with a 16 darter, getting on the score for the visiting team were Chris (name please) and Rab Dick for the Innkeepers with the only maximum's 180 scores recorded.

Tiger Marshall 1981 Scottish Singles Champion
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with William Borland Scottish Master 2018

 

29th April, And the venue for this afternoons darting competition was the Glen Mavis Bowling Club in Bathgate, and ladies and gentlemen, what a cracking set up, this event was put on by the Glen Mavis committee, Ted McMillan from Darts Scotland & Winmau and Billy Weir who was master of ceremonies keeping the event running to schedule and two people who certainly need mentioned Mr Andy Thomson snr & Andy Thomson jnr, these two made and put up the playing boards and they did an exceptional job to be honest three of the best standing boards I have ever had the pleasure of playing on, hardly a movement from them you would think they were on a main wall, to be truthful the other darts committees could have a look at this set up and see how it puts some of their set ups to shame!! Anyway I digress away from the main event the arrows thrown, some terrific talent on show with county players from around the central belt taking to the ockies, the Final saw William Borland just edging out his uncle Graeme Bird in a real tense final by the odd leg in 9, 5-4 to William, Armadale’s Scott Baillie and Jim Mitchell from Livingston having to settle for a semi final places, the standard on the day was top drawer stuff and here are what Billy Weir our master of ceremonies has been given,  Maximum hitters and there were 12 recorded, Jim Mitchell x4, William Borland x3, Graeme Bird x2, William Harraughty x1, Scott Baillie x1, Wullie Wilson x1, Top finishing came from players finishing on scores from 75 and above, William Borland 105-116-130-131 take outs superb finishing power from the East Calder man, Graeme Bird 82-116 game shots, Callum Wilkinson 77 game shot, Fast games and these must be finished in 20 darts or less to be added to the league tables and there were plenty! Graeme Bird with the most recorded 10 excellent thrown games of 17-18-18-18-18-18-18-19-20-20 deadly darters, Jim Mitchell with 7 sub 20 dart games done in 13-15-15-15-19-19-20 darts, William Borland with 6 and these were finished in 14-16-17-18-18-18 darters,  John Sandison 17 darter, Callum Wilkinson of man called the Busy Bumble bee oops mean the Angry Wasp from Alloa who now resides in Whitburn with a brace of 20 darters, Ian Stevenson also with a 20 dart game, William Harraughty from Longridge was allowed out for the afternoon with his carer the kind hearted Fiona making sure he kept out of trouble William firing in 19 and 20 dart games and if his finishing power had been there! He may well have got a lot further than he did? Gordon Bruce with 4 x 17 dart games rock solid play from this Livingston player, Scott Baillie 5 fast games finished in 16-17-19-19-20 darts Scott has just finished the Inter –County season with a superb record of played 7 won 7  for the season that takes some doing by the way, Andy Thomson 17-19-20 darters and once again can I just say Andy Snr and Andy jnr did a superb job in putting up the boards and the lighting set up 10/10, So the first Glen Mavis Open sponsored by Winmau and Darts Scotland has been won by William Borland, congratulations must also go to both our the losing finalist Graeme Bird, these two players did what no one else did they finished by hitting more double than anyone else! Well done the Glen Mavis Bowling club, And I for one cant wait for the next tournament, they put on a cracking venue with excellent bar staff and to their hard working committee who made this tournament happen (thank you).

Can I just say what a pleasure to meet an old darting great from the West Lothian area the man they called Tiger! yes Davie Marshall was in the club, what a player this man was back in the late 1970’s and into the 80’s this was with out a doubt one of the most feared dart players in Scotland on the circuit back then the 1981 Scottish Single Champion.

 

25th April, The Posse were back in action in the Premier league in Edinburgh which is run by the Edinburgh Darts Association in the Murrayfield Sports bar, and the posse were in excellent form, First up saw Graeme Bird v Tommy Houliston and it saw the Bird Man from East Calder turning on the style and coming away with a excellent 9-3 win which included games of 13 & 15 darts plus a tidy 101 game shot and a maximum 180, Denise Bird, this is Graeme’s better half for those who don’t know! Keeps him on the straight and narrow, and that takes some doing I can vouch for that as have shared a couple of drinks with Birdy from time to time! Denise was also in action though losing her first match to Josh Deans 7-4 it saw her bounce back to win 7-5 against Grant Hawkins with some top finishing keeping her excellent form going which has seen her winning ladies singles events in the not so distant past and having just finished an excellent county season for East Stirlingshire which saw her securing a place in the county ‘A’ team, Gillian Mitchell lost by 7 games to 2 against Chris MacMahon in a game where she had chances but we all know you have to take them when they come a calling, The old fella Jim Mitchell played Paul Wyllie in his first match of the night and came away with a 9-2 win which saw 4 sub 20 dart games enough to get over the winning line though Paul did rattle in a brace of maximum 180’s, However Jim’s second match of the night was against the man from the hill Rab Dick (Turpin) of Kirknewton and this was a superb advert for the sport of darts as no fewer than 53 ton plus scores were recorded between them, Rab firing out 1x180, 1x171 (treble nineteen’s) 6x140’s, 19x100+ scores and a superb 128 take out on the bulls eye for a 12 darter via 18-60-bull, Jim though was not hanging around and fired in reply 2x180’s 8x140’s, 15x100+ scores along with a more sedate 88 take out Jims fastest game a 14 darter, this match had nothing between them as they battered each other with top scores and make no mistake if one of them made a mistake (missed a double) the other did not, and in the end it came down to a single break of throw which went to Jim in the final leg of this captivating 16 leg match, final score Jim 9 Rab 7, a cracker of a heavyweight battle. To tell the truth this was such a battle royal I broke a custom I never take a drink of anything during a match not till after its all over last night I did as my mouth had dried up with the tension of this match was actually getting to me!

So at the moment I believe that Jim Mitchell and Graeme Bird sit at the top of the Platinum league in first and second place with Rab Dick just a few places back in fifth place, looks like the Posse is doing good (for the moment)

Mr Butler promoting a new style of head wear!
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25th April, Well just back from the trophy shop in Edinburgh with John McDonald and Billy Weir, and fingers crossed between us we have ticked all the boxes for this seasons presentation night, took us just over an hour and a half of deliberating and choosing then thinking about it again, but we finally agreed , so that’s a another job done, all we need now is for players and teams to bring the annual/perpetual trophies back for the next meeting in May, would help as we have to then take them back to the shop for engraving, your help would be much appreciated, thanks.

 

24th April, Took a trip into Jock’s Lodge in Edinburgh tonight to have a gander at the Ballroom club which used to be called the New Yorker when it was a Riley’s club, what a difference, 8 dart boards, a restaurant, must be 16 pool tables, snooker table, and two function rooms, and the venue for the Tuesday night darts league run by George Carruthers in extremely good with it’s own private room which is closed of with glass sound proof doors, plenty of room, and you even get Pizza’s delivered into it for the players (free) just after 9pm. The only down side was the lady in the head scarf who tried to pick me up! Did not quite hide the moustache did it, Don’t think she realised I was with my good lady wife who was watching from the wings! Mr Butler what are you like?

 

23rd April, And the league results are in, from the W.C.D.D.L.

Doo Club Fanciers 0-9 Commercial Inn Juniors

Commercial Inn Nomads 9-0 Stirrup Stane Indians

Kirknewton Innkeepers 3-6 Loganlea Colliers

Kirknewton Barkeepers 0-9 Grand Central Railroaders

Stirrup Stane Wanderers 4-5 Cawburn Highlanders

Tower bar Knights 1-8 Doo Club Flyers

Grand Central Steamers 5-4 Murray bar Crofters

Central bar Rebels 5-4 Almondale Pirates

 

Shot’s worthy of a mention this week saw quite a few players firing in the big finishes and top scores here are what has been reported!

Maximum hitters remembering 171-180 is recorded as a maximum in the league tables, Gary (Melman) Christie keeps his excellent run going with yet another 180 score for the Wanderers of Craigshill, from the Doo Club Flyers it saw two players firing in maximum scores Paul (the Ranger) Weir and team mate Ian ( Just back from Holiday) Stevenson both firing in 180’s,

 And now we have some absolutely top finishing from many of the leagues finest arrow smiths, I will start with the highest first from the nights action, John Brogan from the Loganlea Colliers with not one but two superb game shots of 155 & 146 superb finishing power from the Loganlea player who has been playing excellent darts from the start of the season, Showing that age has nothing to do with ability one of the league players who was a top man years ago and still is it saw Ratho man Bunny Forrest taking out a cracking 140 kill shot for the Nomads of West Calder, John Brett also from the Nomads under the leadership of John Bruton at the Commercial Inn finishing on the bulls eye with a cracking 127 game shot, Callum Wilkinson from Whitburn who plays for the Doo Club Flyers in on the action with a 115 take out via 60-15 bulls eye for a 115 game shot, John Grant rock solid 92 finish in his game for the Nomads think their team captain must have had the big stick out last night as their whole team was in superb form, the Highlanders from the Cawburn Sports bar had Kirk Gordon finishing with a brace of rock solid take outs of 88 & 78 in their win over the Wanderers

 

Now for fast games recorded ant there are two both very fast legs and they go to, and they go to West Calder man Jamie Banks with a 14 dart game cracking stuff from this young player who also picked up money in the PDC Development tour recently, also Paul Weir a 14 darter recorded for this East Calder darter who plays for the Doo Club Flyers, John Brogan with two excellent legs of darts finishing in 15 & 18 arrows finishing with a 30+ dart average, William Borland 16 darter for the Innkeepers on the Hill, Stuart Russell from the land that time forgot Addiewell with a brace of 18 darters, Ian Stevenson with two fast games of 16 & 19 darts for a 28+ dart average, Callum Wilkinson 17 & 20 darters for a 27+ dart average, Graeme Bird 19 darter game also for the Kirknewton Innkeepers, and the only doubles match written down saw Kevin Murphy & Ian Stevenson firing in a rock solid 18 dart game for the Flyers of East Calder. If there are stats missing drop me a line and they will be added a.s.a.p. Thanks Jim M.

 

22nd April, And the venue was the Haddington Bowling Club in Haddington, and the reason for this event was to support a Charity Open darts competition which was being held to help raise money for the Sam Higgins Charity, and what a great turn out as dart players from the East Coast, Edinburgh and West Lothian all made the effort to come and support this superb cause, On the day over 45 players took part in the darts competition, there was also a quick fire bowling event as well, And with many people putting a lot of work into the event, here are just a few people to mention, Peter Wheelans from Darts N Arts who put on an auction of some absolutely superb darts memorabilia, George Carruthers who sold raffles through out the day, and can I just say what an amount of raffle prizes donated by so many people from local Hotels, Golf Clubs, Hairdressers, and an abundance of local businesses from the area who all got involved and donated many items, and the amount of work put in by the Haddington Bowling club was awesome, on the day just over £3800.00 was raised that is a tremendous achievement, and puts the charity on  to a  fabulous footing as they are trying to raise £8000, which is needed to buy the lifting equipment for this local man, This just shows what a great family dart players are with so many people trying to help out in this excellent cause. So once again many thanks to the Haddington B.C. for hosting this event and to each and everyone of you who either attended or helped out with raffles, and also to the gentle man who decide on the day to sponsor all the maximum scores recorded and ton plus finishes, that must have cost him a few pounds! Oh and well done to all the finalists who to a man gave their winnings back to the charity, Sportsmen to the very end, William from East Calder won it beating Harry a local man in the final.

22nd April, Local dart players final standings from the Scottish Inter-Counties season, special mention to Scott Baillie from Armadale who won 7 from 7 for Lanarkshire.

 

Player

County

A

Games Pl

Won

Lost

Dart Ave

Dynamic

Dart Ave

William Borland

East  Stirlingshire

A

7

3

4

28.11

31.11

Arran Edwards

Lanarkshire

A

7

5

2

25.30

30.30

Jim Mitchell

East  Stirlingshire

A

7

5

2

22.62

27.62

Graeme Bird

East  Stirlingshire

A

4

1

3

23.43

24.33

John Charleston

Lothian’s

A

4

3

1

20.53

23.53

Mick Burke

Lanarkshire

A

4

2

2

20.34

22.34

Scott Baillie

Lanarkshire

A

2

1

1

22.97

23.97

Jamie Banks

West Lothian

A

4

1

3

19.98

20.98

Ben Hart

West Lothian

A

1

0

1

18.99

18.99

Andy Pagett

West Lothian

A

2

0

2

18.55

18.55

Roy Anderson

West Lothian

A

1

0

1

18.05

18.05

Ryan Jack

West Lothian

A

2

0

2

17.63

17.63

Denise Bird

East  Stirlingshire

A

5

2

3

14.41

16.41

Calvin Fleming

West Lothian

A

1

0

1

16.10

16.10

Craig Jack

West Lothian

A

1

0

1

15.52

15.52

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Player

County

B /B

Games Pl

Won

Lost

Dart Ave

Dynamic

Dart Ave

Scott Baillie

Lanarkshire

B

7

7

0

22.97

29.47

Graeme Bird

East  Stirlingshire

B

2

1

1

24.44

25.44

Kieran Bird

East  Stirlingshire

B

1

0

1

20.46

20.46

Mick Burke

Lanarkshire

B

1

0

1

20.19

20.19

Roy Anderson

West Lothian

B

1

0

1

19.39

19.39

Stevie Scott

Lanarkshire

B

4

1

3

18.32

19.32

Craig Jack

West Lothian

B

1

0

1

18.20

18.20

Colin Hamilton

Lothian’s

B

4

1

3

15.97

16.97

Andy Pagett

West Lothian

B

1

0

1

16.94

16.94

Denise Bird

East  Stirlingshire

B

2

2

0

13.88

15.88

Stephan Colthart

West Lothian

B

3

0

3

12.51

12.51

 20th April, Bathgate Consolation Team Cup, this event is for all the teams who did not finish first or second in the league, and it saw the Coppies A team from Armadale edging out The Old Wine Store from Shott’s in a superb final, highlight was William Cunningham with a brace of maximum 180s in the final, also on the maximum trail was Andy Thomson from the Glen Mavis Bowling Club in Bathgate

 

OOPS  Almost Forgot a wee Spanish report, Well the sun did shine but perhaps not the way I would have liked it to on the dartboard, managed to win a couple of matches, but fell short of the money rounds, myself and Wullie Laird along with Kathy Henderson did win a couple of mixed triples games before losing out to Paul Hogan and his merry band, However on the bright side met up with a few good people, Need to say this quietly one of them is English I know I can hear you all gasp (English) but he Ain’t a bad lad he hails from a place called Leek!!!! Anyway it was nice to meet up with Del again and fingers crossed we might just have a cross border match in the near future, more about that later on the web site, Wullie and Jean were there along with Wilbur promotions man Willie Burns from the West (Ayrshire) from East Stirlingshire we had Alan and family our hosts from the Crown Inn (Bo’Ness) Lewis Coult and his good lady Claire who we will probably meet up with in Inverurie this week end with at the counties!, and of course our very own Irene and Shug from Armadale and all places in-between as we know Irene is now classified as a Globe Trotter, as she has been known to head off to sunnier climates down under on a few occasions, and can I say a pleasure to partner up with Wayne & Denise Halliwell from Cyprus now there is a bit of globe trotting for a game of darts. And from  just across a wee bit of water  at the Isle of Man the team of Wayne & Mandy, Wayne with the biggest hands I have ever seen Now I do believe that a few of us might just meet up in Prague later on in the year so look forward to meeting up with you all again, Now if I have left anyone out it’s not intentional , and hopefully will meet up again somewhere on the darting circuit in the near future, Up North to  Inverurie this week end on Saturday for the Inter-Counties then down the East Coast on Sunday for the Haddington Charity Open competition (so if you like supporting good causes lets see you there, you can read about it on the web site?)so for all you dart playing  globe trotting darters out there, stay safe, see you at the bar sooner rather than later!

17th April, Hot from the press we are happy to add another player to the Maximum League Table, Callum Cockburn playing for the Grand Central Railroaders secured his first maximum 180 in the league last night, congratulations and now you have broken the duck let's see you fire in a few more, welcome to the Maximum League Table.

 

16th April, Monday night action from the W.C.D.D.L.

Championship & Premier league results go like this,

Grand Central Railroaders 8-1 Deans B.C. Golden Oldies

Stirrup Stane Indians 3-6 Kirknewton Innkeepers

Doo Club Flyers 7-2 Kirknewton Barkeepers

Commercial Inn Juniors 6-3 Tower bar Knights

Almondale Pirates 5-4 Stirrup Stane Wanderers

Murray bar Crofters 8-1 Doo Club Fanciers

Cawburn Highlanders 3-6 Commercial Inn Nomads

 

Mentions of note have maximum scorers being, William Millar from Kirknewton, Gordon Bruce for the Wanderers, Ross Burnside of the Pirates all with 180’s,

High finishes saw Liam Corbett 90 take out for the Indians of Craigshill, Davie Yule 80 game shot for the Juniors of West Calder, Matt Purdie 84 game shot, Calvin Fleming 87 take out, Bunny Forrest rock solid 76 game shot for the Nomads, But top finishes from the nights play saw Callum Wilkinson with a cracking 138 game shot, but this was not the best as Kevin Murphy from East Calder with a superb 160 take out. And for the Ladies Karen Heeps for the Doo Club Ladies was in top form with a superb 98 take out.

Fast Games had, Jamie Banks firing in the fastest game of the nights play with a 15 darter for the Nomads of West Calder, David Yule 16 dart game, Davie Aitken 16 darter, John Sandison 19 darter, Gordon Bruce 19 darter, other top scores from the night play had Grant Lyle 72 game shot, Kevin Murphy firing in scores of 121&125 to go with his 160 take out, William Millar 140 score, only doubles match reported John Sandison & Andy Thomson with a 20 darter from our Match Play doubles champions.

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14th April, Kirknewton Inn was the place to be if you were a Lady (not dressed as one Mr Melman!) as Mary Clark from the Kirknewton Barkeepers team put on an Open Ladies singles with a cracking Prize Fund, and it saw local players and players from the central belt all enter, the eventual champion crowned on the day was Lynsey McDonald, runner up was Kelly Jarvis, and just losing out in the semi finals was East Calder lady Denise Bird, unfortunately don’t have the name of the other semi finalist yet!!!

 

14th April, And thanks to our roving reporter Stephan Colthart (unpaid off course) we have a report from the PDC Development tour which took place this week end just gone, it saw local players William Borland from East Calder, Jamie Banks from West Calder, Scott Baillie from Armadale and Arran Edwards from Craigshill all in action, some superb scores returned by these four top arrow smiths with William Borland taking top honours winning some excellent prize money with two last 32 placing’s and a semi final place receiving £700 for his troubles over the week end he fired in 12x180’sand 2x177 scores along with 126 & 106 take outs, and 49 legs of darts finished between 13 and 20 excellent thrown darts, remembering this was over four events and it looks like his standard never dropped cracking arrows.

Jamie Banks also picking up prize monies with a run to the last 32 £100 for his efforts, Jamie also on target with 2 x180’s, and finishes off 124 & 104, and 10 legs of rock solid darts thrown between 21-16 arrows, Scott Baillie had 9 sub 20 darters with the quickest a cracking 14 darter along with 3x180’s recorded. Arran Edwards 19 fast games with one of them a fantastic 10 darter he also had an 11 as well now that takes a bit of doing! He also fired in 5x180 scores, £100 prize monies as well, excellent performances from all four local players looks like the these young guns are starting to make their arrows do the talking absolutely fabulous.

 

13th April, The Bathgate Friday night league held their annual Leaguer Doubles competition in Coppies bar in Armadale, and the leagues top players all entered on the night however once the chalk dust settled there can be only one! And it was the team of Dougie Hogg & Alan McDonald from Lammies bar in Fauldhouse who just edged out the Cross Tavern players from Whitburn in a cracking final, Callum Wilkinson and William Harraughty r/up this year in the League doubles, however congratulations must go to both double partnerships for some superb arrows thrown on the night, semi finalists were Rab Dick & Graeme Bird from Kirknewton and Colin Maxwell & Peter Laverty from the Coppies bar team in Armadale, some terrific games on the night and the best of these saw, Alan McDonald & Dougie Hogg finishing games in 2x12 darters along with 1x13, 2x15,2x16 darts superb throwing from the champions, Dougie Hogg also rattled in 4x180’s and a cracking 177 score and a 83 take out, Alan also on target with 2x180’s and finishes of 86&82, Callum Wilkinson 1x180, Dunne from the Cross T also 1x180,  Russell Morton highest game shot on the night an excellent 124 take out.

 

 9th April, West Calder & District darts league held their annual Match Play Doubles competition, this event is played over 4 x 501 singles and if the score is tied at 2-2 then a final doubles game will decide the outcome, this year there were some terrific tussles on the ocky but after three hours of action we were down to the final two teams left standing, and it saw the pairing of Andy Thomson & John Sandison from the Grand Central Railroaders lift the coveted Match Play Trophy, Runners up were two players from the Almondale Pirates in Craigshill with Stevie Duncan & Scott Cameron just having to settle for second place on the night after some excellent match ups, from the night there are some statistics here that have been sent to me, we start with maximum hitters and these were, Andy Thomson, Ian Stevenson, Jamie Fleming all firing in 180 scores also on target on the treble nineteen’s was Willie Wilson with a cracking 171 score, game shots saw, John Brogan 120 game shot on the twenties, Stevie Morrans 106 take out, Bunny Forrest 98 take out, Ian Stevenson with a 92 take out, Gary Christie 90 game shot, Stevie Duncan 89 kill shot, Jim Quinn 87 game shot, Scott Baker 86 game shot,  Jamie Fleming 82 game shot. Some fast games and these were recorded by none other than, Ian Stevenson 16 dart game, Gary Christie 17 darter, Andy Thomson 18 dart game, Scott Cameron 19 darter, John Brogan 19 darter. Now folks there may be more to report but I was on holiday so have reported all that was written down, so if you do have anymore info PLEASE drop me a line and it will be added cheers. Champions Andy Thomson & John Sandison, R/up Stevie Duncan & Scott Cameron, congratulations and very well done to both pairs for making the grand final.

R.B.L. Penicuik Singles Winner 2018
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Jim Mitchell
Bathgate League Singles Champion 2018
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William Borland
Bathgate League Singles r/up 2018
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Callum Wilkinson
Bathgate Ladies Champion 2018
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Denise Bird
Jim trying to look like a dart player!
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Portobello Town Hall Masters exhibition

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

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John Charleston, Graeme Bird, Colin Hamilton, Jim Mitchell

 

7th April, saw a large posse of West Lothian players make the trip to the Royal British Legion in Penicuik for their Open Singles competition, and it saw the travelling posse do well, with Graeme Bird taking the highest finish prize with a superb 160 game shot he also had a cracking 148 game shot to back it up as well, William Millar from Kirknewton was on form  with the finishing as well taking out 112 & 106 & 94 game shots, Jim Mitchell finishing 93 & 82  2x 76 game shots, John Charleston from Uphall with a rock solid 78 game shot, Maximum scores saw Gary Christie from Craigshill take the prize for the most maximum 180’s scored on the day, also on the maximum trail were, Jim Mitchell, Rab Dick, William Millar, John Charleston, Fast games came from, Jim Mitchell 15-16-20, Graeme Bird 15 darter, Gary Christie 17-18-19 dart games, And so with Gary Christie taking the top prize for most 180’s, Graeme Bird the prize for highest finish on the day, William Millar making the semi finals, and Jim Mitchell taking the first prize after a hard fought 5-4 victory over Lothian County player Andi Silkowski, So champion Jim Mitchell, Runner up Andi Silkowski. Once again many thanks to the R.B.L. in Penicuik for making us all so very welcome see you at the next one!

 

DARTING SNIPPETS, Last week there was no league matches in the Premier league in Auld Reekie, however the committee ran a three week comp, which you had to be available for all three Wednesdays, Dick Turpin oops I mean Rab Dick from Kirknewton made it through the lonesome trail from Kirknewton on the hill to enter and came away with some excellent wins playing 3 matches which were all double start double finish it saw Rab drop only 1 leg out of 13 played, he also had a superb 160 check in and a cracking 128 game shot. Also making headlines last week in the Bathgate league was the man they call the East Calder Ranger, yes Paul Weir perhaps not quite the way he wanted though, hitting a maximum 180 is great in a match especially if you have 360 left you have halved your score, BUT unless Paul was thinking of a different type of game hitting another one straight after wards dose not give you the game oops a bust on 180! But it was excellent thrown darts thought super marksmanship just after unfortunate he hit 6 consecutive treble twenties? Also heard through the grape vine that Jamie Banks jnr was on target on Monday night with a 177 score, sorry about the late report, Some info is just getting to me. Also our LEAGUE Mascot Melman was playing on Saturday just as well he did not have his High Heels on as one of the boards had a screen/large box thingy on the ceiling and he was just getting under it as it was!

 

7th April, The Inter Town league in West Lothian came to a cracking finally with the West hosting the South in the final match of the league season and a superb effort from both teams saw a 13-13 score line with both teams sharing the points, the final standings saw the points table look like this after the inaugural season, South 129 points, North 116 points, West 104 points East 20 points, So the West Lothian Inter-Town league trophy sponsored by James Banks Joinery in West Calder goes to the team from the Murray bar in Polbeth, well done to all who participated in this event and fingers crossed we see most of you again next season well done the South Champions inter town league. Some scores of note from the match up, Jamie banks 180, David Allen aka (jet) 171 via 57 57 57, Callum Wilkinson 180 &18 darts, John Grant 80c/o  with a tops tops finish, William Harraughty 15 and 19 darters, and would it be an inter town league match without a dastardly McDonald brother getting in on the action? Ricky McDonald 17 darts.  Well played.

There will be a presentation of the Trophy and mementos for the winning team, but at the moment Spencer McDonald is trying to organise a League singles event ONLY for the players who have played in the league, and should that go ahead in the near future the Inter-Town League Cup will be presented then along with a few beer tokens for the winning team. Info will follow once everything is arranged, We are trying to get the comp played in Lammies bar Fauldhouse which is under new management, so fingers crossed this will go ahead.



 

6th April, Bathgate league singles saw a cracking amount of top class darts thrown from the start of the night to the eventual final, which saw William Borland edge out Callum Wilkinson in the grand final. So Singles champion for this season is William Borland from East Calder, runner up Callum Wilkinson from Whitburn. Some cracking darts thrown on the night here are what was recorded, Maximum hitters saw, Alan McDonald 1x180, James Graham 2x180, Paul Weir 1x180, Scott Bailey 1 x180, Callum Wilkinson a superb 171 score on the treble nineteen’s, However three players fired in 4 x 180’s and these were, William Borland, Dougie Hogg, and Alan Gardiner excellent marksmanship from these three players, William Borland also on target with superb set up of a 174 score, Big finishes and there were quite a few remembering only finishes of 75 or better count! William Borland 136 take out, James Graham 121 game shot, Rab Dick 110 game shot, Rab Nelson 106, Jim Mitchell 76 game shot,  take out, Fast games which are 20 darts or less came by way off, William Borland 12-13 16 dart games, Scott Baillie 12 darter,  Callum Wilkinson 14 darter, Andy Thomson 16 darter, Jim Mitchell 15-2x17-18-20 darts, Rab Dick 17 dart game, James Graham 17 & 2x18 -19 darters, William Harraughty 18 darter, Alan Gardener 20 darter. Once again many thanks to Danny Kirkland and Big G McMillan for running this event and of course to the staff and management of Coppies bar in Armadale for their continued sponsorship.

6th April, Denise Bird from East Calder retains the Bathgate league Ladies singles title defeating Mary Clark from Kirknewton in the grand final, by 3 games to 1.

 

2nd April, and the league results are in for the W.C.D.D.L.

Volunteer Highway Men 7-2 Stirrup Stane Indians

Deans B.C. Golden Oldies 0-9 Doo Club Flyers

Kirknewton Innkeepers 2-7 Cawburn Highlanders

Kirknewton Barkeepers 1-8 Commercial Inn Juniors

Tower bar Knights 6-3 Murray bar Crofters

Stirrup Stane Wanderers 6-3 Central bar Rebels

Doo Club Fanciers 2-7 Grand Central Steamers

Commercial Inn Nomads 6-3 Almondale Pirates

 Some updates from Monday nights action, which was from the Almondale Pirates off Craigshill and the Commercial Inn Nomads from West Calder, Maximum hitters were, Ross Burnside & Scott Cameron for the Pirates Scott also finishing on a cracking 116 game shot, Davie Aitken also on the maximum trail with a 180 for the Nomads, Jamie Fleming finishing on the bulls eye for a tidy 87 game shot. (Thanks to Ross Burnside for the update)

 

Mentions from the nights play saw only a few mentions put down on the team sheets, so if you know of someone who is missing a mention please drop me a line and they will be added cheers,

E Watt from the Central bar Rebels with a cracking 123 game shot, Stevie Morrans with a 104 take out  for the Flyers of East Calder, Calvin Fleming with an 80 game shot for the Crofters of Polbeth, Kevin Murphy  also from the Flyers in East Calder also with a rock solid 80 take out, Jim Mitchell a slightly less spectacular 78 game shot for the Highway Men of Uphall,

 Maximums and there were in total four recorded two of these going to our resident League MASCOT Melman ok to give him his Sunday name Gary Christie 2 x180’s for the Wanderers who play out of the Stirrup Stane in Craigshill, Rex Brady and Martin Deegan were on target for the Highway Men both rattling the red lipstick for a maximum a piece, Fast games and these were recorded by none other than, Stevie Morrans and Rex Brady both firing in 17 dart games, Gordon Bruce fired in a 20 darter, and in the Doubles reported it had Rex Brady & Peter Hastings along with Jim Mitchell & Martin Deegan both pairs returning 20 darters.

 And finishing this report on a special mention, I do believe that Mr Melman deserves a mention, a while back now Gary Christie changed his throwing hand and he now throws left handed and what a transformation as last night he started both his games against the Rebellious ones from West Calder with a maximum 180, my hat is doffed to you sire, excellent arrow throwing.

 31st March, Dundee was the venue for the Deaf Association of Scotland’s darts competition, and local player Jay Millar from Kirknewton was in action, playing in three events the singles, doubles and four person team, and Jay came away with two final wins and a runners up , He won the Four Person Team event 5-3, the Doubles with a superb 5-1 score line, and in the Singles just losing out by 3-5, a superb achievement from this young Kirknewton player who plays for the Kirknewton Inn on a Monday Night in the West Calder & District Darts League, and some off the scores he returned on Saturday were, 2 x180’s, and three excellent games finished in 16-17-19 darts.

 

31st March, West Lothian Inter-Town league band wagon rolled into Fauldhouse this week end, With the West who play out of Lammies bar under the Leadership of Spencer McDonald were hosting the visiting North team from the Cawburn in Pumpherston with William Wilson in charge, and what a fabulous match with lots of cracking games top scores ton plus finishes and of course a lot of ribald banter between the two teams this was darts at its best good natured barracking but good order given when players were at the ocky! Some top scores from the days action saw two players firing in maximum scores and they were Dougie (Boss Man) Hogg for the West and Jim (Old Fella) Mitchell for the North, Some excellent finishing on the day the best of which were Spencer McDonald with a 105 take out via 57-16-32, Martin Deegan 103 take out with  60-3-40, Jim Mitchell 117 via 57-20-40, Fast games and there were a few here are the very best of them Alan McDonald (yes) another one of those dastardly McDonald brothers there were three of them in action for the West on Saturday and Alan fired in a fantastic 16 dart game which was just one of the best from the days action on the day, Dougie Hogg was even better with an excellent 14 darter and a tidy 83 take out, Lewis Lyle a young man with great potential from Carmon- Dean with a brace of 17 darters for an excellent 29.47 dart average, best doubles game saw Martin Deegan & Jim Mitchell with their 601 match finished in a 27.3 dart average remembering doubles are 601!, couple of special mentions it is always good to see in any sport young players coming through and Scott Gallagher son of the former county captain was toeing the ocky though he did not win he did fire in an rock solid 72 game shot against his more mature opponent William Wilson, with players like Lewis Lyle and Scott Gallagher waiting in the wings some older more experienced players should be looking over their shoulders your places may well be taken in the near future when the captains are picking their respective league teams! Anyway here are the scores from the match. Remember doubles are worth 1 point, Triples 2 points and singles 3 points a piece.

 

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Players

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Players

Doubles

Alan McDonald & Billy

0-2

Jim Mitchell & Martin Deegan

Doubles

Doubles

Dougie Hogg & Kevin

2-0

Stevie Duncan & Lewis Lyle

Doubles

Doubles

Alan McDonald & Scott Gallagher

2-0

Willie Wilson & Andy Pagett

Doubles

Triples

Alan Gardener-Dougie Hogg- Graeme

0-2

Mitchell-Deegan-Wilson

Triples

Singles

Alan Gardener

0-2

Lewis Lyle

Singles

Singles

Andrew

2-0

Jim MacMillan

Singles

Singles

Billy

0-2

Jim Mitchell

Singles

Singles

Kevin

2-0

Mitch Mitchell

Singles

Singles

Dougie Hogg

2-0

Gillian Mitchell

Singles

Singles

Scott Gallagher

1-2

Willie Wilson

Singles

Singles

Alan McDonald

2-0

Stevie Duncan

Singles

Singles

Spencer McDonald

2-1

Martin Deegan

Singles

Singles

Ricky McDonald

2-0

Andy Pagett

Singles

Final

Score

Points

Final

Score

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20-12

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30th March Bathgate league results, Kirknewton Innkeepers take second place in the league with a 6-3 victory over the Corrie bar from Armadale, The Old wine Store in Shott’s had the pleasure of hosting the Glen Mavis B.C team from Bathgate and it was the travellers who came away with a hard fought 4-5 victory , best of the nights action coming from Billy Meikle and Andy Thomson with 20 darters and Andy Thomson snr also with a rock solid 92 game shot. Lammies bar who have won the Bathgate league title were putting out the welcome mat for the Coppies Team from Armadale , well truth be told perhaps not that welcoming as the home side won 9-0 with everyone in the team showing just how they won the league pennant, James Graham with an 18 darter as was Ricky McDonald, maximum hitters were Alan Gardiner and Stuart Russell, top finish was a superb 122 game shot from Alan Gardener.

So Lammies bar Champions, Kirknewton Inn Runners up, Corrie bar third place.

 

28th March, Monday night catch up match between the Loganlea Colliers and the Almondale Pirates, and once again a close game just like Monday nights results with only one point separating the Premier league teams final result 5-4 to the Pirates of Craigshill.

 

28th March , Premier league action from Auld Reekie and the Edinburgh Darts Association in the Murrayfield Sports bar saw the Posse in action against other top flight players in the Platinum league, and boy was there some games scores are as follows,

Kirknewton ace Rab Dick (Turpin) who sits in 5th place in the league with a record of played 10 won 7 lost 1 drawn 2, and he was against Alan (VON) White who sits 3rd in the league standings with a record of played 12 won 9 lost 3, and what a match up with absolutely nothing between them it saw Rab come away with a hard fought draw 8-8 remembering in the Platinum league the format is 16 x501which is not for the faint hearted! On the night Rab fired in 1x180 and 4 cracking fast games off 16-18-18-19 darts, and that valuable point should move Rab into joint third in the league!

East Calder’s (Bird Man) Graeme Bird who is in second place in the Platinum league with a record of played 11 won 9 lost 1 drawn 1, toeing of against him was None other than Stuart Ironside one of Edinburgh’s top arrow smiths who’s record stood at played 10 won 5 lost 3 drawn 2, and it was the man called Ironsides who took the points winning 9-4, however if my calculations are right Graeme will still be in second place but sharing it with Alan White.

Jim Mitchell who somehow is sitting top of the league for the moment with a record of played 11 won 10 drawn 1, was up against Davie (Razor) Sharp who was just back from the PDC challenge tour in Milton Keynes last week end, and what a fight on the ocky of this match up with both players rattling the treble twenty bed with no fewer than 57 scores of a 100 or better recorded, Davie firing in 14 x 100’s, 11 x 140’s, 2 x180’s, in his last 3 legs of darts Davie fired in 7 of those 140’s! He also had the highest finish of the match a 120 shanghai on the twenties plus a 13 darter the fastest game recorded, Jim was no slouch either with 19 x 100’s 8 x 140’s 3 x180’s and a rock solid 14 darter along with 16-17-18-18 dart games, and yes the match score 8-8 that was a point hard won!!!!

Ratho man Stevie Bachelor was up against Arron Russell and in a closer match than the score shows it saw Arron taking the points by 8 games to 4 in the Gold league.

Gillian Mitchell was up against the one and only Joe Bata, who has been one of Edinburgh’s top players for many years and it saw Joe come away with an excellent 7-0 victory which cements his place as the number one seed in the rankings in the Bronze league with a record of played 11 won 11 and the only player who has played games into double figures and has yet to lose! Hope that’s not commentators curse?

 

26th March, Monday nights action from the ockies of the leagues here are your results.

Stirrup Stane Indians 4-5 Loganlea Colliers

Doo Club Flyers 5-4 Grand Central Railroaders

Commercial Inn Juniors 4-5 Deans B.C. Golden Oldies

Almondale Pirates 4-5 Kirknewton Innkeepers

Murray bar Crofters 5-4 Kirknewton Barkeepers

Central bar Rebels 4-5 Commercial Inn Nomads

Cawburn Highlanders 1-8 Volunteer Highway Men

Grand Central Steamers 1-8 Tower bar Knights

Cracking night of darts with 6 of the 8 venues returning scores of only 1 game difference in them, and I can also say that though the Highlanders lost by a slightly bigger margin, if they had hit their doubles especially double 3 everyone’s favourite! It would have been a different score on the board!

 

SPECIAL MENTIONS, and there a few, so starting with the maximum hitters we have players from no fewer than 6 teams registering them so lets start with John Grant & Bunny Forrest from the Nomads of West Calder both firing in a maximum each, Graeme Bird for the Innkeepers on the hill rattling the red lipstick for a maximum, from the Doo Club Flyers it saw Aldo Sinclair and Kevin Murphy both firing in the maximum 180’s so welcome to Aldo who now joins the leagues maximum scorers, The Crofters of Polbeth had Craig Jack on target with a maximum 180, and for the Highway Men it was Jim Mitchell and Rex Brady finding the treble twenty to record a 180 , Also in on the action was  Davie Black from the Commercial Juniors with a classy 174 score.

 

Top finishes from the nights matches saw, Willie Millar with the highest finish of the night with a 96 take out for the Kirknewton Barkeepers, Life in the Golden Oldies as Big Geordie Dryburgh finishing the classy way with a 90 game shot via 20-20 bulls eye, also from the Golden Oldies of old Deans that man who epitomised the essence of good taste yes never leave the house without your jacket on Mr Tam Hart with a rock solid 83 game shot, Roy Anderson with an 80 game shot for the Juniors of West Calder, two players finishing on rock solid 78 game shots saw Jim Quinn from the Commercial Inn Nomads and Ryan Little of the Rebels from the Central bar in West Calder.

Quick games and these have to be in 20 darts or less, Wullie Jack with a 17 darter for the Pirates of Craigshill, Colin Hamilton & Jim Mitchell both firing in 17 dart games for the Highway Men, Bunny Forrest with an 18 darter,  Stuart Russell from the land that time almost forgot playing for the Loganlea Colliers rock solid 18 darter.

 Some other notable scores were fired in by Martin Brady for the Pirates with a 72 game shot, some players just missing out on the maximum score were Stevie Morrans, Kevin Murphy who also had a a maximum 180, Callum Wilkinson, and Stevie Hume with a brace of 140’s also Aldo another player who also fired in a maximum with a 135 score, all these players playing for the Flyers from the East Calder Doo Club, Railroaders players Wullie Wilson just missing a maximum on the treble nineteen’s with a 133 score, Andy Thomson and Grant Lyle both just missing the 180 score and having to settling for 140’s, Only fast double game sent in this week had an old man and a hobbit recording a 17 darter for the Highway Men (Mitchell & Deegan)          

 

24th March, The Scottish Inter-counties were in action and here are some stats from local Monday & Friday night players who play in the counties who ever it is they play for! Hopefully never left anyone out, these stats came from the BDO web site!

 

Player

County playing for

Games pl

Games won

Dart average

Dynamic ave

William Borland

East Stirlingshire (A)

6

3

28.22

31.22

Arran Edwards

Lanarkshire (A)

6

4

25.35

29.35

Scott Baillie

Lanarkshire (B)

6

6

22.32

28.32

Jim Mitchell

East Stirlingshire (A)

6

5

22.24

27.24

Graeme Bird

East Stirlingshire (B)

2

1

24.44

25.44

Graeme Bird

East Stirlingshire (A)

3

0

22.65

22.65

Mick Burke

Lanarkshire (A)

4

2

20.34

22.34

Jamie Banks

West Lothian (A)

4

1

19.98

20.98

John Charleston

Lothian (A)

2

1

19.97

20.97

Kieran Bird

East Stirlingshire (B)

1

0

20.46

20.46

Mick Burke

Lanarkshire (B)

1

0

20.19

20.19

Roy Anderson

West Lothian (A)

1

0

19.39

19.39

Stevie Scott

Lanarkshire (B)

4

1

18.32

19.32

Stevie Scott

Lanarkshire (A)

1

0

18.63

18.63

Andy Pagett

West Lothian (A)

2

0

18.55

18.55

Roy Anderson

West Lothian (A)

1

0

18.05

18.05

Ryan Jack

West Lothian (A)

2

0

17.38

17.38

Colin Hamilton

Lothian (B)

4

1

15.97

16.97

Andy Pagett

West Lothian (B)

1

0

16.94

16.94

Denise Bird

East Stirlingshire (A)

4

2

14.28

16.28

The Flying Scots Man in Practise!
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Gary Anderson, Portobello Masters Champion
Darryl giving some advice to Tony!!!!!!!!!!
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Ian Butler with his autographs, just adding mine!
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Myself with Adam Hunt
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Brave Dart Jamie Harvey
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Awaiting his next victim!

 

23rd March, The venue the Portobello Town Hall for the Portobello Masters darts competition, in the field were Twice world champion  and twice Premier league champion and the reigning U.K. Open champion the one and only Gary Anderson, also joining him on the ocky were The man they call Silverback Mr Tony O’Shea former World Cup singles champion and the reigning Turkish Open champion, also the man who comes on probably the best dance moves in the professional circuit Mr  Darryl Fitton a former BDO World Trophy winner, and joining them was a young man who is in the Gary Anderson stable and making huge impact on the pro tour from Chester Lee Street in the North East of England Adam who has won no fewer than 6 times in the PDC Development and Challenge tours in the past couple of years, and joining them were four invited players and which I was lucky enough to be one of them, however that is where the dream ended as Adam Hunt beat me 4-1 in a high scoring encounter to be truthful the Pro's were just that bit better, and the only claim to fame from the night is that I was the only one who actually won a leg against these top arrow smiths! The Eventual champion on the night belonged to only one man and he is Scottish through and through the Flying Scots Man Gary Anderson Portobello Masters Champion, and on a personal note what a great night hundreds spectators for this event which was put on by the team from Darts N Arts (Peter Wheelans) Also where would we be without an official referee and it was PDC/BDO referee the man they call the ‘Doc’ Andy McCardle in charge of the matches, and then let us not forget the man who knows how to promote a competition from Scottish Exhibitions, Mr Davie ‘Happy’ Hanson, quite simply a terrific amount of work goes on behind the scenes and these two darting companies really know their stuff, At the beginning of the evening there was a introduction on the stage where all the pro-players were introduced and then a special guest the man who for many years terrorised the players from South of the border the legend that is Brave Dart himself Jamie Harvey, these great players then took a seat and all the people who had come in early were invited up onto the stage to shake hands have autographs signed and any other cards or posters with a message put on them, a part from one man who decided as his hair is no more why not get them to sign his head and they did well done Ian Butler from Edinburgh hope it was not a permanent marker!! Fabulous event and if these two great companies Darts N Arts & Scottish Exhibitions get together again it might just be worthwhile going along you will have a fabulous night’s entertainment. You have my word on it.

 

23rd March, Bathgate Friday night league saw the 5 Person team event the J. BOYLE trophy up for grabs this is a competition of a straight 5 singles match up, and it saw two excellent teams making their way through the preliminary rounds to contest the Grand Final, from the Corrie bar in Armadale we had Mick Burke, Scott Baillie, John McVie, Ian Paxton , Kevin Cochrane toeing the ocky against the Lammies team from Fauldhouse which had, Ricky McDonald, Alan McDonald, Dougie Hogg, Alan Gardener, Ian Shields in their team, and it was the Lammies team who took the title in a terrific tussle which could have gone either way, so last week the team under the leadership of Spencer McDonald won the League Title they have now added the League 5 Person team to their c.v. for this season, congratulations to both teams for making the final.

 

21st March, Postponed game in the W.C.D.D.L. Played on Wednesday 21st March,

Central bar Rebels 5-4 Loganlea Colliers, Match stats are as follows, Scott Baker 20 & 17 darters, Sean Hanlon maximum 180 plus a 20 darter and a cracking 91 game shot, Alan Gardiner 97 game shot, Martin Balfour maximum 180 and a 19 darter, John Brogan 19 dart game, Stuart Russell top score with a maximum 180, Balfour & partner 20 darter in the doubles.

 

21st March, It was that time of the week when the West Lothian Posse saddled up and head into, their rendezvous at the Murrayfield Sports bar in Auld Reekie for the Premier league, and mixed results from our Monday night players, Ratho player Stevie Bachelor losing out to Stuart Steel 5-8, Stevie firing in a brace of 140’s and a rock solid 96 game shot in this match up.

Our resident (Bird Man) from East Calder Graeme Bird was up against team mate Rab Dick (Turpin!) from Kirknewton on the Hill and this was a tough one to call but it was Graeme who crossed the winning line by 9 games to 6, along the way it saw Graeme fire out the one called the Big Fish a superb 170 take out 60-60-bulls eye and his fastest game a cracking 15 darter, Rab was no slouch either firing in a couple of sub 20 dart games and a maximum 180 to add add to his tally for the season.

Jim Mitchell was up against Lothian county player Callum Smith and these two players had crossed swords before with the scores standing at 1 win a piece and a draw, However this time Mitchell took a 5-1 lead and though Callum came back strong it saw Jim hold on for a 9-6 win it saw Callum firing out a 97 game shot and a 15 darter plus 16 scores of a 100 or better, Jim with a 15 darter and three 18 dart games plus two solid finishes of 120 & 95 plus 18 scores of a 100 or better two of them being maximum 180’s.

Gillian Mitchell was up against Scott Thomson and Scott was in excellent form not giving our Maw Mitchell a shot at a double and winning 7-0.

 

19th March, Results from Monday night action now available for your perusal, But once again our Match Secretary had to go onto Kirky’s face book page to get all the results! Connie Bamburry is the Match Secretary, so please team captains she is the person to send your results into!

Cawburn Highlanders 3-6 Loganlea Colliers

Almondale Pirates 2-7 Volunteer Highway Men

Central bar Rebels 2-7 Kirknewton Innkeepers

Stirrup Stane Wanderers 5-4 Commercial Inn Nomads

Commercial Inn Juniors 4-5 Grand Central Railroaders

Murray bar Crofters 5-4 Deans B.C. Golden Oldies

Doo Club Fanciers 0-9 Tower bar Knights

Grand Central Steamers 6-3 Kirknewton Barkeepers.

 

Couple of mentions but it looks like a quiet night on the leagues ockies!

Wanderers Player Gordon Bruce showing he can still see the red lipstick even at his age with a maximum 180, Highlander player Mitch Mitchell cracking 177 score, Ryan Kelly for the Crofters of Polbeth firing in a maximum 180.

Fast games and unusually not that many tonight perhaps the cold weather is affecting us all, roll on summer which week is it this year? Fastest games coming from Joe Devlin from the Knights of Craigshill with a 18 darter, and now for two really golden oldies from the league fact if you went to the library to get these books out it would be under archives, Martin Deegan from the Highway Men with an 19 darter and Almondale Pirate the Scorpion man Stevie Duncan also firing in a 19 darter, Ryan Kelly from the Crofters rock solid 20 dart game.

Check outs and only one ton plus finish from last night and it was captain of the Colliers from Loganlea the man called Zoko Alan Wilson with a 109 take out leading the way, Mitchell of the Highway Men with a 90 finish and John Kirk with a rock solid 80 take out, and that folks is all that has been sent in, so surely there must be more out there, or was this just a slow news night?

Top Doubles from the evenings play saw Big Daddy Frank Begley & Craig Agnew from the Wanderers of Craigshill firing in 17&18 darters for a cracking  28.62 dart average good shooting.

Reports just filtering through, Jim Pelter Graham firing in a maximum 180 for the Colliers of Loganlea, also on the 180 trail is the high flying Bird man from East Calder with a maximum score to add to his total for the season, he also had the highest finish off the week a cracking 133 take out looks like Graeme Bird is right on song! for the Rebellious ones of West Calder two hands Hanlon's son Sean Hanlon showing his old man how it is done these days as old two hands is now in semi retirement from the ocky!  Sean was in superb form firing in a 18 darter and a maximum 180 and team mate Scott Baker getting in on the action with a rock solid 90 game shot.  Other news just in, saw Grant Lyle and Craig Forrest firing in maximum 180's, Paul McCaig finishing a 87 take out on the bulls eye, and Andy Thomson & John Sandison firing in a 20 dart game in the doubles match.

 

 

So with the leagues almost at the two thirds stage, the Championship league has two front runners and neither team can seem to pull away from the other the East Calder Flyers and the Railroaders from the Grand Central in Carmon-Dean, but I just wonder if one of the chasing pack will upset the leaders at the moment as there are teams just beneath them in the league who would love to open this league right up, and the run in looks like a real tough one for all the teams, should be very interesting to see who comes out on top in the weeks ahead. The Premier league has the Highway Men out in front but coming up on the outside rail has a rejuvenated Loganlea Colliers team under Alan Wilson’s captaincy who could really decide where the league Pennant goes this year, and the Innkeepers and the Nomads are certainly not out of the race will be another tough one to call just going to have to sit back and see who beats who exciting stuff if your an armchair dart player.  

 

16th March, The venue the Glen Mavis Bowling club in Bathgate, and the competition was to help raise money for a very worthwhile cause Autism Awareness and an excellent £208.61p was raised by the dart players and their supporters on the night. Some excellent arrows thrown by our local darters and it saw, Andy Thomson firing in 3x16 darters and a 17 darter along with an 88 game shot, Billy Meikle on target with a maximum 180 and an 18 darter, there will be more stats from the evening play so if you have them why not drop me a line and they will get added!

The semi finals saw Brian Speirs defeating Callum Cockburn by 2 games to 1,

The second semi final had Andy Thomson edging out Billy Meikle by the same score line 2-1, and so to the grand final and it was young versus slightly older!

And it was youth in the form of Andy Thomson who got the better of Brian Speirs by 3 games to 0.

 Once again many thanks to all who attended and made this event happen, takes a fare amount of work to organise these events, but in the end it was a for a excellent cause. Well done to all who participated.

 

16th March, Bathgate league action saw the team from Fauldhouse secure the league championship Pennant with a cracking 7-2 victory over their other team, score Lammies (2) 8-1 Lammies (1) and so Spencer McDonalds troops can celebrate in style with still games to go they have an unassailable lead, however second and third place is still up for grabs with Kirknewton Innkeepers and the Corrie bar from Armadale still in contention to take the runners up position, On the night in Lammies it saw James Pelter Graham fir in a cracking 18 darter, as did Ryan Dickson, Ricky McDonald on target with a maximum 180, The man call (Boss Man) Dougie Hogg finishing a rock solid 85 take out, Alan McDonald & James Graham in the doubles firing in another 18 darter with Alan taking out a superb 126 via 57-57-12, Well done to the Lammie bar team for a great league victory they lost I believe the first match of the season but then went from strength to strength.

Other results just in are, Coppies (2) 4-5 Old Wine Store, Corrie Bar 5-4 Coppies (A), Cross Tavern 5-4 Kirknewton Innkeepers.

The Annie Oaklies ladies league
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with Jan's sister in law Janet presenting the prizes
Annie Oaklies Ladies Champion
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Mary Clark of Kirknewton

 

15th March, Well the last night of action in the Jan Legget Memorial Ladies & Men’s leagues, And to say after all the matches played on a Thursday night since the beginning of February that everything was still up in the air as to who was going to win the titles on offer, if there was a front runner in any of the leagues, Perhaps Mary Clark in the Annie Oaklie’s league who had a few points advantage in her nearest rivals but it was still down to the results from the evenings play before she could breath easy! All matches in the ladies league were 4 x 501 with every leg to be played and each leg worth a point!

Jan Legget, Annie Oaklie’s

played

won

drawn

lost

points

Mary Clark

8

7

1

0

27

Abi Sclater

8

4

3

1

21

Kathy Henderson

8

3

3

2

18

Gillian Mitchell

8

4

2

2

16

Amanda Millar

8

1

5

2

15

Jillian Speirs

8

1

3

4

13

Sandy Nisbet

8

0

6

2

13

Connie Bamburry

8

1

3

4

11

Ali Chaffe

8

0

4

4

10

Border Raiders League Champion
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William Borland of East Calder
Border Raiders Runner Up
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Callum Wilkinson of Whitburn

 

The Men’s Border Raiders league had Callum Wilkinson out in front but the league was that close that any one of the top five players could on the night annex the title and it was William Borland who just piped Callum by a solitary point to take the crown of the Border Raiders, remembering that the men played 5x501 and once again every leg was worth a point.

Border Raiders

played

won

lost

points

William Borland

11

10

1 x void

41

Callum Wilkinson

11

8

3

40

Graeme Bird

11

9

2

39

Jamie Banks

11

8

3

38

John Grant

11

6

5

31

Martin Deegan

11

5

6

30

Wullie Wilson

11

6

5

29

Craig Jack

11

6

5

27

Ryan Jack

11

4

7

19

Mitch Mitchell

11

1

9 + 1void

17

Jay Millar

11

2

8

14

Dean Ebbs

11

0

11

2

Rough Riders League runner up
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Gordon Bruce from Livingston
Third place in the Rough Riders league
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The one and only Will I Am from Longridge

 

The Rough Riders men’s league had Gordon Bruce sitting top of the league by one point however Gordon had played all his matches and the players in the next four places in the league could all claim the title and that is what happened with Jim Mitchell who was in fifth place having to play players in front of him winning both his matches and coming from fifth place to take the title by 3 points from Gordon. Can I just say William Harraughty stop scaring the woman we want her back to help present the prizes later in the year! or we tell Fiona!!!!!

Rough Riders

played

won

lost

points

Jim Mitchell

11

9

2

44

Gordon Bruce

11

8

3

41

Scott Baillie

11

9

2

40

William Harraughty

11

8

3

40

Andy Thomson

11

9

2

39

Ian Stevenson

11

4

7

30

Scott Cameron

11

6

5

29

John Sandison

11

6

5

29

William Millar

11

4

7

23

Calvin Fleming

11

0

11

0

Moonshine Charlie

11

0

11

0

Ben Hart

11

0

11

0

 

Some stats from the evenings play saw, William Borland fire in 4x180’s along with 8 sub 20 dart games best being a 14 darter, Callum Wilkinson 6 sub 20 dart games 15 being the best of them and a maximum on the treble nineteen’s, Jamie Banks firing in a maximum 180, Graeme Bird with 110 & 84 game shot’s along with a maximum 180, and games finished in 15 & 20 darts, Jim Mitchell ad 14 &17 darters and a tidy 80 game shot.

Now can I say a huge thanks to the Legget family with Jan’s sister in law coming along to present the prizes, on the night we paid out just over £750.00

It was also mentioned that in November of this year there will be a J Legget competition with a guaranteed prize fund off £500 in it plus entries to be played for in the Cawburn Sports bar in Pumpherston, this is being organised by Stewart Legget the husband of Jan who is the lady we have been remembering in these memorial ladies and men’s leagues which have been played for on a Thursday night, these events are going to become a annual competition in the local dart scene. Once again many thanks to Malky Cowan from the Cawburn Sports bar for his support in making this event happen and let s not forget Gwen our lady behind the bar who keeps the beer flowing, And of course to the Legget family for their support in letting us play these competitions.

 

14th March, The Posse was hard at it toeing the ocky at the weekly round up in the Murrayfield Sports bar at the Premier league Wednesday night darts, Last night it saw Stevie Bachelor from Ratho turn the game round from last week where he had double trouble this week firing out a winning score line of 8-3 over Stevie Dobson to get the points and on target with the 140 scores. 

Rab Dick was up against Big Daine McDiarmid and it was a real ding dong affair with both players matching each others scores and it ended up with a 8-8 draw Rab firing in a brace of 19 darters and a tidy 17 dart game on the way to sharing the points on offer, However Rab had another match and he made no mistake in getting over the winning line firing in 14-18-19-19 darters on his way to a win over a very experienced and rock solid player in the shape of Kenny Smith Rab also firing out a 84 game shot on his way to winning 9-5.

 

Jim Mitchell was up against Tommy Houliston and it saw the old man come away with a hard fought 9-3 win this match had plenty of top shots, with Tommy firing out on a classy 124 finish via the bulls eye plus a maximum 180 recorded, But Mitchell also had a few finishes of note with a 88 game shot and a 86 also finished on the bull, plus a brace of 180’s and a some fast games being 14-16-16-18.

 

Graeme Bird was up against the very dangerous  William Campbell and it saw our Bird man from East Calder crossing the line with a fine 9-2 score, Graeme rattling in games finished in 15-18-19 darts and a couple of excellent finishes off 128 & 100 to get the job done.

Denise Bird and Gillian Mitchell both lost with score lines of 1-7 & 2-7 respectively Gillian having a rock solid 85 game shot in her match up with Lewis Coult while Daniel Lamb was Denise’s opponent, both ladies firing in scores of ton plusses however the doubles seem to be their problem plus our ladies are used to playing best of 3x501 in the local league now the format is 12x501 it makes a difference!

 

12th March, the W.C.D.D.L. Four person team event was held in our league sponsors venue the Cawburn Sports bar and what a cracking turn out with 90 dart players in the games room it was busy and that is what we as a league need to do for all these competitions, our sponsor is good to us so we have to reciprocate by turning up and keeping his sports bar busy (don’t we) anyway back to the action the matches are like a league game but with only 4 players! Each singles is 1x701, and then 2 doubles 1x701, and if the score is 3-3 a 1001 game will decide the winner. The quarter finals line up was a who’s who of local darting talent with a mixture of the old guard and an awful lot of new faces toeing the ocky the league looks in good shape, as we all know you must have new blood coming through the ranks or things get stale, and we certainly have that with a lot of younger players now starting to make their mark, long may it continue, anyway I diversify back to the action.

 

Quarter finalists had these teams toeing the ocky,

Stirrup Stane Wanderers bt Kirknewton Innkeepers,

Commercial Inn Nomads bt Volunteer Highway Men,

Grand Central Railroaders bt Commercial Inn (1)

Loganlea Colliers bt Commercial Inn (A)

And now there were four and all fancied their chances of making the finals with each team having some exceptional talent in their squads, however there must be winners and losers and here are the semi final results,

Commercial Inn Nomads bt Stirrup Stane Wanderers,

Loganlea Colliers bt Grand Central Railroaders.

And now we were down to two, and with both teams having either present or past county players in their ranks this should be a cracker of a match up, So it was thinking time for the Captains, Jamie Fleming v Alan Wilson, the matches were close but it saw the Nomadic warriors of West Calder hit those valuable doubles when they came around and the Colliers of Loganlea on the night had to settle for runners up place, but both teams played exceptionally well through out the night seeing off all their opposition with style.

So The W.C.D.D.L. Four Person Team Champions are The Commercial Inn Nomads, Jamie Fleming-Bunny Forrest-Jamie Banks-Davie Aitken; Runners up this season are the Loganlea Colliers, Alan Wilson-John Brogan-Stuart Russell-Alan Gardener.

 Congratulations to both teams for making the final.

Also Once again I would like say many thanks to the League & Match secretaries for their hard work and of course to our league sponsors the Cawburn Sport’s bar and the hard working Ladies behind the bar keeping the amber nectar flowing cheers.

 

Some notes of excellence from the nights action saw, Maximum hitters being Stuart Russell 2x180’s, John Somerville 1x180, Jim Mitchell 1x180, Shaun Clow 1x180, Jamie Banks 1x180.Checkouts of note saw John Brett with 88 & 80 game shots, David Aitken 106 game shot, James Banks 118 & 91 take outs, John Brogan 76 game shot, But best of the night John Grant with a superb 140 game shot. Fast games and remember it was 701 legs of darts, John Brett with a 30.47 dart average for a 23 darter, John Grant also with a 23 & 24 dart games for a combined average of 29.83, Alan Gardiner also with a 23 dart 701 game, Top recorded game came in the doubles with Jamie Fleming & Davie Aitken with a 22 darter equating to 31.86 per dart excellent game of arrows.

Couple of mentions from Saturday just reaching me and these are, Andy Pagget 1 x180, Jamie Banks 1x180, Colin Robertson 1x171, Callum Wilkinson 3x180’s, Check outs saw Jamie Banks with a rock solid 100 take out, Callum Wilkinson with some excellent finishing 155-108-106-98 finishes, and games finished in 12-13-17-19-19-20 arrows.

 

10th March, Bathgate Royal British Legion, held the annual Bob Hall Memorial open singles competition, which I have heard had in excess of 50 players entering, and it saw two excellent arrow smiths making the grand final, Whitburn’s Callum Wilkinson was up against Davie Kirwan.

And it saw Davie Kirwan take the title which was won last year by none other than Cameron Menzies two excellent names to be engraved on the Bob Hall trophy, Congratulations to both players for making the final.

 

10th March,  Just in news from the hill by way off our Monday night league mascot the Melman (Gary Christie)

Andrew Davidson from Edinburgh takes the Kirknewton Inn Open Singles title defeating Rikki Brown from East Stirlingshire in the final, semi finals saw two local players just falling at the penultimate stage Gary Christie and Graeme Bird. Some facts that have been sent are that our ambidextrous Livingston player Gary Christie a man who can switch hands with ease fired in 10 sub 20 dart game which were finished in 2x16-4x17-3x19-20 darts, a cracking 177 score and some top finishing with 6 games finished with 76 or better left on the board.

 

10th March, Report from the Gardeners Arms in Haddington, Once again a very warm reception form the publican and players almost like a home from home atmosphere with a couple of reprobates also in attendance Podge coming straight to mind when you mention reprobate!  All matches up to the last four were best of 7x501,The semi finals which were then best of 9x501 saw Jim Mitchell getting the better of Greg Ritchie by 5 games to 2, while in the other semi final it saw Gary Wyllie defeating (Daz) sorry don’t know the players name by 5-3,

So the final which had a man who is used to the big occasions Top caller/referee Mr Andy McCardle doing the scoring in a best of 11x501 encounter, Mitchell won the bull up and had the advantage of throwing first in the odd legs, but double trouble soon came into play and it saw Gary take a 3-0 lead which he never let slip, Jim did pull it back to 4-5 and left a finish but Gary then finished a cracking 15 dart game with a rock solid 106 game shot to take the plaudits from the crowd, So Haddington Gardeners Arms Open Champion Gary Wyllie, Runner up Jim Mitchell. Couple of scores from Jim on the day saw him fire in 4x180’s along with a half dozen sub 20 dart games and some rock old finishing, Also from West Lothian Mark Hopkinson fired in a cracking 174 score but unfortunately lost out in the first round 3-4.

 

9th March Scores from the Bathgate Friday night league,

Lammies (B) 9-0 Old Wine Store

Coppies (A) 5-4 Kirknewton Innkeepers

Glen Mavis B.C. 3-6 Cross Tavern

 

Corrie Bar 7-2 Lammies (A)Some top arrow smiths on target with Paul McCaig cracking shanghai 120 game shot, Jim MacMillan finishing on 110 game shot, Andy Thomson with two good finishes off 90 & 70 game shots, Andy Thomson recording a 20 darter, William Harraughty firing in a brace of 20 dart games plus a cracking maximum 180, Couple of good double matches as well with William Harraughty and Ian Stevenson 19 dart games, Andy Thomson and Callum Cockburn finishing in 20 darts.

 

 

8th March, The Jan Legget Ladies & Men’s leagues are coming to a close with just one week remaining and it looks like Mary Clark has almost got the Ladies title within her grasp with one week remaining she can be caught as Mary plays the second place player Abi Sclater who has a game on hand, and with the prize fund going down to fourth place it has five ladies in with a shout of collecting prize monies.

The Men’s leagues are both up for grabs, Gordon Bruce sits top of the Rough Riders by a solitary point but he has played all his games while the players just behind Andy Thomson from Bathgate, William Harraughty from Whitburn and Jim Mitchell of Livingston can all still take the title as they have games in hand, HOWEVER those three players have to play each other so it looks like it will be some nervous players toeing the ocky next week in the Rough Riders league. Especially for Gordon who will be watching on with trepidation to see if he has done enough to be crowned King of the Rough Riders.

The Border Raiders league is still out there to be won, simple put with some players not turning up we have a slight back log of players and with one week to go if players don’t turn up NO points will be given to any player if their opponents don’t turn up as all but a couple of players have turned up for every week of this competition and it would not be fair if one player had four matches top play on the final night, This would certainly give them a very unfair advantage!

Action from the night saw Maximum scores recorded by East Calder’s Graeme Bird 1x180, From Whitburn Callum Wilkinson 1x180, Carmon-Dean’s Christopher Mitch Mitchell 1x 180, Polbeth Murray bar player Ryan Jack 1 x180.

Top finishes had these players finishing well, Top finish from the evenings play saw Christopher Mitch Mitchell from Carmon-Dean with a 119 game shot, From the Dechmont Hill’s we had the Martin Penfold Deegan with not one but two 111 game shots nice to see an old fella still able to take out these game shots at his age! Jamie Banks from West Calder with two excellent game shots of 107 & 77, Craig Jack from the Murray bar Crofters firing out a cracking 105 kill shot, Head of the Millar clan from Kirknewton saw William Millar finishing a classy 100 take out. Wullie Wilson a rock solid 70 game shot.

Fast Games were recorded by none other than, Graeme Bird with a smashing 14 darter, Jim Mitchell 17 & 18 dart games, Gordon Bruce 18 -19-20 dart games, Wullie Wilson 18 darter, Jamie Banks 19 darter, Craig Jack 19 darter, Martin Deegan 19 darter, Callum Wilkinson 2x19 darters and a 20 dart game,

 

7th March, And the grand old stagecoach trail was back in use as the Posse from West Lothian headed into their rendezvous at the O.K. Coral of darts the Murrayfield Sports bar in Auld Reekie, And their was a saloon full of top arrow smiths in attendance as we will remember last week the matches were called off as the slightly inclement weather had closed the trails leading to the venue, Last night was a late one to say the least leaving at the midnight hour to get to our trusty steed parked at the hitching rail/kerbside, but just think the committee were still there picking up score sheets and putting away the computers, (who would be a committee person) any way back to the action, Rab Dick from Kirknewton was up against the highly dangerous William Campbell who has been improving rapidly over the past couple of seasons, William went 2-1 up but then Rab clicked into gear and with games finished in 16-17-18-19-19-20 arrows and the help of a brace of maximum scores he came away with a fine 9-2 win.

 

Our resident Bird man Graeme Bird had two tough matches on the night against two top protagonists in the shape of Callum Smith and Alan White, and it saw the bird man turn in report cards of 9-4 & 9-5 wins both of Graeme’s opponents are top players in the Edinburgh area, on the way he fired in fast games of 15-16-3x17-18 darts and some excellent finishes 135 & 92 being the best and 3x180’s they always help, two excellent wins from the Bird man.

 

Jim Mitchell was up against Kenny Smith and it looked good for Jim at 3-0 up but then a loss of his throw saw Kenny start to turn the screw with some excellent finishes if Jim missed Kenny checked out he had 116-114-94-81 game shots along with 19 ton s and a maximum 180, however it was the old man Mitchell who somehow did just enough to cross the winning line by a score line of 9-7 Mitchell firing in 17-18-19 darters along with 6x140’s and roughly 16 tons.

 

Our Ladies Denise Bird & Gillian Mitchell both had the same opponent on the night and it saw Brian Cameron beating both ladies with scores of 7-3 & 7-2 though both the ladies had missed darts at doubles and both recorded 5 ton plus scores in their respective matches.

Ratho player Stevie Bachelor had a disastrous night on the doubles to put it into perspective they were like Easter Bunnies just hopping out of sight just when you thought you had them in your grasp! Losing out 1-8 to Scott Muir and 5-8 to Adam Main the treble twenties weren’t a problem as Stevie fired in 8x140’s plus lots of tons and a nice 108 game shot, but OH those so elusive doubles, the one thing Bobby George got right was that magical saying Scoring for show Doubles for Dough!

And though the league tables are not out yet for the Platinum league which has the cream of top dart players from Edinburgh and beyond in it, It may well be that our three men Graeme, Rab and Jim, are sitting near the top of the league, obviously need the league secretary to have time to prepare said league positions but looks like the Posse are doing O.K. (LONG MAY IT CONTINUE) no commentator’s curse here I hope!

 

5th March, Results in from the W.C.D.D.L.

The weather outside might be a tad blustery with snow falling and shoogly underfoot, but the League was back in action and some excellent matches were played results are as follows,

Stirrup Stane Indians 3 v 6 Cawburn Highlanders

Grand Central Railroaders 9-0 Murray bar Crofters

Volunteer Highway Men 7 v 2 Central Bar Rebels

Kirknewton Innkeepers 6 v 3 Stirrup Stane Wanderers

Kirknewton Barkeepers 9 v 0 Doo Club Fanciers

Deans B.C.Golden Oldies 5 v 4 Grand Central Steamers.

Doo Cub Flyers 5 v 4 Commercial Inn Juniors

Special mentions from the nights action saw, Maximum scores come in the shape and form off, Ryan Little with a magnificent 1x171 on the treble nineteen’s, Graeme Bird with a maximum 180, Roy Anderson of the Commercial Juniors with a maximum on the red lipstick 1x180.

Fast games recorded and must be 20 darts or less, Scott Baker with a classy 15 darter for the Central bar Rebels of West Calder, Ryan Little also for the rebellious ones firing in a rock steady 18 darter, Martin Deegan for the Highway Men with a nice brace of 20 dart legs, (bet that’s the first time anyone has said the Dechmont Hobbit’s legs were nice) Graeme Bird on song with two excellent games finished in 14 & 19 darts for a cracking 30.36per dart average, Roy Anderson firing in a 19 dart game for the Juniors of West Calder, Ian Stevenson also with a 19 dart game for the East Calder Flyers.

Now couple of cracking doubles matches recorded fact being the fastest game in the league last night was a superb 13 dart pairs match with the Stirrup Stane Indians pairing of L Corbett & R Bird on target with this doubles game and I believe the fastest of the league so far this season. Other doubles matches saw Rex Brady & Peter Hastings with a 19 darter. Some other good scores recorded on the team sheets had Ian Stevenson and Paul Weir with 137 scores and Paul also with a 140 now I know there will be more but if you don’t write them down can’t report them! Now this is scary the only finish on the team sheets last night was a solitary 76 game shot by Scott Baker now that is unusual for there not to be more!

Premier League, Has the Volunteer Highway Men from Uphall have 26 points sitting 4 points ahead of second place Commercial Inn Nomads from West Calder who have 22 points, The Innkeepers from Kirknewton are in third position on 20 points, Almondale Pirates and the Loganlea Colliers both have 16 points but both teams have games in hand the Pirates one game and the Colliers two so places could change once these matches are played off.

The Championship league is a real tough one to call with two teams having shared the top spot since the beginning of the league, The East Calder Doo Club are top with 30 points but sitting in second place are the Grand Central Railroaders from Carmon-Dean and they have a game in hand, The Tower bar Knights of Craigshill sit in third 6 points clear of the fourth placed teams which are Commercial Inn Juniors and the Murray bar Crofters.

 Special mention to Andrew Davidson who many off you will know well, he plays in Edinburgh but travel's to lots of competitions in the area , this week-end he plays in the U.K. Open, and I believe it is on T.V. at 12 noon! We wish him all the very best, a cracking dart player and nice guy to boot.

 

26th Feb, Match secretary’s report,

Almondale Pirates 9-0 Stirrup Stane Indians,

Murray bar Crofters 2-7 Doo Club Flyers, Special mentions go to Ryan Jack with a 104 game shot for the home team, the visitors saw Kevin Murphy with a 180 maximum score, Callum Wilkinson 98 game shot, Tam Laird 100 take out.

Grand Central Steamers v Grand Central Railroaders, which saw a 8-1 win for the Railroaders, with Andy Thomson firing in a maximum 180 and a rock solid 20 darter, Willie Wilson once again on target with a maximum on the treble nineteen’s for a 171 score, Paul McCaig & Grant Lyle teaming up to register a 19 darter in the doubles.

Stirrup Stane Wanderers 1-8 Volunteer Highway Men, Gary Christie on target for the home side with a maximum 180 and 18 dart game, for the visiting Highway Men it saw Rex Brady with a maximum 180 and a 19 dart game, Colin Robertson 1x171 on the nineteen’s and a 17 darter, Stevie Scott also on target with a maximum on the treble nineteen’s for a 171 score, Pete Hastings and Jim Mitchell both recording 18 daters, Mitchell also finishing a 90 game shot via 25-15-bulls eye.

Doo Club Fanciers 1-8 Deans Bowling club Golden Oldies, Brian Speirs for the visiting Golden Oldies registering 20 & 23 darters.

Tower bar knights 7-2 Kirknewton Barkeepers, Jay Millar from the Barkeepers firing in a brace off 133 scores and a cracking 153 score, also finishing well was William Millar snr with a rock solid 86 take out.

Commercial Inn Nomads 4-5 Kirknewton Innkeepers, For the Nomads it saw Jamie Banks on target with a cracking brace of maximum 180’s and two fast games finished in 16 & 20 darts, Bunny Forrest with a rock solid 18 darter, for the Innkeepers it saw Rab Dick firing in a maximum 180 and a superb 177 score, along with a 19 darter, Graeme Bird finishing with 76 game shot.

 

24th Feb, Well the West Lothian Inter-Town league was back in action and it saw the South at home to the North and what a cracking darts match it turned into with some outstanding shots hit on the day, It saw the North take the first couple of matches and all looked good for the visitors but the South then started to find their range and went into a lead which the visiting team never quite caught the final score was South 18 North 14 a great match up and with lot’s of good natured banter and a wee bit of barracking but all done in good sportsman like manner from both teams, Some top shots from the days action saw the Home team players recording these scores, Scott Baillie 20 darter, John Grant firing in a maximum 180 and a cracking 108 game shot, John Somerville, John Grant and William Harraughty a superb 20 dart 701 game that’s better than a hundred a throw great marksmanship, Mick Burke who was out on day release from his care home rattling in the big trebles with a superb 174 score, Gordon Bruce who had good and bad shots? Gordon excellent 15 darter finished with a 121 game shot via 60-33-28, however he also had a score which had everyone shaking their heads at 178 left on the board and he fires in a maximum 180 silly boy! The said later he forgot to look at the score to see what he had left and we all know that’s a newbie’s mistake and Gordon has walked many many miles on the ocky but it did give everyone else a chuckle at his expense. Wullie Wilson of the North fired in a rock solid 17 darter and Jim Mitchell with the top finish of the day a nice 152 take out via 60-60-32, Stevie Duncan for the North checking out with a classic 116 via 20-60-36.

 Also a BIG THANK YOU to the Murray bar for an excellent buffet much appreciated by both teams superb stuff.

 

WEST

LOTHIAN

INTER

TOWN

LEAGUE

Scores

Sections

Played

Won

Lost

Drawn

Points

North

4

2

2

0

72

West

4

3

1

0

71

South

3

3

0

0

52

East

3

0

2

0

20

 

However there is always a down side, and it would appear the West travelled up from Fauldhouse to play the East at the Doo Club in East Calder and the Doo Club said they new nothing about it, so a 32 -0 score must go to the West and if the East are no longer involved then it puts the whole competition into jeopardy as they have the South section to play twice and that would give them a 64-0 score line which would be the end of the league, as players are aware this comp has been on the go since November last year and has each team playing 6 games 3 away 3 at home, and with none of the venues involved having to sponsor these events (Lammies -West, Doo Club -East, Cawburn -North, Murray bar-South) this was to give something back to the darting venues in the West Lothian area at no cost to themselves, all players had to do was turn up, A self funding league which was to hopefully inspire players back to the ocky, looks like it may now be not happening, so will try and talk to the team captains from the South -John Somerville, West – Spencer McDonald, and North –Wullie Wilson, to see what they wish to do, let's see if we can keep this event afloat! The league dates etc have been on the local dart web site since October of last year and were given to each venue and I do know that the Doo Club had it pinned to the wall next to the dartboards, so can't quite understand how no one knew about it, there again I do realise some dart players don’t read the web site, and someone may have taken the Inter-Town league schedule down so perhaps web sites and printing of schedules are not the way forward, so lets hope the team captains of the other three regions will want to keep this fledgling venture alive many off us thought this would be a good venture with dart players getting the chance to play against players from around the county with minimal out lay just £3 per person registration.

 

 

23rd Feb, Just back from Dart ‘N’ Arts and a blether with Peter Wheelan’s, I can honestly say it was like being a little child in a sweetie shop So much to see and take in, Never realised just how much choice there was on show, If you fancy getting a new darts set up, Would recommend giving it a visit, Had a wee game of arrows with Peter he won 2-0 but I was just about to get warmed up so would have probably gone 3-1!!!! And it is his home board! Enough said.

Almost forgot imagine my surprise when browsing through the shelves in Darts ‘n’ Arts, to my shock horror as many of you will be aware I have quite a substantial collection of darts memorabilia myself, BUT here on a shelf of Peters darts super store was a book I had never seen, the gentleman that Peter is took one look at my OH so sad demeanour and he took pity on me and presented the book to me for my collection a true gent that man.

 

 

23RD Feb, Bathgate Friday League results in so far are,

Coppies 5-4 Glen Mavis B.C.

A truly sensational night of darts at the home of the league sponsors, Coppies bar resulted on Coppies winning, top scores from the night saw, Kevin McMahon firing in a maximum 180, Russell Morton with a cracking 105 game shot, it then saw Kevin & Russell team up in the doubles and record two cracking games finished in 17 & 18 darts to help their team over the winning line.

Cross Tavern 6-3 Coppies (A) Some excellent scores from this match up with Callum Wilkinson firing in a maximum 180 along with 16 & 17 dart games for a cracking 30.36 per dart average, William Harraughty rock solid 17 dart game, Darin McIntyre 86 game shot, Andy Pagget with a 110 game shot via 60-10-40, Callum Wilkinson and Big G McMillan firing in a 19 dart doubles game fastest doubles recorded on the night. Just winged their way in two other scores!

Corrie bar 3-6 Old Wine 6, Kirknewton Inn 9-0 Lammies (2) 

 

 

 

 

23rd Feb, Well Ladies J.L. League has Mary Clark still at the top with 20 points Abi Sclater just 3 points behind on 17,  Amanda Millar and Gillian Mitchell then sit in joint third place on 13 points, Kathy Henderson moves up three places and sits in fourth place with 10 points, then we have Jillian Speirs, Sandy Nisbet, Abi Chaffe and Connie Bamburry with only 3 points separating these ladies, Mary may have done enough to hold on to her top place but it looks like it will be a hard battle to stay there with Abi Moving up the league in style neither of the top two have been beaten yet!

The J.L. Rough Riders league is up for grabs as Scott Baillie sits top on 40 points however all his games are now played and the next four players can all still win the league pennant, but with most of these players having to play each other it will be some achievement to topple Scott from the top spot.

The J.L. Border Raiders men’s league is also a hot place to be at the moment with Callum Wilkinson leading the way on 26 points which is six points from the sixth place player and with five points available in each match the next five players are all within touching distance any one of these top six players could move into the leaders position come our next week activities on the ocky , time will tell.

 

22nd Feb, Well I would like to say that the J.L Men’s league went ahead with no problems to speak off! But that’s not true 6 players missing from a league of 12 makes it almost impossible to give the players who turned up a game, Shame people who cant make it don’t bother to say so, One player did tell me in advance he would be in Germany for the Premier league of the PDC, But he was the only one, so can only apologise to those players who turned up and could not get a game! To say it gives the organiser who is unpaid! A headache is an understatement, Anyway only a couple of weeks to go till the end, and after speaking to players last night it may well be that these events will become Invitation leagues only instead of letting players put their names down then not bothering, On the up side though the J.L Ladies league is going well with a full complement of players every week so that their league is right on track (well done the ladies). However for those men who did turn up, thank you, fingers crossed we will get all your games played in the last two weeks of the event,

remember NO GAME next week as the league dominoes teams are taking over the Sports bar, and with the amount of bounce outs they might have throwing them at the board it might be a tad dangerous!


 


 

22nd Feb, Some top action from the nights play saw players recording maximums being Callum Wilkinson 1x171, Graeme Bird 1x180, John Sandison 1x180, Andy Thomson 1x180,

Some good finishing on the night Scott Cameron with a 110 game shot and a tidy 86 finish, it also had Ian Stevenson with 103 & 79 take out shots, Mitchell 100 game shot a wee steal! Gordon Bruce nice 98 two dart finish, Wullie Wilson recording 88 & 85 game shots, John Grant with a classy 80 take out and a tidy 74 game shot, Andy Thomson with 78 & 76 game shots, BUT Highest finish from the action on the ocky went to the man from Whitburn with (2XL’s) in his name Callum Wilkinson a superb 160 take out,

Fast games had Wullie Wilson with an 18 darter, Callum Wilkinson 17 & 20 darters, Willie Harraughty a brace of 17 darters and a nice 16 darter, John Sandison 20 darter, Andy Thomson with 17-18-18 dart games, Scott Baillie with 17020-20 dart games, Two players with 14 darters and these were Graeme Bird firing in 14-16-19-20 dart games and Gordon Bruce with 14 & 20 dart games.

 

21st Feb, Murrayfield Sports bar report, Some cracking matches this week from the Premier league in Edinburgh, But without any doubt it was Graeme Bird who was flying high with some exceptional darts thrown, Graeme played Gary Higgins in a match where he was on for the nine darter after 7 consecutive trebles hit he had to settle for an excellent 11 dart game and followed that up with games finished in 13-17-18 darts along with 4x180’s and two classy finishes off 106 & 124 and a more modest 86 take out, Gary Higgins did not play bad it was just the Bird man was on song!  And missed very little cracking game of darts, and a 9-5 score line to Graeme the final outcome.

Kirknewton’s Rab Dick toed the ocky against far travelled Ian Butler who also ply’s his arrows in the Baltic states off Europe, Rab though showed what a more home based player can do winning 9-2 and firing in a brace of maximum 180’s along with a 92 game shot and legs of 17 & 18 darts.

Jim Mitchell was up against Eddie Main and the score line not quite the full story Jim coming away with a 9-3 win but it was a story of missed doubles for both players it also saw Eddie wiring the bull for a 170 finish, but Mitchell did enough and on his way to a win fired in 3x19 darters and a 18 dart game.

Stevie Batchelor from Ratho just on the end of a 6-8 loss to the man called Fat-Cat the one and only John McCafferty.

Gillian Mitchell also on the end of a 2-7 loss in the Bronze league playing against Willie Wheelans who took out those all so important doubles.

 

19th Feb, Well once again that time of year came round YES the West Calder and District darts league exhibition night, this event is held at the home of the Monday night league sponsors the Cawburn Sports bar in Pumpherston, and yes many will think the league treasurer has lost the plot it’s FREE to come along and be a spectator or buy a raffle and see if your lucky enough to get to play,

This year we had the privilege of having two of the world’s top lady players in attendance, The 10 x times Champion of the World Trina Gulliver mbe, and the number one ranked lady player in the World Deta Hedman, between them these two superstars of ladies darts have won everything there is to win in the ladies game, Now on the night we had Darts Scotland helping out with score recording and walk on music, Ted McMillan and Billy  Weir and if you have seen the photos on face book you will realise it just might be the latter who does most of the work! Also refereeing for us was county player Colin Hamilton making sure there was no skull duggery going on in the matches played though I think he just might have had a wee bit to do with some of the scores that were recorded!

Little & Large
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Amanda & Deta
Trina trying everything to get an advantage
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Innes though came through as the winner.

 

On the night the ladies played 17 games and the scores went like this, Deta up first for the pro’s played Denise Bird from East Calder and it saw Deta finishing on a 92 to take the first match for the professionals, next up saw Mark the Gambler Lee toe the ocky however Deta was in top form finishing the match in 16 darts only double trouble making the game that long! Deta starting off with a brace of 140’s, so 2-0 to the pro’s, Next victim I mean challenger the man from Carmon-Dean Gerry the Eliminator Hughes and once again it was Deta who saw the Eliminator of with ease, score 3-0 However our next player to take on Deta was none other than Cawburn Highlanders player Sandy Coulter who showed no nerves and not giving his opponent a shot at a finish Sandy taking out a classy 100 game shot at last a point for the home team. We then had a change of combatants with Trina Gulliver taking to the ocky, Her first challenger came in the shape of Jim McMillan and though Jim fired in some top scores tons and high 80 scores it was ten times champion of the World who took the game 4-1 to the Professionals, Now came a real challenge as perhaps the youngest player in the hall Innes Hamilton took to the stage, now for those that don’t know Innes is not that tall so a step was put in place to help him reach the board, and Trina thought that’s not right he has an advantage so she decided to stand on the step as well we in the hall were a bit worried as she did seem to sway a bit cant be easy throwing from a foot higher than your used to! However it was young Innes who took the match with a double twenty to give the home support something to cheer well done that young man. Next saw Brian Tosh MacIntyre take to the ocky but by now Trina was in mood to give out Tosh a chance and in 19 excellent thrown arrows he was sent back to seat and the score now stood at 5-2 to the Pro’s, Wullie Wilson from the Railroaders tried his best in the next match however he went the way of many before him and Trina had yet another scalp to add to her belt! A break was then called after 8 matches for some photo shoots and a wee blether if you were so inclined.

Forget the pool cue this is the game
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Malky Cowan taking up darts!!!!!!!
Fred Hamilton and the Stirrup Stane Indians
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Enjoying the show

 

When the darts started we had a special challenge match it saw brother & sister Conner and Ellie Roodyard play a doubles match each partnering up with one of the professionals and it was the pairing of Ellie and Trina who took the plaudits, now for those that don’t know Ellie and Conner they are the children of Gavin Roodyard who runs Darts Planet T.V. and if you get the chance I can only suggest you give it a look some excellent videos and chats from the top darts professionals on there, Gavin has one of the fastest growing web sites/blogs going for darts with some where in the region of a third of a million hits in the last three months now that’s some achievement, any way I digress and back to the action on the ocky, Next up we had five local lady darters taking to the ocky and first up was Jillian Speirs who has played many county games for West Lothian however was Trina that took the match and so our second lady challenger of the night had gone the same way as Denise earlier on, Alli Chaffe from Kirknewton was up next Alli has only been playing for two years and plays for the Kirknewton Barkeepers in the local Monday night league and has just recorder her first ever maximum 180 in the league the other week, but Trina was on song once again and the score was now 8-2, Next up was another player who has only been playing for roughly two seasons Abi Sclater, Abi has made excellent progress also in the local leagues sitting second in the Jan Legget Memorial ladies league and taking a semi final place in the Ladies Open last Saturday, Both players had many shots at a double but it saw Trina take the final elusive double to make the score on the door stand at 9-2, Next lady to take to the ocky was Mary Clark who sits proudly at the top of the ladies standings in the Jan Legget league and this times it was Deta who was toeing the ocky for the Professionals and Deta after a watching Trina strut her stuff decided it was time to turn on the style and Mary was put the way of the ladies before her 10-2, Now we had a battle of little and large as Amanda Millar took to the stage Deta stands well over 6ft tall while let’s just say that Amanda might just be a tad smaller in stature! And Deta showed no mercy going out in  17 darts, And now we had the chance for two men to perhaps put a couple of more chalks on the score board for the home side, Ian Curr was up next and perhaps stage fright set in as he looked a trifle nervous and Deta though encouraging him he never quite settled and Deta quickly put him out of his misery, And so to the final game of the evening and it was William Borland who went head to head to with Deta and as Deta had stated earlier she was a woman on a mission and wanted to kick some one’s backside as William had beaten her in the Poppy Scotland exhibition last November, And that is exactly what she did with the fastest recorded game of the night, a classy way to finish a great night of darts with a rock solid 15 darter which was finished with a102 game shot, Final score forget it who cares a cracking night of darts and two superb Players. Oops almost forgot a final doubles match up took place Malky Cowan the Owner of the Cawburn partnered up with Deta and Ted from Darts Scotland partnered up with Trina and it saw Ted & Trina leave the ocky as the last winners of the night!  Somehow I don’t see Malky hanging up his pool cue just yet for those that don’t know Malky is the Chairman of the Scottish Pool Association. As chairman of the Monday night league I can say with hand on heart these two ladies were one of the finest nights entertainment we have had on the dart boards in a long time and over the years we have had many greats of the ocky grace our exhibition nights, and Trina & Deta are up there with THE VERY BEST OF THEM, Thank you again for making our night such a success, Also can I say thanks to the league sponsor the Cawburn Sports bar and to John McDonald and Connie Bamburry our league secretaries for all their help in making these events happen?

Jim M. Chairman W.C.D.D.L.

P.S.  

This is the 16th time the league has held a professional night of darts, And these two Lady players have followed in the footsteps of, Gary Robson x 5, Gary Anderson x 2, Tony O’Shea x2, Darryl Fittonx2, Jamie Harvey x 2, Andy Boulton x 2, Chuck Norris x 2,Ted Hankey,          Robbie Green, Martin Adams, Alex Lister, Gary Stone, Ronnie Sharp, Big John Henderson, and lets not forget the very first one that was held all those years ago with Peter Manley & Chrissie Howett.


 

 

 


 

 

18th Feb,  Well done to William Borland making it to the final 32 of the Scottish Open, William losing out to Jim Williams a Welsh international player in a superb match, with Jim Williams recoding a dart average off 98.88 a throw, William had three darts bounce out and two missed darts at a double, otherwise who knows if they had stayed in the board and those double 16’s had gone in could have been a different outcome!

 

 

18th Feb, East Calder Homing Society club, Held a Memorial competition for Jan Legget a former player and well respected Lady player of the Doo Club Fanciers ladies team, The final saw Denise Bird and Mary Clark toe the ocky to see who would be the first player to get their name on the Perpetual trophy, and it was Denise Bird who took the title to become the first lady player to win the J.L. Cup. Congratulations to both players for making the final.

 

17th Feb, The Scottish Open held in Renfrew at the Normandy Hotel, saw many of the top players from the local area in attendance, who were trying to qualify for the finals on Sunday, William Borland from East Calder secured his place in the last 32 with some tremendous arrows thrown , other players not quite making it but playing well saw John Charleston falling at his board semi final, though John on the day fired in games of 14&18 darters and a classy 110 game shot, Mitchell went out to Andy Boulton by the odd leg in 5 with every game going with throw, Mitchell 2x180’s and couple of fast legs on the day 15-16-18. Colin Hamilton not quite getting into his game early doors losing out in the first round, Andy Thomson from Bathgate at one stage was on for the 9 darter though that did not materialise he did win another good showing from this talented young Bathgate player.

 

 

17th Feb, The Open Men’s & Ladies singles held in the Cawburn Sports bar saw an excellent filed of players attending, and the Ladies title went to Gayle Maxwell from Stirling who edged out Ina McNeil in the ladies grand final.

The man crowned champion on the day was Andy Davidson from Edinburgh who beat Livingston’s Shaun Clow in their final, Andy with a magnificent 10 darter to claim the championship.

 

16th Feb, Friday night action from the Bathgate league,

Coppies (B) 3-6 Cross Tavern, William McCue the only maximum hitter with a180.

Lammies (A) 1-8 Coppies (A)

Glenmavis Bowling Club 2-7 Lammies (B)

Old Wine Store 5-4 Kirknewton Innkeepers.

 

15th Feb, Thursday night action from the J.L. Ladies league saw changes a plenty as Mary Clark consolidated her lead at the top of the standings, but moving up into second place is Abi Sclater who recorded two 4-0 victories and now sits just two points behind the top position, Amanda Millar and Gillian are in joint third place each with 9 points, and then it becomes really congested as no fewer than 5 players have six points, this league certainly is one that is hard to read! As players are all taking points of each other, Mary Clark though was in top form firing in a cracking maximum 180 to add to her league total of maximums in the Ladies top shots league table.

 

15th Feb, The Men’s leagues had an Open Singles competition on the night and there were 114 legs of darts played with matches being the best of 5x501 from the start, and there were 34 sub 20 darters recorded from the action on the boards,

William Borland firing in 8 fast games with 12 being the fastest of the night followed by 15-16-17-17-18-18-18 darters,

Scott Baillie ratting in games with 17-17-17-18-19-20-20-20 arrows,

Jim Mitchell with games finished in 15-16-18-19-20 darts

Andy Thomson on target with 17-18-19-20 dart games,

Gordon Bruce finishing games in 15-16-18 darts,

Ian Stevenson a brace of 18 dart games and a 19 darter,

Callum Wilkinson with games finished with a brace of 19 darters,

Scott Cameron 19 darter.

 

15TH Feb, Maximum hitters and there were a few! Which saw 7 players recording them and these were, Jim Mitchell with a brace of top scores, George Thorburn, Wullie Wilson, John Sandison, Scott Baillie, Gordon Bruce, Andy Thomson, all hitting the red lipstick.

15th Feb, Checkouts from 75 and above saw 17 top finishes, The best being from Armadale’s Scott Baillie a young man who only came into the sport roughly two years ago and is making huge inroads in the local competitions with a superb 160 game shot he also recorded a slightly smaller 89 take out excellent shooting, Perhaps the oldest competitor in the field Jim Mitchell with three bull finishes on the night 2x130 and a 89 game shot on the middle of the board also a tidy 117 take out after all the years he has played he should know where the bull is by now!,

Talking of age here is a man who made a huge impact on the darts scene back in the 1980’s and looks like age has not caught up with him yet either! Gordon Bruce the man with a great taste in footwear showing even though age may be catching up with him his finishing power is still there with three finishes off 112-92-80 check outs, Ian Stevenson 102 take out, Bathgate’s Andy Thomson another cracking young player who has been firing out the big shot’s in recent months in the local Monday & Friday leagues taking out some rock solid game shots with checkouts of 98-96-78 finishes, One of the Founding members of the Grand Central Railroader’s Wullie Wilson 90 game shot, Callum Wilkinson 79 & 76 game shots rock solid finishing from the Whitburn ace,  Graeme Bird classy 98 kill shot.

 

15th Feb, The Open singles competition was played as a double entry format which means you were in both halves of the draw, what happens names are pulled from the hat for the first half of the competition then put back into the hat and pulled out for the bottom half of the comp, so you clever clogs out there will realise you can play yourself in the final if you win both sections and that means you get both the winners and runners up prizes! But it does take a bit of doing? Anyway once the last eight players were left toeing the ocky it saw the scored go like this and you will see their was one player still in both sections who had a chance of making both finals! Scott Cameron 0-3 William Borland, Wullie Wilson 2-3 Scott Baillie, Jim Mitchell 3-2 Graeme Bird, Andy Thomson 3-1 Scott Baillie,

And so to the semi finals, William Borland 3-0 Scott Baillie, Jim Mitchell 3-0 Andy Thomson, and the final ladies & gentlemen as it was quite late saw a discussion between the finalists and it was decided a PDC format would decide the winner and a 9 dart highest score would finish the night off in dramatic style which was just as well as, Mr Will I Am Harraughty, had volunteered his services to mark and we did not wish a man of his age to be kept from his bed at that late hour (you know what these old gaddgies are like!) Lets just say both players did not score that great(understatement) William winning by 17 points though truth be told Jim had a bounce out which would have been enough to win it by a huge 2 points, This comp was a freebie with prizes for the last four, s/f  Andy and Scott getting a huge  (well large bottle of beer Spanish Lager each) Jim getting his case of Cider and William a case of Millers, many thanks to all who came along , long night but some excellent arrows thrown and some superb match ups, see you all next week, and if your playing this week end stick in and let me know how you do always nice to give credit where credit is due!

 

14th Feb, Once again Wednesday came round as usual! And the Posse from West Lothian took the trail into the Murrayfield Sports bar to engage in some good old arrow flinging with the players from the Premier league,

Rab Dick was up against Garry Higgins in the Platinum league which has it’s matches played over the best of 16x501, and it saw the Kirknewton ace come away with a cracking 9-5 victory, the biggest difference in this match was Rab’s finishing power if it was left it was gone, he also fired in a maximum 180 along with a rock solid 88 take out and 4 sub 19 dart games which were 15-18-19-19 darters.

Graeme Bird toed the ocky against Paul Wyllie and Graeme took the lead right from the start of this match up once again 16x501 games was the format, and it was  a lead he never relinquished, coming away with a very hard fought 9-6 victory and he also fired in a maximum 180 along with games finished in 15-18-20-20 arrows,

Jim Mitchell was up against Big William Campbell and though Jim took an early lead it saw William fire back and after 4 legs it was 2-2 the next two games were shared and it looked like this was going to be a real war of attrition however Mitchell managed to get his nose in front and though the score line may not reflect the final outcome 9-3 to Jim, this match ever so close with William just that one throw behind! Both players hitting the maximum 180 trail top finish a solid 90 take out via 18-36-36 and five sub 20 darters to Mitchell with a brace of 16 darters the best of the match.

Stevie Bachelor who is a Ratho based player had a convincing win over Jay Thorburn I believe it was a 7-3 score line, However at the end of the night and watching some Pool action the old adage of more time in the snooker hall than at school comes to mind as Stevie might just give our very own Rex Brady a tight game on the green baize!

Denise Bird and Gillian Mitchell both crashed heavily to their more experienced opponents, in the Bronze league, though Denise once again showed she can fire in those 140 scores as she does in the Monday night league.

 

12TH Feb, News from the Championship league, Grand Central Railroaders hosted the travelling ladies (Fanciers) from the Doo Club in East Calder and it saw the home side pull no punches coming away with a fine 9-0 win, John Sandison firing in a 17 darter plus a tidy 96 game shot, Grant Lyle in good finishing form with two classy game shots off 114 & 94, Paul McCaig getting in on the action with a 80 take out, Couple of good double matches saw Sandison & Thomson with a 20 dart game, Lyle & McCaig 18 darter with a 118 game shot, but don't think the ladies did not give a good account of themselves, Denise Bird firing in a brace 140's that just might have put the shakes on her opponent!

Commercial Inn Juniors  versus the Murray bar Crofters was a very close encounter with only the odd game the difference in this match up with the visiting Crofters doing enough to take the points with a 4-5 victory, Craig Jack & Ben Hart firing in a classy 17 darter in the doubles matches.

Big Tam Lairds team the Flyers from the Doo Club in East Calder keep the pressure on at the top of the Championship league with an excellent 8-1 win over the Steamers from the Grand Central, The man called the Ranger Paul Weir with a superb 144 game shot via 54-54-36 also finishing in 15 deadly arrows, Stevie Hume maximum 180, Ian Stevenson cracking 94 game shot, also hitting the big scores it had the man with (2XL’s) in his name Callum Wilkinson a brace of 140’s to his credit, Sandy Lee for the Steamers on target hitting the red lipstick in style for a maximum 180,

Stirrup Stane Indians 5-4 Central bar Rebels.

Deans Bowling Club’s Golden Oldies hosted the Knights from Craigshill and the score line saw the visitors come away with a fine 7-2 win, Stuart Mitchell with a 19 dart game fastest of the night play and Jim Galloway with an excellent 112 game shot.

 

12th Feb, and action from the ockies of the West Calder & District Darts league saw some tremendous match ups, Here are the Premier league results,

The top two teams who at the moment are top of the Premier league had a real dust up! On the ocky that is, results went like this, Highway men took the first two matches, with Hastings & Mitchell putting chalks on the board, but back came the Nomads with Bunny Forrest & Davie Aitken making the score line 2-2, Then it saw Brady & Deegan edge out their opponents to give the home side a slight advantage going into the singles, First doubles match saw the Highway Men secure the points score line 5-2 but back came John Bruton’s Nomads and a final score of 5-4 to the home side. Couple of good games Bunny Forrest & John Grant with a with a 19 darter in the doubles, but it was Davie Aitken who fired in a cracking 15 dart game and a maximum 180 in his singles. Martin Deegan had a 94 game shot, for the home side, Rex Brady solid 20 dart game.

Cawburn Highlanders seem to be finally finding their range with another cracking win over a very talented Almondale Pirates team 5-4 to the home side.

Stirrup Stane Indians 5-4 Central bar Rebels, looks like the Fat Controller Fred Hamilton has got his team over the winning line at long last, they have been close at times but last night that fifth game came, I’m sure the celebrations went on long into the night, well deserved.

Loganlea Colliers 6-3 Stirrup Stane Wanderers, The leagues mascot Melman from the wanderers firing out a classy 90 game shot, but it was the Colliers players who were in top form with Alan Gardiner on target with a maximum 180, John Brogan keeping his good form going with a shanghai 120 take out, Jim Graham firing in rock solid 76 game shot.

 

10th Feb, Dart snippets, 32 Club Shott’s saw a cracking attendance for their open competition; have heard Greg Ritchie from Edinburgh came away with the first prize,

9th Feb, Bathgate Friday Night league saw the leagues Four Person team event take place this is playing format is 4 singles, 2 doubles and a 1001 leg should the match be tied at 3-3, And it was the high flying  Lammies bar from Fauldhouse who are top of the league at the moment edge out the second place team in the league standings, the Innkeepers from Kirknewton by the odd leg in 7, 4-3 to the Lammies team. Fastest game of the night came from Coppies bar player Rab Nelson one of the old style players still using good old brass darts, but he really showed what he can do with them firing in a superb 12 dart game finishing on a classy 114 game shot.

 

8th Feb, In the Jan Leggat Annie Oaklie’s league it has Mary Clark at the top of the league on 11 points with Gillian Mitchell in second place with 9 points both these ladies are undefeated at the moment in the league with three win’s from three matches, Abi Sclater and Amanda Millar are just two points further back on 7 points, and then we Have the draw artist Sandy Nisbet with three games played and three draws returned with 6 points which is the same as Jillian Speirs and Connie Bamburry who also have 6 points.

In the Rough Riders league it is the younger generation who lead the way from the old guard, Armadale’s Scott Baillie sits top with 31 points and just a couple of points adrift is Andy Thomson with 29 points.

Border Raiders league table, has William Borland and Callum Wilkinson moving ahead of the chasing pack with William on 24 points and Callum on 22 points neither player having lost a match yet, and Callum has the very slight advantage of a game in hand, however points on the board are perhaps more valuable! Time will tell.

 

8th Feb, Action from the J.L. Ladies & Men’s Leagues which saw some excellent scores turned in by a lot of players and there were 15 maximum scores recorded, top of the maximums fired in this week was, Andy Thomson with 4x180’s to add to his league total, The old Guard were in on the action as well with Gordon Bruce recording a brace of maximums 2x180’s, Armadale ace Scott Baillie also with 2x180’s, West Calder’s Jamie Banks with1x180, Mitch Mitchell 1x180 to add to his tally on the league tables, Frome the Grand Central we had John Sandison with a 1x180 and Wullie Wilson on target on the nineteen’s 1x171 recorded, Whitburn’s angry bumble bee or is that Alloa wasp! Callum Wilkinson firing in a 180 as did Polbeth’s Craig Jack also on target on the red lipstick also in on the action was William Borland of East Calder 1x180.

 

8th Feb, High finishes from the evening’s action had six players finishing well and they were, with a classy 130 take out the top finish of the night going to Wullie Wilson, this was followed by Will I Am or William Harraughty to give him his Christian nom de plume! With a classic 120 shanghai game shot also a 92 take out, Callum Wilkinson 102 game shot and a tidy 83 finish as well, Scott Baillie with two rock solid kill shots and they were 98 & 83, From Kirknewton’s Millar clan we had Jay Millar with 76&72 game shots, Martin Deegan also with a 72 take out.

 

8th Feb, Fast games and I think everyone knows by now 20 darts or less gets you on the fast games league table and the fastest of the nights action had, three players with 14 dart games, Scott Baillie with a brace of 14 darters followed by games finished in 16-17-18-18 darts, Andy Thomson with 7 fast games and these were 14-15-16-17-19-19-20 accurate arrows thrown, John Sandison 14-16-17 darters, Callum Wilkinson 4 fast games with 15-18-19-19 darters, William Borland games finished in 17-18-19-20-20 arrows, Gordon Bruce with games completed in 17-19-20 darts, Wullie Wilson 17 darter, Jim Mitchell 17-19-20 darters, William Harraughty 17 & 19 dart games, Martin Deegan 18-19-20 dart games, Jamie Banks 18 darter, Scott Cameron 19 darter, Ryan Jack solid 20 dart game.

Couple of other mentions Craig Jack firing in a classy 162 score for a finish, John Grant recording 21 darters just out side the fast games league table but still good rock solid arrows.

W.C.& D.D.L. Ladies Doubles Champions
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Gillian Mitchell & Denise Bird
W.C.&.D.D.L. Men's Finalists
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Callum Wilkinson, Graeme Bird, William Borland, Paul Weir

 

5th Feb, Monday night action from the West Calder & District dart league saw not one but two competitions being held, along with the well established League Doubles there was a brand new competition being played.  A Ladies League Doubles, for many years the league has had a Ladies Singles and at the leagues last A.G.M. it was passed that there should now be a doubles as well, and on the night between the two competitions we had 90 dart players toeing the ocky,

The Ladies semi finals saw Gillian Mitchell & Denise Bird edging out Fiona Laird & Babs to make the final, the other semi final saw Daisy Heeps & Leona Stewart  just doing enough to edge out Karen Heeps & Christine McIntosh to claim their final place, and so here it was the first ever Ladies Doubles final , Gillian & Denise v Daisy & Leona a special mention here as well as this was a family affair Leona is Daisy’s granddaughter, the match saw Gillian and Denise take the first leg, then the second but back came Leona checking out to take the third and now it was so close in this race to three legs to claim the title, however Denise & Gillian held on to take the first ever Ladies Doubles title in the league and they will be the first names to now go onto a brand new league perpetual trophy, Daisy and Leona played well all night and can I say fingers crossed no offence will be taken I do believe that Daisy Heeps is the longest serving player in the West Calder & District darts league playing for the East Calder Doo Club (Fanciers), and long may she continue anyone who takes this lady for granted is in for a severe shock , Congratulations to all four ladies for a cracking competition.

 5thFeb, The Men’s competition saw some fierce action on the ockies and with the first couple of rounds being the deadly best of 3x501 any slip up could be costly indeed! Once the quarter finals were reached the format became longer 5x501 and the final would be 7x501, in the semi finals it saw Paul Weir & Callum Wilkinson from the Doo Club Flyers taking out  Rex Brady & Pete Hastings from the Volunteer Highway Men, the second semi final saw Graeme Bird & William Borland from the Innkeepers of Kirknewton  taking out Stevie Morrans & Ian Stevenson from the Flyers of East Calder, and so to the final and it was the pairing of Borland & Bird another family affair as they are uncle and nephew, who got the better off Callum Wilkinson & Paul Weir  to claim the league doubles title for 2018. Congratulations to all four players in the final Graeme, William, Paul, Callum, they played some terrific arrows to reach the final as there were some superb partnerships in the competition to traverse before getting to the Grand Final, A couple of special mentions the defending champions for the past two years Jamie Fleming and Davie Aitken bowed out in the quarter finals had they managed to retain the title they would have been only the second partnership ever to do so in the leagues history.

 

Now some excellent play from the nights action saw the Champions  Graeme & William firing in no fewer than 7 games finished in 20 darts or less best being 4 excellent 15 dart games, other partnerships with fast games were, Colin Robertson & Mitchell 17 & 20 darters, Jamie Banks & John Grant 18 darter, Martin Deegan & Colin Hamilton 18 darter, Callum Wilkinson & Paul Weir with a brace of 19 darters, Ian Stevenson & Stevie Morrans 20 dart game,  

 

5th Feb, Now some top scores and these were recorded by none other than, Scott Cameron 1x180, Wullie Jack 1x180, Mitchell 1x180, Stuart Russell 1x180, But there was one man in particular who was firing in on the red lipstick and that was Callum Wilkinson with 2x180’s and a classy 1x171 score.

The Big checkouts and the granddaddy of them all from the nights action went to that man from the Dechmont Hills Martin Deegan with a cracking 153 game shot, William Borland a 100 take out and a 96 game shot, Colin Robertson 94 finish, Kieran Bird rock solid with 84 take out, Now I am absolutely positive there should be more top scores from the action on the night but if you don’t write it down then it cant be reported so if anyone has some info please drop me a line and it will be added, cheers. Jim M.

Spencer McDonald for the West
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Firing in the only maximum 180 recorded on the day

 

3rd Feb, Cawburn Sports bar, and the result from the Inter –Town  North v West result saw a 20-12 win for the home side, Not a lot to report, however Spencer McDonald was on the maximum 180 trail rattling the red lipstick, Fastest game for the home side saw Jim Mitchell with a 14 darter, for the visiting West  it was Andy Fallon snr who fired in a rock solid 19 darter. And the only reasonable game shot of the day came by way of Martin Deegan with 89 game shot on the end of a 20 darter.

 

WEST

LOTHIAN

INTER

TOWN

LEAGUE

Scores

Sections

Played

Won

Lost

Drawn

Points

North

3

2

1

0

58

West

3

2

1

0

39

South

2

2

0

0

34

East

2

0

2

0

20

 

2nd Feb, Results in from the Bathgate Friday night league go like this,

Corrie bar 6-3 Glenmavis Bowling Club, with top scores and games coming by way off, Mick Burke firing in 17&18 dart games, Scott Baillie 18 darter and a maximum 180, Wullie Wilson 19 darter, in the doubles it saw young and old combine as Scott Baillie and Mick Burke record 16 & 17 dart games in the doubles.

Old Wine 5-4 Coppies (A)

Lammies (2) 9-0 Coppies (B) James Graham on target again with a cracking 18 darter finishing on 57-12-bulls eye for a 119 game shot, But going much better in the finishing stakes was Murray Smart with a cracking 146 game shot via 60-54-32 nice finish that one, Laurie Shields recording a maximum 180, John Brogan firing in a rock solid 20 darter, Stuart Russell going one better with 2 x 20 dart games, And you cant have a Friday night darts match without one of the McDonald brothers getting in on the action Alan McDonald 95 game shot.

 

1st Feb, Well what a way to start February, Last night at the Jan Legget league held in the Cawburn Sports bar I had the pleasure of talking to Jan’s husband, Stuart, and he was asking if he could add sponsorship to the league that we are playing in her memory, and I declined the offer as Malky Cowan from the sports bar is already sponsoring this event, However as many will know as a treasurer of the Monday night league I am not one for letting sponsorship slip away, and Stuart and myself spoke about perhaps later in the year running an Open Ladies & Men’s singles tournament for a substantial amount, once this tournament has finished, more info will follow in the months to come!

 

1st Feb, And the shot of the night has to go Kirknewton Barkeepers player Ali Chaffe who fired in her first ever maximum 180 score (well played), also playing well for the ladies was Connie Bamburry with a lovely 131 set up score, in total 13 maximum scores were recorded other maximum hitters from the evenings action on the ocky had, Graeme Bird 3x180’s, Scott Baillie 2x180’s, William Borland 2x180’s, Scott Cameron 1x180, Martin Deegan 1x180, Jamie Banks 1x180, Gordon Bruce 1x180, Willie Millar 1 x171,   Now to the best finishes from the nights action that were written down? Remember darters if you don’t write it down cant report it! Graeme Bird with three excellent game shots of 111-and 77 twice, Andy Thomson 107 game shot, William Borland 91 game shot, Willie Millar 87 game shot, John Grant 86 take out, other top finishes just outside the league tables saw Mitch Mitchell with a tidy 74 game shot, Now some very fast games recorded on the night and the best of these came from Ian Stevenson and Gordon Bruce both firing in 14 darters, The league’s old timer Jim Mitchell with 15-17-19-20 dart legs not bad for an old fella!  East Calder’s William Borland on target with 15 and a brace of 17 darters and a tidy 20 dart game, Callum Wilkinson of Whitburn infamy with a brace of 16 darters and 17 & 19 dart games, Graeme Bird with 5 games finished in 20 darts or less these being 16-18-19-19-20, Scott Baillie with games finished in 16-18-19-19 darts, Andy Thomson on target with 16-18-19 darters, Martin Deegan 16 darter, Jamie Banks & John Grant both recoding 18 dart games as did Willie Millar also on target with an 18 darter, Ryan Jack & John Sandison both with  rock solid 20 dart games.

 

1st Feb, Leading the way in the Annie Oaklies ladies league it has Mary Clark from Kirknewton with two wins from two matches and maximum points with 8 points, in second place we have Maw Mitchell with 6points, one point adrift is Abi Sclater on 5 points and only another point behind is Jillian Speirs with 4 points, and then it becomes really congested with only 2 points separating the chasing pack looks like there will be many twists and turns to come in the ladies Annie Oaklie’s sharpshooters league!

 

1st Feb, The Border Raiders league has some top action to report with the top 4 places only separated by 2 points, and the players behind if one of them was to win with maximum points next week would go top, and everyone in this league has points on the board (exciting or what)  

 

1st Feb, Well another league the Rough Riders, which has the top 7 players all just one match from going top with 5 points available in each match it has Andy Thomson on 13 points at the top of the leader board and back in seventh place is Jim Mitchell with 8 points.

 

31st Jan, And the high road to Auld Reekie saw a full Posse head to the Murrayfield Sports bar for the weekly showdown on the ocky in the Edinburgh Premier league, And this week our player of the evening had to be the one and only lady player we affectionately call (Maw) Gillian Mitchell playing in the Bronze league which is matches played over the format of12x501, Gillian at 0-2 down then found her finishing power and came away with an excellent 7-2 win and two cracking check outs of shanghai on the twenties for a 120 finish and a more modest 92 take out via 60-32.

Rab Dick and Callum Smith faced of against each other in the Platinum league over 16x501 games and it saw a 8-8 score line returned after the match finished Rab firing in 2x180’s and checkouts off 116 & 83 game shots along with 4 games finished in 20 darts or less with 18-18-19-20 arrows.

Graeme Bird was up against Dale Chambers and it saw the East Calder man known as Birdy take off straight away firing in games which were  finished in 17-18-18 darts and a classy 107 game shot  along with a brace of maximum 180’s and coming away with a cracking 9-1 victory.

Graeme’s better half Denise Bird lost out to Ryan Markham in a match which Denise had shots at finishes but we all know that those damn doubles can be very elusive at time’s, and it saw Ryan taking the points.

Jim Mitchell and Stuart Ironsides fought out a high scoring encounter, it saw Mitchell go 2-1 up and then miss tops for a 139 take out and Stuart then went on the rampage taking out double 16 on five consecutive legs to go 6-2 up but Mitchell then fired in four fast games which were 14-14-16-15 to draw level at 6-6 , it then went 7-7 and Jim perhaps though might just have a chance in the 15th leg leaving a finish only to watch Stuart take out a classy 115 game shot to go 8-7 in front, However Mitchell then fired in his third 14 dart game of the evening and a 8-8 draw was shared between these two rivals, This match produced 50 ton plus scores with Mitchell rattling in 3x180’s and a 96 game shot, However top finish going to Stuart with a 115 take out.

 

29th Jan, Well as the month closes out there was some classic tussles on the ocky to end the first month of the year with,

The Kirknewton Barkeepers hosting the Golden Oldies from the Deans Bowling club and they had a terrific tussle and came away with a well deserved 5-4 win for the home side.

 

Grand Central Steamers of Carmon-dean toed the ocky against the Commercial Inn Juniors from West Calder; unfortunately for the home side the visiting Juniors were in tip top form and came away with an excellent win Steamers 1-8 Juniors, top shot from this match saw D Robertson with a cracking 107 game shot for the Juniors and hitting the big scores it saw S Rutherford firing in a classy 160 score.

 

Tower bar Knight’s put out the welcome mat to the Railroaders from the Grand Central and it was the visitors who took the match with a fine display 7-2 score line. Top game from this match up, came from John Sandison of the Railroaders with a rock solid 20 dart game.

 

East Calder, Darby match saw the high flying Doo Club Flyers under Big Tam Lairds leadership show no mercy to their other team the Fanciers who are our only all female ladies team in the league even though the Ladies did try to bribe them with home made cakes and bread pudding! a 9-0 score line saw Big T’s team keep one step ahead of their nearest rivals for the Championship pennant the Railroaders in a race which has both teams firing out the big scores and producing some excellent results on the ocky, Top matches from this game had Kevin Murphy with 16 & 19 dart games, also with mentions it saw Paul Weir 22 darter and Ian Stevenson 63 take out.

 

29th Jan, Once again the Rebellious ones from the Central bar in West Calder once again showed how tough a team they are to beat at home firing in a 7-2 win over the Highlanders from the Cawburn Sports bar who last week had turned over the Premier league Champions from last season.

Kirknewton Innkeepers and the Volunteer Highway Men faced off against each other and with both teams having former or current county players in their respective squads this was a tough game to call, However the visiting Highway Men took all their chances when they came round and came away with a 9-0 win which I don’t think anyone in the league would have forecasted! Notes of interest from this match up saw Rab Dick with an 18 darter and fastest game of the night a cracking 14 darter from Graeme Bird for the home side Kieran Bird with a 76 game shot which was the highest finish of the night in this match up, Jim Mitchell with 17&16 darters and a 1x177 score, and in the doubles it saw the old partnership of Mitchell & Colin Robertson once again partnering up for the first time in over a year (Colin was out with injury) and no it wasn’t because he had a bad back carrying Mitchell all the time! Finishing their games in 18&19 darts for the visitors.

Commercial Inn Nomads and the Loganlea Colliers went head to head and had an absolute battle royal on the ocky, with the score standing at 4 games each it saw the Colliers have darts to win but as luck would have it they did not go in! And Jamie Fleming for the Nomads with one dart in hand and the bulls eye left made no mistake taking the match 5-4 for the home side and keeping John Bruton’s men at the top of the Premier league. Some scores from this match up had John Brett with a maximum 180 Bunny Forrest with a 177 score, John Brett finishing in 18 darts, and Jamie Fleming with 76&72 game shots.

Another home Darby match saw the Stirrup Stane Wanderers v Stirrup Stane Indians and it was Big Frank Begley’s team that came away with a win over the team of the Fat Controller Fred Hamilton, with an 8-1 score line. Some top scores from this match up saw Fred Hamilton with an 77 game shot for the Indians, Finishing well for the Wanderers were Frank Begley with a 90 game shot, Gordon Bruce 89 take out, maximum hitters saw Gordon Bruce & Mick Burke both on target with 180’s, Fastest game that man Gordon Bruce again with a classy 16 darter. Getting in on the action in the doubles it saw our league mascot the Melman otherwise known as Gary Christie team up with the ancient one from Armadale Mick Burke firing in an 18 darter always nicer to know that players of Mick’s age can still be awake at this time of night, slippers and coco come to mind at his age!

 

27th Jan, Saturday morning and the only road most dart players were on was the one going South to Moffat for the annual open doubles competition hosted in the Proudfoot Indoor sports club in Moffat this event is capped at 96 pairs teams and there is always a waiting list of players hoping someone will drop out! Players come to this event from the North of England and all over Scotland without a doubt one of the toughest competitions of the year to do well in with so many top doubles teams entering, Internationalists, semi pro players sitting at every table this is competition has a an almost regal type history of who is who in darts, And once again Benny Boa and his team did a magnificent job in keeping the event running smoothly, local players from the Bathgate league in a attendance were, Callum Wilkinson, William Harraughty, Wullie Wilson, the McDonald brothers yes all three of them were given day release passes so that Ricky, Spencer and Alan could all attend the event, Also escaping for the day was father & son duo of Andy Fallon snr and jnr from Shott’s who were allowed out to play! Alan Gardener and Dougie Hogg were spotted in a corner holding each other up the beer is not to bad down in that part of the world! Travis, Gordon and Barry were also doing their level best to try and look after the fore mentioned people in this post?  Gary Higgins, Gillian Mitchell, Jim Mitchell, Mathew Crowe were also in attendance, and it saw some excellent performances on the day with Dougie Hogg & Alan Gardiner along with Spencer & Alan McDonald receiving £20 for a last 16 placing, Gary Higgins & Jim Mitchell quarter finalists receiving £110, Eventual winners though were the team from the West Jim McEwan and Steve Longshanks with a 4-2 victory in the final over Gary Stone and Sean Johnston. Another excellent run tournament well done to all the organisers we all know these events cant work without an awful lot of hard effort going on behind the scenes, see you next year.

Wee note, at the competition yesterday a young man came up to me and said, do you remember me Jim? I answered no cant place you at the moment, he then told me he remembered me from my time partnering up with his uncle all those years ago, Lee Nisbet nephew of our very own Davie Nisbet, always nice when someone just approaches you at introduces themselves after all those years.

 

 

26th Jan, Action from the Friday night Bathgate league, Glenmavis Bowling Club in Bathgate hosted the travelling Kirknewton Innkeepers from Kirknewton, and it saw the visitors winning 6 games to 3. Armadale’s Coppies (B) were in a local Darby match to the Corrie bar also from Armadale, and it was the visitors who took the points with a 6-3 score line, some top scores from this match up had M Smart firing in a maximum 180, J McKie with the highest finish a classy 105 take out, M Burke an 87 game shot and S Lindsay getting in on the action with 82 take out, Fastest doubles recorded saw K McMahon & R Morton with a rock solid 17 darter.

Shott’s team from the Old Wine with a cracking home win over the travelling Lammies (A) with the Old Wine recording a 6-3 victory.

Lammies (B) keeping their fabulous winning streak going with an excellent win over Big G’s team from the Cross Tavern in Whitburn, some top shooting on the night had the man nicknamed (Pelter) Jim Graham firing in 15&18 dart games and a 80 game shot, Perhaps the man on form from the local area at the moment John Brogan with another excellent performance on the ocky with 17&18 darts and a maximum 180, Callum Wilkinson on target with 17&20 dart games, D McIntyre firing in the only maximum 180, Top doubles match came from J Graham & A McDonald with a 15 darter which was also the fastest game recoded in the league on Friday night.

 

25th Jan, Well folks the Jan Legget Men’s & Ladies singles Memorial competition got under way with nine ladies playing in the ladies league and with rather more than expected men entering the men’s league, the men were split into two leagues to be more manageable of twelve players in each division, and what a night of darts we had with so many new and younger players taking part I can honestly say it was the new generation of west Lothian players who were doing most of the damage on the boards, Ladies competition was 4x501 with every leg worth a point, men were playing 5x501 and once again every leg worth a point. Top game shot of the night belonged to Polbeth player Calvin Fleming firing out a superb 156 game shot and a more modest 77 take out, then we had Jamie Banks from West Calder with a classy 140 take out via 54-54-32, Ryan Jack also from Polbeth with a 136 take out, not quite sure what their captain Craig Jack is feeding  them down there on a darts night but it sure is working well, also on the ton finishes was Scott Baillie from Armadale with 100 kill shot, however it was not just the youngsters who could finish well John Grant for the older generation was also on target with cracking 144 & 94 finishes, Wullie Wilson the Station Master from the Grand Central Railroaders on target with 106 & 76 marking his opponents ticket with excellent finishing, Alloa’s favourite darting son who now resides in Whitburn finishing well with 96 & 77 take outs, Ladywell player  Ian Stevenson rock solid 95 take out, Another top arrow smith from Whitburn William Harraughty finishing on an 86 game shot, Willie Millar from Kirknewton on the hill a 84 game shot.

Maximum hitters and there were sixof them on the night, leading the way with 2x180’s were William Harraughty & William Borland, William Millar 1 x180, Jamie Banks 1x180, Ryan Jack 1x180, and let us not forget the man with 2xL’s in his name Callum Wilkinson with a cracking 1x171 score remember players any score from 171-180 is classed as a maximum as we have treble nineteen hitters in the area! Fast Games and once again it was the younger players who were leading the way Andy Thomson also a Grand Central Railroader with a cracking 14 darter, Scott Baillie 2x16 & 19 darters, Gordon Bruce 16 & 19 darters, Scott Cameron from the Almondale Pirates firing in games finished in 18 & 20 dart games, William Millar 19 darter, Callum Wilkinson 19 darter, John Sandison 20 dart game, William Harraughty 17 2x19 & 20 dart games.

 

24th Jan, Once again it was off to Auld Reekie for our weekly rodeo at the Murrayfield Sports bar Premier League, and the Posse had mixed results, Gillian Mitchell & Denise Bird both losing out to more experienced players but once these ladies get settled into the longer format of 14x501 I believe they will give quite a few of their male opponent a right good run for their money. Stevie Batchelor v Jock Taylor snr was a hard fought draw with Stevie looking at defeat in the face at 2-6 down but his fighting qualities then came to the fore and a hard fought 7-7 score line the final result. In the Platinum league it saw local players and former doubles partners toeing the ocky against each other, Graeme Bird v Jim Mitchell, and this was real ding dong battle of high scores and fast legs the format 16x501, Graeme firing in 15-16-17 -18 dart games, However when the score reached 4-4 Jim found another gear from somewhere  and rattled off 4 sub 18 darters of his own with the help of a brace of maximum 180’s , 13-15-16-17 darters, the final score Jim Mitchell 9-6 Graeme Bird. Both players averaging around the 20 dart mark for the games played.

 

23rd Jan, Championship league results.

Doo Club Flyers 8-1 Tower bar Knights

Grand Central Railroaders 8-1 Kirknewton Barkeepers

Commercial Inn Juniors 7-2 Doo Club Fanciers

Murray bar Crofters 6-3 Grand Central Steamers

Doo Club Flyers now top the Championship league with 22 points from the Railroaders who have 20 points these two teams have held the top positions since the start of the league so it looks like the third time they meet may well decide which way the league pennant will go to either Big Tam Lairds Flyers or Station Master Willie Wilson’s Railroaders, or will there be some twists and turns yet to happen with the chasing pack all wanting their scalps to hang by their dartboards!  But the Railroaders do have a game in Hand, third place on 18 points are the Craigshill team the Tower bar Knights.

 

23rd Jan, Premier League results.

Almondale Pirates 6-3 Central bar Rebels

Cawburn Highlanders 5-4 Stirrup Stane Wanderers

Loganlea Colliers 5-4 Kirknewton Innkeepers

Stirrup Stane Indians 0-9 Commercial Inn Nomads

Commercial Inn Nomads now leap frog the Volunteer Highway men into first place with Nomads on 20 points Highway Men 18 points with game in hand, Innkeepers back in third with 16 points However story of the league since the festive break has to be the Loganlea Colliers who have moved up 4 places. On the other side of the scale the Champions of last year the almost untouchable Stirrup Stane Wanderers now languish in third bottom spot, though truth be told they lost players in the transfer window and have yet to replace them so have just enough players to field a full team! Will they manage to recruit players before the transfer window closes now that’s another question?

 

23rd Jan Special Mentions in Dispatches are,

And we start with the maximum hitters and there are quite a few this week as no less than ten (10) players who were hitting the red lipstick with top quality accuracy! Railroaders players, Andy Thomson, Paul McCaig, Grant Lyle all on target with 180’s,  Stuart Russell from the colliers in on the action with a maximum 180, From the Innkeepers we had a new name C (Coco!)Halliday with a 180 recorded to get him onto the league tables for maximum hitters, Rab Dick also of the Innkeepers with a maximum 180, Stevie Morrans from the East Calder Doo Club Flyers 1x180,   

The ancient one from Armadale staff must have left the secure ward door open! Mick Burke with a 1x180,  The man with the beard to feared Shaun Clow in on the maximum action as well 1x180 recorded, also talking of old Perhaps the leagues real elder statesman Big Daddy Frank Begley with a cracking 1x171 recorded.

Player just missing out on the maximum scores saw, Paul Weir 2x140’s, Stevie Morrans 1x140, Kevin Murphy 1x140, Tosh MacIntyre 1x140, Rodger Barron 1x135, and for the ladies we had Daisy Heeps with 1x144 and a 1x138 scores recorded, Gillian Mitchell 1x123 oh that dastardly treble 1 just a touch away from a maximum!

 

23rd Jan, Top Finishing and there were a lot of those recorded as well, Shaun Clow 140 take out via 60-40-40 classy finishing from the man with the beard, John Brett superb 134 take out for the Nomads of West Calder, Joe Devlin 130 game shot for the Knights of Craigshill, Sandy Coulter cracking 114 take out, Rab Anderson 112 game shot,  Mick Burke 100 game shot, John Brogan 94 finish, Shaun Clow 85 game shot, Scott Cameron 84 game shot, Ian Campbell 82 take out, Calvin Fleming finishing on a rock solid 84 game shot, Scott Baker 78 take out, Sean Hanlon 76 game shot, Alan Wilson finishing on a 76 game shot, couple of other very worthwhile  mentions saw Ryan Kelly with a 74 game shot and Ben Hart with a tidy 70 take out.

 

23rd Jan, Fast games recorded in 20 arrows or less had, That old guy again Mick Burke with a classy 15 dart game, Sean Hanlon 17 & 18 darters for the Rebellious ones from West Calder, Ian Campbell 18 dart game, Jamie Fleming & Bunny Forrest with  18 darters for the Nomads,  Shaun Clow 18 darter, Davie Aitken 19 dart game,  Paul Weir 19 darter, Rodger Barron 19 darter, Grant Lyle 19 darter, Scott Cameron 20 darter.

 

23rd Jan, Top Pairs matches from last nights action on the ockies saw the partnerships of,  Fastest recorded game from the league last night was in the doubles matches with S Cameron & M Brady 14 darter, G Bird & R Dick 15 dart game, P McCaig & A Galbraith 19 darter,  B Forrest & J Brett 20 darter.

 

21st Jan, What a difference a day makes with an open singles competition being held through in the West it saw  a large contingent of local darters braving the atrocious weather to enter this £400 open which was up for grabs in the prize fund, Jimmy Johnston, Mick Rice, William Harraughty, and Callum Wilkinson all from Whitburn, John Somerville from Breich, And Jim Mitchell from Livingston all entered this tournament and considering the snow falling heavily on the roads it saw players from Edinburgh and Glasgow and all points in between enter this event, Once the chalk dust had settled it saw the last four players left standing and it saw Jim Brown edge out Jim Mitchell 3-2 in the first semi final, William Harraughty taking advantage of a massive 138 bust shot from Davie Kirwan it saw William take the match 3 games to 1, so the final saw P.D.C. player Jim Brown  getting the better of William Harraughty in the final 4-0, However some excellent scores from the day saw William Harraughty firing in 14-17-17-18-19-20-20 dart games,  Mitchell with 15-17-18-18-19 darters and a couple of ton game shots off 120 & 100.

However top stuff from the eventual Winner Jim Brown, firing in a 13 darter against Mitchell in the s/f, and going even better in the final with a 12 darter to seal the victory over William Harraughty. Winner £200, R/up £100, S/f £50 each.

Once again another excellent competition run by Katie & John, have attended a couple of these events now and they have the running of these events down to a tee, Thanks again for an excellent day out.

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20th Jan,  Not a good day for local players playing in the Scottish Inter Counties, Only Graeme Bird firing in a cracking match with games finished in 20-14-20 darts for a 27+ dart average, as for the rest of us bad day at the office comes to mind!

 

19th Jan, Bathgate Friday night league, The Bob Hall Memorial competition was held this is a three person team and it was the Kirknewton Innkeepers who took the title edging out the team from Lammies bar in Fauldhouse,  G Bird-P Weir- W Borland (Kirknewton)  J Graham-A Gardener- D Hogg (Lammies ) Thanks to Andy Thomson for some scores from the nights action, Wullie Wilson 1x171 on the treble 19’s, Stevie Brown 118 game shot, Andy Thomson 76 game shot.

 18th Jan, Bathgate league meeting, and here are the league placings for the Friday night league.

 

Team

Pl

Won

Lost

For

Against

Points

Lammies (2)

9

8

1

56

25

16

Kirknewton

9

8

1

55

26

16

Corrie Bar

9

7

2

48

33

14

Cross Tavern

9

5

4

47

34

10

Glenmavis B.C.

9

5

4

38

43

10

Coppies (1)

9

3

6

42

39

6

Old Wine

8

3

5

34

38

6

Coppies (2)

9

1

8

28

53

2

Lammies (1)

9

0

9

15

66

0

 

 

17th Jan, The High road to the Sports bar in the E.D.A. Saw the local posse head of in good spirits, action from the night saw, Graeme Bird 8-8 Andrew Davidson, a match that had Graeme in charge and just a few errant doubles the difference from winning and drawing! As Graeme was in charge of this match up, Andrew though who won the Premier league last season is one tough cookie never giving up and battling it out for a hard fought draw, Graeme firing in match scores of 2x180’s, 9x140’s,13 ton pluses, fastest game a cracking 15 darter also a rock solid 82 game shot,

Rab Dick 9-4 Dale Chambers, Kirknewton player was on form in this match up and he had to be as the standard is extremely tough in the Platinum league, Rab on the night firing in a massive 144 & 90 game shots, also games finished in 14-18-18 darts keeping his campaign on target.

Jim Mitchell 9-6 Dane McDiarmid, once again a very close match up with both players sitting at 2-2 it then saw Mitchell fire in consecutive finishes of 123 &126 on the bulls eye then following that with 90 & 105 game shots to open up a gap however Dane then levelled at 6-6 at it eventually saw Mitchell close the match out with a double 18, Mitchell with 4 sub 18 dart games fastest being a 15 darter, 7x140’s and quite a few tons, However it was Dane who recorded the only maximum 180 of the match both players with dart averages of 75 which in laymen’s terms means all games finished in 20 darts or less! Not a bad standard.

Gillian Mitchell 4-7 Grant Hawkins, unlucky Gillian as like last week Gillian won the first two legs of this match up.

Denise Bird 3– 7 Scott Thomson score line not quite telling the true nature of this match, as Ian Lyon has just told me how this game went with the match being much closer than score line suggests. And he expects both ladies to be more than a handful for a lot of players in the league.

 

16th Jan, Results from Monday night’s action in the West Calder & District Darts League, Premier league results saw the results go like this!

Volunteer Highway Men 4-5 Loganlea Colliers,

 Kirknewton Innkeepers 7-2 Stirrup Stane Indians

Commercial Inn Nomads 6-3 Cawburn Highlanders

Stirrup Stane Wanderers 1-8 Almondale Pirates.

Championship League results went like this,

Deans B.C. Golden Oldies 1-8 Grand Central Railroaders

Kirknewton Barkeepers 1-8 Doo Club Flyers

Tower bar Knights 6-3 Commercial Inn Juniors

Doo Club Fanciers 1-8 Murray bar Crofters

 

16th Jan, Special Mention this week and there are a few, hopefully no one has been missed out!

Top finish this week belongs to only one man and that is Paul McCaig of the Railroaders with a superb 141 take out, Big Wullie Jack from the Pirates on target with a classic 130 kill shot, Elder statesman Gordon Bruce who almost made baseball boots a thing of beauty with his nicely turned ankles firing out on a cracking 124 take out,  From the Commercial Juniors Derek Yule with a classy 105 game shot, Also with a 105 game shot was our very own Womble from Dechmont Martin Deegan of the Highway Men, Harthill’s  top arrow smith the man called the Mighty Quinn yes Jim Quinn firing out a 100 game shot, Scott Cameron also of the Pirates of Craigshill nice 98 take out, Tower bar Knights player Brian McIntyre with a 91 take out, From the Crofters of Polbeth Ben Hart checking out on 91 game shot, Our league mascot the walking talking Giraffe Melman (Gary Christie) with 88 game shot for the Wanderers,  But perhaps shot of the week I believe must go to the player who finished 57 in three darts single3- single4- bulls eye! Take a bow SCOTT BRYSON.

 

16th Jan, Maximum hitters this week saw three players hitting the red lipstick and they are, Andy Young Gun Thomson from the Grand Central Railroaders with 2x180’s, Stevie Edwards a new player to add his name to the maximum league table  from the Innkeepers on the hill with a maximum 180, and Reigning league singles champion The Polbeth Hit-Man Davie Aitken also firing in a maximum 180.

 

16th Jan, Quick games and these must be 20 darts or less to get on the league tables saw, what can only be described as the Beauty and the Beast and you can decide who is who! Gordon Bruce & Jim Mitchell both recording 15 darters, Three players with 18 dart games and these were William Harraughty back from his poaching trip up in loch Awe, and Scott Cameron along with Paul McCaig, 19 darters were hit by Jamie Fleming for the Nomads, John Kirk of the Highlanders infamy, John Brogan from the Colliers of Addiewell, Players with games finished in 20 darts, was the Station Master of the Railroaders Wullie Wilson, Wullie Jack of the Pirates, and John Brett from the Commercial Nomads and that man again John Brogan who has been turning in excellent performances in both the Bathgate & West Calder leagues in the past few months.

Some top doubles matches and these were, Andy Thomson & John Sandison with 18 & 19 darters for a cracking 27.08 dart average, Gordon Bruce & Gary Christie 18 darter fro the Wanderers, Martin Deegan & Colin Robertson 20 &21 darters fro the Volunteer Highway Men.

 

16th Jan, Now ladies and gentleman, I think there are more than two of you who read this web site (hopefully) some thought from the web master, Last night saw the Premier league blown wide open as the Colliers under ZOKO ok Alan Wilson’s leadership brought the then league leaders down to earth with a bang, the Highway men have been at seas as the saying goes like a rudderless ship for some time now, however last night after almost a year since his last league match we welcomed back out team captain and leader Colin Robertson who has been out with injury for almost a full year with shoulder problems, and I believe that he will have a huge impact on the confidence of the Highway Men once he gets his toes back at the ocky, but now to slightly diverse from that line of talk in this Monday night league over the years we have had some superb teams last year the Stirrup Stane teams ruled supreme winning both leagues, before that the Cawburn Assassins were top team for a couple of seasons under Big Tam Laird's leadership, Dovehill/Volunteer topped the league tables before that for a number of years, and lets not forget the Paraffin Lamp and Lizzie Brice back in the day when John Bruton led his men on a rampage, and for those with longer memories remember the team from Old Deans Rab’s Bar or its correct title of McMillan’s, who topped the  league for a lot of years. Now where I am heading with this topic is this, we have 18 teams in the league and  with Fin Drummond at the helm, over the past ten years or so we have bucked the trend of leagues getting smaller, what we have done all of us is, expand slowly and gradually and because of that we now have a lot dedicated and some absolutely cracking dart players in lots of teams, no one team like in the olden days has a monopoly of top players all in one team, and that is absolutely magic as it means the competition is competitive and very fierce for every match played so far this season we have played four competitions and have players from five (5) teams picking up trophies at our presentation night at the moment, so it looks like there may be many twists and turns before this league season is eventually finished and now that ive run out  at the moment of things to say, Long may it continue, gives me something to write about doesn’t it!

And BREAKING NEWS, It could be that a company is about to sponsor the web site for the year ahead when the renewal in April is due, I have received an e-mail from a dart player in Armadale who plays in the Bathgate Friday night league, and he and I are going to put our heads together to see if we can come to an agreement to have his company sponsor Jim’s Darts Diary, fingers crossed this will mean another year of publication, for your entertainment, more will be revealed in due course.

 15th Jan, LATE REPORT CARD!! Just received from last week, better late than never, Willie Borland 2x180 & 18 darter, Graeme Bird 15 darter 114 co, G. Bird & W Borland 2x16 darter in pairs.

 

12th Jan, Action from the Bathgate league saw the results go like this,

Coppies (a) 5-4 Glenmavis Bowling Club, with top shots coming from Jimmy Woods rock solid 20 darter, Andy Thomson also with a 20 dart game and a tidy 75 take out, Top pairs game coming from Colin Maxwell & Peter Lavery with a cracking 17 darter.

Cross Tavern 6-3 Old Wine, This match had William Harraughty firing in a maximum 180 and to excellent games finished in 19&20 arrows, J McLaren also on the maximum trail with a 180.

Corrie bar 2-7 Lammies ((B) Another top performance from Spencer MacDonald’s men from Fauldhouse, with one of the leagues most respected players James (Pelter) Graham firing out quickest match of the night finishing in 17&19 darts and firing in a maximum 180 as well, Top finish in this game saw another of the leagues elder statesmen Mick Burke with a classy 100 take out via 20-tops-tops.

Kirknewton Inn 8-1 Coppies (B) A much closer match than the score line suggests, with some top finishing coming from the home side, Graeme Bird with 81&111 take outs, Rab Dick solid two dart 97 game shot, John Gardner 82 game shot, Jim Mitchell with the only maximum 180 score.

 

10th Jan, And the stagecoach trail A71 was back in use as the West Lothian Posse headed into auld Reekie for another adventure in the Murrayfield Sports Bar Premier league, which is run by the Edinburgh Darts Association, and with four leagues , Premier, Gold, Silver and Bronze leagues with I believe 19 players in each league, and it saw the usual suspects joined by two new members as Denise Bird from East Calder and Gillian Mitchell of Livingston have both entered and are in the Bronze league, where I believe they will be a handful for a few of the more experienced players in that league, The Premier league is played over 16x501 certainly not for the faint hearted and the Bronze league is 12x501, Results from the nights action saw Rab Dick  9 v 3 Tommy Houliston, With the Kirknewton sharpshooter firing in games finished in 16-17-18-18-20 darts along with a cracking 130 game shot on the bulls eye, Graeme Bird  9 v 5 Eddie Main, the Bird man on song with a brace of maximum 180’s and fast games of 17 & 18 darts, Gillian Mitchell 2 v 7 David Daly, Denise Bird 1 v 7  David Scott, Jim Mitchell 9 v 6 Gary Higgins, these two players who partner up in open doubles certainly chucked everything but the proverbial kitchen sink at each other with only the doubles the difference! Mitchell with 16-17-18-20-20 darters a solitary maximum 180 along with 3x140’s and 12 tons, Gary fired in 2x180 and 7x140’s plus somewhere in the region of 12 tons and a cracking 13 darter as well, but it was Mitchell who hit more doubles! So that concludes last night action for the Posse members from the West Lothian area.

 

8th Jan, And with the Festive cobwebs fully blown away the Monday night West Calder & District was back in action, West Calder’s infamous Central bar Rebels hosted the travelling Stirrup Stane Wanderers in their first match up of the new year and what a match it was by all accounts with the score tied at 4-4 after eight games it went the distance and it was the home side who came away with a hard fought victory, Rebels 5-Wanderers, and the home side had some top games with Sean Hanlon firing in a 18 darter along with an 80 take out, Ryan Little 89 game shot, as did Martin Balfour also on 89 finish, top doubles reported saw Scott Baker & Martin Balfour team up and fire in a 19 dart doubles game.

Almondale Pirates 2-7 Commercial Inn Nomads, and some top shooting from this match up with Nomads players suffering no ill effects from the festive lay off, John Somerville 90 game shot, John Brett 80 game shot, Davie Aitken 16 darter, in the doubles it had John Somerville & Bunny Forrest fire in a 17 darter and just a couple of arrows further back were Davie Aitken & Jamie Fleming with a19 dart game, Scott Cameron a 17 darter in reply for the Pirates and M Brady with a maximum 180 also for the home side.

Stirrup Stane Indians with their chief Fred Hamilton in charge hosted the Highway Men from the Volunteer and it was a closer match than the score line states with the visitors claiming a victory. Top shots on the night saw Fred Hamilton 1x140 & 1x180 in back to back throws, Colin Hamilton 80 game shot via tops tops, Jim Mitchell a tidy 17 darter in the singles Pete Hastings & Mitchell both firing in 2 x140’s apiece, and Mitchell partnering up with Graham Borland they fired in an 18 dart doubles game with Mitchell finishing on 154 via 57-57-40.  Indians 1-8 Highway Men.

The Doo Club Flyers from East Calder had the pleasure of entertaining the Deans Bowling Club home of the Golden Oldies and it was the home side who came away with a cracking 8-1 victory, some stats from this match up had S Hamilton 1x121, Brian Speirs with 1x125 & 1x135 scores, Big Geordie Dryburgh with a 118 not sure if that was a game shot or not! For the Flyers Ian Stevenson was on form with 1x140 & 1x123 scores, and The Ranger Paul Weir on the maximum trail again with another trade mark 180.

Grand Central Steamers played our only all ladies team in the league the Doo Club Fanciers and by all accounts a good game with the Steamers winning 6 games to 3, top finish of note coming from the ladies with Leona Stewart checking out on a rock solid 72 game shot, also finishing on the same score was Gerald Hughes of the Steamers with a 72 take out.

Murray bar Crofters 4-5 Tower bar Knights, Top game from the nights action in Polbeth once again one of the leagues newest and younger players Ryan Jack firing in a 80 game shot and a rock solid 21 darter.

 Don’t have any reports of fast games etc,from the next two matches but can report the final scores of the team matches and they were,

Commercial Inn Juniors 7-2 Kirknewton Barkeepers, Just heard that Jay Millar in this match just missed the maximum 180 twice and had to settle for 2x140's good arrows and another of the young brigade starting to flex their darting arms in the league.

Cawburn Highlanders 3-6 Kirknewton Innkeepers

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