WEB SITE INFORMATION
To let readers know that in April of this year this web site will close down,
after three years as West Lothian Darts (Jim’s darts diary) and for four years before that as West Calder Darts Diary.
It has now become a financial burden this year the web company are looking for £150 to renew the contract and for the
past six years I have paid this money from my own pocket I now find with many others the financial burden to much to cover
the cost myself, as I have done for over six years. Now in the past publicans have had their competitions etc published and
promoted on this site to name but a few, Paraffin Lamp, Murray bar, Tower bar, Stirrup Stane, Doo Club, Volunteer Arms, R.B.
Legion, and there are others well unless there is donations sent in yep folks a begging letter this site will close its doors
at the end of April so should there be a publican or landlord or anyone who would like to financially help out that will be
that as the saying goes. However there is always a bright side with the internet now being bigger than ever with social web
sites such as Twitter and Face book on the go perhaps this site is now obsolete. Anyway should anyone want to get in touch
Please do, the email address is at the bottom of the page same as usual.T.Y.
Jim M Web Master.
Many happy returns to one of the
leagues oldest and still playing dart players,
Mr Tam Ritchie who plays for the Stirrup Stane Indians will celebrate
his 79th birthday this week (Thursday)
so from all of us happy birthday Tam enjoy your day.
And for those that dont
know Tam Ritchie defeated the then B.D.O. World champion Martin Adams
in an exhibition at the Doo Club a few years back,
Good on you.
|Fiona Clark, along with Graeme Bird s/f
|Martin Deegan r/up, Jim Mitchell win
Grand Final off the Spring Classic 2014.
Well the top eight players from both leagues
were now up against each other in a straight knockout format and with each round being redrawn and the matches getting longer
it was not just about skill but stamina as well, to be crowned champion a player had to win 22 legs of darts so quite simply
there was no luck in claiming this title.
The games from the last 16 were as follows with their home team in brackets, who they play for in the league,
Jim Mitchell (Volunteer Highway men) 4-0
Graham Smith (Central bar Rebels)
John Kirk (Cawburn Highlanders) 4-0 Martin Balfour (Central bar Rebels)
Graham Borland (Doo Club Flyers) 4-0 William
Harraughty (Doo Club Flyers)
Derek Bird (Doo Club Flyers) 4-1 Paul Weir (Doo Club Flyers)
Graeme Bird (Doo Club Flyers) 4-1 Stephan Morrans (Doo Club Flyers)
(Paraffin Lamp Brigands) 4-0 Calum Wilkinson (Doo Club Flyers)
Rex Brady (Volunteer Highway Men) 4-0 Chris Dodds (Central Bar Rebels)
(Volunteer Highway Men) 4-3 Billy Stirling (Brucefield Farmers)
Outstanding match of the last 16 round was Martin Deegan and Billy Stirling
a cracking match up which
saw Billy Stirling missing double 10 and having to stand back and watch Martin take out tops
for a 4-3 victory.
So to the quarter finals where a redraw was done by the organisers on the night Stephan Colthart
Doo Club committee person Calum Wilkinson, And some superb match ups came out of the hat,
Jim Mitchell 5-1 Gordon Bruce, Graham Bird 5-3 John Kirk,
5-3 Rex Brady, Martin Deegan 5-2 Derek Bird.
Without a shadow of doubt Mitchell and Gordon Bruce’s was an outstanding match up Mitchell taking
the first two legs in 17 darts Bruce replied with a 15 darter Bruce then missed double 12 for a twelve dart leg
Mitchell punished the miss with a 15 darter he then followed that with games finished in 14 and 18 darts
to come away
with a 5-1 win and a dart average of over 96 or 32. Per dart with Gordon wondering where it went wrong
for him averaging 90 a throw himself.
So to the semi finals and another redraw,Martin Deegan having a real ding dong battle with Graham Bird coming away a superb 6-4 victor in real high
Mitchell after a shaky start got the better of Graham Borland by 6 games to 1 to seal his place in
the grand final. And as the league positions were at the start of the night both Number one players from their respective leagues were
to meet in the grand final, Martin Deegan and Jim Mitchell went toe to toe over the ocky
Martin Deegan taking the first two games
but Mitchell came back to win the next five before Deegan then stopped the run of wins by taking the eighth game however Mitchell
went on to claim the title of Spring Classic Champion for the second consecutive year, on the night £660 was paid out
the break down being.
Last 16 received £20 each, quarter finalists £30 each, semi finalists £40 each,
runner up £100, eventual winner £200.
A big thank you to Fiona Clark of East Calder who presented the prize giving
and was also the sponsor
of this competition.
On the night maximum hitters and fast games were recorded by
Graham Borland 2 x180, Derek Bird 1 x180, Graham Bird 1x180,
John Kirk 1 x 180, Martin Deegan 3 x 180,
Mitchell 3x180, Top finishes were recorded by Mitchell 81 plus 2 x 95 game shots, Chris
Dodd’s 94 take out, Graeme Bird 103 and 118 finishes, Martin Deegan 116 game shot,
Fast games courtesy off, Graham
Borland 17-19-20 dart games, Derek Bird 16 darter,
Graham Bird games finished in 15-16-17- darts, Gordon Bruce 15-17-18
Martin Deegan 15 and 18 dart games, Mitchell 15 sub 20 darters with games finished
in 2 x14- 3x15- 1x16-
4x17-2x18- 3x20 dart games.
And that as they say is that, many thanks
to all the players who came and played and as the adage goes if you are not in it you can’t win it can you!
Special report from none other than the twin brother of
Stephan Colthart (reporting)from the Cowboys of Craigshill.
Derby at craigshill between Stirrup
Indians vs Stirrup Cowboys, everybody was cheering the both teams on the scores were Fred Hamilton 1 Stephen Colthart
2, Ian Mitchell 0 Chris Fawcett 2, Ron Lappage 0 Allan Howie2, Mark Pasfield 0 Gary Chrisite 2, Chic Whitelaw 2 Eddie Grieve
0, Jason Rae 2 Mark Patterson 0, after single it was 4-2 to Cowboys so now the doubles it was Ian Mitchell and Jason Rae 0
Chris Fawcett and Gary Christie 2, Chic Whitelaw and Tommy Smith 2 Mark Patterson and Allan Howie 1, then final match of the
night it was Ron lappage Mark Pasfield 2 Archie Wilson and Mikey O'Neil 1, so final score was Cowboys 5 Indians 4 the
bragging rights this time go to the Cowboys special mentions Chris Fawcett 137+ 78 c/out 90 c/out 19 darter G Christie
140 and 18 darts Chic Whitelaw 140,125 18 darts 80 c/out Mark Pasfield 125,138
Bar Juniors 4 v 5 Tower Bar Knights
The Murray Juniors welcomed the league leaders the Tower Bar to the Murray
for a league game the Juniors have been on a good run of late and fancied their chances of taking the scalp of the Championship
Singles matches Juniors names first
D.Gray 1-2 S Mitchell
D.Yule. 2-1 J Grant
J.Somerville 2-0 R Barron
J.Purse 2-0 R Scott
C.Size 1-2 J Stewar
So after the singles it was
poised at 3 games each with all to play for
D Gray& B Robertson 1-2 J Stewart& S Mitchell
Purse& C Size 1-2 J Devlin&M Conway
D Yule& J Somerville 2-0 R Barron& R Scott
So the league
leaders came away with the spoils at the end of the day
J Devlin recording the only maximum 180 of the evening,
Size for the Juniors keeps on improving and a 103 c/o via 51,12,40 goes to prove it.
Uphall Station Chalkers 3
v 6 Murray Bar Nomads
Chalkers who were sitting joint second in the Premiership league took a wee nose dive on Monday
night as the Nomads from Polbeth turned on the style, after their last loss team captain John Bruton must have done an Alex
Fergusson them! Colin Hamilton 20 darter alongside Jamie Fleming’s game also finished in 20 arrows for the Nomads but
Davie Aitken went one better with a 19 dart game for the Nomads to take charge of this match up. Highest finish off the night
went to Disco Aitken with a rock solid 100 game shot.
Highway Men 8-1 Central Bar Rebels
a lot to write home about in this match up just the Highway Men doing their stuff and hitting more doubles than their opponents,
If the Rebels from West Calder could just find that finishing touch the score could have been so much closer, But Highway
Men stay top of the league and another two points keeps them 8 points clear of their nearest and dearest!
Farmers 7 V’s 2 Paraffin Lamp Oilers
Farmers names first, Bunny
Forrest 2 -0 L Palmer, Jack Stirling 2-1 K Little, James Banks 2-1 M Currie, Craig Forrest 2-1 S Hanlon,
Billy Stirling 2-0 C Shirt, Chris Bielby 1-2 F Crook.So 5 games to 1 to the farmers after the singles doubles results as follows Bunny Forrest & Chris Bielby 2-0 S Hanlon &
A Paxton, Jack Stirling & Craig Forrest 0-2 M Currie & F Crook, Colin Mcmorrin & James Lock 2-1 L Palmer &
P Hanlon.The final score Farmers 7 Oilers 2
WEB SITE WILL BE UPDATED LATER THIS WEEK.
report has been sent off to the Courier of course!
However household chores are getting in the way of dart site reports!
As in kitchen now lives in the hallway as painting is on going!
Back up and updated on Thursday fingers crossed!
|Stevie Scott W..L. County Player
|3 x 180's king of the maximum's
Well the West Lothian team put out the welcome mat for our visitors from Ayrshire
on Saturday the 1st March
The men’s results are as follows,
Men’s ‘B’ W.L. Names first.
W Bryce 2-3 R Reid. C Wilkinson 3-0 D Macquarie. A McPheat 3-1 G Penelton. W Borland 1-3 J McCulloch.
1-3 O McNiven. J Somerville 0-3 P Kelly.
So chances missed and a 2-4 defeat was on the cards but if only those double had been hit what a different story
what if and should have been!
If we had been 4-0 up no one could have complained but hey that’s another story!
‘A’ W.L Names first.
A Henry (20.37) 1-3 (21.84) M Ferguson, M Deegan (22.19) 1-3 (23.90) G Simpson,
S Scott (24.96) 3-2 (22.15)
A Stewart, J Mitchell (22.18) 3-2 (23.58) D Lawrie,
M Rice (25.47) 3-0 (21.33) J Curran, J McMillan (16.13) 1-3 (17.06)
L Wilson, C Hamilton (16.32) 0-3 (22.43) I Lafferty,
J Charleston (24.63) 0-3 (28.38) J Milligan, G Bird (20.88) 3-0
(16.97) A Seaton,
G Borland (21.93) 3-2 (22.99) G Collumb, J Kirk (17.27) 1-3 (20.24) B Jackson, W Harraughty(19.94)
0-3 (21.07) C Menzies.
So once again for the third time this season the county man’s
A went down 5-7 and missed chances that went a begging what can be said in this league you must take them when they come round!
But once again it was down the wire and the result as in other matches was never decided to the final few games, Outstanding
performances from a couple of players on top form at the moment saw
Micky Rice of Whitburn fame claim the M.O.M Award
for the home side,
But what about East Calder’s Steven Scott 3 x 180’s in his match and two in the
with the scores standing at 2-2 with his opponent cracking darts match Stevie’s last game
game shot on 41 for a superb 12 dart game.
Once again there were enough players for the county men’s team to have
put out another B team
and that gives the committee a headache who do you play and who do you keep as reserves?
Well it might give headaches but it is a huge improvement on seasons not so long ago when we had
no reserves at all?
Just the bare 18 players,
county places now have to be earned and that is the way it should be.
And once again
some players may find their places in jeopardy as have others this season,
but hey that’s why the committee get
paid big bucks (if only) see you at the next match
Motherwell supporters club when we take on the our nearest and
dearest Lanarkshire county foes!”.
Ladies county news
Ladies ‘B’ did not get off to a good
start with only Michelle McLay claiming a winning leg in this match up. Scores and names below W.L. First.
M McLay 1-2 S McMillan, K
Whyte 0-2 S Govan, A Whyte 0-2 J Spoors, J Speirs 0-2 M Burnett.Final Score on the door 0-4
Ladies ‘A’ Team
J Leggat 0-3 B Rankin, K Whyte 0-3 L Hyde, D Bird 0-3 K Brown, A Bird 0-3 P Hind, F Clark
0-3 A Lawrie, M Bryce 0-3 J ward.And so a 0-6 loss, however as in other matches chances were there, Perfect example Maggie Bryce outscored
her opponent hitting tons but the doubles were cruel and wire trouble set in so not a good day for the lady’s either.
|Players||Games played||Won||Lost||Total Points|
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Spring Classic League
Well with the last week of league
matches now played to see who would make it through to the top eight in each league there were players dropping down their
respective league tables and other players making their move! Defending champion Mitchell has made his move in the Lumber
Jack League and is now in the number one spot in his league also making it through with some late results it saw Brucefield
player Billy Stirling make it through in the number eight position with Jimmy Woods falling out of contention through illness.
Biggest mover in the Mountain Man League saw Graham Smith of the Central Bar in West Calder move up four positions to claim
the last berth available in his league. Now the reason it is so important in which position you end up in is this the number
one player in the mountain man league will play the number eight player in the Lumber Jack league the exact same way as a
seeding draw takes place in other sports. However after the first rounds of the grand final are played the winning eight players
will go back into the hat and a redraw will be made, This also happens after the quarter finals are played so quite simply
you do not know who your opponent will be until the draw is done. The grand final also see’s the matches extended after
each round the league matches were the best of 5 x 501. But now the matches start at 7 x 501 for the last 16. Then in the
quarter finals it is 9 x 501. Semi Finals 11 x 501 and the Grand Finale will see the combatants play the best of 13 x 501.
So for a player to be crowned Spring Classic Champion for 2014 he must win 22 games of arrows and if you can do that there
will be no luck involved he quite simply will be the player who hits more doubles
than anyone else.
from the past weeks play were recorded by,
Maximum scores Martin Deegan 180, Graeme Bird 180, Gordon
Bruce 180, Derek Bird 180, Mitchell 2 x 180, and Rex Brady cracking 174score to set up a double.
saw Mitchell 93 game shot, John Kirk 96 game shot, Tam Laird cracking 101 finish, Derek Bird 113 take out,
William Harraughty 100& 96 game shots,
Jimmy Woods 106 take out, Andy Price rock solid 80 game shot, Calum Wilkinson
Top games finished with dart averages above 25 per dart saw,
19 darter, William Harraughty 14 and 15 dart games, Billy Stirling 14 dart game for a cracking 107 dart average for three
darts, Mitchell 17-18-18-18-19 dart games, Gordon Bruce 16-18-19 darters, Graeme Bird with 2 superb 16 arrow games, Paul Weir
17-18-19 dart games, Martin Deegan 17-18 dart games.
(NOW THERE ARE SOME SCORES MISSING IF YOU COULD DROP ME A LINE THEY WILL BE ADDED A.S.A.P.)
Monday Night League Results from the W.C.D.D.L.
Tower bar Knights 7 – 2 Stirrup Stane Indians
Only game of note from this local Craigshill Darby match saw
the experienced Rodger (Braces) Barron
turning back the clock and finishing with a cracking treble 20 double 18 game
shot for a 96 finish.
Good win for the Tower who still head the Championship league and are certainly the team to beat
in this very competitive league.
Murray bar Nomads 3-6 Volunteer Highway men
John Bruton’s Nomads from Polbeth hosted the league leaders
in the Premier league on Monday night.
And it was a superb advert for the sport of darts with some excellent shooting
by both teams also
some very costly misses as well!
The visitors took an early 2-0 lead through Robertson and Mitchell
before the evergreen Davie Aitken the man they call the Hit man brought a game back for the home side.
favourite darting son John Charleston then gave the league leaders a 3games to 1 lead,
but the then back came the Nomads
with Kyle Gilmour and Jim Quinn levelling the match at 3-3
after the singles were played. So to the doubles and with
some very tactical changes being made by the visitors it saw the pairing of Mitchell and Robertson who are the Match play
doubles champions being separated and it worked as the Highway men took all, three doubles matches but once again
Bruton’s Nomads had only themselves to blame as quite simply had they hit their finishes
the game could quite
easily have been 5-4 to the home side instead of 3-6 in favour of the visitors!
Paraffin Lamp Brigands
3-6 Doo Club Flyers
Another tight match up with very little between these top teams with only the finishing power
Flyers from East Calder the difference! And so though not closing the gap the Flyers at just over
half way through the
season are still in with a realistic chance of catching the league leaders and keep themselves in joint second place along
with the Uphall Station Chalkers who are on the same points but also find themselves 8 points adrift of the Highway Men from
Central Bar Rebels 2 - 7 Uphall Station Chalkers
Once again the Rebels from West Calder have found it hard going after easily winning the Championship league last
season they have yet to really find their true form this season but there is still time to get some wins under their belts
yet! On the night the travelling Chalkers were just to hot to hold on to and it keeps the Uphall Station players in joint
second place at the moment in the league.
Doo Club Fanciers 4-5 Paraffin Lamp Oilers
At last the Oilers have
something to cheer about recording their first victory of the season and I am sure it will not be there last.
Stane Cowboys 4-5 Murray bar Juniors
Stirrup Cowboys scores first.
C Fawcett 2
D Yule 1. A Howie 2 D Gray 1. G Christie 2 R Carroll 1. I Brown 0 John Somerville 2. S
Colthart 1 B Robertson 2. E Grieve 1. D Black 2. Doubles Matches saw
Fawcett and Christie 1, Somerville and Yule 2. Howie and Brown 2 Gray and Carroll 0. Clark and O’Neill
0 Robertson Purse 2.
Special mentions Chris Fawcett 140 and
19 dart leg, Gary Christie 140, John Somerville 140x2 plus a 19 darter, D Yule 140, R Carroll 140, and team captain of the
Juniors Jim Purse leading by example with a maximum 180.
Games of note from Monday the 24th
Wilson & Stewart Russell 18 dart pair’s game.
Colin Kelly 18
dart game, Derek Bird 19 darter plus a maximum 180, Paul Weir 18 darter and a 120 game shot, Graeme Bird maximum 180.Craig
Agnew 16 darter, Frank Begley cracking 110 game shot on the bulls eye, Pete Hastings rock solid 20 darter, Geordie Dryburgh
140 game shot excellent finishing, John Kirk 76 game shot and Lorne Mitchell 106 take out.
West Lothian Youth Academy
The Stirrup Stane Cowboys from Craigshill put out the challenge and the
Youth Academy players picked up the gauntlet.So on Sunday it saw this match take place and here are the names and scores
of the match. Cowboys names first.
Chris Fawcett 2-1 Callum Little. Gary Christie 2-0 Lewis Lyle. Mark Patterson 2-1 Caitlin Borst.
Colthart 1-2 Kieran Bird. Paul McCullough 0-2 William Borland. Micky O’Neil 1-2 Jamie Banks.
Yvonne Wilson 0-2
Ciaran McNeil. Edwin Grieve 2-1 Lewis Gurney. Archie Wilson 2-1 Jamie Borst & & Aiden Bird. Arran
Edwards 2-0 Calvin Fleming. Stewart Mitchell 2-1 Scott Livingston & Lewis Laird.
Final Score 7-4 to the Cowboys but once again
some nervy matches with the youths having chances
at taking the scalps of this league team, Looks like the youths are
getting better with each challenge match
they play in next on the horizon for them will be the Tower bar from Craigshill
when the Knights put out the welcome mat!
Youth winners on the day were
William Borland- Jamie Banks-Kieran Bird- Ciaran McNeill (captain)
|Academy Winners, Jamie Banks, William Borland,
|Kieran Bird, Cairen McNeill (capt)
|Stirrup Stane Cowboys v W.L. Youth Academy
|Venue Stirrup Stane Craigshill
Riley’s U.K. Open qualifiers
This event was held in Coatbridge and it saw three of the West
Calder league players travelling through to take part in this event. Stephan Colthart of the Stirrup Stane Cowboys lost out
in the first round by the odd leg in seven going out 3-4. Jim Mitchell of the Highway Men won 4-0 before bowing out 2-4 in
the next round. However Kirk Gordon of the Cawburn Highlanders made it to the final 16 before losing out he won 4-3 won 4-3
before going down 1-4. But as the old adage says you have to be in it to win it?
West Lothian Super
John Kirk and Graeme Bird edged out the Whitburn
pairing of Micky Rice and William Harraughty
in the final match to be crowned champions.
Fast Games-Maximums-Top Finishes League Tables updated as off 19th
If there is a score missing PLEASE drop me a line and it will be sorted!
Below is a league table which is not correct! If any off you could drop me a line with the upto position of your teams with
your points etc IT WOULD BE MUCH APPRECIATED, Going to try and get it into Courier for next week.
Thank you in
|Volunteer Highway Men|| ||16||16||0||108||36||+72||32|
|East Calder Flyers|| ||16||12||4||95||49||+46||24|
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|Uphall S.B.C. Chalkers|| ||16||12||4||82||62||+20||24|
|Murray Nomads|| ||16||10||6||79||65||+14||20|
|Parry Lamp Brigands|| ||16||7||9||63||81||-18||14|
|Almondvale Pirates|| ||16||3||13||53||91||-38||6|
|Cawburn Highlanders|| ||16||3||13||54||90||-36||6|
|Central bar Rebel|| ||16||1||15||41||103||-62||2|
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|Stirrup ‘A’ Cowboys||14||9||5||73||53||+20||18|
|Stirrup ‘B’ Indians||14||7||7||68||58||+10||14|
|East Calder ‘B’
|Parry Lamp ‘B’Oilers||13||0||13||25||92||-67||0|
|Some one let the dog's out!
|Scottish Open 2014
The Friday night league is now falling behind and for games to get played in time for the
grand final all matches must now be played out! So with only two weeks until the final if you are not present in the next
two weeks your opponent will be given a 6-0 win quite simple we are running out of time. At the moment we are 11 matches behind
schedule due to either illness or work commitments and as this league is a short format of only 7 week. So that it finishes
the week before the Berwick week end we must have these matches played. So please if you can be in the venue for 7.30pm as
so we can start prompt it would be appreciated.
Thank you for co-operation in this matter.
Cawburn Highlanders 4 – 5 Murray Nomads
A match played in usual auld ways,Hastings/ Heeps / Kirky win
in singles games for HighlandersQuinn / Ducket / J.Aitken win for Nomads to take it down to doubles
all square, all doubles games going three legs but Nomads the ones who got the winning doubles in ALL THREE. ( J.AITKEN 180)
Almondvale Pirates1 – 8 Volunteer Highway Men
Only consolation for Almondvale was J.Tannock victory over S.Robertson to stop a whitewash
(D.Carmichael 177 score Mitchell / Woods 17 dart pairs)
Uphall Station Chalkers 5 – 4 Doo Club Flyers
Up 4 games to 2 after the singles games, East Calder had to try fight back Zoko and D.Cluness up first for Uphall
lose to W.Harraughty and P.Weir, D.Mairs and J.Hanlon then next on to be victorious against G. Borland and S.Morrans Last pairs up then seen C.Wilkinson and G. Bird take final doubles game against B.Mairs and G.Finayson
(W.Harraughty 180 S.Morrans 180 G. Bird 110 c/o)
Stirrup Stane ‘Cowboys 4 – 5 Brucefield Farmers
S.Colthart takes first advantage for home team with victory over A. Blair 2-0 Bunny Forrest then levels it up for Brucefield with victory over I. Brow 2-0 Stirrup then step up with G. Christie beating youth Jamie Banks with 2-1
then A.Howie beating C.McMorrin
Stirrup up 3-1. B.Stirling
then beats M.Paterson 2-0 and C.Forrest beats C.Fawcett 2-1 for the Brucefield to level the match at 3-3.
Brucefield go into doubles by winning first two games and claiming victory.
(Jamie Banks 82c/o B.Stirling 180)
Oilers 1 – 8 Tower Knights
Once again the Oilers
make it tough on themselves with only four players!
Central bar Rebels 2 – 7 Parry Lamp Brigands
(C.Agnew 19d + 121 c/o………….S.Barker 180…………….M.Balfour
G. Bruce / R. Ingles 16dart pairs)East Calder Flyers 2 – 7 Stirrup Stane Indians
Close game most games going full 3 legs …George Bird being
only victor for Doo Club
(Missing in action)
My apologies for
not making the youth academy today Sunday not that anyone would want to know this information but am still in PJ’S since
8pm on Saturday night, You ladies out there won’t understand but the guys is different
can I say!!!!!
Two of the West Lothian
Academy girls made it to the final stages of the Central Youth Open.
Caitlin Borst going out in the semi finals and Sophie
McLay going one step further and making the final.
Excellent form from both these rising stars of the county youth scene.
Also highest finish of the day belonged to Lewis Lyle of Ladywell with a superb 124 take out via 20-54 bulls eye
the under 18's boys tournament.
Scottish Single Qualifier
change of date (just been informed)
Changed again back to the 22nd March
in the Doo Club
Saturday 15th - 16th March
Berwick Week End
Saturday 22nd March
Murray bar Open Singles
Saturday 22nd March
Scottish Singles Qualifying Round
Doo Club East Calder
County away to Lanarkshire
Motherwell Supporters Club
Saturday 19th April
£300 first prize guaranteed
Murray Bar in Polbeth
League Tables for Maximums
171-180, along with big finishes 75 and above plus fast games 20 darts or less now updated!
Remember the reason for 20 dart games is it gives you a dart
average of 25 per dart and so does the check outs 75 being once again 25 per dart. So if you record any of these scores -games-check
outs drop me a line.
remember you must have something to do with darts in West Lothian as in competitions -leagues opens etc.
And if you don’t tell me I cannot
add them can I!
please if you know of someone firing in quick games etc drop me a line and they will get added A.S.A.P.
The prestige’s double start
double finish competition was held in the Doo Club in East Calder on Monday night home of the Monday night league.
With some superb talent on show
it saw the quarter final line up one of the strongest seen for some time.
Winners names first.Rex Brady (Highway men) 3-1 John Kirk (Highlanders).
Stevie Scott (Brigands)
3-1 Lorne Mitchell (Highlanders).
Davie Aitken (Nomads) 3-2 John Somerville (Nomads).
Jim Mitchell (Highway men) 3-2 William Harraughty (Flyers).
Semi finals. Stevie Scott3-1 Rex Brady, Davie Aitken 3-2 Jim Mitchell.
The grand final
saw Davie Aitken from the Murray bar Nomads claim the title with a
4 games to 0 victory over Stevie Scott who had his
chances in all four of the games
in the final but the Polbeth Hit-Man did one thing no other player did on the night
he hit more doubles.
Congratulations to the Champion Davie Aitken and commiserations to the
runner up Stevie
John Charleston 11 & 12 dart games. John Hanlon 12 darter
and shanghai on the twenties for a 120 game shot. Pete Hastings 9 dart game and an 89 game shot. Derek Bird 11 dart game.
Jim Mitchell 10 and 11 dart games. Shaun Hanlon 11 and 12 darters. Gordon Bruce 9 darter plus 11 dart game a maximum 180 and
a cracking 105 game shot. John Kirk 90 games hot and a 12 dart leg. Rex Brady 8 dart game and an 11 darter plus an 82 game
shot. Stevie Scott 11 arrow game. Davie Aitken 9 along with 11 and 12 darters plus a magnificent 141 game shot.
Ladies and Gentlemen
have read a few comments about the Friday league that I run.
Well for the past 6 seasons have run a Winter Classic
league on a Friday and a Spring Classic league which is now in its second season.
Along with a Summer league which has
run for nine years. The reason these competitions are run is simple. It gives players an opportunity to play, not all of us
can traverse the highway and byways of the West Lothian County on a Friday night so here is a competition which is in the
same venue and is reasonably central for everyone. And surely it must be good for the sport of darts to have healthy competition
in the area.
It is up to players where they wish to play and no one can force anyone to participate if they don’t
want to. So I wish the Bathgate league the very best in their endeavours to keep league matches going on a Friday,
while I run singles leagues, and there is the difference!Jim M
West Lothian County Men’s Open
Saturday saw the good and the great descend upon the Doo Club for the
West Lothian Open, they came from as far afield as Glasgow, Falkirk and Edinburgh along with a host of West Lothian county
players. After three hours of play where the matches
were the best of 5 x 501 and with all players bulling up to see who would throw first in the odd legs we were down to an absolutely
superb quarter final line up.
The results with winner’s names first are as follows.
Micky Rice 3-2 John Kirk. William Harraughty
3-2 Alec Lister. Jim Mitchell 3-2 Gordon Bruce.
Paul Anderson 3-2 Scott McLeod.
So to the semi final stages and with three men from the county
still in the mix it was a superb performance from the home grown players. (Semi finals 7x501)
The first semi final saw
William Harraughty 4-3 Micky Rice.
Second semi final saw Jim Mitchell 4-0 Paul Anderson.
And so to the grand final where two West
Lothian county players would contest the best
of 9x501 grand final. A high scoring match up with maximums and high scores
the norm it saw
Whitburn darts ace William Harraughty claim the title of West Lothian Open champion
Mitchell by 5 games to 3 in an exciting final which had both players receiving tremendous
support from the enthralled
audience of spectators.
the day some fabulous darts out of the top drawer of statistics and here are the ones that were recorded.
Check outs saw William Harraughty
finishing games of with 96-97-112-114 game shots.
Gordon Bruce 111 take out. Jim Mitchell 90 and 80 finishes.
Scott McLeod 95 game shot. Kirk
Gordon 78 take out.
Mitchell 7 x 180’s. Graeme Bird 3 x180’s. Richard Baillie 1 x 180.
Scott McLeod 1 X180. Gordon Bruce 1 x 180.
Fast games recorded with 20 darts being
the cut off point saw.
Lister 19 darter. Scott McLeod 15 darter. Richard Baillie 15 and 20 dart games. Graeme Bird 20 darter. Rab Bunyan 17 dart
game. Gordon Bruce 17 dart game. Derek Bird 16 along with a 17 dart game.
Jim Mitchell 13-14-15-17-17-17-18 dart games finished on the day.
William Harraughty with games finished in 15-16-17-19-19-19-19-19-20
superb competition with some outstanding performances but when all said and done one man hit more doubles than anyone else
and that was your champion congratulations to
West Lothian Open Men's Singles Champion.
Lothian County Ladies Open
quality field of outstanding lady players turned up to battle it out for the title of
West Lothian Ladies champion.
And the results from the quarter finals onwards are as follows with winners names first.
Christine McIntosh 3-2 Michelle McLay. Amanda a Cox 3-1 Frances Lawson. Katie Smith 3-0 Jillian Spiers.
Karen Whyte 3-0 Kathy Henderson.
Semi finals saw, Amanda Cox 3-0 Christine McIntosh. Kate Smith 3-0 Karen Whyte.
And so to the grand final where some excellent
throwing from both protagonists saw Katie Smith go into a 3-0 lead
in the race to 4 in this best of 7x501 final,
however Amanda Cox came fighting back to level the score at 3 games apiece and it saw a sudden death leg
with Katie Smith claiming the title by the tightest of margins 4 games to 3.
Superb match played in Great Spirit by
both of these outstanding lady players.
Right folks without your help I have only what
I see or hear about to report. And as there is now a new sport editor in the West Lothian Courier it may be more difficult
to get the reports in the paper each week, hoping not as Kieran Westbrook was as good as his word and for roughly 18 months
there was a darts section in every week.
So if you have information and you don’t want to tell me about it hey
But please send it in to the Courier the e-mail is
So if you don’t wish me to report it there is no problem about YOU doing it.
The more darts news
the better as far as I am concerned, so folks it really is up to you!
Would you like to help if so please do!
Bathgate Friday Night League
Three Person team competition which is one of the oldest and one of the hardest competitions
in the county to win was
held on Friday night.
And it saw the winning team coming from Bo'Ness with
the Crown bar claiming the
title over the 32 Club from Shotts,with the title the winning team being,
Billy Don, Alan Kerr, and Brian Donaldson.
The runners up were from the 32 Club in Shotts.
Jimmy Graham, Wullie Glen and the (Boss Man) Dougie Hogg.
What a performance form Alan Chuck Norris from Bo’Ness superb darts all week and just
falling short at the final hurdle to be crowned B.D.O. World Champion. Superb darts from a superb player.
Chuck plays in the Bathgate Friday night league in the area,
and we all hope that this success spurs him on to
even more titles.
Remembering Chuck has annexed the French,
Belgium and Welsh titles before.
And let us not forget that on the 17th February the Monday night after the
Alan Chuck Norris and Robbie King Kong Green
will be in exhibition mode at the Doo Club in East Calder for the West Calder & District Darts League exhibition
This event has in the past ten years had players the like off,
Peter Manley, Chrissie
Howitt, Jamie Harvey x 2, Gary Anderson x 2 , Gary Robson x 4, Ted Hanky, Martin Adams, Alec Lister, Darryl Fitton x 2, Tony
O’Shea x2 , Andy Boulton and of course Chuck Norris! and now Robbie Green will be adding his name to this very exclusive
list of top dart super stars.
With the information available this is as close as I can get it right up
to Monday the 13th January.
Remember folks this is not gospel Mr John (Kirky) Kirk is the Match Secretary and his word
Calder & District Darts League
Committee for the season of 2013-2014
Mitchell Chairman/Treasurer. John Kirk Match Secretary. John McDonald League Secretary.
League will consist of two divisions.
Starting on the 9th September with the K.O. Cup.
Next Delegates meeting the 18th September (please have players registrations
with you) thank you.
On a sadder note we said good bye to Mr Fin Drummond who through ill health has had to stand
down after 34 years on the league board and simply put if not for his committment to the sport of darts there quite simply
may not have been a league for all of us to play in if not for his efforts over the lean years keeping the darts going!
We wish him well and hope that his health picks up soon.
We would like to wish Mr John McDonald all the very
best as he has taken up the post of League Secretary.
|Jim Mitchell wondering who he can upset next!
|Highway Men from Uphall have the unenviable task of looking after him next, Will he behave who knows
keep the comments coming always nice to know that people take the time to write in the guest book.
One writer has
asked what or how much Jim Mitchell gets paid!
If only this web site is paid for by Jim Mitchell all the expense
for running the site is met out of the pocket of
Time spent each week updating is roughly five to
six hours sometimes more depending what is happening around the county. Of course reports are sent in by other dart players
and I do try to mention as many players as possible. But if the information doesn't get to me there is not a lot that
can be done about it.
Now should the writer in the guest book wish to help either financially or by
giving of their
time in sending in reports that would be very helpful indeed.
All help in keeping this web site updated is gratefully
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