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All top check outs -Maximums-Fast Games- from all leagues are updated. 
Wednesday 19.30 hours ok just past 7.30 pm for those with no 24 hour clock !
The Fast Games league table which is 20 darts or less along with the High Finishes league table 75 or above and of course the Maximum league table scores from 171-180 are now more condensed. The reason is simple if you are a member of the Monday night league as in W.C.D.D.L. your scores finishes etc will be added , But if you were a member of the league your name will still be there for prosperity! The reason I have given up on trying to get everyone in the area on them is simple the information just does not get sent in so as of now you have to be a player in the W.C.D.D.L. TO BE ON THEM . However all the competitions in the area will of course be reported with winners names etc etc but once again you really need to help out if you have information , so go on be a devil and send it in, won’t cost much just a few moments of your time!

Next West Lothian Grand Prix
will be on November the 29th in the Paraffin Lamp Livingston
registration closes at 1.45, toe the ocky 2pm.

This Sunday coming 1pm start, in the Doo Club East Calder.
Brucefield Farmers V Paraffin  Lamp Oilers 
The Paraffin Lamp Oilers were the visitors at the Brucefield Farm this week in the league with a strong pull of players and led under new captain Stephen Colthart results were as follows (Rab Craig 2-0 C Shiach) (Craig Forrest 2-0 L Palmar) (Billy Stirling 2-1 D Livingston) (Bunny Forrest 2-0 Frank Cook) (Jamie Banks WLYA 2-0 S Russell) (James Lock 1-2 Stephen Colthart)So five games to one to the Farmers after the singles the doubles results are as follows (Craig Forrest & Rab Craig 1-2 Frank Cook & S Russell) (Bunny Forrest & Jamie Banks WLYA 2-0 Stephen Colthart & K Etyle) (Billy Stirling & Colin McMorran 1-2 D Livingston & D Gibson) So the oilers getting the better of the farmers in the doubles by two games to one final score on the night though went the way of the home side.
The Brucefield Farmers 6 Paraffin Lamp Oilers 3

Match highlights saw Billy Stirling record a maximum 180, Bunny Forrest 17 Dart leg, and in the doubles it saw the pairing of Bunny Forrest & Jamie Banks record a cracking 19 dart leg. The Brucefield  Farmers man of the match award going to Wee Banksy wining both his singles and double two nil, two nil, and his first league singles win of the season.
Tower bar Knights v Paraffin Lamp Brigands  

The Knights of Craigshill welcomed the visiting Brigands from the Paraffin Lamp this week and here are the results with the home side names first.

John Grant 2-0 Frank Begley. Paul Duff 1-2 Craig Agnew. Joe Devlin 1-2 Stevie Scott.John Galloway 0-2 Gordon Bruce. Michael Conway 0-2 Arran Edwards. Bob Stewart 2-0 Colin Kelly.So after the singles the visitors held the upper hand by 4 games to 2. And now to the doubles,John Grant & Stuart Mitchell 2-1 Craig Agnew & Gordon Bruce, Ian Gilmour & Bob Stewart 1-2 Stevie Scott & Arran Edwards, Paul Duff & Joe Devlin 2-0 Stuart Tait & Colin Kelly.So a titanic tussle but the points went back to the Paraffin Lamp after a tremendous game of arrows. Some top shots from the night were recorded by Arran Edwards 180 plus a 19 darter, two darts quicker it saw Gordon Bruce record a rock solid 17 dart game.

Volunteer Highway Men 6 v 3 Uphall Station Chalkers

Very little to choose between these two old adversaries, Both teams sharing the matches in the singles so at 3-3 it was all to play for in the doubles. And perhaps with a bit of luck on their side it saw the home side take the three doubles matches (only just) to come away with a fighting 6 games to 3 win. This Was a new look team from the Highway Men from with only Martin Deegan and Saun Robertson toeing the ocky on the night from the team that dominated the league just a short while ago, Colin Robertson out with a shoulder-back injury and Skippy Charleston also out with illness it certainly gave the other players the chance to stake a claim to having their names on the team sheet on a Monday! Night and perhaps they might just have done enough, at least it gives the captain room for thought come next week’s final of the K.O. Cup!

Murray bar Juniors 4 v 5 Doo Club Flyers

Close as it gets with the Junior’s holding a 4-2 lead after the six singles matches were played. However the pairings of the Flyers was right in all three doubles with the visitors taking the three doubles matches to come away with a terrific win by 5 games to 4. Derek Bird with the shot of the night a fabulous 156 game shot via 60-60-36. Fastest game of the night belonging to John Kirk with a stunning 16 dart game.

Doo club Fanciers 1 v 8 Almondale Pirates

The travelling pirates were just to hot to handle and came away worthy winners on the night, Cathy Henderson and Gillian Bell saving the whitewash with a win for the home team.

Stirrup Stane Indians 6 v 3 Brucefield Farmers

The home side taking the points in this match up with shot of the night belonging to captain of the Indians Fred Hamilton rolling back the years firing in a stunning 104 game shot on the bulls eye.

Paraffin Lamp Oilers 5 v 4 Stirrup Stane Cowboys

Tough match up with both teams giving it their all, 4-2 to the Home side after the singles, And with the first doubles for the Oilers giving them the points on the night. Which was just as well as the Cowboys took the next two matches for a final score line of 5-4 for the home side a close match and the return match should be one to savour!

Top finish Frank Crook with a rock solid 76 game shot for the Oilers.

Captains Claim Title

The grand final of the Cawburn Sports Bar Wednesday night league came to a conclusion this week.

After many hard weeks of dart play the final eight teams lined up to play for the first prize of £200 which was sponsored by the Cawburn bar. Organiser of the event Mr Kirk Gordon got the proceedings under way by making an open draw which would also happen in the next round as well, this was to add some extra spice to the proceedings as you did not know who you would be drawn against!

Once the quarter finals were played the last four teams left standing it saw William Harraughty & Jim Mitchell up against top county players in the shape and form of Graeme Bird & Graham Borland this was a classic match with all four players representing the county in the inter counties league there were very few mistakes and when chances came round they were taken the final score saw Harraughty & Mitchell take the tie by 5 games to 3. The second semi final saw the East Calder duo of Stevie Morrans & Paul Weir with Paul being another top county player (retired) up against Peter Hastings’s & Lorne Mitchell a close affair with both teams firing out the big shots but it was the East Calder pair who just did enough and crossed the winning line by the tightest of margins in this best of nine encounter 5 games to 4. So to the Grand Final and with the match being the best of 11 x 501 the standard was extremely high from the moment the first arrow hit the dart board. Weir & Morrans took the first leg against the darts only for Harraughty & Mitchell to do the same in the second, The next four legs were shared so with the score at 3-3 it then saw a surge from the pairing of Harraughty & Mitchell and they came away 6 games to 3 winners in a very hard but well played final against two excellent opponents with only the doubling out being the difference in this match up. So champions and claiming the title it saw West Lothian’s county captains William Harraughty for this season and last season’s county captain Jim Mitchell take the title. Top maximum hitter on the night was Paul Weir with 3 x 180’s also William Harraughty 1 x180 and Stevie Morrans with a magical maximum as well. Top finishes saw Mitchell with 112 plus two game shots of 93 and 90 for the highest finishes of the evening. A big thank you to Kirk Gordon for running the tournament and a special mention to the Cawburn for sponsoring the event without the Cawburn support this event could not have happened, and one final note thank you to our long suffering barman Kenny see you at the next comp!

(hopefully in one piece!)

Yes those intrepid dart players from West Lothian would have started to make the arduous journey north after a week end of darting extravaganza in the olde English town of Berwick upon Tweed.

Now a few facts from the week end apart from everyone enjoying themselves were players who scored on the dart board!

Stevie Duncan with a maximum on the nineteen’s 1 x 171, Jim Mitchell 3x180’s along with some reasonable fast games 5 in under 20 darts, Colin Hamilton a nice round figure finish 90 game shot, Pete Hastings’s 1 x 180, Arran Edwards also on the maximum trail 1x180 plus a cracking 14 dart game,

Now all the darting stuff aside there were perhaps two memorable things that came to ones attention Yes Big Gary Christie can dance as he wandered his way with his partner round the dance floor to win a bottle of champagne (well done)

Now the other piece of knowledge is one I would not recommend any of you to do!

Martin Deegan thought this one up, Why not if you want to charge your phone and not lose it, we’ll just pop it into the microwave! Perhaps this is one idea we should not try.

Anyway hope everyone got back safe and sound, and as the saying goes, see you at the ocky if not the bar!

Only news of interest from the ocky is I believe Michelle McLay got to her board final in the ladies tournament!

Jim Mitchell made the quarter finals of the men’s tournament.

Kirk (Capt Flash) Gordon

Wednesday Night Pairs League has finally came to a conclusion to see who were going to be the final 8 pairs contesting to be crowned champions.

The Finals night will be Wednesday 12th November 2014. We will start the games a wee bit earlier than usual, so it will be roughly a 1930hrs start for the first games.

A blind draw in every round will take place to add that wee bit spice to see who plays who.

We are going to play consolation games for the pair that came last but not least and the pairs that get knocked out in the last 8 games. The team that came bottom will go straight into the consolation final, with the 4 pairs knocked out in the first knockout games from the main draw playing off to see who plays them in the final of the consolation games.
The consolation final is just for fun and gives everyone a few games on the night.

Prize Money for the main draw will be : Winners £100 Each, Runners Up £50 Each, Semi Finalists £25 Each and The Last 8 £10 Each.

There is still one person that has still to pay an entry fee, could they please bring this with them, or we will deduct the entry fee from the winnings that the player may receive.

Forth Coming Attractions

If you’re a darts player that is!

November 15th Youth Open in Clackmannonshire
November 22nd Scottish Mixed Triples finals
November 29th
Grand Prix, Paraffin Lamp Livingston
Novemebr 30th  W.L. County travel away to Ayrshire
December 13th W.L. Super League singles league commences, Ridge Inn, 12.30 for 1pm toe the ocky
December 27th Open competition Bilston Glen Miners (will check this one out)for more info!
January 10th West Lothian Super League Singles second comp,Ridge Inn, 12.30 for 1pm toe the ocky
February 13th Dont forget Old Man Mitchells Birthday! ( dont feel you have to spend to much on pressies!)
January 18th  W.L.County home to Borders
February 7th W.L. County travel away to Lothians
February 21st West Lothian Super League Singles third comp, Ridge Inn, 12.30 for 1pm toe the ocky
March 7th West Lothian Super League fourth comp, Ridge Inn, 12.30 for 1pm toe the ocky
March 28th  W.L. County host Renfrewshire
April 11th West Lothian Super League Singles fifth comp, Ridge Inn, 12.30 for 1pm toe the ocky
 April  25th W.L. County travel away to Greater Glasgow date

The Rise and Fall!

Well without a doubt time marches on a few seasons ago the Highway Men from the Volunteer were almost unbeatable with only the odd defeat happening. However now the invincibility has gone two defeats in two outings has seen cracks starting to appear in ranks of the men from Uphall.

Last week the Nomads from Polbeth finished them with a final last doubles match win, this week it saw the Highlanders from Pumpherston go one better at 3-3 after the singles it saw the home side take the first two doubles ties to secure a victory the final score as in the week before a 5-4 win for the Cawburn Highlanders, However it just wasn’t enough to stop the Highway Men from progressing to the semi finals of the K.O. Cup with 11-7 aggregate win.

Top game shots from the nights play saw Rex Brady firing in 90 & 85 game shots, Mitchell 16 darter ad a maximum 180.

So can the champions from last season bounce back only time will tell, My own opinion is that the Brigands of the Paraffin Lamp along with the Assassin’s from the Cawburn and the Murray bar Nomads are the teams on form and it should be an interesting title race with the Highway Men perhaps the spoilers in this race for the championship.

Murray C v Murray B 

another close encounter between these two local rivals with the Nomads holding the upper hand and finishing the match 7-2 for a 14-4 aggregate score.

C. Hamilton 2-1 D. Gray, J. Flemming 2-0 D. Black, P. Grieg 2-0 C. Flemming, K. Gilmour 2-0 C. Size, Disco Aitken 2-0 R. Carroll, J. Aitken 2-1 J. Rae,

6-0 after the singles.

J. Flemming & Disco 1-2 J. Rae & D. Yule, Ducket Aitken & K. Gilmour 2-0 C. Flemming & J. Purse, C. Hamilton & J. Bruton 1-2 B. Robertson & Meek. 

Jim Aitken 19 dart leg. Ben Robertson 180. 

Ballroom Open 2014-11-02

(Formerly Riley’s Edinburgh)

This event was in Morningside in Edinburgh and a collection of county and top league players entered to try and annex the first open competition and get their non de plume on the trophy always nice to be the first name on a perpetual trophy!

West Lothian players Graeme Bird and Jim Mitchell entered the fray and they met in the last 16 in a titanic tussle which saw both players missing doubles Mitchell in the early games and Graeme in the final legs of this best of 7 x 501 encounter it saw Mitchell progress by the tightest of margins 4-3.

The semi final draw Mitchell then edge out Joe Bata a Lothian county player by 5 games to 1 in the semi which was an extremely high scoring encounter. The final saw Edinburgh player Scott Gardener take a 3-1 lead over Mitchell in a race to 6 in this a best of 11 encounter, However Mitchell pulled it back to 3-3 and then went on to annex the championship by a final score of 6-3 to collect the trophy and the first prize of £200. An excellent run competition which had Ralph Hirst making sure that once again the competition ran smoothly. A fabulous venue with four boards in use and one I would recommend for players to go to if future competitions are on the go!

Mitchell on the day recorded games finished 10 times in fewer than 20 darts but more importantly finishes of finishes of 92-96-96-107-116-121 along with 3x180’s.

West Lothian v Lanarkshire

This week end it saw the Scottish Intercounties league roll into the Ridge Inn in Blackridge the home for the West Lothian county team. The hand of friendship was held out to our nearest and dearest from Lanarkshire, however once the players toed the ocky it became serious and the action started with the Ladies ‘B’ teams taking to the centre stage, Names with home team players first.

Michelle McLay 0-2 Helen Talbert. Maggie Bryce 1-2 Jaki Millis. Daisy Heeps 0-2 Diane Walsh. Connie Bamberry 2-0 Heather Shaw. So a 1-5 loss with last lady player Connie Bamburry taking the Lady of the match award.

Next up were the Men’s ‘B’ teams these matches were 6 matches played over the best of 5x501 and with both teams fielding some excellent players this match was always going to be very close.
Names once again with West Lothian names first.

Gary Christie 0-3 Davie Jamieson. David Crawford 0-3 Alan Jamieson. Rex Brady 2-3 Paul Sloan. Jimmy Woods 3-2 Kriss Ross. Alan Hendry 1-3 Martin Black. Callum Wilkinson 3-0 Danny Anderson. So a thrilling match up but the travelling visitors were just that bit more able to annex those elusive doubles! Final score 2-4, with Whitburn’s man of the moment Callum Wilkinson claiming the Man of the Match.

Next up for county the senior Ladies ‘A’ team,
And names once again home team first.

Jillian Speirs 2-3 Jean Samson. Denise Bird 1-3 Janette Higgins. Amy Whyte 0-3 Jillian Shaw. Kathy Henderson 0-3 Margaret Graham. Karen Whyte 3-0 Jacqueline McLaughlin. Fiona Clark 0-3 Angela Farrell. So some close matches but the away team just that bit ahead when annexing the matches so a 1-5 score line,
Lady of the match Karen Whyte from Breich.

So to the final match up of the day the Men’s ‘A’ team this match saw 12 men’s games
each match being the best of 7x501.
Names with scores and dart averages in brackets!

William Harraughty (20.29) 0-4 (25.05) Mick Burke. Colin Robertson (24.14) 4-3 (25.03) James Simpson.
William Borland (20.54) 3-4 (19.92) William Kirkland. Colin Hamilton (19.08) 1-4 (21.02) Graham Anderson.
John Charleston (22.52) 0-4 (28.63) Derek Cunningham. Jim MacMillan (19.63)1-4 (21.70) Jim McGeary.
Graham Borland (22.04) 0-4 (25.37) Ernest Brown. Jim Mitchell (25.18) 4-2 (24.09) William Stallard.
Stevie Scott (23.24) 4-3 (23.54) Arron Edwards. Graeme Bird (21.67)2-4 (23.74) Gary Swan.
Derek Lovelock (18.96) 0-4 (25.690 Jim Brown. Douglas Hogg (21.29) 3-4 (25.04) David Dickson.
So after a terrific tussle it saw Lanarkshire take the plaudits with a fine display of marksmanship by 3-9 score line.
Jim Mitchell taking man of match award for the home team. The result does not look to good but when you consider there were some matches which went down the wire and with a team average for the the men’s 12 players combined of 21.54 per dart thrown or every time a player went to the ocky he scored 64.64 the team as a whole is improving still a long way to go but we are heading in the right direction and that is a plus so let’s keep it going who knows lady luck one day might just shine on the West Lothian team then we can really party!

The Lanarkshire men’s dart average was for those interested. 24.06 Or 72 every time they toed the ocky.
 Many thanks once again to our sponsors the Ridge Inn in Blackridge.
Thank You.

Have heard that Ian Robertson & Alan Chuck Norriss representing the Crown bar have won the Bathgate pairs on Friday night congratulations to both players.
Also top finish on the night came from Dougie Hogg a long standing member of the 32 Club in Shott's with a superb 153 game shot via 60-57-36 cracking finish.

Brucefield Farmers vs. Murray bar Juniors Team 
The Farmers welcomed our good friends from the Murray for the Farmers third league match of the season and what a match, singles results are as follows Farmers names first with,Jamie Banks (WLYA) 0-2 David Black, Rab Craig 0-2 D Yule, Colin Mcmorrin 2-0 Michael Meek , Craig Forrest 2-1 Ben Robertson, Billy Stirling 0-2 Jim Purse, Bunny Forrest 2-0 Chris Size.So evenly matched after the singles Farmers 3 Murray 3. Doubles Saw Bunny Forrest & Jamie Banks (WLYA) 2-0 D Yule& C Size, James Banks & Craig Forrest 2-1 David Black & Ben Robertson, Rab Craig & Billy Stirling 2-1 Jim Purse & Daz Gray. So the Farmers taking all three doubles matches final score Brucefield Farmers 6 Murray Young Team 3 match highlights Jim Purse 78 checkout Farmers man of the match Jamie Banks (WLYA) playing some fantastic darts in the doubles  

Almondvale Pirates v Paraffin Lamp Oilers
The Pirates put out the welcome mat for the Oilers and the scores are as follows,Wullie Jack 2-0 Kris Kytle, Stephen Carty 0-2 David Livingston, David Smith 2-1 Alan Paxton,Craig Jack 1-2 Stephan Colthart, John Tannock 2-0 Frank Crook,The last singles game was conceded by the Oilers as there were not enough players after a bit of confusion in the travelling team ranks! So 4-2 in favour of the Pirates of Craigshill after the singles matches.The doubles saw John Tannock & David Smith 2-0 Kris Kytle & Stephan Colthart,

Scott Begley & Wullie Jack 2-1 Frank Crook 7 David Livingston, final game conceded by the Oilers. Top shot of the evening was Stephan Colthart with a classy 99 game shot via 19-60-20.

Stoneyburn Open 2014 championship

The Bentswood Inn held their annual open championship on Saturday and the quality of players who turned up was from the top drawer, with players who have represented their country from both North and South of the border in attendance, along with more county players than you can shake a stick at! Quite simple with three boards in use and a practise board in the lounge for those having to await their turn at the ocky where ever you looked there were some amazing contests on the ocky taking place.

Setting the standard early doors it saw Jimmy Johnston from Whitburn firing in finishes of 86 & a superb 157 via 57-60-40. However that stood only for a short time before Davie Sharp went even better firing in a fabulous 160 game shot via 60-60-40 and when you consider his opponent Dougie (Boss man) Hogg was on a double and the match was 2-2 this was a superb effort form Mr Sharp.

Also on form on the day was local West Calder man from the Murray Bar Nomads in Polbeth who was living up to his nickname of (Fire) Jamie Fleming firing in finishes of 95-92 twice and a classic 12darter superb game along with 2x20 dart games, His team mate and good friend !!! Disco Aitken finishing with check outs of 92 and 86 however friend ship had to be put on hold as in the last 16 it saw Disco take a 2-0 lead in the race to 3 but the man on fire took the next three legs to book his place in the quarter finals cracking match. Calum Wilkinson from west Lothian’s county team firing in a brace of 19 dart games however double trouble was his down fall!

East Calder man Graham Bird nice 17 darter and a maximum 180 to add to his tally for the year. Fra Smith from Stoneyburn an excellent 138 game shot doing it the way that former world champion Keith Deller made famous via 60-54-24 cracking finish.

And so after 6 hours if intense play from an original field of over 60 battle hardened players who travelled from the Borders and the central belt of Scotland we were down to the semi finals. First semi final saw Uphall’s Colin Robertson up against Scottish International Harry Todman from Edinburgh and what a classic encounter this was with the match going the distance it saw Harry just edge out Colin by the odd leg in 7 by the tightest of margins 4-3 both players receiving a well deserved round of applause Colin on the day recorded the highest finish of the day with a magnificent 164- via 60-54-bulls eye, Colin the man they call the Marshall also fired in for the records a magical maximum 180 along with games finished in no less than 9 sub 20 dart games on the day and they were finished in 14&15&16&2x17&2x18&2x19 darts.

The second semi final saw mine host of the Bentswood Inn big Fra Smith who had gone about his business on the day with rock steady darts and never once looking flustered as he showed that he has lost none of his class which made him such a deadly opponent a few years ago facing him across the ocky was one of the counties more senior players who first donned a West Lothian shirt in the county colours back in 1982-83 season so to say his youth full years were behind him might not be an understatement Old Man Mitchell was Big Fra’s opponent, a rock solid match with neither player making many mistakes both annexed maximum 180’s however it was Mitchell who claimed the tie 4-0 with no double being missed with more than one arrow!

So seven hours of captivating dart play and the final two players took to the ocky Scottish International Harry Todman and Livingston man Jim Mitchell, things looked rosy for Mitchell at the start the bull hit to have the honour of throwing first in the odd legs a always a bonus and a treble twenty with the first dart thrown unfortunately some plan’s just don’t work out and once you see Harry in action you understand why he plays for the Scotland team superb accuracy on the treble twenty bed and finishing of the highest quality Harry on the fired in at least 8 x 180’s and so many sub 18 dart games as to make the game look almost to easy throughout the days play, The final score saw the Stoneyburn Open Championship go to the best player on the day Harry Todman a superb champion and quite simple without a shadow of a doubt the best player on the day by the score line of 4 games to 1. Mitchell can consol himself with 3 x 180’s hit on the day and 12 games finished with stats of 17&2x18&4x19&2x20 and finishes of 76 and 88.

A superb competition run well and with good prize monies Champion picking up a cool £300, r/Up £100, £50 for the semi finalists, £25 for the quarter finalists, Look forward to the next one!

Your Champion Mr Harry Todman, (well played)
Some stats from the days play top games fired in by Jamie Fleming 12 darts, Davie Sharp 13 darts, Colin Robertson 14 darts,
Maximums galore Harry Todman with the most say no more, Big finishes Colin Robertson 164, Davie Sharp 160, Jimmy Johnstone 157.
Now I realise some stats will be missing and I do rely on players giving me information so if you are not on this report it is not done on purpose just with three boards on the go can only report on what I see or hear!
Jim M

Murray C v Volunteer Arms 27/10/14

After a hard fought match played in good spirit with some fine darts on display along with some missed opportunities, missed doubles and chances taken it is the Murray Bar Nomads who came away with the points 5-4, inflicting only their 2nd defeat in 4 years on the Highwaymen. 

C. Hamilton 1-2 C. Robertson, K. Gilmour 0-2 J. Mitchell, J. Quinn 2-0 J. Woods, J. Flemming 2-1 J. Charleston, J. Aitken 1-2 R. Brady, Disco Aitken 2-1 M. Deagan and 3-3 after the singles.

K. Gilmour & J. Aitken 0-2 C. Robertson & J. Mitchell, J. Flemming & Disco Aitken 2-1 S. Robertson & J. Charleston, and 4-4 going into the last doubles and with the score all square at 1-1 it saw C. Hamilton & J. Quinn  seal the victory 2-1 over R. Brady and M. Deagan.

some stats for the night, C. Robertson 20 dart leg and 2 x 80 check-outs, C. Hamilton 20 darts, J. Mitchell 16 darts, J. Flemming 20 darts, C. Robertson & J. Mitchell 20 dart doubles leg. 

Results from K.O.Cup Quarter Finals first round.

Murray Bar Juniors 2-7 Murray bar Nomads

 D.Yule 0-2 C.Hamilton, D.Black 1-2 J.Flemming,D.Gray 0-2 Disco Aitken, C.Size 0-2 J.Quinn, J.Purse 0-2 K.Gilmour, B.Robertson 1-2 J.Aitken. 0-6 after the singles in this local derby and with the match effectively won both captains taking the chance to make changes for the doubles. D.Gray & R.Carroll 1-2 P.Grieg & Disco Aitken, B.Robertson & M.Meek 2-1 J.Bruton & J.Quinn, D.Black & C.Flemming 2-1 K.Gilmour & J.Aitken.

J.Quinn 180 and 20 dart leg. back to league business next week but everything to play for in the the second leg in 2 weeks  


Paraffin Lamp Brigands 7-2 Uphall Station Chalkers

Top games coming from Craig Agnew 18 darter, Arron Edwards 19 dart game, Gordon Bruce on the maximum trail with a cracking 180, but fastest leg of the evening went to the man from the land that time forgot yes making sure his weekly travel pass was in order it saw Stuart Russell firing in a cracking 16 dart game. Top finish was recorded by the man they call the Outlaw from way down under yes Colin Kelly with a superb 112 game shot.

Cawburn Assassin’s 7-2 Brucefield Farmers

Bunny Forrest and Kieran Bird securing the only points for the travelling Farmers from Bellsquarry.

Once again Kieran Bird continues to impress with a victory in the singles over veteran of many a campaign Paul Weir. Fast games from William Harraughty with a 19 darter and Graeme Bird firing in a rock solid 20 dart game. Highest finish belonged to Wilkinson and Morrans in the pairs with a cracking 100 take out.


Volunteer Highway Men 7-2 Cawburn Highlanders.

Always nice to welcome old friends back to the ocky! And great to see and meet George Thorburn back in action after his recent illness.

Intrepid Enthusiasts!
Well a small but very eager group of West Lothian darters travelled to the beautiful gem of the Borders! Yes we were at Peebles for the Open darts tournament held in the Ex-Service men’s club in the heart of the town. And a top class field turned out for this the first running of the Open competition which was being run and organised by Mr Ralph Hirst and well run it was with five boards in use and everything running smoothly it was a joy to take part in. Here is the way things panned out for your roving darts ambassadors for West Lothian.
Whitburns favourite darting son William Harraughty fell at the last 16 going down 4 games to 3, on the day William fired in a superb 174 score to leave a finish also quick games finished in 3x16 & 19 darter.
Uphall’s peace keeper Colin the Marshall Robertson went one round better making it through to the quarter finals on the way the Marshall fired in a maximum 180 along with games finished in 16&2x18&20 darts.
Mitchell who has had a some success of late fought out a tremendous semi final where he just managed to get through by the tightest of margins with a 5-4 victory. In the final he faced Lothian county player John  (Fat cat) McCafferty who also went through his semi finals by 5 games to 4, so in a best of 11 x 501 contest to see who would claim the title,

John went into a 5-3 lead and it looked curtains for Mitchell until a 129 game shot via 57-36-36 brought him back into the game and with throw in the next leg it saw the final sitting at 5-5 and to the deciding leg of darts it went John throwing first having secured the throw at the bulls eye at the start of the match was going to prove decisive, Mitchell on 61 left after 12 darts must have though got a chance, however John McCafferty proved what a superb marksman he is taking out a superb 127 game shot via 60-17-bulls eye to claim the title by 6 games to 5.

Mitchell fired scores in on the day of 111 g.s. 129 g.s. 86 g.s.,maximum 180, 3x18 darters unfortunately no one was keeping score of the rest but hey ho such is life!
Superbly run competition and an excellent venue, so big thanks to Ralph and his team for making this a very well run competition indeed.

West Lothian Youth Players at Hull.
Kieran Bird & Jamie Banks

The Old and the New!

Well after some thought I have decided to say what occurred earlier this week when in the company

of two of the counties hottest prospects (Jamie Banks & Kieran Bird) we travelled to Hull for the World Trophy and the World championship play –offs, First of all what a privilege to see not just our youth players in action but the standard of play from the youth players from all across the globe is quite amazing, Darts is certainly in good hands.

As for myself on the day of the play offs we were taken to the venue by Mr James Banks of the Brucefield Farmers team and at 8.20 in the morning I went to register for the competition only to be told I was not in the draw, after explaining that I was there to represent West Lothian I was told to stay at the side of the control desk, And as I sat there watching all the players pass me by and after 50 minutes of sitting there thinking this must be what it is like if you have been found shoplifting in a  store, everyone wondering why or what has that person done to be in a corner by themselves!.

Well eventually I was told you’re in the draw the time was now 9.20 am and so I then joined the queue to get into the venue! 9.30 eventually in the main auditorium, but need to be at the control desk for 9.50 as my match was at 10am (don’t be late) well I got to play and was soundly beaten by a better player, after 15 darts in three of the legs I was on 20 left, 32 left, and 48 left, but my opponent never missed, in two of the first three legs he started 180-140, and the middle leg he rattled a 171 in just for good measure, so my tons which were hit on three occasions 100-100-100- were not much good almost like swatting an elephant with a fly swatter! You who have been on the receiving end of a player on form will know what I mean.

However after this competition the question is should I continue to play in B.D.O. sanctioned competitions it is not cheap to play darts at this standard with travelling costs time of work etc, and when the World governing body don’t even know you exist, why bother? So at this moment in time I no longer know if I will continue to play darts in the system that does not recognise you/me!

And it may well be that as many before me have found out it perhaps playing in open tournaments etc and local leagues and not spending your hard earned cash and don’t forget the time involved in trying to qualify for these events, it just is not worth it. So decision time for Mitchell, quite simply I may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but over the years I have tried to promote darts and worked extremely hard to make darts popular in the local area by running tournaments etc finding sponsorship for events and the like so players can have a choice. BUT the one thing is ignoring me and being told you’re not in the draw was perhaps the last straw for myself and these supposedly organised events. So from now on perhaps I should only play where and when it is in my own hands to see if I am actually registered or not.

Being made to sit by myself and watching my peers walk past knowing that I should have been in the venue before them instead of sitting waiting for a hand out is not my way of playing in a darts competition.

So on that note I wish all the players who take time out and travel to represent this county in the S.D.A. leagues all the best for the future, however I will not be part of it. Time for me to look after number one, yep myself. Of course I will still continue to play and be part of the W.C.D.D.L. on a Monday night darts what would life be like without darts on a Monday!
Take care.
Jim M

Stirrup Stane Cowboy’s v Deans Bowling Club Golden Oldies
After the performances of last season, the Cowboys from the ranch in Craigshill were keen to get off to a winning start against new comers to the Championship league the Deans bowling club and once you have met and seen some of them you will know why they are known as the Golden Oldies! And it was the hosts out of the holsters first with county hopeful Chris Fawcett taking the 1st game for the Cowboys 2-0 against Brian Speirs with an 18.91 avg. The away team came back strong with Andy Porter losing out 2-0 to C. Nichol and then Chris Cameron also went down by the same score line losing out 2-0 to Geordie Dryburgh. Eddie Grieve continued his recent run of form claiming the 4th match in the singles with a fine win 2-0 against Rab Smith to level the match. Next to the oche was returning captain Archie Wilson and in what could arguably be the tightest game of the night, he narrowly lost out to Matt Purdie the only man I know who watches Little house on the Prairie to find out what style of clothes he should wear! 2-1 Matt firing in the only 140 of the night. The last singles saw current WCDDL women's champion Yvonne Wilson go head to head against an old hand in the league Stevie Duncan. With neither player at their best it was Stevie who claimed it 2-0 making the score 4-2 after the singles for the Golden Oldies. The doubles were a lack lustre affair with all 3 matches going 2-0 to the visitors. Although defeated the Cowboys have a lot of positives to build on especially with debutant Darren Hogg who posted some pretty good scoring in his 1st ever match in the league. Final score on a nervy 1st night Cowboys 2-7 Deans BC. Well played 

Brucefield Farmers v Doo Club Harriers
First league match of the season and what a match at the farm last night with our good friends from East Calder and what an atmosphere with both teams having supporters there must have been forty plus people watching the match results as follows singles farmers names first, Craig Forrest 2 Steve Morton1, Jamie Banks (WLYA) 0 Kevin Murphy 2,Colin Mcmorrin 2 Steven Hume 0,Billy Stirling 0 John Kirk 2, James Banks 2 Scott Livingston 0, Bunny Forrest 2 Derek Bird 0, so after the six singles matches it saw the home side holding the advantage at four games to the Farmers and two games to the Doo Club, and with the Farmers only requiring one more game to win the match, However the Doo Club had other ideas and it was the travelling team for the East who went on a winning run taking all three doubles matches to win the match five games to four. Doubles results were Bunny Forrest & James Banks 1 John Kirk & David Jameson 2, Billy Stirling & Craig Forrest 1 Kevin Murphy & Steven Hume 2, Colin Mcmorrin & Jamie Banks (WLYA) 0 Derek Bird & Craig Hume 2. Match highlights John Kirk 20 dart leg with a check of 100 by way of treble twenty double twenty Brucefields Farmers man of the match was Colin Mcmorrin playing some great darts.

Highway Men v Rebels

Well the league champions opened their account this season against the Central Bar Rebels from West Calder in this the first opening gambit of the season.And a very tough game ensued which saw the rebellious ones giving the Highway Men a torrid time on the ocky.However you don’t win league pennants without having a fighting spirit and it saw the result go like this, Robertson, Mitchell and Jimmy Wood taking the first three matches for the home side, however the rebellious ones then hit back with Ryan Little and Graham Smith taking the score line to just one match point of a distance, It hen saw a real battle of nerves as Martin Deegan and Chris Dodds go head to head and it was the older more experienced Martin Deegan who took the game to give the home side some much needed breathing space. The doubles saw the home side take all three points and so the final score on the door was 7-2 but a much closer game than the score line suggests! Top games and shots saw Ryan Little cracking 80 game shot, Robertson 16&18 dart games, and Mitchell 17 darter.
Top pairs match Robertson & Mitchell
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Murray C v Uphall Station Bowling Club 
opening game of the season for last years 3rd and 4th saw a tight match with neither side giving much away in a nervy encounter.
The Murray took the first 4 singles match with C. Hamilton, J.Flemming, J. Quinn and Ducket Aitken getting the better of Zocco Wilson, D. Mairs, J. Brett and C. Cavanagh, then the away side had something to cheer as B. Mairs saw off the challenge of Disco Aitken before Kyle Gilmour took the last singles match against D. Clunes. 5-1 to the Murray after the singles.
The doubles were also a close thing with the away team coming out on top with 2 out of the 3.
Final score 6-3 to the Murray C. games of note saw Jim Quinn with a 177 and a 19 dart leg. 


From the Craigshill ranges where both the Indians & Cowboys reside news has come in by way of Pony Express that Arron (Arry) Edwards has won the Stirrup Stane Summer League, Congratulations to this former Scottish youth International who though living in West Lothian plays his county darts for Lanarkshire. However news has come in that Arry will be playing for the Brigands this season, who ply their darting skills from the Paraffin Lamp in the Livingston Centre. Congratulations again.

West Lothian Youth Continue to Impress.

William Borland from East Calder & Jamie Banks from West Calder both played on Saturday 16th August in the Scottish under 18 youth singles a Scottish Winmau World Masters qualifier which was held in Glenrothes, Jamie got to the quarter finals beating Stuart McMeechan 3 -0 with a cracking 17 dart leg to round the match off with he then got the better of Gordon Souter by the score line of 3-1 which included a 19 dart leg, before getting beat by Ross Black 3-1 at the quarter final stage another superb performance from this emerging force in youth darts in Scotland. William Borland beat  Liam Mitchell finishing in style with a fabulous 151 game shot via 60-51-40 check out for a 3-1 win, he then got past  Craig Johnston firing in a 20 darter on the way, His next opponent in the semi finals was John Gallazzi where he recorded a fine 3-0 win, And so to the final where he went 2-0 up with games finished in 16 & 17 darts however double trouble then ensued and his opponent Graham Hamilton took the next 4 games to take the final by 4 games to 2, but once again a superb performance from both these West Lothian dart players.

Travelling West Lothian darters.

Week end just gone saw a cracking band of intrepid county players both junior and senior members of the county make the journey to take part in the Granite City Open, and here are a few of the facts from this adventure. First off congratulations to Jamie Banks jnr making it to the semi finals of the under 18’s and receiving a envelope with cash which I know he will of course spend on his parents by treating them to a meal! OK truth be told it’s his and he earnt it well done Jamie Banks.

Other players from the youth saw Calvin Fleming just being edged out 1-3 in his match but he had shots at finishes so a close match.

However certainly making a statement was William Borland firing in 4 x 180,s plus a superb 13 dart game as well, he may not have got to the finals but he let people know he is not to be under estimated in any competition he enters.

Stephan Colthart and Mitchell both managed a more modest one maximum 180 as well.

Colin Hamilton 18 and 20 dart games before bowing out to Alan Small of Fife (international)

Colin Robertson going through his first round match with consummate ease before finding double trouble in his next game! Mitchell just edged out Ronnie Sharp of Ayrshire 4-3 before finding trebles easier to hit than doubles in his next match and that was his singles competition at an end. John Charleston perhaps the player with the best shirts fared not much better and that was that for the singles competition. The pairs on the Sunday saw William Borland and Stephan Colthart make the last 32 and when you consider the calibre of players in the event that was good going. The old pairing of Robertson and Mitchell made it through to a fourth match with results being w3-0 w3-2 w3-1 L2-3 at the last 16 stage.

Top finishes from the week end Colin Robertson 116 finish, Mitchell 154 via 60-54 40.

But on a more important note darts can be serious and also fun to play perhaps in the opposite way round to what I have said, but people are more important and at the moment we have two west Lothian players who are not to well to put a finer point on things.

So on behalf of all of us in the sport of darts we wish Shug Rice and Shaun Robertson both hopefully a full and speedy recovery! At times we may all fall out and not see things the same way, but we are all part of the dart family hope to see both of you at the ocky sooner rather than later.

Jim Mitchell

Exhibition night 16th February
(Information a wee bit away)
This season will be the 11th time we have hosted an exhibition night in the league, And in the past we have had some superb players who have come to strut their stuff on the ocky, The likes of,
Tony O’Shea, Daryl Fitton, Ted Hankey, Gary Robson, Gary Anderson, Jamie Harvey, Alec Lister, Peter Manley , Chrissy Howett, Martin Adams, Chuck Norris, Andy Boulton, Robbie Green,
Now usually we have a double act so that there are always darts matches being played, This season as we now have 17 teams and hopefully each team will have at least two players who would like to take on the Pro’s! The format has slightly changed, we now have three players coming to entertain us and they are.

Deta (the Dark Destroyer ) Hedman, Alan (Chuck) Norris, Andy (X Factor) Boulton.

Chuck and Andy were here a few years ago and were absolutely outstanding as a double act, and with Deta joining them I believe we well have a superb night of darting action to talk about for a long time to come!
And I do believe that Deta and Alan are now ranked number one players in the W.D.F. rankings.
So on the web site on the left hand column I have put some of these players successes etc for your information, So hopefully when the night comes round we will see you all there!

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