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All maximums fastest legs highest checks league tables and league results updated 27th November 1.45pm


Many Thanks to Mr James (Banksy) Banks, if you check you will see there have been some changes to the lay out of the Maximums, Fast games, Top Finishes, League tables, a heck of a lot of work, so many thanks again to Banksy who has spent hours upgrading the old format which was in danger of collapsing under the weight of information on these tables!



Well the great and the good or perhaps not so good travelled to Armadale for the annual Bathgate 301 double start double finish league doubles competition, which was held in the league sponsors venue, Coppies Bar.

Good turn out with just about every team in the league having players in attendance. The final saw the Ridge Inn pairing of Frank Quinn & Cameron Menzies edge out the Bentswood pairing of Graeme Bird & Jim Mitchell by the tightest of margins with the match being played over 9 x 301 and the final result saw Frank and Cameron winning 5 games to 4. Once again a well run tournament with Danny and Spencer keeping the action going with all the boards in use at all times. Many thanks again to the sponsors COPPIES BAR, without sponsors these competitions could not take place so many thanks to all concerned.


Report from Match Secretary Connie

RESULTS  FOR  24/11/2015




JUNIORS 8 – 1TOWER  Deans BC 5 - 4  Stirrup


ASSASSINS:   W.HARRAUGHTY 20 DARTER AND 92 c/o (D16 AND BULL)            W.BORLAND 14 DARTER  100 c/o    C.WILKINSON  20 DARTER                          G.BIRD  16 DARTER





                   S.BAKER / M.BALFOUR 86 c/o

JUNIORS: D.YULE 14 DARTER 144 c/o  21 DARTER J.RAE 75 c/o J.PURSE 91 c/o






(by Billy Stirling) 

Good morning, just like to thank everyone who came along to the inn last night in what was a great night of darts. It was great meeting you all and i hope you a...ll enjoyed your night.

24 people entered the competition but there can only be one winner. Well done to the man of the moment Mr 9 darter himself "William Bridges Borland" who won the final verses a close runner up George Hay. Special mentions William Borland 14,16,17&19 dart legs. Graeme Bird 17 dart leg. 180s William Borland and Wullie Jack. Some great shooting Lads.

Of course last night was all about raising funds for Leighanne`s kids. Our total was a fantastic £320.

Thanks to everyone who donated raffle prizes, helped with food, sold raffles and football cards, help organize the event and to the bar staff of the Inn who looked after us all.

Special thanks to Mary Clark & Amanda Millar the sheer kindness of your donations, food, time and effort was simply astonishing.

If I have missed anyone Thank you too.
Yours in Darts Billy



Well after many years in this are playing darts and having the privilege to play with many great players and true champions over the years, I now have the pleasure to tell you it is time for them to move over, the reason well 12-13-14 dart games WERE good but not anymore, and the reason why is simple, East Calder man William( Bridges) Borland who plays for the Bentswood Inn on a Friday night in the Bathgate League and the Cawburn Assassins on a Monday night in the West Calder and District League and the Murrayfield bar Premier league on a Wednesday has done the magic, a superb 9 darter on his way to winning the tournament in Tranent on Saturday. Many players hit the magical 9 dart game in practise and perhaps even in bounce games, but Bridges hit his in the semi final before going on to win the final. So looks like there is new gunslinger in town and he goes by the name of William BRIDGES Borland.



Good night Mr Tom!

Well another sad week as we say goodbye to yet another stalwart of league darts in the area, Tommy Ritchie an old team mate of mine, when we played in the Paraffin Lamp many seasons ago has sadly passed away. Tam who played for the Stirrup Stane these past few seasons with his good friend Fred Hamilton was without a doubt a REAL CHARACTER, there are a few stories I could tell you about the man, but the only one that I will mention here and now is this, If you can cast your mind back a few years we had the reigning world champion in exhibition at the Doo Club and the score line after Tommy had played read like this, Martin Adams 0 Tam Ritchie 2, says it all really, so where ever you are now Tommy probably at the bar darts and betting slip in hand, I hope to meet you again , but not to soon, R.I.P.



 Singles Competitions.

28th December there will be two singles competitions which will be held in the Doo Club, East Calder, theses events are for League players in the Monday night league only (you must be a registered player in the W.C.D.D.L.  and play in either the Premier or Championship leagues) and the competition will be split into two sections, The Championship Singles is only for players in the Championship league teams, and the Premier Singles can only have players from the Premier league teams in it. The prize fund for both competitions will be £125 for each league, and entry fee will be a nominal fee of £2 per person. This means that if fingers crossed both sections had say 40 players the split for both competitions would be £100 for the winner, £45 for the runner up and 2 x £30  for the semi finalists. (Only a rough draft but you get the drift!) Once again both leagues will receive the same amount of funding from the W.C.D.D.L. funds. So hopefully players will take advantage of this one off competition being put on by the league.


November 6th-8th

Latvian Open

November 7th

Liberton Open, Edinburgh, Singles £600 in prize monies

November 14th

Bellrock Open, Arbroath, Red Lion Caravan Park, contact Alan Souter for registration before 13th Nov if possible! Pre enter places will only be available on the day if players don’t turn up! £10 entry prize fund £1301.

November 20th-22nd

Czech Open

November 21st

New Plough , Tranent, Open Singles, £5 entry, Prize fund of £200, register by 1.30pm

November 21st

Open Singles, Orange Hall, Kilwinning, £6 entry

November 28th

Murrayfield Bar Charity Singles, £5 entry, 12.00 registration, 1pm  toe the ocky, all proceeds going to charity, However prizes will be awarded for the finalists.

November 29th

Lammies Bar, Fualdhouse, Charity Singles, 12-30 registration, toe ocky 1.30pm

December 12th

J Crosbie, Memorial , Gardeners Arms, Haddington, 1pm registration, £700 prize fund.

December 12th

Old Oak, Singles comp, 07852349678

December 19th

Genting Casino, Leith, Singles £700 in prize monies

December 28th

W.C.D.D.L. Registered players league players only Festive Singles, Championship League, Venue Doo Club.

December 28th

W.C.D.D.L. Registered players league players only Festive Singles, Premier League. Venue Doo Club.

January 23rd

Bentswood Open, Stoneyburn. £500 competition




Wednesday Night Report,

Well mixed bag from this weeks match saw, Martin Deegan with a fine 7 games to 4 win over Alan Ibster from Kirknewton, Stephan Colthart at one stage looked like he was going to get his first win of the season somehow managed to drag defeat from the jaws of victory! Going down 5-7 to Andy McEwan who took his chances when they came calling. William Borland once again in superb form winning his two matches on the night convincingly with 7-3 and 7-2 wins to top his league table. Gillian Bell went out 7-0 but still has an outside of qualification if she can just hit those damn elusive doubles which keep moving!?

Jamie Banks turned the form book upside down beating Jim Mitchell who was well out of sorts who missed many many darts at doubles, however when all said and done Jamie took his shots out and had a convincing win by 7 games to 5, only real highlight was an 89 check out from Banksy with 19-20-bulls eye. That should with the league only half way through be enough points for Jamie to qualify for the grand finals with ease now.



Frome the home of the Stirrup Stane Indians who abide in Craigshill in Livingston it saw the Innkeepers from Kirknewton come visiting on Monday night, and what a match up this turned out to be with absolutely nothing between the teams from start to finish, However as we all know there has to be a winner in this league with matches being best of nine games.

And here are the results Indians names first , Ron Lappage 1-2 Billy Stirling, Eddy Dickison 1-2 W Miller, Mark Passfield 0-2  Jordon Stirling, Ian Mitchell 2-0  Colin Laidlaw, Bob Wallace 2-0 R Smith, Fred Hamilton 2-0 M Blainey, so 3-3 after the singles and now the match a best of three doubles match up.

And taking first blood was R Colquon & R Smith getting the better of B Wallace & R Lappage, and so advantage to the Innkeepers,  But back came the Indians with I Mitchell & D Hogg keeping the home teams hopes alive with a fighting 2-1 win over B Stirling & C Laidlaw, and so 4-4 and one match left and it saw W Miller & J Stirling just edging out E Dickison & F Hamilton by the tightest of score lines 2 -1, so after a cracking match up it saw the points go back up the hill! To Kirknewton.

Innkeepers Round Robin Jumble Pairs

Sunday Report

Once again a open pairs competition was held at the home of the Innkeepers in Kirknewton, and as usual all the names go into the hat and the pairs are drawn at random. Denise Bird and her partner in crime for the second week in the past three competitions was Jim Mitchell and once again they went through the field undefeated. Last week it saw Gillian Bell and Jim take the top honours. So if your looking for a game of arrows on a Sunday night , Billy Stirling is the man to talk to, as he runs these events very smoothly and keeps everyone involved from start to finish. Top finish on the night a superb 135 via 25-60-bullseye from Graeme Bird, Only maximum hitter that is known at the moment was Mitchell.


Wednesday Report

Once again it was the time off the week where local darters made the journey to the Murrayfield Bar in Edinburgh for the Premier league of darts on a Wednesday night.

Jamie Banks gained another two valuable points with a fine 7 games to 3 win over Lee Caithness. Martin Deegan also winning 7 games to 3 to keep his qualification place intact moving up into fifth place and six points in front of the next place below him in the league, William Borland was involved in a top of the table clash in his league and went top with a hard fought 7 games to 5 victory over William Campbell who was top of the league until this match up, William Bridges firing in another  maximum 180 to keep him well ahead on the maximum league tables with nine x 180’s recorded. Jim Mitchell winning 7 games to 0 with two maximums and three 16 darters fired in his match up with Andy McEwan and now sits on seven x 180’s in the maximum league tables in second place , Gillian Bell and Stephan Colthart had no matches this week.


Friday the 6th-Monday 9th November Round UP

Friday Report

Friday night saw the top of the table clash between the Royal British Legion in Bathgate and the Bentswood Inn from Stoneyburn in the Bathgate Friday night league. The venue for this clash was the Legion who were to host the travelling Bentswood team. And in a cracking match up which was much closer than the score say’s it was the players from the Stoneyburn who were 6-0 up after the singles, the final result a cracking 7 games to 2 once the doubles were played out, So the Bentswood Inn now sit proudly at the top of the Bathgate League for the moment, with some excellent teams just two points behind there will be plenty of fireworks still to come before this league has ended. Highlights from the night saw Callum Wilkinson with a superb 158 game shot, and Paul Weir firing in a maximum 180.

Saturday Report

Saturday saw the Liberton Open in Edinburgh take place and I believe over 130 men took part in the singles and Arron Edwards from Craigshill made it all the way to the grand final before losing out by 5 games to 3 to Paul Griggs from Fife, Arron on the day played magnificently recording a staggering 11 x 180’s and game shots of 100-104-124-128 , also firing in 3 x 13 dart games and a 14 darter plus 2 x 15 and a 16 dart game, I am told there were more but that is all the information I have at the moment, well played Arron Edwards.

Saturday Report

The Almonvale Masonic Club in Craigshill better known in darting circles as the home of the Pirates held their annual charity sports day to raise funds for local charities, this event has darts, dominoes, table tennis, pool, competitions and here are your winners and runners up.

Darts Final William Harraughty bt Callum Wilkinson in the final. Pool final saw P Murphy bt Chic Whitelaw in the final, Dominoes final saw A Anderson bt William Borland in the final, Table Tennis final saw P Murphy bt William Harraughty in the final (I was working otherwise my own table tennis bat would have come out of retirement) ah always next time! However after all these competitions I am told a great day was had by all, well done the Almonvale Pirates and big Davie Smith for organising these events.

Sunday Report

Once again Billy Stirling organised a darts competition in the Inn at Kirknewton on Sunday night and all the names went into the hat to see who would partner who in this round robin event, and it was Gillian Bell and her partner who came out victorious winning all six matches which were played over a league format of 3 x 501, So congratulations to Gillian this her first ever competition win after joining the local dart scene a year ago. Gary Christie and partner took second place after a count back, it saw three teams all on the same points so it had to go to see who beat who! To take a hard fought second place.

Monday Report

Grand Final of the Fours Person team event and this event was held in the Doo Club the sponsors of the W.C.D.D.L. And some superb darts were thrown by all four teams who made it to the finals, The Almondale Pirates edging out the Volunteer Highway Men in one semi final in a last leg 1001 shoot out,  and the Volunteer Highway Men’s other team taking their place in the final with a win over the high flying Loganlea Colliers who sit proudly on top of the Championship league table.

The Final saw the trophy (when we find it!) going back to the home of the highway men at the Volunteer Arms in Uphall, who came out 3-0 winners over a very good Almondvale Pirates team.

So Final Round Up of recorded scores from the week ends entertainment goes like this,

Arron Edwards 11x180’s, 3x13-1x14-2x15-1x16 dart games, finishes of 100-104-124-128.

Chris Forsyth 1x18 darter, Shaun Clow 153 game shot and a maximum 180, Rex Brady 18 darter, and a 104 game shot, Jim Mitchell game shots of 132-122-102 and a 16 darter.

There will have been more top finishes and big scores but if the information does not get passed on it cant be reported can it, so come on guys and gals, LETS GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE.


Wednesday Night Report

The  Premier league in the Murrayfield bar in Edinburgh had some mixed results for our local players this week, Jamie Banks went down 3-7 but in a terrific match up with the league leader and at 3-3 this was anyone’s match, Stephan Colthart went down 0-7 but surely a win must be on the cards for him as he is not playing badly just his opponents are missing very little!, Martin Deegan our Dechmont Hobbit or is that Womble certainly moved up his league placing with two fine win’s 7-3 the results in both matches, Gillian Bell one of the three lady players in the league was up against another lady and came away with an excellent 7-0 victory with some superb finishing making very few mistakes at the latter part of the matches. Mitchell came away with a 7-0 win in a closer match than the score line says his opponent on a finish in every leg however Mitchell never game him a shot at a double!

Monday Review!

Well a fabulous turn out for the Four Person Team event with 25 teams entering the competition, and once again our newest member of the committee Connie Bamburry our Match secretary had everything under control and running smoothly ably assisted by the League secretary John McDonald, and with six boards in constant use the competition was played down to a final four teams and it was all done and dusted by 10.30pm, well done Connie, long gone are the days of almost midnight before we were finished. Now the four teams left to play off to see who is crowned champion next week are, The Almondale Pirates, Logan Lea Colliers and two teams from the Volunteer Highway Men their A+ and B – teams.

The format for this competition is cut throat 2 singles of 1 x 501 then the two players who did not play the singles play the first double, and then the two singles players play a doubles match, and if it should go to 2-2 a one of final game of 1001 team event will decide the winner, basically first to 3 takes the plaudits.

So best of luck to the remaining finalists and lest us see where the trophy ends up!


Can I just confirm that the SDA have been in contact with the committee of the W.C.D.D.L. this week, and players from the W.C.D.D.L. are not affiliated members of the county and unless they are members of another league, they will not be able to play for the county as required under SDA rules, and I am led to believe that the Bathgate Friday night league are also not registered with the SDA as well!

Also please if you are playing counties and have registered with another league, It can not be a Monday night league as you are not allowed to play for two different Monday night leagues, that has always been the case in the W.C.D.D.L. and you will be banned from league matches and competitions, this is not a new ruling and has been done in the past where players were expelled(if that is the correct wording) from being part of our set up.

So please think carefully about where and when you sign! However if you are a registered player in another league , I wish you all the very best for the season ahead, counties can be a cracking day out at the darts. 

Innkeepers Doubles Competition League Table


Billy Stirling ran a competition on Sunday night and it was decided that with 14 players a doubles round robin event would be the right competition to do!

So every team would play 6 matches each match the same as the league format 3 x 501, And it saw Denise Bird and her partner Jim Mitchell take top spot, in second place there was another bird this time Graeme and his partner Mandy, and though Martin Deegan rattled in 4 x 180;s during the competition, the high light of the evenings play had to be when Mandy and Graeme had 324 left in one match and they throw some scintillating arrows a score of 180 by Graeme then a 140 from Mandy and Graeme taking out the required double not bad 324 in 8 darts. Great atmosphere from start to finish and a cracking night of darts, (Once again many thanks to Billy Stirling for running this tourney)



Friday saw a gathering of some of the counties finest arrow smiths descending on Coppies bar in Armadale for the Bathgate Leagues 301 Double start double finish singles competition and saw the committee of Danny Kirkland & Spencer McDonald keep the competition running very smoothly indeed with all three boards in constant use. But once the chalk dust had settled the two players left standing to toe the ocky for the privilege to be crowned champion were both players from the Bentswood Inn in Stoneyburn, and they were Jim (Old Man) Mitchell and William (Bridges) Borland, Both players had some terrific tussles on the way to the final, Bridges edging out James (Pelter) Graham in one semi final and Mitchell taking out his team mate Graeme (Bird Man) Bird in the other semi final. Both finalists had been on good form of late with William a former Scottish youth number one ranked player and just recently and also claiming the M.O.M award for the W.L. County in their last match against Ayrshire. Mitchell had also been in good form of late, last season being West Lothian’s  top player in the S.D.A. averages. So with the final being the best of 9x301 it saw Mitchell throwing first and coming away with a 9 dart leg after just narrowly missing double 19 for a 6 darter! Bridges was not to be outdone and fired in a 9 darter of his own in the second leg via 116 game shot, the next two legs went with throw, then William broke Mitchell’s serve and then went on to hold his own throw and open up  4 legs to 2 lead in this race to 5. But Mitchell who has won this title twice before in back to back seasons then held the throw and managed to break the Borland throw so here it was 4 games to 4 in the grand final, so after three and a half hours of match play darts one leg of 301 would decide who was going to pick up the title of 301 Singles Champion. And it was the Jim (Old Man) Mitchell who just edged out his Bentswood team mate William (Bridges) Borland  by the tightest of score lines 5 games to 4. Congratulations must go to both players for a cracking final. Commiserations to the two semi finalist Graeme Bird and James Graham who played superbly well and on any other night may well have been the finalist themselves. Once again many thanks to the committee of Danny Kirkland and Spencer McDonald for a well run tournament and to Coppies Bar for sponsoring the Bathgate league.


Kieran Bird still on top form after his trip to Hull

Only West Lothian’s top two ranked youth made the trip over to Fife yesterday to play in the Scottish youth Grand Prix 3, Kieran Bird & Jamie Banks. Kieran still on top form playing some brilliant darts and making it all the way through to the grand final, but running into Scotland’s number one ranked player Craig Johnston in the final, but Kieran was unlucky and managing to take two legs of the Scotland number one, before going down by four games to two but picking up a massive twenty points. Jamie Banks making it through to the last sixteen and picking up five valuable points, this now puts Jamie on 47 points and ranked 11th in the new Scottish rankings. Kieran now on 72 points and ranked 9th still the goal is to be in the top sixteen, with just three competitions remaining hopefully they are both still on course to achieve this.   



Can I please remind team captains and delegates that Connie Bamburry is our new Match secretary; some teams are still sending their Monday night reports into John Kirk who was up until last season the Match secretary but after more than 25 seasons decided to have a break from the job. Now Kirky is good enough to send the information on to Connie, but the Match secretary is the person who should be getting the results first, so please can we all send the reports into her, your help would be much appreciated. T.Y.

The last thing we want to do is go back to mailing them by post, and then teams getting fined for the reports not getting to Connie on time, (unless your the league treasurer then fines are great!?)

Hopefully this will get the information going to the right person!


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


Quick summary of some of some of our younger players!

As many will know in many areas some dart leagues have almost gone!  With only the old hands keeping them afloat, however here in the West Calder and District we are lucky enough to have both some older players but also a new breed of player coming to the front of our ranks. So here are a few names to watch out for!

Arran Edwards now having moved into the senior ranks is still I believe only 20 years of age and has been a number one ranked player in the Scottish youth system and now playing for the Paraffin Lamp Brigands. William Borland another player who for a while last year was ranked in the number one spot in the youth ranks and has recently just returned from trying his hand in the PDC youth tournaments for the first time getting through to the last 32. Kieran Bird a quarter finalist just a few weeks ago in the BDO World championship play offs down in Hull Kieran playing for the Assassins in Pumpherston with William Borland. Then we have Jamie Banks from West Calder who throws his arrows for the Farmers at the Brucefield, now these players are 20-18-16- and 14 years of age respectively and quite simply they have the darting world in their hands, in my forty plus years of playing darts I don’t believe that I have ever seen so many talented young players coming through at the same time , so darts looks to be in very safe hands for the future, here are a few stats for you all to see, and these are only ones that have been reported in past couple of seasons in the league while a member of the W.C.D.D.L.

In the past two seasons Kieran Bird has recorded 14 x 180’s,and 12 check outs of 75 and above, plus  17 legs of darts from 20 darts or less  with an average of above 25 per dart.

In the past two seasons Jamie Banks has recorded 29 x 180’s, 19 check outs of above 75, and 12 sub 20 dart games (he also recorded 11X180’S in practise one night before a match last season)WOWCHER!

In the past two seasons William Borland has recorded 42 x 180’s, and 41 game shots of above 75 and in there is a superb 170 finish, also 95 recorded matches of under 20 darts.

Arran Edwards(Arran would have more stats but played in another league until two seasons past!) now playing in the league has recorded 21 x 180’s, plus 13 finishes of above 25 per dart and also a superb 170 game shot, and 31 legs of darts with an average of above 25 per dart.

The reason for the 25 dart average is simple to get onto the league tables for quick games , fast check outs etc is your dart average must be 25 per dart thrown or better hence 20 dart game is the starting point for quick games and 75 the starting point for fast finishes.


The grand final saw Gary Scott of the Volunteer in Uphall defeating Alan Gardener of the 32 Club from Shott's in the final.

No other news available at moment! 



A massive well done to East Calder’s , Kieran Bird who plays for the Cawburn Assassins in the West Calder & District Monday night league and the Bentswood Inn on a Friday in the Bathgate and District dart league. Kieran making it through to the quarter finals down in Hull, before bowing out, however a fantastic run in this event which saw him collect a cracking £250 for his excellent effort, well played young man. His run to the last eight saw him fire in a 15 darter, along with 3 x 17 dart games , 4 x 18 dart legs and 3 x 180's, matches went like this 3-0.3-0.3-0.3-1.0-3.

East Calder's Kieran Bird
Quarter Finalist at Hull, BDO Championship comp.


Who did us proud in two exhibitions along side Andy Boulton and last season with Deta Heddman. well read on! 


ALAN Norris secured the first PDC title of his career on Saturday as he won Players Championship 18 on an extraordinary day which also saw two nine-dart finishes hit at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin.

Norris, who sealed his switch to the PDC in January after winning a Tour Card at Qualifying School, was in blistering form on the day as he swept through the field before producing an astonishing display to defeat Kim Huybrechts in the final.

There would also be cause for celebration for Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor as they both landed nine-dart finishes on the day against Raymond van Barneveld and Stephen Bunting respectively.

2014 Lakeside finalist Norris began his route to a maiden PDC crown with hard-fought 6-4 victories over Matt Clark and Vincent van der Voort before he then defeated Mervyn King 6-3 to win his board and reach the Last 16.

It would not get any easier for the 43-year-old as he came up world number eight and recent European Darts Trophy Champion Michael Smith in his next match, again securing a 6-4 victory to set up a quarter-final clash with Darren Webster.

After breezing past Webster 6-1, Norris then matched up with World Champion Gary Anderson in the last four, finishing with a 100.82 average and landing three 180s in a fourth 6-4 success of the afternoon.

Huybrechts would head into the final in similarly strong form having defeated Andy Hamilton, whose return to form saw him overcome world number one van Gerwen en route to a quarter-final spot, and Taylor in his previous two matches.

However, it would be Norris who would maintain his form in the final as he saved his best for last, storming past the Belgian (6-1) with a 108.06 average as he took the £10,000 top prize in stunning style and set the standard ahead of the 2015 World Grand Prix which begins on Saturday in Dublin.


Premier & Championship League Reports.

The Commercial Inn or otherwise known as the Nomad’s hosted the Highway Men from the Volunteer in Uphall, and not one of the players on the night would ever have predicted the score line of this match up, which is always to close to call for either team, and it was the travelling Highway Men who came away with a 9 games to 0 win and those valuable two points. Some excellent scoring and it all started as John Charleston got the visitors of to a flyer with a fabulous 156 game shot to take the first match.

Kirknewton Inn Keepers continue their good run with their second win of the season, two from two this team may take a bit of watching, and anyone who thought these new kids on the block might be there for the taking had better think again.

Stephan Patton from the Nomads joins the maximum Hitters league table with a 180.


Doo Club Open Ladies Singles

While the men’s competition was being played the Ladies also had a their own singles championship taking place downstairs, one reason for the split was that the youth players who had entered the men’s comp were allowed upstairs in the function hall and not in the downstairs bar, AND as I don’t believe there were any ladies present who might just have been on the 18 and under age bracket! They decided to have their own championship in the bar (not so far to walk for a drink!!?) here are the results from the quarter finals, Kathy Henderson 3-1 Karen, June McCallum 3-1 Daisy Heeps, Jillian Speirs 3-1 Avril Bird, Gillian Bell 3-0 Natasha, Ladies semi finals saw June McCallum3-2 Kathy Henderson, Gillian Bell 3-0 Jillian Speirs, and in the Grand Final it saw Lanarkshire county Player June McCallum come away with a fine 3-0 victory over Gillian Bell good match up with June just missing a maximum on the wire in the second leg , and the match could have been closer Gillian missing her favourite double 16 and double 8 which would have made the match 1-1 but after that there was no stopping June who claimed the title in style. Well played the ladies.


Doo Club Open Men’s Singles

Cracking turn out for this event which was very well run and organised by Gary Christie and official score recorder Stephan Colthart, and just goers to show with enthusiasm and commitment and common sense what can be done at such short notice! Gary looking at the darts calendar saw that there was nothing happening round about so he quickly put out the word about a comp and low and behold players came from Edinburgh in the East and Lanarkshire in the west and even Greater Glasgow so just show's what can be done with the the right commitment and of course the sponsorship of the Doo Club and with five boards in use in the upstairs function hall youth players can enter as well, very well organised and don’t care if I repeat myself (it was)!

Anyway here are the results from the last 8 who all received prize monies. William Borland 4-0 Chris Forsyth, Graeme Bird 4-3 Colin Nicol, A Silky (Mr Alphabet) 4-1 S Harrison, Gordon Bruce 4-1 Martin Deegan, losers all receiving £10 each. Semi Finals Graeme Bird 5-3 William Borland, A Silky 5-3 Gordon Bruce, losers £35 each (perhaps £40 not sure) Grand Final saw A Silky 6-3 Graeme Bird, close encounter and at 3-3 it was anyone’s match but Mr Alphabet just managed to close out the legs that one dart ahead of Graeme and so both players receiving a fabulous round of applause from the many who stayed on to watch the final, well done.

Some statistics from the ocky’s go like this. Martin (I’m in trouble from the missus!) Deegan games finished in 16-17-18-18 darts along with 96-100 game shots and a maximum 180, George (Jukebox) Thorburn turning on the style and at his age as well firing in a 18 dart leg against perhaps the only player in the hall smaller than himself Stevie Duncan (George you bully!.) Kieran Bird cracking 18 darter finishing on a 68 game shot, Paul Weir yet another maximum 180, Pete Hastings game shot of 78 and recording a 18 dart game, Graeme Bird 90 and 103 and 113 game shots along with 16-17 dart games, Gordon Bruce rock solid play once again from this Brigand of the Paraffin Lamp tribe firing in 2x180’s along with games finished in 14-16-16-17-18-20 darts plus 2x x 80 game shots and a 96 finish. William Borland games finished in 16-17-18-19-20-20 darts some excellent finishing with game shots pf 88-100-118. Colin Nicol magical maximum 180, Mitchell 14-17-18 darters and a 96 game shot. Now I realise there were more cracking scores recorded but mainly I was looking out for the local dart players who play in the West Lothian area, so apologies to the travelling players if you are not mentioned it is not intentional, cheers Jim M.



K.O. Cup Finals.

Excellent darts thrown by the four teams reaching the semi finals, however there has to be winners and losers! and on board one it saw the Assassin's defeat the KirkNewton Inn Keepers by 4 games to 1, on board three the same score line with the defending champions  the Nomads getting the better of the  Almondale Pirates also by 4 games to 1. So the grand final saw the Cawburn Sports Bar Assassins last seasons league champions up against the holders of the trophy the Commercial Inn Nomads. And in a cracking final it saw the Assassins under the leadership of Big Tam Laird their team captain take the title by 4 games to 1, this was a close encounter and quite simply the match that had everyone on their feet clapping was when Daive Aitken and Paul Weir shook hands after Pauls superb 17 dart game of 701, and it takes two to make a real match up and Davie in the middle of the leg fired in three consecutive ton's him self, superb match up and quite rightly both players got a fabulous round of applause. However it was the next match which sealed the title for the Assassins when William Harraughty took the title to Pumpherston the home of the Cawburn with a double 10. And that folks is the first competition of the season now safely tucked away. Roll on the next one!

Bliiny Open in Shotts.

Finals saw Daz Grey defeat William Borland in a cracking final.

Other scores saw Stephan Colthart scoring a magnificent 174 and then following it with a 99 game shot, also on the maximum trail it saw Brucefield Farmers Jamie Banks rattling the red lipstick once again  to record yet another superb maximum 180.

Wishing all the local Monday night players all the best if they are taking part in the Wednesday night Premier League in Edinburgh,

Results for those players will be updated weekly.


K.O.Cup Qualifiers.

Congratulations to the four teams remaining from the original 18 teams, and they are,

Almondale Pirates, Cawburn Assassins, Commercial bar Nomads and the Kirk Newton Innkeepers.

And well done to the Innkeepers as this is their first sortie into league competitions and they may well be a team to watch out for in the season to come!

On the night there were a smattering of good games and these are the ones that were recorded, Remember folks if you don't write them down cant report on them can I.

On the maximum trail it saw Stevie Duncan and Pete Hastings record maximum 180’s, Top finish of the night saw Craigshill man or known on the circuit as Joe the Devil Devlin with a 118 game shot, Now to get on the league tables for fast games you need to have a 25 per dart averages in other words a score of 75 a throw or better, Pete Hastings nice 26 dart 701 game for a dart average of 80.88 a throw, Mitchell 84.12 a throw with a 25 dart 701 game, Davie Aitken 77.88 a throw with a 27 dart game. However the fastest and without a shadow of a doubt saw Arry Edwards of the Paraffin Lamp Brigands record a superb 19 darter for a dart average of 110.68 per three darts thrown cracking darts.

And then of course we have the other end of the spectrum and it wont be the only recorder score of three yes 3x1 this season I am sure, Take a bow Rex Brady it happens to us all, just your the first recorded hitter of 3 this season, cheers Jim M


Paraffin Lamp Finals Night

The final four men left standing in the league saw John Charleston from Uphall who plays for the Volunteer Highway Men get the better of Davie Aitken from the Commercial bar Nomads in West Calder by a score line of 6 games to 4. The second semi final was a real close affair with both players from the Brigands who ply their darting trade from the Paraffin Lamp and it was Arran Edwards who just edged out fellow team mate Gordon Bruce by the odd leg in 11 by a score line of 6 games to 5.

  So after many weeks of competitive match play it saw the finals being contested between Arran Edwards and John Charleston, and it was the man from Craigshill, Arran Edwards who claimed the title with a 7 games to 4 victory over John Charleston from Uphall.

  The prize fund paid out saw the champion receiving £300, £150 for the runner up, both semi finalists receiving £75 each and the quarter finalists being paid £25 for their efforts on the ocky.

  Top shots from the nights play saw no fewer than 5 players recording maximum 180’s and they were, Gordon Bruce 4x180’s, Arran Edwards 3x180’s, Martin Deegan, Scott Cameron, Pete Hastings all firing in 1 x 180 apiece. Top finish came from TWO PLAYERS with John Kirk and Gordon Bruce both hitting a 118 game shot Gordon also firing in a 100 take out.

  Fast games saw Arran Edwards 2 x 13 darters, Gordon Bruce 13 darter plus a 16 and 2 x18 dart games.

  So with only the Brucefield Farmers summer league finals to be played out that ladies and gentlemen of the ocky almost concludes the summer league fixtures.

  If anyone has more news of competitions being played please drop me a line and let’s give( CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE)


Once again a member of the W.C.D.D.L. has achieved a perfect finish.

John Charleston has joined Bunny Forrest, William Borland and Stevie Duncan in recording the highest finish in the sport of darts a magnificent 170. You can go a long time without even hearing or seeing one of these perfect shots, but here we are in the summer leagues and there have been four recorded in different leagues, Fabulous shooting from these marksmen of the W.C.D.D.L.


John Reidy (centre) sponsor of the Bentswood Open
Jim Mitchell and Joe Bata, Finalists Aug 015


Bentswood Open

Saturday 15th August.

Once again the Bentswood Inn, in the heart of Stoneyburn did darts proud sponsoring another open tournament with substantial prize money on offer for the brave players who were willing to give it a go!

Perhaps not the biggest turnout for one of these events, but a very good quality field were in for the action, players from the Borders, Musselburgh, Tranent, Shotts and and good to see BIG Callum Russell from Forth also taking to the ocky (who said he was past it!) and a large contingent from Edinburgh took to the ocky, however only a few local players, wondered what happened to a lot of the usual suspects!

Anyway once the draw was done and the chalk dust settled it saw Lothian county player Joe Bata and Livingston’s Jim Mitchell take their places in the grand final, not much in it with Mitchell taking the first leg and then Joe claiming the second and wonder what would have been the outcome if he had hit tops for the third to break Mitchell’s throw, however he did not, and it then saw the local Livingston player go on to take the title by a score line of 4 games to 1.

Fastest recorded game of the day a 12 darter from the winner with scores of 60-140-180-121 g.s.

Many thanks to the organisers and the sponsors who did a cracking job all afternoon in running the tournament smoothly. The break bown in prize monies went like this £200 for the winner, £100 for the runner up, £60 for both semi finalists, and £20 for each of the quarter finalists, so once again many thanks to John Reidy mine host of the Bentswood Inn for supporting local darts, and hope to see more of you at the next one which is already in the pipe line for next year!



Well the usual suspects were there yes the trip to the Granit City saw a host of West Lothian players make the journey North on Friday.

With many of the counties favourite darting sons and daughters in attendance, here is a rundown of the most news worthy items, Kieran Bird &William Borland taking the scalp of The Rocket man Ronnie Baxter in the men’s doubles on Sunday fabulous performance with William putting in the finishing touches with bull’s eye treble 15 and double twenty cracking arrows from these stars of the ocky. John Skippy Charleston playing awesome darts and winning his board convincingly before bowing out in the last 32 and receiving £50 for his gallant effort, only double trouble costing him in his last match. Mitchell just one game better making the last 16 and receiving £100 for his days work on the ocky. Congratulations go to Andy Boulton on winning the event overall against Jamie Bain in the grand final 8-5. Also to Deta Headman who once again kept the crown on her head winning the title for I believe the fifth time some player this lady. Gary Stone & Allan Chuck Norris taking the doubles title over Harry Todman & Ryan Murray in the men’s pairs.

Couple of photo’s to follow, but for now a couple of days with no alcohol and boy do I need it?




Well after a brief period for holiday commitments the final’s night had arrived and with 15 of the finalists in attendance and with only young gun Jamie Banks unable to attend due to a double booking he was playing Dave Chizzy Chiznel in an exhibition match down the far distant west well Ayrshire to be truthful!

So john Somerville and Shaun Robertson played off for the right to play in the final draw and it was John Somerville who came through to claim a place against William Harraughty.

So with some absolutely fabulous matches with the games being best of 9x501 at the start here are the results remembering there was a redraw after each round which was overseen by Tam Laird and Christopher Mitchell. On the night only two match boards were used with two boards closed as not to interfere with play and this then left two boards for practise.

Callum Wilkinson 3 v 5Kieran Bird. Martin Deegan 5 v 3 Wullie Jack.

Jimmy Johnston 2 v 5 Rex Brady.  William Borland 5 v 2 Paul Weir.

Derek Bird 5 v 2 Graeme Bird.  Stevie Duncan 1 v 5 Graham Borland.

William Harraughty 5 v 1 John Somerville. Gary Christie 0 v 5 Jim Mitchell.

And so to the redraw for the quarter finals.

Graham Borland 4 v 5 Jim Mitchell. William Borland 5 v 3 Derek Bird.

Kieran Bird 3 v 5 Rex Brady. Martin Deegan 0 v 5 William Harraughty.

And once again the redraw for the semi finals which now saw the matches extended to 11x501.

Jim Mitchell 6 v 3 Rex Brady. William Harraughty 6 v 5 William Borland.

And ladies and gentlemen we now had after twelve weeks of league play and their final knock out section we had the finalists and the format now the best of 13x501.

Jim Mitchell 7 v 1 William Harraughty.

So the breakdown of prizes went like this

Jim Mitchell £210/ William Harraughty £155/Rex Brady & William Borland £100 each/ Graham Borland-Derek Bird-Kieran Bird-Martin Deegan £75 each/ Callum Wilkinson-Wullie Jack-Jimmy Johnston-Paul Weir-Graeme Bird-Stevie Duncan-Jamie Banks-Gary Christie receiving £50 each.

This brought the total paid out to £1265 for the last 16 players. However just before leaving the house to go to the venue a envelope containing a registration payment from Frank Crook was put through the letter box, so thanks to Frank Crooks money being received it was decided that with all the envelopes being made up with the prize fund there would be £15 for the fastest leg and £15 for highest finish.

Here are the results of fast games high finishes and maximums recorded on the nights play.

Wullie Jack 20 darter plus a 92 game shot. Martin Deegan 2x18 darters plus finishes of 84 and 96.

Paul Weir 1 x 180. Graeme Bird 16 darter. Graham Borland 1x180 along with finishes of 114 and 72 game shots plus games finished in 1x16-2x18and 1x19 darts. Derek Bird finishing games in 16-17-18 darts. John Somerville 17 darter. Rex Brady 180 plus 2x17darters 18 darter and a 20 dart game. William Borland with 4x180’s plus games finished in 3x16 darts a 15 darter a 20 dart game and a 13 darter and finishes of 88 and a 120 claiming both the extra prizes on offer on the night.

William Harraughty finishes of 76-96 and 113 also firing in 2x17 darters and 3x19 dart games plus a maximum 180.

Jim Mitchell 5x180’s plus games finished in 1x14, 3x15, 1x16, 5x17, 5x18, 2x19 and games shots of 72-80-84-91-99-110. And that ladies gentleman of the ocky was the finals of the Cawburn Premier Friday night league. So many thanks to Malky for the sponsorship and also doing the presentation for us, without the sponsorship of darting venues like this these competitions could not take place so many thanks to the bar staff and management of the Cawburn for giving us a great place to play darts. THANK AGAIN APPRECIATED.




Well not really, however the first Summer League Champions have been crowned, Playing in the West Lothian Mixed Doubles League which was a brand new venture this year, where by all the players were put into an open draw and partners were then picked to play as a team. The format for this new event was 5x501 with a double start format. Each leg had to be played and was worth one point but there were ten points for winning the match so simply put win 3-2 the winners received 13 points and the losers 2 points.

Now this was played in a league format where each team played each other once so every match played was critical as there was no return game!

And the pair that managed to claim the title and be the first to have their names engraved on the brand new trophy was Connie Bamburry and Jim Mitchell who finished the league with 129 points and also received £200 for their efforts.

In runners up spot it saw Karen Heeps and Graham Bird with 103 points and receiving £120 for second place. And in third only two points behind Karen and Graeme were Kathy Henderson and Ian Stevenson on 101 points. All the teams received cash money for their efforts. And a huge thank you to the East Calder Doo Club for sponsoring this event with £500 paid out to the twelve teams who took part and of course as Aldo said one week hey it is almost like a cake club! Thanks to Gillian Bell who brought homemade sponge cakes topped with butter icing and cream to keep all our energy levels boosted during the matches when half time was called. Much appreciated.

Now on our last night Monday 2oth July it was decided to have a flyer with once again the format being mixed doubles and names once again pulled out the hat at random, And after some superb throwing it saw Avril Bird and Jim Mitchell toe the ocky against a pairing who came out together again Karen and Graeme Bird, Karen and Graeme took the first leg in this best of 5x501 final showdown but back came Avril and partner to secure the title winning the next 3 legs to claim the money on offer£50 and a final score line of 3-1. Many thanks to our organiser Connie Bamburry and her trusty side kick (Rocky1)

Back on Line.

After a problem with the keyboard, it did not like the bath I gave it with my morning coffee, we have now replaced it with a brand new shiny one!


Deegan & Thorburn Show

Well Saturday past saw a competition held in the Vollunteer Arms in Uphall, And with Martin and George taking charge of this one it saw a good turn out unlike the last one where dart players were missing!

This time round though with the competition under new organisation it saw 34 players take to the ocky.

Now I don't have the correct scores but the last 16 went like this.

Peg Brown bt Ian Stevenson, Matt Heeps bt Martin Deegan, William Borland bt Daniel Coffee, Graham Borland bt Andrew Davidson, Pet Hastings bt James Cummings, Frank Quinn bt Callum Wilkinson,

John Hanlon bt Ralph Hirst, David Morton bt Gary Christie.

Quarter finals panned out like this, Peg Brown bt Matt Heeps, Graham Borland bt William Borland, Frank Quinn bt Pete Hastings, John Hanlon bt David Morton.

Semi Finals saw, Peg Brown bt Graham Borland, Frank Quinn bt John Hanlon,

And so to the grand Final, Peg Brown bt Frank Quinn.

Congratulations to both players the reports I have heard said you were both playing superb darts and quite rightly you were the best two darters on the day.

Once again thanks must be given to Martin Deegan for running the tournament and to George Thorburn for helping to raise so much prize monies well done, without people like yourselves organizing

and putting lots of effort into these competitions they would not happen.

So though I was not there through work commitments my hat is doffed to both of you. 





Once again a great turn out for the annual meeting with over fifty dart enthusiasts turning up to help make the decisions for the forth coming season!

And there were changes made at committee level and playing of matches formats.

After many seasons as match secretary Mr. John Kirk was not able to attend and a new match secretary was voted onto the committee so your committee for the season 2015-16 is Match secretary Mrs. Connie Bamburry, League secretary Mr. John MacDonald, Chairman/Treasurer Jim Mitchell.

Once again the league is in a healthy position as in finances and it was decided that no increase should be made in team registration and player registration and they would stay the same as in the past season.

Changes to the competitions however was on the cards and it was decided by a unanimous decision that the K.O. Cup should return to being played over two nights in the East Calder Doo Club, the format also was changed and instead of a league format it would now be seven singles matches this was to save time as many of us know if in the past you received a bye and had to wait it could be almost 10pm before you toed the ocky. The new format is 7 singles of 701 and it will be bull up with the team/player called out first throwing for the bull’s eye to see who has the right of throw, this takes away the advantage of a coin toss and it is now down to skill!

One huge difference is in how many matches will be played by the teams in the league, as many off the players were unhappy with only 16 league matches per season and with pubs and clubs crying out for more business it was decided unanimously that each team would play each other three times, and it would depend on how the teams were pulled out to see who would get the home tie (twice)this ladies and gentlemen is to try and help out the pubs in the league as we are all aware times are hard and darts are played in pubs and clubs! So let’s try and support the publicans that support us!

Also approved by the body of the hall was to once again go ahead with a exhibition night, (chairman will report back at the next delegates meeting on any news for this event) Also competitions will be played as per usual in the Doo Club however we players will know beforehand if the finals will be played upstairs or downstairs this is so that our youth players will know if they can compete or not. Now youth players can only play in the function hall upstairs and we will try to accommodate them as far as we can however we cannot change the competitions because of them as the majority of players are JUST over the age of consent and in this democratic society the majority do have the edge!

The next meeting for delegates is on the 2nd September in the Doo Club starting at 8pm. The K.O.Cup will commence on the 7th September.

The league table with dates etc will be on line in about ten days time.

The leagues for the forthcoming season  nine teams per league, On a slightly sad note we have to say good bye to the Stirrup Stane Cowboys who through no fault of their players from last season have had to pull out of the league due to not enough players so on behalf of the league thank you Archie and team for your commitment to the league and hopefully you may well be back in the future. On a slightly more upbeat note I would like to welcome the Logan Lea club and the Inn from Kirknewton on joining the league look forward to seeing you at the competitions and hearing about your exploits on the ocky.

The only thing now is what nick name we are going to give to you any ideas! Drop me a line.

Chairman W.C.D.D.L.



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