Mike Browne has been a leading player in the Birmingham League for the past four decades and he shows no sign of slowing down. The lighting quick attacking star was unbeaten for Smiths Wood Bribar A against Premier Division leaders Beaufort Sports A, which included a comfortable success over individual leader Jack Williamson. Browne also won a pulsating five game battle with Jon Ludlow in a 5-5 draw. Lee Holtham is another player in top form, with the Colebridge Braves teenager picking up another maximum in the 5-5 scoreline with Hamstead C. Owen Malcolm and evergreen Chris Maiden picked up two singles each for Hamstead, but Holtham was the star turn taking his average to 16/21. Colebridge Aces slammed Streetly A 10-0 with Amann and Amit Ubhi combining superbly with leading ETTA coach Ed Lynn.
Di St Ledger made a stunning return to the city league with a maximum for Beaufort Sports C in their 8-2 victory over Streetly B in Division One. The former Warwickshire and Birmingham champion included top individual Steve Taylor amongst her victims. Welcome back Di. Faizal Ali picked up a smart treble for Smiiths Wood C in their 7-3 home success over Sutton Coldfield B. British deaf international Andy Calloway was the difference between the teams as he led Sutton Coldfield C to a 6-4 triumph at Streetly C. Sutton Coldfield A stay top of the pile courtesy of a Trevor Davies hat-trick against Bournville A in a 7-3 home win. Bhavesh Amlani just got the better of Sutton’s George Webb in the pick of the action.
Bournville C were indebted to a Martin George treble in a 7-3 win over Smithereens in Division Two. Jim Connor was unbeaten for leaders Colebridge Dinosaurs in their comfortable 8-2 victory over Colebridge Giants. Brian Morris edged Giants Micky Bere 13-11 in the fifth in a superb opening set of the match. Colebridge Falcons and Colebridge Hawks drew 5-5 in a basement battle at their Shirley base, with wily old campaigner Micky Welsh of Hawks the only unbeaten player. Colebridge Chiefs pipped West Midlands Police 6-4, despite rising star Sam Henderson losing out to Dave Ameghino.
The vastly experienced trio of Barry Clarke, Paul Thomas and Darren Williams overwhelmed Sutton Coldfield D 10-0 to keep them top in Division Three. Boni Amin gained a maximum for Sutton Coldfield E in their narrow 6-4 triumph over Streetly D. Sutton were 5-1 up, but needed Amin’s success over Graham Fleet to gain the victory. Alan White enabled Walmley A to draw 5-5 with Smiths Wood C with a classy treble, beating the highly rated trio of Roger Morris, Roger Ellerington and Gordon Hodges.
Colebridge Jaguars roared to a 7-3 success at Smiths Wood D in Division Four, as individual leader Tim Fell and Omar Zaman both gained hat-tricks. Tim Stevens and Ashley Stokes were another maximum duo for Walmley B in their 8-2 thumping of Bournville F.
Ivy Leaf B edged Sutton Coldfield G 6-4 in Division Five despite an excellent treble from Mick Williams. Newcomers West Midlands Fire Service were too hot for Jacombs B, winning 8-2 as David Cooper gained a maximum.