Halesowen secure first title

Last night Halesowen soundly beat second place Stafford despite a loss on top board for GM Arkell to IM Cooper. Their average board strength was a WDCL record 193. This is the first time they have won league despite coming close in previous seasons. The club based at the Lighthouse Pub in Halesowen were formed in 1974 but only joined the WDCL relatively recently in 2002 when the picked up the Pittaway Cup. This trophy is supplemented by the second team also winning division three. Matchcard from last night is here. Wiki for League champions is here.

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