|Ron Hitchmough||Roy McGunigall||Andy Dawson|
As you may or may not know I will be leaving the area to live in South Wales during the coming months and will need to step aside as Birkenhead Afternoon & Evening League Secretary at the end of the season. This is something that’s happened fairly quickly, and I wouldn’t have taken on the job had I known it was just for one year as I know people like to get used to one person.
However, I have enjoyed my time this year and would like to wish you all well for the future. Obviously there will be one big question coming out of this…..Who will do it next year?
This is where you come in. Having done the Bebington League Secretary job for over 20 years and served on the Wirral CGBA Committee in a number of roles I know the amount work involved and how rewarding it is. This is your chance to make a difference and be involved in the decision making.
I am happy for anyone to contact me for an informal chat and we can go through any questions you may have. I can also show you how the website works and how we maintain all the information.
Please contact me as soon as possible either by email, phone or in person if you would like any further info.
Yours in sport
22nd May 2018
LEAGUE STRUCTURE PROPOSAL FOR 2019
At a recent Committee Meeting of the Birkenhead & Wirral Evening League we discussed the number of teams in each Division. It was apparent that when the fixtures were done that due to a number of teams dropping out of the League that 3rd and 4th Division teams only had 16 matches for the whole season compared to 22 games in the 1st Division. I have received many complaints from players and clubs (particularly in the 3rd and 4th Divisions) with regard to the small amount of games to be played this season compared to previous years.
The current number of teams in each division are as follows:
Division 1 – 12 teams
Division 2 – 11 teams
Division 3 – 9 teams
Division 4 – 9 teams
It was therefore decided that we propose an amendment to the existing Competition Rule 9: THE LEAGUE
(a) The League shall consist of four or more divisions. The two top teams in Divisions 2, 3 and 4 shall be promoted. The two bottom teams in Divisions 1, 2 and 3 will be liable for demotion.
It is to be proposed that the League consist of three divisions from next season.
On the current number of teams that would mean two divisions of 14 teams and one of 13. Obviously, this would change if more teams left or indeed joined the League.
It was felt that we needed to inform you of our decision at the start of this season as although it won’t alter positions and prize money for this season it will alter the number of teams changing divisions for next season should the proposition be passed at the AGM.
Should the proposition be defeated the Committee will need to reorganise the four divisions for next season to even out the number of games per division. Again, on the current number of teams this will mean the first and second divisions will have fewer games to play.
Alternatively, clubs will have the power to propose an amendment to the rule change to be discussed and voted on at the AGM as with any rule change proposed.
This change can not be agreed now and will need to be proposed and voted on at the AGM so it gives all players and officials etc of all clubs time to discuss ready for Decembers AGM.
BCGBA MEMBERSHIP CARDS
Linda Howard is the new Registrar for Merseyside County CGBA and will now issue all BCGBA Membership Cards. Any requests for a BCGBA Membership Card can be sent to Linda at her address detailed on the BCGBA Membership Application Form, which can be downloaded from the Merseyside County website, and accompanied by a cheque payable to Merseyside CCGBA. The costs remain at £10 for new bowlers and £3 for replacement cards. Linda can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.