Thu Aug 17th 26 results from 26 Matches
Wed Aug 23rd 2 Matches
Mon Aug 21st 1 result from 6 Cup Games
Postponed Wilf Onions Annual Doubles K/O Competition Now Cancelled
Regrettably we have decided for various reasons, not to re-schedule this competition and play it in late September as originally intended. However, it will be included on next season's calendar of events on the first Wednesday in August.
However, you still have Presidents Day to look forward to and this perpetual doubles competition will take place on Thursday 14th September at Severnside, with registration no later than 9:45am at a cost of £2.50 per player.
Atcham BC Open Singles Competition on 7 October
Atcham are holding an inaugural open singles competition celebrating the club's 30th anniversary on Saturday 7th October with a scratch time of 9:45am and is open to all Shropshire affiliated bowlers. To enter you need to download, print off and fill in the entry form by clicking on "Atcham Comp" in the green box to your left. Please note that the closing date for entries is 16th September and is limited to the first 32 applicants so get in early if you want to play. There is a £500 prize pot with the winner getting £200.
First Aid Kits and Safety Issues at Clubs
Just a reminder to all team captains and club delegates that they should check that the first aid kit at their club is both accessible and fully stocked with the basic needs to deal with minor medical requirements which might crop up during league matches. It has been brought to my attention that some clubs do not possess a first aid kit at all, and that whilst many more do have a kit, it is so depleted that it is of no use whatsoever. So next time you are at your club, please take the few minutes required to check that the first aid kit is accessible and, most importantly, adequately stocked. Any pharmacy will advise you on the basic necessities required.
Another important consideration relates to clubs where there are obvious safety issues such as inadequate handrails adjacent to steps, uneven or loose paving and any other hazard which might cause somebody to trip, fall and injury themselves. Through its Welfare Officer, every League has a duty to ensure that all member club sites are safe and fit for purpose. If any bowler in the league feels that there is a safety risk at any of our member clubs, they should contact Chris Kershaw with their concerns which will be discreetly and confidentially investigated.
Conceding a League Match
In the event of a team conceding a match, the other team will receive 6 points. It will show as 8 points in the online Results System with each of the 6 players receiving a walkover, but a 2 point deduction will then be made from that team’s accumulated total to date.
We will fully discuss the above situation at the end of season meeting on September 18th. However, the Executive Committee feel very strongly that it is totally unacceptable for any team to concede a League match unless the circumstances are exceptional and that the League Rules should be amended at the next AGM to this effect with some sort of penalty imposed if and when necessary. If a team joins our League, then they must accept that they play every League match.
Postponed Matches - New Rule
Please do not forget the new rule, 10(g), regarding the postponement of a match which was approved at the 2016 AGM:
When postponing a match, the postponing team Captain must first inform the Results Secretary, then contact their opponents offering a minimum of three alternative dates within a 15 day period (in the case of a final week match within 8 days) and then agree on one of the dates prior to again informing the Results Secretary of the new agreed playing date. If, however, none of the proposed dates prove acceptable, the Results Secretary will intervene and will consult with both team captains before deciding when the match must be played within the 15 day time period and the Results Secretary’s decision will be final. No points deduction will be incurred by the postponing team where a match has to be postponed due to: 1) weather/ground conditions, 2) a funeral affecting the club or 3) two or more team players selected by the County Association to play in a Veteran’s Competition.
A three point penalty deduction will be incurred by the postponing team where a match has to be postponed for any other reason (especially shortage of players). The deduction will be applied by the Results Secretary from their accumulated points scored to date.
Where a rearranged match has not been played within the 15 (or 8) day time period, the Fixture Secretary will be empowered to impose a penalty deduction of one point per week to one or both teams until the match is played. The deduction will be applied from their accumulated points scored to date.
Non-conformance of any part of this rule will result in the Executive Committee assessing the individual situation and then additionally penalising one or both teams in accordance with Rule 14.
When entering your results online, please ensure that whenever you have to select an "Unlisted Player" you also enter the player's name in the pop up box. This then enables me to add the unlisted player to the club's registration list by accessing the newly introduced County Registration Data Base which gives me that player's BCGBA number. If however you know that the unlisted player does not yet have a number, then simply type in NAP (number applied for) after their name. Without the unlisted player's name I obviously cannot register them to the club and then I have to make a phone call to sort it out which is time consuming.
Eligible Age to Bowl in the League
Following two queries regarding the minimum age a bowler must be to bowl in our League, I can confirm that all bowlers must have attained their 65th birthday as Rule 3(e) clearly states: All players must have attained the age of 65 years and be a registered player with the BCGBA. So any bowler who will be 65 during the coming season will have to wait until after their birthday before playing.
Competition Dates at Severnside starting at 10:00am
Wilf Onions Doubles one day K/O: new date in September to be confirmed
President's Day: Thursday 14 September
Dixon Cup: 4 September - home venue Old Shrewsbury starting at 1:00pm.