Another Succesful Season Comes to an End
Where did it go? It seems like only yesterday that we started the 2017 season and now it's all over! With a record 61 teams starting the season it was a shame that one team had to withdraw due to a shortage of players but hopefully we might get some new teams entering next season. Any club thinking of entering an additional team should indicate their intentions prior to the AGM but the final deadline will not be until the end of February after which time the 2018 Fixture Lists will be prepared and published online in preparation for the Pre-Season Meeting which, as usual, will be held at Meole Brace BC on Monday 12th March 2018 starting at 2:00pm.
The 2017 AGM will be held at Bagley BC on Monday 8th January 2018 starting at 2:00pm and the Agenda for this meeting will be available to view/print from early December onwards by clicking the appropriate box in the green area to your left.
Congratulations to the eight teams who have gained promotion and in particular to Battlefield BC whose newly entered teams came top of Divisions 2 and 5. Commiserations to the eight teams who were relegated but they will find that playing in a Division lower will be far more enjoyable than being hammered most weeks.
End of Season Meeting
This was held on Monday 18th September at Meole Brace BC.
The Agenda and Minutes for this meeting can be viewed by going to the green area to your left and clicking on the relevant two boxes.
This was held on Thursday 14th September at Severnside where we had a very disappointing turnout of only 22 (down from 58 last year) but this was probably due to the very showery weather which did interrupt play a number of times. However, those who did turn up had a most enjoyable day's bowling with the eventual winner being Gordon Cooke (Atcham) who received a tankard and was presented with the Bill Garratt President's Cup.
It was unfortunate that the competition coincided with Division 1 League matches so next year President's Day will be held on Wednesday 12th September.
Finals of the Three League K/O Competitions
The finals of the Dick Meyrick, Ron Smout and Sponsors trophies took place on Monday 11th September using all three greens at Severnside.
In the Dick Meyrick Cup Pontesbury A beat Craven Arms 101-81; in the Ron Smout Cup Battlefield A beat Oxon B 121-58; in the Sponsors Shield Battlefield B beat Albert Road B 121-55. The full results can be viewed by clicking on "2017 Cup Fixtures. Results" in the green area to your left. However in the Pontesbury A v Craven Arms match the actual score for game 6 when rain stopped play was Dave Povey 15 and Terry Duncan 13 and so 6 points had to be added to each player since the online results system will not recognise any game which does not have a winner to 21.
Dixon Cup Again Goes to Mid Shropshire
Our annual match against Mid Shropshire Senior Cits was played on Monday 4th September. The home venue was Old Shrewsbury where we drew 6-6 on games and 219-219 on chalks. The away venue was Sinclair where we lost 4-8 on games and 195-232 on chalks giving Mid Shropshire the match by 37 chalks. The two teams had been selected from the top players in the Division 1 averages and the full match scores can be diewed by clicking on "Dixon Cup Results" in the green box to your left.
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.
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.