Wed May 31st 2 Matches
Thu Jun 1st 28 Matches
Shropshire Crown Green Bowling Association – Deputy President Appointment
Our League has been given the opportunity of nominating a suitable person to become the Deputy County President in 2018 (Isobel Jones will be President) and then becoming County President in 2019. If any club feels that one of their members would be willing to take on this prestigious appointment, then please get in touch with the League Secretary. The person concerned does not necessarily have to play in our League which gives someone under the age of 65 a chance. Our previous opportunity to put forward a name occurred in 2009 leading to Geoff Balshaw taking over the Presidency in 2011.
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
A situation has arisen which we have not previously experienced in that following the recent postponement of a match, one team (Albert Road A) has been unable field a team to play the match on another date and has decided to concede the match. This means that the other team (Craven Arms) automatically receives an 8-0 victory which in the opinion of the Executive Committee is not a fair outcome since 8-0 wins are few and far between. Ken Willis, the team captain of Craven Arms, also agrees with this view and because there is nothing in the Rules to cover this situation, we are introducing a temporary rule for the rest of this season which will state:
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.
Earlier Start Times
Because Pontesbury C (division 4) and Pontesbury E (division 3) always share their home green, all matches will start at the earlier time of 1:30pm. Would all opposing team captains please ensure that when playing either of these two teams at Pontesbury, you arrive half an hour earlier than normal.
A reminder that this season we have five teams playing all their home matches on a Wednesday afternoon: Meole F in division 2, Meole E in division 3 and Baschurch C, Bicton C and Shelton C in division 5. Will opposing team captains please ensure that you are aware of all your Wednesday match dates so that you do not forget to turn up. If you do forget, your team will lose 3 points (away team only) under the newly introduced penalty rule, since not turning up will be seen as postponing the match which is in effect what you will be inadvertently doing.
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.
Shelton BC Officially Open Their New Green
The new green was formally opened on 1st April by League Secretary, Chris Kershaw, and all home matches will now be played on the new green which looks stunning, runs well and has been constructed to the very highest of standards in every respect. The new clubhouse, which they will share with the cricket club, is absolutely superb with lots of room and has excellent catering facilities.
To reach the new car park, turn into the Redwoods Centre in the same way as previously and head towards where the previous parking was. Then turn left down a hardcore road which will take you into the new car park where you need to turn right. Proceed as far as you can go, park your car and then walk either side of the old cricket pavilion, then turn left and go through a gate alongside the cricket pitch, then turn right and you will see the new pavilion and green straight ahead of you.
The League wish Shelton BC all the best for the future on their new green.
2017 Pre-Season Meeting Held on 13 March
The minutes of the meeting can be viewed/downloaded by clicking on March Meeting Minutes in the green area to your left.
The draws for the three League K/O competitions (Dick Meyrick, Ron Smout and Sponsors Shield) took place at the meeting and they can be viewed/downloaded by clicking one of the three Draw boxes in the green area to your left. The semi-finals in all three competitions will be played on neutral greens on Monday 21 August starting at 1:00pm. The finals will be played simultaneously on all three greens at Severnside on Monday 11 September starting at 2:00pm.
Competition Dates at Severnside starting at 10:00am
Singles one day K/O: 5 July
Wilf Onions Doubles one day K/O: 2 August
President's Day: Thursday 14 September
Dixon Cup: 4 September - home venue Old Shrewsbury starting at 1:00pm.