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  • All the latest news direct from the MSBL.
  • League Keeps Its Word The following letter has now been sent to the secretaries of all 26 member clubs:Dear Club Secretary, First and foremost, we hope this letter finds you, your club and ...
    Posted Oct 19, 2020, 11:46 AM by Malcolm Fletcher
  • Champion Still Feels Like A King! The League's reigning Senior Merit champion has managed to win another title this year, despite bowls action being severely limited by the pandemic.Jamie King, who also joined the ...
    Posted Oct 17, 2020, 5:32 AM by Stephen Wall
  • Member Club Playing On In Winter Statement from Albrighton Bowling Club, issued by chairman Bob Sylvester: Although the onset of colder weather and the additional restrictions in place to combat Covid-19 are making it a ...
    Posted Oct 8, 2020, 11:48 AM by Malcolm Fletcher
  • Let's Roll - As Soon As We Can . . . Concerns about the rising number of Covid-19 cases may be increasing - see the latest post under the Coronavirus icon - but thoughts are already turning to bowls in more normal ...
    Posted Oct 3, 2020, 12:05 PM by Malcolm Fletcher
  • Time To Try And Make Some Plans Proud to be the only Shropshire league to run a competition this year, officers are set to start planning for 2021 tomorrow (Wednesday 23rd September)A meeting is to be ...
    Posted Sep 22, 2020, 12:18 PM by Malcolm Fletcher
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WELCOME to the official website of the Mid Shropshire Crown Green Bowling League for what everyone connected with sport sincerely hopes will be some kind of 2020 season - our 88th since being established way back in 1932. 

Thursday 2nd April should have been the start date for the campaign with the first scheduled fixtures in the Dennis Lewis Thursday Division. But the Covid 19 pandemic has put paid to that with the sport suspended for the foreseeable future by the sport’s governing body, the BCGBA

Instead, the health and safety of all bowlers is the top priority. Strict Government rules on social distancing and staying at home are the key tools in trying to achieve this, aimed at slowing down the spread of the virus and giving the NHS a chance to cope.

Member clubs are urged to make sure their premises and equipment are secure and are reassured that essential maintenance of greens, ie regular cutting of the grass, is permitted as it is outdoors and those carrying out the work can stay isolated.

Who knows what the rest of the year holds, but the League’s officers are working on contingency plans in the hope that we will get the green light to play again in the second half of the season, They are also looking at possible help packages for clubs who struggle as they are starved of income.

If we do get to bowl in 2020, Mike Beckett's revolutionary results system means that this much-praised site – launched in 2011 – provides everything you need to know about the League . . . and all in one place.

Based in Telford, the League now has 26 member clubs - after the sad withdrawal of Stockton at January’s AGM - with well over 1,400 bowlers competing in three main 12-a-side divisions on Friday nights and three 10-a-side Monday divisions.

There is also a popular Thursday night division, which is eight-a-side, and a Saturday afternoon division with matches of four singles and two doubles. Both of these divisions have a unique points scoring system which rewards individual bowlers.

Boasting a geographic spread from Albrighton in the east, to Highey in the south, Shawbury-based Elephant & Castle up north and Prince of Wales Hotel in Shrewsbury, the League is proud of its efforts to give clubs the tools to try and attract more members, especially younger ones, recently securing a £7,145 grant from Sport England to provide modern coaching equipment.

The Junior Development Policy put into practice at Hadley Learning Community and Charlton BC has now run for four years, while junior coaching programmes at Shifnal and Sinclair have set the example for others to follow. And the reward? It was winning the Shropshire junior inter-league championship after fielding 3 of the 7 teams that took part.

Before the health crisis got really serious, the League continued to award Life Memberships at the 2020 AGM to recognise the efforts of bowlers to further the sport. Honoured at this year's AGM were (PICTURED from left) hugely popular referee and Much Wenlock stalwart Bob Mumford, the rock of women’s bowling in Shropshire and the first female Life Member Mabel Finnigan, and the finest administrator in Shropshire bowls history, former League fixture secretary Ian Gaut

Competition News

  • All the latest news on MSBL competitions
  • There May Be Good News After All MSBL 2020 Relaunch II on September 19 may have been called off (see News), but it's not all doom and gloom.A sponsor who wished to remain anonymous gave ...
    Posted Sep 10, 2020, 12:30 PM by Malcolm Fletcher
  • Limited Spaces Already! The League, in agreement with Edgmond, are to run another singles competition on Saturday 19th September.It will once again be limited to 16 entries to remain within Covid-19 ...
    Posted Sep 6, 2020, 10:04 AM by Malcolm Fletcher
  • 10am Is The Key Time 'MSBL 2020 Relaunch Singles' at Edgmond on Saturday 5th September, 10.30am startHOW TO ENTER: 1 - Ring League competition secretary Phil King on 07745-657428 on Saturday (AUG 22 ...
    Posted Aug 21, 2020, 9:41 AM by Malcolm Fletcher
  • Sept 5 Details To Follow ASAP Full details of the MSBL Relaunch 2020 comp at Edgmond on Saturday 5th September (10.30am start) will be issued direct to clubs next weekThe plan is then to ...
    Posted Aug 14, 2020, 6:21 AM by Malcolm Fletcher
  • League Comps In 2020? The Return To Sport Action Plan for bowls (phase 3 issued today) gives the League the go ahead to start considering the merit of holding Mid Shropshire competitions this summer ...
    Posted Jul 27, 2020, 9:11 AM by Malcolm Fletcher
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