League News 2018

Signings & Transfers - 2 Deadlines

posted Jun 24, 2018, 4:00 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

All member clubs are reminded of two fast approaching deadlines for ne player registrations and transfers of bowlers.

June 30th is the cut-off point for transfers of bowlers who have played no more than four games - if they get the approval of the club they are leaving.

And the League's July executive meeting (on Tuesday the 3rd) is the deadline for clubs to register bowlers for the season.

Give Something Back - For MacMillan Cancer Support

posted Jun 19, 2018, 12:40 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

Sunday 1st July at Donnington Wood is when and where League bowlers can give something back to the game . . . in aid of charity.

That's when that club and the League will unite to promote a charity bowls day in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support.

It will take the form of a draw for partner doubles and is open top all bowlers registered to play in the League

Entries will only be taken on the day, up until a 10.30am cut off time and the cost is £5 for adults and £1 for juniors - with prize money to be paid to the finalists and semi-finalists!

Full details are on the poster attached . . .

But it’s all in a good cause, with a raffle and barbecue on the day, so don’t be shy . . . just turn up on the day and take part.

It should be great fun – and all in aid of such a brilliant charity

Monday Off . . . And Relax!

posted Jun 16, 2018, 12:52 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

There are NO fixtures in divisions 4-5-6 on Monday 18th June . . .

The decision was made to keep the date clear to avoid clashing with England's opening World Cup football match in Russia, which kicks off a 7pm on that night.

And there are also NO games in the Dennis Lewis Thursday Division on the 28th June as England also play that night!

Proud Semi-finalists In Senior Inter-League

posted Jun 11, 2018, 5:04 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Jun 14, 2018, 3:53 AM by Stephen Wall ]

League officials were full of pride after fielding two teams in this year's Shropshire senior inter-league championship in Whitchurch on Saturday 9th June.

And the A team made the knockout stages after winning their group at Bridgewater, battling hard in the sunshine before bowling out in the semi-finals against Tanners Shropshire (who lost in the final to Whitchurch A. by six shots) 
Just eight teams featured in two round robin groups at nearby Bridgewater earlier in the day, with the top two making the short journey to the semi-finals.

Cheryl Caswell, who travelled 51 miles from Cleobury Mortimer to take part, was Mid Shropshire A’s star as they edged an opening group thriller against Whitchurch B by one shot with her 21-14 card at No.8, before two easier wins over Market Drayton and Market Drayton Seniors.
In the semi-finals county man Rich Lawson won 21-11 to give Mid Shropshire an early lead, but Will Tyler and Dan Jones both won to 15 as the Shrewsbury side slowly gained the
 upper hand to win by 11 (full scores on the SCGBA website).
Mid Shropshire B battled hard on the bigger green at Bridgewater, suffering hard fought defeats against group winners Whitchurch A, runners-up Tanners and North Shropshire Ladies.

Happy League officials would like to offer sincere thanks to all the bowlers who took part - and everyone who helped scramble together 2 teams - after some last minute cry-offs - and helped organise and run things on the day. Well done everyone - and thanks again!


Senior Inter-League Teams Confirmed

posted Jun 7, 2018, 2:35 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

The MSBL will be at the double in the 2018 Shropshire senior inter-league championship in Whitchurch on Saturday 9th June

The League will field 2 teams in the eight-a-side competition, with both round robin groups being played at Bridgewater BC and the semi-finals and final to follow later on at the nearby District Club (front green).

The draw for the groups is:

Group A - Mid Shropshire B, Whitchurch A, Tanners Shropshire, North Shropshire Ladies

Group B – Market Drayton, Market Drayton Seniors, Mid Shropshire A, Whitchurch B 

And the teams confirmed to represent the League are:

MSBL A – Rich Lawson, Nick Mullinder, Cheryl Caswell, Simon Oldcorn, Peter Millington, Michael Cooper, Dan Lewis, Phil Jones. 

MSBL B – Graham Turner, Kevin Lavelle, Chris Wilkes, Garry Fuller, Ian Wilson, Chris Lodge, Jamie Fletcher, ................... 

Other selectors on hand and available will be Sean Round and Dave Evans
But we are still working on getting a couple of more bowlers to commit to make sure we have 2 full teams and cover  . . . so if you would like to volunteer then please shout Malcolm Fletcher or Sean Round ASAP!

MSBL At Double For Senior Inter-League?

posted Jun 6, 2018, 10:54 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Jun 7, 2018, 11:58 AM ]

ALL the bowlers who have made them selves available to represent Mid Shropshire in the Shropshire senior inter-league championship - now being hosted by the Whitchurch  League on Saturday 9th June - WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY BE NEEDED . . . as we hope to field TWO teams in the eight-a-side competition.

What the League needs to be able to do this is to have a couple more bowlers to volunteer to make themselves available and report at 9.30am on Saturday, probably at  Bridgewater BC, which is where the two round robin groups of four will more than likely be played. Offers of help should go to either League chairman Sean Round or secretary Malcolm Fletcher ASAP . . .

The bowlers who have already made themselves available are named below - and will be contacted on Thursday, either direct or via their club secretaries or delegates, with final details of the day. And our thanks go to them for the patience on this matter, caused by the very late changes to the competition.

BOWLERS AVAILABLE to represent the MSBL in, hopefully, 2 teams, are:
From Hadley USC – Nick Mullinder

From Bowring – Rich Lawson. Phil Jones, Jamie Fletcher 

From St Georges – Graham Turner

From Madeley CC – Kevin Lavelle, Chris Wilkes 

From Wrockwardine Wood – Steve Downs

From Sir John Bayley – Michael Cooper, Dan Lewis

From Trench – Simon Oldcorn, Pete Millington

From Bylet – Cheryl Caswell

From Bridgnorth – Garry Fuller, Ian Wilson

Selectors in attendance will be Sean Round, Dave Evans and Chris Lodge . . .

MSBL And The Senior Inter-League

posted Jun 4, 2018, 12:09 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

Given all the many changes to the schedule for the competition on Saturday 9th June, an announcement about the League's participation will be made follow the June management meeting tomorrow (Tuesday the 5th).

Mid Shropshire will definitely be entering one team in the senior inter-league, in an event now to be hosted by the Whitchurch League AND completed all  in one day!

All bowlers who have confirmed their availability to be selected will be notified once selectors Sean Round, Dave Evans and Chris Lodge have got their heads together to finalise matters for the eight-a-side competition after the meeting.

Former Captain Wins Fitting Reward

posted May 27, 2018, 11:43 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated May 29, 2018, 6:22 AM by Stephen Wall ]

Past County President Tony Roche has added yet another veterans honour to his collection - the League's Over-60 Merit crown.

The Sir John Bayley bowler got his hands on the Ray & Jeff Hutchinson Trophy at the third attempt at Trench by beating John Clarke 21-18 in the final, the Wrockwardine Wood stalwart having also lost in the first ever final of this competition.
Roche, who served as President in 2004, won the Shropshire Veterans Merit and Mid Shropshire Senior Citizens League Merit in 2016 when bowling for Madeley Cricket Club.

But the MSBL Over-60 title had eluded him – until he produced a determined display to come from 17-14 down and pip Clarke on Saturday 19ths May.
“It was tough on John, but for Tony – now in his 70s - winning the title was a fitting reward has he has just stepped down as the League’s veterans inter-league captain after guiding them to the title four times in five years,” said League secretary Malcolm Fletcher.

Sadly, only seven of the 13 who had entered turned up and Roche beat Pete Burd (Horsehay) 21-11 in the semi-finals while Clarke was having a real struggle to see off Ian Evans (Sinclair) 21-19.

Quarter-final scores - Evans 21 Ian Delves (Wrockwardine Wood) 16, Bob Elcock (Wrockwardine Wood) 17 Roche 21, Burd 21 Don Hood (Sinclair) 19.

Deadline Reminders . . .

posted May 23, 2018, 2:39 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Member clubs and their bowlers are reminded that three deadlines linked to the SCGBA are fast approaching.

Thursday 31st May is the cut off point for affiliated clubs to settle their annual county accounts - and also apply for a slice of £5,000 set aside in the new Grant Scheme.

It's also not too late to nominate an Unsung Hero to be a guest of County President Isobel Jones at County Merit finals day on Sunday 24th June.

For full details of the Grant Scheme and Unsung Hero award go to the SCGBA website. ..

Draw Looms For Senior Merit Qualifiers

posted May 20, 2018, 3:45 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Finals day in the League's Senior Merit is Saturday 30th June with a 1pm start.

Hosts for the big day will be confirmed by organiser Phil King at the League's June meeting - on Tuesday the 5th - when the draw will also be made:

The 16 qualifiers include a father and son, two brothers and two women bowlers. The names that will go into the hat are:

From Donnington Wood (new) - Jamie King (Bowring), Dan Wilson (St Georges), Ian Delves (Wrockwardine Wood), Sony Lucas (St Georges).

From Bowring (old) - Dan Lewis (Sir John Bayley), Paul Beer (St Georges), Phil King (Hadley USC), Darren Lord (Sinclair)

From Maddocks - Kelly Baugh (Sir John Bayley), Rob Steventon (Shifnal), Jason Wilson (St Georges), Kane Beaman (Sir John Bayley).

From Sinclair - Barry Gilder (St Georges), Nick Mullinder (Hadley USC), Ian Thomas (Wrockwardine Wood), Phil Jones (Bowring).

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