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Saturday Divison - The Future . . .

posted Oct 31, 2018, 12:51 PM by Malcolm Fletcher
League officers are about to launch a campaign to save the Saturday division.

Just seven teams competed in the eight-a-side Saturday afternoon set-up this year after Donnington Wood withdrew at the 11th hour.

And now three of the seven have indicated - via a Future Ideas Sub Group meeting this week - that they won’t be carrying on in 2019.

“League officers have real concerns about the future of the Saturday division next year,” said general secretary Malcolm Fletcher.

“The existing teams have been officially asked to let the league know their intentions and all member clubs have been contacted to get their views - and try and encourage entries.

“But obviously there has to be a cut-off number - possibly six - below which it is simply not worth running this division.”

The future of Saturday fixtures is on the agenda for the league’s November meeting on Tuesday the 6th at Wellington’s Sir John Bayley Club (7.30pm).

“It's not so long ago that we had two divisions on Saturdays,” added Malcolm.

“So league officers would like to encourage clubs to consider joining, or re-joining, this competition – which now has the same points scoring system as the Dennis Lewis Thursday Division - for the 2019 campaign.

“And if clubs and their bowlers have any ideas that would make the Saturday division more attractive to them – and so make an entry more likely – the league would dearly like to hear them.

"If your club is not going to be represented at the November meeting but do have some ideas, could you please let me have them by email before that meeting.

And all bowlers need to remember this current rule – “Any player who has signed for a Mid Shropshire League club may play for a secondary club in the Saturday Division, as long as they fulfil all the usual obligations to their secondary Saturday side.””