League News 2019

Easter Comes Early . . .

posted Apr 16, 2019, 11:44 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Easter comes early for the League tomorrow, Wednesday 17th April.

The entire programme in divisions one, two and three has been brought forward 48 hours so that bowlers have Good Friday free.

And there is a cracking clash in prospect in the top flight tonight with early pacesetters Hadley USC A entertaining St Georges A while Bylet A – who pulled off a stunning away win at St Georges on Friday – host Allscott Heath.

Division two leaders Bridgnorth A, looking to book a quickfire return to division one, travel to Horsehay B while newcomers Hadley USC B, already going well in the third division, hit the road to Chelmarsh. 

To see the full fixtures tomorrow go to the Results icon and 2019-season.

And don't forget, there's no games in divisions four, five and six on Easter  Monday.

Inter-league Team News & Draw

posted Apr 15, 2019, 11:37 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Apr 16, 2019, 11:39 AM ]

The League will once again have 2 teams in this year’s new-look Shropshire senior inter-league championship.

And there is more good news with both teams having preliminary round byes after the draw was made for what is now a straight knockout with eight-a-side ties at neutral venues on Saturday nights.

That means they will both go into battle in the quarter-finals on Saturday 25th May, aiming to build on last year’s success when the A team got to the semi-finals at the District Club in Whitchurch.

The squads finalised by selectors Sean Round, Chris Lodge and Dave Evans are:

MSBL A – Rich Lawson, Cheryl Caswell, Steve Lampitt, Phil Jones, Michael Cooper, Dan Lewis, Craig Baugh, Harry Church, Will O'Hara, Rob Clarke and Simon Oldcorn.

MSBL B - Phil Craggs, Chris Hayward, Paul Bradburne, Phil King, Graham Turner, John Lumsden, James Blair and Tony Roche - plus hopefully Ian Delves and Nick Mullinder.

All bowlers selected will receive instructions, via their club secretaries, regarding the League's ties on May 25 once the draw for the last eight has been made.

Knockout News!

posted Apr 11, 2019, 12:02 PM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Apr 11, 2019, 12:03 PM ]

A total of 17 Monday night teams have entered this year's Ashton Cup with competition secretary Phil King happy to report this is up 4 on last season.

The number means there will be one five home-five away preliminary round tie on Wednesday 24th April - St Georges D v Newport D - before first round night on May 15.

To see the full draw go to the Results icon and then Competition 2019 .

And there's still time to enter the Harris Cup (see Comp News 2019) 

Meanwhile, the League's selectors are in the process of contacting a number of bowlers to see if they are available to represent Mid Shropshire in this year's senior inter-league championship - hopefully in two teams!

This competition now has a new format, taking the form of a straight knockout with eight-a-side ties at neutral venues on Saturday nights, starting on April 27.

Invites to bowlers have been sent via club secretaries and the deadline for a response is Saturday 13th April (as the deadline for entries is the next day!)

Bits & Pieces - Including Insurance Update

posted Apr 7, 2019, 3:15 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

CHANGE OF SECRETARY - Ian Brice has taken over the role at Donnington Wood with Natasha Hart as Welfare Officer. Their contact details are under the Admin icon . . .

INSURANCE -  County secretary Mo Corley: "The problem on the Endsleigh Payment site is now resolved. Clubs and Leagues may renew their insurance now - please remember to update your clubpage once you have renewed. You will need your unique BCGBA membership number. This is stored at the bottom of your club or league page."

LAST CHANCE - today (Sunday 7th April) is the last day clubs can enter the Ashton Cup. But there's still a week  to go for Harris Cup entries!

Match Fees & Last Gasp Reminders!

posted Apr 3, 2019, 11:49 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Apr 3, 2019, 12:17 PM ]

Member clubs must submit their Named Players list to fixture secretary Ric Hudson 24 hours prior to the first match.

Saturday Division fixtures, with the new format of four singles matches and two doubles, are now available on this site

The deadlines for entries in the Harris Cup and Ashton Cup are fast approaching (see Comp News)

2019 match fees per bowler:

Division 1 - 65p; division 2 - 55p; division 3 - 45p.

Divisions 4-5-6 - all 40p.

Dennis Lewis Thursday Division - 50p.

Saturday Division - fee per match for each club is £2.40 (ie 8 x 30p)

Under Starter's Orders - With Prince Parking Warning

posted Apr 1, 2019, 12:27 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

The first fixtures of the 2019 MSBL season are in the Dennis Lewis Thursday Division on April 4th with Newport the side the rest have to beat as reigning champions.

Shrewsbury-based Prince of Wales Hotel entertain Sinclair on opening night - and  the Prince's club secretary Ian Payne is eager to warn all visiting teams of the following . . .

"Can you please remind all clubs that there is no parking available at Prospect House, which is to the rear of the Prince Hotel's  bowling green

"Although this has been the situation for the last couple of years ,I know some people have continued to use the car park

However, it is important to emphasise that, now the development has been completed, the owners of the land are strictly enforcing their parking rules.

"Anyone parking there without a permit will be fined £100 and there is a number plate recognition system in place which is in operation."

Coaching Call - Don't Miss It . . .

posted Mar 29, 2019, 2:55 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Newport Coaches Course - 11 May & 22 June

"After a flurry of interest from Whitchurch bowlers there are just 3 places left on the Newport level 1 coaches course 11 May & 22 June.

So don’t miss your chance but book through the Coach Bowls website as soon as possible to secure your place. "

Pauline Wilson - county development officer & coaches chief

Highley Nutrious Advice!

posted Mar 26, 2019, 12:35 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

Lorraine Brookes (chairman / captain of Highley Miners Welfare BC) advises for the 2019 season . . .

"Would you please note that the food for Highley's MSBL Monday night team after the match will now be provided at the Bache Arms public house.
"So if this could be put this on the website, visiting teams will know in advance of arriving at Highley for matches.
"The directions to the pub are - turn right out of the Severn Centre and 300 metres down the main road on left is Coronation Street, opposite the Garage and Fish Shop

"The car park (for the pub) is on the left as you turn into Coronation Street."

Update On DBS Day On Saturday 23rd March

posted Mar 19, 2019, 12:53 PM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Mar 22, 2019, 12:25 PM ]

DBS renewals / new applicants in Mid Shropshire in 2019 -
on Saturday 23rd March 2019, at Bowring BC from 3pm onwards.  


National Insurance Number – a MUST

Driving Licence –if you have one           Passport – if you have one

Proof of address – utility bill from last 3 months plus, if it has changed in the last 5 years, details of the previous address

 Original and / or latest DBS / CRB certificate (for bowls) may speed up process on the night


1           3pm Sue Humphries (St Georges)

2           3.10 Graham Davies (Maddocks)

3           3.20 Michelle Millward (Newport)

4           3.30 Shirley Hadley (Edgmond)

5           3.40 Sue Conneely (Shifnal)

6           3.50 Derek Killen (Shifnal)

7           4pm Carol Smith (Shifnal)

8           4.10 Ann Furness (Shifnal)

9           4.20 Beryl Taylor (Shifnal)

10        4.30 Guy Harris (Shifnal)                                Please note:

Comfort break for the DBS officer!                              1 There is no charge for an appointment

11        4.50 Margaret Fletcher (MSBL)                     2 Once you receive your certificate you have

12        5pm Steve Wall (Albrighton)                          one month to provide Phil with a copy of it - 

13        5.10 Val Johns (Albrighton)                                    picture e-mailed to him? - or be fined .

14        5.20 Ann Withington (Charlton)

15        5.30 Annette Lucas (Charlton)

16        5.40 Nigel Harris (Greenfields)

17        5.50 Nigel Booth (Madeley CC)

18        6pm Mabel Finnigan (Madeley CC)

19        6.10 Malcolm Fletcher (MSBL)

20        6.20 Rob Burroughs (SPBL)

21        6.30 Ian Titley (Newport)

Saturday Divsion In 2019 - The Good News!

posted Mar 13, 2019, 1:02 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

Not only will the Saturday Division go ahead this season after being saved – it will return to life with EIGHT teams competing.

Late change of hearts by reigning champions Sinclair, Trench and Sir John Bayley mean they will be joining Allscott Heath, Charlton, Bridgnorth and returning duo Donnington Wood and Wrockwardine Wood in contesting the title.

All have agreed to the new format of four singles and two doubles – meaning clubs need a minimum of only four bowlers for a fixture, but they can use a maximum of eight.

The club match fee will be £2.40 per match (ie 30p per person in either the singles or doubles).

But the late surge in interest means an earlier than planned start for the 14 fixture dates required – with 2pm starts - and fixture secretary Ric Hudson has set the following dates, saying “I think they will work”:

Saturdays 1st to 22nd June (4 matches) before 2 weekends off to allow for Phil King’s League competitions

Saturdays 13th July to 17th August ( 6 matches) before 1 weekend off for the bank holiday

Saturdays 31st August to 21st September (the final 4 matches)

Ric and his fellow MSBL officers will now work on making the changes to the rules required and put them before the April management committee meeting, along with the changes they have been mandated to make to accommodate the switch to 10-a-side fixtures in Monday’s three divisions.

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