League News 2019

Merit 'Miracle' - Qualfiers Played!

posted Jun 13, 2019, 1:51 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

It was almost a miracle, given all the rain that has saturated Mid Shropshire greens for the last week, but all four Senior Merit qualifying sessions were played last night (Wednesday 12th June)

League competition secretary Phil King had already made a contingency plan to play the qualifiers on the day scheduled for the finals (and then find a new date for finals day!), but the rain eased enough during the afternoon for the four host clubs to give the go-ahead for play.

So it's congratulations to the last 16 who will appear on Saturday 6th July, which include the reigning champion Jamie King and last year's beaten finalist Darren Lord.


At Allscott Heath - Jamie King, Paul Beer, Alison Cotton, Martin Gaut

At Bowring - Graham Turner, Phil King, Stuart Church, Peter Grimston

At Maddocks - Simon Hall, Paul Bradburne, Darren Lord, Roy Bradburn

At Sinclair - John Clarke, Jim Fletcher, James Blair, Dan Taylor 

Wet Weather Call-Offs

posted Jun 9, 2019, 11:26 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Jun 9, 2019, 11:27 AM ]

With all the continuing wet weather that has started to disrupt the fixture programme, member club are reminded of the following League rules:

"Clubs must within seven days of the cancelled fixture, inform the Fixtures Secretary in writing, or E-mail, of the re-arranged date.

This date must be within 28 days of the cancelled fixture.

Any outstanding fixture MUST be played before the last fixture of the season without exception."

Veterans Inter-league Squad Finalised

posted Jun 6, 2019, 9:10 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Jun 9, 2019, 11:24 AM ]

 The League’s over-60s captain, Peter Roden, has finalised his squad for the defence of the Shropshire veterans inter-league championship on Saturday 15th June.

We are the proud holders of the title and, as last year, this championship is eight-a-side and will be played all on one day, the group winners to contest the final.

The bowlers named below are asked to report to Meole Brace BC, who are hosting the event for the Wem League, by 9.30am for shirt distribution and a squad picture before the 10am start to the round robin games.


From Madeley CC – Les & Sue Mumford 

From Sir John Bayley – Tony Roche & Ian Delves 

From Sinclair – Peter Spragg 

From Horsehay – Dave Brown 

From Wrockwardine Wood – John Clarke & Allan Gaut
From Newport – Mick Jones

From Trench – Peter Roden & David Evans 


A Fitting Tribute . . .

posted Jun 3, 2019, 3:58 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

The League will pay tribute to its late fixture secretary at a meeting tomorrow (Tuesday 4th June).

There will be a minute’s applause in memory of Frank Booth before the start of the management committee meeting at Wellington’s Sir John Bayley Club (7.30pm).

The Madeley Cricket Club BC stalwart died on May 14 aged 91, having served as a league officer for many years, and his funeral is on Thursday (JUNE 6) at 12.30pm St Mary's Church in High Street, Madeley, Telford. 

Under Starter's Orders On Saturdays!

posted May 31, 2019, 2:31 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated May 31, 2019, 2:34 AM ]

The League's saved Saturday Division springs back into life tomorrow - June 1st - with eight teams playing in a new format with fixtures of four singles and two doubles matches.

Opening day fixtures  are:

Bridgnorth v Allscott Heath, Charlton v Donnington Wood, Sinclair v Trench, Wrockwardine Wood v Sir John Bayley

And, as a reminder for all teams taking part, the rules are:


1. Any member of a club who has signed to play for the Mid Shropshire Bowling League is eligible to play in this division. 

2. 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.  

3. A team will consist of a maximum of 8 bowlers and a minimum of 4 bowlers, playing in four singles matches and two doubles matches, all 21-up, fixtures to start at 2pm.

4.The points scoring system will be: A bowler or pairing that scores 5 chalks will earn their team 1 point; scoring 10 will earn 2 points; scoring 15 will earn 3 points; scoring 20 will get a bowler or pairing 4 points; and getting to 21 to win the individual game will earn a player or pairing 5 points. (Therefore the most points a team can win from each fixture is 30 - ie 6 wins worth 5 points each) The team with the most points at the end of the season will be declared the champions.  

5. Clubs that enter more than one team in the division must select a squad for each team, to be submitted to the fixture secretary 48 hours before the first league game of a new season. Only players from this squad will be eligible  to play in fixtures, and any change to squads must be approved by the fixture secretary.

6. If a team fails to fulfil a fixture the match shall be awarded to their opponents and the score shall be:

If opponents home game, the home team be awarded their average points score in home games up to that date, with an aggregate of +60. An aggregate of 126 will be deducted from the offenders accrued divisional total.

If opponents away game, the away team be awarded their average points score in away games up to that date, with an aggregate of +60. An aggregate of 126 will be deducted from the offenders accrued divisional total.

If the fixture in question is before teams have played four home or away fixtures, their average points score will be decided by the League’s officers.


Mixed Fortunes For Senior Inter-league Teams

posted May 26, 2019, 11:43 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated May 28, 2019, 12:10 AM by Stephen Wall ]

The League is proud to have a team through to semi-finals of the Shropshire senior inter-league championship, now taking the form of eight-a-side ties on neutral greens on Saturday nights.

Chairman Sean Round was at the helm as the A team overcame the Tanners Shropshire League by 13 chalks on the front green at Whitchurch's District Club.

They won five of the eight games on Saturday 25th May with last on Cheryl Caswell the 21-9 star of the quarter-final success.

Victory was a fitting reward for the team, most of whom had reached the last four of last year's one-day championship only to lose to Tanners on the same green.

And for a while MSBL B looked like making it a night of double joy as they led SPS Whitchurch B by one shot after the first four on Severnside No.1 at the same time. Chris Hayward won 21-18 but he was one of only three winners as a strong Whitchurch side, with Premier League bowlers, came on strong in the back four to win by 21 shots.
For full scores please go to the SCGBA website.



Senior Inter-league Draws For Saturday

posted May 22, 2019, 9:16 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

The League has 2 teams in the Shropshire senior inter-league championship quarter-finals on Saturday 25th May - ties starting at 7pm.

All bowlers should report to their managers by 6.45pm, the match draws being::

MSBL A v Tanners Shropshire A at the District Club, Whitchurch (front green):

Tanners Claret Shropshire AScoreScoreMid-Shropshire A
Richard AddisonHarry Church
Danny WornellRichard Lawson
Tracy RyanJames Blair
Chris JonesSusie Lawson
Martin CoddMichael Cooper
Hayden LewisDan Lewis
Clair BarkerPhil Jones
Phil TalbotCheryl Caswell

MSBL B v SPS Whitchurch B at Shrewsbury Severnside (no.1 green):

Mid-Shropshire BScoreScoreWhitchurch B
Graham TurnerAndrew Davies
Steve DownsWill Tyler
Chris Hayward Jamie Brookes
Paul Bradburne Connor Whitehall
Darren Lord Tim Jordan
Will Ohara Gary Whitehall
Ian DelvesJack Hewitt
Rob ClarkeScott Moseley


Thursday Division Teams Get Advanced Warning

posted May 21, 2019, 11:55 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Member clubs with teams in the Dennis Lewis Thursday Division should be aware that England's footballers have a match on the evening of Thursday 6th June.

That's when they play Holland with a 7.45 kick off - and teams who want to watch it should either bring their start times forward or re-arrange the date (bringing it forward) with their opponents.

And if there are any changes to the programme they MUST inform fixture secretary Ric Hudson!

Sad Loss Of Former League Officer

posted May 17, 2019, 11:13 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated May 19, 2019, 11:46 AM ]

Both Mid Shropshire-titled bowls leagues are in mourning after the sad passing of Frank Booth on Tuesday 14th May, aged 91.

Frank served as MSBL fixture secretary for a good number years and, despite initial reservations, backed the successful introduction of the Mie Beckett on-line results system.
He held the same role with the Mid Shropshire Senior Citizens League until just a matter of weeks ago, when poor health forced him to hand over the post to son Nigel and grandson Stephen.

Veterans teams were asked to pay tribute to Frank with a minute's applause before Wednesday afternoon's fixtures.

He was a stalwart member of Madeley Cricket Club BC, a long-serving official of the Highley League and was made a life member of the MSBL in 2018, attending a League meeting as recently as March.
Frank's funeral will take place on at 12.30pm on Thursday 6th June at St Mary's RC Church in High Street,. Madeley, to be followed by interment at Castle Green Cemetery. The cortege will leave his beloved Madeley Cricket Club at 12.10pm.

It goes without saying that the thoughts of League officers, member clubs, his fellow delegates and bowlers are with Nigel and the rest of Frank's family at this difficult time.

Senior Inter-League Latest

posted May 17, 2019, 11:13 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated May 18, 2019, 8:37 AM ]

MSBL teams for the Shropshire senior inter-league

championship quarter-finals on Saturday 25th May

(7pm start at neutral venues to be selected once the match draws have been made)

If there are any availability issues, please contact Malcolm Fletcher (07890-856525) ASAP!


MID SHROPSHIRE A (v Tanners Shropshire A, probably in Whitchurch)


First four - Rich Lawson, Susie Lawson, Harry Church, Dan Lewis

Back four – Cheryl Caswell, Phil Jones, Michael Cooper, James Blair

Reserves - Steve Lampitt, Craig Baugh (Simon Oldcorn available for semi-finals)

Manager – Sean Round

MID SHROPSHIRE B (v SPS Whitchurch B, probably in Shrewsbury)


First four – Paul Bradburne, Chris Hayward, Graham Turner, Steve Downs

Back four – Ian Delves, Rob Clarke, Darren Lord, Will O’Hara

Reserves – John Lumsden, Chris Lodge (Phil Craggs & Phil King available for semi-finals)

Manager – Malcolm Fletcher


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