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A Splitting Headache?

posted Nov 6, 2019, 11:50 AM by Malcolm Fletcher
To split or not to split – that is the big question facing member clubs over the close season.

They have to decide if they want to split their main 12-a-side Friday and 10-a-side Monday divisions into two separate leagues.

This would give bowlers the opportunity to play on both nights – without the restrictions of the Named Players rules – if they wanted to, following the example set by the Tanners Shropshire League in recent years.

“There are lots of things to take into account and to change to two separate leagues would involve a huge amount of work - so we want clubs to make a careful and considered decision,” said general secretary Malcolm Fletcher.

Delegates at the league’s November meeting agreed to debate the issue further at the December management committee gathering, but it could be that a final decision whether to go ahead is not taken until January’s AGM.

“Officers are simply asking member clubs for a mandate to explore this strategy further, for possible introduction in 2021,” added Malcolm.

Other points of interest from the November meeting:

Newport’s proposal for a new approach for clubs with 2 teams in 1 division (rule 21b) will go before the AGM – along with tweaks to the Harris Cup rules and handicaps, a move to introduce an administration fee for transfers and tougher punishment for Failure to Fulfil a Fixture. Clarification of Allscott Heath’s proposed change to the Named Players rule, received on the deadline of October 31, is now being sought.

The list of divisional averages winners for 2019 was approved, along with prize money levels to be paid using a new percentage formula produced by the officers

The next batch of new Life Members were confirmed and Succession Planning to find a new chairman and vice-chairman for 2020 and general secretary in 2021 has begun with the drawing up of a list of potential candidates.