News 2020

Time To Try And Make Some Plans

posted by Malcolm Fletcher

Proud to be the only Shropshire league to run a competition this year, officers are set to start planning for 2021 tomorrow (Wednesday 23rd September)

A meeting is to be held via the Zoom app to reflect on the 2020 Relaunch singles held at Edgmond earlier this month and to try and plot a way forward for next season.

“Relaunch II, which we had planned for September 19 back at Edgmond, may have been called off due to Covid-19 concerns, but it's not all doom and gloom,” said a League spokesperson.

“A sponsor who wished to remain anonymous gave league money to be added to the prize fund for Relaunch II – and now officers are in talks with the generous backer about using the money to sponsor next year's Mid Shropshire Senor Merit, or a competition of their choice.”

Open Invite To Winter Series

posted Sep 17, 2020, 12:40 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

Mid Shropshire bowlers looking for a slice of competitive action - in strictly controlled and safe circumstances - have been urged to consider playing in the popular North Shropshire Parks' winter series.

The association’s sixth winter series starts on Sunday 20th September at Adderley, near Market Drayton (TF9 3TF).

“Due to being Covid affected, I'm having to change the format of the day - hopefully for this season only,” explained series organiser Jamie Brookes, who bowled for Elephant & Castle in the Dennis Lewis Thursday Division in 2019.

He was regularly coping with fields of 50-plus all starting at the same time in the 2019-20 winter series - before lockdown intervened in March.

“Now I will be running three sessions of round-robin games only each round (with no knockout sections) and for each session I can only have a maximum of 25 to 28 entrants.”

Start times for the sessions are – one: 9.15 for 9.30am; session two: 12.30 for 12.45pm; session three: 3.45 for 4pm; hot food and drinks will be available.

“As normal, the higher a bowler finishes in a group, the more points they'll receive – and all points scored will go into a league, creating our normal end of season finals day,” added Brookes.

“For this season only the entrance fee will be £5 each, but there will not be any daily prize fund, so there’s less handling of money.

“Although I'll try to accommodate all entrants, please accept my apologies in advance if I can't. And I need to know in advance from those that wish to take part (and their preferred session) on 07522-624773.

“Let's have as friendly, competitive a season as possible - but keep within the latest Covid guidelines.”

No-go Relaunch II on September 19

posted Sep 10, 2020, 12:25 PM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Sep 10, 2020, 12:43 PM ]

After consulting with the officers directly involved, and seeking advice from county safeguarding officer Phil Scott, we have decided NOT to go ahead with 2020 Relaunch II, which was planned for Saturday 19th September back at Edgmond.

There is, as I write, no updated guidance from the BCGBA after the change in social gatherings rule announced by the Govt that reduces the number from 30 down to 6 from Monday.

Team Sports are still allowed, but this would be a singles comp with bowlers potentially travelling from far and wide – and Phil's advice is to err on the side of caution, agreeing with our decision to call it off.

It’s true the League was desperate to prove that MSBL 2020 Relaunch on September 5 could be done in the proper way, and most importantly safely, but this time the idea of setting up another competition does not feel right.

In fact it feels irresponsible . . . for a whole host of reasons.

And given the latest Govt announcement, none of the officers directly involved with organising the second singles event, even for a limited field of 16, are happy to go ahead . . . so that is that.

It is a decision that has not been taken lightly and is very sad, but those who would be in charge of Relaunch II feel it is the right one - especially given the email received tonight from Telford & Wrekin Council (posted under the Coronavirus icon).

Malcolm Fletcher (gen sec, MSBL)

£100 First Prize Eases The Pain!

posted Sep 6, 2020, 9:55 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Sep 16, 2020, 12:13 PM ]


Peter Millington (pictured above) could barely walk due to gout in his right ankle seven days ago – but the healing process received a £100 boost at the MSBL’s 2020 Relaunch Singles at Edgmond on Saturday 5th September. 

On the day that he should have been travelling to the Isle of Man Festival, the Trench bowler made up for the disappointment of that being cancelled due to the pandemic by winning the first externally organised competition in Shropshire this summer.

The 51-year-old, still limping slightly, made off with the top cash prize by winning a tense 21-20 final against Nick Mullinder of Hadley USC.

Millington looked in control at 11-5 up after 14 ends, but soon found himself 15-11 adrift as Mullinder – using new bowls - produced the kind of burst that had made him look unbeatable earlier in the day.

It was nip and tuck after that as the score went to 17 across, then to 19 across and, almost inevitably, 20 across before a last end that did not reflect the high standard of the day, given the lack of competitive action this year, took Millington to victory.

Mullinder, who had the consolation of a £50 prize, raced to a 21-7 semi-final success over Mick Jones (Newport) while Millington was getting the better of historic double division one averages winner Sonya Lucas (St Georges ) 21-17.

Millington, from Hadley in Telford, is no stranger to winning Mid Shropshire honours either and got a celebration kiss from his wife, card marker and clubmate Carleen Doody-Millington at the end of more than five hours of sunshine action on a surface in super condition.

In fact host club Edgmond were rightly praised to the hilt by competition organiser and League president Mike Potter as all the Covid-19 guidelines were followed to the letter in coping with a field limited to just 16.

Edgmond’s safeguarding officer Helen Wilson said: “It was a great day and great final, going to the wire – and we loved hosting it.”

It was a proud day for League officers who, despite having to call off all divisional fixtures for 2020, simply refused to give up on the whole season.

And the aim now is to run another one-day singles, again limited to 16 entries at £10 each, on Saturday 19th September at the same venue, but with a slightly bigger prize fund . . . so watch this space!

Full scores from the day are on the attached JPEG file.


 
 
   


Game On!

posted Sep 4, 2020, 1:12 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

It's all systems go for the 2020 MSBL Relaunch Singles at Edgmond tomorrow (Saturday 5th September).

A field of 16 bowlers is confirmed, having all read risk assessment and protocols documents, and the host club have bent over backwards to accommodate everything the League has asked for - and so deserve a huge vote of thanks.

There are five ladies in a line-up chasing a £100 first prize, but tomorrow is not about money - it's about bringing bowls back to life in Shropshire in 2020 by proudly promoting the first externally organised competition in the county.

Sadly, due to Covid-19 restrictions, NO SPECTATORS will be allowed to attend as organisers must keep numbers down to a maximum of 30.

But there will be regular result updates on the MSBL Facebook Group, followed by a report on this website ASAP afterwards.

New Secretary At Chelmarsh

posted Sep 2, 2020, 6:10 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Sep 6, 2020, 10:05 AM ]

Member club Chelmarsh now have a new secretary.

It's Jan Hetherington, and Jan's contact details can be found Admin and then Club Contacts on this site.

Chelmarsh chairman Syd Jones reports: "We have changed the contact details on the League site and told county secretary Mo Corley about the change."
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Full House But . . .

posted Aug 30, 2020, 4:33 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

A full house of 16 bowlers will contest the 2020 MSBL Relaunch Singles at Edgmond on Saturday 5th September.

All have paid their £10 entry fee and MOST have fulfilled the Track & Trace requirements ahead of schedule.

Those that haven't now have until an extended deadline of 10am on Bank Holiday Monday to do this - otherwise they will be replaced in the field.

As already published:

The 16 confirmed entries for comp No. 1 on 5th September MUST then get their contact details (home address, phone number and email address) to League secretary Malcolm Fletcher (mc.fletcher@btinternet.com) by Saturday 29th August to comply with track and trace guidelines. These details will be kept for 4 weeks and then erased to comply with Data Protection laws. Failure to supply contact details will mean a bowler’s entry is withdrawn – and a replacement put in. 

How To Enter the 2020 MSBL Relaunch Singles

posted Aug 21, 2020, 9:39 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Aug 22, 2020, 6:27 AM by stephen wall ]

'MSBL 2020 Relaunch Singles' at Edgmond on Saturday 5th September, 10.30am start


Please note eligibility criteria: Bowlers who want to enter must have played at least 12 games in MSBL divisions 1-2-3-4-5 or 6 in 2019 and have paid their clubs subs this year. 

HOW TO ENTER: 

1 - Ring League competition secretary Phil King on 07745-657428 on Saturday (AUG 22) from 10am onwards and names will be taken on a first come, first served basis. 

2 – The first 16 bowlers to contact Phil will then be notified that they have until 6pm on Sunday (AUG 23) to make a BACs transfer of the £10 entry fee to the account of League treasurer Mrs C A Miles (sort code 60-21-57, account number 61528145), clearly stating the name of the person who is entering. 

3 – Phil and Celia will then liaise to see who has paid and then confirm the 16 entries, taking names off the entry list from number 17 upwards to fill any spaces of those who have not paid. 

WHAT WILL FOLLOW: 

4 – The 16 confirmed entries for comp No. 1 on 5th September MUST then get their contact details (home address, phone number and email address) to League secretary Malcolm Fletcher by Saturday 29th August to comply with track and trace guidelines. These details will be kept for 4 weeks and then erased to comply with Data Protection laws. Failure to supply contact details will mean a bowler’s entry is withdrawn – and a replacement put in. 

5- All bowlers who have their entry confirmed will only be allowed to attend ALONE, as we must limit numbers at the venue to a maximum of 30, and they will receive a staggered start time in accordance with their place in the draw, which will be made in advance. Any under-18 who is entered and cannot drive will be allowed to attend with 1 parent (whose contact details will also be needed). 

6 – In the week leading up to the competition, they will be emailed with Risk Assessment and Protocols On The Day documents so that they can be in no doubt as to how the day is going to be organised, in the safest possible manner. All entrants will need to acknowledge they have read the documents before attending. 

7 – If there is sufficient demand, further competitions with fields of 16 will be held on Saturdays 12 and 19th September at the same venue, with the same start time – and following the same rules as above, ie BACs transfer to confirm entry, bowler details to Malcolm and 2 documents issued to them before the day of the comp. We will try to confirm entries at least 10 days in advance of each comp   

8 – Should the level of interest from divisions 1 to 6 bowlers be insufficient to run comps on the 2 extra Saturdays, entries would be opened up to Thursday Division bowlers who played at least 12 games in 2019. 

Countdown Can Begin to Sat 5th Sept

posted Aug 19, 2020, 5:05 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Aug 19, 2020, 11:23 AM by stephen wall ]

The League’s quest to try and rescue something from this coronavirus-hit season has cleared another significant hurdle.

County safeguarding officer Phil Scott has given the thumbs up to the Risk Assessment produced for the ‘MSBL 2020 Relaunch Singles’ at Edgmond on Saturday 5th September (10.30am start).

Said Phil: “Had a good look at your assessment and plans and all seems in order - very well organised and hopefully all will go to plan."  

Entry details will be sent direct by email to all member clubs with teams in divisions 1 to 6 today – because, to be eligible to enter, a bowler must played in at least 12 games in divisions 1-2-3-4-5-6 last year (2019) and have paid his or her clubs subs this year.

The choice of venue is down to the fact that we can keep control of numbers at the club (ie no more than 30) and, to try and reach every single Mid Shropshire bowler, full entry details of the comp will be put on the League’s website and Facebook group on Friday.

And if there is sufficient demand, there will be further comps (again limited to 16 entries) on the two following Saturdays – 12th and 19th September. 

If not, entries will also be opened up to bowlers who played at least 12 games in the Thursday Division last year.

Here We Go - Game On!

posted Aug 14, 2020, 6:09 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Aug 14, 2020, 6:19 AM ]

THIS LETTER WAS EMAILED TO ALL MEMBER CLUBS WHO PLAY IN DIVISIONS 1 to 6 ON THURSDAY 13th SEPTEMBER AT 8.42pm:

Dear club secretary / delegate,

I write with what I hope you will greet as good news – there will be action in the MSBL in 2020 after all!

The League’s officers voted unanimously at a Zoom meeting tonight to go ahead with at least one competition next month, strictly obeying the phase 3 guidelines of the BCGBA’s green reopening scheme so it is done as safely as possible.

It will be held at Edgmond on Saturday 5th September (10.30am start) and entry will be open to any bowler who played in at least 12 games in divisions 1-2-3-4-5-6 last year (2019) and has paid his or her clubs subs this year. There will be 16 places available at £10 each with a £100 first prize with a full house, the entries being taken on a first come, first served basis. 

An on-site meeting has taken place at Edgmond with their club officials – who are thanked most sincerely for all their efforts so far in this project - and a full risk assessment is being finalised. The choice of this venue is down to the fact that we can keep control of numbers at the club (ie no more than 30).

Full details of the comp will be issued direct to clubs next week and then the aim is to put them on the League’s website and Facebook group on Friday 21st August, with competition secretary Phil King to accept entries from a set time the following day (Saturday). Entries will only be confirmed once a bank transfer of the entry fee has been made.

And if there is sufficient demand, there will be further comps (again limited to 16 entries) on the two following Saturdays – 12th and 19th September.

Malcolm Fletcher (Gen Sec)

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