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All Set For 2020 Season

posted Mar 5, 2020, 12:24 PM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Mar 5, 2020, 12:26 PM ]

The League’s March executive meeting heard that Stockton were withdrawing from division 2, Wrockwardine Wood B from division 3 and Sinclair C from division 5 – all due to lack of playing numbers. These blows added to the already confirmed resignations of Hadley USC from the Dennis Lewis Thursday Division and Sir John Bayley from the Saturday Division.

But Stockton were given extra time to consider their options as the League does not want to lose another member club. With 11 players signed, they are looking at possibly playing on Mondays, Thursdays or Saturdays – and there are byes to accommodate them.

That’s because fixture sec Ric Hudson had approved a structure of 14 teams in division 1, 12 in divisions 2 and 3, 11 in divisions 4 and 5 and 10 in division 6 – with Sinclair allowed to stay in division 6 due to their reliance on juniors in their former D team and a desire not to demoralise them and make them quit the game.  The Thursday Division will have 13 teams and there will be 7 on Saturday afternoons . . . until Stockton make a decision.

Match fees will remain the same this year (65p in div 1, 55p in div 2, 45p in div 3, 40p in divs 4-5-6, 40p on Thursdays and 30p per player on Saturdays). Competition entry fees will remain the same too, except for the Under-25 and Over 60 Merits which will rise to £5 per bowler.

Delegates agreed to launch a new Junior Bowls Scheme in line with the Whitchurch League - and 3 clubs immediately ordered 12 sets of half price small bowls with the League to pay half of the £55 per set cost – as long as they promote to an open day or open sessions with official coaches.

Comps sec Phil King still waiting on lades date to finalise his programme but the deadline for entries in the Harris and Ashton Cups will be the April management meeting

The League is to provisionally book the Mercure Telford Centre Hotel for the 2021 annual presentation dinner on Saturday 16th January.

New County Deputy President Mike Potter is already working on MSBL venues for the 2020 Shropshire Junior Merit and the 2021 County Senior Merit.

And more good news is that talks are about to start with Specsavers regarding a potential new sponsorship deal . . .

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