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Clubs Canvassed On 2020 Fixtures

posted May 30, 2020, 4:47 AM by Malcolm Fletcher
Member clubs and their bowlers are now in the process of being consulted by League officers for their views on a possible return of fixtures in July.

A QUESTIONNAIRE TO CANVAS MSBL CLUBS was issued on Friday 22nd May and is due to be returned next week, after which some key decisions will be taken . . .

Many clubs have already notified the general secretary that they have contacted their members - and indeed some have already returned their results.

All will be revealed after next weekend. The email to clubs read:

Dear club secretary / officer,

The easing of C-19 lockdown restrictions, allowing bowling clubs to re-open their greens – if they can or they want to – has clearly put the emphasis on the League’s clubs to ensure their members stay safe, should they want to play on a re-opened green.

Competitive league bowling remains a distant and possibly diminishing prospect, certainly not possible before club buildings are allowed to re-open in early July – if all goes according to the Government’s plan.

But the League’s officers are anxious to get some sort of idea from clubs about how many bowlers they think might actually want to play some sort of league bowls – be it with reduced numbers, on a home and away basis or even in localised mini-league groups – should the sport be given the green light to return to some sort of normal in July.

So it would help to fine tune their contingency planning if ALL clubs - no matter how many teams they have or what divisions they play in - could answer the following questions and get them back to the general secretary by Sunday 7th June please:

Question 1 – If competitive league bowling is allowed later this year, how many of your club’s bowlers do you think would want to play in fixtures?

Question 2 – Would that number be higher if the usual league fixture structure was changed to:

(a) reduced numbers in matches (eg 8 instead of 12 or 10-a-side)

(b) matches played on a home and away basis on one night, as in the team knockouts (eg 4 at home-4 away if an 8-a-side fixture)

(c) matches in more localised mini league groups to reduce travelling?

Question 3 – If there is insufficient demand for league fixtures, or too late in the summer to start them, how many of your club’s bowlers would you estimate would want to bowl in League competitions?

FYI, the cut-off for the start of any Friday division fixtures needs to be July 10. . .