Late Blow

The 2022 season is finally fully up and running – but not without an 11th hour hiccup.

Wrockwardine Wood were forced to withdraw their B team from division 3 on the morning of the opening fixture, leaving Madeley CC B without a match and just 10 teams competing in the division

A WW spokesperson explained: “Since entering the team we have had further health issues / potential members not materialising as promised. This has put us into a very difficult situation and, despite trying to borrow from other teams, we can only muster 6 players tonight and likely to only have 7 in future weeks.”

On a more positive despite, despite fears that it may have to be postponed until later in the season, the Dixon Driscoll Doubles WILL go ahead on Saturday 30th April at Allscott Heath (for details see Competitions News)

The deadline for entries in the Ashton Cup for Monday division teams has been extended to Wednesday, 11th May – the same as the main Harris Cup – with first round ties to be played on May 25. But unless there are a minimum of 12 teams, there will NOT be a consolation KO for the Ashton Shield this season.

Mid Shropshire hopes to field 2 teams in this year’s Shropshire senior inter-league championship, with its 8-a-side knockout ties at neutral venues on Saturday nights – and will host the veterans inter-league on Saturday 11th June on the two greens at Wrockwardine Wood, with Peter Spragg as team captain

One club has been quick off the mark already nominated its bowler to take part in the 90th Anniversary Celebration singles KO at St Georges on Saturday 4th June.

Each club is required to send a representative to play in the one-day party on the bottom green at St Georges, starting at 11am.  The competition will be a singles knockout with all current 25 member clubs represented – and those that have been lost in recent years requested to send a past member to represent them on what we hope will be a special day.

Plans for an event on the big top green, probably a challenge match for bowlers from all divisions across the League, will be progress at talks with St Georges BC next week.

And to reiterate, most clubs will NOT be providing food after matches this season – and those that will be are advised to contact their opponents in advance of fixtures to let them know. Clubs that have confirmed they will NOT be putting on good are:

Albrighton, Allscott Heath (on Mondays), Bowring, Bridgnorth, Bylet, Charlton, Donnington Wood, Edgmond, Horsehay, Newport, Shifnal, Sinclair, Worfield