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 Latest League News Headlines What's New on Line for 2016

15/02/2016  Secretaries of Senior Citizens Clubs (2016 season)
As you will be aware the League Fixtures are now available on the Web site. Please check your fixtures and make a note of those clubs which do not start at 1.30pm. Teams in Divisions 3, 4 and 5 marked in yellow start at 10.30 a.m  Dudley Dell C in Division 3 start at the normal time of 1.30pm but on DMBEC No 1 Green. Also be aware that in Division 3 Dartmouth Central home games at 2p.m.  Please ensure that your Captains are aware of the above  and that they do not fall into the trap of turning up late and being fined for not turning up.  Derek Brookes Secretary & Barry Jones Fixture Secretary

20/08/2016 Senior Citizens Triples Final for all the details go to Merits & Comps/Triples Joan

20/08/2016 For a full report and results of the final of the Herald Cup go to Merits and Comps/Herald Cup

Chris Lambert

19/08/2016 Senior Citizens Peter Barnes Doubles final result ;  Dave Bell and Mario Caserio of Langley BC defeated Bill Chiswell and Bob Sansom of The George 21-19.  The final was played at Coombs Wood on 18th August.  Derek Brookes

Some up to date info on the latest Competitions
In the Senior Citizens Challenge Cup SF the George accounted for Langley by some 30 shots and Cradley H Libs went thought having 4 winners in a drawn game against Gate CG , the Final will be played on 8th September at a venue TBC .
In the
Ladies Handicap Cup Final played on a fast Coseley Tavern Green Dudley Dell Ladies beat Laurels Ladies by 30 shots having 5 winners .
The Final of the
Senior Citizens Peter Barnes Doubles takes place on Thursday this week at Coombs Wood start 1.00pm
Friday this week sees the Final of the Herald Cup between Moor Lane and WBFSC at Langley BC start 6.45 pm
In the
Annual Senior Citizens Challenge Match against the East Birmingham Over 60's League, the team won away by 2 shots on Lea Hall Allotment Club and at home by 4 shots played on Langley.
The Ladies Division 1 & 2 Doubles takes place on Friday 26th August being played at Sedgley Ex start 7.00pm Derek

11/08/2016 The final of the Herald Cup between WBFSC & Moor Lane will take place at Langley Bowling Club on Friday 19th August with a start time of 6.45pm. For the full draw so to Merits & Comps/Herald Cup Chris Lambert

06/08/2016 The Dudley League Individual Merit was held at the Woodman Saltwells last night.  All credit  to the Woodman club, and especially Andy Hinton the greenkeeper, for providing an absolutely immaculate surface.  There was a good line up with some interesting games played.

Nathan Dawes v Chris Lambert  - Nathan dominated at the start bowling a mark the quick way over the crown.  Once Chris got the block though he lengthened him and Nathan struggled. 16 across and Chris knocked Nathan in and Nathan nailed it 18-16.

Simon Homer v Craig Cartwright - Simon played an edge mark to perfection against his team mate. Craig lengthened him once winning the block but Simon proved to be too good and wins 18-8.

Paul Rolls v Gaz Jones - The old un proved to have a bit of life left in him with both players finding some great bowls. Paul winns 18-14.

Elliot McGuinness v Lee Bevin - Elliot used the fact that he is left handed to outwit Lee along the middle of the green across the crown.

Semi Finals:  Nathan Dawes had to play his team mate Boon but was absolutely awesome on a mark over th crown especially to the quick way to the shed.  Boon lengthened last years winner but Nathan was class to win 18-8.  Elliott McGuinness played his old club mate Paul Rolls who took a 10-3 lead.  However a run of 9 shots put Elliott ahead in a close game with Elliott winning 18-14.

Final: A great final! Nathan having a 15-6 lead was bowling superbly on the short marks across the crown.  Elliott fought back to get into the game but the champion was obvious from the first game, Nathan going on to win 21-18.

Nathan will now represent Dudley in the Federation Individual Merit.  Well done from the Dudley Bowls League Committee.

Report  by Mandy Pagett.

06/08/2016 LADIES HANDICAP CUP FINAL.FRIDAY AUGUST 12TH 2016 START TIME 7.p.m.VENUE COSELEY TAVERN Laurels sc v Dudley Dell sc PLEASE NOTE Dress code will apply. Joan


01/08/2016 Dudley & District Bowling League Annual Challenge Match v East B'Ham over 60@s League
The Annual challenge Match takes place on Friday 12th August starting at 11.00am , home venue being Langley BC whilst the away venue is Lea Hall Allotments Club , 40 Wood Lane, Handsworth B20 2AP . Derek

26/07/2016 The Dudley Federation team had an excellent win over Mon Menai playing at the George, the home team had 9 winners and a plus of 83 with best winners coming from Marc Wilson 21- 5 & Mark Street 21-6 both The George supported by Jamie Broadhead Dudley Dell 21 -9. In the away match at Caernarfon the team won by 7 shots with best wins coming from Wayne Berry Cradley H Libs 21- 5 , Matt Price The Bell 21 -13 & Neil Hopwood The George 21- 11 an overall win by 90 shots means the Dudley team are promoted next season . Full details of scores available on the Leagues Web site under Federation link  Derek


25/07/2016 MIXED DOUBLES FINAL REPORT
Friday saw the Mixed Doubles final take place at Dudley Dell No. 1 green (old DMBEC) on a very pleasant evening. There was some good support for many of the finalists and some brilliant doubles bowling.
The winners of the event were Fran Healey & Matt Price from The Bell, beating Michelle Matthews & Ian Rea in the final. Fran & Matt were 17-8 down in their first game again Joan Billingham & Alan Mole and ran out 18-17 winners and from that moment on they easily won the next two games.
Many thanks for all the supporters who came and the use of the green.
Apologies I do not have any scores - the scorecards are locked away in the Dudley Dell pavilion
. Chris Lambert

21/07/2016 The winner of the Willetts trophy was League Secretary Derek Brookes Somers who beat Competition Secretary Joan Taylor Coombs Wood 18 -14 in the final played at Royal Oak derek

20/07/2016 The Senior Citizens Triples Qualifying Round is new on the web site go to merits & comps/Triples Joan Taylor

15/07/2016  New Registrations    I remind all clubs that no new player registrations are allowed after 31st July.  Barry Jones, Fixture Secretary

15/07/2016  Return of Cups.  Cups are now being requested to be returned to the various Competition Secretaries in time to be presented at the finals.  Some cups have been cleaned beforehand whilst others have made no effort to return the cups in the condition they were received.  You will recall at the AGM the fine was increased from 10 pounds to 20 pounds for cups being returned in an unsatisfactory state.  The offending clubs will be notified in due course together with photographic evidence. Derek Brooks

15/07/2016 Final of Senior Citizens over 70's   The final is  being held at the Royal Oak on Thursday 21st July start at 1pm. Derek Brooks

15/07/2016 The Dudley Federation team play against Mon Menai on Sunday 24th July home venue being The George whilst the away venue is Caernarfon Town BC, Aber Foreshore, Caernarfon, LL54 5RR both legs start at 2.00pm . A good win would ensure promotion . Team details can be found under the League's web site using the Federation link. Anyone wishing to travel on the away coach contact Mandy Pagett for details Derek

12/07/2016 Winner of the Ladies Individual Merit Final was June Willey Coombs Wood who beat Gemma Davies Laurels 21- 7 played at Cradley H Libs Derek


07/07/2016
The Ladies Handicap Cup & Ladies Doubles Div 1 & 2 are now on line Joan

02/07/2016 Winners of the Copper Mens Doubles Trophy was Gregg Smith & Chris Watts WBFSC who beat Chris Clewer & Adam Deakin OLd Cross 21- 15 in the Final played at the Wernley BC. For the compleat final days results go to Merits & Comps/Mens Doubles Derek & Chris

30/06/2016 The winner of the Jim Pagett Trophy was Dave Bell Langley who beat Ernie Hearth Gate CG on Coombs Wood 21 -14 Derek

28/06/2016 Forthcoming Activities
29th June Wednesday - Closing date for Ladies Division 1 & 2 Doubles , entries to Joan Taylor
30th June Thursday - SC J Pagett Merit Final at Coombs Wood start 1.00pm
1st July Friday - Men's Doubles Final at Wernley start 6.30pm .
7th July Thursday - SC QR Peter Barnes Doubles start 1.00pm
8th July Friday - Ladies Merit Final at Cradley H Libs start 7.00pm
14th July Thursday -Closing date for SC Triples entries to Joan Taylor
19th July Tuesday - QR Ladies Division 1 & 2 Doubles
21st July Thursday - SC Willetts Trophy Final at Royal Oak start 1.00pm
22nd July Friday - Mixed Doubles Final at DMBEC Club start 6.30pm
24th July Sunday Federation Team v Mon Menai


28/06/2016 The Dudley Federation Team had an impressive win over Airedale B on Sunday winning by 104 shots at Coombs Wood with Paul Rolls M & B 21- 0, Mike Hill WBFSC 21- 5, Ian Carr Coombs Wood 21- 7 and Marc Wilson George 21-7.
The away leg played at Myrtle Park Bingley result in a 8 shot win with Dave Sankey M & B 21- 3, Wynne Berry CHL 21- 13 and Claire Pugh Glasscutters 21- 14 best winners to gain an overall win by 112 shots and 25 points out of max 32 points and currently top the table.
For full results visit the Leagues web site and open the Federation link  .
Derek Brookes

27/06/2016 The Dudley League Men's individual merit Final 2016 draw is now on our web site. Chris Lambert

23/06/2016 Semi-Final draw for Dudley Herald Cup, completed by Cian Danter, is now on the web site.  The draw for the Peter Barnes Doubles qualifying round is now on the web site.  Chris Lambert and Joan Taylor.

22/06/2016 The Next Federation match is on SUNDAY 26th June at COOMBS WOOD, STEWARTS RD, HALESOWEN against AIREDALE B who are based in Bradford. away Leg is at MYRTLE PARK, BINGLEY start time 2.00pm both legs. According to the weather forecast it is going to be a reasonable afternoon .. considering the weather of late. So please come along and support the team.
Full details of the teams can be found on the league's web site under the Federation menu of the LHS . this also indicates the opposition teams .
Derek

21/06/2016 The draws for the Willett Trophy Final, the Mixed Doubles Final, the Mens Doubles Final, and the Senior Citizens Quarter Final are now on the webs site.   Joan Taylor & Chris Lambert

20/06/2016 The winners of the Annual Don Foxall Trophy Junior / Adult Doubles played at Cradley H Libs after 6 hours of bowling , was Davy Matthews and Lee Bevin Glasscutters who retained their trophy beating Jordyn Hughes & Dave Whitehouse Cradley H Libs 21- 20 Derek

16/06/2016 Dudley Bowls Federation team take on Airedale B Bradford in a Match being played on Sunday 26th June the home leg being at Coombs Wood Sports Ground, Stewarts Rd, Halesowen and the away leg is being played at Myrtle Park Bingley.Bradford both matches start at 2.00pm. Derek

05/06/2016  Adult/Junior Competition Entries to date now on website.  Any more entries please let Mandy know. Competition held on 19th June. Mandy Pagett

05/06/2016 The Jim Pagett Final draw and venue are on the website. Joan

04/06/2016  Dudley Men's Doubles Final Round Qualifiers now on website.  Chris Lambert

04/06/2016 In the Final of The George Smith Trophy played at The George Dave Bell Langley beat Derek Brookes Somers 21- 4. In the previous rounds Dave accounted for Club colleague Mario Caserio and Derek Aldridge Coombs Wood, whilst Derek beat Joan Billingham Woodman SW and Roy Bentley Langley  Derek

31/05/2016 Willetts Trophy (Over 70's) Qualifying Round draw now on the website.  Joan

26/05/2016 Ladies Handicap Cup change of venue Glasscutters v Baggeridge A now on Old Cross.  Joan

26/05/2016 The Mens Doubles qualifying round and qualifiers for The Mens Merit final venue T.B.C. are now on the website. Chris Lambert

25/05/2016 The development next to Sedgley Ex Club has now been completed and is known as POPPY FIELDS.
We are pleased therefore that there is additional parking available at the rear of the club adjacent to the green.
This parking is on the original garage site situate in
SPRINGFIELD GROVE, post code DY3 1PR
Could I ask all secretaries to post this on their web site and ask visitors to our club NOT to park on the area leading to Poppy Fields or to park within the complex itself.
Ian Dallaway secretary Sedgley Ex's B.C.

23/05/2016  Ladies Handicap Cup Quarter Final Draw now on web site.  Draw made by Karen Rolls, M & B.

Senior Citizens Cup Round 3 Draw now on web site.  Draw made by P. Turton, Gornal & Sedgley. 

Holmes Trophy Men's Individual Merit - draw for qualifying round now on line. 

Ladies Singles: Full details are now on line Joan

13/05/2016 The George  Smith trophy final & Jim Pagett Trophy qualifying round details are now on the web site. Joan

09/05/2016  The quarter final draw for The Dudley Herald Cup is now on th web site, go to League Statistics/2016 Cup Fixtures.  Chris Lambert

08/05/2016  Can I thank all clubs involved in the Ladies, Seniors and Thursday Leagues for putting their results on line within 24 hours of the matches ending.  This is the first time this has happened and you all deserve a pat on the back!  Barry Jones, Fixture Secretary

07/05/2016 For the list of qualifiers fpr The Mixed Doubles go to Merits and Comps and follow the links Chris Lambert

29/04/2016 Senior Citizens Challenge Cup Draw is now on the web site, go to League Statistics/2016 Cup Fixtures.  All teams first out of hat as listed are asked to take their jacks.  Could host green please provide toilet facilities.  Winners to enter results on line.  Joan

19/04/2010 The Ladies Handicap Draw is now on the web site, go to League Statistics/2016 Cup Fixtures Joan

18.04/2016 For The George Smith Trophy qualifying draw go tto merits & comps and follow the links. Joan

10/04/2016  The draw for the Dudley Herald Cup Round 2 is now on line.  Go to League Statistics and then follow link.  Chris Lambert.

28/03/2016  Dudley Herald Cup 2016  The Dudley Herald Cup first round will be played on Friday 8th April.  The draw has been made by Ant Bracken, W & W County Captain and is now on the web site.  Just to remind you the matches are 4 home and 4 away and the results must be entered on the web site by the winning team.  There is no need to send a card but it must be retained by the winning side in case of queries.  This season's winners will be invited to represent the Dudley League at the Federation Team Knockout Competition at the end of the season.  Chris Lambert, Cup Secretary

24/03/2016 Senior Citizens Challenge Cup  The draw for the Challenge Cup is now on line. Go to League Statistics in the left hand column of this page, then click on the green box 2016 Cups and select the appropriate cup from the list.  Barry Jones

11/03/2016 For The Dudley Herald Cup, Ladies Handicap Cup & Senior Challenge Cup go to league statistics/2016 Cup Draws & results. The draws will appear there once they have been made and it goes live just before the start of the season.  Results will also be entered on this part of the site, entered in the same way as we do for league matches. Derek Brookes

Please Note:  The winners are responsible for entering the match result on line.  Joan Taylor  Joan's contact details are joanmjt@gmail.com  or 01384 234846

15/02/2016 For Ladies Handicap Cup Draw go to league statistics/2016 Cup Fixtures.results. The first round draw is also now on the web site.  Go to Merits and Comps/Handicap Cup.  Joan Taylor

18\01/2016 Club Registrations 2016
I am now updating players registrations so can you please check your clubs list of players and if there are any missing, wrong spellings or players who have left, please let me know as soon as possible. My email address is bjbowls21@aol.com or ring me on 07881 966394.
Could I just remind you that the cost for registering players is nil, but use an unregistered player and it will cost your club 10, have points deducted and scores which could mean a game that was won becomes a defeat. It will only take you a few minutes to check the list! If you wish to add players to your list during the season, please let me know (not Derek as he has enough to do).

I wish you all the best for the coming season.
Barry Jones Match Secretary

13/01/2016 Uodate for your diary for 2016:  AGM - 3rd February 2016 at Rowley Labour Club at 8 p.m.

Paying in Meeting - Wednesday 16th March 2015 at Rowley Labour Club at 8pm onwards.   Thursday Divisions start 7th April 2016, Ladies cup is on 12th April 2016, Ladies divisions start 5th April 2016, Senior Citizens Divisions start 13th April 2016.  Presentation Evening - Friday 4th November 2016 at Cradley Sports.  Derek Brookes, League Secretary.

Proposed Rules Changes 2016 DUDLEY & DISTRICT BOWLING LEAGUE
Rule 1 League Rules.
After average on 5th line add If two Clubs tying in league tables affect promotion or relegation then the highest position will be decided by the total result between the two Clubs, i.e. points, aggregate, team wins , individual winners, away win .
Reason In season 2015 two clubs tied under the current rules for runners up place in Division 1, which could have happened in any runner up / relegation place . So further clarification required.
Rule 11 League Rules.
Score Cards, - Remove reference to emails or first class post and use the on line method only
Reason – The online scoring system was introduced in 2015 and some 1520 cards were involved. 203 cards were received by post costing some 125.86. Some of these were because the Clubs had already stamped the cards and others were sent in although the result had already been recorded by the online method. Therefore approximately 6.5% was by post. (Basing on 100).With the very small % of posting, proposal is to remove the posting /email method and use only the on line method.
Rule 18 League Rules
Remove this Rule as it is covered by Rule 11
Rule 12 League Rules.
Line 5 after player from that Club - Cups / Trophies returned in a dirty condition to be fined 20.00. Clubs returning Cups /Trophies in a damaged condition are responsible for the cost of repairs.
Reason Last season Cups were returned in a dirty condition example as photo included of Clubs.
After last line add – including all records.
Reason – The Cup /Trophy has all the history when lost by Clubs, so Cup/ Trophy should be replaced in a condition as received at the Presentation Evening.
Rule 17 League Rules
After fines add- and Monetary charges.
Reason – When Monetary charges are involved there is no time stated when payment is due, this change is to rectify this situation.
Rules Involving Cup Competitions ie Herald Cup, Ladies Handicap Cup & SC League Cup
Within these 3 sets of Rules there are triplication and duplication of Rules, so the 3 rules will be made into a generic form with the differences listed. (not full listed for the meeting)
Rules Involving Doubles & Triples Finals.
Rule 4
After Player on first line - change being deceased to- has a medical condition then a substitute may be allowed subject to approval of Competition Secretary and 2 League Officials. Player chosen must not have played in QR. Any possible change to be notified at least 4 days before the Final.
Reason Player in 2015 broke their wrist and played with the plaster removed before the injury had properly healed .
League fees –Proposal is to increase Fees across the Divisions 10.00 Thursday , 7.50 Senior Citizens and Ladies all per team, this will be discussed under Balance sheet discussion . this will be the firsat increase since 2008
The above proposals agreed by Management Committee Derek Brookes Secretary 2016

18/01/2016  Federation News Update
The Dudley League have now been formally accepted into the Federation of Crown Green Bowls for 2016
season. Listed below are dates for the Federation Matches and opponents.
24th April v Liverpool / St Helens
22nd May v Southport
26th June v Airedale B ( Bradford )
24th July v Mon Menai
21st August Bye
The Federation also runs various Team and Merit Competitions as follows -
Team KO Competition for teams of 8 players - 16 teams on the day which is Sunday 11th September, the
Winners of the Herald Cup will be invited to represent the League in this event. Within this event
Is a supplementary competition for losers in the first round. This is being staged in Prestwich / Whitefield
area.
Individual Merit Competition, The Winners of Leagues Men’s & Ladies Competition will be invited to
Represent the Dudley League which on Sunday 18th September, involving 64 players. Staged at Garswood
Hall, Aston in Makerfield.
Senior Citizens Merit Competition, the Winner of 2015 Champion of Champions event will be
Invited to represent the Dudley League which is on Friday 19th August, involving 32 players, being staged at
New Brighton Cricket Club. Both these Competitions are open Competitions.
Finally there is a Champion of Champions event which is for winners of each division, 8 players per team
Played on Sunday 25th September being held in Blackburn area. If involved, players would be selected from
Team Squad.
Currently the Committee are involved in preparing for next year and also considering players to represent
The League in the Federation. A squad meeting will be held early next year to meet the selected
Players.
For those of you who use Facebook the League have a Federation Facebook page called Dudley & District
Bowls Federation.
Information regarding the Federation can be found on Web Site- The Federation of Crown Green Bowls
Sponsorship would be most welcome in any form either in the monthly programmes or via advertisement at
The Federation Matches.
Federation Committee Members – Derek Aldridge, Mick Brown, Derek Brookes, Chris Lambert,
Simon Totten & Mandy Pagett.
Derek Brookes League Secretary