The Cheadle and Gatley District Bowling League exists to promote Crown Green Bowling in its area. This area nowadays extends beyond the old Cheadle and Gatley Urban District, and includes Stockport, South Manchester and parts of North-east Cheshire.
See the green finder for a list of clubs and links to maps showing where they are.
We run a league for men’s teams playing on Tuesday evenings and a veterans’ league (for men over 60) playing on Wednesday afternoons. The evening league currently has three divisions, and the veterans’ league has six divisions. Ideally there are ten teams in each division (18 matches), but it is sometimes necessary to go to eleven or twelve teams.
The evening teams consist of ten players each and the veterans play in teams of eight. The leagues are decided on aggregate points scored.
We also run knock-out cup competitions for each league - the evening teams play for the Bob Newlan Memorial Trophy and the veterans play for the P.C.S. Cup. Each league has an individual Merit competition.
The current rules were adopted at the AGM in 2003; there have been minor changes since.
For more information about the league, please contact the secretary, by e-mail.
Proposed Financial Plan
The League’s finances are guided by a plan, which normally last five years. The current plan 2013-17 as expired, the next five years is shown below.
In addition, it seeks to provide some consistency in the way prizes are calculated.
The plan specifies what the club fees should be each year. The actual income will depend on the numbers of teams in the league, likewise the expenditure.
The budget figures are rounded, fees to the nearest pound and the prize fund and honorariums to the nearest £10. Sometimes this makes the jumps appear uneven, but these balance out over time.
The guidelines for the Prize allocations are.
Based on these principles, a target prize fund can be converted to the awards for the individual cases.
The Honorariums are as shown.
It is proposed that the post of Veterans’ Secretary is abolished.
It is proposed that we give a £10 per team (teams that have played the 2017 season and are entering at least the same number of teams in 2018) a loyalty discount off their invoices for next September. (in response to the point raised at the 2016 AGM ‘did we need to make such a large profit and carry a large balance’ this will be reviewed each year.
(Thursday 26 October 2017)
Peter Savery - George Wood - Dave Harrington - Harry Lowe - Tim O'Connell
John Hamilton - Alan Whalley - Jack Hamilton - Dave Gordon
Chris & Sam Hamilton Horsefield
In the background Barry Nield oldest club member(Thursday 28 September 2017)
It is with many memories of Alfie Lamb that I have to report his passing during Thursday night 21st September, life time member of Crowcroft Park along with his favourite venue of the Waterloo at Blackpool, he will be sadly missed in the bowling world. Funeral Monday 16th October at 1pm. further details to follow.(Monday 25 September 2017)
Half-yearly General Meeting - 20th November 2017 7.30pm - To Be Held at the Bungalow B. C.
To form at least one division mixed veterans to play under the current rules.
and / or
Form at least one division for male veterans to play under the current rules but to reduce the age to over 55 years.
Proposal from SMRBL - K Fish to allow ladies to play in all divisions in the veterans league.
To adjust the number of divisions in the current Veterans League, assuming that some clubs would be entering their second / third team in one of the above or owing to reduced number of clubs.
To form one division in the Evening League for mixed players.
Adjust the number of divisions in the current Evening League. (could lead to playing KO Cup matches back on Sundays )
Proposal for the rules revision meeting from Gatley Rec / Ross Kavanagh: Rule 4.1 to read "Competing teams shall number eight players. Ten handbooks per team are included in the annual fee."
Proposal from J Somerwill Nursery BC Rule Change current rule 5.3 Veterans matche to start at 1pm instead of 1.30pm (to allow for traveling home before the rush hour}
For handicap marks for the KO Cup competitions to be awarded after the first half of the season. (due to complaints from some clubs)
Callison Cup as been returned to us as surplus to requirements – suggest a pairs competition open to all registered players who have played a minimum of 3 games in the current season, in ether league but played under veterans rules – possibly on a Sunday from 11am later part of the season
The above proposals are for debate, with a view to implicating them at the AGM for next season after all clubs have reviewed them with their members .
Reading and clarification of the rules for the handbook from 2018 season – reason to keep the length as short as possible, which in turn keeps the cost down.
1 League Management
The league shall be named the Cheadle & Gatley District Bowling League.
Too encourage & promote bowling for male members of clubs within a reasonable distance of Cheadle & Gatley in leagues and competitions. All games played under ‘The Laws of Crown Green Bowling as governed by BCGBA
1.3 Power of AGM
i. Too hold an AGM each January, attended by two delegates from each club, both entitled to vote.
ii. Any club failing to send a representative without reason fined £2.
iii. Too appoint Officials and agree league format for the coming season.
1.4 Half Yearly General Meeting
Too hold a half yearly meeting in November each year to amend any rule changes or hear any appeals etc, followed by the annual awards. Rule 1.3 ii applies.
The league shall be managed by a committee consisting of all officers of the league and one delegate from each club, shall meet on dates advised of which at least seven days notice shall be given. Rule 1.3 ii applies
1.6 Guarantee fee
A guarantee fee of £10 shall be required from any club on joining the league. To be returned at the end of the season if all accounts have been paid.
The income required to manage the league’s affairs shall be derived from a flat fee of one amount per team entered by a club which will include a) the annual subscription. b) Registration fee for all players registered by 31st May. c) Levy per player per game. d) Supplying a set of league handbooks per team. e) Knockout Cup team entry fee.
Treasurer to declare the fee for the following season at the half yearly meeting
The monies belonging to the league shall be banked in the names of the chairman and secretary (or treasurer and secretary) who shall sign all cheques on behalf of the league.
1.9 Auditing of Accounts
Accounts to be audited at the end of each season by two auditors appointed at the preceding AGM and each club in the league to receive a balance sheet at least 14 days prior to each AGM.
1.10 Finance – deficits
If the annual balance is adverse, it shall be borne in equal proportion by each affiliated club.
1.11 Finance – accounts to clubs
Treasurer to issue each club an account of fees due for the season by 30th September. All fees are to be paid within 30 days of receipt. Any club not having paid its fees will incur a fine of £5.
An enquiry into any suspected breach of rules may be instituted by the Officials at their absolute discretion or at the request of any club who may lodge a complaint. In all such protests a copy must also be forwarded to the offending club within seven days of the supposed offence, the appellants must deposit a fee of £1 it will be returned should the protest be upheld or forfeited in the event of the complaint being unsubstantiated.
Failure to agree on a resolution by either party, an appeal may be made to the next higher authority. The authorities are the management committee, the County Association to which the league is affiliated and the BCGBA (their ruling shall be final with no further recourse.)
Any club resigning from the league must send notice to the secretary 28 days before the AGM. Resignations after the AGM will be charged as Rule 1.7
1.15 Availability of greens
The secretary will present to all clubs at the AGM a green roster advising of the league’s requirements for knockout competitions and qualifying rounds of the individual competitions.
2. Team Matches
2.1 Size of teams
Evening league – teams to consist of 10 players, thirteen handbooks per team are included in the annual fee.
Veterans league – teams to consist of 8 players, over 60 years of age, 10 handbooks per team are included in the annual fee.
2.2 Registration of players
All players must be registered with the league and BCGBA and cannot play until registered. The list of players a club wishes to register shall be in the hands of the league secretary by 31st March. Further registrations will be accepted up to 31st May free of charge, then up to 31st July at a fee of 50p each. No registrations accepted after 31s July. Players must not bowl for more than one club in a league during the season
2.3 Start time
All evening league games start at 7pm or by mutual agreement sanctioned by the management committee, up to 15th May and in August the start time is 6.30pm for all clubs without floodlights. All veteran’s league games start at 1.30pm or by mutual agreement sanctioned by the management committee. A different day or time for a particular team may be authorized at the preceding AGM.
2.4 Setting of a mark
A mark in the veterans is between 19 meters and 40 meters, objection as per BCGBA Laws of the game.
2.5 Conduct of matches
Games to be 21 up. Visiting teams to take the jack, a minimum of four jacks to be maintained throughout the match, captains to declare their players in time to allow this to be achieved. They shall declare all their players by one hour after the start time, after which no team changes are permissible. If a team cannot make a player available when required to maintain four jacks, that game shall be forfeited to the opponent 21-0
2.6 Green fees
Home clubs playing on park greens shall be responsible for all green fees chargeable during the period of the match.
The home team can practice until 15 minutes before the start time. The away team to have sole use for the remaining 15 minutes with the match jacks being available. The away captain may practice with the home team to allow time for the draw.
2.8 Eligibility for lower teams
Where a club has entered two or more teams in a league, the teams shall be ranked ‘A’,’B’, etc. A player who has a ‘plus’ average for any team after having played three or more games shall not be eligible to play for any lower team.
2.9 Doubling up
Where a club has more than one team in a league, no player can play for more than one team in the same week.
2.10 Average prize
Any member of the competing clubs to qualify for division average prize must play in three-quarters of his team’s matches and include two of the last four.
2,11 Submission of results sheets
(i) The home team (or winning team at a neutral venue) will be responsible for submitting the result sheet to the match secretary to arrive within three days, duly signed by both captains.
(ii) Teams not having the required number of players will be shown on the team sheet as a walkover score nil for the absent player. The opponent having the walkover will score 21 but will not be considered eligible towards the division average prize, only as a game played.
(iii) Teams must notify the match secretary of any discrepancies in the recording of a match within 21 days of its publication on the web site
2.12 Penalty for ineligible players
Any club found guilty of playing ineligible players shall have player’s score deducted and game awarded to opponent. Offending clubs will be fined £4 for each ineligible player.
2.13 Division winners, runners-up & relegation.
Divisions to be decided on aggregate chalks scored, highest to lowest. Clubs having the same number of chalks, will be decided by the following criteria, highest number of match wins, if still tied highest head to head aggregate score and finally most head to head away winners.
2.14 Rearrangement of matches
All matches must be played as arranged in the fixtures. The following exceptions: -
(i) Bad weather or green unplayable
Match is postponed on the day, owing to weather, light or green condition. The home club has the duty of informing the match secretary the same day. The two clubs shall agree a new date and inform the match secretary of the new date within 14 days in writing. Failure to reach an arrangement within 14 days, the match secretary will fix the rearranged date.
Potential penalties: Failure to notify the match secretary in writing - £2 and 21 points deducted.
(ii) Other reasons.
A club may only request a rearrangement in an exceptional circumstance and the opponent club must agree to the re-arrangement. A minimum of three dates must be given to the opponents club. If both clubs do not agree a new date then the original fixture date must stand. If rearrangement is agreed the requesting club will be penalised 42 points. If the match is not played, average home and away points respectively will be awarded reduced by 42 points for the team originally requesting the postponement. Both clubs must inform the match secretary in writing of any change of date and the reason within 3 days of the original fixture date.
Fines: Failure to notify the match secretary in writing will incur a £2 fine and 21 points deducted.
2,15 Interrupted match
i. All unfinished games in any match, which has been interfered with by unfavourable weather or any other causes, shall be continued on a future date arranged by the secretaries of the respective clubs, and in accordance with rule 2.14. (i)
ii. Interrupted games will continue with the scores and the positions on the green at the interruption.
Iii, Where a player of an unfinished game is unavailable a substitute is allowed subject to rule 2.8 & 2.14, the score from the original game will be carried forward, the substitute name will be entered on the score sheet, the score of both players will not count towards their averages, only towards prize qualification
3. Bob Newlan Memorial Trophy & P.C.S. Cup
To be competed for annually on a knock out basis. Entry is open to teams competing in the appropriate league. The fee for entry is included in the annual league fee. Prize money is paid to the winners, runners-up and losing semi-finalist from the league funds.
3.2 Conduct of matches
Matches to be played on neutral greens. On dates stated by the League. All games 21 up. Captains to declare teams in order of play at starting time of match. All declared players to be present when called. If not a qualified reserve must be substituted, or the game forfeited. The captains to toss for the lead of the jack, one team taking the lead in odd numbered games, the other in even-numbered games. No player may practice on the green on the day of the match.
3.3 Match result
The team with the higher aggregate score is the winner. In the event of a tie, most wins shall decide, if still tied, most wins from the first three names on the score sheet.
Handicaps to be based on league positions at the end of the previous season. The leading team to be on scratch, with each successive team receiving an additional three points in the evening competition 1 point in the veterans. The winners to be penalized 10 points or 8 points respective for the following season. New teams to start on scratch until first season they fail to win promotion.
3.5 Eligibility of players.
Teams to consist of players registered for league matches, after the first round players must have played in at least one quarter of the club’s league games. A player is ineligible for a team if he has a plus average in league games (based on three or more games) for a higher team. A player may not play for more than one team in a season, except as follows: after a team is eliminated a maximum of four players in the evening or two players in the veteran’s from that team may play for their club’s other team(s).
3.6 Fitness of green - rearrangement of matches
Decision as to the fitness of a green to be left to the person in charge of the green. If either captain refuses to accept that decision then the match will be awarded to the opposing team. In the event of matches abandoned because of inclement weather or bad light, the points scored by each player shall count and the position of the jacks shall be marked. Completion of the match shall be the subject of consultation with the club on whose green the match is being played and the two competing clubs, match secretary to be informed in writing of the agreed date to complete the match. In an interrupted match see Rule 2.15 If matches cannot be completed before the next round. Result to be decided as per Rule 3.3
4 Individual Competitions - Evening & Veterans Merit
The league may organize individual competitions in connection with either league.
4.2 Closure of entries
Entries for the individual competitions will be closed once the league officials have made the green allocation.
4.3 Qualifying rounds
In qualifying rounds, the draw will be made at each green from the players present at the start time. Responsibility for the draw will be with the host club, unless the league secretary is given seven days notice that alternative arrangements will be necessary.
Entries are open to bowlers that have played in the appropriate league at least three times during the current season.
4.5 Final day venue
The final day venue will be neutral for all finalists. Draw to be made at the green.
5. The Callison Cup has been returned
Any errores, missed points / rules or clarification, just any point you which to raise please contact me, this is a draft and I am willing to amend as neccesary, it reprersents a reduction from 12 pages 2 years ago down to this at present 6 pages
Ratification, Clarification or Correction to Rule 3.5 (error not found in the amending / recording of rules at the AGM)
Point of order pointed out by Gatley Rec / Ross Kavanagh
Motion for the rules revision meeting or AGM (as you think appropriate): This meeting notes that the limitation of league players to men only was removed at the 2017 AGM and welcomes the introduction of women players to the league.
Not really the case 'Male' was missed from the wording in Rule 3.5
Any further proposals to be received by G. Wood no later than the 31st October 2017
Meeting to close no later than 9.pm. for presentation of Annual Awards.
(Thursday 21 September 2017)
It is with sadness that I report the passing of HARRY HOLT member of Crowcroft Park and Longsight CC, also a founder member of the Ardwick Long Mat Indoor Bowling, on Thursday 31st August 2017 at 8am. Furneral at Manchester Sourthern Cemetery Crematorium on Monday 25th September at 2pm.(Thursday 31 August 2017)
Jim Hamnett - Debdales President and long time league bowler sadly passed away
Funeral at Dukinfield Cremetorium Friday 21st July @ 1pm.
Mike Fisher - Burnage GV & Longsight Bowls Secretary, League Delegate, long time Bowler and friend.
Funeral at Manchester Crem (old chapel) Wednesday 9th August @ 2pm.(Thursday 20 July 2017)
There has been some reorganisation of the web site. For information about the Cheadle and Gatley league the best entry point is:
The basic URL (www.cgleague.co.uk) now takes to you a links page, from where you can access all the leagues on this site.
Following internet best practice, the whole site is now also provided over an encrypted connection (you should see a green padlock near the top of the browser).(Thursday 20 July 2017)