WELCOME TO THE FORMBY & DISTRICT BOWLING LEAGUE WEBSITE
The Formby & District Bowling League normally run two divisions, playing on Wednesday evenings. Please scroll down for news and notices.
Chairman: Dave Butterworth
Secretary: Ken Buckley 01704 872834
Treasurer: Colin Parry
Assistant Secretary: Rob Doyle
County Delegate: David Halewood
AGM in January 2024
This will be held on Monday 15th January 2024, 8.00pm at the Brownmoor Brooke Bowling Club. Any proposals for changes to our rules should be submitted to the League Secretary by Monday December 6th (42 days befroe the AGM).
BUTTERWORTH SHIELD FINAL
SCARISBRICK NSC v SEFTON & THORNTON A
Congratulations to the winners Scarisbrick NSC and thanks to Freshfield for hosting the final.
ARCARI CUP FINAL
BROWNMOOR BROOKE A v FORMBY VILLAGE A
Congratulations to the winners Brownmoor Brooke A and thanks to Scarisbrick NSC for hosting the final.
BCGBA FEES INCREASE
From the 1 May 2023 the fee for a new member has been increased from £12 to £15 and the fee for a Replacement Card has been increased from £4 to £5.
1934 LEAGUE WINNERS MEDAL
We have received a photo of a 1934 league winners medal awarded to a bowler at the Grapes Hotel. Scroll down for more detail, or click on the link on this home page under the Archival heading.
BROWNMOOR BROOKE A CAPTAIN
Please note that Andy Howie replaces Mike Craggs as the Brownmoor Brooke A captain.
Please note that John O'Connor has taken over the captaincy, in place of Gordon Hodgson. John's phone number will be on the latest fixture cards issued.
League and cup fixtures are now on our web site.
Players’ lists from 2022 have been copied into the 2023 lists, amended where I have been told so far. Please check updated OK and send me any more updates, including BCGBA numbers, when you have them. New players can be registered up to 31st July.
Captains and secretaries were sent in February, by email, a copy of the fixture card in the traditional format. Note that since then, I have been informed that the Walnut captain is now John O'Connor, and I have now sent out by email a revised card with John's phone number on it. If any captains want a full set (say 15 copies) of fixtures printing for their team, please let me know before the Registration Meeting.
The Formby League AGM was held on Monday 16th January 2023.
Summary of key points from the AGM
PS. Please let me know of any changes to club captains/secretaries.
Ken Buckley, 18/1/2023
1934 FORMBY LEAGUE WINNER'S MEDAL PHOTO
We have received a photo of a 1934 Formby and District league winner’s medal awarded to a Thomas Lovelady of the Grapes Hotel. These two relevant extracts have been found in the Formby Times archives.
at August 3rd. FORMBY TRINITY v. GRAPES HOTEL. 21 F. Stephenson 21 T. H. Harsh H. Bannister 12 121 A. Kirby T. Lovelady 10 1 17 E. Meadow 3 W. Thomas J. Bailey 21 21 11. Palmer A. Rotherham — Miles Pormbi 21 C. M. Sole 20 It : Hrnward ...
Published: Saturday 11 August 1934
Newspaper: Formby Times
3rd September. Three of the teams on Wednesday had a great bearing the championshdp, and the result of these matches the Grapes hotel now lead by :two points. with only one match to play to complete the programme and that a home one against the Railway ...
Published: Saturday 01 September 1934
In fact, the Bristish Newspaper Archive web site https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/ has many past years’ archives for the Formby Times on line, with bowling results included, as they were until the early 2000s. Extracts such as the above can be freely found with the relevant search parameters.
|(Thursday 20 April 2023)|
BCGBA MEMBERSHIP CARDS
Requests for membership cards must be accompanied by a BCGBA Membership Form. (Follow the links on http://merseysidebowls.co.uk/)
The current fee for a BCGBA Membership Cards is now £15 (£5 for replacement cards) and all cheques must be made payable to Merseyside County CGBA.
Send to: Kye Gorman, Acting County Registrar, 94 Fishers Lane, Pensby, Wirral, CH61 8SB
|(Thursday 23 March 2023)|
Playing Twice rule
Rule 23 (b) For league matches only, if a team is short of players in a league match, up to two bowlers may play twice. The choice of bowler(s) is up to the captain of the team which is short of players. However, any given bowler can only play once in each half of the league season (so twice overall per season). For his/her second game in a match, a home player forfeits 5 chalks per game, an away player loses 3 chalks. Only the first game played by a bowler in a match counts towards the Player Averages. A player cannot play twice in a cup game.
This rule is only for teams genuinely short of players and is not be abused by a team to gain an advantage. To maintain continuous play, players playing twice should first play in the first five blocks
|(Friday 20 January 2023)|
Match Scores Entry quick guide
To enter match results
· Results may be entered by team captains or their representatives.
· Go to the Formby League web site home page https://www.cgleague.co.uk/formby/
· Click on the TABLES heading.
· In the league tables displayed, click on your team or your opponent’s team.
· Click on today’s fixture and you should see the fixture heading displayed.
· Click on the EDIT MATCH heading near the top of the screen.
· Now log in with your club User Name and Password, ensuring you have the correct capitals and spacing.
· Enter the match individual players and scores by selecting from the drop down menus of players and scores displayed.
· Results can be entered or amended up to 7 days after a match, otherwise only the league secretary can enter/amend.
|(Friday 20 January 2023)|
Div 1 Div 2
5h April Open date League week 1
12h April League week 1 League week 2
19th April League week 2 League week 3
26th April League week 3 League week 4
3rd May League week 4 League week 5
10th May Arcari Cup prelims League week 6
17th May League week 5 League week 7
24th May League week 6 League week 8
31st May League week 7 League week 9
7th June League week 8 League week 10
14th June League week 9 League week 11
21st June League week 10 (rev 1) League week 12 (rev 1)
28th June Arcari Cup 1st round (QFs) League week 13 (rev 2)
5th July League week 11 (rev 2) League week 14 (rev 3)
12th July League week 12 (rev 3) League week 15 (rev 4)
19th July League week 13 (rev 4) League week 16 (rev 5)
26th July Arcari Cup SFs League week 17 (rev 6)
2nd Aug League week 14 (rev 5) League week 18 (rev 7)
9th Aug League week 15 (rev 6) League week 19 (rev 8)
16th Aug League week 16 (rev 7) League week 20 (rev 9)
23rdAug League week 17 (rev 8) League week 21 (rev 10)
30th Aug League week 18 (rev 9) League week 22 (rev 11)
6th Sep Arrcari Cup Final Butterworth Shield Prelim
13th Sep Butterworth Shield QFs
20thSep Butterworth Shield SFs
27th Sep Butterworth Shield Final
Jan 2024 AGM
|(Friday 20 January 2023)|
RULES FOR 2023
FORMBY AND DISTRICT BOWLING LEAGUE
At the January 2023 AGM, changes of an administrative nature were made to rules 3, 5, 7, 11, 15, 19, 22, 24, 30, Player of Year and Cup Rules, as underlined.
The Playing twice rule, as implemented in the Formby League, is shown under Rule 23(a).
CONSTITUTION AND RULES JANUARY 2023
All League games shall be played by 10 players on each side. Games to be 21 up and governed by the British Crown Green Bowling Association Laws of the Game. Two points awarded for the highest aggregate score for a Home win; three points if Away. If the Aggregate scores are equal, the Home team to receive one point and the Away team to receive two points. In addition teams receive one point for each individual winning player. At the end of the season the teams with the highest number of points to be declared the Divisional winners. The two Teams in each Division with the lowest number of points shall be relegated, and replaced by the two teams from the Division below them who have scored the highest number of points. In the event of teams resigning, or new teams being admitted promotion and relegation will be at the discretion of the Executive Committee. In the event of two or more teams in key positions scoring the same number of league table points, their positions shall be decided by the results of the head to head games of the teams involved, in the following priority order.
a) Most league points scored in the head to head games.
b) Best cumulative aggregate chalks difference in the head to head games.
c) Most individual player wins in the head to head games.
(b) For league matches only, if a team is short of players in a league match, up to two bowlers may play twice. The choice of bowler(s) is up to the captain of the team which is short of players. However, any given bowler can only play once in each half of the league season (so twice overall per season). For his/her second game in a match, a home player forfeits 5 chalks per game, an away player loses 3 chalks. Only the first game played by a bowler in a match counts towards the Player Averages. A player cannot play twice in a cup game.
Penalties for late submission of a Scorecard will be:
(a) First instance, the League Secretary will issue a warning to the Secretary of the offending Club.
(b) Second instance, the League Management Committee will impose a deduction of 2 points for every occurrence within a season.
Appendix 1 Player of the Season Rules
Appendix 2 Arcari, Butterworth and Sykes Cups
Appendix 3 League Handicap Plate Rules
PLAYER OF THE SEASON
The Player of the Season award is open to all registered players, and shall be awarded for each division of the league.
1. To qualify, a player must play in at least three quarters (75%) of league games in a division.
2. Games won will be divided by the games played to give an average.
3. Total points scored will be divided by points against to give an average.
4. These averages are added together to give the players a final average.
5. All league games played will count. (but not cup or Plate handicap)
6. If a player wins 21 – 0 by virtue of the opposing team being a player short this result will not count towards the player average, as it is a game not played. Also if a player plays twice in a match, the second game does not count towards the average.
7. Any player/club found to have abused rule 6 (i.e. put in a false name and score) will be dealt with by the Executive Committee.
8. The top player in each division with the best average will receive a trophy. The following is an example of the calculations.
· Games won 19 divided by games played 23 Average = 0.826
· Points for 436 divided by points against 302 Average = 1.444
TOTAL AVERAGE = 2.270
Updated January 2023
ARCARI, BUTTERWORTH and SYKES CUP RULES
1. These competitions are run under the auspices of the Formby & District Bowling league, and all rules of the league shall apply to these competitions.
2. The Arcari Cup shall be for First Division teams, the Butterworth Shield shall be for Second Division teams and the Sykes Cup shall be for Third Division teams. Only those players registered to play in those teams shall be eligible to play in these competitions.
3. Up to and including the semi finals, matches may either be played on the basis of (a) neutral greens or (b) five individual matches on each of the two opposing teams’ greens. The Finals matches shall be played on neutral greens, with the host clubs providing standard jacks, footers, scorecards and measuring equipment. Where matches are split between the two greens, the away team players have the jack. Where matches are played on neutral greens, captains will toss for the first five jacks.
4. All matches to be on merit (off scratch) and will be 21 up. The result is based on aggregate scores. In the event of a tie, the team which has won most individual games will be declared the winner. If it is still a tie, then for games up to and including the semi-final, the winner will be the team with the best individual winner, and so on. For the final, the captains will nominate a player to play (21 up) to decide the match.
5. Players must have played three or more league matches before being allowed to play for a club in a semi –final, or final, of any cup competition.**. A Walkover in a league game counts as one of the three league games played, as long as the player was present and recorded on the match card, as witnessed by the opposing captain.
6. No practice is allowed in any round.
7. Players may play in only one of these competitions.
8. Referees may be appointed for the finals.
As at January 2023
** - Handicap Plate games excluded
LEAGUE HANDICAP PLATE RULES
In addition to the main divisional league competition, at the discretion of the Management Committee, a League Plate competition may be played in any eight team division, as follows.
1. Each team plays four games, two home and two away. The four opposing teams played are a spread based on the last season’s league places.
2. All games will be played and scored to normal league game rules, with match points awarded accordingly and added into the Plate league table.
3. Handicap points will be added into the initial Plate league table as shown below. These are based on last year’s league places, as follows:
Scr(0) for the highest placed two clubs (or those relegated from the higher division)
+ 5 for the next two lower placed clubs
+ 10 for the next two lower placed clubs
+ 15 for the bottom two clubs (or those promoted from a lower division)
4. The League Plate winner is the team with the most match points (including handicap points) in the league table after the four games have been played. In the event of two teams having the same number of league table points, the best difference in the cumulative aggregate scores over the four games will count.’
As at January 2016
|(Friday 20 January 2023)|
2023 ROLL OF HONOUR
League winners: Brownmoor Brooke A; Runners up: Our Ladys
Cup winners: Brownmoor Brooke A; Runners up: Formby Village A
Merit winner: Don O'Sullivan (Freshfield); Runner up: Les Plank (Brownmoor Brooke A)
League winners: Scarisbrick NSC; Runners up: Sefton & Thornton A
Cup winners: Scarisbrick NSC; Runners up: Sefton & Thornton A
Merit Winner: Brian Fisher (Sefton & Thornton A); Runner up: Lisa Smith (Scarisbrick NSC)
|(Sunday 6 November 2022)|
From BCGBA: All clubs must have a Safeguarding Official by 1st March 2019. If the official is a member of more than one club then they can cover all clubs they play for. If not, such clubs will be subject to a £25 fine, increasing by a further £25 for each succeeding 3 months without such a person, with the ultimate sanction of being barred from playing.
Just to remind you all, the recommended Action Plan for Clubs is as follows:
1. Identify an individual
2. Arrange for a DBS application to be completed through the BCGBA
3. Show the certificate to the County Safeguarding Officer / Evidence Checker / Counter Signatory.
4. Advise Club Members who the nominated Safeguarding Officer is. This can be done by printing a copy of the Safeguarding Policy from the Safeguarding Website, adding the name of your Safeguarding Officer and then posting it on your Club notice board.
5. Ensure your Safeguarding Officer has a place on your committee to feedback any updates in policy.
6. Let the Merseyside Registrar have full details of the Safeguarding Officer for your Club. (This must be done by 30/6/2019 to avoid a fine)
|(Thursday 14 February 2019)|
The 1933 Race for Honours
Earliest records found indicate that the Formby and District bowling League was founded in 1933, as shown by the first league winners inscribed on the Lister Cup, which is still awarded to this day for the League Division 1 winners. (See also the Archival section on this web site).
In fact the race for honours in 1933 was described in a 1933 newspaper article, as reproduced on a pillar in the Railway Hotel, Formby, and shown as follows:-
With only four more games, Formby Conservatives have a lead of four points. Their position was strengthened by the defeat of the Southport team, Railway Hotel, Ainsdale, who lost by one in their game with the Railway Hotel, Formby. There were several games decided by one or two points only, and the decision was in doubt to the last end, Ainsdale doing their utmost to save a point, or get both, in order that they should retain their position in the race for honours.
A four a side knock-out competition on neutral greens is attracting great deal of attention, and the surprise of the first series of games was the defeat of Formby Trinity ‘A’ by Formby Trinity ‘C’ by six points.’’
(KB note. The Lister Cup shows that the 1933 league winners were the Railway Hotel, Ainsdale, who in fact were league winners fourteen times between 1933 and 1959).
|(Monday 19 March 2018)|
You can now view the history of league honours, going back to when the league started in 1933. To view, click the honours link in the links section. If you can help to fill in the blanks or have any further info, please let me know. Thanks to Phil Howlin for all the info.
|(Wednesday 5 March 2014)|