Knutsford Veterans Bowling League

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The Knutsford Veterans Bowling League was founded in 1995 with a single division and was expanded to two divisions in 2006. It is available to clubs within 10 miles of the centre of Knutsford and is open to players aged 58 years or over in the current season.

All matches take place on Thursday afternoons and play according to the rules of the British Crown Green Bowling Association. In addition to the league matches there are two annual competitions : a team knockout throughout the season and a pairs knockout over 1-2 days.

This site is updated by the KVBL Match Secretary Jim Burgess (click to send email) but credit must go to Ross Kavanagh of the Cheadle & Gatley League who developed and supports the underlying software.

2021 Sheila Broadhurst Pairs Results

2021 Sheila Broadhurst Pairs Draw

2021 Sheila Broadhurst Pairs

2021 Playing Twice - update

2021 Playing Twice

2021 Player Registration

2021 Fixtures

2021 New League Officials

2021 Proposed Half-Season

How to use this website

Parking at Cranford

Parking at Rudheath

2021 Sheila Broadhurst Pairs Results

The newly named Sheila Broadhurst Pairs was held yesterday bringing our season to a close . There was a good turnout and better weather than expected and the final result was as follows :-

Winners : Graham Donnelly + Yvonne Ball (Chelford)

Runners-up : Tom Lowe + Mark Winnington (Chelford)

Semi-finalists : Alan Jackson + Viv Raddy (Castle)
                       Frank Robinson + Kevin Edwards (Castle)
Congratulations to all the above and many thanks to all those who took part in the competition or came along to support. Thanks also to the Crosstown club for the use of their green and their hospitality on the day.

The full set of results plus a photo of the trophy presentation will be found by clicking on Tables and then Sheila Broadhurst Pairs. (Photo courtesy of Brian Jones)

(Friday 10 September 2021)

2021 Sheila Broadhurst Pairs Draw

The draw for the Sheila Broadhurst Pairs this coming Thursday has now been made. To view it click on Tables and then Sheila Broadhurst Pairs. Will those in Round 1 please try to arrive at Crosstown for a prompt start at 10.00 am. Those getting a bye into Round 2 could obviously arrive a little later as no Round 2 games are expected to start before 11 am. Please remember that all games will be played to 15 and where a division 2 pair play a division 1 pair then they will have a 3 chalk start.

(Sunday 5 September 2021)

2021 Sheila Broadhurst Pairs

Our annual pairs competition will in future be known as the "Sheila Broadhurst Pairs" in honour of Sheila who was the league secretary for many years. This year it will be held on Thursday 9th September starting at 10.00am at the Crosstown club and will bring our season to a close. Each team in our league can submit two pairs and captains are asked to inform Jim Burgess of their selections no later than Friday 3rd September. With the early start we should be able to complete it in the one day as we have done in recent years.

The committee has decided to introduce a simple handicap system this year, namely a Division 2 pair playing a Division 1 pair will be given a 3 chalk start (playing to 15 up). This will hopefully encourage more Division 2 pairs to enter and should result in a more equitable competition. The Crosstown clubhouse and bar will be open and refreshments on sale at lunchtime.

When the entries have closed the draw will be made and published on this website.

(Tuesday 17 August 2021)

2021 Playing Twice - update

The number of people playing twice is limited to two per team per match. This is a temporary rule to help teams in this rather unusual season.

(Tuesday 20 July 2021)

2021 Playing Twice

Our half-season of fixtures begins on June 24th (Div 2) and 8th July (Div 1). Some clubs are having difficulty forming a full team for this so a temporary rule is being introduced which should make things a little easier. To avoid walkovers and to ensure that everyone who turns up gets a game, we are allowing bowlers to play twice in any given match. Any number of people may play twice and there will be no penalty for doing so. If A.N.Other plays twice then their second score will be shown as A.N.Other (2).  

(Monday 24 May 2021)

2021 Player Registration

We are continuing with the policy of automatically registering people who played in the previous season. Any player who was registered in the previous season but did not play is marked as "lapsed" on the registration database. They will not appear on the website, but captains may request that such a player is reinstated. A lapsed player who goes a second season without playing is permanently deleted as this avoids the year-on-year build-up of lapsed registrations, which causes confusion and unnecessary additional administration.

As usual team captains are asked to inform Jim Burgess of any additions or deletions they wish to make and once the season is underway it is essential that he is told about new players before they play their first match. If this is not done then the opposing team is entitled to claim a walkover.

(Monday 29 March 2021)

2021 Fixtures

As you are already aware, it is not possible to have a full bowls season this year because of the coronavirus epidemic. We decided early on to follow the government's advice and not arrange anything before the "all-clear" date of 21st June. We have therefore arranged fixtures for a half-season starting on 24th June (Division 2) or 8th July (Division1) and these can be viewed in the usual way on this website (See the "How to use this website" article below). The first thing to note is that with it being a half-season each team will play each other team in their division just once, be it home or away and there will be no promotion or relegation. The second thing is that because Division 2 has an odd number of teams then each week one team in that division will not have a match.

Not surprisingly, since it has been two years since we last played, there have been a number of changes, namely :-

- Castle B and High Legh B have joined the league.
- Victory Hall B has left the league.
- Mere and Crosstown B will now be playing in Division 2.
- Castle A, Rudheath B and Knutsford B will now be playing in Division 1.
- Cranford A, Knutsford B and Mere all have new captains.

(Sunday 28 March 2021)

2021 New League Officials

There have been no further nominations for the positions of League Secretary and Treasurer so Sandra Jones and Lee Hough respectively are now officially appointed to those positions. Thanks must go to the retiring officials Sheila Broadhurst and Dave Wilding for all they have done for our league over many years.

We are not having a handbook this year but team captains have been given contact details for both Sandra and Lee.

(Tuesday 16 March 2021)

2021 Proposed Half-Season

The league committee has been discussing what, if anything, we can do in the Vets League this year since we now have the government’s roadmap and a statement from the BCGBA.

A full league season would necessitate starting in early April which is obviously out of the question. We don’t think there should be any serious bowling much before the roadmap “all-clear” date of 21st June and we feel that the majority of our members would probably feel the same. By then most of you will have had both your vaccine injections and will feel safe to start competitive bowling again, having had some weeks of COVID-safe practice bowling.

With a late June or early July start it would be possible for us to have a “half-season”. The fixtures will be organised so that each team plays each other team in their division but plays them only once, with half of the matches being at home and the other half away. There will be no promotion or relegation resulting from these matches and the final league matches would probably be in early September, followed by the usual Pairs Competition.

All team captains have been informed of these proposals and asked to confirm whether or not their team will participate and whether they will still be captain. Hopefully all teams will take part but if one or more decide not to do so then the suggested start and end dates will probably change. Once all teams have responded then the half-season fixtures will be generated and posted on this website.

(Friday 12 March 2021)

How to use this website

League Tables : To view the current league tables simply click on "Tables" which appears at the top of every page. If required, the tables can be printed by clicking "Print version".

Division Fixtures : Clicking a division name in the league tables will show all past and future fixtures for that division.

Team Summary : In the league table click on the team you are interested in and it will display a summary for that team (played/won/lost and points scored/conceded).

Team Fixtures : Following the team summary you will be given a list of past results and future fixtures.

Match Results : Detailed match results can be obtained by clicking the opponent's name in the team fixture list or by clicking a team score in the division fixture list. This will show the players and scores for each of the 8 games in that match.

Registered Players : A team's fixture list is followed by a list of all registered players with their performance to date. Where a club has two teams this will be a list of all players in the club but only those who have played for the selected team will have performance data against their names (played/won/lost and average net points). This performance data can be changed to your personal preference by clicking "Customise this table".

Player's record : Clicking a player's name wherever it appears will show a summary of all the games they have played (played/won/lost and points scored/conceded/net) together with full details of each of those games (date, home/away, opposing team, opposing player, points for/against).

Team Averages : The list of players registered for a club will be in alphabetical order of the players' surnames but a more interesting view can be obtained by clicking on "Ave" at the top of the final column. The list will then be sorted by average net points, with the best average appearing at the top. (Clicking the top of any other column will also sort that item into order eg. number of games played).

League Averages : You can check on the leading averages for each division of our league. After clicking on "Tables" in the home page an "Averages" box will appear underneath. Clicking that will show, for each division, the players who have an average of +5 or better and have played in at least 75% of the available matches.

Team Knockout : To view the details of the current season's Team Knockout (TKO) competition, click on "Tables" at the top of the page. This will display a list of sub-menus, one of which will be "Team Knockout". Clicking that will reveal the draw for this competition, showing the opponents for each match together with their handicaps and the neutral green for the match. Those matches already completed will have the match result and hence the team progressing to the next round of the competition. Clicking on "Printable draw" will enable you to produce a print of what is displayed on screen.

Green Finder : Click this on any page to display a map showing the location of every club in our league. Selecting a specific club in the drop-down list or clicking on its marker will show a more detailed map together with the club's address and whether or not it has floodlights. The displays are produced by Google Maps and so there will be a "Satellite" box which, when clicked, gives an aerial view of the club's location. From that you can zoom in and out using the "+" and "-" and move in any direction by clicking on the arrows.

Honours Board : Clicking "Honours board" on the left of the Home page brings up historical records for our league. You can choose to list all past winners and runners-up for each division or for the Pairs Competition or for the Team Knockout. You can do the same for a particular season or for any specified club.

League admin : Clicking "League admin" on the left of the Home page prompts you to enter a username and password. This is mainly for team captains to enter match results, commonly known as "Direct Entry". It is also for general use by the league's Match Secretary to carry out various administrative tasks. 

(Friday 7 February 2020)

Parking at Cranford

Please make careful note of the following information from Chris Grice, chairman of Cranford Bowling Club :-

Car Parking Arrangements Cranford Bowling Club - Note for League Secretaries
The car park at the old Con Club building is no longer a pay and display car park. Only ‘authorised’ permit holders are allowed to park. Once a car enters the gate a number plate recognition system operates and unauthorised vehicles face a £100 penalty from Britannia Parking.

Cranford Bowling Club has 12 authorised permits. These will be distributed at each match as 6 for each team. During the match the registration numbers of the 12 (or fewer) parked vehicles will be sent electronically to Britannia. Individuals who have parked will be asked to enter into a pad their registration number and this will be sent electronically to Britannia. The team captains will make and sign a note of the registration numbers sent to Britannia. The Home team will keep the note as proof should there be any future problems.
I’m afraid that we have been advised that these restrictions will be rigidly enforced so please advise your club/league members of these arrangements, putting the details on the League’s Web site if that is appropriate.  If a visiting team arrives in more than six vehicles there is a risk, even if some leave promptly, that the fines will apply.

You can see that this process will be a nuisance for both homesters and visitors. It will therefore be helpful if all captains arrange in advance for their teams not to arrive in more than six vehicles and on arrival to help the Home captain record the registration numbers.

Cranford Bowling Club Captains will do all they can to ensure that nobody is penalised so please help them to achieve this.

Chris Grice
Chairman Cranford Bowling Club
March 2018

(Monday 19 March 2018)

Parking at Rudheath

Our two Rudheath teams bowl at the Rudheath Social Club on Middlewich Road. Parking in front of the club is very limited and parking at the back is not recommended because of the rough track and frequent heavy lorries. In the past bowlers have parked at the Co-op next door but following customer complaints the new manager has now clamped down on this. Before 6.00pm parking there will be limited to one hour, which is no use for bowlers. Checks will now be made and anyone exceeding one hour will be subject to a £74 fine. Bowlers are therefore recommended to use the Leisure Centre car park which is in Shipbrook Road, opposite the entrance to the Co-op. Please note that evening parking at the Co-op is not a problem.

(Thursday 16 April 2015)