Missing bowlers on the increase

Veterans League News

Don't know if it is because of being late in the season and waning interest or not but the number of walkover results seems to be on the increase in the Veterans 10-Man league. Last Tuesday no less than 9 bowlers from 58 teams were missing from league games resulting in 7 'walk-over' wins for their opponents. Although the points get awarded that is little consolation for the opponents where a bowler misses out on a match they had expected to play in.

This all adds weight to the case for the proposed rule change which will be put before clubs at the October Half-Year Meeting when they will vote on changing the number of bowlers in a team from 10 to 8.

In the 6-Man League there were 26 teams in action last Monday and just Paddock were short of a full team missing two bowlers from their line-up so no-one should assume that reducing the number of bowlers in a team will automatically see the problem go away.

The full list of 10-man teams short of a full complement of bowlers this Tuesday is:

Other Leagues are also experiencing similar difficulties with three matches called off in the final round of Saturday fixtures in the Huddersfield League due to teams either 'refusing to complete' or 'unable to complete'. These three matches have been declared Void on the League's Bowlsnet pages. It is unclear for what reason the games were called off but it wouldn't be unreasonable to assume that team raising difficulties may be involved. It is of little consequence this season with the impact minimised with no promotion or relegation involved in any division this year but is that another indication of teams struggling to field a full complement every week?

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