Competition Details

The following rules apply to the annual competitions

1. Club Singles Championship The winner of each round including the Final Round will be the first player to reach 21 shots. 2. Fred Hammond Trophy (Men’s Singles) The winner of each round including the Final Round will be the first player to reach 21 shots. 3. Kate Kent Trophy (Ladies Singles) The winner of each round including the Final Round will be the first player to reach 21 shots. 4. Pairs Played over 18 ends including the final round. 5. Yardstick Played over 18 ends, except for the final round of 21 ends. (The free jack is to be centred by the marker). 6. Novices The competition is open to any player who has less than two seasons of outdoor bowling, and has not won any other Alresford Bowling Club competition trophy. (The winner will consequently not be allowed to compete in any subsequent year’s Novices competition) The winner of each round including the Final Round will be the first player to reach 21 shots. 7. Vernon Chapman Cup This competition is open to players knocked out in the first played round of the Singles, Fred. Hammond, Kate Kent, or Yardstick competitions. The winner of each round including the Final Round will be the first player to reach 21 shots, 8. Evening Singles League This Monday, Tuesday evenings (4 to 8pm) league are 'round robin' matches (everyone plays everyone), played throughout the season. Played over 12 ends with 3 points for a win and 1 point for a draw. A bonus point awarded for victories by a margin of 8 shots or more.  Matches are 'self-policed' obviating the need for a ‘Marker’ & individual participant are responsible for arranging their respective matches. See link on MEMBERS PAGE for the details of order of play and current scores. Entry into Competitions  is made by the writing of a member’s name on the entry sheet displayed in   the Clubhouse on Opening Day and for approximately two weeks thereafter. The date of the draw will appear on the entry sheet. Fees for Competitions numbers 1 to 6 & 8 must be paid to the Treasurer before the draw is made. Any defaulters will not be included. There are no fees for item 7. Rules Games will be played according to the World Bowls Crystal Mark Third Edition rules, or any subsequent set of rules issued by World Bowls, Bowls England or Hampshire Bowls, except as modified hereunder. Additional Rule for Yardstick Competition only A penalty of Two Shots shall be conceded to the opponent by any player whose delivery of a bowl causes the free jack to be displaced off the boundaries of the rink or into the ditch. Any other scores on that end shall be disregarded, and the end shall not be replayed. Additional Rule for Evening Singles League only Played over 12 ends with 3 points for a win and 1 point for a draw. A bonus point awarded for victories by a margin of 8 shots or more. The league table updated & displayed on the notice board and club website weekly. Matches must be 'self-policed' not requiring a ‘Marker’; the signature of the losing player must be obtained and return the card to the Competition Organiser. It is the individual participant’s responsibility to arranging their respective matches. Selection of Rink This shall be made by throwing a dice until a vacant rink emerges. Matches The rounds matches must have been played by the date fixed for each round as indicated on the draw sheet. The Competitors in each match must arrange a convenient date and play before the deadline. The winning name or names must appear on the draw sheet on or before this date, otherwise both sides will be eliminated from that competition. Exceptionally, an extension to the date may be agreed with the Competition Organiser or Club Captain, and will only be allowed in the event of extended periods of inclement weather or serious illness. Holidays will not be an acceptable reason. The Markers The competitors in Club Singles, Fred Hammond Singles, Kate Kent Singles, Yardstick, VC Cup and Novices rounds matches shall arrange for a marker. The marker shall prepare the scorecard showing the Competition, the Players and the Date. As well as keeping the score, the marker shall obtain the signature of the losing player and return the card to the Competition Organiser. In the Pairs Competition rounds, both sides shall similarly prepare and complete scorecards to be signed by the opposing sides at the end of the game. The cards should be kept by the SKIPS for the game and then returned to the Competition Organiser. An envelope for completed cards will be placed on the Competitions notice board. (See separate notice Markers Duties – a list of members prepared to act as Marker is available on the notice board). Trial Ends If the players agree, two trial ends may be played in the rounds, one end in each direction. It is recommended trial ends are played in the Finals. Bad weather In the event that a rounds match has to be abandoned part way through, either at the request of all players, the Club Captain or the Greenkeeper, the match should be resumed on the same rink and in the same situation as that at the point it was abandoned, and must be played within the time allowed for that round. Tied Matches In the event of a tie in any Competition except the League further ends shall be played until a clear winner emerges i. e. a minimum margin of one shot. Result The Committee will not be concerned with the method of elimination in each round. This will be a matter for the Competitors, either side being allowed to concede the match at any stage. The losing player’s signature on the scorecard shall be binding. Restrictions a. Competitors shall not play on the same rink on the date arranged for the match before the actual match begins. b. Rinks should not be booked for the morning of a Home Match, or during the Roll-up sessions on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Substitution No substitution is allowed for the Club Singles, Fred Hammond, Kate Kent, Yardstick, Vernon Chapman Cup, Novices or Evening Singles League. For Pairs, substitution is allowed of one player only for each side, who did not enter the competition. The replacement player is to be randomly drawn from a list of Members who are eligible and willing to play. The player for whom the substitution was made may return at any stage of the competition up to and including the semi-final, after which no further substitution is permitted i.e., the Final must be played by the original member. Should their team be successful in the Final of the Competition, the original two players (assuming both have played at least one match) will be credited with the win. The Substitute will also be credited.
Alresford Bowling Club Sun Lane, Alresford, SO24 9LZ Telephone (when clubhouse in use) 01962 735444