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New players wanted

Yokels who play at the Colliton Club on a Wednesday are looking for new players.

Rollers who play at the Spitfire Club, Crossways on a Wednesday are looking for new players.

Strugglers who play on Thursday nights at Goldies are looking for new players. Please contact Alan Simmons on 07341317999 for further details.

If anyone is interested in joining either team please could they contact terry.gosney@btinternet.com

Fumblers

Unfortunately Fumblers have withdrawn from the league ahead of next weeks opening games. Their fixtures in Section D will now become a bye.

Suspension of Skittles

In the event of a pandemic or other occurrence which forces the UK Government to impose restrictions, on the way we live, i.e. the temporary closure of pubs and clubs resulting in the suspension of skittles in the short or longer term then, the following criteria will the used to determine the outcome of the season.

To constitute a season at least 75% of the rounds of fixtures must be completed by the fourth Friday in May, the season end being 31st May. In the 2021 /2022 season this will be 16 games in the Open League and 12 games in the Ladies League.  Should the full season not be completed by the cut off date and the 75% figure is reached then, where Sections contain a bye those teams who have had their bye will receive a points adjustment being their average points per game from their played matches rounded down to 2 decimal places. If the League Rules in force at the time so permit, cancelled matches remain to be played then the points will be awarded to the team who did not cancel the original fixture.

Section winners, runners up and teams to be relegated will be determined using the adjusted points totals.  Where teams finish level on points the criteria outlined in the League rules shall be used to break the tie including to determine section winners.

The priority following any period of suspension will be to complete as many league matches as possible within the time available, the season restarting at the point it was suspended. To achieve this all other competitions will be cancelled irrespective of whether they were in progress or not.

Should it prove impossible to play 75% of the league season by 31st May then the season will be declared null and void. In this event any restructuring of the league required on the resumption of skittles will be based on teams finishing positions in the last completed season.

Fixtures

All the the fixtures for the forthcoming season can be found by navigating through either the Open League or Ladies League at the top of this page.

The league starts week commencing 6th Sept. These are the first weeks fixtures.

Section A

Breakaways v Wide Boys
Essentials v Colliton Imps
Skimmers v Jolly Green Giants
Dewlish Monsters v Puddletown Wanderers
Patriots v Half Pints
Barmy Army v Royal Oak Wanderers

Section B

Hammers v Steamers
Brewers Bees v Woodmen
Tom Brown Bullocks v Vic Reeves
Hotshots v Heathens
Hartstoppers v Swankers
Mrs Browns Boys v Muckspreaders

Section C

Untouchables v Colliton Spares
Colliton Magpie Imps v Yokels
Wareham Legionaires v Top Pins
Colliton Flingers v Villains
Colliton Rebels v Misfits
Country Boys v Rollers

Section D

Swan Abbots v Strugglers
Dribs ‘n’ Drabs v Bye
Puddletown Nomads v Plodders
Unpredictable Strimmers v Funseekers
New Inn Chuckers v Ship Wrecked
Fumblers v Merrymen

Ladies

Oakettes v Woodpeckers
Bye3 v Vixens
Crackerjacs v Hot Cheese Stampers
Bye2 v Bye4
The Easy Beats v Wonder Women
Breezers v Trinity Mix Ups

Cammilla Gosney – Life Vice President

After 28 years of service on the D&DSL committee Cammilla ‘Mel’ Gosney has stepped down from her post. To honour her dedication, involvement and all the help she has given our skittle league it was proposed by our Secretary Brian Newton that Mel be offered to become a Life Vice President of the D&DSL. Mel was more than happy to accept this role.

Scorecards

Brian Newton will be in the Colliton Club next Friday August 20th from 7.30pm for each team to pick up their score cards and a score book if you require one. Please make every effort to pick up your cards but if you cannot make the day get in touch with Brian to make alternative arrangements.

Start time

Please would all captains be reminded of rule 14

Games shall commence between 8.30 p.m. and 9.00 p.m. Any team short of players must commence the game with the players available. If there are no representatives of a team present on the alley by 9.00p.m. that team will be deemed to have cancelled and the match awarded to the opposing team.

New rules to be drawn up before season starts

Rules are being drawn up to cover the fall out of any future lockdown. League fixtures will take precedence over all other competitions in such circumstances.

The Rules will include:-

The minimum number of games played to constitute a season.

Arrangements for awarding points in respect of byes and cancelled matches.

The tie break procedure where teams are level on points.

A ruling on competitions in progress.

Covid 19

The committee cannot be held responsible for the actions of every skittler and Captains should ensure that their players are fully conversant with the basic requirements for everyone’s personal safety. Teams must commence matches with the intention of fulfilling the fixture and it is down to the captains to monitor the situation.

Covid 19

A number of teams have asked what rules will be introduced by the Committee post pandemic regarding hygiene and protection from the virus when skittling.

The simple answer is NONE given that the Government has removed almost all legal restrictions on social contact and advised people to proceed with caution and social responsibility.  The Committee cannot legislate for every eventuality and it will therefore be left to each team to ascertain what practices and procedures are in place at their home alley.  Should you feel uncomfortable with those arrangements, if any, then you should discuss your concerns with the landlord or steward to ensure that personal health is not compromised and be prepared to provide your own hand gels etc if necessary. For away games you should assume the worst-case scenario where no restrictions are in place.

Given the ease with which the virus can be transmitted the practice of players moistening their hand with spittle, the use of wet towels and the raising of a skittle ball close to one’s face must cease.  You should also consider whether it is appropriate for both teams to be in the alley at the same time, if the alley is in a confined space, and whether you continue with the usual formalities at the end of the game.

The Committee must stress that whilst steps can be taken to keep people as safe as possible, whilst skittling, nothing is fool proof.  We expect players will do their best to keep to the obvious guidelines if doubts persist then you should make your own decision over playing.

Strugglers

Strugglers who play on Thursday nights at Goldies are looking for a couple of players and a sticker upper who is happy to play as and when required. Please contact Alan Simmons on 07341317999 for further details.