Incorporating the Mens & Womens Bowling Associations of the County of Northumberland

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The Clegg League, played on Wednesday evenings, is the recognised "first team" league, and until recently there was actually a rule requiring clubs who play in both the Knight and the Clegg Leagues to field their strongest team in the Clegg League.

Six points are awarded to the team with the higher aggregate score (three each for a draw) with a further two for winning on each individual rink (one each for a tie.) Thus a team which wins on all four rinks picks up fourteen points.

Winning Division One of the Clegg League is a sure indication of a powerful team showing consistent form over the 18 weeks of the league schedule, and invariably the winners have several county players in their ranks. 

A system of promotion and relegation (three up, three down) ensures that for most clubs there is something to play for right up to the closing weeks of the season.



NB - These rules relate to the men's leagues run under the auspices of Bowls Northumberland.

(These rules are to be read in conjunction with the General Conditions-Relating To Leagues published on the Leagues Page of this site)

1.     Affiliated Clubs may enter one or both of these Leagues.

2.     All games to be 21 ends (unless mutually agreed otherwise) with four triples playing two bowls each for both teams. No trial ends will be played but one shot will be scored at each of the first two completed ends.

3.     a) If a single player is absent from one or both sides, the game to proceed, the number of bowls in the defaulting side/sides to be made up by the two players playing three bowls each. One third of the total shots scored by each rink playing two players to be deducted from its score at the end of the game.

        b) In the event of a player having to withdraw from a match after it has begun he will be replaced by a substitute (if available) who must be a bona fide member of the club. If no substitute is available the other two players on the rink concerned will play three bowls each for the remaining ends and one third of the shots which they score at those ends will be deducted from their total.

4.     The minimum number of players for a League match shall be ten (10): any team with less than ten shall be in default.   

5.     In all league matches six points will be awarded to the winning team with three points each in a drawn game. In addition, two points will be awarded for each individual winning rink with one point for a draw.

6.     When a team is in default it will lose six match points and the opponents will receive fourteen points and twenty shots.


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