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The Nines League, played on Tuesday evenings, is a relatively new addition to the NCBA league programme and attracts clubs at both ends of the membership spectrum. Those with large memberships can field teams in both the Nines and the Knight Leagues (both played on Tuesdays) while those struggling for numbers find it convenient to enter a league where only nine players are required.

The format in this league is very different from that of the other two. A team consists of nine players forming a pair (four bowls each), a triple (three bowls) and a four (two bowls). All play eighteen ends with only one shot being recorded at each of the first two (no trial ends.)

The result of a match is determined by the number of legs won, regardless of the aggregate score. If each team wins one leg and the other is drawn then the match is drawn, and two points are available for each leg in addition to a further two for over-all victory. Thus a team winning all three legs picks up eight points. It is very often the case that a winning team has the lower aggregate score because of a wide margin defeat in one leg and narrow victories in the other two. 

 

Rules specific to the Nines League.

NB - The Nines League is run by  Bowls Northumberland Men's Section. 

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

1.     Normally Nine players will form a team - The team will be made up with a PAIR (4 bowls each player, a TRIPLE (3 bowls each player) and a FOUR (2 bowls each player), two playing in a Pairs (four bowls each), three playing in a Triple (three bowls each) and a Fours (two bowls each). Exceptionally a team/teams will be allowed to play with eight players if a single player is absent from one or both sides, in which case the Fours Rink(s) will play with three players playing with 3 woods, 3 woods and two woods, against the four players playing with two bowls each. One fourth of the total shots scored by the team(s) comprising three players will be deducted from the scores of the Fours segment at the end of the game. 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 and who may not skip. If no substitute is available the following will apply:  If the withdrawal is from the Fours segment the three remaining players will play three bowls, three bowls, and two bowls for the remaining ends and one fourth of the shots they score at those ends will be deducted from their total. If a player withdraws from the Pairs or the Triples segment he will be replaced by a member of his team's Fours squad (to be chosen by the team, but who may not skip) and the three remaining members of the Fours squad will play three bowls, three bowls, and two bowls for the remaining ends and will have one fourth of the shots which they score at those ends deducted from their total.

2.     Exceptionally a team/teams will be allowed to play with eight players if a single player is absent from one or both sides, in which case the Fours Rink(s) will play with three players playing with 3 woods, 3 woods and two woods, against the four players playing with two bowls each. One fourth of the total shots scored by the team(s) comprising three players will be deducted from the scores of the Fours segment at the end of the game. 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 and who may not skip. If no substitute is available the following will apply:  If the withdrawal is from the Fours segment the three remaining players will play three bowls, three bowls, and two bowls for the remaining ends and one fourth of the shots they score at those ends will be deducted from their total. If a player withdraws from the Pairs or the Triples segment he will be replaced by a member of his team's Fours squad (to be chosen by the team, but who may not skip) and the three remaining members of the Fours squad will play three bowls, three bowls, and two bowls for the remaining ends and will have one fourth of the shots which they score at those ends deducted from their total.

3.     When a team is in default it will lose two match points (2) points and the oppopnents will receive eight (8) points and twenty (20) shots.

3.     Unless mutually agreed otherwise, Pairs, Triples, and Fours will play 18 ends. No trial ends will be played but only one shot will be scored at each of the first two completed ends.

4.     Eight points will be available for each match - two points for each winning Pair, Triple, and Four (one point for a draw) and two points for the overall winning team (one point in case of a draw).

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