Civil Service Bowling Club (Chatham)

Club Fixtures and Matches

Club Fixtures and Matches

Bowls matches may be played as:

Singles – 1 player versus another with 4 woods each, the first to 21 shots wins.

2 wood – 1 player versus another with 2 woods each, the total score over 21 ends.

Pairs – 2 players per team with 4 woods each, the first to 21 shots wins.

Triples – 3 players per team with 3 woods each, the total score over 18 ends wins.

Rinks – 4 players per team with 2 woods each, the total score over 21 ends wins.

Ladies Only fixtures – All ladies’ only fixtures are run and managed by the ladies’ officers.

Men Only Fixtures – All men only fixtures are run and managed by the men’s officers.

Club Mixed Friendly fixtures
Usually weekend games, although some are organised during the week and could be Triples or Rinks. Sheets are put up on the wall in the clubhouse with details of the fixture and members who wish to be considered for selection should put their names down. There is a match fee to be paid.

Snowy Underhill League games.
These competitive matches are played on different days throughout the summer, and we need to put out 4 triples. Members are invited to put their names down to play in these games; at selection meetings, after reference to the holiday list, the club will attempt to put out 4 Triples best designed to win each match and the team plus reserves will be advertised on the notice board and in the weekly newsletter.
There is a match fee to be paid and food may be provided.

Friday Men’s Triples League
This is a 2 Triples, three wood competition with both sets of three playing at the same venue, whether home or away, on various Friday evenings during the season. CSBC have two teams entered (“A” & “B”), currently in separate divisions. Members will be invited to put their names down, but priority will be given to those not chosen to play in the Snowy and Monday Night Triples competitions. There is a match fee to be paid and food may be provided.

Monday Triples League
This competition, usually played on a Monday evening, requires 2 teams of 3 one of which plays at home whilst the other plays away. The scores are combined to determine the winner each week. It has been the club’s practice to invite interested members to put their names down at the beginning of the season. Each week, we consult this list and the holiday list when we select the team.  There is a match fee to be paid.

Prestigious National, County and Area competitions.
These are all knockout matches in a variety of formats and may be played on any day of the week. The men’s Captain heads the selection committee for these games.

Selection

Selection for the various competitions is made by a Selection Committee, normally on a Tuesday; any queries regarding selection should be addressed to the club Chairman.

In addition to the normal routine of posting team selections on the outside noticeboard, we advise everyone by listing them in the weekly newsletter. Individuals have the option of coming into the club and signing off on the team sheet or confirming availability by email.

Clearly this is only available to those who have access to email and, equally, it is only of benefit to those who access their email regularly, preferably at least daily.

Match Day Routines

Home fixtures:
All selected players and reserves should be at the ground at least 30 minutes before the scheduled start.

For all home fixtures it is necessary to set up all the equipment needed for a match. This means getting out for each rink:

Mats, measuring pole and 3 coloured ditch markers (1 set of all these at each end) and a jack which must be placed at the end from which play will begin.

All the scoreboards must be reset to 0 Home and Away scores and ends.

The club flag needs to be raised.

The appropriate name board for the visitors needs to be placed in the white ‘Welcome,’ board on the club house wall.

In suitable weather conditions, place padded cushions on the benches around the green.

After the Match
After the match, players are expected to sit at the table with the other competitors from the rink on which they have just played.

Bar
The Bar Manager will have made arrangements for a barman who will run the bar and take care of the raffle arrangements for the club’s and the men’s matches.  The cost of after-match drinks will be divided equally between the CSBC team members on each particular rink.

The ladies make their own arrangements for refreshments and raffles on the ladies friendly match days.

Away fixtures:
Unless you are travelling directly to the venue, make sure you meet in the ROKO car park at the entrance end by the time given on the selection sheet. Players will make their own arrangements for car-sharing to the venue and back. It is usual to give a small honorarium to the driver – £2 is most common. Before setting off, make sure each car has at least 1 person who knows where they are going or make arrangements for convoy arrangements.

If you are travelling direct to the venue, make sure you or a passenger knows where it is and allow plenty of time to get there at least 30 minutes before the scheduled start time; directions to most of our away locations are held in the club library and on the website.