League’s border issues overcome

The difficulties of running the oldest bowls league in Shropshire, featuring a majority of clubs based in Wales, have been overcome.


Fixtures in the 96-year-old Oswestry League will restart on Tuesday, June 1, after a year lost to the pandemic.

“Obviously clubs will have to adhere to government guidance and, as we are a league which borders two countries, this needs close monitoring by club representatives – but we are assured by all of the measures clubs have in place,” said relieved league secretary Lorraine Lewis. “So we are starting the league from June 1, albeit it with some adjustments (including a shortened season), as we were keen to start bowling.

“We requested which clubs would like to enter (not mandatory) and be allocated into divisions – and we had an excellent response as it appears people are keen to get back to what they love doing.”

Division One features 10 teams with eight in Divisions Two to Six, while the veterans league will be singles only with have two divisions to cater for 18 teams .

“This is an extraordinary year and the rules have been slightly relaxed to enable teams to play and enjoy their games,” added Lewis. “Let’s hope that this is the start of better times.”

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