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The JULY draw for the 200 Club has now taken place and the results are:
1st Prize £40.00 Maureen Millard 2nd Prize £20.00,  Gordon Hughes, 3rd Prize £10.00 Liz Rixon.

The Draw was conducted under the watchful eye of the North Petherton Walkers

Join the
Club Draw ………………………….


PLEASE JOIN AND YOU COULD BE A HAPPY PRIZE WINNER!

TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED BY ANY INDIVIDUAL PERSON OR A CLUB (NO LIMITS).

EXISTING MEMBERS – PLEASE SEND YOUR CHEQUES (£12 PER NUMBER)


NEW MEMBERS – PLEASE FILL IN THE FORM – AVAILABLE FROM CLUB SECRETARIES OR LIZ RIXON AT rixon13@btinternet.com  AND SEND IT WITH A CHEQUE.


CHEQUES SHOULD BE MADE PAYABLE TO S.S.M.B.A.

PLEASE SEND EVERYTHING TO LIZ RIXON – 23 TAPPERS LANE, NORTH PETHERTON, SOMERSET TA6 6SJ.


THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS


We hope you are all OK and that although the lifting of restrictions have been delayed can at least see some light at the end of the tunnel.  More clubs have applied for the Safe Play Certification and as before we confirm that the SSMBA will do all that it can to help with new applications.  Just email gordon.hughes1@virgin.net.


Committee News

We have now been able to meet twice on a face to face basis and have started to address the things that require attention going into a new season.  We have met with the Huish Sports Hall Management, our County Home Venue, and hope to start playing there  in early September.  We have established a venue for the AGM in August, details are provided below, and have been invited to attend the ESMBA AGM that is to be held later this month.  The current committee will remain in place until our AGM.  We need new members going forward and leave our invitation open until a week before the AGM for applications.  New members new ideas.


County Squad Manager

We have not received any formal applications for this position but Alan Berry has agreed to take on the role for a one year term with Sue Smith providing the support that he will require. 


County Squad Players

We have been in contact with previous squad members to check on availability should we enter the annual Inter County Competition (ICC) and as expected numbers are down.  We have lost the support of several senior and experienced players for many and varied reasons. 


ICC Competition 2021/22 Entry.

So that the ESMBA can get the preliminary rounds of the ICC Competition played by the 12th December 2021 we had to make a decision on how many teams we would enter by the end of June.  It was decided to apply for a place in the competition and to enter just an A Team for the 2021/22 season.  We advised the ESMBA of our intentions and are awaiting confirmation that our entry has been accepted.


ICC 2021/22 Format.

The format is very different this year.   Details are on the web site and can be found by clicking on the following link. 

Home (somersetsmba.co.uk)


Rebuilding.

We have decided to treat the coming season as a rebuilding season.  If Huish Sports and Leisure facilities are available we will make a provisional booking for the 5th Sept 2021 and will run an open day for all registered players.  We will try and do this regularly throughout the year to try and attract new members to participate in County matches.


Referee Courses.

The County is very short of qualified referees.  If anyone is interested in taking the course please email your interest to gordon.hughes1@virgin.net and we will get the necessary information to you.


ESMBA/TLH Holiday.

The ESMBA/TLH are delighted to let your members know that the Bowls break planned for the weekend of October 22nd/25th is taking place this year.

The weekend is excellent value for money and the venue fully Covid secure and we all need a break following the trials of the past 18 months.

Any questions please feel free to contact me, Brian Baker, by email on brian@esmba.co.uk or telephone 01258 817432

Attached is an advert for the event.


Draw Club.

This July winners are:-

1st Prize                - Maureen Millard

2nd Prize               - Brian Rixon

3rd Prize                - Stella Martin.


SSMBA AGM.

We have agreed Sunday the 15th August as being the date for the AGM and have booked the North Petherton Community Centre for the event.  It will start at 2.30am.  The Address details are as follows.

Social Distancing will be necessary as will the wearing of masks.  We will contact clubs nearer the date requesting confirmation of attendance so that we can plan ahead and will resubmit the necessary documents.


Web Site and address details are as follows.  The link will take you to the website.


North Petherton Community Centre | Official Site (npcommunitycentre.org)

Fore St, North Petherton TA6 6QA

Phone07818 130235


County Newsletter

ICC Format 2021/22


Due to the fluid nature of the Coronavirus situation that is affecting the Country, the ESMBA Management Committee have looked closely at events for the coming year. We have had little information come through from the Government and Sport England at the moment regarding 21st June 2021 and onwards, but what we have had suggests that we will still have to work within some kind of rules and regulations regarding venues, numbers, etc. It was decided for this coming season, to ensure a greater chance of completing the competition, the ICC would need to be revised to a new format.


Not only does this format potentially require fewer playing members it also means that games are played home and away on the same day with half the team playing at home and half playing away. This reduces the numbers within a venue but also reduces the playing days, enabling greater flexibility for counties to arrange their National competitions which due to number limits might need more dates.   It also means that a single match will be played on 2 mats, a double header of Premier and A Team will only require 4 mats thus giving ample social distance.



The following is a brief outline of the new format.


Teams will consist of 16 players (with 4 optional subs.)  8+2 Home and 8+2 Away.


Half the team play at home and half the team away on the same day.


The 8 players are given a number 1 to 8 and this determines which discipline/mat they compete in and cannot be changed although they can be substituted.   For example - player 1 plays Singles and Fours, whereas player 3 competes in triples, pairs, and fours.


Each player will compete in a minimum of 2 sessions with the majority playing 3 sessions out of the 4, depending on their player number.


Games up to and including the Semi Finals will be played on a home and away basis.

New ICC Format from the ESMBA

EVENT


MAT No 1


MAT No 2

SINGLES


Home Player 1

v

Away Player 1


Home Player 2

v

Away Player 2

TRIPLES


Home Player 3
Home Player 4
Home Player 5

v
v
v

Away Player 3
Away Player 4
Away Player 5


Home Player 6
Home Player 7
Home Player 8

v
v
v

Away Player 6
Away Player 7
Away Player 8

PAIRS


Home Player 6
Home Player 7

v
v

Away Player 3
Away Player 4


Home Player 3
Home Player 4

v
v

Home Player 6
Home Player 7

FOURS


Home Player 1
Home Player 3
Home Player 4
Home Player 5


v
v
v
v

Away Player 2
Away Player 6
Away Player 7
Away Player 8



Home Player 2
Home Player 6
Home Player 7
Home Player 8


v
v
v
v

Away Player 1
Away Player 3
Away Player 4
Away Player 5