Harrow & District Bowling Association


Competition Rules.


1.      The Competition shall be open to all male members of affiliated clubs. No restriction shall be placed upon any member playing in more than one Competition, but he shall not play for more than one club in Harrow & District Competitions.


2.      The Competitions shall be controlled by the Executive Committee, or a Sub Committee chosen by the Executive Committee, who shall determine all disputes, which do not come within the scope of the Umpire's duty.


3.      All entries must be from actual members of affiliated clubs and shall be received by the Competition Secretary, together with entrance fees on the Summary form through the entrant’s Club Secretary before the closing date at the end of February.


4.      A protest against any conditions under which a tie is played must be made to the opponent, or

opponents, recorded on the score card and notified to the Competition Secretary immediately after the

game. The game should be completed as if no protest had been made.


5.      Appeals shall be made within 24 hours of the playing of the tie, with a clear written statement, of the

point at issue. On receipt of notice the disputants must appear, in person, before the Executive Committee or Sub-Committee, whose decision shall be final.


6.      The draw shall be made in its entirety, the first out being the Challenger, and the second, the



7.      The result of the draw, which normally takes place in March, will be notified to the

nominated member of each club by the following Monday. Updates of the draw will be notified to

each Club or the nominated member, as soon as possible after the completion of each round.


8i)     The Challenger (except in the Portman and Coronation) shall offer the Opponent at least two dates. These dates must not be consecutive, and must not be a Bank Holiday. One date may be a Saturday or Sunday. 


ii) In the Portman Trophy and Coronation Shield the Challenger shall offer the opponent at least 3 dates, one of which must be a Saturday or Sunday but not a Bank Holiday unless mutually agreed.


iii) If the Opponent has not received an offer on the 8th day before the closing date of the round, he should contact the Challenger and offer dates (points 8i and 8ii would not apply). The Opponent, who then assumes the role of Challenger and takes home advantage, must notify the Competition Secretary of the situation, at this point.


iv) If at all possible dates offered shall not be offered to coincide with the H & DBA Tour.


 9.     A Challenger or an Opponent failing to comply with the above shall be "SCRATCHED" upon

the successful application of the opposite competitor and, failing such application before the last day


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10.    All rounds to be played-off, on or before the dates fixed. Results to be notified to the Competition

Secretary, as soon as possible after the game, and before 10.30 p.m.


11.    Results MUST reach the Competition Secretary no later than 10 30 p.m. on the last day of the round, by telephone if necessary. Failure to comply with this rule WILL result in disqualification of BOTH Players / Teams.


12.    A score card for each game, signed by both players / skips, and bearing the numbers of the

Competitors, must be forwarded to the Competition Secretary to confirm the result within 24 hours of the

game being played, (postmark to decide). The onus of making such a return shall be with the Winner.

Failing compliance, the defaulting player will be "scratched".


13.    The generally accepted start time for matches will be 6.15pm Monday to Friday and 10a.m. Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays. Matches can be played at any other convenient time subject to mutual agreement. If a competitor arrives more than 30 minutes after the time fixed for the game, the other may claim a "walk over". Such claims must be made to the Competition Secretary by 10.30 p.m. on the scheduled date of the game in accordance with Rule 10.


14.    In the event of disputes, relating specifically to walkovers, only written evidence of challenges and acceptances will be considered.


15.    The Committee Secretary will determine the period of time between rounds, and these must be strictly adhered to. No extension of time will be allowed, except in unusual circumstances. (see Rule 16 ).

16.    In the event of the Green being / becoming unplayable due to factors beyond the player’s control (i.e. unusual circumstances, viz. inclement weather, violence, unplayable green etc.) the following options apply: -


i). If the match has not started and no time is available for play to start, then an alternative mutually

acceptable date should be agreed.


ii) If the unplayed match was scheduled for the final date of any round the mutually agreed rearranged date must be within the next 5 days


iii) If the match has started and less than 10 ends are completed, the match shall be restarted on a mutually acceptable date, subject to point 16ii above, on the same green with the same players as if no interruption had occurred. In a team event if the same players are not available on an alternative mutually acceptable date then the match should be restarted.


iv) If the match has started and more than 10 ends are recorded, the result will stand at the point where the match is stopped.


In any of the above circumstances the Competition Secretary must be advised and his decision is, final.







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When a match of any kind is temporarily stopped, either by mutual consent, by the Controlling Body or by the

Umpire after appeal to him for any valid reason, the match shall be resumed with the score as it was

when the match stopped. An end commenced but not completed shall be declared “dead”.


17.    In all games up to, but excluding the Semi-final, or Final, the Challenger shall have the choice of

playing on his own or Opponent's green, or any mutually agreed neutral green.


18.    The Semi-Finals will be played on pre-selected greens on specified dates, to be arranged by the Executive Committee, or Sub-Committee. The Finals will be played on the first Saturday in September on a green selected by the Executive Committee or Sub-Committee.


19.    All games to be played on "Outdoor Greens".


20.    The rules for substitutes in all Competitions shall be in accordance with the Middlesex County

Bowling Association rules.


21     Coronation Shield (Double Fours)

In the event of a tie an Extra End is to be played on the Challengers Green.


22.    Portman Trophy

In the event of a tie an Extra End is to be played by the Triples.


23.    The WB & WIBC “Laws of the Sport of Bowls (English Version) shall be applied in any other situations.


All Competitors will be deemed to have accepted these conditions.




James L. Herman (Hon. Comp. Sec.)

One A, Elms Road

Harrow Weald

HA3 6BB       


Telephone No. 020 8954-3464


Email: - james.marilyn@sky.com  


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