"I am a Norfolk man and Glory in being so." Horatio Nelson

Summer AGM provided bleak outlook

At the NCSMBA summer league AGM held at Thorpe Marriott last night chairman Will Hoggan gave a concerning report about the state of the summer league with five clubs having pulled out this coming season and only one re-entering. If First Bus had not of entered this season the league could have been down to just one division for the very first time which is a far cry from eighteen years ago that saw the summer league flourish with four divisions and thrity one clubs. With just nine clubs in the league there were still two clubs who had no representitives turn up on the night which is another sign of the worrying times ahead. There seemed to be no answers in how to stop the trend which seems to be spiralling not only in the summer but in the winter also with Wreningham one of the first clubs to set up short mat bowls in the county having played it's last south Norfolk league match against Shropham last month. Another club who started along side Wreningham was East Tuddenham who now only register four players and rely on players from other clubs to keep going and again this is a similar trend for other clubs. Wymondham's Jack Pye was voted in to take over from Thorpe Marriott's Tony Turner as league and competition secretary with the summer cup draw taking place which saw the top three clubs of last season's division one all miss each other in the first round. With the amount of clubs now in the league the decision was taken to make the cup be played over two legs on a home and away basis.