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Duncomb Shield

Stamford & District Bowls League Duncomb Shield

1.  The competition shall be known as the “Duncomb Shield” and shall be played for annually between pre-entered teams of FOUR players (playing any combination of 3 from 4, both in the preliminary and final rounds, each of whom shall be registered members of the Stamford & District Bowls League. On finals day teams may only be changed at the start of a new game. All four members of the team should be available to play on finals day.

2.  Competing teams shall solely represent their registered league team and shall remain together in every round of the competition. 

3.  All competing teams are required to enter their own applications through the official entry forms supplied to each league team captain before the start of the playing programme. Names of players must be included on the entry forms. 

4.  Entry fees shall be decided at each successive Annual General Meeting. 

5.  The competition shall be played to EBF rules and (in all other respects) to the requirements of the Stamford & District Bowls League.

6.  Having once played in a competition a player shall then be “cup-tied” to any other team. 

7.  The competition shall be under the direct control of the Competitions Secretary and any dispute shall be referred to him for adjudication.

8.  All entries are to close on the date stipulated by the League Executive Committee when the draw shall then take place to determine the first round matches. 

9. Teams will be in groups of up to 5 teams and matches played in a round robin format, with each match being 21 ends 2 wood triples. The 8 best-performing teams will play in the final on a date to be determined.

10. All matches to the date of the final will be played on the greens of the home-drawn team who will offer their opponents three suitable dates for play-off which must not coincide with normal league fixtures. 

11. HOME TEAM SKIP will be responsible entering the results directly into the results website, under 2023 Competitions Results, AND for returning the match result card SIGNED BY BOTH SKIPS to the COMPETITIONS SECRETARY clearly marked “Duncomb Shield”. 

The results card can either be scanned and emailed to Peter Linnell    ([email protected]) or posted the next day.

12. On the second Sunday in September (or such other date agreed at the Annual General Meeting) the eight qualifying teams will meet at a pre-selected venue to to play the final in a round robin format. They will play 6 ends with points awarded as follows: 3 Points for a Win, 2 Points for a Draw and 1 Point for each end won. The overall winner will be the team with the most points. In the event of equal points shots for, then points against will be taken into account. If the teams are still equal then the result of the game played against each other will be taken into account and if they still cannot be divided then a 6 end play-off will decide the winner. 

13. The venue for the above finals day tournament will be decided by the committee.  

14. Any player doubting his availability on the day of the final is advised to refrain from initial entry. Failure to compete on the scheduled day may carry an automatic 12 months suspension from the competition. 

15. Any player entering the competition and then transferring to another Stamford League team during the course of the playing programme should notify the Competition Secretary without delay. 

16. The presentation of the Duncomb Shield shall form part of the annual competition awards. Suitable individual trophies to the winners and runners-up will be at the discretion of the League Committee. 

17. Any eventuality or condition not specifically covered in the above rules or not dealt with under item 7 shall be referred to the League Committee whose decision shall then become absolute and in precedent.                  


Stamford & District Bowls League Duncomb Shield