David Skidmore Competition Rules
DSR-1. This ‘knock-out’ ‘doubles’ competition shall be open only to the Clubs participating in the SLRBL.
DSR-2. The Chairman will normally make the draw for opponents at the AGM.
NOTE – Hosting Clubs will be pre-selected to play their opening matches on their own green, with an 8.00pm starting time. If they progress, and are scheduled to host the ‘next round’, they will be scheduled for the 8.00pm start. [This is for practical reasons of encouraging home support for administrative and refreshment and ‘clearing up’ activities.]
If they are ‘knocked out’, host Clubs will continue to meet heir obligations as ‘hosts’.
DSR-3. Matches will be played at more than one venue to complete the competition in a reasonable timescale. Two matches will usually be played at each venue on Fridays, one starting at 7.00pm, the second at 8.00pm (but starting as soon as a first match jack is free - so all games are completed by 10.00pm)
DSR-4. Opponent selection – For the “David Skidmore Memorial Competition”, the two Captains shall draw, in a random fashion, for pairings and for opponents.
DSR-5. Match Result – Two points shall be awarded to the winning pair. The match results shall be aggregated and one point awarded to the winning team so making 9 points per match.
TIE BREAK – If a “knock-out” match ends with both teams having two wins and equal aggregate scores, then the last game to be completed will play a “tie break” to achieve a result. The final score of the normal game will be 21/? (Irrespective of the number of chalks won during the final end.)
The last pairs to finish their game will play the tiebreak from the position where the last jack finished.
The “tie break” starts with the toss of a coin. The winner of the toss shall decide whether their side will play first or second. The jack is then led out and bowled to in the usual manner.
The team that wins the tiebreak shall be declared to be the winner of the match.

DSR-7. The host club functions will rotate annually. We will require four venues.
If we have more than 16 Clubs, we will need ‘preliminary matches’ to be played prior to the first round proper. The best option is for the preliminary matches to be played ahead of the first round.

NOTE – EXTRACTS from the SLRBL RULES particular to ‘DAVID SKIDMORE’ are repeated below:
Extract R3.3 The “David Skidmore Memorial Competition” matches shall be played on Friday evenings starting on the Friday following the end of the SLRBL fixtures. Two matches will be played at each scheduled venue each evening. If one or more preliminary matches are needed, they will be scheduled mid-week ahead of the 1st round.
Extract R4.2 For the “David Skidmore Memorial Competition”, all games for the first match played on any evening MUST start by 7.00pm to enable the second matches to be completed before the 10.00pm “lights out” requirements. The nominal starting time for the second match shall be 8.00pm but to assist with timing, games for the second match of the evening should be started as soon as each first match game has been completed.
Extract R5 POSTPONEMENTS –
R5.1/2/3 In the event of severe weather, the HOST CLUB representative shall decide if the green is fit for use. Should a game or part of a game have to be postponed through unfavourable weather or other special circumstances, such game shall be resumed from the point of entry to the green.
R5.5 For the “David Skidmore Memorial Competition” matches, the HOST CLUB representative shall liase with the team Captains to fix the date and then advise the League Secretary of the date agreed upon.
R5.6 If agreement cannot be reached, the League Executive Officers will determine the date.

Extracts R8 
R8.1 Practice is not permitted for the “David Skidmore Memorial Competition” matches. 
R8.2 Handicapping of players is forbidden for SLRBL and for “David Skidmore Memorial” games. 
R8.3 Opponent selection – For the “David Skidmore Memorial Competition”, the two Captains shall draw, in a random fashion, for pairings and for opponents. 
R8.4 There will be four games played from the start of the match (i.e. four jacks on the green). 
R8.5 Time limits for player attendance – No allowance can be made for insufficient players in the “David Skidmore Memorial Competition”. All players must be present and available to play at the stated match start time i.e. 7.00pm or 8.00pm Any game which cannot start on time due to absent players will be awarded to the complying side who will be awarded the game point(s) and 21 “chalks” and the offending side shall be awarded zero “chalks”. 
Extract R8.7 For “David Skidmore Memorial” matches, the lead-out of the jack for each game is pre-determined on the match report sheet to ensure each team leads out two jacks; scorecards to identify lead-out. 

Extract R9 MATCH SCORES –
All games shall be played “21 up”. All “David Skidmore Memorial” games shall be “doubles”.
The “David Skidmore Memorial” games shall score two (2) points for each game won plus one (1) point for the team having the higher aggregated score (nine (9) points per match).
Scoreboards, where available, should be used for all matches.
Scoreboards are required for ‘Finals Night’ for the David Skidmore Memorial Competition’.
Any scores dispute shall be referred to the two captains.
Extract DSR-5 TIE BREAK – If a “knock-out” match ends with both teams having two wins and equal aggregate scores, then the last game to be completed will play a “tie break” to achieve a result. The final score of the normal game will be 21/? (Irrespective of the number of chalks won during the final end.)
The last pairs to finish their game will play the tiebreak from the position where the last jack finished.
The “tie break” starts with the toss of a coin. The winner of the toss shall decide whether their side will play first or second. The jack is then led out and bowled to in the usual manner.
The team that wins the tiebreak shall be declared to be the winner of the match.

Extract R10 RESULTS, MATCH REPORT SHEET ROUTING AND RELATED MATTERS –
R10.1 The Match Report sheet MUST contain forename and surname for each player.
R10.2 Team Captains must confirm the match result by each signing the completed match report.
R10.3/4 The HOST CLUB MATCH ORGANISER must ensure that the match reports and/or other notification is sent to the Press Secretary to arrive no later than first post on the Tuesday following the match to enable publication deadlines to be met. The reports will then be sent to the League Secretary.
Note - the Match Reports will be checked and corrected if necessary by the League Secretary/Press Sec.