Following recent confusion between team Captains with regards to the correct procedure to follow when playing a league match with a player short, the Committee wish to clarify the league rules and how they should be followed.
With regards to the Three Player Division, the team attending the match with a player short, ie two players writes down the order of play for the first four frames in the usual way, either first as the home team, or after as the away team. The non-offending Captain then selects one of the two players in the offending team to play either a further two frames (ie four in total) to replace the player 3, or can choose for both players to play an extra frame each (ie three in total). This selection can be done at the start of the match OR after the first four frames have been played. In accordance with league rule 21, the match result in points won shall stand but the offending team shall be deducted two points from their aggregate total.
With regards to the Four Player Division, this follows generally the same principle as the Three Player except the non-offending Captain selects one of the three players in the team that is a player short to play an extra frame. Again, this can be undertaken at the start of the match or after three frames have been played. In accordance with league rule 18, the match result in points won stands but the offending team shall be deducted one point from their aggregate total.
With COVID restrictions now being eased across the country, the Committee are from w/c 7 February 2022 reinstating penalty point(s) deductions for teams playing with one player short.