The destination of the first Ladies County title was decided today as the Darlington Woodland’s quartet of Julie Robinson, Jean Morgan, Anne Camp and Ann Anderson (pictured) lifted the Fours title.

On a holding Bishop Auckland surface the morning semi finals saw Anderson ease past Darlington North Park’s Glenda Miller 37-4 which included a full house “8” on the 6th end and only lasted 15 ends. The other semi final saw Newton Hall’s Anne Bernard take on Stockton’s Josie Hodgson, Jan Irish, Jackie Carson and Teresa Parnell, with 13 ends played Newton Hall were 15-8 up and appeared on course for the final however the Stockton quartet produced a stunning comeback which was capped off with a match winning last end treble to get home 19-18.

On to the final and Parnell got off to a flier leading 6-0 after just two ends but within the space of two ends Anderson had turned things around to lead 7-6, out of the next 11 ends Anderson scored on nine of them and with the score at 21-8 after 15 ends the Woodland quartet looked to be cruising. However credit to the Stockton squad as back to back fours made it 21-16 and an 18th end single got the lead down to four. The 19th end was however to be decisive, with lines at a premium Woodland lead Robinson lay the foundations for a vital treble to halt the Stockton comeback and send  Anderson 24-17 ahead. Despite Parnell pinching a 20th end double any hopes of a five and forcing an extra end weren’t forth coming and a last end treble secured a 27-19 win for the Darlington Woodland’s quartet.

Full credit to both squads for the spirit in which the final was played.


Following a couple of unfortunate clerical errors at club level regarding the Rule & Regulations in the Mixed events we are recommending that all competitors make themselves familiar with the various Bowls England Rules & Regulations (Sections 50-70) for the various competitions you have entered.
Notably page 9 section 1.7

Bowls Durham do not police National Competitions as they are run by Bowls England (BE), however we can be asked by BE to assist in any local issues.

20th May 2018 - UNDER 25'S EXCEL

Well it was a cracking morning’s work for our Under 25 Double Fours as they defeated Northumberland 55-34 leaving 4 ends un-played at Gosforth. Jordan Harston, Matty Gleeson, Keith Burton and Bryan Henderson put in a five star performance, at the half way mark they led amazingly 27-0 against former England U25 star Josh Minto, by 15 the lead was still 22 and by the end Henderson finished 33-12 up. A change in our other rink saw Jack Deverson move to lead and a County debut for 13 year old Liam Berry who becomes the youngest player to represent the Bowls Duhram, Sam Patterson moved to three with Josh Halcrow at skip, 6-6 at 5 then 14-12 at 10 set the tone of the game, by 15 Halcrow was 3 down and with the other squad rampant Halcrow kept things tight and by 18 was only a couple of shots adrift, in the end the lads sneaked a deserved 21-21 draw. So overall it was a cracking 21 shot win with 4 ends left un-played, next up is Cumbria in the regional semi final in June.

19th May 2018 - MURAS DEFEAT

Our Muras Trophy campaign got off to a losing start albeit by only three shots at Houghton Dairy Lane against Yorkshire, it was a spirited performance with us recording four winning rinks but were left to rue a couple of decent rink leads getting whittled away. Colin Boston’s quartet of Scot Baker, County President Jeff Wilson and Paul Sainthouse finished top rink winning by eight, Josh Halcrow steered an Under 25 rink to a seven shot win while Dale Oram on his A team debut got home by five, John Mansfield saw a decent lead slip away but still held on for a 21-19 win. The two rinks that lost were Ian Riches who went donw by 11 and Gary Farquhar who battled on despite trailing 20-0 at one stage to finish 27-13. So overall it was a three shot loss and a 14-8 points return.

The other game saw Cumbria defeat Northumberland 16-6 which sets up this weekends double header nicely.   

18th May 2018 - SECOND STELLA LOSS

After the opening loss in this season’s Stella Logan we looked to bounce back against Cumbria at Pelton Fell, sadly it was not to be as Cumbria inflicted a 42 shot defeat on us. The only bright spot came from Stockton’s Josie Hodgson’s quartet of Jennifer Howey, Fay Slinn and Val Gray who returned a winning 17-13 score card, it was a surreal afternoon for Hodgson who not only was making her skipping debut but it was against her mother in law Joyce Hodgson. Across the green three of the rinks had a sniff of a point, Margaret Metcalfe went down by 3 while both Jennie Collin and Julie Robinson lost by 4 a piece, Samantha Pegg went down by 7 and it turned out to be a tough afternoon for Maureen Firth’s quartet who went down by 24. So overall it finished 129-87 and points wise 9-1 in Cumbria’s favour. Next up is the defending champions Lancashire who are due to visit Bishop Auckland in two weeks time.   


2018 BIBC Championships and International Series.

Please note that all timings are provisional and subject to change.

Free entry on all days and support would be very welcome.

Also the first session of the England v Australia Test Match will following the conclusion of the International Series on Sunday 1st July.


We have recently been informed that new car parking charges will apply when visiting Heaton Park, Manchester. This will affect most visitors from Northern Counties for Middleton Cup/Alsop matches. The car park will change to pay and display from 21st May 2018, and applies everyday 10am to 5pm. It will cost £1 for an hour, £2 for up to three hours and £3 for more than three hours.


Sadly just like our Stella Logan squad the Northern Trophy squad made a disappointing start to their 2018 campaign as they suffered a 126-108 loss at the hands of last year’s champions Yorkshire at York Railway. Last season we did beat the eventual champions away but lost at home so hopefully that will be reversed at Horden in June. Across the green we had a couple of winning rinks and a draw with the pick of them being Mary McGee, Joyce Stephenson, Edna Atkinson and Norma Stephenson who finsihed 23-16 up, Teresa Parnell steered her quartet to a 24-23 win while Gill Jones had to settle for a 19-19 draw. The reliable Joan Rodgerson rink suffered a rare 22-17 loss and Ann Anderson also went down by six, the remaining rink skipped by Joyce Woodward had a tough afternoon going down by 15, so despite a spirited performance points wise it was 7½-2½ to Yorkshire, the other game played saw Cumbria beat Northumberland 8-2. Next up is a trip to Amble to face Northumberland on May 25th...... Scores and Table

5th May 2018 - NOT A STELLA START

After last season’s 4th finish our Stella Logan squad were looking to get their 2018 campaign off to a winning start at Gosforth against a Northumberland squad who we completed the double over last season. Sadly things didn’t go to plan as we went down by 16 shots losing 7-3 on points. Across the green it was an even split of three up and three down, we had a couple of debutee skips in Woodland’s Julie Robinson and North Park’s Samantha Pegg and both made winning starts. Robinson steered Jennifer Parkin (Norton), Jane Pattison (North Park) and Hetton’s Evelyn Barkes to a narrow 15-13 win. North Park’s Samantha Pegg had a dream debut alongside Spennymoor’s Carmel Guy, Gloria Armstrong (Horden) and Newton Hall’s Dorothy Hudson racking up a 31-20 win, our third winning rink was Jaclyn Classen (Dairy Lane), Jenifer Howey (Newton Hall), Val Gray (Horden) and Shildon’s Esther Helm who ran out 21-19 winners. Unfortunately Dairy Lanes Margaret Metcalfe and Roker Park’s Maureen Firth both lost by 11 each and Horden’s Jennie Collins went down by 9. So a disappointing start but onwards and upwards … next up is Cumbria in two weeks time at Pelton Fell...... Scores


Bowls England is delighted to announce additional support in a bid to help more members to undertake Coach Bowls qualifications.The Bowls England Coaching Bursary offers affiliated members 50 per cent of the cost of recognised Coach Bowls courses. Since its introduction in 2013, a total of 225 members have been awarded a bursary towards the formal coaching qualifications and modules offered under the Coach Bowls banner.Now, the criteria for awards has been revised to enable two members of any affiliated club to apply for a bursary within any two year period – meaning that two members of the same club wishing to attend the same course can now apply for funding support.

 Tony Allcock MBE, Bowls England Chief Executive, said: “The provision of coaching to bowlers of all levels is vital to the long-term future of our sport. Bowls England therefore introduced the coaching bursary to demonstrate its support to all members wishing to obtain Coach Bowls qualifications and has been very well received. However, feedback has been received that the criteria of one member per club, per year, restricted some of those who wished to attend a course with one of their fellow club members. Therefore, we trust the revised criteria will enable even more members to attend courses in the future and help to make a big difference to their clubs in particular and the sport in general.”

Link s for the the and Q&A - Coaching Bursary Application Form ............ Coaching Busary Q&A


For anyone wishing to become a bowls coach the Bowls Development Alliance have confirmed that Gateshead Indoor Bowling club will play host to the Level 1 course.

Dates and Times:
Day 1: Sunday 24th June 2018 - 9am-5pm
Day 2: Sunday 22nd July 2018 - 9am-5pm
Attendance on all days are required to achieve the qualification.

Course Content
The topics covered on the course are:
Introduction to the Roles and Responsibilities of the Level 1 Bowls Coaching Assistant and the role of a Participation Programme Facilitator
Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Vulnerable adults
Health, Safety, Accidents and emergencies
Effective Communication. Coaching and Learning
Planning and Evaluation Bowls Coaching sessions
Coaching a Beginner
Warm ups
Working with the Jack
Working with the bowl
Introducing Basic shots
Cool downs
Qualification Prerequisites

Be able to communicate effectively in English (this includes listening, speaking, reading and writing), Must be at least 15 years of age, 16 on certification

This is a chance to put something back into the sport and would be a good tool to attract new members into your club, the fee could be funded via the club as they will feel the benefit. Anyone interested in taking the course can register at the link below.


Well Friday the 13th proved lucky for Silksworth's David Bolt who alongside the Devon trio of Louis Ridout, Jamie Chestney and Sam Tolchard secured the bronze medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Here is the report from the Sunderland Echo - At the Commonwealth Games it has been a rollercoaster ride for Silksworth’s David Bolt, earlier in the week hopes of a medal in the triples were cruelly snatched away but then in the fours Bolt landed a bronze medal. In the triples Bolt was leading in for the Devon duo of Jamie Chestney and Robert Paxton, after successfully negotiating the group format there was heartache in the quarter final for the English triple, after recovering from 14-9 down they were cruelly beaten on an extra end by the Norfolk Island’s 19-18. However Bolt’s second chance of a medal was in the fours, with Devon’s Louis Ridout at lead and Bolt at two, Chestney at three and another Devon star Sam Tolchard at skip. In the group format England eased past Singapore 25-6 and Brunei Darussalam 18-4 only suffering a 12-8 loss to Scotland’s Alex Marshall however a quarter final place was already secure without that defeat. In the quarter finals the England quartet over powered New Zealand 20-2 to set up a repeat auld emery clash against Marshall. In the semi final the English quartet raced into a 7-0 lead but a run of seven ends without scoring saw the momentum turn in Marshall’s favour to lead 12-7, despite getting back to 13-10 a dropped four on the 14th end sealed England’s fate 18-10 to leave them a bronze medal clash with Wales. In the play off the England quartet collected a decisive five on the 8th end to open up a 9-5 lead and in the end that proved the difference as they held on to a 15-9 win and collect the bronze medals. The gold went to Scotland’s Alex Marshall who collected a last end four to beat the hosts Australia 15-13, Marshall is now Scotland’s most decorated Commonwealth Games athlete.   


Bowls England is now in the position to advise further regarding qualification for the 2018 Bowls England National Championships.

Men's National Junior Singles
The six counties with the lowest number of entries for the 2018 Men’s Junior Singles are Derbyshire, Herefordshire, Isle of Wight, Lancashire, Northumberland and Nottinghamshire. 

Each of these counties will receive just one entry for the National Championship finals. All other counties will have two qualification places.

Men’s National Junior Pairs
All counties will receive one entry for the National Championship finals.

Women’s National Junior Singles
Two counties submitted no entries for the 2018 Women’s Junior Singles therefore they will not be represented at the National Finals. These are Isle of Wight and Nottinghamshire. 

Four counties submitted one entry for the 2018 Women’s Junior Singles therefore they will have one representative at the National Finals. These are Derbyshire, Lancashire, Middlesex and Yorkshire.

All other counties will have two qualification places.

Women’s National Junior Pairs
Seven counties submitted no entries for the 2018 Women’s Junior Pairs therefore they will not be represented at the National Finals. These are Derbyshire, Durham, Isle of Wight, Lancashire, Middlesex, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire.

All other counties will receive one entry for the National Championship finals.

‘C’ Representatives 
All counties with five per cent or more of the total number of entries in that National Championship from the previous year will be entitled to three representatives at the National Championships.

Below is a table outlining the counties that have reached the required number of entries for a third representative at the 2018 National Championships in each Championship event.

Championship Event

Men – Number of entries required in 2018

Counties that have received a ‘C’ in 2018 (In accordance with Regulation 50 3.1)

Women – Number of entries required in 2018

Counties that have received a ‘C’ in 2018 (In accordance with Regulation 50 3.1)



Devon, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey


Devon, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey

Two Wood Singles


Devon, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey


Devon, Essex, Kent, Leicestershire, Surrey



Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, Sussex


Devon, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey



Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, Sussex


Devon, Essex,  Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, Sussex



Devon, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey


Devon, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, Sussex

February 8th - World Bowls Law 33 Clarification

Law 33 - February 2018 – Bowls Scotland

Law 33 describes the action to be taken when a player leaves the green during the course of play.

There are multiple reasons why a player may have to leave the green and multiple situations in which this may occur. The Laws Committee (LC) does not consider it appropriate to describe all of these within the Laws (even if it could!). Rather, its approach is to define a ‘broad brush’ law which Controlling Bodies can supplement by including more detailed / specific procedures in their Conditions of Play. In the light of uncertainty being expressed by Controlling Bodies about what can be included in their procedures. the LC would like to clarify some elements of the law, give examples of what are and what are not permissible reasons for leaving the green and provide guidelines on how the law should be applied.

Here is a link to the full pdf version... report

February 2nd - Bowls England Update


The Bowls Development Alliance [BDA] is delighted to announce that the 2018 Spring Play Bowls Package application window has now opened. The window will remain open until 5pm, Friday 30th March 2018. 

In addition to postal applications, clubs can also apply online using the following link:

For more details about BDA package funding visit

















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