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The English Bowling Federation and the English Women’s Bowling Federation announce plans for the coming campaigns




Northants’ Bowling Federations – which serve competitive male and female bowlers in the Stamford and Deepings area – has, in conjunction with its national bodies, announced plans for the future of the game over the summer and winter seasons delayed by the Covid pandemic.

The English Bowling Federation and the English Women’s Bowling Federation have advised jointly that arrangements are already being made for the 2021 outdoor and indoor seasons, but only if bowls gets the go-ahead from the Government to resume in May.

The 2020 EBF/EWBF national indoor finals – provisionally arranged to start on April 19, 2021, but delayed because of the Covid pandemic – have been rearranged to begin on Monday, October 4, subject to agreement with Newark IBC’s directors.

Wayne Aspinall and John and Moira Holroyd – Northants Mixed rinks champions – eagerly awaiting to compete in the delayed national finals in October. (44269220)
Wayne Aspinall and John and Moira Holroyd – Northants Mixed rinks champions – eagerly awaiting to compete in the delayed national finals in October. (44269220)

The local Northants EBF and EWBF already know their champions – decided at Peterborough IBC last March just before the first lockdown – but the national association found it impossible to confirm an earlier date as five counties have still to complete their 2020 schedules.

If the national finals take place in October, it will mean two national indoor finals will be staged during the next indoor season.

The 2022 finals are scheduled to start on Tuesday, April 19, with the Eversley Trophy earmarked for Sunday, April 3, avoiding a Bank Holiday.

Christine Ford is scheduled to compete in three events in October – women’s singles, pairs and rinks – but lost out in the mixed triples county final (with Martyn Dolby and men’s singles winner Adam Warrington) to Wayne Aspinall and John and Moira Holroyd.

The EBF/EWBF are planning to go ahead with the 2021 outdoor programme, unless further restrictions are imposed, with the finals held at Skegness from Saturday, August 21.

The EBF Potters Bowls Week, scheduled to start next month, has been cancelled. The start date for 2022 will Monday, February 28.

Christine Ford.
Christine Ford.


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