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Recent updates to the site

    14 Jun19  - More sad news - Ken Barnes. See below.

  6:14 Jun19  - Re-arranged Ladies matches

   2Jun19  - Newark winners Photo Gallery

 10May19 - Get to know when match results are posted. Details on each of the 4 results pages


 May19 - Venue changes: Notts (Newton) & Nortumberland (U25) & Humberside;

              Indoor finals report (see below) Roll of Honour & List of finalists

 Mar/Apr19 - Wearing of shorts (below); Calendar (new option);
Work in progress:  New archive section
Coming soon:                         
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From Dave Woods, EBF Secretary.    14th June, 2019
Ken Barnes
It is with great sadness that I report that Ken passed away yesterday.
Ken was the National President in 2016 and was well-liked during his reign in office. 
Anyone wishing to send a sympathy card, please send to the following address:
Deborah Mason
5, West Denton Road,
NE15 7LQ
Funeral arrangements
Wednesday 26th June 1:15.  St. John Vianny Church followed by Cremation at the West Road.
Church Address 15, Hillhead Parkway,  West Denton. NE5 1DP and after at the Benwell Cricket Club.
Family flowers only. Donations to the Alzheimer’s Society.


2019 Finals Report

Played on the eight rinks green at the Newark Indoors Bowls Centre the EBF & EWBF Indoor National Finals at the Newark Indoor Bowls Club once again had all the promise for a fascinating week of high class bowling and did not disappoint in any way. The tournament organisers, Dave Woods, Beryl Beresford, Ray White and Ty Roberts had their work cut out with over 60 players duplications including, four players in five, five in four and many others in two or three competitions, this meant that some players if successful would play in all sessions on a day.

The opening ceremony on the Tuesday morning was hosted by EWBF President, Carole Swan from Norfolk. The official opening was carried out by the Mayor of Newark Councillor Tony Roberts, and the Chairman of the council Robert Crowe and his consort. Following this the Ladies from twelve counties took to the green for the annual Harry Carver Trophy competition. The winners after a four match round robin were Nottinghamshire, with the runners-up Lincolnshire.

Some highlights of the week: Match play began prompt at 9.30 a.m. on the Wednesday with the opening rounds of the three rink competitions. Resulting in wins for Huntingdonshire in the men’s and mixed rinks competition and Lincolnshire in the Ladies.

There were some close games in the Finals with Sue Pearson and Alan Hind from Cleveland just edging out the Durham pair of Alan Lawton and Maureen Charles in the Mixed Pairs by 16 shots to 15. Another close and exciting game resulted in Ladies rinks from Lincolnshire consisting of Jenna Earl, Rene Walker and Maureen Wilson defeating the rink from Northumberland of Ann Lennie, Karen Weites and Enid Brown by 21 shots to 19. In the ladies singles, Ann Lennie completed the hat trick of wins in this event, winning it for the 3rd time in a row. This now makes Ann the winner of this trophy for the seventh time since 2010.

Liam Creaser won the under 25 title for the second time in 3 years by beating Andrew Pulford from Suffolk in the final.

One of the most disappointing aspects of the week was when Ed Elmore from Huntingdonshire, had to pull out of the Championships on the Saturday through illness. He had already played all of the 13 sessions previously available since the Wednesday morning, winning all of them. Although he had already won 2 of the 5 championships he had entered, he could possibly have won 3 more if the illness had kept away.

The final game on the Sunday afternoon, was the Derbyshire Trophy final it was the first time in over 10 years that neither of the finalists had previously qualified when Northamptonshire played Nottinghamshire. The game could have gone either way with two evenly matched teams before Northamptonshire gradually pulled away and won by 17 shots.

Plans are already underway for the 2020 EBF/EWBF Indoor Finals which will take place from Monday April 20th to Sunday April 26th inclusive, at the Newark Indoor Bowls Club.

Once again I would like to thank the officials, the staff and the members of this lovely club who helped to make this another memorable championship, delivering all present with a never ending supply of tea, coffee and drinks while the bacon baps never failed to delight, as did the hundreds of lunches and sandwiches served throughout the games. Thanks to Richard Coles our Photographer and also to the Umpires and Markers who gave generously of their time, the EBF and EWBF officials who organised and ran the tournament, the bowlers who delighted the spectators all the week and the spectators themselves who created the magical atmosphere for the English Bowling Family that is only found at Newark.

Dave Woods

E.B.F. National Secretary


The wearing of shorts by men.

It was passed at the 2018 AGM that tailored shorts (with EBF logo) may be worn, white in inter-county association matches and national championships, grey in other games. For the full dress regulations for men click on “Rules (2019)” in the Main Menu to the left and see rule 7.21. Shotbowl are the only EBF approved outlet. Here is the link to the relevant page of their website.



 Outdoor Finals at Skegness 2018

The National Outdoor Finals were held at Skegness, August 18th to 25th 2018. An overview of  the results of the FINAL MATCH in each competition can be seen via the 'Skegness 2018 - Champions' link. 

Details and scores for ALL MATCHES/ROUNDS in each competition can be seen by following these two links:-

Skegness 2018 - EBF draw
Skegness 2018 - EWBF draw

 Use the 'Photo Gallery' Link to see photographs of all COMPETITION WINNERS 


Outdoor Inter-County matches 2019

Follow the three links in the Main Menu to the left to see the fixtures, namely:-

Adams Newton 2019 - (EBF)
Donald Steward / SJV 2019 (EWBF)
Reg Wright U25 2019 - (EBF & EWBF)