Proposals for National Competitions in 2022

(Taken from the Bowls England website and contained in letters to the county.)

National Finals 2022

Bowls England have repeatedly outlined that 2022 is a challenging year for the domestic calendar, and we have been advised that Birmingham 2022 has use of the Victoria Park venue until Thursday 18th August. Building in venue set-up time, the indicative dates for the Bowls England National Finals are Thursday 25th August to Sunday 11th September inclusive. We will be meeting with Birmingham 2022 and Warwick District Council to confirm this and are mindful of the challenges of the later date on players and spectators.

We will be reflecting on this year’s National Finals and making improvements based on your feedback.  We aim to go on ticket sale for the 2022 National Finals before the end of 2021. 

National Championship 2022 – Formats and Qualification

Following an analysis of the survey results and feedback from counties, we will be running all the National Championships using the following formats:

  • Singles (including Junior Singles) – 21 up
  • Pairs (including Junior Pairs) – Four bowls 18 ends
  • Triples – Three bowls 18 ends
  • Fours (including Senior Fours) – Two bowls 18 ends
  • Two-bowl singles – Two bowls 21 ends

For the integrity of the events, the same format must be played at all stages of the Championships including county qualifying rounds.  As in 2021, there will be 48 qualifiers for the National Finals in Championship events. The 13 counties with the most entrants in each event will receive two qualification places.

The closing date for receipt of qualifier information from counties to Bowls England will be Monday 8th August 2022.

Inter-County Events

To provide more space in the competition schedule, the Middleton and Johns will remain as knock-out competitions and the Finals will be played as part of the 2022 National Finals.  Qualifying for the Balcomb Trophy, Walker Cup, White Rose Trophy and Amy Rose Bowl will also remain as knockout as in 2021, but the Regional Finals for the respective events for each gender will be on separate dates. We shall circulate the programme for inter-county events next month once the wider National Competition programme has been confirmed.

More information will be made available when published.

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