ECBA ARCHIVE 2021

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(20 Dec 2020)

2021 ECBA COMPETITION ENTRIES - A REMINDER

Since the launch on 19 October over 370 members have registered to use the portal, which is significantly fewer than entered the 2020 County Competitions. That figure is expected to grow as there are still some regular participants yet to sign up.

Please take a moment to register and enter the competitions, if you have not already done so.

If you have entered, please remind your club colleagues that registration and entry is now their responsibility.

The closing date for entries to the competitions (for this year only) will be 31st December.

John Tully, ECBA Competition Secretary

 

(4 Jan 2021)

2021 COMPETITIONS - PORTAL ANNOUNCEMENT

So far, we have significantly fewer entries for 2021 than for 2020. A telephone poll taken from the players who entered in 2020, but have not yet entered for 2021,  has revealed that many of our members have concerns over the current Covid-19 crisis

A summary of what happened with the 2020 entries below

Singles, 2-wood Singles, Pairs, Triples, Fours, Senior Fours, Junior Singles and Pairs entry monies were refunded to clubs and passed on to entrants

Secretaries, Benevolent and Unbadged Singles were played

North and South Essex Fours, Double Fours, Shield were not played, but entries are free in 2021

It is anticipated that a similar arrangement will be adopted for this years competitions, should they be cancelled 

With this is mind, we have extended the closing date for this year’s competitions until 31st January 2021 to allow the efficacy of the vaccination program to be more established which will give more players an opportunity to enter 

 

(26 Jan 2021)

ALL POTENTIAL ECBA COMPETITION ENTRANTS FOR 2021

You may recall that the deadline for entries has been extended until 31st January - a list of entries to date can be found here
That closing date is now only THREE days away, so if you wish to enter any 2021 competitions (including the Shield or Double Fours),

please do so immediately
If you have experienced ANY issues with the new process, please contact John Tully 07970-100634 or Dave Jarrold 07771-882595
We will help you resolve your problems

 

(4 Feb 2021)

ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR BOWLS CLUBS

Bowls England have announced that there is even more funding available for clubs affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Read full article here

 

(6 Feb 2021)

NOTICE  FOR ALL COACHES

From the County Coach - A reminder that there are important documents, on the dedicated Coaching page.

 

(1 Mar 2021)

ALAN KNIGHT RIP

We are sorry to have to announce the death of Alan Knight

Alan was President in 2007 and played 161 times for the Association

He will be sadly missed by all that knew him

Our prayers and heartfelt thoughts go to Pauline and the family at this very sad time

(12 Mar 2021)

ALAN KNIGHT - UPDATE

Alan’s funeral is to be held on Monday 22nd March at 13:00 pm at Green Acres Woodland Burial Park in North Weald, Essex

Due to Covid restrictions, space at the chapel is limited to invitation only

A webcast has been arranged for those who cannot be invited to attend the service

Link https://www.obitus.com/        Username: saki0590        Password: 779878

A personal tribute from Alex Wightman, former Officer of the Association, can be found here

(7 Apr 2021)

ECBA COMPETITION DATES

The dates for the initial rounds of all ECBA competitions have now been agreed and can be found here

(13 APR 2021)

MAUREEN ELLIS RIP

The death is announced of Maureen Ellis, wife of Tony (ECBA President in 2011), on 12th April 2021.

At this sad time for Tony and his family, please do not contact him.

Urgent matters should be referred to either Terry Mizen or Pat Finney 

(2 May 2021)

MAUREEN ELLIS RIP - FUNERAL DETAILS

The service is on 13th May at 12:30 - details of how to view are attached here

(1 May 2021)

ECBA COMPETITION DRAWS

Please note that, on the same day that ECBA handbooks were available, the Competition Portal has details of every competition draw.

Entrants will have received an email for every competition they have entered

While you do not need to log in to the portal to view the draws (making them available to all), in order to enter results, you will need to log in here

 

(3 May 2021)

MIDDLETON CUP - MESSAGE FROM THE MANAGER

Our Preliminary Round tie, versus Suffolk is at Bishops Stortford BC (neutral green) on Saturday 3rd July with an 11:00 start. 
Further round dates are 10th July, 24th July & 7th August before Semis/Finals on 11th September. 

Players under consideration have received an email from me and are invited to a squad selection day on 

Saturday 19th June at Essex County BC - 10:30 to 13:00

Please be sure to advise me if you are unable to attend on 19th June to assist with our preparations

(Mark Wilson Pairs Comp to commence at 14:00)

 

(17 May 2021)

ECBA 2021 TOUR - MESSAGE FROM THE TOUR SECRETARY

This year, because of the Covid restrictions, Sandy Dron’s Herefordshire Tour has been moved to August

Obviously, this change gives an opportunity for more people to join us

Travel to Herefordshire on 1st August, 5 games on 2nd-6th, travel home on 7th August

If you’re interested, please call Ken Clarke, Tour Secretary, on 01206-795118

 

(18 May 2021)

ECBA COMPETITION RESULTS - A MESSAGE FROM JOHN TULLY

Please note that section 1(s) of the Competition Regulations, states that

“Players who have registered themselves or have been registered (with an email address) by the Competition Secretary

MUST submit results via the Competition Portal. Players who have no access to the Competition Portal, can submit results by telephone to either the Competition Secretary or the ECBA Media Officer” (John Tully 07970-100634 or Dave Jarrold 07771-882595)

There are just a handful of people who have no internet access and their results will be accepted over the telephone, otherwise please can you comply with rule 1(s). A simple guide on how to submit results can be found here

For information, the up to date Regulations can be found here or on page 28 of the 2021 ECBA handbook

 

(27 May 2021)

TEAMS SELECTION - ISSUE 1

Teams selection issue 1, Games 14-15, 15-17 June - here

 

(30 May 2021)

BALCOMB TROPHY

Our first round tie will be played on Sunday 4th July commencing at 11:00

The venue is LEICESTER BC, Kenwood Road, off Carisbrooke Road, Leicester LE2 3PL

Team Selection to follow

We have been told that bacon cobs will be on sale before the game (rolls, one presumes!)

 

(7 Jun 2021)

ASHFORD CUP UPDATE FROM PAT FINNEY

The final league tables can be found here 

The final will be held at 10:00 on Sunday 1st August at Dunmow BC - Group 3 v Group 6

 

(18 Jun 2021)

COUNTY FOURS - 18th June only

In the event that any County Fours fixtures cannot be played due to the weather conditions, please be advised that matches may be postponed and played on or before Wednesday 23rd June, date to be agreed by mutual consent. Please advise me of the revised date by text or email

If you cannot agree on a date please call me (07970-100634) and I will fix a date for you

John Tully

ECBA Competition Secretary

(21 Jun 2021)

TEAMS SELECTION - ISSUE 2

Teams selection issue 2, Games 20,21,23,24,26,27,28,29 (Original Issue), 29 Jun - 22 July - here

 

(25 Jun 2021)

A MESSAGE FROM THE COMPETITION SECRETARY

Please be advised that the Final Stage draws have today been published to the Competition Portal

There is currently a strange problem, when selecting Final Stage draws

However, if you click 'Back to Competition' and then select Area 1, the correct draw is displayed

The neutral greens for the Quarter finals of the four Major Championships have also been agreed, details below
I am indebted to each of the clubs for giving up their valuable green space for these important matches

NOTE: In order to facilitate travelling - all matches to commence at 18:30

SINGLES    Mon     5th July    Stock and Buttsbury BC

PAIRS         Tue       6th July    Kings Chase BC

TRIPLES    Thu       8th July    Braintree BC

FOURS       Fri         9th July    Old Dagenham BC

 

(26 Jun 2021)

MIDDLETON CUP - MESSAGE FROM THE MANAGER

Thanks to all players who showed commitment to the Essex cause at the trial last weekend

From that squad of invitees we have selected our team for, what we hope will be, the first knockout game in this season's competition

Selection of the correct 24 is never easy and this season was no exception - team here

Most named in the "remaining squad members" will feel disappointed to have missed out for the first game but we sincerely hope you can put that aside and come along to Bishop's Stortford to support the County

Please reply advising of your availability without delay to sxmanager@gmx.co.uk, whether playing or supporting.

Best regards, Malcolm (Team Manager)

(5 Jul 2021)

MIXED FORTUNES FOR ESSEX - MESSAGE FROM THE MANAGER

MIDDLETON CUP  vs  SUFFOLK @  Bishop’s Stortford BC Saturday 3rd July

We are sad to report that Essex lost by 9 shots (109-118) to a very strong Suffolk side. Images of the cards are here - R1-6

 

BALCOMB TROPHY - success for Essex on Sunday by 11 shots v Leicester, Images of the cards are here

(15 Jul 2021)

BALCOMB TROPHY

Our neutral green area semi-final tie against NORFOLK will be played on Sunday 18th July commencing at 10:00

Players are expected to arrive no later than 09:15 

The venue is Brampton Institute BC, Coronation Way, Brampton, Huntingdon PE28 4TG

Free tea and coffee on arrival

Team Selection here

(14 Jul 2021)

A MESSAGE FROM THE COMPETITION SECRETARY

Due to the number of players in multiple events this year, the scheduling has been very complicated. Many thanks to all concerned who have helped me arrange the matches. The full schedule can be found here

 

(19 JUL 2021)

WALLY BALL

The results of Sunday's games and final tables can be found here

Group 6 and Group 3 will contest the final on Sunday 8th August, 10:00  at Princess Marie Louise

 

(19 JUL 2021)

INTER-GROUP KNOCKOUT

The results of Sunday's games as follows

Group 6      99    -    108     Group 4

Group 9     116   -    107     Group 5

Group 8     136   -      99     Group 3

Group 1       95   -    120     Group 2

Semi-finals on Sunday 25th August, 10:00, venues TBA

Group 4        v     Group 9

Group 8        v     Group 2

 

(19 Jul 2021)

TEAMS SELECTION - ISSUE 3

Teams selection issue 3, Games 30,32,33,34,5,35,37 (Original Issue), 27 Jul - 17 Aug - here

Hopefully all Games will be back to normal - any changes will be posted on this website

(19 Jul 2021)

BALCOMB TROPHY RESULT

Disappointment for Essex

In the Balcomb Trophy yesterday, trailing by 4 after both rinks had played 20 ends, Essex held the 5 required to win

with only 5 bowls (out of 336) left. However both Norfolk skips drew second shot, leaving Essex 2 short.

As Malcolm Stark says ‘You can be so close, but so far away’

Final score Essex 36 - 38 Norfolk. Scorecards here

 

(18 Jul 2021)

A MESSAGE FROM THE COMPETITION SECRETARY

The results from yesterday's semi-finals day as follows

Two Bowl Singles

Sam Moss (Silver End) 15 Jack Butcher (Romford) 16 aee

Edward Morris (Essex County)    v      Bob Pooley (Stock & Buttsbury) - playing 21st July

Junior Singles

Tom Lesslie (Castle Hedingham) 21 Alix Rouse (Saffron Walden) 19

Adam Bailey (Thurrock) 21 Luke Smith (Grays Town) 7

Fours

Harlow 13 Writtle 12

Colchester WE 23 Romford 16

Triples

Silver End 23 Great Baddow 5

Happy Valley 7Essex County 19

Pairs

Brightlingsea 14 Romford 15

Silver End 15 Essex County 17

Singles

Edward Morris 21 Sam Roberts 14

Kevin Fitzgerald 21 Andrew Squire 16

Senior Fours

Aveley 7 Stock & Buttsbury 17

Wanstead Central 15 Bocking 14

Junior Pairs

Romford 19 Castle Hedingham/Saffron Walden 8

PLEASE NOTE 

Finals Day, scheduled for 31 July will be disrupted due to Essex players being involved in International duty

The revised schedule will be published as soon as possible

(25 Jul 2021)

TEAMS SELECTION - ISSUE 3

Teams selection issue 3, Games 30,32,33,34,5,35,37 (Original Issue), 27 Jul - 17 Aug - here

NOTE: ALL GAMES RETURN TO NORMAL FROM TUE 27TH JULY ONWARDS

ARRIVE IN GREYS, SHIRT AND TIE, AND BLAZER. GAME IN WHITES WITH COUNTY SHIRT

MEALS AFTER GAME

 

(26 JUL 2021)

INTER-GROUP KNOCKOUT

The results of Sunday's semi-finals as follows

Group 4      108   -   105     Group 9

Group 8      131   -   121     Group 2

Final to be held on Sunday 8th August, 10:00 at Essex County BC

Group 4        v     Group 8 

 

(27 Jul 2021)

COMPETITION FINALS DAY - 31st JULY

The following finals will be played on 31st July as scheduled (Markers and Umpires will be available)

10:00 Junior Pairs                        Dan Hughes & Jack Butcher v Luke Smith & Adam Bailey

11:00 Fours                                  Harlow v Colchester WE

11:00 Senior Fours                       Stock & Buttsbury v Wanstead Central

12:00 (earliest) Junior Singles     Tom Lesslie v Adam Bailey

Players should be available at least 15 minutes before the start of your game

Dress is whites or club colours with club shirts

 

Due to duplications and international duty the remaining finals will not be played on finals day (31st July) and since it has been impossible to find a single alternative date when all of the finals could be played, a decision has been made that these games will be played on separate dates at venues to be agreed

Single Handed Championship

Pairs Championship

Triples Championship

Two Bowl Single Handed Championship

 

(2 Aug 2021)

ASHFORD CUP FINAL - 1ST AUGUST

An excellent morning of bowls played on a very good green at Dunmow BC

For the first time since I took over running of this competition (in 2007) the match finished

in a tie across the 6 rinks, 3 rinks each, with a score of 104-104

An extra end was played on each rink, resulting in Group 3 winning 9 shots to 5

Congratulations to Group 3 for winning the Trophy for the third year running, the

first time this has happened.

Many thanks to the umpires Paul Costin & Colin Whitear for giving up their time

Pat Finney Ashford Cup Secretary

 

(5 Aug 2021)

COUNTY FINAL RESULTS, SCHEDULES

Detailed results are available on the Competition Portal, however here is a summary of events last weekend

Junior Singles       Lesslie                   16       21   Bailey

Junior Pairs          Bailey & Smith      13       21   Hughes & Butcher

Fours                    Harlow                   13       14   Colchester West End

Senior Fours         Stock&Buttsbury   13       12  Wanstead Central

The remaining finals

2 Bowl Singles         Wednesday 11th August, Stock & Buttsbury at 18:00

Pairs                          Monday 16th August, Maldon at 18:00

Triples                       Tuesday 17th August, Stock & Buttsbury at 18:00

Singles   TBA

 

(5 Aug 2021)

A MESSAGE FROM THE COMPETITION SECRETARY

A list of the ECBA entrants at National Finals can be found here

 

 

(9 Aug 2021)

INTER-GROUP KNOCKOUT / WALLY BALL - SUNDAY 8th AUGUST

Group 4 won the Inter-Group Knockout and Group 3 won the Wally Ball

Scores from the games as follows

Inter Group KO

Group 4      121   -   113     Group 8

Wally Ball

Group 3      6 points (76 shots)  -    2 points (63 shots)  Group 6

 

(12 Aug 2021)

COUNTY FINAL RESULTS, SCHEDULES

The remaining finals

2 Bowl Singles         Wednesday 11th August, Stock & Buttsbury at 18:00

Jack Butcher (Romford)               16 - 11     Edward Morris (Essex County)

Pairs                          Monday 16th August, Maldon at 18:00

Steve Mitchinson                          12 - 19    Chris Muir

Nigel Smith                                                  Edward Morris

(Romford)                                                    (Essex County)

Triples                       Tuesday 17th August, Stock & Buttsbury at 18:00

Ray Everitt                                  10 - 20      Chris Muir

Daniel Rodger                                              Steve Gunnell

Jason Burgess                                               Edward Morris

(Silver End)                                                 (Essex County)

Singles                        Friday 13th August, Kings Chase at 18:00

Kevin Fitzgerald                            5 - 21     Edward Morris

(Wansted Central)                                       (Essex County)  

 

(13 Aug 2021)

TEAMS SELECTION - ISSUE 4

Teams selection issue 4, Games 10,38,39,40,41,42,13,43 (Original Issue), 18 Aug - 21 Sep - here

 

(18 Aug 2021)

MINOR FINALS / SEMI FINALS (Sunday 15 Aug)

North Essex Fours     P King, B Everett, G Smith, P Weedon (Severalls)  13 - 27 R Kempen, T Everett, P Sullivan & E Barker (Southminster)

South Essex Fours     B Staines, A Daws, J Lloyd & D McCathie (Essex County)  5 - 26  M Hodges, B Payne, C Fleming, J Holmes (Kings Chase)

Secretaries Cup         K Lodge (Silver End)     21 -  18 J Tully (Romford)

                                  J Lloyd (Essex County)  21 -  10  S Murray (The Springhouse)

Unbadged Singles      B Powell (Wanstead Central) 21 -  4  S Plested (Fairwood)

                                   M May (Bocking Alliance)    21 - 18 G Walkingshaw (Woods)

Benevolent Singles    TBA

 

(25 Aug 2021)

BOWLS ENGLAND COMPETITOR SURVEY

The results of the recent survey sent to all Essex CBA/National Competition entrants were passed to Bowls England in a recent ZOOM meeting 

Bowls England have commissioned their own survey, which can be found here 

It is the view of the ECBA that it is in everyone's best interest to have ALL bowlers views considered by Bowls England (our governing body) and not just the opinions of a select few

You are therefore urged to complete their questionnaire by 16:00 this Sunday 29th August.

 

(29 Aug 2021)

MESSAGE FROM PAT FINNEY - MATCH SECRETARY

The upcoming match with Wiltshire CBA (at Maidenhead Town BC) has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances

All players have been informed by Pat our by their Group Selector

Anyone selected for this match will receive the credit even though the game will not be played

(3 Sep 2021)

CONGRATULATIONS! AGAIN!!

Finally, after 6 attempts at Leamington, Elaine Score and Edward Morris won the National Mixed Pairs this afternoon

They outplayed the Yorkshire pair of Sue Allen and Mark Walton to run out winners 23-5 (after 15 ends)

 

(2 Sep 2021)

UNLUCKY EDWARD

We are sad to report that Edward Morris narrowly lost the Final of the Mens Two Bowls Singles at Leamington, late on Tuesday evening

Edward, a former Two Bowl England champion lost to his England colleague Sam Tolchard (Kings, Devon). In form Tolchard, won the Four Bowl Singles earlier in the tournament and was runner-up in the Pairs

 

(29 Aug 2021)

CONGRATULATIONS!!

In case you were not aware - Essex has gained two new Champions at the National Finals (currently underway at Leamington Spa)

In the Ladies fours final the Clockhouse BC team of Hayley Kenny, Michelle Squires, Serena Madgewick and Rebecca Smith,

came from 7-13 down to win 20-13

The results of all their games can be found here

In the Mens Triples, Essex County BC’s Chris Muir, Steve Gunnell and Edward Morris had a 18-11 win in the final

The results of all their games can be found here

WELL DONE TO ALL CONCERNED !

 

 

MINOR FINALS - RESULTS (19/9/21)

Unbadged Singles       Brian Powell (Wanstead Central)  1-21  Michael May (Bocking)

Benevolent Singles      Dan Rodger (Silver End).            19-21  Edward Morris (Essex County)

Secretaries Cup           Karl Lodge (Silver End).             17-21  Jon Lloyd (Essex County)

Hood cup                     Southminster                                19-26   Kings Chase 

                                     T Robinson                                               Mark Hodges

                                     Terence Everett                                         Brian Payne

                                     P Sullivan                                                  Conway Fleming

                                     Eddie Barker                                             Jamie Holmes

                                     Ray Kempen (sub)

Double Fours             Silver End                                       44-25  Harlow 

 

(22 Sep 2021)

EASTERN COUNTIES RESULTS - MORE SUCCESS FOR EDWARD

Edward Morris, as Essex Singles Champion, represented the County in the Eastern Counties finals on Saturday last

He beat John Tufts (Norfolk 21-7) in the semi-final and followed that up with another emphatic win in the final

where he triumphed over Chris Beard (Bedfordshire) 21-8

Edward has had a fantastic year, with this victory topping it off nicely - I suspect that he's is going to need some silver polish this winter !!

(24 Sep 2021)

STANDARDISED WEEKS CALENDAR

In preparation for the end of the 2021 season and the commencement of 2022, I hope this helps

It has always been the practise that fixture lists follow the week numbers from the Bowls England master calendar (which can be found here) and that week 18 is generally accepted as the first week of the bowls calendar (irrespective of club opening dates)

When clubs close / re-open is a matter for themselves

 

(4 Oct 2021)

MESSAGE FROM JILL POLLEY - VERA COUSENS

I am so sorry to have to pass on the sad news that Vera Cousens died recently. Vera was a member of South Woodford Bowling Club and County President in 1994 (her husband Dennis was also ECBA President, in 1989). For many years she arranged our annual County Tour. A very gentle, quiet lady, who will be sadly missed. Her funeral will take place on Tuesday 12th October 2021 at 3.00pm at Forest Park Crematorium, Hainault.