Inter-County Competitions

Our Inter-County Competitions give players the opportunity to represent their county in competitive events.

Each county has its own selection criteria, based on ability, achievements and current form. Please contact your relevant County Administrator for more information.

All events are organised by the participating counties, with the the early rounds played regionally and the National Finals at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa, which will be the host venue for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Check out our simple guide to Inter-County Competitions:

Men’s Competitions Eligibility Format
White Rose Trophy Open to all players aged under 25 on the 1st April. Two rinks of four; two bowls each player/21 ends.

Winner is the team with the highest aggregate score.

Balcomb Trophy No restrictions. Two rinks of four; two bowls each player/21 ends.

Winner is the team with the highest aggregate score.

Middleton Cup No restrictions. Six rinks of four; two bowls each player/21 ends.

Teams awarded points for rink and aggregate result.

Eight group winners progress to the knockout stages.

Women’s Competitions
Amy Rose Bowl/Plate Open to all players aged 31 and under on the 1st April. Two rinks of four; two bowls each player/15 ends.

Winner is the team with the highest aggregate score.

There is a Plate competition which follows the same format for all sides that lose their first match in the Amy Rose Bowl.

Walker Cup No restrictions. Two rinks of four; two bowls each player/21 ends.

Winner is the team with the highest aggregate score.

Johns Trophy No restrictions. Six rinks of four; two bowls each player/21 ends.

Teams awarded points for rink and aggregate result.

Eight group winners progress to the knockout stages.

All events are played in accordance with our Rules and Regulations and the current Laws of the Sport of Bowls.

How are these matches arranged?
The draw for all these competitions are made by Bowls England, with the venues arranged by the County Associations.

Qualifiers for National Finals

  • White Rose Trophy – 4 teams (one per regional area)
  • Balcomb Trophy – 4 teams (one per regional area)
  • Middleton Cup – 4 teams (one per regional area)
  • Amy Rose Bowl/Plate – All rounds are played during the National Championships at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa
  • Walker Cup – 4 teams (one per regional area)
  • Johns Trophy – 4 teams (one per regional area)

If you would like to find out more about individual competitions – click here

If you would like to find out more about Inter-Club competitions – click here

 

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