Bowls England have issued the following information concerning the format of competitions for 2022. Although you might not be involved with the Nationals, it’s important to note that these formats will also be adopted by counties.
National Finals 2022
We 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. Please sign up to our Jack newsletter for updates.
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.