County (ECBA) Explained

In the following competitions, the finalists (and sometimes third place) will qualify for the National Championships at Leamington: Singles, Pairs, Triples, Fours, Two Wood Singles, Under 25 Singles, Under 25 Pairs and Senior Fours.

Open Singles

Anybody in Essex can enter, although the first rounds are split up into local areas.  Games are traditionally played on consecutive Mondays until the latter stages.

Unbadged Singles

Any unbadged bowler in Essex can enter, although the first rounds are split up into local areas.

Two Wood Singles

The first few rounds of the Two Wood Singles competition are played across a single Saturday, with the quarter-finals onwards being played later in the season.  Matches are best of 21 ends.

Benevolent Cup

A friendlier knockout Singles competition designed to raise money for the County's Benevolent Fund.

Secretaries Cup

A friendlier knockout Singles competition eligible only to the various secretaries on club committees.

Pairs

Games are traditionally played on consecutive Tuesdays until the latter stages.

Triples

Games are traditionally played on consecutive Thursdays until the latter stages.

Fours

Early rounds to be played at the beginning of the season, in May.

North Essex Fours

As above, but only competed for by the North of Essex.  The winners of North Essex and South Essex Fours competitions compete at the end of the season for the Hood Cup.

Senior Fours

A knockout competition for bowlers aged 55 or over.

Under 25 Singles

A knockout competition for bowlers aged 25 or younger.

Under 25 Pairs

A knockout competition for bowlers aged 25 or younger.