County Selection Explained

The County effectively decides whether to make you a badged bowler.  This means a bowler has represented the County at some level for five consecutive years.  It is a great honour to receive a County badge, as earning one requires many years of consistency and commitment.

County Friendlies

For the vast majority of County debuts will be at a County friendly. This is still a competitive atmosphere, whilst remaining friendly and welcoming.  Traditionally, eligible bowlers will be selected for one County friendly per season.

Eastern Counties League

The Eastern Counties is a six rinks of fours, competing against other counties in a league format.  This is a highly competitive league, but it is generally the pool from which County selectors choose their Middleton Cup squad.

Middleton Cup

The Middleton Cup squad is the elite squad of bowlers in Essex.  Six rinks of fours (plus reserves) compete annually in the national competition, starting with a qualifying group.

Balcomb Trophy

Similar to Middleton Cup, but in a Double Fours format.