Summer Open League (Mixed) Cancelled for 2020

Hi everyone,

Due to the ongoing situation a couple of clubs have decided not to set up any fixtures for this years competition.

I can see their point of view so with that in mind I have decided to call off the competition this Summer.

I hope things will get better soon.

For those clubs that have paid Alan Hardy then we can arrange a rebate or we can retain it until next year. Please speak to Alan if you want your money back.

Best regards

Malcolm Smith

EIBA National Competitions 2020 / 21 Update

EIBA National Competitions update

The EIBA Board of Directors met on Wednesday 18th March to discuss plans for the 2020-2021 Indoor Season and the affected 2019 – 2020 season.

It has agreed to the following: –

2020 – 2021 National Competition Entries

The EIBA are planning that the 2020-21 Indoor Season will commence as scheduled. Therefore, we will be accepting entries for Club, County and Individual National Competitions over the next few months, as scheduled.

Due to the entry forms being issued in February and Clubs being temporarily or permanently closed until the new season, we will be accepting entries via the following options: –


Clubs and Counties who have already started to complete the entry forms and can access them can proceed as instructed on the form.

If the Clubs and Counties can’t access the original forms then please email Claire Edson at email hidden; JavaScript is required

Clubs who have not been able to play their Club Singles final, can still enter the Champion of Champions without the name. We will be allowing as much time in September / October for Finals to be played and names to be supplied before the first round of the event.

Individual members of affiliated clubs, which are now closed, will be able to enter and pay directly with the EIBA, by downloading the forms from the website, and emailing them to Claire Edson at email hidden; JavaScript is required or post to Head Office.

Before the draws are published the EIBA will liaise with all Clubs to ensure there are no duplications of entry and that the eligibility criteria have been met.

The deadline for entries was Sunday 10th May 2020 but due to the current circumstances, entries will be accepted from now until Sunday 7th June 2020.

2019-2020 National Finals Re-schedule

These competitions, under the assumption that we will be returning to business as usual, will be played later this year.

The period identified is Monday 14th September to Monday 12th October.

The allocation of specific dates for competitions along with the venues is now being undertaken and we will be announcing the schedule late April 2020.

2020 Summer Individual and Fantastic Fives National Competitions

With Clubs being closed the EIBA has taken the decision to cancel this Year’s Summer National Competitions.

These Competitions are planned to take place in Summer 2021, so the EIBA would offer all entrants the opportunity to carry this year’s entry over to next. However, if they wish to request a full refund then please email Claire Edson at email hidden; JavaScript is required to start this process.

In reaching these decisions the EIBA wishes to advise that it will be continuing to monitor the Government’s guidance and or directives in relation to COVID-19 and if necessary, update its Member Clubs, Counties and bowling community.

Updated 20th March 2020


Mens County Finals Cancelled

As of Mon 16th March 2020, the Dolphin IBC closed with immediate effect and until further notice, in response to the current Coronavirus situation.

Mens County Finals on 29th March will not take place.

When life returns to normal, we will consider how to proceed.

Men V Sussex Cancelled

It has been decided, that due to many Members raising concerns with their current worries over the Coronavirus situation, that it would be sensible to cancel the match against Sussex at Arun IBC, on Wednesday 18th March 2020.

Dorset Men hold on against Berkshire

This was a humdinger of a game with an overall score that  yo-yoed  back and forth, with an exciting tied result.

After 5 ends 22 – 31 Berkshire racing to a 9 shot lead.

After 10 ends 60 – 53 Dorset pulling back and moving to a 7 shot lead.

After 15 ends 87 – 82 Dorset holding on to a reduced 5 shot lead.

After 18 ends 103 – 97 Dorset increase the slender lead to 6 shots.

After 21 ends 117 – 117 Dorset had relinquished their lead and Berkshire made up the 6 shots in 3 ends.





   This was a just outcome to this game, which was played in the finest of  spirits.

Following the meal, Dorset County President Barrie Tatman, presented badges to three players.

The first being a colts badge to Ray Harrison, who played his first County representative game.


The second to Alan Lewis, a past Dorset County President, who has represented the County on no fewer than 100 occasions, receiving a ‘100 County Game Blazer Flash’.





The third to Phil Dearlove, also a past County President, who has been a stalwart to the County and has played an amazing 200 representative games. He received the newly commissioned  ‘200 County Game Blazer Flash’.

Mens Purbeck Semi-Final Results

The Purbeck semi-finals were held at Bridport on Tues 18th February 2020.

Congratulations to Dorchester A & Bournemouth A on their wins, and they will meet at Dolphin IBC on Sunday 29th March 2020 in the Final 

Dorchester A         31  v  8      Dorset Resort

                             28  v  12

               Total       59  v  20





Dolphin Tigers      13  v  20     Bournemouth A

                              9  v  17

             Total        22  v  37

Dorset Men Triumph against Middlesex

Middlesex requested a later start time of 14:30 for this game. Due to mid-week pressure for rink time, the game was reduced to 18 ends.

Dorset played their hearts out and won on all rinks.

After 5 ends 26 – 15 Good start for Dorset

After 10 ends 63 – 20 Dorset put the pressure on

After 15 ends 95 – 48 Dorset continue in the same vein

After 18 ends 107 – 61 A good result for Dorset

A fine and well earned win by 46 shots for Dorset, ‘well done the lads’

Amid the affable company of our Middlesex guests, we enjoyed a fine meal prepared by the Dolphin caterers and, Dorset President, Barrie Tatman, presented full County badges to David Bishop and            Clive Bunford.


Dorset Men Bounce Back

Following the defeat to Somerset, Dorset bounced back achieving an outstanding result against Wiltshire.

After 5 ends 28-21 Dorset creep ahead

After 10 ends 81-48 Dorset now move 33 shots ahead

After 15 ends 108-76 Wiltshire holding their own and cut the deficit by 1

After 21 ends 154-93 Dorset pull away to a fine win by 61 shots


Following a fine meal served by The Dolphin catering team and the, as always, enjoyable company of our Wiltshire opponents.

Dorset President, Barrie Tatman, presented ‘Colts Badges’ to three new County bowlers from Moonfleet IBC, David Bishop, Mike Legge and Derek Devonald-Batt.

Derek came to Dorset with a full Berkshire County badge, so also received a Dorset full County badge.

Following the new boys, came a reward for longevity, Jim Andrews was presented with a ’50 Match Appearance’ blazer flash.