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County crash out of Liberty Trophy

The County Liberty Trophy team were well beaten at Cumbria Indoor today.

Several enforced changes had to be made, some at the last minute, to the original team as a result of withdrawals and illness. These weaked the balance of the team and Cumbria were far too good not to exploit it.

26th Nov 2016

County Website re-Development

This site is in its 10th year. It functions well, still, but lots of changes have happened in technology and it was not designed for use with mobiles, tablets and laptops.

It is time for a re-design. Plenty of work has been done already and the matter is progressing well. There is a lot of information which has to be transferred and new methods used to accommodate all information such as tables within the site rather than linking with google docs.

When finished, which should be within weeks, it will be modern and cutting edge and one of the best County Association sites in the Country - just like the Liberty Team is on the bowling side.

23rd November 2016

County Under 25 Double Rink v Lincolnshire at York IBC


Sun 18 Dec 2016 start 12.00pm

The first match for the County U25s in the National U25 Inter-County Knockout is against Lincolnshire on Sunday 18th Dec 2016 at York & District IBC starting at 12.00pm.

The team is available here.

22nd Nov 2016

Liberty Squad Game at Hartlepool, Sun 20th Nov, 10.30am start

The Liberty team and reserves, are to play a Squad game at Hartlepool on Sun 20th Nov 2016 starting at 10.30am.

31st October 2016

Alan Cooper, County President

Gary R Smith wins Open Singles Circuit Final

The Open Singles Ciicuit is a collection of club owned and run open singles events run throughout the UK.

All the results of all the matches, 31 this season, earn players ranking points. The top 32 played off at the weekend at Northampton IBC.

Top seed based on ranking points was Gary R Smith, Durham, who, in an open draw, won through to the last two where he met and defeated World Ranked no 11, Mark Royal from Mid-Suffolk, to take the cup and the prize money.

31st Oct 2016

Liberty Trophy v Cumbria, 26th Nov 2016 away, 12pm start

The Durham team to play against Cumbria in the Liberty Trophy Inter-County at Cumbria IBC on Sat 26th Nov 2016, starting at 12pm, has been selected.

31st October 2016

County Seniors v Leicesternshire in Midland Seniors League

The first match in the Midland Seniors League against Leicestershire is at Selby on Wed 9th November 2016 starting at 12.30pm.

The team with result is available here.

27th October 2016

End of an Era at Stanley Indoor



Above is the last look at the famous green carpet of Stanley Indoor which has now gone. Famed as one of the truest and quickest surfaces in the Country and regularly home to International Competitions it had reached the end of its serviceable life.

Dales Bowls Services

The time had arrived to replace it and the choice was a blue rather than green carpet. Blue looks better on television which is important for attracting events and broadcasters.

Dales Sports Services has the contract. The old underlay had deteriorated over the last 18 years and has been replaced by a new material 'footfall rubber crumb' made specially for Dales. This is similar to the underlay installed at Durham Indoor, although improvements have been made to the product since then. It will provide a guaranteed speed after 2 or 3 stretches of at least 18 secs.

The opportunity has also been taken to separate rink 7 from the stand by installing a ditch.

22nd August 2016

Seniors Squad Nominations

Nominations are now invited for the Seniors Squad for the 2016-17. A form has been sent to each club and all nominations should be made through each club and returned by 17th September 2016

Nominees should be at last 55 years old on 30th Sept 2016.

In case of difficulty a copy of the form can be downloaded.

15th August 2016

County Indoor Competitions follow EIBA

It was agreed at the 2016 AGM that the County Association would adopt the same changes, regarding the number of ends to be played, which are to be introduced by EIBA for all its national competitions for the 2016-17 season .

These are a reduction in the number of ends to be played from 21 to 18 in all matches except triples where the present 18 is reduced to 16 ends.

These changes will apply to all County Leagues and Champ of Champs matches.

Individual clubs are free to decide whether or not to apply the same restrictions to their own competitions.

10th August 2016

Alan Cooper, County President

County Indoor AGM - changes

Paul Heath retired as President, after 4 years in office and was warmly thanked for his service.

Alan Cooper was installed as President supported by Les Parnell, Vice-President.

Changes to County Inter-Club (Sunday League) were agreed. New format will see matches reduced from six to four rinks (Denny Cup system) playing two home and two away.

25th May 2016


Durham - Liberty Trophy Finalists 2016 (click on image for full size view)
Liberty Team 2016