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Bowls England extend the entry date for the National Competitions.


Bowls England has received a large number of enquiries into the Office from members requiring entry into the 2020 Bowls England National Competitions after the original closing date.

Due to this high demand, Bowls England has made the decision to extend entries until Monday 24th February.

All entries must be submitted via

Bowls England is continuing to process all paper entries that have been received, however we will be unable to accept any further entries received via this method.

Kind Regards

Matt Wordingham
Publications/Media Officer
t.  01926 334609


Tony Allcock OBE Announces Retirement as Chief Executive of Bowls England


Bowls England Chief Executive Tony Allcock OBE has today announced that he will retire from the post in Spring 2020.

Tony won 15 World titles during a distinguished playing career including back-to-back World Outdoor Singles titles in 1992 and 1996, and was Lawn Bowls Performance Director at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester – the team securing three Gold Medals in the eight events.

Following his competitive retirement from the sport, he has dedicated his life to developing and modernising the sport of bowls in his role as Chief Executive of the English Bowling Association in 2003 and then Bowls England following its formation in 2008. He was awarded the OBE for services to Lawn Bowls in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Tony said: “Bowls England, and the English Bowling Association before it, has been my life since 1st April 2003 and I am extremely proud of what has been achieved. In making the decision to retire at this juncture in my career, I feel that Bowls England is now established as a much respected National Governing Body. It recently delivered what has been publicly described as one of the most successful National Championships ever staged.

“I believe my journey at the helm of the ship is ended, the first stage of Bowls England’s journey is complete, and it now finds itself in an excellent financial position with some exciting projects ahead that will naturally present inevitable challenges. Announcing my retirement at this juncture will allow the Members to shape their future in the election of a new Chair and appointment of a new Chief Executive.

“I have enjoyed an excellent working relationship with the Board Chair David Mitchell-Gears MBE, Directors, Presidential Team and County Associations, and in fact all that are associated with Bowls England. The Staff at Bowls England are second to none. Each and every one of them have been appointed by me and they too dedicate part of their lives, over and above the call of duty.

“I thank all with whom I have worked for making every working day an enjoyable one and hope that I shall have the opportunity before April to say my goodbye in person.”

Graham Shadwell recalled to BE International Team

Graham Shadwell from Spencer Moulton BC has been selected by Bowls England to play in the BIBC International Series next year.

See below the Bowls England news release.


Bowls England has named two new caps and four recalls in its team to play in the BIBC International Series at Llandrindod Wells Bowls Club, Wales on Saturday 27th June and Sunday 28th June 2020.

The new faces are Leicestershire’s Joe Dawson and Kent’s Roger Kendrick.

Dawson reached the semi-final of the Men’s National Singles Championship last month, narrowly losing out to Northamptonshire’s Jamie Walker, whilst Kendrick skipped his VCD clubmate Jason Haskins to success in the Men’s Pairs Championship.

The duo will be joined in Wales by Andrew Knapper (Berkshire) and Edward Morris (Essex) who both enjoyed Championship victories at Victoria Park with Knapper securing the Triples Championship and Morris lifting the prestigious Singles Championship.

Devon’s Jamie Chestney and Wiltshire’s Graham Shadwell have also received recalls to the 24-man team.

Selected Team:
Lee Haywood (Devon), Harry Goodwin (Devon), Chris Yeomans (Northumberland) & Joe Dawson (Leicestershire);
Oliver Lucas (Devon), David Forster (Cumbria), Andrew Walters (Worcestershire) & Tristan Morton (Huntingdonshire);
Ashley Clipston (Derbyshire), Mark Read (Cornwall), Edward Morris (Essex) & Sam Tolchard (Devon);
Steve Mitchinson (Essex), Andrew Knapper (Berkshire), Louis Ridout (Devon) & Jamie Chestney (Devon);
Glen Adams (Middlesex), Roger Kendrick (Kent), Robert Paxton (Devon) & Nick Brett (Huntingdonshire);
John Rednall (Suffolk), Taylor Monk (Kent), Graham Shadwell (Wiltshire) & Jamie Walker (Northamptonshire)

Reserves listed in Alphabetical Order (will be notified if required to travel):
Chris Gale (Lancashire); Ian Lesley (Devon); Perry Martin (Kent); John McGuinness (Buckinghamshire)

Captain: Sam Tolchard (Devon)
Team Manager: TBA

Mike Titcombe makes England debut

Mike Titcombe from Westlecot BC this weekend made a winning start on his England debut being on a rink which won all three matches in the Junior International Series.

Congratulations to Mike and lets hope there are many more England appearances to follow for him.

See report below from Bowls England.


Shot difference denied England’s Junior Men the British Isles International Series as Scotland secured their third successive title.

England enjoyed a positive start on Saturday at Essex County BC as they enjoyed victories over both Ireland and Scotland, however a narrow defeat to Wales in the final match denied the young lions.

Scotland’s 10-shot victory over Ireland in the final group match was enough to overturn the shot deficit, to complete their hat-trick of successive titles.

England beat Ireland 121-98

Rink scores (England names first):
Tom McGuinness, Liam Harris, Jordan Philpott and Nathan Kitchen lost to Samuel Barkley, Jordan McBridge, Jordan Rankin and Adam McKeown 19-24;
Daniel Mills, Lee Calver, Sam Moss and Charlie Souter beat Colm O’Brien, Ryan McElroy, Ryan Cavan and Robert Kirkwood 21-11;
Mark Smith, Tom Muir, James Hampton and Jamie Barker lost to Adam Stratton, Craig Marshall, Mark Jones and Adam Rankin 16-21;
Danny Walker, Tom Holmes, Mike Titcombe and Connor Cinato beat Matthew Hastings, Cathal Gillen, Mitchell Albert and Jamie Watson 20-13;
Glen Adams, Adam Pitfield, BJ Byles and Lloyd Sabatini beat Cameron Gaw, Ryan McKeown, Ross McMullan and Jack Moffett 29-11;
Daniel Hughes, Josh Minto, Harry Goodwin and Sam Steel lost to Dean Mills, Mark Petticrew, Andrew Booth and Stephen Kirkwood 16-18

England beat Scotland 125-114
Rink scores (England names first):
Glen Adams, Adam Pitfield, BJ Byles and Lloyd Sabatini beat Andrew Reilly, Liam Nicholson, Robert Lenza and Jason Banks 21-18;
Daniel Hughes, Josh Minto, Harry Goodwin and Sam Steel lost to Blair Davidson, Gavin McLaughlin, John Orr and Liam McKay 13-21;
Tom McGuinness, Liam Harris, Jordan Philpott and Nathan Kitchen lost to Reece Notman, Kevin McDonald, Dean Jones and Darren Weir 19-20;
Daniel Mills, Lee Calver, Sam Moss and Charlie Souter beat Alastair Nimmo, Andrew Weir, Dean Riva and Joe Mower 26-14;
Mark Smith, Tom Muir, James Hampton and Jamie Barker beat Jordan Slaven, Paul Innes, Josh Spalding and John Meikle 27-24;
Danny Walker, Tom Holmes, Mike Titcombe and Connor Cinato beat Neil Linton, Stephen Lowrie, Fraser Simpson and John Fleming 19-17

England lost to Wales 121-123
Rink scores (England names first):
Mark Smith, Tom Muir, James Hampton and Jamie Barker beat Ben Evans, Ethan Humphreys, Jack Davies and Liam Bouse 21-15;
Danny Walker, Tom Holmes, Mike Titcombe and Connor Cinato beat Nathan Salmon, Cory Bayliss, Hari Butten and Dominic Hardy 18-16;
Glen Adams, Adam Pitfield, BJ Byles and Lloyd Sabatini beat Nathan Rees, Chad Bowling, Rhys Colwill and Kristian Crocker 27-18;
Daniel Hughes, Josh Minto, Harry Goodwin and Sam Steel lost to Josh Boyce, Edward Jelfs, Jack Breen and Mike Brain 20-22;
Tom McGuinness, Liam Harris, Jordan Philpott and Nathan Kitchen lost to Ben Matthews, Ryan Boots, Ryan Davies and Mike John 12-30;
Daniel Mills, Lee Calver, Sam Moss and Charlie Souter beat Dan Seabourne, Eric Hughes, Joe Dennis and Daniel Salmon 23-22

England squad call up for Mikey Titcombe

On Wednesday Bowls England announced the following:

“Bowls England wishes to congratulate Michael Titcombe (Wiltshire) and Scott Winskill (Berkshire) on their selection as travelling squad members for the 2019 Men’s Junior International Team.

In addition, Bowls England wishes to congratulate both William Walker (Northamptonshire) and Glenn Williams (Hertfordshire) on their selection as non-travelling squad members for the BIBC Junior International Series to be held at Essex County Bowls Club, on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September 2019.”

Mikey will travel with the named team (announced on 29 May as below) and Bowls Wiltshire wishes him the best of luck.

Selected Team:
Tom McGuinness (Buckinghamshire)
Liam Harris (Suffolk)
Jordan Philpott (Lincolnshire)
Nathan Kitchen (Gloucestershire)

Daniel Mills* (Norfolk)
Lee Calver (Suffolk)
Sam Moss (Essex)
Charlie Souter (Surrey)

Mark Smith* (Warwickshire)
Tom Muir (Hertfordshire)
James Hampton* (Devon)
Jamie Barker (Cambridgeshire)

Danny Walker* (Northamptonshire)
Tom Holmes (Herefordshire)
Edward Elmore (Huntingdonshire)
Connor Cinato (Northamptonshire)

Glen Adams (Middlesex)
Adam Pitfield* (Northamptonshire)
BJ Byles# (Berkshire)
Lloyd Sabatini (Berkshire)

Daniel Hughes* (Essex)
Josh Minto (Northumberland)
Harry Goodwin (Devon)
Sam Steel (Somerset)

Captain: Josh Minto
Team Manager: Martyn Sekjer

Bowls Wiltshire win National Fours!

Kyle Anderson, Mike Snell, Dave Godwin and Steve Snell from Royal Wootton Bassett BC have won the Men’s National Fours title on an extra end this afternoon at Leamington.

Leading 15-12 after 20 ends a good end by the Lancashire quartet against them saw the Lancs team pick up the required 3 shots to tie the match 15-15 after 21 ends.

On the extra end with one bowl from Lancs to come the BW four were holding match, breath was held and then celebrations galore as the BW four hold on to collect the single and win the national title!

Photo of Winners



National Top Club Finals Results

Representatives from Royal Wootton Bassett and Box BC in Wiltshire travelled to Leamington Spa at the weekend to contest the National Quarter Finals of the Men’s and Women’s Top Club competition.

Unfortunately for Box, the quarter-final was the end of the road with them losing 3-1 to a strong Parkway BC team from Huntingdonshire. A spirited effort by the Ladies and something to work on for next year. BW wishes to congratulate the Box team for making it to the National Finals!

Royal Wootton Bassett, last year’s National Runners Up, took to A Green on the Saturday wanting to go one stage further than last year and were faced with a tough match of Gerrards Cross from Buckinghamshire. RWB started strongly and carried the momentum through the game, playing with the right attitude and spirit. In the end it came down to Neil Smith in the 4 wood singles to try and get RWB over the line – at 20-20 Neil drew the shot on his last bowl, leaving Alan Price to try and return the favour…with hearts in mouths the RWB could only watch on as Alan’s bowl came down the rink – luckily it just missed Neil’s shot bowl and the game was Bassett’s – you could see what it meant to the team as they flooded the green in celebration.

On the Sunday, however, the fairy tale came to an abrupt holt as RWB faced a very strong Reading side from Berkshire – boasting several ex-international players. Reading proved too strong in the end running out 4-1 winners and progressing to the National Final where they lost to eventual winners (back-to-back winners in fact) Kings BC from Devon.

BW wishes to congratulate RWB on another fantastic run in the competition!