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Inter County Competition ( ICC ) – Arrangements for 2022 / 2023

The ESMBA has recently announced the arrangements for 2022 / 2023 and has published their official diary. Our web site now includes this information.

For this new season the competition will revert to the pre covid arrangements with county squads of 20 bowlers playing the traditional home and away matches. There will be two singles, two pairs, two triples, and two fours – there will be no pre match roll ups and matches will commence at 1030.

One major change for the forthcoming season will be the establishment of three divisions  –  “Premier  1, ( 8 counties ) ,  Premier  2, ( 16 counties )  and A teams  ( 10 counties ).  There will be one relegation / promotion between the two premier divisions

Worcestershire will be in the Premier 2 division and will be facing three other counties in our group  –  Cheshire, Gloucestershire, and Herefordshire.

County v Hertfordshire – Sunday 13th February 2022

This Home / Away fixture was the ESMBA inter county quarter final match following the county ending second  the 2021/22 group series of matches.

The Home squad narrowly lost by 11 points to Herts total o13. The Away squad did not perform quite as well with only two wins from the individual eight games played, resulting in  a score of 4 points to Herts 20. Overall the county lost by 15 points to 33, thus ending their 2021/22 inter county involvement for this season.

ESMBA – Survey

The ESMBA has written to all English counties inviting registered bowlers to have their say in how inter county competitions should be staged in the future. A copy of their communication is set out below. This is a great chance to have your say,  –  Let us take advantage of the opportunity.

County v Oxfordshire 4th/5th December 2021

This was the county’s final inter county match for this season with a home fixture on the 4th December and the away fixture at Oxford on the 5th.

The home squad had a successful day with both singles winning their match. There was one win and one loss in the triples, a win and a draw in the pairs. Both fours teams lost.

Overall Worcestershire won this encounter by 15 points to 9, scoring 101 shots to Oxfordshire’s 76  –  four wins and one draw from the eight individual matches played.

The away squad drew their encounter with Oxfordshire 12-12 which was sufficient to ensure that Worcestershire was second  to West  Midlands in group 4 of the inter county competition.. There was one win in the singles, two wins in the triples, and one win in the pairs. Both fours teams lost.

Worcestershire now look forward to competing in the quarter finals of the inter county knockout series in February next year.