THE English Bowling Federation men's and women's county competitions will be going ahead as scheduled this summer with Skegness as the climax at the end of August.

At a time when good news has been in short supply, it's great to record something positive for bowlers who have been denied access to competitive sport for over a year.

The rule of six will be in operation until May 17th,which means no more than six players per rink playing on adjacent rinks as last summer, but after that date the figure will rise to thirty before restrictions are finally relaxed on June 21st – we hope!

A further update from the Government is expected at the end of March with regard to any other restrictions that might be in operation in the early part of the season, such as the use of clubhouses and travelling etc.

However, the county team events – Adams, Newton, Donald Steward and Silver Jubilee Vase – are in jeopardy as matches in these competitions would exceed the maximum limit of thirty.

The EBF are canvassing counties for their opinions on whether they should be scrapped for a second year running or whether they could be adapted to meet the restrictions.

It's unlikely that the Durham Centenary Trophy and the Reg Wright under 25 county competition will be affected as not so many players are involved.