Gentlemen
Congratulations on qualifying for the GBA Pairs Championship quarter-finals which are due to be played at 18:15 on Wednesday 3rd July at Barnwood BC, with the semi-finals at 18:15 on Friday 5th July at Olveston & District BC. 
The games are to be played over 18 ends with four bowls per player, scorecards will be provided indicating whether you are home/away on the scoreboards. 

The draw is as follows:

Gloucestershire A 

Brian Burleigh and Dave Merrett (Frampton) v Grant Baldwin & Chris Davies (Coleford)

Josh Hodges & Nick Holliday (Cheltenham) v Joe Hardwick & John Smallwood (Olveston & District)

Gloucestershire B 

Tim Webb & John Tombs (Victory Park) v Adam Smith & Alex White (Cheltenham)

Richard Browett & Graham Phillips (Barnwood) v Chris Blake & Ian Gauld (Olveston & District)

The EBUA will provide an Umpire.
Dress (see County Competition Rule 6) for the quarter finals and the semi finals shall be Club or ‘predominantly’ white shirts with navy, black or grey below the waist. Whilst all team-members must wear the same colours, team-members have the freedom to choose to wear trousers or shorts on an individual basis, with no requirement to wear the same item as other players in their team (cargo shorts are not permitted). Club apparel may be worn provided all members of the side/team wear the same. 

Please have your bowls on the bank, with matching stickers, ready for Umpire’s inspection before play commences. Bowls must bear a legible WB stamp showing 1985 or later

Whilst full details are not known, Bowls England have scheduled the National Pairs Championships to be contested at Victoria Park, Leamington Spa from Sunday 18th August to Wednesday 21st August. Both qualifiers will play in the preliminary round, Gloucestershire A plays Sussex B whilst Gloucestershire B plays Cornwall B.

Players are reminded of County Competition Rules 4.6 and 11, please familiarise yourself with these; you can find them on pages 76 and 79 respectively of the 2024 yearbook.

Gloucestershire’s National Championship Finals qualifiers are required to wear the current County playing shirt. This can be purchased via the supplier’s ‘Club Shop’ at karuta-sportswear.com/collections/gloucestershire-bowls .The County Finals Day is on Sunday 8th September at GB Britton BC.

I don’t have everyone’s email address so please share with your team-mates.
Regards Ian GauldGBA (MD) Competition Secretary

2024 GBA men’s Pairs Championship