History of the League: The early years
Durham was able to affiliate to the English Bowls Association (Indoor Section) in 1964 when its first indoor club, Spennymoor, was opened. The County's first international was JW Heath (Spennymoor) in 1969. The County began expanding in 1972 (Hartlepool) to Ferryhill (1999). making a total of 16 clubs. The figure now stands at 12 following the closure of Consett, Hebburn, Chester le Street and Bishop Auckland.