Cambridgeshire Short Mat Bowls

Cambridgeshire Short Mat Bowls

What is Short Mat Bowls?

Welcome to the website for the Cambridgeshire Short Mat Bowls Association (CSMBA) where we hope you will find all the information you need to enjoy short mat bowls at any level.

If this is a game which you have not played before here is a brief overview.  Please also play the video above which shows a game between Alex Marshall and Ceri Jones.

Short mat bowls is played on a portable mat which is between 40 and 45 feet in length and 6 feet wide.  It is played indoors and can be accommodated in village halls, schools, sports and social clubs etc as the mats are rolled up for storage so do not need a permanent area.

You bowl to a smaller ball called the jack and the object of the game is for your woods to be nearer the jack than the opposition. However this involves skills and tactical knowledge which are gained the more you play.

The England Short Mat Bowling Association is the national body for the sport and was formed in 1984 with a nucleus now approaching 20,000 members. The game arrived in Cambridgeshire at this time and the CSMBA was formed. We currently have 18 member clubs with a membership over 400.

All our clubs adhere to the principles laid down by our Child Protection Policy and provide a safe and social environment for all ages.  For the competitive minded there are opportunities to play in various leagues and enter open competitions.

Bowls is an excellent way to keep fit, it can be played by all ages, sexes and abilities and is a very enjoyable way to spend your spare time and make some new friends.  

Why not give it a try - what have you got to lose?

Poppy Appeal Triples
The entry form for our annual charity Poppy Appeal Triples can now be downloaded under "Events" on this page.
We are looking for people to train to become Umpires for the CSMBA as we do not have enough qualified individuals to meet the demands of our calendar.  If you are interested in this side of bowls please contact us and we will put the wheels in motion.
DateEvent Name 
Sun 21 Oct 2018 09:30Essex (ICC) Open event details
Sat 27 Oct 2018 00:00Suffolk Weekend Open event details
Sun 04 Nov 2018 09:30Poppy Appeal Triples Open event details
Sun 11 Nov 2018 09:30Suffolk (ICC) Open event details
Thu 15 Nov 2018 09:30Seniors v Northampton Open event details
Sun 18 Nov 2018 14:00Long Mat v Short Mat Open event details

I know that some of you wish to change the automatically generated password which is sent to you as it is very complicated to remember. To do this log in using the password which you have been given then click on "My Profile" under the log in box and go across to "Update my Profile".  Where it asks for your password enter the one which you wish to use in both boxes and then "Save Details".  You will now be able to use your own choice of password.  Any problems please contact me.

Seniors Squad 2018/2019

Alan Francis Liz Mitchell
Anyta Francis Lynn Parker
Barrie Newton    Margaret Newton
Barry Fox Margaret Rea
Brenda Waling Margaret Strang
Charlie Waling Mary Fox
Colin Buck Maureen Bell
Dave Wilcox Muriel Ellinor
Dawn Fincham   Patrick Bretagne
Derek Retchless   Ray Fox
Doreen Butcher Rob Bonello
Evelyn Perfitt Roly Fincham
Geoff Ward Ron Welsh
Gerry Russell   Rosemary Cooper
Gwen Siggee Sandra Smith
Janet Goff Sheila Hillier
Janet Russell   Sheila Page
Jean Retchless Sheila Ward
Joe Peter   Sue Thompson
John Goff Ted Croucher
John Hillier Tony Groves
John Page Val Ware
Joyce Needham Vera Emery
Judith Fox Viv Hempsell
Linda White  

If anyone who wishes to play has been left off the list please email Gerry at

County A Team Squad 2018/2019

Barry Fox
Charlie Waling
Colin Buck
Chris Plaice
Dave Wilcox
Dawn Fincham
Doreen Butcher
Geoff Ward
Gerry Russell
Gwen Siggee
Janet Goff
Janet Russell
Jayne Thorpe
Joe Peters
John Goff
Josie Charter
Judith Fox
Kevin Stanford
Linda White
Liz Mitchell
Lynn Parker
Mary Fox
Maureen Bell
Ray Fox
Rob Bonello
Robert Elmore
Roly Fincham
Rosemary Cooper
Rosemary Richardson
Sandra Smith
Sheila Ward
Steve Lee
Sue Thompson
Viv Hempsell

Ladies Squad 2018/2019

Ann Circus
Anyta Francis

Dawn Fincham
Doreen Butcher
Edna Ruggles
Elizabeth Gay
Gwen Siggee
Jackie Saunders 
Janet Goff
Janet Hinson
Jane Spriggs
Jayne Thorpe

Jean Thorpe
Jenny Mortlock

Josie Charter
Joyce Needham
Judith Bendon

Judith Fox
Liz Mitchell
Lynn Parker
Maggie Bond
Margaret Newton
Margaret Pearce
Margaret Rea
Margaret Strang
Maureen Bell
Rita Payne
Rosemary Richardson
Sandra Deller
Sandra Smith
Sue Thompson
Vera Emery
Viv Hempsell