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?