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?


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.

June Bridgestock
It is with great sadness that we have just learned that June lost her battle with illness yesterday.  She was a member of Braza for many years and always enjoyed her bowling; she was certainly one of the best leads.  Cambridgeshire also benefitted on many occasions when she bowled for the County.  She will be missed by her many bowling friends.

As soon as funeral details are known they will be posted on the website.


The County have a situation where they need to fill the positions of both Secretary and Treasurer this year.  Obviously these are key jobs on the CSMBA Committee and have understandably only become vacant as a result of very sad personal reasons.  

We have a large membership of over 400 so surely there must be two people who are capable of taking on these jobs.  The County is now becoming more successful but if we do not find a Secretary and Treasurer there will only be one outcome.  

Cambridgeshire SMBA really does need you all to try and solve this problem.  If we cannot fill these two key positions at the AGM on 18 July there will be no way for the CSMBA to carry on and all our bowling will be lost.  As you will appreciate some of the committee are already coping with more than one job; it does not matter how willing we are there are limits.  

If you are willing to stand or can approach anyone who you think would be suitable please contact any member of the committee.  


Barry Fox
Charlie Waling
Colin Buck
Chris Plaice
Craig Buck
Dawn Fincham
Doreen Butcher
Geoff Ward
Gerry Russell
Gwen Siggee
Jane Spriggs
Janet Goff
Janet Russell
Jayne Thorpe
Joe Peters
John Goff
Josie Charter

Judith Fox
Linda White
Liz Mitchell
Mary Fox
Maureen Bell
Ray Fox
Rob Bonello
Robert Elmore
Robert Spriggs
Roly Fincham
Rosemary Cooper
Rosemary Richardson
Sandra Smith
Sheila Ward
Steve Lee
Sue Thompson
Viv Hempsell


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

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 
Sat 28 Jul 2018 09:00County Championship Singles (National Qualifier) Open event details
Sat 04 Aug 2018 09:00County Championship Pairs (National Qualifier) Open event details
Sat 11 Aug 2018 09:00County Championship Fours (National Qualifier) Open event details
Sat 18 Aug 2018 09:00County Championship Triples (National Qualifier) Open event details
Sun 19 Aug 2018 09:00Mixed Fours (National Qualifier) Open event details