Cambridgeshire Short Mat Bowls

Cambridgeshire Short Mat Bowls


It is with deep regret that we have today heard of the loss of two of the County's bowlers, both from Tydd St Giles club.  

Their Treasurer, Jeff Staplehorn, passed away on Tuesday morning 5 March and his funeral is to be held on 14 March at Tydd St Giles village church at 11 am.

The second loss is Tony Groves, the Secretary of Tydd St Giles club, who died last night (6 March).  This is a particular shock as he seemed to be getting over his stroke and we all hoped he would soon be back to good health.  As soon as details are released for his funeral they will be put on the website.

Our condolences go to the families of both Jeff and Tony. 

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.

England Trials
For those ladies wishing to attend the trials on Sunday 28 April 2019 at Solihull to join the England Ladies team, the application form can be downloaded under "Events".

Anyone wishing to trial for the Main England team can also download a form under "Events".  The main squad trials are held over the weekend as the Under 21s are also trialling and you can choose which day you wish to play.

All affiliated clubs should by now have received invitations to renew insurance premiums for 2019/2020 from the brokers Sutton Winson Ltd.  This unique scheme through the ESMBA represents very good cover for a competitive premium.  The annual civil liability premium of just £35 remains the same as per last year and the ESMBA insurance remains through Allianz Insurance PLC.

We are aware that some clubs insure stored bowls club equipment via respective Village Hall policies but those who do not could insure equipment through this ESMBA scheme for £15 per annum for each £1000 unit of cover.

The CSMBA can no longer collect premiums and pass them to the broker as a single payment because to do so we would need to be FCA registered and have a client banking account.  In effect, the CSMBA cannot act as an insurance agent so individual clubs must pay premiums direct to the broker.

The insurance is only open to country wide affiliated clubs and any club not currently affiliated who wishes to take advantage of this insurance scheme should, in the first instance, contact any member of the CSMBA committee to make arrangements to affiliate to the Association.

The Association invites all clubs playing short mat bowls in Cambridgeshire to affiliate as there are many advantages, not least access to this special ESMBA insurance scheme.

In the event of any non-affiliated club wishing to seek further information about the CSMBA then please contact the membership secretary or any elected officer of the Association for an informal chat.


Dave Wilcox

County Treasurer

20 January 2019

ICC Changes

Notice Revised 01.03.19 (updates in italics)

When we play the ICC rounds from September this year you will see from the calendar that we have been put with different counties.  Our group now consists of Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, London and Buckinghamshire.  I have put the match locations on the website and you will see that Hertfordshire play in Potters Bar, London in Croydon and Buckinghamshire in High Wycombe. 

All the match dates have been put on the 2019 calendar with the exception of our last game against Hertfordshire which is arranged at MIBC on 2 February 2020.  As soon as I have put the calendar together for 2020 this date will be included.

Unfortunately these changes mean that as 3 November is the allocated date for our home match against London I have had to move the Poppy Appeal Triples to 1 December, the only date available to us.
DateEvent Name 
Sun 24 Mar 2019 09:30Harry Beeken Triples Open event details
Sat 30 Mar 2019 09:30National Mixed Fours Open event details
Sun 31 Mar 2019 09:30National Over 55s Open event details
Thu 11 Apr 2019 09:30National Singles Open event details
Thu 11 Apr 2019 09:30Cambs Seniors v Norfolk Seniors Open event details
Fri 12 Apr 2019 09:30National Pairs Open event details
Sat 13 Apr 2019 09:30National Fours Open event details
Sun 14 Apr 2019 09:30National Triples Open event details
County A Team Squad 2018/2019

Barry Fox
Charlie Waling
Colin Buck
Chris Plaice
Dave Bignall
Dave Wilcox
Dawn Fincham
Doreen Butcher
Geoff Ward
Gerry Russell
Gwen Siggee
Janet Russell
Jayne Thorpe
Joe Peters
Josie Charter
Judith Fox
Kevin Stanford

Linda White
Liz Mitchell
Lynn Parker
Margaret Rea
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
Jane Stanford

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

Seniors Squad 2018/2019

Alan Francis Lynn Parker
Anyta Francis Margaret Newton
Barrie Newton    Margaret Pearce
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 Russell Sheila Hillier
Jean Retchless Sheila Page
Joe Peters   Sheila Ward
John Hillier Sue Thompson
John Page   Ted Croucher
Joyce Needham Val Ware
Judith Fox Vera Emery
Linda White Viv Hempsell
Liz Mitchell  

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