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?


The committee has commissioned a new batch of lapel badges which are now available for purchase.  The association has purchased 51 of the new design badges which are only available from me.  The new round lapel badge is 30mm in diameter and bears the association logo and the full association wording.  The logo is on a black background with a Cambridge blue surround and all badges have a safety pin fitting for easy securing to Jackets, coats, bags or shirts.

The badges are available for purchase at just £2.50 each, which covers the manufacturing costs plus a modest profit per badge.  The committee has kept the cost as low as possible for the benefit of all members but the badges are open to all interested parties.

The new badge has been assembled by a company in Cambridgeshire in order that we stay local and support county businesses.

I recently attended a committee meeting and promptly sold 20% of the stock to members before having the opportunity to pass the badges to Linda so they have at least proved popular in both design and price.

Please continue to cheer up the County Treasurer by purchasing quickly.

Dave Wilcox
County Treasurer


I am pleased to say that we have now gained a Safe Bowls Status Certificate for our county venue which means everything is in place for us to bowl in safety.  It has taken a while but means competitions can be run and we are approved to take part in the ICC as well.

When at MIBC I will always have the Risk Assessment with me so if any of you want to see the approved protocol please ask.

Linda White
Competitions Secretary


I just want to make sure that you all know that you can show your availability for games in the calendar by using the website.  

Click on the drop down arrow next to your name at the top right hand corner of the front page once you have signed in and you will see "Match Availability".  Click on this and another page will come up with all matches and it gives you the chance to mark as appropriate.

This facility is useful to the County Captains when choosing their teams so the more of you who fill it in the better.


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.

County A Team Squad 2021/2022
Barry Fox
Brenda Waling
Charlie Waling
Colin Buck
Chris Plaice
Dave Wilcox
Dawn Fincham
Derek Retchless
Geoff Ward
Jackie Saunders
Jane Stanford
Jayne Thorpe
Jean Retchless
Jeff Saunders

Joe Peters
Josie Charter
kevin Stanford
Linda White
Lynn Parker
Margaret Rea
Mary Fox
Maureen Bell
Phil Spry
Rob Bonello
Roly Fincham
Rosemary Cooper
Rosemary Richardson
Viv Hempsell
Ladies Squad 2019/2020

Ann Circus
Anyta Francis

Dawn Fincham
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
Julie Dumbarton
Liz Mitchell
Lynn Parker
Maggie Bond
Margaret Newton
Margaret Pearce
Margaret Rea
Maureen Bell
Rita Payne
Rosemary Richardson
Sandra Deller
Sandra Smith
Sue Thompson
Vera Emery
Viv Hempsell

Seniors Squad 2019/2020

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

DateEvent Name 
Sat 30 Oct 2021 09:00Singles County/National Qualifier
Sat 06 Nov 2021 09:00Suffolk Weekend
Sun 07 Nov 2021 09:00Suffolk Weekend
Sat 13 Nov 2021 09:00Pairs County/National Qualifier