Cambridgeshire Short Mat Bowls

Cambridgeshire Short Mat Bowls

Barrie Newton

It is with great regret that the committee announce the passing of one of its former members Mr Barrie Newton.

The CSMBA committee were very sad to learn of the passing of Barrie who was one of the founder members of the CSMBA itself.

He was a former member of Parson Drove SMBC and also played at Sutton St Edmund.

Barrie and his wife Margaret were part of the founding committee when the CSMBA was first formed in 1984 and continued on the committee for over 30 years.

On behalf of the CSMBA committee and all its members we offer our sincere condolences to Margaret, Barrie’s family, friends and fellow bowlers at this very sad time.


Barry Fox

CSMBA Chairman

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 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.

Following their ICC game against Northampton on 28 January, the Premier team secured enough points to win Group 1 of the competition and will now progress to the Quarter Finals.  These will be held on 12 February at Wey Valley Indoor Bowls Centre, Lido Road, Guildford, GU1 1HB and Cambridgeshire will play Wiltshire.


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.


We have now gained Safe Bowls Status for us to use Tydd St Giles as our second County venue.  


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 Premier Team Squad 2022/2023

Barry Fox
Brenda Waling
Charlie Waling
Colin Buck
Chris Plaice
Craig Buck
Dave Wilcox
Dawn Fincham
Derek Retchless
Geoff Ward
Hazel Spry
Jane Stanford
Jayne Thorpe
Jean Retchless
Jeff Saunders

Joe Peters
John Boddye
Josie Charter
Kevin Stanford
Linda White
Lynn Parker
Mary Fox
Maureen Bell
Phil Spry
Rob Bonello
Roly Fincham
Rosemary Cooper
Rosemary Richardson
Steph Stanford
Viv Hempsell
Ladies Squad 2022/2023

Anyta Francis  Judith Bendon
Angela Jordan
Brenda Waling
Edna Ruggles
Elizabeth Gay
Gwen Siggee
Hazel Spry 
Jackie Saunders 
Jane Brady
Jane Spriggs
Jane Stanford
Janet Goff

Jayne Thorpe
Jean Retchless
Jean Thorpe
Josie Charter
Joyce Needham

Linda White
Liz Mitchell
Lizzy Bryant
Lynn Parker
Maggie Bond
Margaret Pearce
Mary Fox
Maureen Bell
Rita Payne
Rosemary Cooper
Rosemary Richardson
Sandra Deller
Sandra Smith
Steph Stanford
Viv Hempsell

Seniors Squad 2022/2023

Alan Francis John Boddye
Anyta Francis Joyce Needham
Barry Fox Judith Bendon
Barry Stanford Libby Gay
Brenda Waling Linda  White
Brian Beecham Lynn Bignall
Charlie Waling Lynn Boddye
Colin Buck Malcolm Spriggs
Dave Bignall Margaret Pearce
Dave Wilcox Mary Fox
Dawn Fincham Maureen Bell
Derek Retchless Phil Spry
Geoff Ward Rob Bonello
Jane Stanford Rob Gay
Janet Goff Rosemary Cooper
Jayne Thorpe Steph Stanford
Jean Retchless Val Ware
Joe Peters Viv Hempsell
John Goff Wayne Locke