Cambridgeshire Short Mat Bowls

Cambridgeshire Short Mat Bowls

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.
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.


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

DateEvent Name 
Sun 15 Dec 2019 09:30Pre-Christmas Fun Day Open event details
Sun 05 Jan 2020 10:00Cambs v Herts (ICC) Open event details
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   Sheila Ward
Joe Peters Sue Thompson
John Hillier Ted Croucher
John Page   Val Ware
Joyce Needham Vera Emery
Judith Bendon    Viv Hempsell
Linda White  
Liz Mitchell  


County A Team Squad 2019/2020
Barry Fox
Brenda Waling
Charlie Waling
Colin Buck
Chris Plaice
Dave Bignall
Dave Wilcox
Dawn Fincham
Derek Retchless
Geoff Ward
Jane Stanford
Jayne Thorpe
Jean Retchless
Jeff Saunders
Joe Peters
Josie Charter
Kevin Stanford
Linda White
Liz Mitchell
Lynn Parker
Margaret Rea
Mary Fox
Maureen Bell
Rob Bonello
Roly Fincham
Rosemary Cooper
Rosemary Richardson
Sandra Smith
Sheila Ward
Sue Thompson
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


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 Linda White (Competitions Secretary) who holds all remaining stock. 

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