Welcome to wscsmba.co.uk


West Sussex view on Boris' update 14-Jun-2021:

We can continue on the present protocols which are on a club's risk assessment. All playing Short Mat in their club should have gained safe bowls status. Each mat is considered as a "bubble" of six so that triples can be played, the only problem is marking touchers, measuring, not visiting the head and players must stick to 2m social distancing. This will be until 19 July.

Internal competitions are now permitted as long as the rule of 6 is maintained. In order to ensure that this was the case the 12 hour rule was introduced and the rationale is in the below link.

ESMBA Rationale 12 hour rule

NOTE: To All Clubs without Safe Status in the County
Even if you meet to have a fun, social bowl with your members there will be protocols to follow. The previous Safe Status applies to absolutely everyone who wants to bowl and we strongly recommend that all clubs have completed the application forms to be able to return to bowls.

If you need help to complete the Safe Status forms please contact Jean Armour-Milne.

Extract from ESMBA March Route-map statement :
No earlier than 21st June 2021 it is hoped all limits on social contact are removed and short mat bowls can return to normal enabling all bowlers to make informed personal decisions about social contact. This will be reviewed when more information is received.

It must be remembered this is only a guide and can change dependent on Government's interpretation of the most recent data.

Also, to return to bowls Clubs must hold " Safe Bowls" status. Anyone found not adhering to ESMBA policy could face further action.
 To All Ex-County Players

Would all Ex-County Players who hold a County Shirt kindly return them via a Management Committee Member or via their Club Delegate at the AGM to be held on 28th July.

ESMBAs “Route Map” to “return to bowls”.

Please click on link below for details. 

Route map

New Laws Of The Game book can be purchased from: 

Bond Bowls             Tel 01363777795

The Bowls Shop       Tel 01159292233 

Shot Bowl               Tel 01778348788

ESMBA Laws of the Game (Draft) 09.03.20

 Up and Coming Dates for your Diary:

  • Management Committee Meeting (League & KO Cup) – 7th July, ZOOM, 7:30 pm
  • AGM  28th July, Upper Beeding, 2:30 pm

Author: SirRog!

I was introduced to Short Mat Bowls in 2005, and have been "hooked" ever since! I have played for my local club (Cowfold) ever since. I have represented my County West Sussex at all levels. I have been my club secretary since 2006 and in 2016 I became County Secretary & Membership Secretary. I recently took on the task of building this website with no previous experience, although my background included working with computers!

31 thoughts on “Welcome to wscsmba.co.uk”

  1. Congrats to all behind the making of the Web Site.

    It looks good and off to a smart start.

    If it means that my Inbox remains half full when I go on holiday and am away from my desktop where I
    keep the info. I keep the info just in case a knowledgeable member asks about the West Sussex County

    So far the members have not asked but you never know. ….


    Ashurst Wood SMBC

  2. Website is looking good but I can only access it through Jim’s facebook page. Like the fact you can now get the entry forms. Well done ! This has been a long time waiting for but well worth it.

    Jean Amour-Milne

  3. Message from Anthony (The Sussex Blood Runners):

    Hi Jean,

    Harry and I were pleased to be able to represent SERV at the short mat bowling competition. It is the first time we had ever seen this version of bowls and found it very interesting (might have a try at it one of these days!) The incredible amount you raised for SERV will go a long way in helping keep us on the road for which we are very grateful .

    Many thanks for your hospitality and for an enjoyable day.

    I look forward to meeting you all again at your AGM in June.

    Kind regards,

  4. Robin or Roger could you email me a copy of that Chobham competition flyer, I tried to copy it but it wont copy . Regards Ron

  5. Hi Roger,
    Could you put on the web site with regard to rule E6 (a forcing shot ) what force a forcing shot is.
    Is it a shot that just hits the fender or one that moves a few woods about as there is a lot of conjecture over the strength of a forcing shot and some clarity would be appreciated.
    Ron Booty

  6. Well done against Somerset and tank you Sir Rog for keeping us up to date with the score.
    Keith P

  7. Hi Roger,
    There appears to be an “A” team result missing for the 16th February 2019.
    Could you please update .
    Ron Booty

  8. Hi Roger
    This is Mick george from wivelsfield shortmat
    Looking for E mail address for upper bleeding short mat for a
    Friendly game

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