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Short mat bowls is a relatively recent variant on the ancient sport of lawn bowls, played indoors on a specially manufactured, pre-marked mat. The sport, which is played socially and competitively in village halls and other community spaces, does not require a permanent location as the portable mats are rolled up and stored when not in use. The sport is played by all ages, sexes and abilities who can compete together.

HSMBA is the organising body for short mat bowls in Herefordshire. We are affiliated to the ESMBA, the governing body in England, and we run leagues, county teams and open competitions as well as generally promoting and developing the sport within the county.

A good place to start for newcomers is our Introduction section where you can find out more about the game, how to start playing or how to go about establishing a new club. Enjoy looking around our website and please use the Contact page to provide feedback or to find out more.

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Latest News

Dewchurch club has a well used mat surplus to requirements. If any club can use this mat then please contact Ian Porter to make arrangements to collect.

The Rules and Constitution have been updated for revisions passed at the recent AGM

The photo gallery from the Presentation Evening has now been added here

Summer League  fixtures have been agreed. The Summer League Final will take place at Upton Bishop Millennium Hall at 7.30pm on Monday 22 August    Summer League Fixtures

The Winter League season has completed. Congratulations to the division winners Woolhope A and Llangarron and the runners-up Ross A and Escley.  Division 1    Division 2

The final county competition, the Mixed Fours, was won by Elaine George, Ian Roe, Pam & Ian Park (Ross) who defeated Hilary Carpenter, Dominic, Sandra and Anthony Rogers (Woolhope) in an extremely tight and tense final which went to an extra end. Details

A measuring kit (spray, measure and a black pouch of chocks and chalk) was left on the front of the stage after the mixed fours. Contact Ian Roe

Congratulations to Gloster Knights on their victory over Tewkesbury in the LEH Final. A tight and exciting contest was only decided by an 11 shot win by the Knights in the fours discipline after close contests in the singles, pairs and triples left the 2 sides equal overall  LEH Scores

The Bromyard Triples tournament was won by George Marshall, Les Williams & Dave Watkins (Ross) who defeated the Woolhope triple of Dominic, Sandra & Anthony Rogers in the final   Details

Sets of Size 1 Drakes Professional and Size 2 Taylor Lignoid bowls has been added to the For Sale page.

The County Premier Team were defeated 23-17 by Northamptonshire in the ICC Premier Consolation Final but put up a very creditable performance, only being undone by Northamptonshire’s two experienced singles players who collected the maximum 10 points and underpinned the win despite Herefordshire winning the Pairs and Triples overall and losing only narrowly in the Fours. This was also the first outing for the new County Kit provided with the generous assistance of Westons Cider, our new County Team Sponsors. Scorecard    Event Photos    County Team Sponsorship