Buckinghamshire Short Mat Bowling Association

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Welcome to the website of the

Buckinghamshire Short Mat Bowling Association

Membership of the BSMBA is open to ALL short mat bowls clubs within the County of Buckinghamshire.

There will no longer be individual registration but clubs may belong to the Association for a small annual fee and all their members will automatically be included.

The Association in its new form, will continue to look after the interests of players and those leagues which are currently operating within the County.

Competitions organised by the BSMBA will be open to all individual members of those clubs. To see a list of member clubs click here. Member clubs

It is hoped that this new format will be of interest to clubs within the county, which have not, in the past, been registered with the Association.


Chinnor SMBC

Chesham SMBC

Stewkley SMBC

Thame Sports Club

Wendover & Chiltern Hills Bowls Club

Vale Short Mat Bowls Friendly League

Handy Cross Indoor Bowls Club

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Amersham Short Mat Bowls club

Long Crendon Bowls Club



As with all our events, it takes a lot of organising. Depending on the number of entries, the schedule of play has to be calculated to try and ensure that all players get the opportunity to meet different opponents and on a different mat in all the rounds that are played.

It only takes one player to withdraw at the last minute to cause that schedule to fall apart and have to be re-worked at a moments notice. These things happen and we have to accept that people do have very valid reasons for having to cancel, and we do our utmost to ensure that all the games run smoothly and on time.

Unfortunately, today’s games didn’t quite work out as planned with quite a lot of confusion as to which team were on which mat playing against which opponents. This obviously lead to frustration among some of the players and for this we apologise

Despite this, we muddled on and the majority of players did enjoy the day and prizes were awarded to the just winners of each section.

Due to the mix up, the score sheets became a little bit out of kilter with the actual results and so we will not be publishing them this time round.  However, here are some pictures taken on the day.

The next scheduled open event is on Sunday 10th December and will be a pre Christmas spoon drive without the spoon (possibly a turkey or similar). To enter email to:


Last updated

30 November 2023


News Items:

The minutes of the BSMBA AGM are now available to read here.

Click on this link:



The full schedule of games for 2023 - 2024 is now available and can be found on the “competitions” page.

Please make a note of these dates in your  2023  and 2024 Calendar.


Minutes of the latest committee meeting.

This was the 20th  meeting and consolidated some of the previous action points.

Future minutes will be available by following this link.


What is

Australian Pairs

This game is becoming more and more popular as a competition and is often chosen as one of the favourite events at our monthly games at Handy Cross.

Click here for details of how to play the game.


Every so often, we will highlight one of the rules of  the game. Click here to find out the current rule on display.



Vale Short Mat Bowls Friendly League

The first results are now in and published. They can be viewed by clicking on this link:

VSMBFL Results

All results should be returned as soon as possible to Dave Barber on vsmbfl@vsmbfl.uk

He will compile the results table and very kindly forwards a copy to us, so that we can publish the up to date results on this site. The schedule is available to view on these pages:  

Vale League Schedule


Bucks Single Mat Winter League

This league starts in October and all results should be forwarded to Malcolm Warwick who will compile the results table.

Results can also be sent to this email address for immediate publication on this site.


The League is divided into two divisions. Red and Blue. The results for each of the divisions can be seen by clicking on these links.


Any changes to dates arranged between clubs are not reflected in these schedules.

South Bucks Two Mat League

The full schedule with results, scores and league positions can be found by clicking on this link:


Hardwick SMBC

Sunday 10th December - Xmas Spoon Drive - sign up now to avoid disappointment