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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

Sunday 24th March

Australian Pairs Competition

On Saturday 24th Maarch, 18 players joined in with this Australian Pairs Competition.

With only eight pairs playing at one time and one pair sitting out, it soon became clear that continuous play was quite tiring. Despite a short break after two games and a lunch break after a further two games, it was decided to play just a further two games before calling it a day.

Some of the visiting players had already taken part in a competition the previous day and so 144 woods later they were beginning to flag. However, it was an enjoyable day and the winning pairs were presented with bottles of wine as prizes.

The next scheduled event is on Saturday 27th April and will likely be a triples competition. To enter, send your details to:


Last updated

09 April 2024


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A new website has been set up for Hardwick SMBC

Click on the link above or on their logo in the opposite column


Minutes of the latest committee meeting.

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.



Hardwick SMBC

Next event will be on SATURDAY 27th APRIL - sign up now to avoid disappointment


Congratulations to Chinnor and Marsh Gibbon for coming top in their respective divisions of the John Robinson Memorial Trophy competition.

They will now play each other in the final, which will be held at Wing Sports and Social Club, on Monday 15th April.

This event is always a great game to watch as the two teams battle it out, with most players out of their comfort zone, playing in drawn positions. Please let Dave Barber know in good time if you will be attending so that he can notify Wing of approximate numbers.

Good luck to both teams.

Bucks Single Mat Winter League

Red Division winner Chinnor and Blue Division winner Widmer End met at Hawkslade Community Centre, Aylesbury for a play off to decide the overall League Champions.

It was an exciting game with both teams having to get to grips with the speed of the mat, but it was Chinnor who came out eventual winners taking all three disciplines.

Congratulations to both teams for a very exciting final and thanks to Hawkslade Bowls Club for hosting the evening.

South Bucks Two Mat League

Congratulations to Bellingdon for coming top of the South Bucks League. It was extremely close at the top of the table with three teams, Bellingdon, Amersham and Widmer End A, all having 24 points each. Bellingdon, however, had the highest shot difference and so were declared the winners.

Well done to all the clubs who took part in the League.

The list of dates for the next 12 months at Handy Cross is now available.

Just click on the following link to view.


These events are always enjoyed by those who participate and have become a regular part of what the BSMBA offers its members.

If you would like to join in with any of these games, just email your name and contact details to:


Team captain Barry Somers (left) receives the trophy from Malcolm Warwick, league secretary.

Chinnor’s winning team from Left to Right: Rosie Millard, Chris Millard, Ann Hine, Jan Miller, Paul Knight, Bob Hine.