Buckinghamshire Short Mat Bowling Association

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The pictures below are from the  drawn fours competition which took place on Sunday 8th May.

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.

We sincerely hope that 2022 will see more members returning to their clubs to enjoy bowling once again.



Chinnor SMBC

Chesham SMBC


Stewkley SMBC

Thame Bowls Club

Wendover & Chiltern Hills Bowls Club

Vale Short Mat Bowls Friendly League

Handy Cross Indoor Bowls Club

Short Mat Bowls is a very popular sport and is played in many villages and towns throughout the country. Buckinghamshire alone has over 25 clubs which are affiliated to the Bucks Short Mat Bowling Association, the governing body for Short Mat Bowls in the County.


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Last updated

27 June 2022


News Items:

The next competition is a Summer Spoon Drive on

Sunday 10th July

If you would like to take part, please send your details to:



The full schedule of games for 2022 is now available and can be found on the “competitions” page.

Please make a note of these dates in your new 2022 Calendar.

Alternatively, the dates will be available on a monthly basis by clicking here.



Minutes of the April committee meeting.

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

Future minutes will be available by following this link.


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






Annual General Meeting

The AGM of the Bucks Short Mat Bowling Association

was held on Tuesday 10th May and was hosted by Wendover & Chiltern Hills Bowls Club

The minutes of the meeting are now available to be read by following the link



Vale Short Mat Bowls Friendly League (VSMBFL)

The Annual General Meeting of the VSMBFL was held on Tuesday 17th May and was hosted by

Winslow Bowls Club

Minutes of the meeting are now available by clicking on this link



The Bucks Single Mat League

Summer League results are now available

The Annual General Meeting was held on  Thursday 26th May and was hosted by Chesham Bowls club.

The minutes of the meeting will be posted as soon as they become available to us.


South Bucks League

League matches are well under way and results are entered on the relevant pages as soon as they are received. Just send in your match results to the Bucks email address as soon as possible.

For current results and scores, follow the link below.

South Bucks League RESULTS

There were no events organised in June, and so the next game will be a “Spoon Drive” on Sunday 10th July.

A spoon drive is a fun game whereby all players pick a disc which indicates their mat number (1-4) and team letter (A or B). They play 4 ends of 3 wood triples and their individual score is that of the whole team. This score is entered on the master scoreboard and all players then re-pick for the next round.

This means that teams are made up of three different players each round on hopefully on a different mat, although some repetition is unavoidable.

At the end of the allotted number of game, the individual with the high score is the winner and the player with the lowest score wins the wooden spoon. Prizes are given for both winner and loser.

The number of mats available and the number of game will depend on the number of participants.

Sign up now to reserve your place by emailing us on: