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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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The Winter League has completed and Woolhope A have retained their title ahead of Ross A, making it an incredible 15th consecutive title for the club. Woolhope B bounce back to the first division at the first attempt, winning Division 2 by a comfortable margin from runners-up Fownhope   Division 1  Division 2

Congratulations to the Ross team of Rob George, Ian Roe & Ian Park on winning the Bromyard Triples Competition, defeating Linda Lewis, Luke Rawlings & Tony Vitale of Larruperz in the final  Report

St Martins are looking to replace a slow mat with a faster one. If anyone has, or knows of, a mat that might be available could they please contact Richard Walden (

Congratulations to Gloster Knights on winning this year’s LEH Competition, defeating Woolhope 46-29 in the final

Congratulations to the Ross team of Sue Dix, Kate Williams, Dave Watkins & Les Williams on winning the County Mixed Fours, defeating their club mates Elaine & Rob George, Pam & Ian Park in the final

A number of sets of older woods have been added to the For Sale page. There are bargains there, maybe if any clubs wish to supplement their stock of club woods

The county Premier team progressed straight to the semi-final stage of the ICC Consolation Competition but were defeated 25-15 by West Sussex  Premier Team

A pair of brown Size 8 bowling shoes has been added to the For Sale page

The county ‘A’ team lost their ICC Competition quarter final to Buckinghamshire in the first ever meeting between the two counties. Despite a very strong start the performance couldn’t be sustained and Buckinghamshire ran out 23-17 winners    A Team

Congratulations to John Mills (Woolhope) & Joe Loveys (Gorsley Chapel) on winning the County Pairs, defeating Sheila Whittingham & Peter Wright (Larruperz) in the final. The plate competition was won by Les Barlow & Dean Rudman (Gorsley Chapel) who defeated Sue Dix & Pam Park (Ross) in the final  Details

The semi-final line-up for the LEH Competition is now complete. Forest of Dean play Woolhope and Tewkesbury play the Gloster Knights. Ties to be played by 6 March.  LEH

The latest county champions have been crowned: In the Triples the Lea team of John Snow, Stephen Kite and Merion Attwood defeated the Gorsley Chapel team of Les Barlow, Dean Rudman and Joe Loveys in the final. In the Fours the Weston team of Gillian Gange, Doug Knowler, Sheila Clapson and Heather Foulkes were victorious with the Fownhope team of Carole Rowland, Pam Griffiths, Sue & John Stannard runners-up. Details:  Triples    Fours