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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 Summer League Final will be at Upton Bishop Millennium Hall from 7.15pm on Tuesday 28 August

The League Rules have been updated for the change approved by the 2018 AGM

A new bowling group at Burghill are in need of Size 0 and 1 woods. If anyone has any to sell could they please make contact via Ian Roe, Sue Stannard, Peter Clark or Fran Jones.

If anyone has an old mat they are thinking of disposing of then Peter Clark may take it off your hands. See For Sale / Wanted for details

Ross & Woolhope put up good performances in the TLH National Club Championships    Report

Photos of this year’s Presentation Evening can be found here

Herefordshire had its best ever National Championships with the Mixed Four of Joe Loveys, John Mills, Shirley & Becci Cox and the Pair of John Mills & Shaun Jones each matching the county’s best ever result by reaching the semi-finals  Report

The April edition of The Extra End, the ESMBA newsletter, can be viewed through the link on the left

Congratulations to the Winter League winners: Division 1 champions Woolhope A, runners-up Ross A. Division 2 champions Gorsley Chapel, runners-up Dewchurch Warriors   Div1    Div 2

Congratulations to the Aston Ingham team of Mike Conway, Terry Darrington & Rita Hancock on winning the Bromyard Triples tournament, defeating the Larruperz team of Lorraine Pearce, June Pearce and Tony Vitale in the final  Details

Congratulations to Woolhope on winning the LEH Trophy with a 4 shot victory over Ross  LEH Results

Unfortunately the Fownhope Open Charity Fours has had to be cancelled this year. Fownhope club hope to reinstate the competition in the future.

The county A team progressed to the semi-finals of the ICC consolation competition with a convincing 29-11 win over London A. The Premier team exited the ICC main knockout competition at the Preliminary round stage following a 31-9 defeat to Essex   A    Premier

We have been provided with a limited number of printed promotional leaflets and posters, copies of which can be viewed / downloaded here. If anyone has any ideas for placing / distributing these materials within the county please contact Ian Roe. Anyone is free to download and print the material for use by their own club.

Merion Attwood can re-coat chipped jacks using an electrostatically applied powder coating (as used in jack manufacture) at a cost of £10 per jack. Anyone interested in this service should contact Merion directly (, 01989 750591)

The Extra End

The Newsletter of the ESMBA