Sunday, 4 July 2021

CORNWALL COUNTY SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION - NEWS RELEASE 4 July 2021

CORNWALL COUNTY SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION
News Release 4 July 2021

The Cornwall County Short Mat Bowling Association's Management Committee met on Monday 28th June to discuss plans for the 2021/22 season.

In a statement issued on Wednesday 30th June the management committee advised members of its decision to withdraw from the ESMBA Inter County Championship for the 2021/22 season citing a number of reasons for doing so.  Amongst them, the association would face increased costs of hosting home matches as a result of less than half the usual number of players being involved in each fixture, uncertainty over which counties would be involved in the competition and the position of County Team Manager remaining one of the unfilled vacancies on the County Committee.

The full statement can be found at https://www.facebook.com/ccsmba/posts/10158216498073581 

During the meeting officers reported that to date around half of the members and just under half of the clubs that were registered at the end of the 2019-20 season had re-registered for 2021-22.  A number of clubs that between them fielded 70 teams in the 2019-20 winter league season have expressed concern about their ability to field some or all of their league teams this coming winter.

Also on Wednesday the ESMBA announced changes to the current rules that allow 'Covid Safe' clubs to play.

With effect from 1st July whilst the Rule of Six remains in place the ESMBA has allowed 
  1. Inter Club Competition.
  2. Allowing a nominated player on each match to undertake measuring for shots.
  3. Scoreboards will be allowed providing a nominated player makes updates.
  4. Club bowls may be used by one player per session.
  5. Live bowls in the ditch can be marked by a nominated player.
Further revisions to the conditions of play attached to 'Safe Bowls' status are expected later in the month in line with any changes in restrictions from the Government.

ENDS

Nicholas Truscott
Press and Promotions Officer
CCSMBA

Saturday, 19 June 2021

CORNWALL COUNTY SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION - NEWS RELEASE 19 June 2021

CORNWALL COUNTY SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION
News Release 19 June 2021

The Cornwall County Short Mat Bowling Association Management Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday 28th June to discuss plans for the 2021/22 season.

With Step Four of the Government's easing of restrictions having been delayed, the national governing body the ESMBA have not yet published any further guidance for clubs or counties.

In recent week's Devon announced their withdrawal from the Inter County Championship next season and it is understood that one other Premier Team in the South West group may be withdrawing from the competition together with others across the country.  Cornwall waits to hear who their opponents may be in the group stages of this year's competition.

ENDS

Nicholas Truscott
Press and Promotions Officer
CCSMBA




Monday, 24 May 2021

CORNWALL COUNTY SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION - NEWS RELEASE 24 May 2021

CORNWALL COUNTY SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION
News Release 24th May 2021

Cornwall's Short Mat Bowls clubs that have been accredited with the English Short Mat Bowling Association's 'Safe Bowls' status have been able to restart sessions for Singles and Pairs, with Triples allowed after further accreditation has been achieved.

The ESMBA's latest update states that Internal Club competitions may take place Singles, Pairs and Triples (if approved) however these games must adhere strictly to the 'Rule of Six', Players cannot change mats, Players cannot play more than the games allowed in the 'Rule of Six' within the time frame of 12 hours. Eg A triple can only play 1 game within 12 hours but if 6 Singles players play in a group of 6 they could play each other within the time frame. No substitutes are allowed.  

The ESMBA has again stated that 'Safe Bowls' status only applies to registered players.

The ESMBA has announced a significant revision to the format of the Inter County Championship for 2021/22 reducing the number of players involved in Inter County competition to a minimum of 16 per team.  Players will be involved in fewer overall fixtures through the group stages with Home and Away fixtures being played on the same day with 8 players at Home and 8 players Away.

A newly issued calendar from the ESMBA shows that the outstanding Inter County Championship Semi Finals, for which Cornwall had not qualified, will be played over the weekend of 11th & 12th September.  The postponed 2020 National Championships look set to be played the following weekend from Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th  September clashing with the previously announced Short Mat Players Tour Irish Open event.  The Inter County Finals will be played on the 26th September.

ENDS

Nicholas Truscott
Press and Promotions Officer
CCSMBA


Saturday, 1 May 2021

CORNWALL COUNTY SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION - News Release 1st May 2021

CORNWALL COUNTY SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION
News Release 1st May 2021

Short Mat Bowling has returned on a limited basis since the 12th April with the ESMBA allowing one person or people from the same household to play at the same time where a club's venue is legally allowed to open.     

It is expected that from the expected next stage of easing of restrictions on the 17th May 2021, where venues e.g. leisure facilities and community centres are open and allow indoor sports those Short Mat Bowls Clubs and County Associations that have "Safe Bowls" status can resume but must observe the condition that up to 6 bowlers from different households or members of 2 households can play on each mat.  This remains subject to final confirmation from the Government of any changes to restrictions from this date.  

Further information regarding arrangements for play after the expected final stage of easing of restrictions on the 21st June 2021 are still to be confirmed by the ESMBA.

In order to return to bowling clubs are reminded that they must hold "Safe Bowls" status.  The ESMBA continues to warn that anyone found not adhering to ESMBA policy could face further action.

Cornwall's County Committee will meet virtually on Monday 10th May to discuss the latest information from the ESMBA, local plans for the 2021-2 season and arrangements for the completion of competitions put on hold at the start of the pandemic.

ENDS

Nicholas Truscott
Press and Promotions Officer
CCSMBA


Sunday, 28 February 2021

CORNWALL COUNTY SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION - News Release 28 February 2021

CORNWALL COUNTY SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION
News Release 28th February 2021

Cornwall's Short Mat Bowls clubs look set to remain closed under governments plans for easing of Coronavirus lockdown restrictions until at least 17th May when organised indoor adult sport is set to be permitted .

Having previously confirmed that no competitions will be played locally for the remainder of the 2020/21 season, Cornwall's management committee will meet on Monday 8th March to review the current situation and consider plans for next season.  At the time of writing however the English Short Mat Bowling Association has not published its response to the government's easing of restrictions nor any calendar for the 2021/22 season.

It is still hoped that the outstanding local finals from the 2019/20 season including the Two Wood Singles, Four Wood Pairs, Bebbington Cup (League Finals), Champion of Champions, Team of Three and Rea Francis Club Championship can be concluded when the situation allows. 

No confirmation has yet been given by the National Governing Body with regards to the 2019/20 National Championships for which Cornwall has a number of qualifiers. 

ENDS

Nicholas Truscott
Press and Promotions Officer
CCSMBA