Sunday, 2 August 2020

CORNWALL COUNTY SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION - NEWS RELEASE 2 August 2020

CORNWALL COUNTY SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION
NEWS RELEASE 2 August 2020

The 30th anniversary of the formal creation of the Cornwall County Short Mat Bowling Association passed recently with the game still very much on hold due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.  The CCSMBA management committee meets on Monday 10th August to discuss plans for the forthcoming season. 

The English Short Mat Bowling Association has recently published its outline plan for the return of Short Mat Bowls over next 9 months however these plans may now be in doubt following last Friday's government press conference and the changes to the easing of lockdown measures announced.

Subject to the necessary Government approvals the ESMBA expects that clubs will be able to re-open for social bowling with a maximum of 4 bowlers per mat in September increasing to 6 bowlers per mat in October providing social distancing requirements can be met.  This will present a challenge for some clubs to generate sufficient revenues from playing fees to cover venue hire and sanitisation costs.  

Nearly a third of Cornwall's Short Mat Bowls clubs are part of, or use the clubhouse facilities of, outdoor clubs affiliated to Bowls England.  To date Bowls England is mandating that clubhouses remain closed, should this continue into September and beyond a number of short mat bowlers may not have access to facilities to play even if Short Mat Bowls is given the go ahead to restart.  Bowls England have not answered questions on this matter, instead deferring enquiries to the awaited ESMBA guidance.     

Competitive bowling looks set to return in November when Inter club activity is expected to re-commence with County Open Competitions expected to be allowed from December.  Guidance for both is to be issued at a later date.  ESMBA competitions look set to commence from January 2021 with knock out and open competitions aimed at club level.  It is also expected that qualification competitions for the National Over 55 Pairs and Mixed Fours will be able to be run at county level.  The 2020 ESMBA National Championships postponed in April this year will be rescheduled for April 2021.  There will be no local qualifying heats held during the 2020/21 season with the bowlers who qualified in 2020 expected to compete in the 2021 finals.  With the 2019/20 Inter County Championship not expected to be completed until early in 2021 it is assumed that there is no Inter County Championship in the forthcoming season.

The British Isles Short Mat Bowls Council recently announced that the 2020 British Isles Championships due to be played in November will not go ahead.  International Bowls is currently set to resume with the rearranged World Championships in Belgium during March 2021.  

In recent years local bowlers have featured prominently in Short Mat Players Tour events.  Following the enforced cancellation of the World Masters in April and the early decision to postpone the entire 2020/21 Short Mat Players Tour season, Tournament Director Craig Burgess commented 'We are encouraged by the support we have received to date and would like to thank everyone. We are hopeful we can run a scaled down event at Falcon Indoor Bowling Club in February 2021'.
  
Short Mat Bowls faces significant challenges in the months ahead.  With a membership base that has a significant majority over the age of 65, many of whom have been shielding for a significant amount of time there is likely to be a general reluctance to return to bowling whilst the virus threat remains.

ENDS

Nicholas Truscott
Press and Promotions Officer
Cornwall County Short Mat Bowling Association

Saturday, 4 July 2020

CORNWALL COUNTY SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION - NEWS RELEASE 4 July 2020

CORNWALL COUNTY SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION
NEWS RELEASE - 4 July 2020

Short Mat Bowls look set to stay on hold for the foreseeable future whilst restrictions on indoor activity remain in place affecting the venues used by Cornwall's Short Mat Bowls clubs.

An update from the National Governing Body (ESMBA) issued last Monday gave little in the way of fresh information for clubs stating that they are waiting for Government Information to be issued.  In contract Bowls England and the English Indoor Bowls Association have issued updated reopening guidance for clubs playing the longer format of the game in recent weeks.

The ESMBA has yet to confirm if the National Championships rearranged to Thursday 3rd - Sunday 6th September will go ahead.  Looking into the new season competitions such as the Inter County Championship due to start in Mid September and involving upto 80 bowlers at a venue at any one time must surely be in doubt whilst distancing measures remain.

Locally the emergency committee formed to manage the affairs of the Cornwall County Short Mat Bowling Association until such time that an Annual General Meeting can take place will meet via Video Conference on Monday 13th July to discuss next steps for the association.

CCSMBA Covid 19 updates can be found online at https://ccsmba.co.uk/content.php?pg=covid19.

The most recent ESMBA statement can be found online at http://www.esmba.co.uk/app/download/11399746/Covid-19+statement+re+opening+clubs.pdf.


ENDS

Nicholas Truscott
Press and Promotions Officer

Friday, 15 May 2020

CORNWALL COUNTY SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION - NEWS RELEASE 15th May 2020

CORNWALL COUNTY SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION
NEWS RELEASE - 15th  May 2020

Short Mat Bowling remains on hold with lockdown measures remaining in place.  Locally a number of competitions from the 2019/20 season are still be completed including the Two Wood Singles, Four Wood Pairs, Area League finals, Champion of Champions, Team of Three and Rae Francis Club Team Competitions.  No Summer League competition will take place this year and this weekends visit from the Friends of Essex touring team which was to form part of the Association's 30th anniversary celebrations has been postponed to a later date.

On the National stage the English Short Mat Bowling Association has provisionally re-scheduled the outstanding 2019-20 season Nationals Championships and Inter County Semi Finals and Finals for dates in early September.  The Short Mat Players Tour season ending World Masters on the 18th and 19th April was postponed and entries for 2020/21 season tournaments are currently on hold.

The CCSMBA Management Committee met recently via video conference to discuss the current situation and how to plan for the future.  In a statement issued today the CCSMBA Management Committee noted that as the sport does not lend itself well to social distancing measures and the additional issues arising from the age profile of the membership and that it would be difficult to plan the County Calendar and program of League Competitions as usual at this time.  In response to queries from members the usual deadline of 31st May for annual affiliations and league entry fees has been put on hold and is to be reviewed at the Committee meeting in July.

Currently no play is possible with all settings, including bowls clubhouses and village halls, remaining closed.  Plans for next season will be determined largely by when these settings can re-open, the distancing measures that remain in place at the time and willingness of bowlers to return should the threat of Coronavirus remain.

The full CCSMBA statement can be found at https://ccsmba.co.uk/content.php?pg=covid19.

ENDS

Nicholas Truscott
Press and Promotions Officer

Sunday, 15 March 2020

CORNWALL COUNTY SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION - News Release 15th March 2020

CORNWALL COUNTY SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION
News Release 15th March 2020

The Short Mat Bowling season locally, nationally and internationally has been brought to a premature conclusion due to evolving Coronavirus situation.

Last Wednesday the organising committee for the World Short Mat Bowls Championships due to be played in Belgium announced that this coming weekend's event would be postponed for 2020.

On Friday the English Short Mat Bowling Association announced postponement of all National Governing Body run events with immediate effect.  The full statement can be found here http://www.esmba.co.uk/app/download/11153839/ESMBA+events+information.pdf.

On Sunday the Cornwall County Short Mat Bowling Association announced postponement of all remaining centrally held events on the local calendar.  The full statement can be found here https://ccsmba.co.uk/content.php?pg=covid19.

Additionally the Rae Francis Trophy final between Ladock and St Newlyn East and Western Division Top Team Final between Holmans and Newlyn Trinity have been postponed.

MIXED PAIRS FINAL
Elise Daniell & Peter Hore (Holmans) are the 2019/20 County Mixed Pairs Champions after defeating Mike Webster & Rita Hancock (Blisland) 41-15 over the two leg final.  At Blisland on the 3rd March they won 27-5 and secured victory with a 14-10 win at Holmans on the 11th March. 
  
ENDS

Nicholas Truscott
Press and Promotions Officer
CCSMBA

Tel 07800 916059
E-mail cornwallshortmatbowls@gmail.com
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Sunday, 8 March 2020

CORNWALL COUNTY SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION - News Release 8th March 2020

CORNWALL COUNTY SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION
News Release 8th March 2020

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

The first weekend of National Championship finals was played at Solihull Indoor Bowling Club over the weekend.

On Saturday Louise Williams (Helston), John Worton (St Newlyn East), Nicola Ellis (Helston) & Chris Roberts (Ladock) competed in the Mixed Fours losing all three games played in the Round Robin Stage, 3-9 to Essex 4 (Andy Philbrick, Pat Goodchild, Dave Chittock & Mark Chittock), 5-7 to North Yorkshire 3 (Robert Mumford, Derek Beardsley, Jean Jones & Pat Beardsley) and 8-11 to Avon 1 (Derek Jones, Deb Jones, Dianne Rundle & David Sawyer).

On Sunday John Thomas & Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) enjoyed a good run in the Over 55's Pairs reaching the Semi Finals where they narrowly lost by a single shot to the eventual winners.

In the Group Stages they comfortably won each game by margin of ten or more shots, 14-4 against Gloucestershire 1 (Gill Johnson & Stewart Minchew), 11-1 against Dorset 4 (Sue & Steve Stanton) and 13-2 against North Yorkshire 2 (Robert Mumford & Pat Beardsley).

In the Knockout First Round John & Nigel defeated Devon 2 (Lorraine Axtell & Graham James) 10-5.  Round Two saw a 15-1 against Norfolk 1 (Tony Attewell & Mike Small).  In the Quarter Finals a 10-6 win against West Midlands (Steve & Tracey Bailey) set up a Semi Final against Northants 1 (Chris Hopkins & Steve Mcallister) which the Northants pairing won 9-8.   In the Final Hopkins & Mcallister defeated Hampshire 3 (Martyn Dubb & Ian Ford) 8-6.

The other National Championship titles will be decided over the first weekend in April at Melton Mowbray Indoor Bowling Club.  

COUNTY LEAGUES
The final two places in the Bebbington Cup have been resolved.

Withiel Oaks will represent the Central area after securing the divisional title when Ladock Chiefs only secured two points at home to St Newlyn East Pheonix last Tuesday leaving the Oaks in an unassailable points lead. 

Landrake will represent the East area after taking a full six points with 9-7 -a wins away to Saltash Whites last Wednesday.  Landrake's achievement comes in a season where they have at times struggled to fulfil fixtures only having nine players to pick a team of eight from for each match.  On two occasions the they secured match wins with just 6 players taking 5 points away to Pensilva in November and 4 points away to Dobwalls in October.

The Bebbington Cup competition, contested by the winners of each area league will be played at Carnmoggas on Sunday 29 March.

The CCSMBA offer a full fixtures and results service for the media.  Fixtures can be accessed here https://ccsmba.co.uk/content.php?pg=fixtures and results can be accessed here https://ccsmba.co.uk/content.php?pg=results.  League Tables can be accessed here https://ccsmba.co.uk/content.php?pg=tabledisplay

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

No local competitions this coming weekend with the dates reserved for the Inter County Championship Semi Finals nationally.  

On Sunday 22nd March the Inter Area Match is scheduled to be played at Carnmoggas.  The event features teams of 32 bowlers representing each of the four area leagues.  Saturday 28th March the Two Wood Singles and Four Wood Pairs finals are scheduled at Carnmoggas followed on Sunday 29th by the League Finals and County Champion of Champions. 

ENDS

Nicholas Truscott
Press and Promotions Officer
CCSMBA

Tel 07800 916059
E-mail cornwallshortmatbowls@gmail.com
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