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

Sunday, 3 January 2021

CORNWALL COUNTY SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION - News Release 3 January 2021

CORNWALL COUNTY SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION
News Release 3rd January 2021

Cornwall's 21 Short Mat Bowls clubs who have met the English Short Mat Bowls Association's (ESMBA) 'Safe Club' status have seen further changes to the limitations within which they can offer bowling sessions following Cornwall being moved into Tier 3 restrictions from New Years Eve.

Approved clubs can now offer the following

Affiliated members from family and support bubbles can play in an approved pairs format on each rink mat.
Supervised bowling for affiliated members under 18 and/or Disability specific short mat bowls is allowed to continue to operate.
There shall be no games played with different households or support bubbles.

SHORT MAT PLAYERS TOUR

The Short Mat Players Tour have announced a provisional calendar of events for the 2021/22 season.

In a post of the SMPT website they stated 

'We are delighted to announce the provisional dates for the 2021/22 SMPT season.

We stress that these dates remain provisional at this moment in time, especially due to the current situation and we shall be in constant contact with the venues and liaising directly with them as this fluid situation changes.

Each event listed will be confirmed, if viable and completely safe to do so, as we move through the year and with this in mind we will be making some adjustments to our entry procedures.

* The opening of entries date for each event will be announced on our website and social media channels individually and much closer to each event than normal.
* No postal entries will be accepted for this season.
* A minimum number of entries will be advised for each event and this figure must be reached to allow the event to proceed.
* Any relevant entry restrictions will be published immediately prior to entries opening on each specific event page on our website.
* Covid-19 refund Guarantee - For peace of mind, any player who is unable to attend an event due to Covid-19 restrictions put in place either locally or at the venue site, between entry and the event itself will be guaranteed a refund of their entry fees less admin cost of £2.50.
* All other SMPT terms and conditions apply as normal.  

SMPT Provisional dates for 2021/22 season

SMPT World CupFriday 27 August 2021Chelmsford, England
UK OpenSat/Sun 28/29 August 2021Chelmsford, England
Irish OpenSat/Sun 18/19 September 2021Belfast, N.Ireland
Norwegian OpenSat/Sun 23/24 October 2021Skien, Norway
World Fours MastersSaturday 27 November 2021Chelmsford, England
World Pairs MastersSunday 28 November 2021Chelmsford, England
British OpenSat/Sun 8/9 January 2022York, England
English OpenSat/Sun 12/13 February 2022Chelmsford, England
Belfast Open PairsFriday 22 April 2022Belfast, N.Ireland
World MastersSat/Sun 23/24 April 2022Belfast, N.Ireland

Events will only take place if safe to do so and if all health and safety protocols can be met.  Players' safety and wellbeing remains our top priority.'



ENDS

Nicholas Truscott
Press and Promotions Officer
CCSMBA