The North Yorkshire
Short Mat Bowling Association

Welcome to the website of the N.Y.S.M.B.A.

Formed in 1991, we are the governing body for Short Mat Bowling in our county which now has 39 registered clubs and 800+ affiliated players. All our members are registered with the English Short Mat Bowling Association, the governing body for the sport in England.

We exist to serve the interests of our members in our clubs across the county and we want to see the game thrive and expand. For those with ambitions beyond mere “social bowling”  we strive to provide opportunities for players  to compete at all levels.

By joining our Association our members know that they are making a positive contribution to the running of the game at local, regional and national levels – at minimal cost. They also know they will have fun, make friends and have regular exercise.

Here you can keep up to date with the latest news from around the county and further afield. The site is updated regularly with results of County Competitions, Inter County matches, Club Open competitions and League competitions plus other news when provided.

We hope you find what you are looking for and that you will re-visit us on a regular basis to keep up to date and informed about what is going on in “God’s Own County”.

For enquiries about our activities or the sport in general contact our Secretary at


2021 AGM

June 19, 2021

In view of the delay in the removal of the Covid restrictions governing the numbers allowed in indoor gatherings, ManCom have agreed to hold this years AGM by Email. This method was successfully used last year and the same basic …

DIARY for 2021-22

June 6, 2021

See the Diary page for the dates for all next seasons competitions. These have been set and agreed on the assumption that there will be no restrictive conditions laid down by either the government, the ESMBA or the relevant playing …

Fred Wood

May 22, 2021

It is sad to have to report the passing of Fred Wood yesterday after a long battle with cancer. Many will remember Fred as a strong and forceful character who made major contributions to the game in the ’90s. He …

ESMBA Route Map update

May 16, 2021

This is the latest guidance from the ESMBA regarding a return to bowling from May 17th 2021. Clubs will please note that this is only permissible for those 25 clubs with Safe Bowls status and for its registered ESMBA members.…

ManCom minutes

April 25, 2021

A follow up meeting to ManCom39 was held mainly to further discuss the 2/3 teams issue.

See Minutes ManCom39a