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


Alan Ward

January 25, 2021

Our Chairman has informed me that Alan Ward, who was a long time member at Tollerton SMBA passed away last Friday (22 January). It is understood that he had been ill for some time. Alan was a big personality on …

All County Championships cancelled

January 7, 2021

At their recent meeting, the Management Committee have agreed that all plans to hold any competitions during the remainder of the 2020-21 season would be cancelled.

See Minutes ManCom38

Christmas message from our Chairman

December 5, 2020


Our Chairman Joseph Newsome, has sent the following message out to all club contacts:

Please may I take this opportunity on behalf of the NYSMBA and myself, to wish you, your members and their families all the very best …

County Championships update

November 12, 2020

At the recent ManCom meeting it was decided that the Triples and Mixed Fours should be cancelled and the Singles and Pairs re-scheduled into the New Year.

For full details, see the minutes for this meeting  Minutes ManCom37

John Bunting

October 31, 2020

John Bunting 1932-2000

I was very sad to learn yesterday that John died last Sunday at the Beechwood Care Home in Northallerton where had had been living for the last couple of years. He was 88 and had recently been …