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


County Championships for 2020-21

October 5, 2020

At this point in time we are still planning to hold our annual Championships and Entry forms etc. have now been sent to all clubs. They are also available at 

Although the future still remains uncertain we must plan …

Good News….

September 4, 2020

The Minutes of last Tuesdays ManCom meeting are now available to view.

See Minutes ManCom36

Members will note that we intend to hold all this years annual County Championships (apart from the Fours). The format will have to be modified …

Club Risk assessment – example

September 3, 2020

Several clubs have now successfully applied for “Safe Bowls” status. One of these, Thornton Dale, has been commended by the ESMBA on the comprehensiveness of their “Risk Assessment” and they now have their “Certificate”.

See Thornton ESMBA COVID Risk Ass


August 17, 2020

On 14/8/20 the ESMBA Chairman issued the following Covid-19 Update.

“The ESMBA have received its feedback from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport. We can announce that we had no adverse comments and nothing but positives regarding our …

Inter-County league games for 2020-21 cancelled

August 6, 2020

The following bulletin was issued yesterday by the Chairman of the NESMBA.

See NESMBA Season Suspension