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11/07/22 County National Competition Forms Released

The competition forms for all DCSMBA’s competitions for the 2022/23 season has now been released. These can be downloaded from the Competitions page. Please ensure when filling out the forms that a players registration number is also filled out. Please be aware that due to there being no Devon county team last year, the only players prohibited from entering the Margaret Elliott this season are players who won a county title last season.

30/06/22 DCSMBA 2022/23 Diary V2 Released

A new version has now been released and is now uploaded on to the Diary page. No DCSMBA events are affected, and the only changes relate the ICC knock out stages. There is also a new PDF version available and this can also be downloaded from the diary page.

20/06/22 DCSMBA 2022/23 Diary Released

The 2022/23 DCSMBA diary has now been released. The diary can be found on the Diary page. As usual the diary is also in a PDF format and can be downloaded on the diary page. With the season fast approaching we can confirm also that the competition entries will be opening shortly. When the entries are open it will ofcourse be announced here.

17/06/22 New ICC Format Announced

The ESMBA have released the fixtures for the upcoming season and once again it has been reformatted in a bid to reinvigorate the competition. After the survey following last years competitions the competition has reverted back to 20 per team, with the playing format on the day being as it was before. However now there is a league format with Premier teams being split into two leagues (premier 1 and Premier 2 and an A team league) Within these leagues the teams are split further into smaller round robin groups based on locality and as before will play each team on a home and away basis.

Devon Premier are in Premier 1 and will face local foes Cornwall and Dorset as well as a trip to Winchester where they will face Hampshire. The top two counties after the round robin will face the winners/runners up of the other group in Premier 1 (Essex, Kent Norfolk, and the West Midlands). In an added dimension the fourth-place teams in the round robin stage will face a playoff between each other and will face being relegated to the Premier 2)

Devon A are in a round robin group of three and face Cornwall and Dorset again home and away. With 3 groups in the A team, the winners of the groups will go into the semi finals. The highest second place team will go into the quarters and there will be a playoff game between the remaining second team with the winner facing the original highest second place team in the quarters. There will also be a consolation cup played for the three teams that finish bottom of their group.

As previously announced the Devon management team recognise that there has been a lack of competitive bowls in the last few seasons due to the impact of Covid, and they are almost starting the process fresh. There will be trial dates, and these will be announced shortly. However the management team do ask that if players are interested in playing in the ICC next year they do signify their intentions to the managers by contacting  Richard Ivings (county team Coordinator - ivings_r@hotmail.com) or Robert Ivings (A team Coordinator) - robert.m.ivings@hotmail.co.uk).  Trial forms can also be downloaded here and can be emailed/posted to Richard or Robert

01/06/22 New South & West Area Rep

Trevor Tregillus has been co-opted on to the DCSMBA Committee as the South & West Area Rep. Trevor's details have been updated on the Committee page.

08/05/22 County Team Trials & Selection For22/23 Season

Following the AGM, The County Team management have discussed how the teams will be selected for the forth coming season. Devon are entering two teams into the ICC next season and following a survey done by the ESMBA there will be 20 players per team just like it was last time we entered the competition.

The management team recognise that for several years due to covid there has not been much competitive bowls in Devon and that we are almost starting from scratch again. Throughout the summer months there will be a number of trial days (3 or 4 dates) and these will be confirmed in a few weeks time.

However in the short term players interested in playing for the County team next season can email Richard Ivings (county team Coordinator - ivings_r@hotmail.com) or Robert Ivings (A team Coordinator) - robert.m.ivings@hotmail.co.uk) to signify their intention. Trial forms can also be downloaded here and can be emailed/posted to Richard or Robert

02/05/22 AGM & New Committee

On Saturday the DCSMBA held its annual AGM at 2pm at ISCA. As seems to be the norm in the County’s AGMs it was poorly attended with a low level of members attending and very few clubs being represented. The AGM was completed relatively quickly and a new committee was formed.

The new committee can be found on the committee page. As seen there are still several places open on the committee, if any member wishes to fill these roles then please contact any committee member.

20/04/22 Tony Watson Trophy

After a two year absence due to Covid, the Tony Watson Trophy returns this summer on 23rd July . The tournament organised by Karen Watson and held at Cornwall's ICC home venue Carnomaggas IBC. Since the tournament has been held it has risen nearly £8,000 for Macmillan Cancer support, a charity close to the family's heart.

It is a Fours competition at £5 per person and is limited to 32 teams. For more information on this charity event please click here and also here for the leaflet created for the event

10/04/22 Nationals Review

The last week have seen the ESMBA national finals take place up in Melton Mowbray with Devon Representatives in all 4 disciplines. On Thursday the National Singles took place and  Elliott James finished 3rd at the round robin stage after defeats by Alex Kley (Dorset) and Ryan Knight (Gloucestershire). Both James Trott and Nick Wyatt made it to the knockout stages but both fell in the first round. Nick Wyatt losing to Northamptonshire’s Steve McAlister 12-7 and James Trott losing to Humberside’s Josh Burrow 13-8. Barry McPhillips went one stage further before he was beaten 8-7 by Nathan Caines of West Midlands. The title was won by Alex Kley who beat Anthony Fautley 5-10 in the final.

On Friday the National Pairs took place with all four Devon teams safely progressing through the round robin stage. Tony Main & Mike Avery fell at the first knockout stage where they were beaten by Cheshire’s Adam Smith & Alan Carr 11-8. The other Devon team to fall at this stage was James Trott & Gill Smith who were beaten by the Devon team of George Main and Elliott James 9-7. In the Quarter finals Rose Morrison and John Steer were beaten by Hampshire’s Paul Goodman & Jason Mclean 10-4. George Main & Elliott James made it all the way to the semi finals before they were beaten 11-7 by Jason Woods & Chris Willies 11-7. Hampshire’s Paul Goodman  & Jason Mclean won the national Pairs by winning the final 8-6.

On Saturday it was time for the National Fours. The quartet of Paul Weeks, Brian & Elaine Clements and Colin Sowden struggled in their group and didn’t make it through to the knock out stages. In the second round of the knockout stages. Ann and Dave Summers, Mike and Rose Morrison were knocked out by west Midlands 6-5. In the same round there was also a battle between the two remaining Devon teams with Mike Avery, Elliott James and George & Tony Main overcoming Richard Williams, Gill Smith, Benny Bass & James Trott 8-4. However in the quarter finals Tony Main’s rink were beaten by West Midlands 11-8. West Midlands went onto win the title beating Cheshire 11-8 in the final.

Today it was turn of the National Triples. It was a frustrating day for several Devon teams. Andy Thompson, Colin and Pam Palmer along with John Horsham, Diane & Graham Shephard and the trio of Carol Osborne, Kim Wright and Eric Pavey all failed to get out of the group. Gill Smith, David Glennister & James Trott did enough to progress to the first knockout round however they were then beaten 10-9 by Norfolk. West Midlands went on to win the title beating Norfolk in the final.

03/04/22 Chloe Rundle In National Under 18 Action

Chloe Rundle (Exeter Nomads) was the sole Devon representative in the National Under 18’s which took place this Saturday in Solihull. Chloe was drawn in a group of three and she finished second behind William Clarke of West midlands. However sadly Chloe was knocked out in the next round. William Clarke went on to take the title for the West Midlands.  The National Singles, Pairs, Triples & Fours take place this coming week up in Melton Mowbray and we wish all Devon players the best of luck!

28/03/22 AGM Announcement

The 2022 DCSMBA AGM has now been scheduled for 30th April at 2:00pm at ISCA Bowling Centre. All posts with the exception of the A Team Manager are up for election. The majority of the present committee are willing to stand again, however that does not preclude any member from standing for a position.

  Associated documents for the AGM can be found here on the AGM Page

06/03/22 National Mixed Fours & National Over 55's Review

On Saturday 4 teams from Devon travelled up to Solihull to participate in the National Mixed Fours. All 4 teams were successful in negotiation the group stage. In the last 32 Bill & Sue Crilly and Shirley & Johnm Parnell exited the competition following  a 9-7 defeat to Herefordshire. In the last 16 Margaret Smith, Maddie Edmondson, Richard Williams and Benny Bass were knocked out by West midlands following a 7-6 loss. However the remaining two teams from Devon carried on throughout the rounds and reached the semi finals. In the first semi Final Kim Wright, Sandra Weston, Barry McPhillips and Eric Pavey defeated Herefordshire 7-6, whilst Carol Dummett, Chloe Rundle,  Nick Wyatt and James Trott Beat Gloucestershire 10-9. Like the previous matches the final between the two Devon teams was a tight affair with James Trott’s taking an early lead. However Eric Pavey’s rink slowly crawled the deficit back and won 8-5 and were crowned as the National Mixed Fours Champions.

Sandra Weston, Barry McPhillips, Kim Wright & Eric Pavey National Mixed Fours Winners

The Sunday saw the National Over 55 Pairs take place also in Solihull where again Devon had four qualifiers. Shirley and John Parnell and Caroline and Eric Pavey both failed to qualify from the group stage. The remaining two Devon teams were beaten in the last 32 with Tony Wanklin and David Glennister losing 12-6 against Oxfordshire and John Redstone and Dave Brown losing 6-8 against West Sussex. The winners of the National Mixed Fours were Chris Hopkins and Steve McAlister from Northamptonshire.

04/03/22 Latest ESMBA Covid-19 advice

The ESMBA have released another Covid statement with advice following the government recent announcement about “living with Covid”.

The most recent Government statement from February 24th has set out the latest stage in its route map ‘Living with Covid’

The Government has removed the legal requirements formerly in place to restrict the transmission of Covid, and instead replaced it with guidance. The ESMBA will be using this to ensure the safety of all those attending the upcoming National competitions.

It remains important to continue to think about not only your own health, but also those you meet, and the Government has issued a list of safer behaviours which can help reduce the risk of transmission.

Please continue to respect those you may meet and stay home if you feel unwell. We recommend that members who are meeting people they would not normally, take a lateral flow test to determine their covid status to protect those who may be more vulnerable or have underlying health issues.

Please ensure your Venues are kept well ventilated. Some members may have medical reasons or just feel safer by continuing to wear a face covering in indoor settings. Please be understanding of people’s right to choose what best suits them.

Counties and clubs should continue to santise equipment as appropriate and ensure a continued supply of hand gel sanitiser is available all around the venue and the mats for everyone to use.
For counties and clubs, please ensure that members uphold their duty of care to one another as we make this final transition back to ‘Living with Covid’

Please continue to make it understood that, if after attending an event, a member subsequently tests positive, that they must inform the competitions organisers or county/ club committees so that they can let others who attended know, which in turn enables them to make informed decisions in the best interest of their health and that of those close to them.

We would urge counties and clubs follow this advice. Everyone must play their part in continuing to keep our clubs and our competitions safe. On behalf of the ESMBA

The statement can be found here

02/02/22 New County Secretary

Alan Woodacre has agreed to become our new Devon County Secretary and this was ratified at last nights County Committee meeting. Alan's details can be found on the committee page.

24/01/22 County/National Singles and County/National Under 18's Review

On Saturday ISCA played host to the final stage of the County/National Singles. 20 players qualified from the qualifying day back in November and they were split into 4 groups of 5. Each player played everyone in their group with the top two players qualifying for the knock out stages which took place after lunch. Following several knock out rounds the final was contested between Barry McPhillips (Sidbury) and James Trott (Musbury) with Barry edging it 9-8. Qualifying for the National championships which are held in April are Barry McPhillips (Sidbury), James Trott (Musbury), Elliott James (Yarnscombe) and Nick Wyatt (Bow)

Barry McPhillips (Right) County Singles Winner

In the afternoon on the same day ISCA also played host to the County/National Under 18’s championships. With 3 players entered, there was round robin between all the players and at the end of this Chloe Rundle (Exeter Nomads) was top of the table and was deemed the Devon Under 18 champion.

County Under 18's Winner Chloe Rundle

17/01/21 DCSMBA Statement

Due to ill health Cathy Oughton has resigned as our County Secretary. We would like to thank her for her efforts during her time in the role. The position of secretary is to be filled and if anyone is interested then they can contact a committee member to discuss this further. In the meantime Robert Ivings will temporarily be our point of contact for any queries or correspondence. His details can be found here.

06/01/22 National Allocations

The ESMBA have released the national allocations for this season. Devon have been awarded the following places:

16/12/21 Latest ESMBA  Covid 19 Guidance

With the emergence of the Omicron Covid Variant and the recent Government announcement of Plan B, the ESMBA continue to strongly recommend that clubs achieve Safe Bowls status to give them the maximum support and guidance through our already established Safeguarding network.Safe bowls clubs already have a full risk assessment to refer to, and we would advise that clubs maintain their
approved Covid protocols, particularly
- Wearing a face covering for arrival, set up and in all communal areas and whilst walking about.
- Sanitising the communal equipment and ensuring hand gel is available for use.
- Ensuring good ventilation is maintained

In addition, remain mindful of social distance and afford players their personal space.Face covering are not required when undertaking activity but if players wish to wear one whilst playing this remains a personal choice.

It is important that members feel safe when attending their club so please follow the latest Government advice regarding testing and isolation and ensure members do not turn up to bowl if they or any member of their household has Coronavirus symptoms. Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

As we are again in a period of uncertainty the ESMBA would remind clubs that our County Safeguarding Officers are always available to offer advice, and help you tailor the ESMBA Covid risk assessment to your club’s unique
circumstances. Clubs with safe bowls status are ensuring that they are prepared for any future restrictions or requirements.

Yours sincerely Barry Hedges

06/12/21 Ho! Ho! Ho! Triples Review

Yesterday the festive Ho! Ho! Ho! Triples took place at ISCA with 22 teams taking part. The teams were split into two groups with each team playing fours games with the winners and runners up all qualifying for the semi finals. There was a twist in this years competition with the shots in the last end counting double!

The winners of the competition was Maggie Smith, Richard Williams and James Trott who beat Graham & Diane Shepherd and John Horsham in the final.

Ho! Ho! Ho! Triples Winners

Ho! Ho! Ho! Triples Winners Richard Williams, Margaret Smith & James Trott

There was also a plate competition, and this was won by Andy Thompson, Pam and Colin Palmer. At the end of the competition prizes were also given out for the best dressed players. Photos of the day can be found on our facebook page.

04/12/21 Latest ESMBA  Advice Regarding Omicron Variant

With the emergence of the Omicron variant and the uncertainty of the transmission risk the government guidance has been revised with face coverings now a legal requirement in shops and on public transport.

The ESMBA and DCSMBA would like to remind clubs that it would be best practice for clubs to revert back to wearing mask wearing in communal teas and in any pinch points such as entrance halls, toilets and bowls storage cupboards.

The ESMBA have implemented a traffic light system for many of their events with red zones where mask wearing is compulsory (such as entrances and communal areas) and green zones where masks aren’t necessary (such as on the bowls mat) even when in green zones practice such as hand sanitisation should still be in operation. Clubs may want to follow a similar system within their own venues.

01/12/21 Food for Ho! Ho! Ho! Triples

ISCA have confirmed that the restaurant will be open for food at the Ho! Ho! Ho! Triples on Sunday. They are proposing to have the following options:

Pasty and chips £5

Quiche and chips £5

Sandwich Ham/cheese & chips £5

Jacket potato & Filling and Side Salad £5

Mince pies and cup of tea £1.50

Food options can be purchased on the day. The bar is now open with hot/soft and alcoholic drinks as well as snacks now available. Please be aware that now because ISCA catering is now back food/drink can not be brought onto the premises

Reminder to players that the dress code is relaxed and festive! In addition the usual raffle will be taken place and players are invited to bring a raffle prize along to supplement the draw to ensure the year ends with a bang! Registration on Sunday is 9am for players.

22/11/21 Ho! Ho! Ho! Triples

The Ho! Ho! Ho! Triples takes place at ISCA on the 5th December, the last event before Christmas and will have a festive feel about it The dress code is relaxed and we hope to see many participants in seasonal wear! There will be the usual raffle on the day.  We would like to invite players/attendees to bring a raffle prize along to supplement the draw so that we can end the year with a bang.

ISCA Restaurant is now open, and they are planning on putting food on, this may be a party buffet style. However we need to know how many would be sitting in eating in on that day to help with their numbers, if you can let James Trott the competition secretary know on eastarearep@devonshortmat.co.uk it would be helpful.

15/11/21 Brian Medland Mixed Fours Review

On Sunday ISCA played host to the annual Brian Medland Mixed Fours held in honour of one of Devon’s past Chairman Brian Medland. With 11 teams having entered this season there was one big group with everyone playing 4 games. After these games the top four each went through to the semi final. This was followed by the final and was contested between Great Torrignton from North Devon and the South Hams club Totnes Creameries with the Totnes quartet of Rose & Mike Morrison and Ann & Dave Summers eventually winning through.

There is a couple of weeks break from ISCA before it hosts the Ho Ho Ho! Triples on the 5th of December.

Brian Medland Mixed Fours Winners Ann & Dave Summers and Rose & Mike Morrison

09/11/21 County/National Singles Qualifiers & County/National Triples Review

It was another busy weekend at ISCA with the County/National Singles Qualifiers on Saturday and the County/National Triples on Sunday. On Saturday 40 players entered the Singles and were split into 4 groups with the winners, runners up and the next 8 best players all qualifying for the finals day. Players qualifying from Saturday were James Trott, Tony Main, Dave Woods, Geoff Cleave, Elliott James, Barry McPhillips, Graham James, Colin Sowden, Paul Weeks, John Parnell, Richard Ivings, George Main, Roger Wilson, Graham Shepherd, Tom Archer, David Glennister, Nick Wyatt, Roser Morrison, Sean Woodley and Wayne Hendy. These players will return on the 22nd January where they will battle it out again for the title.

On Sunday the National/County Triples was held with 22 teams hoping to win the coveted title.  Teams were split into 5 groups with the top two in  each group qualifying for the knock out stages. After several knock out rounds we were left with two teams to contest the final and these were two teams from Sidbury. The final was confidently won by Carol Osbourne, Kim Wright and Eric Pavey who beat fellow club mates Colin & Pam Palmer and Andy Thompson.

County Triples Winners Eric Pavey, Kim Wright and Carol Osbourne

04/11/21 County/National Singles & Triples Important Information

This weekend sees another double header of county events at ISCA with the National/County Singles on Saturday and National/County Triples on Sunday. As in previous weekends ISCA’s restaurant is still closed, however they are serving hot drinks via the hatch. Please be aware that ISCA is not accepting cash and is card only at present. Registration for both days is at 9am.

With the Singles on Saturday players will drawn into groups on the day and all are expected to mark some games. Qualifiers for the Singles will then return to ISCA on the 22nd January for the finals day.

01/11/21 National Over 55's Review

On Sunday ISCA hosted the latest County run competition, which was the National Over 55 Pairs, which saw 22 pairs compete for the title. The teams were split into 5 groups with the top two in each group qualifying for the next round. After several knockout rounds the Final was contested between John & Shirley Parnel (Abbotskerswell) and Tony Wanklin & David Glennister (Exeter Nomads) with John and Shirley edging out the Exeter Nomads pair.

Over 55 Pairs Winners Shirley & John Parnell

In 3rd place was Caroline & Eric Pavey (Sidbury) who won the 2/4 place play off against John Redstone & Dave Brown (Winkleigh)

29/10/21 National Over 55's Important Information

On Sunday ISCA plays host to the latest County and National competition of the season with the Over 55 Pairs. As in previous weeks Covid-19 protocols will be in place throughout the day and track and trace information will be taken. The Restaurant at ISCA is still being refurbished and so is still out of bounds but they are serving teas and coffees via the hatch. Please be aware that they are only allowing card payments. The changing rooms are not to be used and registration for the event is at 9am.

25/10/21 County/National Pairs & County/National Fours Review

On Saturday ISCA hosted the County/National Pairs. With 30 Pairs teams were split into groups of four (and two groups of three) for the round robin which was played in the morning with the top two in each group progressing to the last 16. After lunch the knockout rounds took place until eventually we reached the final which was played between  Mike Avery and Tony Main(Yarnscombe) and Mike Ivings and James Trott (Musbury). After a close and very competitive game Mike and Tony edged it 9-7

Yarnscombe County Pairs Winners

County Pairs Winners Mike Avery and Tony Main

On Sunday we were all back at ISCA for the County/National Fours. With 10 teams the field was split into two groups of five with the winners and runners up progressing to the semi final which was then followed up by the final. The final was contested between Mike Ivings, Richard Williams, James Trott and Benny Bass (Musbury/Exeter Nomads and Uffculme) and Paul Weeks, Brian & Elaine Clements and Colin Sowden (Great Torrington). The Great Torrington quartet got off to a poor start and were never able to recover eventually losing 10-2.

County/National Fours Winners

County Fours Winners Mike Ivings, Benny Bass, Richard Williams and James Trott

21/10/21 County/National Pairs & County/National Fours Important Information

This weekend sees the National/County Pairs (Saturday) and National/County Fours (Sunday) take place at ISCA. Just like earlier this month there is no food available at ISCA with teas and coffees being available via the hatch. Covid protocols will be in place throughout the weekend and the changing rooms will not be in use. Sign in on both days is 9am and teams will be asked to provide contact details (phone number/email address) when signing in.

With regards to the County/National Pairs on Saturday most of the committee and organisers are playing and so we will be asking for help in sanitising the mats/equipment before sessions to ensure the day runs smoothly. Due to the numbers that have entered the competitions will be played right down to the overall winner on the day.

11/10/21 Positive Covid-19 Result Following The Mixed Fours

It has come to our attention that following the National Mixed Fours qualifiers, which was held on Sunday 12th October, one of the players has tested positive for Covid-19. DCSMBA have released a statement for all players who attended on the day and this can be read here.

If any of the players who attended the event receive a positive test result for covid then please inform the county via email on devon@esmba.co.uk

11/10/21 Margaret Elliott Pairs & National Mixed Fours Review

This weekend saw the Devon County season  restart in a vengeance with both the Margaret Elliott Pairs and the National Mixed Fours being held at ISCA. On Saturday 16 pairs arrived at ISCA to play the Margaret Elliott Pairs. The competition is run for players who have not played in the County team or have won a County Competition in the previous season. With 16 teams there was a round robin stage with the top two in each group reaching the knockout stages. After a series of knockout stages the final was contested between Marcus Cattell & Steve Collins (Christow) and Lee & Alan Woodacre (Goodleigh), with the Christow Pair coming through to win 9-5.

ME Pairs Christow

Margaret Elliott Pairs Winners Marcus Cattell & Steve Collins

On Sunday there was 10 teams of fours for the National Mixed Fours. The teams were split into two groups of five with the winners and runners up of each group qualifying for the semi finals. This was then followed by the final which was contested between Margaret Smith, Maddie Edmondson, Richard Willams & Benny Bass (Uffculme/Exeter Nomads) and Kim Wright, Sandra Weston, Barry McPhillips & Eric Pavey (Sidbury) with the Sidbury quartet winning through.

Nationa Mixed Fours

National Mixed Fours Qualifiers Winners Marcus Barrie McPhillips, Sandra Weston, Eric Pavey & Kim Wright

05/10/21 DCSMBA Registrations Reminder

Just a reminder that membership registration fees are now due for the 2021/22 season, so can Club Secretaries please return any outstanding registration forms together with fees for members they wish to register. This is very important for anyone playing in any County and National  Competitions (starting with the Margaret Elliott Pairs and National Mixed Fours this weekend) as well as any leagues that may be restarting this season. Secretaries can still register individual members during the season. Our Devon County secretary Cathy Oughton has now taken over registrations. Her contact details can be found on the committee page.

04/10/21 Margaret Elliott Pairs & National Mixed Fours Important Information

The County season starts this weekend with the Margaret Elliott Pairs on Saturday and the National Mixed Fours. We have been informed that there will be no food available at ISCA and that the bar will be closed. Tea and Coffee facilities and bar snack such a crisps are available. Players are therefore advised to bring their own refreshments. Covid Protocols will be in operation throughout the weekend. Upon arrival please follow the one way system at ISCA and proceed to the sign in table which will be in or just at the entrance of the restaurant. The sign in times for both days is 9am

23/09/21 County Committee Co-opts Members & County/National Competitions Update

The Devon County Committee met last night in their first committee meeting since the AGM.  An urgent appeal was sent out to all clubs asking for more people to stand on the committee. It was pleasing that several members of the association stepped forward and last night they were co opted on to the committee. The positions on the committee have been updated on the committee page and contact details will be added in due course.

There are still spaces in many of the competitions that are due to be held at ISCA by the DCSMBA throughout the season, and therefore it was decidedd to keep competition entries open until further notice. James Trott has taken over the role as Competition Secretary for the coming season and entry forms can be sent directly to him. His details can be found on the entry forms on the website which can be found here.

21/09/21  National Finals Review

This last week saw the ESMBA host the rearranged 2019-20 Nationals at Melton Mowbray. On Thursday the Singles was held. Elliott James (Yarnscombe) reached the last 16, whilst George Main (Yarnscombe) lost 5-13 to John Jeffrey (West Sussex) and Benny Bass (Uffculme) lost 9-7 to eventual winner David Newsome (North Yorkshire). On Friday the Pairs was held and saw two Devon teams qualify out of the groups and into the knock out stages. Benny Bass and Richard Williams (Uffculme/Exeter Nomads) reached the last 16 before being beaten 10-4 by  Saul Featherstone and Steve Holdsworth (Gloucestershire). James Trott and Mikey Ivings (Musbury) reached the semi finals before succumbing 9-4 to eventual winners Ryan Knight and Ollie Hipkiss (Gloucestershire).

On Saturday saw the turn of the Fours and there was one team from Devon that reached the knockout stages. The Christow quartet of Steve Collins,  Sean Woodley, Trevor Tregillus and Ava Catrell reached the last 32 where they were knocked out 9-8 by Oxfordshire. The title was eventually won by Adam Smith, Matty Wordon, Daniel Sands and Paul Clegg (Chesire). Steve, Sean and Ava returned on Sunday in the Triples where they reached the last 16 before going out 8-6 to Surrey. The Triples was eventually won by Lawrence Moffat and Lee & Bronagh Toleman (NorthYorkshire).

14/09/21 ESMBA Issue Covid Protocols For National Finals

With the 2019/20 National rescheduled finals taking place this week at Melton Mowbray the ESMBA has issued the Covid protocols that will be in place. People that have qualified or are attending the nationals are asked to read and take note of them. The Covid protocols can be found here as well as on the main ESMBA website.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all players who have qualified for the finals the best of luck!

13/09/21 Urgent Statement From The Chairman

This weekend saw an urgent email sent out to all club secretaries and read as follows:

Dear Secretary/Club Contact,

We need your help, the continuation of bowls in Devon depends now on the members, we on the Devon County committee can not continue to run the county bowls with out the following positions being filled, Safeguarding officer, secretary, competition secretary, west Devon rep, and two committee posts.

Without the county committee running your county bowls then short mat bowls will in Devon disappear for ever.

I am sure that bowlers think that everything will just happen, unfortunately that is not the case. There won’t be any league bowls, competitions or any competitive bowls that currently run under the ESMBA rules, as you will no longer be a part of the organisation.

I therefore ask that you take this to your members and ask for people to come forward and offer to help keep Devon Bowling, the present committee will help any one who is willing to take up a position on the committee.

We have a meeting on the 22nd of September to decide on Devon’s future, please please help, no volunteers then no more bowls it is that serious.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, now please take to your members and ask for help.

Rose Morrison

If you feel you a re in a position to help the County or would like to know more please contact Rose Morrison (details on the committee page or email devon@esmba.co.uk)

31/08/21 National/County Competition Forms & Latest Information

The new diary for the 2021/22 season has now been published and can be viewed on the Diary of Events page. In preparation for the new season all the registration forms have now also gone out to clubs within Devon. Finally the Devon County/National and Open competition forms are now out. They will have been sent to club secretaries/contacts and can also be downloaded here. Please note that the deadline for these entries is already fast approaching (18th September) and until the committee have a Competitions secretary in place they are to be sent to Eric Pavey for safe keeping (details on the forms)

27/08/21 Call For More Committee Members Following AGM