If you have any feedback on how we can make our new website better please do contact us. We would like to hear from you. 

Presentation Dance

Just to remind people that this Saturday (13th June) is the presentation dance, tickets are £5.00 each  


Tickets can be ordered by contacting 

Barry Hedges on 07788 414311

Donating a raffle prize would be welcome 

It would be nice to see all those who  were winners and in second place  in the Essex Championships and  those who come first and second in their appropriate league divisions. There are also certificates to be issued for plate winners of the Fours, Mixed Fours and Holiday Pairs. 

Music back by popular demand  is by KEITH TAYLOR singing popular hit songs from the 50s  - to present day  - Singing from 7:30 till late 




Premier and "A" team Manager Position

Dear Members

At this Year's  AGM  the majority of the members present voted for   a Team Managers  position replacing the selectors committee. 

The new managers role shall be a piloted for one year for the forthcoming season 2015/16 with a further two years if deemed successful by the executive committee.  

The job description for the Team Managers position is now available from the attached link.   Prem & A Manager Position

All prospective applicants must have their C.V,S into the County Secretary  by no later than 23rd June 2015, any CVs that arrive after this date will not be accepted and therefore discarded.


Dear Members

Apologise for lack of updates It appears that the service providers changed,  the link for updating the Web page had been removed and the account holder  was  abroad, We are now back up and running. See below on recent updates

Presentation Dance

Dear Members
Presentation Dance is on 13th June 2015 - Tickets are £5.00 each and are available from Barry Hedges. It would be nice to see all those who who were winners, in second place and Plate winners to be in attendance to pick up there prizes. This includes all those who come first and second in their appropriate league divisions.


AGM Today

Wednesday 13th May is the County AGM - All is welcome to attend The AGM is being held at the Springhouse Social Club in Corringham SS17 7QT 8pm Start



Will take place on Wednesday 22nd April at 11:20am at South East Essex Crematorium, Corbets Tey. Afterwards it will be at The Kilns, Warley Street, Great Warley, Brentwood, CM13 3LB.   Flowers or Donations are welcome. Donations are to St.Lukes Hospice in Basildon.

Gina Patient  Rest in Peace 

It is with sad regret that Gina Patient passed away this morning (7/4/15). 

She was a founder member who played for the Stonyhill Herons, She also played for Friends of Essex and Essex "B" team. She was a terrific bowler who will be sorely missed. Rest in peace Gina. 

Details of Funeral Arrangements will be published when available.

Craig Burgess wins the Essex Championship Singles Final 

It was a thrilling final to end the season with. The Final was between Craig Burgess from East Hanningfield a previous 4 times winner of this competition and Derek Coates of Sanguine.

Derek got off to a great start taking a 6-0 lead, Craig fought his way back going into the last end leading 10 shots to 9. Derek had a great chance with his last bowl to drag the Jack back to take 1 shot which would have levelled the game and therefore and extra end would have been played, however Derek narrowly missed the shot and Craig won by 12 shots to 9, giving Craig his 5th Essex Championship Trophy.

Well done to both players in reaching the final and now go on to Derbyshire next week  with 3rd and 4th place players representing Essex at the National Singles Championship.

Congratulation Craig


                        County AGM Wednesday 13th May 2015                        Venue Springhouse Social club Time 8pm

Address: Springhouse Road Corringham Essex SS17 7QT


England Trials

The attached link are entry forms for England trials and ESMBA Open Pairs Competitions - Forms for the trials need to be in no later than 12th April 2015. The Open Pairs closing date 22nd July 2015

Link to England trial Forms - England Trials


Essex Quarter Finals Premier Team Report (see link)


East Hanningfield

Eileen Killington Open Fours - Sunday 5th April 2015


Alan Pearce Funeral Arrangements 

11.00 am 6th February at the Catholic Church in London Road Wickford, Church is opposite side to Police station. a couple of hundred yards  away
12.00 or just after at Pitsea Crematorium for the committal.
No flowers please.

Afterwards at Wickford Bowls Clubhouse, Tom Griffin will need to know numbers of those going back to the Club by 2nd February.

Liase with Denise Matthews for Tom Griffins details 

The Springhouse Open

Dear Members 

This is to inform members that Springhouse Open has been cancelled.


Holiday Pairs 

Dear Members

If you wish to enter the holiday pairs on Sunday the 1st  February  there is still time to place your entry  form in 

Please email -   afautley@gmail.com  or Telephone 07903 291452

The winners will each receive £75 voucher towards one of Barry Dillons Bowls holidays (great offer) they will receive a very large trophy with their names engraved on it which they keep for a year and will be presented to them at the presentation evening, the winners will also receive a trophy to which they keep - the runners up will also receive a trophy which will be presented to them at the presentation evening. 


Alan Pearce 

It is with sad regret to inform members that Alan Pearce the long standing Treasure for the South East Essex League passed away  yesterday morning, I thoughts and condolences go out to Sheila and the family  at this very sad time.   

Alan was one of the founder  members in bringing short mat bowls to Essex over 30 years go, Alan was well respected member of the short mat bowls community, He has played for his county and sat on the county executive committee. Alan's knowledge about the game and past history in Essex was of the highest quality, Alan will be sadly missed by all 

Alan Pearce a great loss to all who knew him

Alan with his wife Sheila


Happy New Year to you all  

Below are  2015 National Qualifier Allocations

Congratulations to those players who have qualified for the final stages of the 2015 National Championships.  Start times are as follows:-

Mixed Fours - Saturday 28th March  08:30 book in       

Under 18s -    Sunday 29th March 09:00 book in     

To be held at Church Gresley Indoor Bowls Club  Gresley Wood Road Church Gresley Swadlincote, DE11 0UW   Telephone no. 01283 551193

Singles Thursday 9th April  09:30 book in          

Pairs -  Friday 10th April   09:30 book in

Fours -  Saturday 11th April  08:30 book in          

Triples - Sunday 12th April 08:30 book in

To be held at Church Gresley Indoor Bowls club, Gresley Wood Road, Swadlincote DE11 9QW.  

The allocation for Essex County as follows.















Please note that all finalists must adhere to the ESMBA dress code when attending the final stages and it is your responsibility to make your players aware of the rule as ignorance will not be accepted as an excuse. The dress code will be strictly applied each day and players who are incorrectly dressed will be prevented from playing until suitably attired.

 Keith Hawkins

ESMBA Administration Officer


Happy Christmas

The Essex County Short Mat Bowls Executive Committee wishes everyone  a very Happy Christmas and a Great New Year.

English Short Mat bowls Association

Rule Books

A free rulebook (2014 edition) has been issued to all ESMBA registered members via their club secretary, where counties have provided this information, or via county secretaries. If any member has not yet received their copy they should raise this initially with their club secretary. Additional copies are available to purchase at £1.50 or £2.50 if preferred as a ringbinder copy, e-mail enquiries@esmba.co.uk

Essex Pairs Championship

Congratulation to Anthony Fautley and Steve Killington on winning the Essex Pairs Championship - It was close game which was decided on the last end, Runners up were Mitchell Young and Craig Burgess


Essex  Triples Championship

Congratulations go out to  Adam Sultana, Barry Hedges and Matt Dillon on winning the Essex Triples Championship. It was very close fought final with the Runners up Anthony Fautley, Steve Killington             and Peter Fautley


Essex A Team Claim Top Spot

See Report - A Team Report 


Essex Premier Team Secure Qualification 

See Report - Prem Report


Dear Members

Three years have passed and the appointment for the "B" Team Manager position is up for re-election. 

For further details please click  "B" Team Position


SpringHouse Open  

Click on  Whats On  page for further details 


No Food at Stoneyhill

Please Note: This Sundays Home County Match on 30th November   There will be no food  available at Stoneyhill  this  includes bacon rolls. If you want anything to eat, players will need to bring their own food.   

Essex Fours Championship 

Barry Hedges - Adam Sultana  Steve Killington and Peter Fautley Win the Essex Fours Championships 


The English Short Mat Bowls Association
A date for your diary: ESMBA Open Pairs Competition on Saturday 22 August 2015 with £1,500 prize money. Limited to 64 pairs. Entry fee £10. Further details, including entry form, on the ESMBA website later this week


Thank you to Linda Willingham
for B team report - See link below

B Team Report 


A Team Report  Away to Norfolk by Heather Amoss

See link   -   A Team Report


Essex County Registrations

Dear Members

Essex have received a number of enquiries in respect of registration cards.   The current situation is that ESMBA will not be issuing registration cards until they have received all registrations across the counties.

In previous years membership records passed to the ESMBA Administrator were scant and submitted in various mediums.  The ESMBA administrator will now provide to each county membership secretary  an electronic format which will replace current system in place.

New registration cards will be issued as soon as all the information has been received and collated by ESMBA. Counties have been asked to bear with them whilst this task is being undertaken. 


Thanks to Mitchell Young 
for both Prem report and A report - See links below

Prem Report   -    A Team Report

Apologise to readers in the delay of  further information on the Essex Web site this was due to a PC problem that has now been resolved 


Thanks to Mitchell Young 
for Prem report - See link below

Essex Vs Norfolk Premier Report 


Essex Mixed Fours Championship

Anthony Fautley, Steve Killington, Linda Lambert and Maureen Bistead win the Essex Mixed Fours Championship. Congratulations to report to follow 


Thank you to Linda Willingham
for B team report - See link below

B Team Report


Over 60s Manager Required

Dear Members

An amazing opportunity has presented itself in managing the Essex County over 60s team.  This is a great role for someone who wants to get involved and enjoy  building and managing a team. 

For further information and to obtain an application form please  click on attached voluntary job position link  below

  Voluntary Job Positions


Essex Umpires Association Disbanded - Volunteer Needed  

It is with regret that the long running Essex Umpires association agreed to disband at their AGM. It is  understood this was mainly due to insufficient umpires within Essex and the lack of  interest in running and co-ordinating the association.   

Albeit the association has disbanded Essex County require a volunteer/volunteers to be a point of contact to coordinate our remaining umpires and competitions . This would involve liaising with the ICC selectors and arranging  umpires for 3 home games for Inter County Championships, Liaise with Competition Secretary to arrange umpires for the National/Essex Championships, and arrange any umpires for local competitions.

All other questions relating to umpires, people should  be directed to the  National Umpires director

John Hurst   
441 Humber Doucy Lane
01473 434420

If you fancy  volunteering for this minor role please contact the Essex Chairman Barry Hedges  via Email who will be able to give you little more insight. chairman@ecsmba.com  


Thank you to Mitchell Young 
for Prem report - See link below

No available A Team report see link for Scores

Prem Reports     A Team Reports


Premier and A Team reports 

Thanks to Mitchell Young and Heather Amos 
for Prem and A reports - See links below

Prem Reports    A Team Reports


Premier and A Team reports

Thanks to Mitchell Young and Heather Amos 
for Prem and A reports - See links below

Prem Reports     A Team Reports


The Premier Team and A Team Players have now been published  for 28th September 2014

Prem Team Players                   A Team Players

Don Woods funeral details are listed below.

The funeral will take place on Friday 19th September at 1.15pm at Emmanuel Church, Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD


County Role -Up

It was good to see so many people at the county role-up last Sunday at Stonyhill,  I hope you all had a good time.

Barry made an introduction of three new players joining Essex this year , Mat  and Debbie who moved from Kent and are now playing for Springhouse this year  and Fred Gudgin  who moved to Devon some 8 years ago and is now moving back to Essex in due course and is playing for East Hanningfield.  Essex welcomes you with open arms and wish you all the best  in your new clubs and county.

This year there are four new selectors,   Paul Bax, Shirley Walker, Paul Cairns and Jack Shepherd. Throughout the day the selectors eagerly watched potential county bowlers,  They saw some excellent bowling  that would give the selectors a headache in picking the county teams.  

On the day, teams of triples and fours were put together over 4 sessions with a 10 minute break between each session with an hour's lunch break after the second session. The floor  to the rinks has been re-levelled  and now makes home matches  less advantages.  However the mats played more or less true either side and were a pleasure to play.  After the bowling finished the Selectors including the Chairman had a selectors meeting to discuss the teams for the up and coming county matches.

Over the next week or so the selectors will be in contact with those who had been chosen to play in the first county match,  However I will stress to those who have not been selected this time around  the selectors only take one game at a time, therefore you could be selected in the next game or one of the other county games during the season.  If you're not selected to play don`t give up there is always the following year.   

I personally do not envy the selectors role, It's a tough Job with criticism,  When Selecting players it's not just about selecting a group of players. below are just few examples a selector needs to think about.

·          you need think about the opposition

·      They also need to think about the best position that you suit the team ( some players may think there skips but put them with another set of players they may be best suited as three or one)

·        A skip and three also needs to understand the position of bowls on the Mat and the best delivery (some are more suited to this role better than others)

·       A skip also needs to understand their team players bowls, i.e do they turn a lot,  they also need to know whether a player is better on one hand than another, is the player right or left handed, you might ask what's this got to do with it, It makes a big difference, A left handed player can play a completely different line than a right handed player playing on his backhand and visa versa


There are considerable more strategies one could go into,  but the one important understanding is that It does not matter what position you play, each position has it unique place and each position is as important as the next position.

Good Luck to those players in first games 


Cliff Hercock 

Dear Bowlers 
The Cliff Hercock draw has been made. Click the link  to see who you have been drawn against   -  Cliff Hercock Draw

Don Woods

It is with sad regret to inform you that Don Woods has passed away. Yesterday whilst in Ireland visiting family and friends Don had a Heart attack, he immediately underwent open heart surgery but sadly he never recovered.  Don who played for  Stonyhills Bowls club and formally Hannakins Farm played for the Essex B team and Friends for Essex.

Our condolences go out to his family, He will be sadly missed by all those who knew him.


Chris Hopkins Resigns as ESMBA National Championship Organiser

Chris Hopkins who took over the role  National Championship Organiser after losing his role as chairman to Barry Hedges  at the Annual General Meeting has resigned his new position. 

Its believed the new Chairman Barry Hedges tried to persuade Chris Hopkins to remain on the committee but Chris Hopkins was extremely unhappy when it emerged a meeting took place with some members of his committee whilst he was chairman of the ESMBA without his knowledge.   


Chris Hopkins


Essex B Team Reports 

Select Link below or go to County ICC Page 

B team report 



Dear Bowlers

12 players from Essex will be heading to Bromsgrove this weekend 22nd/23rd August to take part in the Short Mat Players Tour UK Open singles. You can follow all the players progress,  (which are updated after each match). by going to the Competitions Page - SMPT  

Alternatively use this link  SMPT


Essex/National Championships

If you require additional copies  Essex /National Championship Forms  they are now available on the website (see Essex/Nat Champ page).

There is also a Bowlers Enquiry form for those players who want to play in the Essex/National Championship but are short on players to make team up (see Essex/Nat Champ page)


Countdown Discount Card Scheme

For some time now ESMBA have run a Countdown Discount Card Scheme for all it members , The scheme works from your membership number which is registered through countdown cards and allows you to purchase goods on line from special offers. It also offers cash back on countless items ranging from grocery shops  to Holidays.

A page has been set up on this website providing background information and details about how to register 

Countdown Card Scheme


Bowls for Sale, see - Items for Sale Page


Dear Bowlers

Letters should now be with all County Secretaries for information regards County Bowling Season 2014-15  - Please See County Page / County Form ICC

If  you want to play for your county but you are not sure,  why not have a go, There are many players in Essex who under estimate there capabilities.   There have been times when I have spoken to bowlers who think they are not good enough to play for their County. I can assure you many players do have that ability but lack the confidence.  Age is immaterial in this game (from the young right through to those of the older generation) everyone has that ability. 

So why not go to County Page / County Form ICC and follow the instructions  or click on the link -  County ICC form


New Umpire Contact

Tony Elham has stepped down as umpire coordinator, if bowler needs to discuss anything relating to the umpires please contact Ken Burn at - kenburn@btinternet.com - See Umpires Page -  Essex Umpires


East Hanningfield Margaret Cairns Open Triples Event  

Date Change  - See Competition Page 


Barry Hedges Chairman of Essex becomes New Chairman of England Short Mat Bowls Association 

Congratulations to Barry Hedges on being elected the new Chairman of the ESMBA. Barry was up against the long standing  present chairman Chris Hopkins, Barry was elected by winning 32 votes to 24.  

I am sure we would all like to wish 

Barry the very best of luck in his new role 


Essex B Team report  - See County Page


Feedback Page

There is now a new feedback web page  If you have anything that can improve the Essex County Web site or you would like to give general feedback which may help towards improving the way Essex run things please do not hesitate to complete the form.

New Links Page 

We also have a new Links page which is broken down into three sections County, National and Other links - not all the links are currently in operation as I am waiting for approval from various Counties  


England call-up

I meant to have posted this earlier, however it better late than never

 Congratulations need to go out to

              Barry Hedges,      Anthony Fautley       Adam Sultana

                               Mitchell Young     Sadie Young

All these players have received an England call-up for 2014-15 season. 

Well done to you all    


New to the Essex Web Page 

 Advertising Equipment Page 

Great news  - the Essex Web page has now got an Advertisement Page for Clubs and Bowlers to sell unwanted equipment. To sell your equipment go to the Advertising Equipment page and the publicity Officer will arrange for your request to be advertise on the Item for Sale Page. 


Congratulations to Adam Sultana

On Friday 13th some  players were invited to take part by the England Short Mat Bowls Association in the first John Jackson Invitation Trophy, The competition was the very first live streamed event via the web.  The format was four groups of four players playing against each other with two qualifiers from each group moving into the quarter finals,  from then it was a straight knockout to the final.

 The quarter finalist were Peter Hore, Ryan Knight, Jason Maclean, Adam Sultana, Roger Wiggins, Gareth Stanway, Robert Elmore & Dave Lamb. The Semi finals (best of 10 ends) were Ryan Knight v Adam Sultana and Gareth Stanway v Robert Elmore. Adam Sultana beat Ryan Knight 8 shots to 5 and Robert Elmore beat Gareth Stanway 10 shots to 7.

The Final which was the best of 10 ends saw Adam beat Robert 11 shots to 7

Congratulation to Adam on winning the event - it is a great achievement

Commentary for the event was, Steve Proctor, Keith Lackford & Chris Hopkins


Dear Members

You are probably aware that over these past weeks I have been updating the ECSMBA web page. There is still a considerable amount to do so I would ask you all to bear with us during this ongoing process. However I would be grateful that if you spot anything that may be incorrect or needs re-updating  or even help us with suggestions on making the web page better I would be only too glad to receive the feedback.   There a few items in the pipeline we are reviewing i.e. setting up a Facebook page (linking it to the ECSMBA web page), introducing on the ECSMBA  web page a place where people can advertise their new/old bowls equipment,  we are also looking at the feasibility of a quarterly newsletter, all this takes time but if you do wish to contact me I am available on the Publicity's email address. publicity@ecsmba.com

Kind regards

Peter Fautley

Presentation Night 2014

Dear Members

The presentation night was great success with around 180 people attending on the night, a great job was completed by Barry Hedges (County Chairman) and Tony Elham (League Chairman) in making the announcements with the County President Sammy Lambert and League Fixture Secretary Tony Hayes in presenting the prizes.  

On the night a special raffle was held in aid of Prostate Cancer, Mitchell Young and Adam Sultana donated their  Holiday Pairs voucher worth £75 each. The raffle  raised a massive £154. A big thank you must go out  Mitchell & Adam for raising so much money for such a good cause. 

Photographs of the presentation night have now been uploaded,  two new pages has been added "Presentation 2014" and "League Gallery" You will find the league gallery under South Essex League. Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up the photographs will help to remember past achievements. 

A thank you should also go out to all those people who helped behind the scenes either before or on the night.


Dear members please note for your diary  that the Essex Championship (Nationals) singles has been re-scheduled to the 4th January 2015 and the Essex Championship (Nationals) Under 18s and Holiday Pairs has been rescheduled for the 1st February 2015.

The executive committee agreed not to run the singles event on 21st December 2014 due to it being impractical to run the event the last weekend prior to Christmas as it was believed that numbers could be low.

The reason the 4th January has been chosen for the singles,  Essex are restricted on available dates throughout the season.   Adult Essex Championship(Nationals) events are not allowed to be run on England Seminar weekends (1st February)  therefore the Under 18s and Holiday pairs has been moved to the 1st February 2015 and the Singles event to 4th January.  


County Selectors Vote 2014-15

This year six names were put forward to stand on the County Selectors Committee.

The six names were:

Shirley Walker (GPCA), Jack Shephard (GPCA), Paul Cairns (East Hanningfield), Paul Bax (East Hanningfield), Brian Daley (Springhouse), Steve Young (Springhouse). 

Out of those candidates the four chosen by the delegates to sit on the committee were,   

Shirley Walker (GPCA), Jack Shephard (GPCA), Paul Cairns (East Hanningfield), Paul Bax (East Hanningfield). 

Congratulations to the four that was selected,  we wish them the very best for the coming season. 

The Selectors Web page will be updated in due course when  waver declaration has been signed by the new committee members  to add their details.    

Please note:  The above names are in no particular order as to how the candidates were voted on. 


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