Coronavirus update

POSITIN AS AT 5TH NOVEMBER 2020.

It will come as no surprise that the ESMBA have issued further guidance following the announcement by the government of “a lockdown” in England from the 5th November to 2nd December. This guidance note is reproduced below.  There will be no short mat bowling in the county until the covid19 situation becomes clearer at some stage after the 2nd December.

” ESMBA Coronavirus statement 4th November 2020.     Under the latest government lockdown rules, amateur sports are not permitted. So, for the period of 5th November 2020 to 2nd December 2020 all “Safe Bowls” certificates are temporarily suspended.

No Short Mat Bowls clubs may open during this period.

Although it seems a long month, the ESMBA will continue to look at its route map during this time and will be developing new protocols for more competitive bowls once these latest restrictions are lifted. With this in mind we strongly recommend that clubs continue to submit applications for “Safe Bowls” as the importance of being ready to restart cannot be overstated. We will also continue to lobby the DCMS to look at allowing safe bowls to resume.

Barry Hedges

On behalf of the ESMBA management Committee.”

 

 

POSITION AS AT 25TH OCTOBER 2020.

Following the publication of new advice and regulations by the government, including the introduction of a tiered arrangement for covid19 infection rates, the ESMBA have issued a further “Safe Bowls” guidance note  –  this is reproduced below  –  at this stage there are no plans for restarting short mat bowling in the county.

“ENGISH SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION  –  “SAFE BOWLS UPDATE  –  17TH OCTOBER 2020.

The Government have now introduced a tier system for the Country, whilst the ESMBA await further updates from the DCMS and Sports England, the Management Committee have decided to err on the side of caution. With effect of 17th October the rules for clubs in the following tiers are as follows :

Tier  1  Postcodes can continue as per the approved protocols.

Tier  2  Postcodes can only allow single households or social bubbles per rink mat, these members MUST NOT mix with any other individuals.

Tier  3  Postcodes Sport and physical activity can be played as per the guidance under Tier 2.

These restrictions are put in place not just to protect the bowls family but the wider communities that we play and live in. We hope that these restrictions are only temporary and as soon as we have agreed procedures in place to play again, we will update you all.”

Because of the continuing covid 19 pandemic the county has decided to cancel this year’s  Kidderminster and District league  programme at Stourport Civic Hall with the hope that short mat bowling can restart at the  in September 2021.

The ESMBA has circulated additional guidance for counties  –  this is set out in full below :

ESMBA National Finals 2020

The first National Finals event  –  the Mixed Fours  –  took place at Solihull on the 7th march. Three teams from the county competed  –  ( 1 )  Belinda Gibbs / Dave Grove / Maureen Tingle / Jim Tingle.   ( 2 ) Yvonne Payne / Richard Rose / Sandra Felton / Richard Payne.   ( 3 )  Jenny Gibbs / Trish Clifford / Alan Walters / Terry Clifford.

Belinda/Dave/Maureen/ Jim  had tough opposition  in the round robin series of matches and lost, –  5-7  against an East Sussex team, 5-11 against Norfolk, and 2-7 against Devon.  They did not proceed to the knockout stages.

The two other teams did exceptionally well in the group stages, finishing top of their respective groups. Yvonne/Richard/Sandra/Richard narrowly lost to a team from Dorset 7-8, but won 8-0 against Northants and 10-3 against Hertfordshire.  In the first of the knockout rounds they lost 3-9 to a team from Essex.

Jenny/Trish/Alan/Terry won all three of their group games  –  14-6 against Surrey,  9-5 against North Yorkshire, and 7-4 against Cambridgeshire. In the first of the knockout rounds they lost 3-12 to a team from Avon.

The second National Finals event   –   the Over 55’s Pairs   –   took place on the 8th March, also at Solihull. Two teams from the county competed   –    Trish and Terry Clifford  –  and  –  Richard Rose and Richard Payne.

In the group series of matches, Trish and Terry lost 6-13 to a team from Norfolk, lost 6-8 to a team from Essex, but had a crushing 18-3 win over the team from Wiltshire. Unfortunately they did not make the knockout stages.

The two Richards had narrow defeats of 7-8 against a team from Buckinghamshire, and also Kent, but had a convincing win against a team from East Sussex by 12 shots to 7. Because of a superior shot difference they qualified for the knockout stages but in the first round of the knockouts were defeated by a team from North Yorkshire  4-14.

Because of the impact of the coronavirus epidemic, the remaining National Finals competitions have been re – scheduled for the beginning of September.

County v Devon – 16th February 2020

The county were drawn to play against Devon in this preliminary end of season ESMBA inter county knockout series. The match took place in Bristol. Unfortunately the county suffered  a shock defeat by 10 points to 30, which came as a bit of a surprise after a very successful season.  As far as the county were concerned, Jenny and Richard had a very good day winning both of their pairs matches  –  12-11 in the morning followed by a very convincing 20-8 win in the afternoon. This was instrumental in winning  two bonus points, helped by Leah and Sean’s 16-11 morning win. The only other county success was Belinda/Sandra/Richard’s triples win in the morning session by 12 shots to 10.

A summary of the day’s play is shown below  :

County v Shropshire – 19th Janaury 2020

This was the day when the county went to the top of the inter county group table by beating Shropshire by 26 points to 14. The county won nine of the sixteen individual games played and drew one. They earned 2 bonus points for the singles, triples and fours and shared the two bonus points for the pairs. Congratulations to the county squad on a deserved win and also congratulations to all those other bowlers who have played for the county during this season for contributing to the overall successes of the county.  –  the best result for many years.

Session  1.

A mixed morning session with Cayman losing his opening singles match, but with Johnathon winning. Johnathon led throughout and following consistent performance won comfortably by 14 shots to 5. Leah and Sean were very strong throughout their pairs match losing only four of the 15 ends played. They had a very powerful 20 shots to 6 win. Jenny and Richard lost their opening match.

Session  2.

Alan’s triples team had a very close contest with their opposite team, who managed to win the last end by one shot ensuring that the match was an 11-11 draw. Richard’s triples team were also frustrated in the last end of their 13 end game, when the opposition snatched three shots to take victory away from Richard’s team leaving the team down 9-11. Malcolm’s fours team shot into a 6-0 lead after three ends, when at that stage the opposition put up strong resistance. The great start for Malcolm’s team, however,  was sufficient to enable the team to be in front throughout the match running out winning it by 10 shots to 7. Jim’s fours team lost.

Session 3.

Having led for 6 ends Cayman found himself 10-11 down after the 11th end of his afternoon singles match. Cayman then went on to score a massive 14 shots off the last four ends to win by the wide margin of 24 shots to 11. Johnathon narrowly lost his afternoon singles match 10-11. Leah and Sean lost their afternoon match. In their afternoon pairs match Jenny and Richard had led throughout the  match but found themselves level with their opponents going into the last end. With the maximum 4 shots off this final end Jenny and Richard ran out winning by 14 shots to 10.

Session  4.

Alan’s team led throughout their triples match, won 9 of the 13 ends played and won the match comfortably by 17 shots to 9. Richard’s triples team led throughout their match after the second end, won 8 of the 13 ends played, and were winners by 14 shots to 7. Malcolm’s fours team had another great start and were 6-0 up after the second end. They again led throughout the match, maintained their consistency and went on to win their second match of the day by 17 shots to 9. Jim’s fours team led throughout winning 8 of the 11 ends played. they were very comfortable winners by 14 shots to 4.

A summary of the day’s results is shown below  :