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County v Hertfordshire – Sunday 13th February 2022

This Home / Away fixture was the ESMBA inter county quarter final match following the county ending second  the 2021/22 group series of matches.

The Home squad narrowly lost by 11 points to Herts total o13. The Away squad did not perform quite as well with only two wins from the individual eight games played, resulting in  a score of 4 points to Herts 20. Overall the county lost by 15 points to 33, thus ending their 2021/22 inter county involvement for this season.

County v Oxfordshire 4th/5th December 2021

This was the county’s final inter county match for this season with a home fixture on the 4th December and the away fixture at Oxford on the 5th.

The home squad had a successful day with both singles winning their match. There was one win and one loss in the triples, a win and a draw in the pairs. Both fours teams lost.

Overall Worcestershire won this encounter by 15 points to 9, scoring 101 shots to Oxfordshire’s 76  –  four wins and one draw from the eight individual matches played.

The away squad drew their encounter with Oxfordshire 12-12 which was sufficient to ensure that Worcestershire was second  to West  Midlands in group 4 of the inter county competition.. There was one win in the singles, two wins in the triples, and one win in the pairs. Both fours teams lost.

Worcestershire now look forward to competing in the quarter finals of the inter county knockout series in February next year.

County v Gloucestershire – Sunday 31st October 2021

The county had a very convincing win against Gloucestershire on Sunday with both the ” Home and Away Squads” winning by 18 points to 6. The county’s ” Home Squad” scored 87 shots, to Gloucester’s 72 with the “Away Squad” scoring 99 shots to Gloucester’s 92.  –  A very close contest as far as shots were concerned.

Summary of the day’s play is shown below :

County v West Midlands – Sunday 10th October 2021


The following report was prepared before the ESMBA produced their results and group table. They are treating the home/away situation on the same day as separate matches. It makes no difference to the overall situation, except that Worcestershire have now “drawn” one match and lost one rather than just losing one.

This was the county’s first competitive match in the ESMBA’s inter county competition for 2021-22  –  half the squad playing at home with the other half playing at Solihull. The county lost this match by 15 points to 33 with the county scoring 144 shots compared with 217 scored by West Midlands

The county’s home squad shared the honours with West Midlands with both teams having 12 points at the end of the day’s play. There was one win in each of the disciplines  –  Singles/Triples/Pairs and Fours , with the county picking up bonus points in the Triples and Fours, The away squad did not fare as well as the home teams. There was only one win in the Triples and a draw in the Fours. No bonus points were obtained.

A summary of the days play is set out below :




County v Northamptonshire – Sunday 3rd October 2021

Worcestershire played host to Northamptonshire at Bromsgrove in a friendly match marking the opening of the 2021/22 county short mat bowling season. This was the first competitive match for both counties since the beginning of the covid 19 pandemic  early in 2020. It had previously been agreed that the match would consist of triples only, with 6 sessions during the day, thus enabling maximum participation of both counties’ squads, having due regard to covid 19 guidance notes.  -There were 10 points to play for in each session.

The first two sessions were evenly balanced with both counties winning two of the four matches played in each session. The third session saw Worcestershire winning three of the four matches , a position which was reversed in session four. At this stage the score was level at 20 points for both counties. Worcestershire faded during the final two sessions eventually losing by 23 points to 37.

The county now looks forward to the opening ESMBA inter county competition when the county play West Midlands on Sunday 10th October.