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Safe Bowls Status

The ESMBA has been very dedicated in their attitude towards safe bowling during the whole of the covid 19 pandemic. Counties have to undertake “risk assessment ” and convince the ESMBA  that it is safe to continue bowling at their venue. Richard Rose has spent considerable time and effort on the county’s behalf to convince the ESMBA that Bromsgrove is a safe venue. Many thanks are due to him for his work to achieve this

The ESMBA has now granted  ” Safe Bowls Status ” for short mat bowling at Bromsgrove. The formal letter and certificate from The ESMBA are shown below :


County v West Midlands – Sunday 10th October 2021 –Squad

This will be Worcestershire’s first ESMBA group match in the inter county series of 2021-22, which will also feature matches against Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire.

For 2021-22 the ESMBA has decided that matches will be played home and away on the same day with squads featuring eight bowlers at each venue plus two substitutes.

For Sunday’s match the county squads / teams are  as follows, with team order of play to be decided.

Home venue  –  Bromsgrove.

Session  1.  Singles  –  Jim Tingle   and   Sean Thompson

Session  2.  Triples   –   Maureen Tingle / Richard Rose / Anne Hough   –   and   –    Pete Forster / Malcolm Saunders / Avis Beddow.

Session  3.  Pairs      –  Pete Forster and Malcolm Saunders   –   and   –   Maureen Tingle and Richard Rose

Session  4.  Fours   –   Jim Tingle / Maureen Tingle / Richard Rose / Anne Hough   –   and   –   Sean Thompson / Pete Forster / Malcolm Saunders / Avis Beddow

Substitutes  –   Tony Crowley and June Green.

Away  venue  –  Solihull Indoor Bowling Centre, Brick Kiln Lane, Solihull, B91 3LE

Session  1.  Singles    –   Johnathon Smith  and  Richard Payne

Session  2.  Triples  –  Jenny Gibbs / Terry Clifford / Trish Clifford   –   and   –   Belinda Gibbs / Rob Franklin / Yvonne Payne

Session  3.  Pairs     –  Jenny Gibbs  and  Terry Clifford   –   and   –    Belinda Gibbs  and Rob Franklin

Session  4.  Fours   –   Richard Payne / Belinda Gibbs / Rob Franklin / Yvonne Payne   –   and   –   Johnathon Smith / Jenny Gibbs / Terry Clifford / Trish Clifford

No Substitutes.

ESMBA – Inter County Competition 2021/22

Because of the continuing covid 19 pandemic, the ESMBA has considered measures to reduce the number of bowlers participating in a match in the inter county competition. The ESMBA have decided that for the 2021/22 season all inter county matches will be home ( half the squad ), with the other half squad playing away  on the same day. Each half squad will consist of eight bowlers with two substitutes allowed.

The format as decided by the ESMBA is summarised below :

County Competitions – 2021 / 2022

It is now unlikely that county or national short mat bowling will commence before September 2021 and the county is now looking forward to the next series of county competitions. It is the intention to hold the  –  Pairs, Triples, Fours, Mixed Fours, and the over 55’s competitions at Blakedown Parish Rooms in December 2021 and January 2022  –  also the Singles if entries do not exceed 12, otherwise that competition will be held at the Bromsgrove IBC.