Welcome to Suffolk Short Mat Bowling Association (SSMBA)   

We hope you enjoy your visit to our site. If you are new to Suffolk and would like details of clubs near to you then please contact our Secretary, Pam Fayers, on 01449 770080. Our site is aimed at providing you with straight forward contact details and information about what goes on in Short Mat Bowls in Suffolk.

 Short Mat Bowls began in Suffolk in 1985 and we are affiliated to the national body, English Short Mat Bowling Association (ESMBA). There are 20 clubs registered with Suffolk this season (2019/20), playing in two leagues, Ipswich & District League, and Waveney League. For more details click on the League Tables tab.

The county also enters a team in the Inter County Competition (ICC) playing home and away fixtures against Norfolk, Essex, and Kent in the group stage, going on to play other counties in the knock-out stages according to their group position. To read match reports click on the Suffolk County Team tab.To view match results across the country go to the ESMBA website (www.esmba.co.uk)

Notes regarding CORONAVIRUS situation

The national body (ESMBA) have issued a ROUTEMAP dated March 2021 which covers gradual easing of restrictions at three stages, 12th. April, 17th. May, and 21st. June. This may change following any future government announcements. Those clubs within Suffolk that have achieved 'Safe Bowls' status should follow these instructions until further notice. The ESMBA insist that all Clubs, Leagues, and County Associations must hold 'Safe Bowls' status before resuming play.