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20/03/19 National Under 18's Report

This Saturday saw the ESMBA host the final of the National 18’s and Devon had two qualifiers in Benny Bass (Uffculme) and Ava Cattell (Christow). With only 16 finalists in total, the players were split into groups of four for a round robin with the top two entering the final knockout stages. Sadly Ava came bottom of her group however her results improved as the day went on.

Benny secured his passage into the knockout stages with two wins and a draw. He progressed through the quarter final and semi final before meeting Norfolk’s Ryan Fox in the Final. Despite being tight for much of the match Ryan pulled away and after 8 ends was 10-5 up. Benny was able to pull up so he was only one shot behind going into the final end, however Ryan was able to hold on and win the title.

14/03/19 Area Challenge

On Sunday  players from all around the county transcended on to ISCA who hosted the Area Challenge. The event sees each of the Area Representatives pick 1 Singles, 1 Pairs, 1 Triples and 1 Fours from their area, these players are all non-county players. These teams then play all the other areas as well as the Devon County A team. At the end of the day the East area finished 3rd with the North pipping the West area to the title.



North Area Reporesentative Hilary Iley With The North Area Team


13/03/19 Devon AGM Details

The annual DCSMBA AGM will be held on the 6th April at approximately 4:30pm straight after the County 10’s has taken place. The AGM will be held at ISCA in Exeter. Details have been sent to all club secretaries and in addition the details of the AGM can be found online here.

As you will notice on the PDF file that nomination forms are now available if you are wishing to join the county committee .We will be posting a list of all nominations received soon after the closing date.

22/02/19 New County Secretary

Barrrie Goodchild has been co-opted on to the DCSMBA Committee as the County Secretary for the remainder of the season. Robert Ivings will however continue with the registrations. The new structure and Committee details have been updated on the Committee page.

11/02/19 English Masters Report

This weekend saw the Short Mat Players Tour host their annual English Masters at Chelmsford with several Devon bowlers attending. As is usual in an SMPT competition there is a round robin stage on Saturday and on the Sunday morning with the top 2 going into the main knockout stage,  3rd and 4th spot enter a plate competition, whilst 5th and 6th place enter a shield competition.

Entering the shield competition was Adam Perris, Richard Williams (Wonford) and Benny Bass (Uffculme). Adam reached the second round before being knocked out 15-8 by Brent Nielson of Denmark. Richard and Benny both went one stage further reaching the third round, Richard being beaten 16-2 by Harrison Sheen and Benny being beaten 10-8 by Neil Davidson. Elliott James (Yarnscombe) was able to qualify for the plate competition and reached the third round before being beaten by 9-8 by James John Davies.

James Trott (Musbury) topped his group and entered the Main knockout competition where he reached round 2 before being beaten 9-7 by Stephen Williams. Steven Williams then dealt Michael Ivings (Musbury) the same fate the very next round by dispatching him 10-8. The Welsh supremo went on to win his second SMPT title in a row winning the final 12-10 against fellow country man Sean Hughes.

The SMPT rolls into Belfast next for the Belfast Open 2 wood Pairs and the World Masters on the 5th-7th April. Entries for these competitions are both now closed but information about further events can be found on their website.

03/02/19 County/National Under 18's & National Mixed Fours

On Saturday ISCA hosted the County/National under 18’s . With 6 entrants the players played a round robin with each player guaranteed 5 games. There was some tremendous matches showing how far the under 18’s have developed. Benny Bass (Uffcullme) was able to dominate the competition and won all 5 matches, his closest match was against Jack Gooding (Silverton) but he won through 10-9 thanks to picking up a 4 on the final end.  Coming in second was Ava Cattell  who produced some very strong performances throughout the day.

 Under 18s winner Benny Bass

County/National Under 18's Winner Benny Bass

Alongside the Under 18’s, the National Mixed Fours also took place. This was won by the Wonford quartet of Pam & Marie Toleman, Benny Bass and Richard Williams with Totnes coming second and Winkleigh third.

03/02/19 DCSMBA Statement

The Devon County Committee have decided to withdraw the Premier team from the ICC Rinks final in April. A letter has been sent to the ESMBA to inform them of this decision and the reasons why we feel we have had to take this course of action.

29/01/19 National Allocations

Devon have received their allocations for the National Finals which are held in March and April. Devon have received 4 places in the Singles, Pairs, Triples, Fours and Over 55 Pairs. In the Mixed Fours Devon have 3 places. Which will be a concern for the sport the Under 18 numbers are down with only 16 players competing in the finals and Devon have two of these spots. The Under 18’s final takes place at Daventry on the 16th March. The Mixed Fours and the Over 55’s take place at Daventry on the weekend of the 30th/31st March. The remaining Nationals takes place from the 11th April at Melton Mowbray.

21/01/19 Devon Ladies In England Ladies Action

Caroline Pavey (Sidbury) and Sue Young (Exeter Nomads) joined up with the English Ladies team as they travelled to Dumfries to take on the Scottish Ladies. The first three sessions were rinks and England won two of the sessions. The final session was individual matches of Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours. Sue Young was selected in the Singles in which she won 13-9. With the English team dominating their Scottish counterparts the final score was England Ladies 12 Scotland Ladies 4



Sue Young & Caroline Pavey Representing England At Dumfries

15/01/19 British Open Review

This weekend saw York play host to the Short Mat Players Tour British Open and saw a host of players from Devon participate in the event. After the usual round robin stage on Saturday and Sunday morning several players from Devon had done enough to secure passage into the main knockout draw.

Both Andy Thompson and James Trott were knocked out in the first round whilst Elliott James was beaten in Round 2 13-6 by Ed Sawbridge (England). Making his SMPT debut Tony Main, was knocked out 13-5 by Dom Reed (England) who had earlier beaten Andy Thompson. The plaudits however must go to Uffculme’s Benny Bass who made it all the way to the final. However he was beaten 10-9 in the final end by Welsh supremo Stephen Williams.

The Short Mat Players Tour next travel to Chelmsford for the English Open on the 9th and 10th of February.  More details of this and other SMPT events can be found on their website.

08/01/19 ESMBA Statement Regarding National Over 55 Pairs/Mixed Fours and ICC Rinks

The ESMBA last night issued the following statement:

Due to circumstances out of our control, the venue for the Rinks finals has cancelled our booking. We have struggled at this short notice to find a replacement venue for the proposed date in January.

The rinks finals have now been postponed until the weekend of 6/7th April 2019 and will be played at Daventry IBC.

Your county contacts will be contacted by the ICC Secretary.

Due to this cancellation and the fear of it happening with other dates the Association has taken the decision to move the National Mixed Fours and National Over 55s to Daventry IBC on the scheduled weekend of 30/31st March 2019. The Competition Secretary will be in touch with County contacts shortly.

If you have qualified for the National over 55 Pairs please be aware of the change of venue. The National Mixed Fours qualifier is due to take place next month. All players that had been asked to play in the ICC Rinks have been informed of the situation


20/12/18 County/National Singles Report

On Sunday ISCA played host to the County/National Singles. In the morning the usual round robin took place with the winners and runners going into the main knockout draw, and the third and fourth place teams going into the plate. In the first quarter finals of the plate David Tarr was in complete control against Mike Bellamy and won through 12-4. In the second quarter final Richard Ivings built a strong lead in the first three ends against Oliver White and this saw him win 11-6. The third quarter final saw Mikey Ivings beat ruthlessly beat Richard Williams 13-3. The final saw quarter final saw Geoff Cleave beat John Parnell 10-4. The first semi final was between David and Mikey with Mikey coming from behind to win 10-3. The second semi final against Geoff and Richard was a tighter affair with Richard winning 9-8 after an extra end. The final of the plate was therefore a sibling rivalry with Mikey dominating Richard and winning 13-3.

In the main knockout stages, the first quarter final saw Benny Bass beat Nick Wyatt 12-5 after taking an early lead. The second quarter final saw Graham James narrowly edge past Martin Sexton 7-6. The third quarter final was between Eric Pavey and Elliot James and saw Eric see off Elliot 10-5 thanks to a strong start. The final quarter final saw John Steer narrowly Beat George Main 8-7 on an extra end.  The first semi final saw Eric confidently beat Graham 12-3. In the second semi-final Benny pulled through after a tight start and beat John 11-5. The final between Eric and Benny started off tight and was 5-5 after 5 ends, however Benny then pulled away winning 11-6. Benny therefore secured the title and the number one national qualifier spot with Eric grabbing the second spot. The third spot went to Graham James who made it to the semi-finals, with the fourth spot going to Elliot James after a play off.

Singles Winner Benny Bass

County Singles Winner Benny Bass

11/12/18 ICC Rinks Report

This Sunday saw both the Devon Premier and Devon A team travel up to Tamworth to participate in the preliminary round of the ICC rinks. Each squad consisted of 16 players (four rinks) and faced several other counties with the match being decided on three total shots on all four mats. In the first round Devon Premier faced Northamptonshire. Devon controlled the match and in the end lost only on one mat. With wins in three of the rinks Devon won by 30 shots. Devon faced local rivals Cornwall in their last match. Cornwall quickly established their dominance throughout the match and they eventually won through by 37 shots. In the final match up Cornwall faced Northampton with Cornwall eventually winning. The result ensured Devon finished second, enough to see them reach the final at the end of January.

Devon A also faced Northamptonshire in their first match. The team sadly struggled and were only able to win on one mat. Defeats on the three other mats gave Northamptonshire a 25 shot lead. Following Kent’s defeat against Northamptonshire Devon knew that a 2 shot win against Kent in their final game would be enough to secure 2nd spot and a spot in the finals. Kent started off strongly and quickly established a confident lead. Devon at one stage cut the shot deficit down but Kent eventually won by 21 shots and secured their spot in the finals at the expense of Devon

06/12/18 ICC Rinks Preliminaries

This Sunday sees both Devon A and Devon Premier attempt to qualify for the ICC Rinks finals. Both teams travel to Tamworth Indoor bowls Club where they will face several other counties in their bid to qualify for the finals on the 26th/27th January. Details of the  venue can be found here. All teams must be signed in by 9:30. The following players have been selected for the matches.

Premier Team; Michael Avery (Yarnscombe), Martin Conabeer (Exeter Nomads), Luis Inacio (Bere Alston), Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Carol Osborne (Sidbury), John Parnell (Wonford), Caroline Pavey (Sidbury), Eric Pavey (Sidbury), Margaret Smith (Wonford), Dave Summers (Totnes Creameries), Kim Wright (Sidbury), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads), Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

A Team; Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Carol Dummett (Bere Alston), Hillary Iley  (Exeter Nomads), Robert Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Andy Kerse (Exeter Nomads), Colin Palmer (Sidbury), Pamela Palmer (Sidbury), Shirley Parnell (Wonford), Adam Perris (Wonford), Brad Rundle (Christow) Chloe Rundle (Christow), Ralph Rundle (Christow), Ann Summers (Totnes Creameries), Trevor Tregillus (Christow), Roger Wilson (Anstey), Rachel Wright (Sidbury)   

02/12/18 SMPT World Fours & Pairs

This weekend saw the Short Mat Players Tour hold their annual World and World Pairs. On Saturday several players from Devon participated in the Fours.  George Main and Elliott James (Yarnscombe) joined forces with ex Devon players James Smith and Paul Pomeroy. They safely negotiated their way through the round robin stages before being knocked out in the second round of the knockout stages by a Northern Irish rink. Mikey Ivings and James Trott (Musbury) were joined by ex Devonian Simon Pridham and Craig Burgess (Essex).  After winning their group they advance to the knockout stages where they reached the final and faced Dom Reed, Jack Pye, Stephen McAlister and Neil Davidson. Trott’s rink were able to maintain their winning form and came through 11-2 giving Mikey and James their second World Fours title.

On Sunday it was the turn of the Pairs. Elliott and George struggled in what was a tough group and finished third. This meant they went into the plate where they progressed to the Quarter finals where they were beaten 11-4 by Gethin and Aled Edwards from Wales. Mikey and James carried on their form from the previous day and won their group and progressed through to the final where they faced Thomas Perris and Alex Kley (Dorset). The Dorset pair made a strong start and gained a lead that could not be overturned. The final result was11-2 with James an d Mike having to settle for second spot. 

27/11/18 Devon v Cornwall Report

On Sunday Cornwall were the visitors as Devon played the last ICC group game of he season. The premier team still had ambitions of making it to the knock out stages, however Cornwall stormed out of the blocks and won on all four mats in the opening Session. Cornwall continued to dominate the match and in the second session Devon only picked up 3 points after winning one of the Fours 19-7 and drawing one of the Triples. This left the half time score 13-3 to Cornwall.

Cornwall wrapped up the match and their passage into the knockout stages in the third session following three wins. The sole Devon win coming in one of the Pairs who won 15-8.  The last session was evenly split with both Counties winning two matches each. With Devon winning the bonus points in the Fours the final score was Devon 11 (163 shots) Cornwall 29 (211 Shots).

The A team who were playing for pride had a much better start against Cornwall and the first session was evenly split with Devon winning both of the Pairs. Cornwall however edged the second session with Devon only winning one of the Fours with a 12-9 win. This left the half time score 6-10 to Cornwall.

The Third session followed a similar pattern to the first session with Cornwall winning the Singles and Devon winning both of the Pairs. The final session was dominated by Devon with Devon winning both of the Fours and one of the Triples. With Devon winning the bonus points in the Pairs, triples and Fours the final score was Devon 22 (191 shots) Cornwall 18 (193 shots)

24/11/18  Devon v Cornwall Team Announced

Devon take on Cornwall in their Final ICC group fixture at ISCA tomorrow. The Premier Team go into the game third and just 3 points behind second place Cornwall. The A team are 4th in the group but will be looking to finish on a high The match starts at 10:00am and spectators are welcome to come and watch. The following players have been selected for the game.
 
Premier Team;
Michael Avery (Yarnscombe), Lorraine Axtell (Winkleigh) , Martin Conabeer (Exeter Nomads), Luis Inacio (Bere Alston), Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Elliot James (Yarnscombe), Graham James (Yarnscombe), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Carol Osborne (Sidbury), John Parnell (Wonford), Rob Phipps (Exeter Nomads) Caroline Pavey (Sidbury), Eric Pavey (Sidbury), Margaret Smith (Wonford),  Kim Wright (Sidbury), Nick Wyatt (Bow), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads), Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

A Team; Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Ava Cattell (Christow), Carol Dummett (Bere Alston), Hillary Iley  (Exeter Nomads), Robert Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Andy Kerse (Exeter Nomads), Fred Niven (Great Torrington), Colin Palmer (Sidbury), Pamela Palmer (Sidbury), Shirley Parnell (Wonford), Adam Perris (Wonford), Chloe Rundle (Christow), David Tarr (West Hill), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Pam Toleman (Wonford), Trevor Tregillus (Christow), Oliver White (Loddiswell) Richard White (Loddiswell), Sean Woodley (Christow), Rachel Wright (Sidbury)

20/11/18 British Isles Report

James Trott (Musbury) ended up being the toast of England this weekend in the British Isles event. After winning the National Singles earlier in the year he achieved a perfect record beating Scotland and Wales before beating Joe Beattie of Ireland 12-11 to secure the British Isles Singles title. On the team event England finished a distant 3 behind Wales and regular winners Ireland.

In the A team Eric Pavey (Sidbury) skipped the Individual Fours to second spot behind Ireland. Michael Ivings (Musbury) came third in the Singles and helped England to second spot behind Ireland in the Team event.

12/11/18 Devon v Somerset Review

Somerset were the visitors to ISCA on Sunday in the latest ICC fixture of the season. The Devon Premier team started in buoyant form and won 3 of the four matches in the first session, with the one defeat occurring in one of thre Pairs. This was followed up by another good second session with another 3 wins for Devon. This left the half time score 12-4 to Devon.

The third session was evenly split with Devon winning one of the Singles and one of the Pairs, but Somerset won on the other two mats. However, Devon did enough to secure the bonus points in both disciplines. The final session was dominated by Devon with Devon only suffering one defeat but won on all the other mats. In addition, Devon were able to secure the bonus points in the Triples and Fours completing a clean sweep. The final score was Devon 30 (220 shots) Somerset 10 (172 shots)

Devon A however did not have as a good a day.  In the first session Devon could only secure 2 points with a win in one of the Pairs. Devon fared little better in the second session with only a 13-3 win in one of the Triples. This left the half time score at 4-12 to Somerset.

The third session was split evenly with Devon securing wins in one of the Singles and one of the Pairs. However once again Devon struggled in the final session with Devon only securing 2 points thanks to a 13-2 win in one of the Fours. With Devon securing the bonus points in the Pairs the final score was Devon 12 (169 shots) Somerset 28 (190 shots)

Devon face Cornwall at home next on the 25th November in the last group game of the season.

09/11/18  Devon v Somerset Team Announced

Devon take on Somerset in their latest ICC fixture.  The match starts at 10:00am and spectators are welcome to come and watch. The following players have been selected for the game.
 
Premier Team;
Michael Avery (Yarnscombe), Lorraine Axtell (Winkleigh) Benny Bass (Uffculme), Martin Conabeer (Exeter Nomads) , Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Elliot James (Yarnscombe), Graham James (Yarnscombe), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Carol Osborne (Sidbury), John Parnell (Wonford), Rob Phipps (Exeter Nomads) Caroline Pavey (Sidbury), Eric Pavey (Sidbury), Margaret Smith (Wonford),  Kim Wright (Sidbury), Nick Wyatt (Bow), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads), Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

A Team; Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Ava Cattell (Christow), Carol Dummett (Bere Alston), Hillary Iley  (Exeter Nomads), Luis Inacio (Bere Alston), Robert Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Andy Kerse (Exeter Nomads), Fred Niven (Great Torrington), Colin Palmer (Sidbury), Shirley Parnell (Wonford), Adam Perris (Wonford), Chloe Rundle (Christow), David Tarr (West Hill), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Pam Toleman (Wonford), Trevor Tregillus (Christow), Oliver White (Loddiswell) Richard White (Loddiswell), Sean Woodley (Christow), Rachel Wright (Sidbury)

05/11/18 Devon v Dorset Report

On Sunday Devon hosted Dorset in the latest ICC fixture. Dorset Premier dominated the first session with Devon only winning one of the Singles 15-8. Defeats on the other mats though gave Dorset a dominant lead. It didn’t get any better for Devon in the second session with Devon only winning one of the Triples 14-11. However with defeats on the other three mats the half time score was 12-4 to Dorset.

The third session did see Devon improve with wins in both of the Singles which also ensured they gained the bonus points in that discipline. The final session was dominated by Devon with wins in both of the Fours and one of the Triples. With Devon winning the bonus points in the Singles and Triples the final score was Devon 18 (170 shots) Dorset 22 (217 shots)

Devon A started the day stronger and came out of the first session level following a win in one of the Singles and one of the Pairs. The second session was dominated by Dorset with Devon only winning one of the Fours 10-8. This left the half time score 6-10 to Dorset.

Devon turned it around in the third session with wins on all four mats The last session was split evenly with Devon winning both of the Fours and Dorset winning both of the Triples. With Devon gaining the bonus points in the Singles and Fours the final score was Devon 22 (160 shots) Dorset 18 (192 shots).

Devon next face Somerset at home this coming Sunday. And the managers will announce their teams later in the week.

02/11/18  Devon v Dorset Team Announced

Devon take on Dorset in their latest ICC fixture with both teams looking to build on the positive result they got at Somerset.  The match starts at 10:30am and spectators are welcome to come and watch. The following players have been selected for the game.
 
Premier Team;
Michael Avery (Yarnscombe), Lorraine Axtell (Winkleigh) Benny Bass (Uffculme), Martin Conabeer (Exeter Nomads), Carol Dummett (Bere Alston), Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Graham James (Yarnscombe), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Carol Osborne (Sidbury), John Parnell (Wonford), Rob Phipps (Exeter Nomads) Caroline Pavey (Sidbury), Eric Pavey (Sidbury), Margaret Smith (Wonford),  Kim Wright (Sidbury), Nick Wyatt (Bow), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads), Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

A Team; Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Ava Cattell (Christow), Hillary Iley  Exeter Nomads), Luis Inacio (Bere Alston), Robert Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Andy Kerse (Exeter Nomads), Fred Niven (Great Torrington), Colin Palmer (Sidbury), Shirley Parnell (Wonford), Adam Perris (Wonford),  Brad Rundle (Christow), Chloe Rundle (Christow), David Tarr (West Hill), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Pam Toleman (Wonford), Trevor Tregillus (Christow), Oliver White (Loddiswell) Richard White (Loddiswell), Sean Woodley (Christow), Rachel Wright (Sidbury)

 

29/10/18 Norway Open Review

This weekend saw 2 Devon players travel to Skien to take part in the Norway open. Elliott James came second in his group after losing just one game in the group. He battled to the Semi finals where he lost against fellow Devonian James Trott 10-5. Elliott then lost to Jack Pye 9-10 in the third and fourth place playoff. James Trott went on in the final however despite a strong comeback James was defeated 11-8 by Swedish player Benny Sjogren.

The next SMPT event is the World Fours and World Pairs which is held on the 1st and 2nd of December. More details can be found on the Short Mat Players Tour website.

22/10/18 County National Pairs Final

On Sunday 32 Pairs converged on ISCA as they battled to become County/National Pairs Champions. After the round robin stage and several knockout rounds the Pairs was won by Michael Ivings & James Trott who beat John & Shirley Parnell in the final.



County Pairs Winners Michael Ivings & James Trott

This year a plate competition was also held for teams that did not qualify for the main knockout stages. This was won by Steve Collins and Geoff Cleave who beat fellow Christow players Ian Nicholls and Ralph Rundle in the final.

15/10/18 Somerset v Devon Review 

Devon travelled to Donyatt on Sunday where they faced Somerset in the latest ICC Fixture. The Premier team started off by winning both of the Singles in the first session, however with Somerset winning the Pairs the session was tied.  The second session was dominated by Devon with the team winning both of the Fours and one of the Triples whilst the other Triples drew 12-12. This ensured Devon led at the halfway stage 11-5.

It was another good session after lunch where Devon won one of the Singles and drew the other. The Pairs was split evenly with both teams winning one mat each. The final session saw Somerset mount a strong fightback winning both triples and one of the Fours. However, Devon were able to keep hold of the Bonus points in the Fours which saw them edge over the line. With Devon winning the bonus points in the Singles and Fours the final score was Somerset 18 (183 shots) Devon 22 (195 shots)

The A team meanwhile had a slow start and only gained 2 points in the opening session thanks to a 14-8 win in one of the Singles. However, Devon stirred into life in the second session and three of the four matches, only suffering defeat in one of the Triples. This left the half time score level at 8-8.

The third session was split evenly with Devon gaining one victory in each of the two disciplines. The final session followed a similar pattern and was again tight with Devon winning one of the Fours and one of the Triples. With Devon winning the Bonus points in the Triples and Fours the final score was Somerset 20 (183 shots) Devon (178 shots).

Devon next host Dorset at ISCA on the 4th of November

1/10/18  Somerset v Devon Team Announced

Devon travel to Donyatt on Sunday where they take on Somerset in their Third group game.  The address and link to a map of the venue can be found here and the match starts at 10am and the following players have been selected for the game.
 
Premier Team;
Michael Avery (Yarnscombe), Benny Bass (Uffculme), Martin Conabeer (Exeter Nomads), Carol Dummett (Bere Alston), Luis Inacio (Bere Alston),  Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Elliott James (Yarnscombe), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Carol Osborne (Sidbury), John Parnell (Wonford), Caroline Pavey (Sidbury), Eric Pavey (Sidbury), Adam Perris (Wonford) Margaret Smith (Wonford), Trevor Tregillus  Kim Wright (Sidbury), Nick Wyatt (Bow), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads)

A Team; Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Ava Cattell (Christow), Mike Gregory  (Christchurch)  Hillary Illey (Exeter Nomads), Robert Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Andy Kerse (Exeter Nomads), Fred Niven (Great Torrington), Colin Palmer (Sidbury), Pamela Palmer (Sidbury), Shirley Parnell (Wonford), Jim Preston (Christow), Brad Rundle (Christow), Chloe Rundle (Christow) David Tarr (West Hill), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Pam Toleman (Wonford), Oliver White (Loddiswell) Richard White (Loddiswell), Sean Woodley (Christow), Rachel Wright (Sidbury)

08/10/18 Cornwall v Devon Report

Devon travelled to Cornwall on Sunday for their second game in the ICC round robin with both teams looking to bounce back from defeats against Dorset in the first game. The Premier team struggled in the first session with only one of the mats winning thanks to a 17-8 victory in the Singles. The second session was a very similar result with only one of the Fours winning. This left the half time score at Cornwall 12 Devon 4.

The third session of the day was split evenly with Devon winning both of the Singles and Cornwall winning both of the Pairs. The final session was again split with Devon winning one of the Triples and one  of the Fours. With Devon winning just the  bonus points in the Singles the final score was Cornwall 24 (206 shots) Devon 16 (186 shots).

Devon A secured 3 points in the first session following a 14-11 win in one of the Singles and a 11-11 draw in the remaining Singles game. The second session was split evenly with Devon wining one of the Triples and one of the Fours. This left the half time score at Cornwall 9  Devon 7.

However, Devon started poorly in the afternoon and in the third session lost on all four mats The final session of the day was split with Devon winning one of the Fours and one of the Triples.  With Devon only gaining the bonus points in the Fours the final score was Cornwall 27 (206 shots) Devon 13 (171 shots).

Devon return to action this coming Sunday where they face Somerset away. The teams will be announced later this week.

03/10/18 Cornwall v Devon Team Announced

Devon travel to Cornwall on Sunday, where both the Premier and A team will be looking to bounce back following the heavy defeats to Dorset in their first game.  The address and link to a map of the venue can be found here and the match starts at 10am. The following players have been selected for the game

Premier Team; Mark Allen (Colebrooke), Michael Avery (Yarnscombe), Lorraine Axtell (Winkleigh) Benny Bass (Uffculme), Martin Conabeer (Exeter Nomads), Luis Incio (Bere Alston),  Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Elliott James (Yarnscombe),Graham James (Yarnscombe), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Carol Osborne (Sidbury), John Parnell (Wonford),  Caroline Pavey (Sidbury), Eric Pavey (Sidbury), Rob Phipps (Exeter Nomads), Margaret Smith (Wonford), Kim Wright (Sidbury), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads)

A Team; Carol Archer (Christow), Tom Archer (Christow) Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Carol Dummett (Bere Alston), Mike Gregory  (Christchurch)  Hillary Illey (Exeter Nomads), Robert Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Andy Kerse (Exeter Nomads), Fred Niven (Great Torrington), Shirley Parnell (Wonford), Jim Preston (Christow), Brad Rundle (Christow), David Tarr (West Hill), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Pam Toleman (Wonford), Trevor Tregillus (Christow), Oliver White (Loddiswell) Richard White (Loddiswell), Sean Woodley (Christow), Rachel Wright (Sidbury)

02/10/18 Ava Cattell & Chloe Rundle In England Under 21 Action

On Sunday Ava Cattell and Chloe Rundle (Christow) joined fellow Devon players, Adam Perris, Luis Inacio & Benny Bass in the England Under 21’s team that faced the England Ladies.  The England Under 21’s beat the England ladies which included Devon’s Sue Young & Caroline Pavey 41-23.

24/09/18 County Triples & County Fours

On Saturday the County Fours took place with 16 teams taking part. After a round robin stage and several knockout stages the tournament was won by Ava Cattell, Ralph Rundle (Christow), Carol Dummett and Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), who beat Hillary Iley, Robert & Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads) and Ian Nicholls (Christow) in the final.

County Fours 2018

County Fours Winners Ralph Rundle, Carol Dummett, Ava Cattell &
Barry McPhillips


On Sunday it was the turn of the County Triples which saw 36 teams take part. After a gruelling day the competition was won by Graham James, John Horsham & Lorraine Axtell (Winkleigh) who beat Carol Osborne, Kim Wright and Eric Pavey (Sidbury) in the final.

County Triples Winners

County Triples Winners Graham James, Lorraine Axtell & John Horsham

19/09/18 Charity Triples Raffle In Memory Of Irene Smith

On Sunday at the County Triples, the raffle will be held in memory of Irene Smith our past County Secretary. All proceeds will be going to her trust fund at the Hospice. If any player/spectator can bring draw prizes for this it will be a great help as we try to raise as much money as we can for this cause.

18/09/18 Safeguarding In Bowls 

The ESMBA, Affiliated County’s and Bowls clubs have a responsibility for the welfare of all its members at risk who take part in the sport. To this end ideally every club should appoint a welfare officer as the first point of contact. This persons name and number should be displayed on your notice boards alongside a code of conduct. The welfare officer would then contact the Country Safeguarding officer, his details are on the Devon website. For Further information please contact Eric Pavey 01404 811566 

A template for code of conduct for club members can be found here. In addition a template for a code of conduct for club officials and volunteers can be found here.

17/09/18 Irish Open Review 

This weekend also saw the Short Mat Players Tour Irish Open take place. It was held in Belfast and Devon had three entrants into the event. George Main came third in his group and entered the Plate where he reached the Quarter Final before being knocked out against Shane West. James Trott finished second in his group but was knocked out 9-6 in the second round of the knockout stage. It was Elliott James who got the furthest from Devon and reached the fourth round before losing 11-3 against the eventual winner Raymond Stubbs.


The Short Mat Players Tour returns on October 27th with the Norwegian Open and more information can be found on their website.

17/09/18 Dorset v Devon Review 

 Devon travelled to Bere Regis on Sunday where they took on Dorset in the first ICC fixture of the season. Devon Premier got off to the worst imaginable start when they lost on all four mats in the opening session. The second session was slightly better with Devon winning one of the Fours 13-11. However defeat on all three of the other mats ensured the halftime score was 14-2 to Dorset. Devon did mount a challenge in the third session by winning both the Singles and in doing so also gained the bonus points in the discipline. The last session was dominated by Dorset and Devon only gained one point following a draw in one of the Triples. With Devon only gaining the bonus points in the Singles the final score was Devon 9 (144 shots) Dorset 31 (226 shots).

The A team also struggled throughout the day. In the first session Devon secured a solitary point after a 11-11 draw in one of the Singles. In the second session Devon won one of the Triples 14-11 but defeats on all the other mats ensured Dorset had a half time advantage with the score at 13-3. Devon finished the third session empty handed following defeats on all four mats. In the final session of the day Devon picked up 2 more points following an 11-9 win in one of the Fours. With Devon gaining none of the bonus points the final score was Devon 5 (144 shots) Dorset 31 (242 shots)

Devon next travel to Carnmoggas where they face Cornwall on the 7th October.

14/09/18 Dorset v Devon Team Announced 

Devon start their ICC campaign on Sunday with both the Premier and A team away to Dorset with both teams looking to make a strong start. The match starts at 10:30 and selected players are asked to be at the venue for 9:30. Details of the venue can be found here. The following players have been selected for the game.

Premier Team; Mark Allen (Colebrooke), Michael Avery (Yarnscombe), Benny Bass (Uffculme), Martin Conabeer (Exeter Nomads),  Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Carol Osborne (Sidbury), John Parnell (Wonford),  Caroline Pavey (Sidbury), Eric Pavey (Sidbury),Rob Phipps (Exeter Nomads), Jim Preston (Christow), Margaret Smith (Wonford), Trevor Tregillus (Christow), Kim Wright (Sidbury), Nick Wyatt (Bow), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads), Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

A Team; Tom Archer (Christow) Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Ava Cattell (Christow), Carol Dummett (Bere Alston), Mike Gregory  (Christchurch)  Hillary Illey (Exeter Nomads), Luis Inacio (Bere Alston), Robert Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Andy Kerse (Exeter Nomads), Shirley Parnell (Wonford), Brad Rundle (Christow), Chloe Rundle (Christow), Ralph Rundle (Christow), David Tarr (West Hill), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Pam Toleman (Wonford), Oliver White (Loddiswell) Richard White (Loddiswell), Sean Woodley (Christow), Rachel Wright (Sidbury)

28/08/18 SMPT World Cup & UK Open Review

This weekend saw the return of the Short Mat Players tour which saw them host the SMPT World Cup and the UK Open. On Friday James Trott represented England as they tried to win the World Cup. They qualified from their group comfortably which set up a semi final tie against Sweden. Wins by James Trott and fellow compatriot Stephen Proctor helped England win 4-2 and set up a final against Ireland.  However, the final was dominated by Ireland and James Trott secured England’s only result from the match by drawing 11-11 against Nigel Charles which meant Ireland won the title for the third year in a row winning 5.5 points to 0.5 points.

On Saturday James was joined by several Devon players in the UK open. Several players from Devon qualified for the Cup knockout stage.  Benny Bass (Uffculme) reached the first round where he was beaten 9-7 by Sam Harvey.  Elliott James (Yarnscombe) also made it through to round 1 where he was beaten by fellow Devonian Mikey Ivings 12-7. Mikey went one stage further where he was beaten 9-8 by Sean Hughes. The strongest performance from a Devon player was by Eric Pavey (Sidbury) who after winning his group progressed to the quarter finals where he was narrowly beaten 13-12 by Aled Edwards. The UK open was won by the Alex Kley of Dorset who beat Belgium’s Jonathon Payne 11-9.

The Short Mat Players Tour returns on September 15th with the Irish Open and more information can be found on their website.

21/08/18 Registrations Reminder

Just a reminder that membership registration expires on 31st August so can Club Secretaries please return any outstanding registration forms together with fees for members they wish to register by this date. This is very important for anyone playing in League Competitions, County Competitions (which start on 15th September) and members playing for either County Team. Secretaries can still register individual members during the season. Please contact Robert Ivings, on 01392 210268 or e-mail Rob.m.ivings@hotmail.co.uk

18/08/18 County/National 2018/19 Draw Details

The County/National draw for the 2018/19 season has been made and club secretaries should now have received details and timings. These can also be found here. In addition this year the draw was filmed live at ISCA and the draw can be found here on the Devon YouTube channel.

02/08/18 Devon Players Selected For England

Several Devon players have been picked for the England squads for the new season. In the senior squad last years National Singles winner James Trott will be joined by Eric Pavey and Michael Ivings.

In the Ladies squad Caroline Pavey and Sue Young have both been selected. Whilst in the under 21’s squad Benny Bass, Adam Perris and Luis Inacio have all been selected. Well done to everyone who has been selected.

22/07/18 Graham Heaman Funeral Details

The details of Graham Heaman’s funeral who sadly passed away last week has now been confirmed. His funeral will take place at All Saints Church in Merton at 2pm on Tuesday 31st July and the wearing of bowls uniform is preferable.

10/07/18 County/National Competitions & Registrations

We would just like to remind everyone that the deadline for entry to the County/National Competitions is fast approaching. Entries must be with Caroline by the 17th July. Competition forms can be downloaded on the competitions page.

Furthermore 2018/19 Registrations forms have now gone out to all member clubs. If your club Secretary/contact has not received their forms as of yet, then please contact Robert Ivings who is taking care of the County Secretary role whilst a new secretary is sought. His contact details can be found on the Contacts page. If anyone is interested in taking up the role as County Secretary then please feel free to speak to any committee member for an informal chat about the role.

29/06/18 County Committee Statement

Ian Nicholls has resigned as County Secretary. In the meantime, the duties of County Secretary will be taken care of by Robert Ivings.  If you have any queries for the  County Secretary  or the Registrations for the coming season please get in touch with Robert. His contact details can be found on the Contacts page

08/06/18 County Trials & Squad Day

The county is always on the lookout for new players to play for Devon in the Inter County Championship. Initially round robin games take place against Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset and then there may be longer journeys to face other county sides later in the season. If you feel you would like to have a chance to be considered to play, then players can download and fill in a trials form which can be found here.

This season they will be a trials day at ISCA on Sunday July 29th. Once the county managers have received player’s trials forms they will be in touch with each trialist to confirm their attendance and start times. It is envisaged that it will be a full day. Please do not just turn up on the day without sending a trial form in and informing the county managers.

Throughout the day trialists will be assessed on their ability and by the end of the day each player will be informed whether the county managers would like them to attend the County Squad day. The County Squad day is to be held several weeks later on Sunday 12th August and will also be held at ISCA. If players do have any questions, then please do not hesitate to contact either Richard Ivings (Premier Team Manager) or Robert Ivings (A Team Manager). Their details can be found on the committee page

23/05/18 Joint Statement Posted By James Trott, Michael Ivings & County Committee

On the 22nd of May three members of the county committee met with James and Michael in an attempt to resolve their differences arising from the county pairs final held on 16th November 2016.

After much discussion it was agreed that the county would issue personal apologies to those affected by decisions made. It was one of those situations that could not have been foreseen, lessons have been learned. Our only wish now is that we can all move on and enjoy our bowling.

23/05/18 New Diary Released

A new revised diary has been released and can be found on the Diary page. Please take note of all the revised dates and entry forms will be resent to all clubs. Please be aware that there will now only be a County Finals day for both the County Triples & County Fours. As usual the diary is also in a PDF format and can be downloaded on the diary page.

23/04/18 World Masters Report

Also, this weekend several Devon players travelled to Ireland to take part in the Short Mat players Tour World Masters. Both Andy Thompson (Sidbury) and George Main (Yarnscombe) did not quite qualify for the main knockout stage, however they did do enough to secure passage into the Plate knockouts. George Main however lost in the second round of the knock out stage with an 11-5 defeat to William Boggs. Andy went one stage further before being knocked out 9-8 by Jamie Glackin.

Both James Trott (Musbury) and Elliot James (Yarnscombe) made it to the main knockout stages after both won their group. James was beaten in the second round by Colum McHugh 8-5. Elliot however kept going and made it to the semi final where he was eventually beaten by Ian Hobson 8-3. The World Masters was won by Garry McNabb who beat Ian Hobson 10-6.

23/04/18 Devon v Somerset Report

On Sunday Devon travelled to Tamworth to play in the ICC A Team Championship Final where they faced Somerset. Devon were full throated from the start and took the game to Somerset straight away. In the first session Devon won on three of the mats and secured a 12-12 draw in the remaining Pairs match. Devon refused to loosen their grip on the game in the second session and again secured three wins and drew the remaining Fours 10-10. This left Devon being in the envious position of being 14-2 up at half time.

Devon looked to wrap up the match in the third session, this was achieved with both of the Singles winning and also securing the bonus points with a shot difference of 32. In the same session one of the Pairs lost but the remaining Pairs drew but the Pairs also did enough to secure the bonus points.

Devon entered the last session with the game secured but still did not let their foot off the gas and won both of the Fours and drew one of the Triples. With Devon securing all 8 bonus points the final score was Devon 32 (227 shots) Somerset 8 (151 shots) and Devon the ICC A team championship as well as the A Team Rinks which they won earlier in the year. In the other finals taking place the West Mids beat Norfolk in the Main Premier Team Championships. Somerset secured the Premier Team Consolation trophy by beating Kent and finally Dorset beat Cambridge in the A Team Consolation Cup.

Devon A 2018

Devon A ICC Winners 2017/18

18/04/18 Devon v Somerset ICC Final Team Announced

Devon A travel to Tamworth on Sunday where they take on neighbouring county Somerset in the ICC Final. Devon will be looking to make history by becoming the first county to win both the ICC Rinks and the main ICC Cup. Devon have played Somerset several times this season, the last of which was when in the final in the ICC Rinks which Devon won. Players are required to be at Tamworth for 9:30 and details of the venue can be found here. The following players have been selected for the match.


Carol Archer (Christow), Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Carol Dummett (Bere Alston), Barrie Goodchild (Wonford), Hillary Illey (Christchurch), Robert Ivings (Exeter Nomads),  Andy Kerse (Wick), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Jim Preston (Christow), Ann Summers (Totnes Creameries), David Tarr (West Hill), Pam Toleman (Wonford), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Richard White (Loddiswell), Neil Wilkins (Christow), Sean Woodley (Christow), Kim Wright (Sidbury), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads) Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

15/04/18 National Report

Over the past few days the National Championships have continued at Melton Mowbray. On Thursday the Singles took place and all four players from Devon qualified through to the knock out stages. Sue Young (Exeter Nomads) got knocked out in the first knockout stage 7-10 by Jack Shephard (West Mids). Progressing a stage further was Thomas Perris (Wonford) who was knocked our by Danny Langdon (North Yorkshire) 14-4. In the quarter finals Benny Bass (Uffculme) faced James Trott (Musbury) with James squeezing through 9-8. James progressed all the way through to the final where he met Danny Langdon (North Yorkshire). Half way through the match James was able to pull away and never looked back eventually winning the National Singles title 14-7 with an end to spare.

James Trott

James Trott National Singles Winner

On Friday it was the turn of the Pairs and two Devon teams made it through to the knock out stages. Ann and David Summers (Totnes Creameries) finished second in their group but were beaten 11-5 by Oxfordshire. Paul Pomeroy and James Trott (Musbury) also finished second in their group and they made it to the second knockout stage before they were beaten 13-2 by Gloucester. The National Pairs was eventually won by Cheshire.

On Saturday the Fours took place and two Devon teams made it through to the knockout stage.  Firstly the Wonford quartet of Margaret Smith, Thomas Perris, John & Shirley Parnell came second in their group but were beaten 6-5 by Norfolk. Going one stage further was Oliver White, Barrie Goodchild, Richard Williams and Benny Bass who were beaten 10-9 by Essex in the second round. The National Fours was won by West Midlands.

On Sunday the National Triples was held. It was not a good day for any of the teams from Devon, with none of them qualifying through to the knockout stages.

09/04/18 County Committee Discussions

Following the recent AGM, a committee meeting has been held with the new Devon committee. The meeting was productive and saw several things discussed, these include the following:
•    To get some of the Jacks at ISCA recoated
•    Following the successful trial of a Plate in the Margaret Elliott last year for people that did not qualify for the final knockout stages, the idea will be expanded into some of the County Competitions such as the County Pairs & Triples
•    The idea of running competition(s) in the summer was discussed at length. The Committee feel its too late this season to do anything, but views will be sought throughout the season with the view of possible doing something next summer
•    The entry fees for next season County & National competitions was agreed. Entry fees are remaining the same except for the National Mixed Fours where the entry fee will rise in line with the other competitions
•    It was confirmed that the draw for the County/National competitions will be filmed and then hosted on a new Devon County youtube account.
•    The Committee are looking into getting new Shirts/Fleeces for the County Teams. The committee are also investigating the prospect of sponsorship with several avenues being explored.
•    The date for the County Trials has been fixed for the 29th July. The forms will be available to download on the website soon

The new committee details can also be found on the Committee page.

09/04/18 National Mixed Fours, Over 55 Pairs & Under 18 Report

This weekend saw the start of the Nationals. On Saturday it was the Mixed Fours and Devon were represented by Carol Osbourne, Kim Wright, Malcolm Sheen and Eric Pavey.  They were successful in the group stage topping the group following 2 wins. Their form continued in the afternoon which saw them record wins against Cornwall, Suffolk and Herefordshire. They then faced Hampshire in the final. The Devon rink took an early lead and after 5 ends Devon led 7-3. However, Hampshire fought back and after picking up one shot in the final end they forced an extra end. However, in the end the Devon rink held their nerve and won the extra end winning the Mixed Fours title.

Mixed Fours Winners

Malcolm Sheen, Eric Pavey, Carol Osbourne & Kim Wright National Mixed Fours Winners

On Sunday it was the turn of the new National Over 55 Pairs and the National Under 18’s competition. In the Under 18’s the highlight was Sean Woodley who despite not qualifying for the main competition came runner up in the Woodbridge Trophy, Along the way he beat County compatriot Benny Bass before losing to Michael Hall from Dorset in the final. Eric Pavey also kept his fine form playing alongside Caroline Pavey they won the National Over 55’s  Plate Competition after beating Dorset’s Brian Baker and Keith Honeybun in the final.

Attention now turns to Melton Mowbray where the Nationals continue on Thursday with the National Singles.

04/04/18 ESMBA Announce Nationals Start Times

The ESMBA have announced the start times of the upcoming National finals which take place over the next couple of week,. This Saturday sees the National Mixed Fours take place with a start of 8:30 and on Sunday sees the National over 55’s Pairs and Under 18’s take place with a start time of 9:30. Both of these days are at Tamworth.

On Thursday the 12th April the venue changes to Melton Mowbray for the Singles, on the Friday it is the Pairs. Whilst on the Saturday the Fours takes place and on Sunday the Nationals end with the Triples. The Singles and Pairs have a start time of 9:30, whilst the Triples and Fours both start at 8:30.  More details can be found on the ESMBA site

26/03/18 County 10's Review

Yesterday saw 4 teams qualify for the County tens. These were Great Torrington from the north, Sidbury from the east and Christow and Totnes Creameries from the west. With only four teams reaching the final, they all played each other in a round robin. At the end of the day Totnes Creameries finished top of the table and were crowned 10’s champions  whilst Great Torrington came second.


County 10 2018

County 10's Winners Totnes Creameries

This was followed swiftly by the County AGM at 4:30pm. The AGM saw one further post being filled with Ian Nicholls (Christow) becoming a committee member.

08/03/18 Devon v Essex Review

On Sunday Devon A played their rearranged semi final fixture against Essex at Daventry. Devon started off in their usual raucous mood and in the first session completed a clean sweep with wins on all four mats and built a healthy shot difference in both the Singles and the Pairs. The second session was much more even with Devon winning one of the Triples and one of the Fours. This left the half time score at 12-4 to Devon and they knew one more strong session would be enough to seal victory.

The 3rd session turned out to be the strong session that Devon were looking for with Devon getting a draw and a win in the Singles and a win in one of the Pairs. With Devon gaining both bonus points in the two disciplines it was enough to push Devon through the required 20 points required to win the fixture. With victory assured Devon pushed on and in the final session secured a win and a draw in the Fours and a win in one of the Triples. With Devon getting the bonus points in the Singles, Pairs and Fours the final score was Devon 28 Essex 12.

In the other Semi Final Somerset beat the West Midlands 26-14. The two will meet on the 22nd of April at Tamworth for the fourth time this season.


08/03/18 Devon v Essex Team Announced

Devon A take on Essex on Sunday in the ICC semi final, in the fixture that was originally scheduled to be played last week but had to be postponed due to the adverse weather. The last time Devon faced Essex was in 2015 when Devon won 26-14 in the final and Devon will be hoping for a similar result. The match takes place at  Daventry and players are requested to be at the venue for 9:30, details of the venue can be found here. The following players have been selected for the match.

Carol Archer (Christow), Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Elsie Copp (Exeter Nomads), Carol Dummett (Bere Alston), Barrie Goodchild (Wonford), Hillary Illey (Christchurch), Robert Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Jim Preston (Christow), Ann Summers (Totnes Creameries), David Tarr (West Hill), Pam Toleman (Wonford), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Richard White (Loddiswell), Neil Wilkins (Christow), Sean Woodley (Christow), Kim Wright (Sidbury), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads) Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

27/02/18 DCSMBA AGM Details

The annual DCSMBA AGM will be held on the 25th of March at approximately 4:30pm straight after the County 10’s has taken place. The AGM will be held at ISCA in Exeter. Details have been sent to all club secretaries and in addition the details of the AGM can be found online here.

26/02/18 County/National Singles & triples Review

On Saturday ISCA hosted the final stage of the County/National Singles. After the initial group stages in the morning, the knock out stages took place in the afternoon which whittled the players down to just two. The final was between the two youngest competitors of the day Benny Bass (Uffculme) and Thomas Perris (Wonford). It was a tight match throughout but in the final end Thomas led by three shots and Thomas became the County/National Singles champion.

County Singles 2018

County Singles Winner Thomas Perris (Wonford)

On Sunday it was the turn of the County/National Triples turn and saw 16 teams descend onto ISCA. Once again after the initial group stage, the knock out stages took place in the afternoon before the final. The final took place between Carol Osbourne, Kim Wright & Eric Pavey (Sidbury) and Brenda Dennett, Luis Inacio & Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston). Sidbury built up a secure lead as the game wore on and Bere Alston could not keep up and conceded the match after the ninth end, giving the title to the Sidbury trio.
County Triples 2018

County Triples Winners Kim Wright, Eric Pavey & Carol Osbourne (Sidbury)

12/02/18 Devon v Buckinghamshire Report

Devon A produced another polished performance in the ICC Quarter Finals on Sunday, where they faced Buckinghamshire. The first session was dominated by Devon with wins in both pairs and a comprehensive 25-3 in one of the Singles. Buckinghamshire bounced back in the second period and Devon only one of the Fours by three shots and drew one of the Triples. This left the halftime score at 9-7 to Devon.

The third session of was again dominated by Devon with both Pairs winning and one of the Singles winning comfortably 20-6. With the Bonus points in the Singles and the Pairs being won Devon went into the last session knowing just two points were needed to confirm their place in the Semi-Final. Full of confidence and determination Devon dominated the last session and won on all four mats and overturned the shots in both disciplines. With Devon gaining the Bonus points in all four disciplines the final score was Devon 31 (216 shots) Buckinghamshire 9 (156 shots). Devon now face Essex on the 4th March after they beat Gloucestershire 31-9 in their Quarter Final

12/02/18 English Masters Report

A number of players from Devon participated in the English Masters which was held in Chelmsford over the last weekend. Andy Thompson (Sidbury) and Benny Bass (Uffculme) both reached the first round of the knockout stages, whilst George Main (Yarnscombe) reached the second round. World Number 2 James Trott (Musbury) reached the third round before being beaten by Stephen Gale of the Isle of Mann. The English Masters was won by Norfolk’s Jack Pye.

Despite not reaching the main knockouts there were some other notable performances from Devon players. in the Plate, Eric Pavey (Sidbury) reached the Quarter Finals before being knocked out by Cennydd Howell of Wales by 2 shots. Whilst Elliott James reached the third round in the Plate before being beaten 12-7 by Simon Meirhaeghe of Belgium. Malcolm Sheen (Wonford) also reached Round 3 before losing 10-6 against Paul Bax. The Short Mat Players Tour next roll into Cardiff on the 24th/25th March for the three wood and two wood Pairs. More details can be found on their website

08/02/18 Devon v Buckinghamshire Team Announced

Devon A name an unchanged side for the ICC Quarter Final Match against Buckinghamshire. The last time Devon faced Buckinghamshire was in 2015 when Devon won 26-14 in the preliminaries and Devon will be hoping for a similar result.  The match takes place at  Daventry and players are requested to be at the venue for 9:30, details of the venue can be found here. The following players have been selected for the match.


Carol Archer (Christow), Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Carol Dummett (Bere Alston), Barrie Goodchild (Wonford), Hillary Illey (Christchurch), Robert Ivings (Exeter Nomads),  Andy Kerse (Wick), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Jim Preston (Christow), Ann Summers (Totnes Creameries), David Tarr (West Hill, Pam Toleman (Wonford), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Richard White (Loddiswell), Neil Wilkins (Christow), Sean Woodley (Christow), Kim Wright (Sidbury), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads) Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

05/02/18 Devon A v Surrey Report

Devon A produced a stunning performance against Surrey to book their place in the ICC Quarter Finals. Devon put Surrey on the back foot straight away with wins on all four mats in the first session. Devon kept the pressure on Surrey in the second session with three wins out of the four. The sole loss coming thanks to a 13-14 defeat in one of the Fours. This left the half time score at 14-2. Devon wrapped up victory in the third session when both Singles came off the mat victorious following 25-5 and 17-6 wins. In the same session both Pairs also won. Devon showed their ruthless streak in the final session of the match with wins on all four mats. With Devon gaining all the bonus points the final score was Devon 38 (250 shots) Surrey 2 (128 shots). Devon now travel to Daventry this Sunday where they will face Buckinghamshire in the quarter finals. The team for this match will be announced later this week.

02/02/18 New Player Registrations

For the time being if anyone wishes to register a new player please contact and send the money to Caroline Pavey. The fee for a new player being registered is £7 and her contact details can be found here. Whilst Caroline's address can be found on the County Competitions PDF.

31/01/18 Devon A ICC Preliminary Team Announced

Devon A still buoyant from their ICC Rinks success travel to Tamworth IBC where they face Surrey in the Preliminary stage of the ICC main knockouts on Sunday. The winners of the tie will have to face Buckinghamshire on the 11th of February. Players are requested to be at the venue at 9:30 and details of the venue can be found here. The following players have been selected for the match.

Carol Archer (Christow), Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Carol Dummett (Bere Alston), Barrie Goodchild (Wonford), Hillary Illey (Christchurch), Robert Ivings (Exeter Nomads),  Andy Kerse (Wick), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Jim Preston (Christow), Ann Summers (Totnes Creameries), David Tarr (West Hill, Pam Toleman (Wonford), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Richard White (Loddiswell), Neil Wilkins (Christow), Sean Woodley (Christow), Kim Wright (Sidbury), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads) Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

25/01/18 ICC Rinks Final

On Sunday Devon A travelled to Daventry on Sunday to take part in the finals of the ICC Rinks. They were drawn to face West Midlands in the first game of the day. With all mats finishing tight, the 8 shot victory by the rink of Hilary Illey, Ray Young, Neil Wilkins and Richard White ensured Devon won by 6 shots. In the second game Devon face Hertfordshire and quickly raced into a commanding lead and by the end of the match Devon won by 18 shots. Ion the final group game Devon faced Kent knowing that a win would ensure qualification into the final. Devon raced into a significant lead but Kent slowly pegged Devon back and going into the final 2 ends on the final mat Devon only led by a solitary shot. However, the rink of Barrie Goodchild, Oliver White, Ian Nicholls and Rob Phipps were able to get an 8-8 draw and Devon won by 4 shots.

In the final Devon faced neighbours Somerset who have been in the final on the previous two occasions and as expected was a bruising encounter. The shots ebbed and flowed throughout with the lead swapping hands on numerous occasions. First to finish was Hillary Illey, Ray Yong, Neil Wilkins and Richard White who won handsomely by 11 shots. However, all the other mats were going into the final end and looked to be dropping shots. The second mat to finish was Robert Ivings, Carol Dummett, Sue Young and Marie Toleman who only lost by one shot thanks to a tremendous drawing shot with Marie’s last bowl. The rink of Pam Toleman, Jim Prestion, Robert Bartlett and Barry McPhillips were the next to finish who only dropped one shot in the last end and narrowly edged victory. This ensured that the rink of Barrie Goodchild, Oliver White, Ian Nicholls and Rob Phipps did not need to play their final wood and conceded several shots ensuring Devon won by 4 shots to become the ICC A Rinks champions.



The Devon A Team ICC Rinks Winners



ESMBA Chairman Barry Hedges & Devon A Team Manager Robert Ivings

25/01/18 ICC Rinks Final

On Saturday Devon A take part in the ICC Rinks Finals. Devon A who beat Avon and Herefordshire in the qualifiers, play and will face three other counties in a round robin with the winner of the group facing the winner of the other group in the final. The venue for the finals is the Daventry indoor Bowling club and details of the venue can be found here. Counties must be registered by 8:45 AM and so players will need to be at the venue before this. The following players have been selected.

A Team; Rob Bartlett (Upottery),  Carol Dummett (Bere Alston), Barrie Goodchild (Wonford), Hillary Illey (Christchurch), Robert Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Rob Phipps (Wick), Jim Preston (Christow), Pam Toleman (Wonford), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Oliver White (Totnes Creameries), Richard White (Loddiswell), Neil Wilkins (Christow), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads) Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

24/01/18 Shirley Parnell Apology

In an attempt to resolve the ongoing conflict between the County Committee and Mrs Shirley Parnell a meeting was arranged for the 18th January 2018.

This meeting took place at the home of Mr and Mrs Parnell, the County Committee was represented by Rose Morrison and Trevor Tregillus.

After much discussion it was agreed that a previous written warning would remain in place and that the County Committee would post an apology on the website admitting they did not follow the correct procedure when imposing a ban.

For this oversight the Committee sincerely apologise to Shirley and John for this action and for any distress caused. This has been a difficult time for all concerned.

At our next meeting (February 13th), we will implement a time limit on warnings issued by Devon County Committee. We will also be reviewing all our procedures regarding safeguarding. In the interim period we will follow the ESMBA policy.

On behalf of the Committee of Devon County Shortmat Bowls Association.


22/01/18 New Umpire

On Friday Harrison Sheen (Wonford) took his umpires examination. Harrison passed the exam and in doing so is now the youngest qualified umpire in England. Congratulations Harrison. If any player is interested in becoming an umpire and wish to have more information they can contact Ken Griffiths ken_67@btinternet.com for more details.

19/01/18 DCSMBA Statement

Malcolm Sheen has resigned from the Devon County committee. In the meantime, the duties of County Secretary will be dealt with by the remaining committee members.  If you have any matters arising for the County Secretary please get in touch with any committee members, their details can be found on the committee page

15/01/18 British Open Review

 This weekend saw the Short Mat Players Tour roll into York for the British Open, the newest event on their calendar. The competition saw a host of players from Devon travel up to try their luck. Despite some strong performances only three Devon players made it into the main knockout stages. Andy Thompson (Sidbury) came second in his group but in the first knock out round was knocked out 11-5 by Steve Puttock.

James Trott (Musbury) came top in the same group as Andy Thompson and progressed as far as the last 16 where he was beaten by 11 -5, James however maintained his third place in the world ranking system. Also reaching the last 16 was Benny Bass (Uffculme) who was knocked out 10-5 by Tony Ealham.

The British Open was won by Cornwall’s Nigel Nicholls who beat Dom Reed 9-7 in the final. The next tournament in the Short Mat Players tour calendar is the English Open. Details of this and future tournaments can be found here.

08/01/18 County/National Weekend Round Up

On Saturday ISCA hosted the County Pairs Finals day. With 32 pairs, having qualified for the finals the usual round robin stage took place in the morning. In the afternoon the knock out stages took place and was played all the way to the final. The final was played between Ann and Dave Summers (Totnes Creameries) and Paul Pomeroy and James Trott (Musbury) with the Musbury pair eventually winning the title.

County Pairs 2018

County Pairs Winners James Trott & Paul Pomeroy

 On Sunday it was the turn of the Under 18’s and saw 7 players descend onto ISCA. Each player played each other in a round robin with the top two at the end of this competing in the final. At the end of the round robin stage Benny Bass (Uffculme) topped the group, whilst Sean Woodley (Christow) was second. In what was a high quality final Benny Bass held his nerve and retained the title that he secured last year. Both Benny and Sean will represent Devon in the National Under 18’s in April.

Under 18's

County Under 18's Winner Benny Bass

On the same day ISCA was also hosting the National Mixed Fours. With 8 teams there was 2 groups of four with the winners and runners up competing in the semi finals. The Final was played between Sidbury and Christow and was a final that was dominated by Sidbury who didn’t lose a single end. The Sidbury team of Carol Osbourne, Kim Wright, Malcolm Sheen and Eric Pavey will now go to the Nationals in April.

Mixed Fours

National Fours Winners Eric Pavey, Kim Wright, Carol Osbourne & Malcolm Sheen

04/01/18 National Allocations Released

The ESMBA have announced the national allocation that each county will receive. Devon have four places in the Singles, Pairs, Triples and  Fours. Whilst Devon have been allocated 2 places in the Under 18’s and one place in the Mixed Fours. In the New Over 55’s Pairs Devon have been allocated 3 places.

After the Christmas period, the season resumes on Saturday at ISCA with the National/County Pairs, whilst on Sunday ISCA will host both the National/County Under 18’s and National Mixed Fours.

03/01/18 Brian Glanvill Family Statement 

It is with great sadness that Myrtle, Deborah, Angela, Laura and Sarah announce the death of their husband and father, Brian Glanvill, on 1st January 2018.

Most of you will remember Brian as a great bowler, a member of the Devon A team for many years and a great support to County Bowls as treasurer for Devon County SMBA.

Brian also supported Myrtle for many years during her time as manager of the County A team.

The family are sure that you will have many great memories of Brian’s excellent bowling as both a singles and team bowler and many of you will also have benefitted from his experience which he always willingly shared.

You will also remember his great sense of humour and the generosity of spirit he showed to others.

Brian’s funeral is to be held at the East Devon Crematorium at Whimple on Thursday 18th January 2018 at 1.45pm when the family will be most pleased to welcome you to join them in their celebration of Brian’s life

11/12/17 Devon ICC Rinks Report

This weekend saw both the Devon Premier and A team in action as they tried to qualify for the ICC Rinks final day. On Saturday Devon A travelled to Donyatt in Somerset, in the first game against Dorset Devon struggled and were behind for much of the match and were eventually beaten by several shots. The second game was against Herefordshire and Devon took an early advantage which they never relinquished. This ensured Devon went into the match against Avon knowing a win would be enough to secure their place in the finals day. Devon started off very strongly and this advantage just grew as the game went on and Devon eventually secured victory by nearly 30 shots.

The Premier team travelled to Bristol Indoor Bowls club on Sunday and had to face local rivals Dorset, Cornwall and Somerset. The first game against Somerset was tight however Devon eventually succumbed by 5 shots. The second game against Dorset was tight but Devon snatched it on the last end of the last mat by 2 shots. However, in the final match against Cornwall Devon started slowly and Cornwall raced into an early which they increased, and Devon eventually lost by 14 shots. This ensured Devon finished third in the group and failed to qualify for Finals day.

05/12/17 Devon ICC Rinks Team Announced

This weekend sees both Devon A and Devon Premier attempt to qualify for the ICC Rinks finals. On Saturday the A team travel to Donyatt in Somerset where they will face Dorset, Hereford and Avon. Details of the venue can be found here. On Sunday the Devon Premier team travel to the Bristol Indoor Bowls Club where they will face Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset. Details of the Bristol venue can be found here. Players are requested to be at the relevant venue for 8:45. The following players have been selected for the matches.

Premier Team;  Mark Allen (Winkleigh), Lorraine Axtell (Winkleigh), Michael Avery (Yarnscombe), Benny Bass (Uffculme), Martin Conabeer (Exeter Nomads),  Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Graham James (Yarnscombe), George Main (Yarnscombe), Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries), John Parnell (Wonford),  Caroline Pavey (Sidbury), Eric Pavey (Sidbury), Thomas Perris (Wonford),  Malcolm Sheen (Wonford), Margaret Smith (Wonford), Trevor Tregillus (Christow)


A Team;  Rob Bartlett (Upottery),  Carol Dummett (Bere Alston), Barrie Goodchild (Wonford), Hillary Illey (Christchurch), Robert Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), Rob Phipps (Wick), Jim Preston (Christow), Pam Toleman (Wonford), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Oliver White (Totnes Creameries), Richard White (Loddiswell), Neil Wilkins (Christow), Kim Wright (Sidbury), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads) Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

04/12/17 ESMBA Coaching