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19/03/20 ESMBA Rearrangement Of Nationals & ICC

The ESMBA have issued the following statement with regards to the rescheduling of the Nationals and the ICC Semi Finals and Finals.

Following the decision to postpone all events due to COVID-19. The ESMBA have explored the various possibilities to re arrange these games. To prevent major disruption to the County diaries, it has been felt best to use the ESMBA allocated weekends. So, re arranged dates are as follows:

The National Finals will now be played on the 3rd/4th/5th/6th September 2020 at Melton Mowbray IBC.

The ICC Semi Finals will be played on 12th September 2020 at Melton IBC and one other to be confirmed. The ICC Secretary will be in direct contact with Counties involved as to their playing venues.

The ICC Final will be played on Sunday 13th September 2020 at Melton IBC.

We understand that playing a Semi Final and Final of a County Championship on the same weekend is not ideal but unless we start playing in the summer months or rearranging an already congested diary to accommodate it with major disruption there is no other alternative. Most of the budget hotel chains offer rooms that you can cancel up to 4pm, so there are accommodation options available for these wanting to prepare to stay over.

The majority of the hotel chains have amended their cancellation policies, and most should have no problem changing or refunding their dates.

We are currently looking at possible dates for the U18s National Finals and England Trials, and will update you all shortly.

AGM paperwork is not due to be distributed until 1st June 2020, so a decision on the July AGM will be taken mid May, when hopefully we will have a better understanding of things.

Barry Hedges ESMBA Chairman

A hard copy of this statement can be found here.

 

16/03/20 DCSMBA Statement

Tonight the DCSMBA would like to make the following statement.

Following the advice from the ESMBA and the current government recommendations with regards to the Coronavirus, the Devon County Association is postponing all county events for the immediate future, this in the short term effects the County 5’s which is now suspended.

In addition the association is recommending that short mat bowls at all levels within Devon is suspended until further notice. This decision is obviously not made lightly however the safety of our members are at the forefront of our minds.

Our members are advised to follow governmental and NHS advice which can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

A further announcement will be made with regards to the AGM once known.

A hard copy of this statement can be found here.

13/03/20 Coronavirus Statement

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the ESMBA have made a further statement to the one that was posted earlier this month. It states:


"Dear County Secretaries Based on UK Government policy and NHS guidance the ESMBA Management Committee has decided to postpone all forthcoming events until further notice starting with the ICC semi finals on 14/15 March.

The ESMBA Management Committee has also taken into account the ageing player population and that the events will be held indoors in a close defined area. The current thinking is to re-arrange the diary for September 2020 and play the ICC and National Championships in the first two weeks of September.

The ESMBA Management Committee is also advising County Associations to postpone events where numbers exceed 100 attendees.

Barry Hedges ESMBA Chairman"

A hard copy of this statement can be found here

We would like to reiterate to our players that the National championships have been postponed and once we have more information this will be passed onto players. In addition we would like clubs to take note of the advise on postponing events and tournaments where numbers exceed 100 attendees.

The 2020/21 diary is being worked on but with this announcement, the fact that this is an ever changing situation and the ESMBA diary will be changing, the announcement of the DCSMBA diary will  be made when the situation is clearer.

09/03/20 National Mixed Fours & National Over 55 Pairs Review

It was disappointment for all the Devon teams at this weekend’s national events. On the Saturday the National Mixed Fours took place with Devon having 4 teams involved. Unfortunately, Musbury (Kirsty Jordan, Michael Ivings & Emma & James Trott) and Sidbury (Carol Osbourne, Kim Wright, Colin Palmer & Eric Pavey) both failed to get out of the group stage. In the first knock out round Wonford (Maggie Smith, Adam Perris, John & Shirley Parnell) were knocked out by Hertfordshire. The remaining rink (Pam & Marie Toleman, Richard Williams & Nick Wyatt) made it to the quarter finals before being knocked out by Avon. The National Mixed Fours was won by Herefordshire who Beat North Yorkshire in the final.

The National Pairs on the Sunday was equally disappointing. Both Hilary Iley & Robert Ivings (Exeter Nomads) and Brian & Elaine Clemants (Great Torrignton) both failed to get out of the group stage. The remaining Devon pair of Graham James and Lorraine Axtell (Winkleigh) made it to the first knockout stage before being knocked out 10-5 by Cornwall The National Over 55’s was won by  Northamptonshire who beat Hampshire 8-6 in the final.

04/03/20 National Clothing Reminder & Preview

With this seasons National Championships starting this weekend with the Mixed Fours and Over 55 Pairs, the ESMBA have released a statement regarding clothing.

"The ESMBA Dress Code is in force at all stages of the National Championships. In the pairs, triples, fours, Over 55s and mixed fours must be dressed in the same attire.
 Men • White shirt with collar, county or club tops or matching polo shirt, MID GREY or Black trousers will be permitted. All players must wear the same colour (no jeans or combats)
 Women • White blouse with collar, county or club tops or matching polo shirt,• MID GREY or Black skirts not split above the knee, crop or tailored trousers will be permitted. All players must wear the same colour (no jeans or combats)
 Footwear • Only footwear manufactured by recognised bowls manufacturers must be worn on the mat and they must be changed into at the venue
 Club Colours • Shirts, blouses and polo shirts may be in club, league or county colours – England shirts may not be worn. • No names, initials or logos will be permitted on the back of any garment, unless previously approved by the ESMBA • Any names, initials or logos must be in keeping with the size of the ESMBA logo and no bigger than the breast pocket on a shirt, unless previously approved by the ESMBA • In disciplines with more than one player, ALL players must be dressed in the same Colours

Please be aware that non-compliance with the Dress Code may result in the offending player being asked to leave the bowling mat"


A hard copy of this statement can be found here

As previously stated the Nationals start this weekend with the National Mixed Fours on Saturday and the National Over 55 Pairs on Sunday before concluding with the remaining events in April. A list of teams from Devon in these events can be found here

03/03/20 Coronavirus Statement

Following the spread of the Coronavirus, the ESMBA have issued the following statement.

"3rd March 2020 ESMBA and Coronavirus – Please read and be aware of your responsibilities.
 
The ESMBA is about to enter into its busiest time of the season, with multiple events where members throughout the Country will travel and meet for the game of bowls.
 
This period of time is when the Country and the World are facing probably the Virus of a generation. COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is affecting many people throughout the World. It will no doubt at some stage touch someone we know or within the Bowls family.
 
The ESMBA has a duty of care to its members and we take this very seriously. We therefore will be supporting and following the guidelines as laid out by Public Health England. These will obviously be changing as the national situation changes and we will monitor these closely.
 
At present advice is to take basic hygiene measures, individuals should be washing their hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap on a regular basis. To cough and sneeze into a tissue and dispose of it, if a tissue is not available, the crook of your arm should be used. Many people also feel safer wearing face masks and avoiding personal contact (like shaking hands), so please at this time don’t be offended by this. Individuals are only trying to protect themselves and others from the spread of the virus but to continue with a normal daily life
 
If you have been in contact with someone that is suspected of having the virus or have travelled from one of the listed affected areas in the last 14 days, then you should be self-isolating for a period of 14 days. Please see the following link for areas affected 
 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for-returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk
 
The ESMBA must insist that for the protection and precaution of all its members that the Public Health England guidelines are followed. If anyone has been in contact with or travelled back to the UK in the last 14 days please email admin@esmba.co.uk so we can make the necessary arrangements for replacements.
 
There will be no repercussions for anyone withdrawing from events due to COVID-19, but individuals that knowingly break Public Health England Guidelines and risk others safety may face disciplinary action.
 
The ESMBA Management Committee appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
 
Barry Hedges  on behalf of ESMBA Management Committee"

A hard copy of this statement can be found on the ESMBA site here

02/03/20 Devon v West Midlands Review

The Devon Premier team travelled to Solihull on Sunday where they took on the West Midlands in the ICC Quarter finals. Devon started off very slowly in the first session and were beaten on all four mats in the first session. Devon were better in the second session where Devon won of of the Triples and one of the Fours but lost on the other two mats. This meant a Devon trailer 12-4 at the half way stage.

The third session was again dominated by the West Midlands with Devon only picking up a win on one of the Pairs matches. However due to the  West Midlands dominance they secure the bonus points in both the Singles and Pairs. The last session saw Devon again struggle and they only won one of the Fours losing on all the other mats. With Devon only winning the bonus points in the Fours the final score was West Midlands 30 Devon 10.

27/02/20 Devon  v West Midlands Preview

This weekend sees the Devon Premier team face the West Midlands this Sunday in the ICC Quarter Finals. The West Midlands are the current ICC champions and this year topped their group winning 7 out of their 8 game. Details of the venue can be found here and selected players are asked to be at the venue for 9:30. The following players have been selected for the match.
Premier Team; Michael Avery (Yarnscombe), Lorraine Axtell (Winkleigh),  Luis Inacio (Bere Alston),   Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Elliott James (Yarnscombe), Graham James (Yarnscombe), George Main (Yarnscombe), Tony Main (Yarnscombe),  Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries),  Caroline Pavey (Sidbury), Eric Pavey (Sidbury), Adam Perris (Exeter Nomads), Rob Phipps (Exeter Nomads),  Margaret Smith (Wonford), Dave Summers (Totnes Creameries), Trevor Tregillus (Christow), Richard Williams (Exeter Nomads)  Kim Wright (Sidbury), Nick Wyatt (Bow), Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

24/02/20 Devon v Cheshire Review

On Sunday Devon A faced Cheshire in the Quarters finals of the ICC. The first session was very even with both Singles winning and both Pairs losing. However, Cheshire took control of the match in the second where they won on all four of the mats. This left the half time score 10-4 to Cheshire. Devon rearranged their team in the second half but Cheshire still maintained control of the game in the third session with wins in both of the Singles and both of the Pairs. This ensured Cheshire won the match but Devon did secure a win in one of the Fours and a draw in one of the Triples in the final session. With Cheshire winning all the bonus points available the final score was Devon 7 Cheshire 33.  Next week it’s the turn of the Premier team when they face last years ICC champions West Mids in the Quarter Finals.

20/02/20 Devon A v Cheshire Preview

Devon A travel to Solihull on Sunday where they take on Cheshire in what is sure to be a mouth watering tie in the ICC Quarter Finals. Cheshire booked their place in the quarter finals with a 29-11 win  against Hertfordshire and will be provide a stern test for Devon. Details of the venue can be found here and selected players are asked to be at the venue for 9:15. The following players have been selected for the match.


A Team; Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Ava Cattell (Christow), Elaine Clements (Great Torrington), Bill Crilly (Colebrooke), Carol Dummett (Bere Alston), Barrie Goodchild (Exeter Nomads), Hilary Iley (Exeter Nomads), Rob Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), John Parnell (Wonford), Shirley Parnell. (Wonford), Brad Rundle (Christow), Chloe Rundle (Christow), Ann Summers (Totnes Creameries), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Pam Toleman (Wonford), Paul Weeks (Great Torrington), Oliver White (Loddiswell) Richard White (Loddiswell),  Sean Woodley (Christow),

17/02/20 AGM Details

The DCSMBA would like to announce that this seasons AGM will take place at Clyst St Mary Village Hall on the 17th April with a 7:30pm start. Details of the venue can be found here.

17/02/20 Devon A v Worcestershire

On Sunday Devon A travelled to the Bristol Indoor Bowel centre where they faced Worcestershire in the ICC Preliminaries. The first session was a battle with Devon winning both of the Singles and Worcestershire winning both of the Pairs. The second session saw Devon take the advantage with victories in both of the Fours and one of the Triples. This left the half time score at 10-6 to Devon.

After a gorgeous lunch spread Devon resumed their dominance in the third session where they gained victories in both of the Singles and one of the Pairs. Devon went into the last session knowing they only needed four points to secure victory. Devon though went further than this and secured wins on all four mats . With Devon winning the bonus points in the Singles, Triples and Fours the score was Devon A 30 points (221 shots) Worcestershire 10 points (153 shots). Devon A now face Cheshire in the quarter finals next Sunday at Solihull. The team will be announced later in the week.

10/02/20 Devon A v Worcestershire Preview

Devon A travel to the Bristol Indoor Bowls Centre on Sunday where they take on Worcestershire in the Inter County Preliminary round with a place in the quarter finals at stake. Worcestershire won 5 games in their group narrowly pipping Herefordshire to top spot. Details of the venue can be found here and selected players are asked to be at the venue for 9:15. The following players have been selected for the match.


A Team; Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Ava Cattell (Christow), Elaine Clements (Great Torrington), Bill Crilly (Colebrooke), Carol Dummett (Bere Alston), Barrie Goodchild (Exeter Nomads), Hilary Iley (Exeter Nomads), Rob Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), John Parnell (Wonford), Shirley Parnell. (Wonford), Brad Rundle (Christow), Chloe Rundle (Christow), Ann Summers (Totnes Creameries), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Pam Toleman (Wonford), Oliver White (Loddiswell) Richard White (Loddiswell),  Sean Woodley (Christow), Rachel Wright (Sidbury)

10/02/20 English Masters Review

This weekend saw the Short Mat Players Tour Return with the English Masters which was held in Chelmsford. There were three entrants from Devon and each player were as usual in SMPT events split into groups of 6 which guarantees players 5 group games and at least one knockout game. Richard Williams (Exeter Nomads) finished 4th in his group and so despite missing out in the main knockouts he was entered into the plate where he lost 14-5 to Aaron Clare in the first round.

James Trott (Musbury) came 2nd in his group after getting four victories. Thus, James entered the main knockout stages, however his progress was halted in the first round following a 9-8 defeat to Alistair McCrea. Elliott James also reached the main knock out stages following 4 wins in the group stage. Elliott managed to reach the quarter final stage before he was defeated 14-5 by Joseph Beattie. Dorset’s Alex Kley won the title after over coming Lawrence Moffat 15-3 in the final. The Short Mat Players Returns to Belfast in April for the final tournament of the SMPT season.

20/01/20 National Mixed Fours Qualifier Review

On Sunday the last of this season’s national qualifiers took place with the National Mixed Four Qualifiers. There were 13 teams this year, so teams were split into four groups with the winners and runners up qualifying for the knockout stages. The tournament was won by Pam & Marie Toleman, Richard Williams and Benny Bass who beat their fellow Wonford team Maggie Smith, Adam Perris, John & Shirley Parnell in the final.

mixed 4 winners

National Mixed 4's Qualifiers Winners Richard Williams, Pam & Marie Toleman & Benny Bass

Also qualifying for the National Mixed Fours were the Sidbury quartet of Carol Osborne, Kim Wright, Colin Palmer and Eric Pavey as well as Kirsty Jordan, Michael Ivings, Emma & James Trott from Musbury.

14/01/20 Devon v Cornwall Review

Devon hosted Cornwall in the final ICC group fixture with both teams harbouring hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages. The Premier team went into the match knowing that a win or draw against Cornwall would enough to ensure passage in to the knock out rounds. Devon edged the first session with 5 points following victories in both of the pairs and drawing one of the Singles matches. Devon took control of the match in the second session with victories in both of the Fours and one of the Triples, whilst the remaining Triples finished 14-14. This meant at the half way stage Devon led 12-4.

It was another strong session for Devon after lunch with Devon securing wins in both of the Singles and one of the Pairs. With Devon securing the bonus points in the Pairs and sharing the Singles bonus points they had passed the 20 point threshold that they needed to win the match. The final was evenly split between the two counties with Devon winning both of the Fours and Cornwall winning both of the Triples. With Devon winning the bonus points in the Pairs and Fours and sharing the Singles the final score was Devon 27 (217 shots) Cornwall 13 (188 shots) which was enough to ensure Devon finished second behind Dorset and qualify for the knock out stages.

The Devon A team went into the match knowing that as long as Somerset (who were playing group leaders Dorset) did not get 14 points then them they would qualify for the knock out stages.  It was a perfect start to the match for Devon with a clean sweep of four victories with wins in both of the Singles and both of the Pairs. The second session was much more even with Devon winning both of the Triples but losing both of the Fours. This meant Devon led 12-4 at the halfway stage.

The third session was again dominated by Devon with victories in one of the Singles and both of the Pairs. With the match secured Devon stepped up again and finished with a perfect session with victories in both of the Triples and both of the Fours. With Devon winning the bonus points in the Singles, Pairs and Triples the final score was Devon 32 (210 shots) Cornwall 8 (151 shots). The result was enough for Devon to finish second with Dorset just piping Devon to top spot. But it was enough to ensure Devon qualified for the knockout stages. Both teams now wait for the draw to be announced to see who they face next.

14/01/20 County/National Triples Final

On Saturday ISCA played host to the National and County Triples with the 16 teams who had qualified back in October. The teams were split into four equal groups and after the round robin the top two teams in each group qualified for the knock out stages. After several knock out rounds the final was held between George & Tony Main and Elliott James (Yarnscombe) and Chloe Rundle, Carol Dummett and Barry McPhilips (Christow & Bere Alston). The Yarnscombe trio were able to take an early lead and they were able to keep this lead for the rest of the game and thus became County Triples champions.

County Triples Winners


County Triples Winners Elliott James, George Main & Tony Main

09/01/20 Devon v Cornwall Preview

The Devon County teams both lie second in their respective groups and know that a positive result will see both teams qualify for the main knockout stages. Players have been asked to be at ISCA for 9:15.  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), Elliott James (Yarnscombe), Graham James (Yarnscombe), George Main (Yarnscombe), Tony Main (Yarnscombe),  Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries), Carol Osborne (Sidbury), Caroline Pavey (Sidbury), Eric Pavey (Sidbury), Adam Perris (Wonford), Rob Phipps (Exeter Nomads),  Margaret Smith (Wonford), Dave Summers (Totnes Creameries), Trevor Tregillus (Christow),  Kim Wright (Sidbury), Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

A Team; Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Ava Cattell (Christow), Elaine Clements (Great Torrington), Bill Crilly (Colebrooke), Carol Dummett (Bere Alston), Barrie Goodchild (Exeter Nomads), Hilary Iley (Exeter Nomads), Rob Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), John Parnell (Wonford), Shirley Parnell. (Wonford), Brad Rundle (Christow), Chloe Rundle (Christow), Ann Summers (Totnes Creameries), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Pam Toleman (Wonford), Richard White (Loddiswell),  Paul Weeks (Great Torrington), Sean Woodley (Christow), Rachel Wright (Sidbury)

06/01/20 Adult Safeguarding Course

We would like to make members aware that there is an  course in adult safeguarding in Bowls on the 18th February at the Institute at Ottery St Mary from 1pm to 4pm. The course costs £30 and runs from 1pm-4pm. For more information please click here to view the poster. It is recommended that at least one member from each club should attend one of these courses


06/01/20 National/County Singles & National/County Pairs

We On Saturday ISCA played host to the final stages of the National/County Singles. After the days play the final was between Benny Bass (Uffculme) and George Main (Yarnscombe). George Main went into the last end ahead and despite Benny's best effort George was able to keep hold of his lead.

County Singles 2020

Benny Bass (County Singles Runner Up), Caroline Pavey (Competition Secretary) & George Main (County Singles Winner)


Alongside side the main knockout stages, there was a plate competition held for players who had not qualified in the morning round robin stage. This was won by Luis Inacio (Bere Alston) who beat Adam Perris (Wonford) in the final.

On Sunday the Pairs took place on Sunday at ISCA and followed the same format. After the numerous knockour stages the final was played between Richard Williams (Exeter Nomads) & Benny Bass (Uffculme) and Michael Ivings and James Trott (both Musbury). James and Michael quickly took the lead and controlled the game throughout and were  able to win comfortably.

County Pairs Winners

County Pairs Winners James Trott & Michael Ivings

Alongside the main knockout stages there was also a plate competition and this was won by Mike Avery & Tony Main (Yarnscombe) who beat Rachel Wright & Caroline Pavey (Sidbury) in the final.


03/01/20 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, Mixed Fours and Over 55 Pairs. Whilst we have 2 places in the under 18's. The Under 18’s final takes place on the 18th April. The Mixed Fours and the Over 55’s take place on the weekend of the 7th/8th March. The remaining Nationals takes place from the 2nd April at Melton Mowbray.

19/12/19 Devon County Team Uniform Change Next Season

From the 2020/21 season the Devon County team (both Premier and A) will be changing their uniform. The teams will be changing from wearing mid grey trousers to black trousers.

16/12/19 Ho! Ho! Ho! Triples Review

This Sunday ISCA played host to the ho! Ho! Ho! Triples. A competition that was dreamed up by our previous chairman Trevor Tregillus. Many of the 30 teams that entered were in the Christmas spirit with many dressing up.  There are several pictures from the event on our facebook page.

 

Despite the competition over running slightly everyone enjoyed themselves and the competition was won by Barrie Goodchild, Richard Williams and Benny Bass.



Ho! Ho! Ho! Triples Winners Benny Bass, Richard Williams & Barrie Goodchild


08/12/19 Ho! Ho! Ho! Triples

On the 15th December sees the Ho! Ho! Ho! Triples take place at ISCA. There are currently a few spots remaining and so if you are interested in participating please contact Caroline Pavey (Caroline1901@hotmail.com) or Fred Oliver (fredoliver@freenetname.co.uk).

As usual there will be a raffle on the day.  We would like to invite players/attendees to bring a raffle prize along to supplement the draw so that we can end the year with a bang. Players are asked to be at ISCA at 9am.

05/12/19 DCSMBA Statement

Trevor Tregillus has resigned as the DCSMBA chairman. The County Committee would like to thank Trevor for his efforts. If you have any matters in concerning this then please get in touch with any committee member. These details can be found here.

02/12/19 World Fours and Pairs Review

This weekend also saw the SMPT host their annual world Fours and World Pairs at Chelmsford. On Saturday in the World Fours there was two teams with Devon players involved. The Yarnscombe quartet of Elliott James, Mike Avery, George and Tony Main struggled in their group and were entered into the plate where there reached the quarter finals before losing 9-5. Last years winners Mike Ivings, James Trott (Musbury), ex Devonian Simon Pridham and Craig Burgess (Essex) topped their group with 3 wins and entered the main knockout stages where they reached the Quarter finals before 8-6.

On Sunday it was the turn of the World Pairs and there was three teams consisting of players from Devon. Both Elliott James and George Main and  James Trott and Michael Ivings finished second int heir group but it was enough to ensure both teams entered the main knockout stages. Both teams reached the second round before both losing 12-4 and 11-4 respectively.  Tony Main and Mike Avery topped their group and also reached the main knockout draw. They also reached the second round before they were narrowly beaten 10-9.

02/12/19 Somerset v Devon Review

Devon travelled to Somerset’s new home venue on Sunday in their latest ICC fixture. The Devon Premier team went into the game knowing that they had the opportunity to take over Cornwall position and sit in second spot going in the last round of fixtures. However, it was a slow start by Devon in the first session with Devon only gaining two points following a 1-13 win in one of the Singles. The second session was evenly split with Devon losing both Triples matches but winning both of the Fours matches. This left the half time score 10-6 to Somerset. The third session was again split evenly with one of the Pairs winning 20-6 and one of the Singles edging their game 13-12. Following the pattern of the previous two sessions the last session was split evenly with Devon winning one of the Fours and one of the Triples but losing on the other two mats. With Devon gaining the bonus points in the Fours the final result was Somerset 24 (212 shots) Devon 16 (186 shots). Despite being defeated, the result meant Devon leapfrogged into second spot above Cornwall.

Devon A sat in second spot ahead of Somerset and were merely looking to consolidate their position in the table. The first session was a dream start with Devon winning on all four mats. However, Somerset stirred into life in the second session and Devon only won one match with a 1511 victory in one of the Triples. This left the half time score at 10-6 to Devon. Somerset continued their comeback in the third session with Devon gaining just three points following an 11-11 draw in one of the Pairs and a 19-9 win in one of the Singles. The final session saw Devon pull through following wins in one of the Triples and one of the Fours and drawing the remaining Fours match. With Devon winning the bonus points in the Singles and Pairs the final score was Somerset 18 (199 shots) Devon 22 (188 shots). The result sees Devon A consolidate second spot and are now 14 points above Somerset. Devon entertain Cornwall in the last group fixture on the 12th January with both team’s hopeful of qualifying for the main knock out stages.

23/11/19 Somerset v Devon Preview

The Devon County teams travel to Somerset on the 1st of December with both teams hopeful of good results to boost their chances of qualifying for the knock out stages. Players have been asked to get to the venue for 9:30. Details of Somerset's new venue can be found here.  The following players have been selected for the game.

Premier Team; Lorraine Axtell (Winkleigh), Benny Bass (Uffculme) , Luis Inacio (Bere Alston),   Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Graham James (Yarnscombe),  Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Carol Osborne (Sidbury), Caroline Pavey (Sidbury), Eric Pavey (Sidbury), Adam Perris (Wonford), Rob Phipps (Exeter Nomads),  Margaret Smith (Wonford), Dave Summers (Totnes Creameries), Trevor Tregillus (Christow), Richard Williams (Exeter Nomads), Kim Wright (Sidbury), Nick Wyatt (Bow), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads)  Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

A Team; Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Ava Cattell (Christow), Elaine Clements (Great Torrington), Bill Crilly (Colebrooke), Carol Dunmett (Bere Alston), Barrie Goodchild (Exeter Nomads), Hilary Iley (Exeter Nomads), Rob Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), John Parnell (Wonford), Shirley Parnell. (Wonford), Brad Rundle (Christow), Diane Shepherd (Colebrook), Ann Summers (Totnes Creameries), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Pam Toleman (Wonford), Oliver White (Lodiswell), Richard White (Loddiswell),  Paul Weeks (Great Torrington), Rachel Wright (Sidbury)

17/11/19 DCSMBA Statement Regarding ICC Rinks

After hearing that the preliminaries of the ICC Rinks are to be held in Solihull the Devon County committee have taken the decision to withdraw both the A and the Premier team from the competition. The committee were disappointed that the ‘regional’ preliminaries were once again to be held in a central location.

14/11/19 National Over 55's & Under 18's Review

On Sunday ISCA played host to the National Over 55’s with the winner guaranteed a spot in the National Over 55 finals next year. After the round robin and several knock out stages the final was contested between last years winners Graham James and Lorraine Axtel and Hilary Iley and Robert Ivings from Exeter Nomads. After a tight start to the match Robert and Hilary eventually won through and secured their spot in the national final.

over 55's winners

National Over 55's Winners Robert Ivings & Hilary Iley

On the same day the County/National Under 18’s was held with Chloe Rundle, Sean Woodley, Ava Cattell (Christow) and Adam Perris (Wonford) with them all competing initially in a round robin. After the round robin the top two were Adam and Sean and these contested in a final. After an exciting game which could have gone either way Sean came through winning it on the final end.



County Under 18's Winner Sean Woodley


04/11/19 Devon v Somerset Review

The Devon County teams returned to ISCA on Sunday where they welcomed Somerset in the latest ICC fixture. The Devon Premier team got off to a strong start securing the maximum 8 points in the first session by winning both the Singles and the Pairs. Somerset did respond in the second session but Devon were able to win one of the Fours and drew the remaining Fours 9-9, but Somerset won both of the Triples. This left the half time score at 11-5 to Devon. The third session was split evenly with Devon winning one of the Pairs and drawing the other Pairs and one of the Singles, whilst losing the other Singles match. Devon completed the job in the final session when they won both of the Triples and one of the Fours. With Devon winning the Bonus Points in the Singles, Pairs and the Triples and Fours the final score was Devon 27 (200 shots) Somerset 13 (163).

Devon A had an even first session with the team winning one of the Singles and one of the Pairs but losing on the other two mats. The second session was also split evenly with one of the Triples winning 20-7  and one of the Triples drawing, however they lost one of the Fours and drew the remaining Fours match. This left it all level at the half way stage 8-8. Devon took the initiative in the third session with wins in both of the Singles and one of the Pairs. It was a similar result in the last session of the day with Devon winning both of the Triples and one of the Fours 20-8. With Devon winning the bonus points in the Singles, Triples and Fours the final score was Devon 26 (214 shots) Somerset 14 (180 shots).

With two games to go Devon Premier lie 3rd one point behind Cornwall and 15points behind Dorset. Devon A are currently 2nd 13 points behind Dorset and 10 points ahead of Cornwall. Devon next travel to face Somerset next month.

31/10/19 Devon v Somerset Preview

The County Team play their Fourth ICC group game on Sunday where they play host to Somerset at ISCA. Both teams lie third in their respective group and will be looking for a good result to push up the table. The match starts at 10:00 and selected players are asked to be at the venue for 9:15, spectators are welcome to come and watch.  The following players have been selected for the game.

Premier Team; Michael Avery (Yarnscombe), Benny Bass (Uffculme), Martin Conabeer (Exeter Nomads), Luis Inacio (Bere Alston),   Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Elliott James (Yarnscombe), Tony Main (Yarnscombe), Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Carol Osborne (Sidbury), Caroline Pavey (Sidbury), Eric Pavey (Sidbury), Adam Perris (Wonford),  Margaret Smith (Wonford), Dave Summers (Totnes Creameries), Trevor Tregillus (Christow), Richard Williams (Exeter Nomads), Kim Wright (Sidbury), Nick Wyatt (Bow), Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

A Team; Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Ava Cattell (Christow), Elaine Clements (Great Torrington), Bill Crilly (Colebrooke), Carol Dunmett (Bere Alston), Barrie Goodchild (Exeter Nomads), Hilary Iley (Exeter Nomads), Rob Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), John Parnell (Wonford), Shirley Parnell. (Wonford), Brad Rundle (Christow), Chloe Rundle (Christow), Ann Summers (Totnes Creameries), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Pam Toleman (Wonford), Oliver White (Lodiswell), Richard White (Loddiswell),  Sean Woodley (Christow), Rachel Wright (Sidbury)

14/10/19 Devon v Dorset Review

Devon entertained Dorset yesterday in the latest ICC fixture. The Devon Premier team were looking to bounce back after two defeats on the road and started off well with both Singles winning and one of the Pairs drawing 10-10. Devon were able to extend their lead in the second session with Devon only losing one of the Fours but winning on every other mat. This left the half time score at 11-5 to Devon. Dorset responded in the second half and Devon were only able to win one of the Singles 16-10. The final session was tight on most of the mats however Devon came through and won both of the Fours and one of the Triples. With Devon gaining the bonus points in the Singles, Triples and Fours the final score was Devon 25 (191 shots) Dorset 15 (171 shots)

Devon Umpires v Dorset

Devon A were looking to continue their good form but were placed on the back foot in the first session when they gained only two points with only one of the Singles winning. However, Devon fought back in the second session winning both of the Fours and one of the Triples. This left the scores nicely poised at 8-8 at half time.  The third session was again dominated by Dorset with Devon only able to gain one win and that was an 18-10 win in the Pairs. Dorset were able to exert their dominance again in the final session where they won three of the four mats, Devon only able to win one of the Fours 21-3. With Devon only winning the bonus points in the Fours the final score was Devon 14 (180 shots) Dorset 26 (187 shots).

At the halfway stage in the groups both Devon A lie third in their respective group. The table standings can be found here. Devon next face Somerset at home on the 3rd November.

17/10/19 Devon v Dorset Preview

The County Team play their third ICC group game on Sunday where they play host to Dorset at ISCA.  The match starts at 10:00 and selected players are asked to be at the venue for 9:15, spectators are welcome to come and watch.  The following players have been selected for the game.

Premier Team; Michael Avery (Yarnscombe), Benny Bass (Uffculme), Martin Conabeer (Exeter Nomads),   Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads), George Main (Yarnscombe), Tony Main (Yarnscombe), Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Carol Osborne (Sidbury), Caroline Pavey (Sidbury), Eric Pavey (Sidbury), Adam Perris (Wonford),  Margaret Smith (Wonford), Dave Summers (Totnes Creameries), Trevor Tregillus (Christow), Richard Williams (Exeter Nomads), Kim Wright (Sidbury), Nick Wyatt (Bow), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads), Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

A Team; Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Ava Cattell (Christow), Elaine Clements (Great Torrington), Bill Crilly (Colebrooke), Carol Dunmett (Bere Alston), Barrie Goodchild (Exeter Nomads), Hilary Iley (Exeter Nomads), Rob Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), John Parnell (Wonford), Shirley Parnell. (Wonford), Brad Rundle (Christow), Chloe Rundle (Christow), Ann Summers (Totnes Creameries), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Pam Toleman (Wonford), Oliver White (Lodiswell), Richard White (Loddiswell),  Sean Woodley (Christow), Rachel Wright (Sidbury)

14/10/19 Cornwall v Devon Review

Carnmoggas was the venue or Devon latest ICC fixture where they faced Cornwall. The Premier team were looking to bounce back after their defeat against Dorset last month and started off well with a 4 points in the first session after wins in one of the Singles and one of the Pairs. Devon were however able to take the lead in the second session with wins in one of the Triples and one of the Fours with the remaining Fours securing a point following a 9-9 draw. This left the half time score a 9-7 to Devon. Cornwall fought back in the third session and Devon only managed one win with a 14-7 in the Singles. The final session of matches were split with both counties winning one Triples and one Fours each. With Devon only winning the |bonus points in the Fours the final score was Cornwall 23 (203 shots) Devon 17 (163 shots)

Devon A went into the match against Cornwall in a buoyant mood following their victory against Dorset and this showed in their first session with victories in both of the Singles and one of the Pairs. However, Cornwall stirred into lie in the second session with Devon only narrowly winning one Triples 11-10 and drawing one of the Fours 11-11. Despite this Devon led 9-7 at halftime.  Devon pushed ahead in the third session with wins in both of the Singles and drew one of the Pairs. With Devon firmly in control they sealed victory in the final session with wins in both of the Fours and one of the Triples. With Devon winning the bonus points in the Singles and Fours the final score was Cornwall 16 (178 shots) Devon 24 (208 shots)

It is a quick turn around with Devon facing Dorset at home on Sunday 20th October

10/10/19 Cornwall v Devon Preview

The County Team continue their ICC campaign with a trip to Cornwall.  The match starts at 10:00 and selected players are asked to be at the venue for 9:15. Details of the venue can be found here. The following players have been selected for the game.

Premier Team; Michael Avery (Yarnscombe), Benny Bass (Uffculme), Luis Inacio (Bere Alston),  Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Elliott James (Yarnscombe), George Main (Yarnscombe), Tony Main (Yarnscombe), Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Carol Osborne (Sidbury), Caroline Pavey (Sidbury), Eric Pavey (Sidbury), Adam Perris (Wonford), Rob Phipps (Exeter Nomads) Margaret Smith (Wonford), Dave Summers (Totnes Creameries), (Christow), Richard Williams (Exeter Nomads), Kim Wright (Sidbury), Nick Wyatt (Bow), Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

A Team; Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Ava Cattell (Christow), Elaine Clements (Great Torrington), Carol Dunmett (Bere Alston), Hilary Iley (Exeter Nomads), Rob Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), John Parnell (Wonford), Shirley Parnell. (Wonford), Brad Rundle (Christow), Chloe Rundle (Christow), Ann Summers (Totnes Creameries), Chris Thompson (Goodleigh), Marie Toleman (Wonford). Pam Toleman (Wonford), Oliver White. (Lodiswell), Richard White (Loddiswell), Roger Wilson (Anstey), Sean Woodley (Christow), Rachel Wright (Sidbury)

06/10/19 Ho! Ho! Ho! Triples

As mentioned previously there is a new competition to be held on the 15th of December. The Ho! Ho! Ho! Triples which will be held at ISCA. Entry for this competition is £20. The closing date for entries is the 30th November, however there is a special early bird deal which will see all entrants received by the 8th November entered into a random draw where one team will win their entry fee back.  The entry form can be downloaded here.

30/09/19 England Under 21's v England Ladies

Yesterday saw the England Ladies take on the England Under 21's with the England Ladies looking for avenge last years defeat. Caroline Pavey (Sidbury) & Sue Young (Exeter Nomads) both participated for the England Ladies. Whilst Ava Cattrell, Chloe Rundle, Sean Woodley (Christow), Luis Inacio (Bere Alston) and Adam Perris (Wonford) represented the England Under 21's. It was a tight affair however the English Under 21's finally won 36-34.

England Under 21's

Devon Players Representing the England Under 21's


26/09/19 Extracts From The County Committee Meeting 24th September 2019

The County/National under 18s competition will now take place in the afternoon of the 10th November, this has allowed the committee to organise a 3 woods triples tournament on the 15th of December. Dress will be very relaxed but we would hope to see lots of seasonal costumes! There could well be prizes for the best dressed team but beware ESMBA rules state no animals such as reindeers  are allowed on the mats. Ho Ho Ho! The cost is just £20.00 per team.The winning team will receive a Christmas hamper.
Entry forms will be on the website very soon.

The committee have decided to drop the Area Challenge (February 9th 2020) as it is felt that this event isn't fulfilling it's objectives but fear not we have decided to organise a Chairman's open competition. More details very soon.

Next meeting 12th November if you any items for the agenda please contact secretary Barrie

24/09/19 County/National Fours Review

This Sunday saw the County/National Fours take place. With 17 teams taking place teams were split in 5 groups with the group winners plus the three highest group runners up qualifying for the quarter finals. The first quarter final saw a hybrid team of Musbury, Uffculme and Exeter Nomads players skipped by James Trotted narrowly defeated 7-8  by a Wick team skipped by Martin Sexton. The second quarter final was between the Exeter Nomads team skipped by Robert Ivings and the Christow team skipped by Steve Collins. Chistow took an early lead and eventually won 9-5. The third quarter final was between was between Elliott James Yarnscombe Rink and Colebrooke’s Peter Budd rink. The Colebrook rink were able to take an early lead and led throughout eventually winning 9-3. The final quarter final was between Great Torrington’s Elaine Clements rink and Sidbury’s Eric Pavey Rink with Sidbury coming from behind to win 11-5.

The first semi final was between Wick and Sidbury and it took a late comeback from Wick to win with them finally winning 7-6 after an extra end. The other semi final between Colebrook and Christow was just as tight and came down to the last end. With the scores level at  7-7 Colebrook were able to pick up the one shot to secure victory. The final was not as tight, and Wick were able to pull away from Colebrook. Colebrook never recovered from this and Wick won the final 8-3. In the third and fourth place playoff which is needed to determine National places Sidbury beat Christow. Wick will now represent Devon in the National finals at the end of the season, whilst second, third and fourth place teams will wait to see if they get a spot.



Wick Country Fours Winners 2019


24/09/19 Brian Medland Mixed Fours Review

Earlier this month ISCA played host to the Brian Medland Fours with nine teams competing for the top prize. The nine teams were split into groups of three with the group winners and the highest runner up progressing to the semi final. The first semi final was contested between a Wonford team skipped by John Parnell and the Colebrooke team led by Fred Oliver. Wonford took an early lead and led 4-0 after three ends, however Colebrooke came back and won 9-6 in the end. The other semi final was contested between an Upottery Rink skipped by Pam Bartlett and the Christow rink skipped by Geoff Cleave. This was a very tight match throughout with both sides leading at one stage but Christow eventually shone through 10-9. The final was contested between Colebrook and Christow and Christow were able to take an early lead and led 7-2 at the halfway stage. Christow were able to maintain this lead and eventually won 9-6.



Christow Brian Medland Winners 2019


16/09/19 Dorset v Devon Review

Devon travelled to Dorset on Sunday to start their ICC campaign in a match that they knew was going to be a tough match. For the Premier team it did  prove to be a tough encounter and in the first session they came away with just one win after 13-10 win in one of the Singles. The second round with the Triples and Fours followed a similar pattern with Devon only gaining two more points following a 16-12 win in one of the Triples. This left the half times score at 4-12 to Dorset. In the third session of the day Dorset pulled away further with Devon only recording 14-9 in one of the Singles. In the final session of the day Devon came away with another win with a 16-6 win in one of the Triples. With Devon winning the bonus points in the Singles and Triples the final score was Dorset 28 (211 shots) Devon 12 (153 shots)

The A team had a much better day than the Premier team and this was highlighted in the first session where they won both of the Singles confidently and drew one of the Pairs 14-14. The second session was a bit more even but with Devon only winning one of the Fours 11-4 and drawing one of the Triples Dorset came away with more points. This left the score at half time level at 8-8. Devon took the game by the scruff of the neck in the third session with maximum points from the Singles and one win in the Pairs. Devon completed the job in the final session with both triples winning and one of the Fours drawing.  With Devon winning the bonus points in the Singles and gaining one in the Triples the final score was Dorset 18 (182 shots) Devon 22 (212 shots). Devon next face Cornwall away on the 13th October.

16/09/19 Irish Open Review

Over the weekend the Short Mat Players Tour hosted the Irish Open in Belfast and there were three players from Devon involved. Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston) finished third in the group stage after three wins and two defeat. Barry therefore entered the plate knockout where he was knocked out 11-5 by Nigel Norris. Also entering the plate after 2 wins and a draw in his group was James Trott (Musbury), James progressed all the way through to the final of the plate where he won 10 -7 against Lee Lewis from Wales. The remaining Devon player involved was Elliott James who topped his group with five wins. He therefore went into the main knockout stages Elliott James was able to reach the Quarter Finals before he was knocked out by William Boggas 10-5. The Irish Open was won by Gary McNabb who beat William Boggas in the final.

13/09/19 Dorset v Devon Preview

The County Team start their campaign on Sunday with an away trip to Dorset with both team attempting to improve on last season which saw them both struggle. The match starts at 10:30 and selected players are asked to be at the venue for 9:45. Details of the venue can be found here. The following players have been selected for the game.

Premier Team; Michael Avery (Yarnscombe), Benny Bass (Uffculme), Luis Inacio (Bere Alston),  Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads), George Main (Yarnscombe), Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Carol Osborne (Sidbury), Caroline Pavey (Sidbury), Eric Pavey (Sidbury), Adam Perris (Wonford), Rob Phipps (Exeter Nomads) Margaret Smith (Wonford), Dave Summers (Totnes Creameries), Trevor Tregillus (Christow), Richard Williams (Exeter Nomads), Kim Wright (Sidbury), Nick Wyatt (Bow), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads), Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

A Team; Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Ava Cattell (Christow), Elaine Clements (Great Torrington) , Gary Collier (Exeter Nomads), Barrie Goodchild (Exeter Nomads), Hilary Iley (Exeter Nomads). Rob Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Colin Palmer (Sidbury), Pamela Palmer (Sidbury). John Parnell (Wonford), Shirley Parnell. (Wonford), Brad Rundle (Christow), Chloe Rundle (Christow), Ann Summers (Totnes Creameries), Chris Thompson (Goodleigh), Marie Toleman (Wonford). Pam Toleman (Wonford), Oliver white. (Lodiswell), Richard White (Loddiswell), Rachel Wright (Sidbury)

12/09/19 Margaret Elliot Pairs Review

On Saturday saw the first County event of the season take place with the Margaret Elliot Pairs. This pairs competition is held for players who did not either represent Devon in the Inter County or win a County title in the previous season. As usual it was an early start with teams being drawn into groups of four for a round robin with the winners and runners up going into a main knock out draw whilst the third and fourth place teams in the groups go into a plate competition guaranteeing players at least 4 games.

After several knock out rounds in the Plate competition the final was between a Wick pairing skipped by Sharron Simmons and the Colebrook pairing skipped by Jenni Pitts. It was a tight affair with the Wick pairing coming through 8-7. In the main knockouts the final was between Yarnscombe’s Tony and George Main and Exeter Nomads Barrie Goodchild and Richard Williams. Yarnscombe had beaten the Winkleigh pairing skipped by John Horsham 11-3. Whilst the Exeter Nomads pair beat Geoff and Sue Cleave 9-6. In the final the Yarnscombe pair were able to maintain their form and won 13-8.

ME Winners Yarnscombe

Margaret Elliot Pairs Winners Tony & George Main

28/08/19 DCSMBA Draw & Sign In Times

Details of County /National competition draw and sign in times is now on the competitions page. As mentioned earlier preliminary rounds are needed for the Singles, Pairs and Triples. Where necessary players have been drawn into morning and afternoon sessions and a draw will take place at the start of play to determine groups.

Due to the draw being done before start of play it is imperative that players turn up to events promptly at the designated time so that we can start promptly.

26/08/19 SMPT World Cup & UK Open Review

On Friday Devon’s James Trott represented England in the annual Short Mat Players Tour World Cup. In the round robin stage England comfortably beat Norway, United Arab Emirates and the Isle of Man. However despite James winning his Singles England suffered a defeat against Sweden leaving them to face Ireland in the semi finals. In the semi final James was able to win his match but defeats on all the other mats ensured Ireland won and booked their place in the finals. In the final Ireland continued their form and cruised to victory against Sweden claiming their 4th successive triumph in the SMPT World Cup.

On Saturday James was joined by Devon’s Richard Williams and played in the SMPT’s UK Open. Richard finished fifth in the group stage and so entered the Plate Knockout. Richard made it to the second round where he was beaten 14-5 by Nigel Froud. James Trott won his round robin group winning 4 out of his 5 group games. In the main knockout stage, he was able to reach the Quarter Finals before he was knocked out 13-11 by Cornwall’s Nigel Nicholls. The UK Open was eventually won by Mark Beattie who beat Jonas Hager 13-6 in the final.

21/08/19 County Registration 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 8th September) and members playing for either County Team. Secretaries can still register individual members during the season. The County Secretary’s details can be found on the Committee page

The treasurer would also like to ask people to ensure that any cheques paid to the association are done correctly. Recently there has been several errors on cheques which has led to the bank refusing them which has led to delays in the process.

07/08/19 Mark Allen Sadly Passes Away

It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of Mark Allen who sadly passed away on Saturday 3rd August, the funeral will be held at Mullion Church in Cornwall on 15th August at 10.30am, bowling attire is welcomed from anyone wishing to attend.

28/07/19 2019/20 County/National Draw Details