Oxford Road, Kingston Bagpuize, Abingdon Oxford, OX13 5AP
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2017/2018 SEASON

Oxfordshire Short Mat Bowling Association (OSMBA)

The format for the 2017-18 season has reverted back to just playing the teams in yur division once giving a total of 14 matches in the season.

A round robin competition will be organised lated with all 16 teams from Division 1 and Division 2 taking part.

The club have a new captain this season Tom Waring who has taken over from Peter van de Mortel. Tom is relatively new to short mat bowls, he is very enthusiastic and is looking forward to the challenges he will face during the season.

The match format remains the same and consists of two three wood triples.

RESULTS to date

  Date Opposition H/A Teams F A Pts  
  4 Oct Stanford Greys H          
  11 Oct Drayton Wasps H          
  17 Oct Stanford Blues A          
  25 Oct Didcot Barn Owls H          
  8 Nov Drayton Hammers H          
  15 Nov Aston Astons A          
  24 Nov Abingdon Park R A          
  6 Dec Abingdon Park R H          
  12 Dec Drayton Wasps A          
  10 Jan Stanford Blues H          
  17 Jan Didcot Red Kites A          
  23 Jan Drayton Hammers A          
  31 Jan Aston Astons H          
  6 Feb Stanford Greys A          

The above fixtures complete the first half of the season, the Round Robin competition will be listed lateer when moire details are known.

The season started well with a home victory gaining maximum points against Stanford Greys, this was followed by another win against last seasons run away winners Drayton Wasps gaining six points from the eight available. The following two matches have resulted in heavy defeats against Stanford Blues (away) and Didcot Barn Owls (home), gaing no points out of the sixteen available.


Kingston Bagpuize and Southmoor Bowls club came into existence in late 1990 when the Short Mat Bowling Club was formed. It quickly became a very successful club operating two teams and boasting several county players and one England international. Matches and Club nights which were originally held in Southmoor village hall were very popular with two mats operating fully with other members having to wait in the wings for the next roll-up game to start.

The club won a number of honors during this period.

1996-97 Division 1 Winners (Kingston Gunners)

1997-98 VWHDC Division 1 Winners (Kingston Gunners)

2003-04 VWHDC Division 2 Winners (Kingston Bagpuize & Southmoor)

2005-06 VWHDC Division 2 Winners (Kingston Bagpuize & Southmoor)

Individual League Competition honors include:-

1996-97 County Fours Winners (L Foster, A Foster, A Atkins, P Mortel)

The opening of the full size all weather outside bowling green along the Old Oxford Road resulted in the club just playing short mat in the winter months thus joining the Winter league and dropping out the the short mat Summer league. Unfortunately this resulted in a number of the very keen short mat bowlers electing to leave the club and join other local teams (Grove) as they needed to play short mat bowls all year round to maintain their developed skill levels.

When the Outdoor Bowls Club clubhouse was extended playing short mat bowls was transferred from the village hall to the bowls club. There is only enough space for one short mat but the enthusiasm of the current short mat members is as strong as ever.

Short Mat roll-ups are held on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 2.00pm throughout the winter months.


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Last Updated 8 November 2017