North Yorkshire Short Mat Bowling Association

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This page is dedicated to the YOREDALE SMBC

They play in the Kyle Valley league and the  Vale of York league

 Until 2007 they organised a popular annual Open Triples competition

Brief competition reports and a ROLL of previous winners appears after the club profile 


(2005 - updated 2007) Les Stelling had been playing Short Mat at Easingwold for several years when he saw an opportunity to bring the game to the newly opened Leisure Centre in Ripon in 1996. He approached the Harrogate District Council and after some negotiation they agreed to fund six mats and all necessary ancilliary equipment. So, with support from some enthusiastic bowlers from the outside clubs at Ripon Spa and Dishforth, Yoredale (the Dale of the river Ure) SMBC was born with Les as Chairman, Joyce Henley as Secretary and Dave Rawlings as Treasurer. Numbers soon increased and affiliation to the NYSMBA with 29 members and then entry to the Kyle Valley League with two teams followed in 1997. In 2001 they also entered a team into the Vale of York Pairs league. Sadly Les died in 2006, minutes after taking part in an outdoor match. He is greatly missed by the club he founded.

Leisure Centre fees are high so the club finds that the mainly social bowling on a Thursday afternoon subsidies the Monday evening session which is used primarily for league fixtures. However they also use the Thursday sessions for home games in a limited local competition involving the nearby clubs of Boroughbridge and Knaresborough in which non-regular team members are able to play for the "Boroughbridge Challenge Cup". This competition changed its format for 2007/08 when Burton Leonard, Stillington and Sawley joined in. Each of the teams will now play 2 triples over 21 ends using 2 woods (on a home/away basis). The club are looking forward to another good season having finally taken this cup off Boroughbridge last season (2006/07) for the first time.

In 1998 they introduced their popular end of season Open Triples competition which until 2004 accommodated 36 triples on 9 mats. Unfortunately, due to rising costs, the format was reduced to 24 triples on 6 mats in 2005 and finally discontinued in 2007.

Although league success has eluded them, they have several players who play regularly for both the County team and the Ousedale Region of the Yorkshire (North) league. Current Chairman Brian Stoker says they are a competitive bunch at heart who nevertheless enjoy their games without taking them too seriously.     


2007 TRIPLES - Due to the cost of hall hire, there are no plans to hold this competition in 2007

2006 TRIPLES - (11/3/06) As in 2005, Yoredale SMBC once again decided to use only 6 mats and limit the entry to 24 triples. This was a shame as this resulted in the entry being closed a month before the published closing date which excluded many from taking part including the winning triple from the last two years. Half the entries were made up of triples from just 3 clubs with only 9 clubs being represented overall. However, for those who were accepted, a good days bowling was had with everyone getting 5 games of 40 minutes. By the end of the day only two teams remained undefeated gaining the maximum of 10 points. These were Tollertons Richard Clark and Joan Ramsden playing with Don McKenzie from Great Ouseburn and Simon Holtby and Ken & Jean Calvert from Boroughbridge. It was Simons three with a shot difference of +56 who took the top place from Richards trio who ended on +24. Of those who won 4 of their 5 games and ended on 8 points, it was Hambletons Alan Banthorpe, Danny Brown and Derek Williams who ended in third place on +27. This was Simons third win in this competition in 3 years - a great achievement.  (See PhotoGallery)

2005 TRIPLES - The Yoredale club decided to limit this years entry to just 24 triples because of problems with catering encountered in previous years. However those taking part had a very good days bowling with five 35 minute games being played by all entrants on six mats (including the notorious "glass" mat!). As usual,  normal scoring applied and full ESMBA Rules were used apart from an instant pnalty of 2 shots for anyone pushing the jack off the mat and no visits to the head allowed. By the end of the day only two triples remained undefeated whilst several had managed to clock up four wins - 8 points. The best of the latter was Alan Banthorpe,Danny Brown and Derek Williams (Hambleton) with a shot difference of +38 who finished in 3rd place. Fred Banthorpe,David Paterson and Barry Simmonite (Hambleton) also won four but drew their other game so ended up in 2nd place with 9 points. It was Roger Green (Great Ouseburn),David Randon (Escrick) and Simon Holtby (Boroughbridge) however who took all available 10 points to repeat their last years success and retain the title. (see PhotoGallery)

2004 TRIPLES - Once again, the Yoredale SMBC welcomed an entry of 36 triples (from 16 clubs) to the Ripon Leisure Centre to contest this open competition. All teams played five games of 40 minutes (although the last game was reduced to 35 minutes) on nine mats of varying speeds. Normal scoring applied and full ESMBA Rules were used apart from an instant penalty of 2 shots for anyone pushing the jack off the mat. By the time the last wood had come to rest, only three triples had remained undefeated, thus scoring the maximum of ten points so the final positions were therefore determined on overall shot difference. In third place with +13 were Ken and Ann Thompson from Ampleforth who were playing with Hilda Thomas from Helmsley. In second place came Arthur JacksonLen Lofthouse and Gordon Cripps from Bilsdale who ended on +22 whilst the winners were Roger Green and Simon Holtby from Great Ouseburn who were playing with David Randon from Escrick who had a final shot difference of +39. The Umpire for the day was Selwyn Houghton. (See Photo Gallery)      

2003 TRIPLES - This annual open competition once again attracted a large entry of 36 triples who each played five  x 40 minute games over the day. By organising the day into two groups of 18 and using the whole of the Ripon Leisure Centres large hall, the club were able to make use of 9 mats thus ensuring all the entrants played on a "one session on - one session off" basis. Only two teams were able to win all five of their games gaining a maximum 10 points. With a shot difference of +50 it was Derek & Iris Johnstone with Rose Haynes from Great Ouseburn who forced the Barn's David & Sheila Loraine with Jean Crowther with +25 into second place. In third place with 9 points were Ken & Jean Calvert from Boroughbridge playing with Alan Barningham from Flixton.   



(Cash prizes)


2000 Derek & Iris Johnstone  Rose Haynes ?
2001 Keith & Audrey Hardcastle  Brian Furniss ?
2002 Alan Barningham  Jean & Ken Calvert ?
2003 Derek & Iris Johnstone  Rose Haynes David & Sheila Loraine  Jean Crowther
2004 Roger Green  Simon Holtby  David Randon Arthur Jackson  Len Lofthouse  Gordon Cripps
2005 Roger Green  Simon Holtby  David Randon Fred Banthorpe  David Paterson Barry Simmonite
2006 Simon Holtby Ken & Jean Calvert Richard Clark  Joan Ramsden  Don Mckenzie
2007 Discontinued