Dorset SMBA (Short Mat Bowls Association) have made the Dorset Bowls Resort their home venue for all inter county games since 2008/9

Dorset have two sides in the inter county competition one in the Premier section and another in the A Team section, each team consisting of 20 bowlers per match and the format covers each discipline 2 Singles, 2 Pairs, 2 Triples and 2 Fours each playing two games, points are awarded per mat with two for each win, and then bonus points are added for the overall shot difference in each discipline this relates to 40 points being contested in each match.

Competing initially in the group stages against Cornwall, Devon and Somerset before progressing to either the Main Cup or the Consolation Cup competitions. The County Premier team seems to alternate between the Main Cup and the Consolation Cup, winning the latter in 2014/15 and 2016/17. The A Team has regularly competed in the Plate competition during this time.

Dorset SMBA are active in encouraging bowlers of all ages to take up the sport and currently have, 3 players in the England Team and 9 representing England Under 21’s with a further 2 playing with the England Ladies team.

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Dorset County Short Mat Fixtures

2018 - 2019

07.04.18 (Saturday) Mixed Fours Finals Nationals Tamworth
08.04.18 (Sunday) U18’s Finals/Over 55’s Pairs Nationals Tamworth
12.04.18 (Thursday) Singles Finals Nationals Melton Mowbray
13.04.18 (Friday) Pairs Finals Nationals Melton Mowbray
14.04.18 (Saturday) Fours Finals Nationals Melton Mowbray
15.04.18 (Sunday) Triples Finals Nationals Melton Mowbray
12.05.18 (Saturday) Dorset Open Australians Pairs Competition Home
13.05.18 (Sunday) Dorset Open Fours Competition Home
19/20.05.18 (Sat or Sun) FOE Tour Competition Home
17.06.18 (Sunday) A Dorset Comp Competition Home
05.08.18 (Sunday) Presidents Cup County Home
15.09.18 (Saturday) Members Comp County Home
16.09.18 (Sunday) Vs Devon ICC Home
23.09.18 (Sunday) Competition County Home
06.10.18 (Saturday) Members Comp County Home
13.10.18 (Saturday) Members Comp County Home
14.10.18 (Friday) Vs Cornwall ICC Home
25.11.18 (Sunday) Vs Somerset ICC Home
15.12.18 (Saturday) Members Comp County Home
05.01.19 (Saturday) Members Comp County Home
06.01.19 (Sunday) Members Comp County Home
11/12.05.19 (Sat or Sun) Dorset Open Competition Home