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.

Most seasons see the Dorset teams initially 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 historically played in the Consolation Cup, but after rebuilding they have gone on to win that competition in 2014/15 and 2016/17. Since then, they now regularly play in the Main Competition. The A Team has regularly competed in the Consolation cup and again after rebuilding they won this competition for the first time in 2018/19, both teams qualified for the 2019/20 Main cup the first time this had been achieved in the history of Dorset SMBA.

Dorset SMBA are active in encouraging bowlers of all ages to take up the sport and currently strongly represented at National level with a significant number of players in the England Team, England Under 21’s and the England Ladies team.

National Roll of Honour

National Fours Winners 1998 Alan Rabjohn, Andrew Nicholson, Geoff Parham and David Redfern.

Under 18s Winner  –

2019 Alex Kley

Under 18s Woodbridge Trophy –

2018 Ben Weeks
2019 Michael Hall

Dorset County Short Mat Fixtures

2021 - 2022

10.10.21 (Sunday) Avon Prem & A Home
31.10.21 (Sunday) Wiltshire (A) & Oxfordshire (Prem) Prem & A Home
14.11.21 (Sunday) Pairs Nationals/Members Home
20.11.21 (Saturday) England Team Visit  – Home
21.11.21 (Sunday) England Team Visit  – Home
04.12.21 (Saturday) Singles Nationals/Members Home
05.12.21 (Sunday) Somerset (A)  & West Sussex (Prem) Prem & A Home
11.12.21 (Saturday) Pairs U18’s/Over 55’s Home
12.12.21 (Sunday) Triples National/Members Home
18.12.21 (Saturday) Mixed Fours National/Members Home
09.01.22 (Sunday) Fours Nationals/Members Home
23.01.22 (Sunday) County Knock Out  – Home
24.04.22 (Sunday) Blackmore Vale League Cup  – Home
14.05.22 (Saturday) Dorset Open – John Hancock Pairs  – Home
15.05.22 (Sunday) Dorset Open – Steve White Fours  – Home