Date of last update: 12 December 2015

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Kent County Short Mat Bowling Association.

English Short Mat Bowling Association.

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12 Dec 14. League results updated. Scroll down for links.

2 Oct 14. West Kent League win the Inplay Challenge Trophy competition held on Saturday 20 September 2014 at New Line Learning Academy, Maidstone. Click here for report.

29 April 14. Tunbury “A” beat Balfour to win the Messer Cup Final held at Detling Village Hall on Sunday 27 April 2014. Click here for report.

10 March 14. Kent “A” team win the England “A” team Inter County Championships for the 6th time on Sunday 9 March 2014 at Northampton. Click here for details.

6 Oct 13. Shogun SMBC from Paphos Cyprus visit various clubs in the Maidstone area for a bowls tour. Click here for report and photos.

24 Sept 12. Tovil win the 25th Anniversary Tournament held on Sunday 23 September 2012 at Snodland Community Hall. Click here for report and photos.

August 14. All results for 2013/14 and previous seasons can be found on the Hall of Fame and Archive pages. Click here for links.



Mick Sayer

Langley Short Mat Bowls Club

Home telephone: 01622 – 861457


The Messer Knockout Cup

The original cup, pictured on the right, was presented to the Maidstone & District Short Mat Triples League by Ted Messer in 1998 and the first winner was Langley “A”. Since then the cup has been competed for every year. In May 2009 Ted Messer kindly replaced the old cup with the new one pictured on the left. The first winning team to receive the new cup was Tovil SMBC.

It was with regret that the League had to report that Ted Messer died on Sunday 24 May 2009. Ted was a member of Tovil SMBC back in 1987 when with others he helped create the Maidstone & District Short Mat Triples League.

To read various memories of Ted go to

On Sunday 23 September 2012 an Anniversary Tournament was held to mark the start of the 25th year of the league. A total of 15 teams played in a seeded round robin competition which was won by Tovil SMBC. Members of all clubs playing in the triples league for the 2012/13 season were given a memento to commemorate the anniversary. Click here to view photos and a report.


Kent “A” became the English “A” team Inter County Champions for the 6th time when they won the final at Caroline Chisholm School, Northampton on Sunday 9 March 2014. The “A” team finished top of their regional league against East Sussex, Hampshire and West Sussex, winning all six games, to qualify for the national knockout stage. In the quarter finals they beat Essex 28-12 and in the semi final beat Surrey 30-12. In the final Kent “A” won 25-15 against Cheshire.

Kent "A" have previously been English "A" County Champions in 2001/02, 2005/06, 2006/07, 2010/11 and 2012/13 and have been losing finalists on four occasions.

The Kent Premier Team finished their 2013/14 campaign at the semi final of the national knockout stage, losing to Cheshire 13-27.

The Premier team finished in second place after the regional round robin matches, having won six of the eight matches played, to qualify for the national knockout stage. Their round robin opponents were East Sussex, Hampshire, London and West Sussex. In the quarter final of the knockout stage Kent Premier beat Dorset 30-10 to set up the semi final tie against Cheshire.

Kent have previously been English County Champions in 1994/95, 1997/98, 1998/99, 2000/01, 2001/02 and 2002/03 and have been losing finalists on four occasions.

Players from the following clubs within the Maidstone & District Short Mat Triples League were represented in the Kent “A” team: Detling, Langley, Snodland, Ryarsh, and Tunbury. Players from the following clubs were represented in the Kent Premier tam: Burham, Langley, Ryarsh, Tovil and Tunbury.

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2006/07 Ted Messer Cup Final result:

Culverstone "B" beat Boughton Monchelsea in the final.

In the finals held at Snodland Community Hall on Sunday 29 April 2007 the results were as follows;


Downswood 9 - Boughton Monchelsea 19

New Ash Green 17 - Culverstone "B" 19


Culverstone "B" 30 - Boughton Monchelsea 12

Culverstone "B" and Boughton Monchelsea line up before the final.

The teams were:

Culverstone "B": Roger Parker, Tony Horn, John Rider, Rita Horn, Judith Drew & Simon Luff.

Boughton Monchelsea: David Holt, Neil Wells, Patrick Finnis, Laurie Thomas, Ed Whittaker & Warwick Ball.

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