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Title English Short Mat Bowling Association Laws of the Game
Compiling body English Short Mat Bowling Association
Publisher English Short Mat Bowling Association
First published 1991
ISBN None
Edition reviewed Not known, but published 2010
Hardback/softback Softback
List price £2.00 (plus £1.50 p & p)
Cover size (cm)
(height x width)
14.8 x 10.6
Number of pages 43 (includes two pages of advertisements)
Number of pages with Coloured photos Black & white photos Line drawings
  None None Two
Synopsis This booklet was produced to reflect changes approved at the 2009 Rules Revision Meeting. The table of contents lists the following headings:
  • Foreword
  • Table of Contents
  • The Equipment
  • The Bowls
  • The Jack
  • Playing the Game
  • The Players and Their Duties
  • Play Infringements
  • Results of an End
  • Dress Code
  • Duties of Officials
These are followed by ten appendices that include subjects such as 'Glossary of terms and definitions', 'Equipment and line marking specifications' and 'ESMBA approved measuring equipment'.

This pocket-sized booklet has fewer pages than the previous version, an improved layout and typography and is handily ring-bound to enhance its practicality. It deserves a wide readership among all short mat players, whatever their experience.


I've now (8.5.14) received a response from the ESMBA explaining the reason for the absence of information on their website regarding the laws. Under the rules of their constitution the ESMBA is required to review the laws every five years. This is scheduled for July 2014 with an updated booklet becoming available in September when I'll provide a suitable link to the ESMBA site for intending purchasers.

The ESMBA were clearly optimistic in their scheduling as it's now 30 September and I've not received my copy of the new booklet. And there's still no news on their website regarding the new laws.