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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
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'm aware that the ESMBA's current site has no mention of the Laws, either as a hard copy booklet or online, and have written to the Association to establish if the publication is still available and if so how copies may be purchased; additionally, if the decision to exclude the online facility is temporary or permanent. As soon as I receive a response I'll update this page accordingly.