We’ve had another great season on the Tour that was unfortunately brought to an abrupt but sensible end.
Reflecting back over the season however, has given us more great memories and sporting excitement.
We’ve asked you, the players, to take a look at the achievements of a selected few and vote for your player of the season. Our shortlist of seven players, Alex Kley, Benny Sjogren, Gary McNabb, Jonas Hager, Jonathan Payne, Mark Beattie & Nathan Haire, was compiled by the SMPT directors and we’ve been counting your top three selections over the last 8 weeks or so. Congratulations to all who were selected and as announced earlier this week your votes narrowed it down to our three finalists, Mark, Alex & Gary.
The SMPT have been monitoring the ongoing outbreak of Covid-19 and the responses from respective Governments & health agencies.
We have been holding regular online meetings with our team and discussions with venues, sponsors and players to see whether a viable season could be staged in 2020/21.
Having weighed up all the options, including key information given to us by several of our venues, and with the likelihood that recovery from this pandemic will be a slow process, it is with a heavy heart that we feel it only prudent to cancel all events for the 2020-21 season. These include the six ranking singles events (UK Open. Irish Open, Norwegian Open, British Open, English Masters, World Masters) plus our team competitions (World Cup, World Fours Masters, World Pairs Masters, Belfast Open).
It’s that time of the year when we ask you to pick your most deserving player of the last twelve months on the Tour. The season has sadly been cut short for all of us, but we still look at all the positives from another incredible season. We have a shortlist of seven players, selected by the SMPT team, for you to choose from, one Belgian, one Englishman, two Swedes, and three from Ireland. Who will be your 2019/20 players player of the season?
Following the measures adopted by most countries in the wake of the continued spread of Covid-19, it has been decided that entries to all SMPT events for 2020/21 will be suspended until further notice.
We wish to reiterate that ALL our events are still scheduled for their existing dates at present but felt it prudent that no guarantees should be made at this time and that this situation should be monitored on an ongoing basis.
March 22 2020
Rules: World Ranking Events (Singles)
The Dress Code is relaxed, except that footwear must be proprietary bowling shoes or sandals.
12 ends to be played in each game (except for the Irish Open and World Masters, where due to the larger number of entries games will last 10 ends).
4 bowls per player.
2 dead ends are allowed per player per match; the 3rd and any subsequent dead ends will be 3 shots away and the end will count except for the last end of a match where it will be 3 shots away and the end replayed.
Players may visit the head at any time.
Players must indicate both verbally and by raising their arm, to notify the marker and those on neighbouring mats, whenever they intend to play a running bowl. This is to ensure everyone’s safety.
Players should play in adherence with the SMPT Code of Conduct. Suspected collusion or other unsporting behaviour may result in immediate expulsion from the competition, and may affect acceptance in future SMPT events.
Any disputes must be raised with the Competition Organisers at the time. In this, and in all other matters, the Competition Organisers’ decision is final and binding.
Both players are responsible for keeping their own scorecards and ensuring that both scorecards are the same. Markers are not responsible for completing scorecards.
Scorecards must be signed by both players at the end of a game.
Measuring may be done by players, markers, umpires or the Competition Organisers.
All players will be expected to mark and have been automatically allocated to games in the Group Stages. In the Knockout stages players are expected to mark the game after they are knocked out. This ensures all players share the marking duties equally.
In the Group Stages 3 points will be awarded for a win and 1 point for a draw.
Group positions will be decided by:
Relative head to head results (results against those tied on the same points)
Total shot difference
If all the above are equal a 3 end, 2 bowl play-off will determine the positions. See ‘Tie-break Rules’ below.
A player who for whatever reason misses one group game, will still be allowed to continue in the event. For the purposes of deciding the group standings, the opponent in the missed game will receive a 12-0 shots win and 3 points.
A player who for whatever reason misses two or more group games will be withdrawn from the event. For the purposes of deciding the group standings, all other players in the group will receive a 12-0 shots win and 3 points. Any results recorded against the withdrawn player prior to withdrawal will not be counted.
In Knockout rounds a tied game will be decided by a 3 end tie break –
2 bowls per player.
Toss to start – winner has choice of taking the jack on 1st & 3rd ends, or 2nd end.
Closest bowl to the jack wins each end.
First player to win 2 ends wins the match.
Touchers are not marked. Any bowl entering the ditch area will be removed.
Each player may cause one dead end in the tie-break without penalty; the end to be replayed. A player causing a 2nd dead end will automatically lose that end.
A tied end will count as 0.5 ends to each player.
If, after 3 ends the score is 1.5 ends each, a one end sudden death play-off will take place. Toss to start.
All rules will be ESMBA, apart from those listed above.
Enter offline for the Brunvall Gård Norwegian Open
The recommended method to secure your entry into SMPT events is to enter online and pay through
Paypal, however entry forms can be downloaded and sent by post with a cheque included. Any entry
forms submitted without a cheque for the full price of entry will be void.
You will be sent confirmation once your entry has been approved.