What a season we’ve had, and as the dust settles, it’s that time of year where you get to select your SMPT Players’ Player of the Season. We take a look at the players who have stood out above the rest. With one Belgian, four Englishmen, three Irish players, a Swede and a Welshman to pick from, who will get your vote and become the 2018/19 PPOTS?
Every season we welcome a significant number of new players to events on the Short Mat Players Tour.
To thank those players for entering their first event and to show our appreciation to those who have recommended us, every year we run a special promotion where one of these people wins a new set of Taylor bowls.
We are sad to announce that Phil Mills, one of the directors of the Short Mat Players Tour, has taken the decision to step down from his role with the SMPT. We fully support Phil’s decision and are delighted that he will continue to support our progression.
We will be putting the remaining 20 spots live on our website on Monday 29th April at 6pm (UK time).
Alan Paul claims his 4th SMPT title after beating Ed Sawbridge 11-6 in the final.
William Boggs takes the Bronze medal after beating Andrew Jones. Martin Harries wins the Plate with a 10-6 victory over Shane Hand and Arwel Morgan claims the Shield with a 9-2 win over David McCullough.
Ed Sawbridge moves to World #1 and also claims the Order of Merit title after a fantastic season.
Robbie Foster & Adam Rankin beat DJ Wilson & Andrew Leckey in the final of the Belfast Open.
Mark Beattie & Gary Moore take the Plate after beating Geraint Morgan & Arwel Morgan.
The SMPT Show Mat enables us to showcase some of the best action from our events.
The Show Mat line-up at this year’s record breaking World Masters does not disappoint! It features no less than 11 different SMPT singles winners, including defending champion Gary McNabb, who between them have amassed 20 SMPT singles titles.
The for the 2019 World Masters has now been made. You can see all the groups here.
The draw for the third and final pairs ranking event of the season has now been made. Who was drawn alongside the defending champions Alan McCombe and David McCullough? Find out here!
Nathan Haire + Terry Crawford beat Sibe Laureys + Frans Horemans 8-6 to take the 2019 European Open title!
Mitchell Young + Sadie Young claim the Plate after beating Tony Ealham + Pat Goodchild 8-7.
The draw for the second pairs ranking event of the 2018-19 season has now been made. See how the 64 teams have been divided into 8 groups for the inaugural European Open in Herentals, Belgium.
We are pleased to confirm that next year’s English Masters will once again be staged at Falcon Bowling Club in Chelmsford, Essex. The event will be staged on the 8th and 9th February 2020 and will be the fifth singles ranking event of the 2019-20 season.
Stephen Williams takes his third SMPT title after coming back to beat Sean Hughes 12-10 which means he wins back-to back titles after his success in York at the VerdeMat Bowls British Open.
Alex Kley takes the bronze medal from Trevor Brian, while Dafydd Howell wins the Plate and Tony Wall takes the shield.
The draw for the fifth world ranking event of the 2018-19 season has produced several mouth-watering groups that include what promise to be some absolutely terrific games. As always, the SMPT Show Mat will enable us to showcase some of the best action from the weekend’s matches.
Less than one month after staging the second edition of the Verdemat Bowls British Open, the Short Mat Players Tour is delighted to announce that we will be returning to York next season on the 11th and 12th January for the fourth singles ranking event of the 2019-20 season.
The draw for the English Masters, the fifth and penultimate singles ranking event of this season, has now been made.
Stephen Williams beats Benny Bass 10-9 in a thrilling final. Gareth Stanway takes the Bronze Medal from Saul Featherstone.
Joe Beattie wins the Plate from Grant Soller and Nigel Charles beats Rod Dawson in the Shield.
The draw for the fourth world ranking event of the 2018-19 season has produced a number of exceptional groups and with it, many fascinating games. What is more, the SMPT Show Mat allows spectators to witness games which feature some of the sport’s top names who are taking part in this year’s Verdemat Bowls British Open.