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.
The SMPT have been monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus and the responses from respective Governments & health agencies.
In light of the of the World Health Organisations decision to upgrade the Covid-19 virus to a global pandemic and with the UK Government's Chief Medical Officer’s timelines for the virus to reach its projected peak in the UK around the time of Belfast events we feel we have no other choice but to cancel the Belfast Open & World Masters on the 17th-19th April 2020.
March 13 2020
The Dress Code is relaxed, except that footwear must be proprietary bowling shoes or sandals.
The number of ends to be played in each game will be as follows: 2 Bowl Pairs = 10 ends.
2 bowls per player in 2 Bowl Pairs.
2 dead ends are allowed per team 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 all players on their mat 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 teams are responsible for keeping their own scorecards and ensuring that both scorecards are the same.
Scorecards must be signed by both teams at the end of a game.
Measuring may be done by players, umpires or the Competition Organisers.
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 play-off will determine the positions. See 'Tie-break Rules' below.
A team who for whatever reason misses one group game, will still be allowed to continue in the event. The opponents in the missed game will be awarded with the win, 3 points and 1 shot for each of the scheduled number of ends for games at the event e.g. 10 end pairs games would be a 10 v 0 win.
A team who for whatever reason misses two or more group games will be withdrawn from the event. All teams in the group will be awarded with the win, 3 points and 1 shot for each of the scheduled number of ends for games at the event e.g. 10 end pairs would be a 10 v 0 win. Any results recorded against the withdrawn team prior to withdrawal will not be counted.
The SMPT’s best of 3 end tie-break will be used in Knockout rounds to decide which team progresses when a game finishes as a draw. It will also be used to determine the positions in a group if teams finish equal on all of the following: points, relative head to head results (results against those tied on the same points), total shot difference and shots for.
1 bowl per player.
Toss to start – winner has the choice of taking the jack on 1st & 3rd ends, or 2nd end.
Closest bowl to the jack wins the end.
First team to win 2 ends wins the match.
Touchers are not marked. Any bowl entering the ditch area will be removed.
Each team may cause one dead end in the tie-break without penalty; the end to be replayed. A team causing a 2nd dead end will automatically lose that end.
A tied end will count as 0.5 ends to each team.
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.
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.