• Pairs will be split into groups of 4
  • The top 2 in each group will qualify for the main Cup knock-out
  • The remaining 2 pairs in each group will go into the Plate competition
  • Matches played over 10 ends
  • Registration is from 7.45am-8.45am. Practice is allowed from 8am-8.45am. Play commences at 9am.

Note: Timings are a guide only and may vary.

Prize Money


Champion £400
Runner-up £200
Semi-finalists £100


Plate Champion £55
Plate Runner-up £27.50

Rules: Welsh Grand Prix

  • 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, 3 Bowl Pairs = 8 ends.
  • 2 bowls per player in 2 Bowl Pairs. 3 bowls per player in 3 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:
    • Points
    • Relative head to head results (results against those tied on the same points)
    • Total shot difference
    • Shots for
    • 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 and 8 end pairs games would be a 8 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 and 8 end pairs would be a 8 v 0 win. Any results recorded against the withdrawn team prior to withdrawal will not be counted.
  Tie-break Rules
  • 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.
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Useful Information


Cardiff Bowling Club (Website)
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Address: Helmont House, 10 Churchill Way, Cardiff CF10 2NB

Distance: 1.2 miles to Cardiff Bowling Club


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Address: East Moors Industrial Estate, Keen Rd, Cardiff CF24 5JT

Distance: 2.4 miles to Cardiff Bowling Club



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Distance: 0.9 miles to Cardiff Bowling Club


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    • Sean hughes / Simon Lewis
    • Ray Young / Sue Young
    • Barry Whitburn / Bobbie Whitburn
    • Wendy Ford / mark hollis
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    • Lorraine Axtell / Graham James
    • Ian Ford / martyn dubb
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    • Thomas Perris / Maggie Smith
    • Steve Perris / Adam Perris
    • Richard Prowse / Darren Davie
    • Maz Prowse / Dee green
    • Martin Harries / Chris Martin
    • Alan Spicer / Brian McGivern
    • Dafydd Howell / Cennydd Howell
    • Rhys Evans / Wyn Davies
    • Andrew Jones / Chris Mcwhinnie
    • James Trott / Sam Harvey
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    • Bent Nielsen / John Pajak
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  • Barry Whitburn + Bobbie Whitburn
  • Bent Nielsen + John Pajak
  • Brad Rundle + Chole Rundle
  • Brenda Crowe + Josie Robinson
  • Chris Banfield + Susan Banfield
  • Chris Holder + Martyn Davies
  • Christopher Hillier + Catherine Roberts
  • Dafydd Howell + Jamie Styles
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  • Daniel Winmill + Karl Hudson
  • Darren Stanford + Pauline Taylor
  • David Chittock + Mark Chittock
  • David Sinton + John Adair
  • Debbie Dillon + Mitchell Young
  • Derek Coates + Chris Coates
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  • Geraint Morgan + Arwel Morgan
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  • John Mills + John Jillings
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  • Mark Allen + Jeanette Allen
  • Martin Harries + Chris Martin
  • Maz Prowse + Dee Green
  • Mike Wright + Steve Puttock
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  • Nick Evans + Liz Jones
  • Osian Elias + Tom Harris
  • Paul Dent + Janet Dent
  • Paul Hudson + Andrew Hudson
  • Paul Seaman + Stephen Proctor
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  • Philip Ladd + Richard Arran
  • Ray Young + Sue Young
  • Rebecca Cox + Shirley Cox
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  • Richard Palmer + Elin Palmer
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  • Saul Featherstone + Martyn Featherstone
  • Sean Hughes + Simon Lewis
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SMPT to introduce new Pairs World Rankings in 2017-18 season

With the increasing popularity of our pairs events, next season the Short Mat Players Tour is launching a new Pairs World Ranking system. World Ranking points will be allocated at the four events below: 1. World Pairs Masters 2017 2. Welsh Grand Prix 2 Bowl Pairs 2018 3. Welsh Grand Prix 3 Bowl Pairs 2018 4. Belfast Open 2018 A new Pairs Order Of Merit will be contested during these events in 2017-18 whilst the Pairs World Rankings will reflect performances across the next two seasons. Just like the singles rankings, players will be able to enter any of the events or a combination of multiple events, but from 2017-18 ranking points will also be awarded so there will be even more to play for! Players will be able to play with the same partner or play with different partners in different events, with all entrants having their own individual pairs ranking. At the end of the season, after the completion of the fourth and final pairs world ranking event, prizes will be awarded to the top four players in the Pairs Order Of Merit. Full details about the allocation of ranking points at these events will soon be available on our website.

This event is fully booked.

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