The World Masters is the final event of six ranking events of the Short Mat Players Tour 2018-19 season.

Format

  • Players will be in groups of 5 or 6.
  • The top 2 players from each group will qualify for the main Cup.
  • Third and Fourth placed players will qualify for the Plate.
  • The remaining players will qualify for the Shield.
  • Registration is from 7.45am-8.45am Practice is allowed from 8am-8.45am. Play commences at 9am.
  • Group games will be played on Saturday and Sunday morning with the knock-out stages following on Sunday afternoon.

Note: Timings are a guide only and may vary.

Prize Money

Cup

Champion £1,000
Runner-up £500
Third £200
Fourth £100
Quarter Finals £27.50 SMPT Voucher

Plate

Plate Champion £55 SMPT Voucher
Plate Runner-up £27.50 SMPT Vocuher

Shield

Shield Champion £27.50 SMPT Vocuher

Prizes and format are subject to entries and prizes will be awarded in the form of vouchers.

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:
    • 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, 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.

Tie-break Rules

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.
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Useful Information

Venue

Belfast Indoor Bowls Club (Website)
115 Milltown Road
Belfast
BT8 7XP

Hotel

Special room rates for the World Masters and Belfast Open are now available from our partners Crowne Plaza Belfast.

For full hotel information please visit www.cpbelfast.com

To make a booking:
– Call: 028 9092 3500 & quote ‘Short Mat Players
– Email: events@cpbelfast.com & quote ‘Short Mat Players Tour

Prices from:
£99.00, Bed & Breakfast, per Single Room per night
£109.00, Bed & Breakfast, per Twin Occupancy Room per night
(Supplement for 3rd person: £40.00 extra)

Prices include free WIFI, free onsite parking, tax, service and VAT.

Special rates, (15% off Best Flexible Rate), are also available at the following sister hotels:
1. Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre. (Previously Days Hotel).
2. Holiday Inn Express Belfast Queens Quarter.

Self-catering Accommodation

Drumlin Lane Self Catering
Two and three bedroom self-catering accommodation located a 25 minute drive from the Irish and World Masters venue at Belfast Indoor Bowls Club.

Rated 4 Star by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and 5 Star by our guests, why not enjoy your stay in Northern Ireland at Drumlin Lane where you can relax in the rolling County Down countryside. Alternatively, if you can’t beat your friends at bowls, challenge them on our pool and table tennis tables, or take your frustration out on the trampoline. Dine out in the nearby village of Hillsborough at the famous Plough, or stroll round the gardens at the Royal residence at Hillsborough Castle. Get out of the city, and see a some more of Northern Ireland on your next trip, whether that be a bowling weekend of something a little longer.

Website: Drumlin Lane Self Catering

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Taylor Bowls confirmed as the 2018 World Masters title sponsor

The Short Mat Players Tour are excited to announce a new deal with Taylor Bowls which sees the internationally renowned bowls brand become the title sponsor of this season’s World Masters Singles on 21st and 22nd of April 2018. Established over 200 years ago, Taylor Bowls are the most experienced of all bowls manufacturers and they remain the worldwide market leader. Taylor Bowls Sales Director, Vicky Goldie explained: “Having sponsored the SMPT’s World Pairs Masters and World Fours Masters events in 2016 and 2017, we are now pleased to be involved with the biggest singles event on their calendar.  We remain proud to work with the Short Mat Players Tour and we wish all of the players who make up the truly international field at this event, the very best of luck.” Short Mat Players Tour Director, Phil Mills added: “We are delighted that Taylor Bowls are supporting yet another of our events. To mark the occasion we are honoured that Andy Thomson, Team Taylor’s 3 times World Indoor Singles Champion, will be in attendance at Belfast Indoor Bowls Club between 10am and 1pm on Saturday 21st April.  This is a great opportunity for people interested in Short Mat Bowls to come along, try the sport and sample the full range of Taylor Bowls products. In total there are over 234 players from 11 countries competing at the Taylor Bowls World Masters.

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