Short Mat

Winter Games

Didcot Bowls Club is affiliated to: 

Oxfordshire County Short Mat Bowling Association 

For information, email Didcot Bowls Club:           Contact D.B.C.

We play mixed gender teams from October until April.

Most Saturday mornings during the winter seasons, the clubhouse is used for roll-ups (practice).

If you are interested in playing (and maybe joining), drop in between 10am and midday on a Saturday, or use the Contact Us pages to obtain further information.


The 2023/24 Short Mat Singles Competition will be open to all Didcot Bowls Club bowling members.

This competition will ususally have the round-robin games over three days sometime in December 2023.

The knock-out stages will start sometime in January 2024.

This will then progress to a Finals Day.

Well done to Howard Southwood who won the 2022/23 competition.


We have 3x Evening league teams and 2x Afternoon league teams.

Didcot RAMS play in the South & Vale Division 1 evening league.                     Division 1 Table

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Didcot HOUNDS play in the South & Vale Division 2 evening league.                  Division 2 Table

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Didcot MALLARDS play in the South & Vale Division 2 evening league. Division 2 Table

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Didcot RED KITES play in the South & Vale Division 1 afternoon league.            Afternoon Division 1 Table 

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Didcot BUZZARDS play in the South & Vale Division 2 afternoon league.            Afternoon Division 2 Table

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The 2022/23 Club Singles Competition was won by Howard Southwood.

From the 21 short mat bowlers that entered this competition, it came down to the last 8 playing on Wednesday 15th February 2023 with the final concluding between Santo Orlando and Howard. Another tightly fought match with Howard coming out as victor. 

Congratulations to all 8 that played this evening, congratulations to Santo for reaching the Final, and congratulations to Howard for winning overall. A new name on the trophy.

2022/23 Club Short Mat Singles Final

15th Feb 2023


CONGRATULATIONS to Santo, Lynn, Roger, Phil, Tina and Dave for winning the Oxfordshire Teams Competition for 2019 against 9 other teams.

This was played at Oxford & District Bowls Association's venue in Sandy Lane West, Oxford on Sunday 10th March 2019.


The Inaugural Ladies British Isles Short Mat Bowls Championships  were attended by our Lynn Orlando on 7th & 8th October 2023.

The team event included England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and was eventually won by Ireland with England coming in second.

Alongside this event were individual discipline championships (still representing their countries), and Lynn skipped the England Ladies Fours team to victory coming 1st overall.

WELL DONE LYNN, we are proud of you.

Sorry, no pictures available yet.

 The 2018 England Ladies Short Mat Team played Belgium in the 

final in Europe in the early part of the year, and WON.

In case you hadn't noticed our very own Lynn Orlando representing

England, I have shown this clearer photo of her.

WELL DONE LYNN. Congratulations.