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Lawn bowls - playing a singles game

Updated on September 22, 2008

This hub shows a typical game of bowls in progress, this being a singles match with each player delivering four bowls. This was a match played at my own club, Barlestone Bowls Club, Leicestershire, as part of the club's annual singles knockout competition. As is typical with such matches, a third person acts as "marker", with various tasks to perform.

In the first picture, the players have each sent one bowl, with the blue bowl currently holding "shot".

In the second picture, both players have done better with their second bowls than with their first. The player with the blue bowls has what looks like a "toucher", as his bowl is right against the jack. However, there is a black bowl holding the second nearest position, so "blue" still holds only one shot.

In the third picture, "blue" has clearly tried to knock into the black bowl that is holding second position, but has narrowly failed to do so. "Black" has sent a wood behind the jack. This aim of this is so that, if the jack moves by being hit, this bowl will be in a good position to score.

The fourth picture shows the final position. Neither player has improved their position. "Black" will be particularly disappointed with his wayward last bowl! The marker is noting the score, and "blue" will soon pick up the jack and the mat to start the next end.

After the opening bowls have been sent
After the opening bowls have been sent
After two bowls have been sent by each player
After two bowls have been sent by each player
After three bowls have been sent by each player
After three bowls have been sent by each player
The final position, with all bowls delivered
The final position, with all bowls delivered

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