CWG 2022: Lawn Bowls – Know the rules | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

NEW DELHI: Indian women lawn balls secured the country a historic first Commonwealth Games medal in the sport after beating New Zealand 16-13 in the semifinals of the women’s four on Monday.
The women’s team of four made up of Beautiful Choubey (conduct), Pinkie (second), Nayanmoni Saikia (third), and Rupa Rani Tirkey (jump) will face South Africa in the gold medal game later today at 4:15 p.m.

Here is a little reminder of the rules of this largely unknown sport:
LAWN BOWLS – RULES AND HOW THE SPORT IS PLAYED
A QUICK OVERVIEW
Games are played on a Lawn Bowls Green in a “rink” area – there are usually six rinks per green. The match begins with a coin toss, giving a competitor the opportunity to roll a small ball called a “jack” at least 23 yards onto the green. Competitors take turns playing, aiming to ensure they are closer to the jack than any of their opponents. Points are awarded for each ball closest to the jack.
In singles competitions, the first to score 21 points will win, while in pairs, triples and fours competitions, the team that has amassed the most total points will win. (NEWS: Birmingham 2022)

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General view of the balls and jack. (Photo Reuters)
FORMAT AND RULES
Lawn Bowls are basically played in three formats – singles, doubles and fours, depending on how many individuals are pitted against each other. The player/team who manages to place their balls closer to the fixed target, called “the jack”, receives the points.
Balls must be rolled on the ground from a distance. In the four or four player format, each team gets eight pitches, or rolls, in an “inning”. An “end” means the completion of a turn. A team must play 18 ends to complete the game and it happens in a circular fashion.
The team with the most points after 18 ends of throws will win the fight.

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General view of the bowls. (Photo Reuters)
HOW ARE POINTS AWARDED?
The number of points awarded is determined by the number of balls that a team has managed to place closer to the “Jack” compared to its opponent. For example: if Team A places two balls closer to the “Jack” than Team B’s closest balls, they will earn two points at the end. If Team A had managed to place three balls closer to the target than Team B’s closest balls, they would have scored three points.

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(With contributions from the agency)

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