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Rules of lawn bowls

lawnbowls_eng.The basics

Lawn bowls is an outdoor game in which a ball (known as a bowl) is rolled toward a smaller stationary ball, called a jack. The object is to roll your bowls so that they come to rest nearer to the jack than those of an opponent; this is sometimes achieved by knocking aside an opponent's bowl or the jack.

To begin play, a jack is rolled to the opposite side of the rink, and it becomes the target so long as it stops at least 23 metres from the delivery mat. Players then bowl in turn. In singles and pairs (doubles) games, each player uses four bowls, distinguished to them by a coloured disc on the side.

Scoring

When all of the bowls have been delivered, an end is said to be complete. In scoring, all the bowls of one team nearer the jack at the finish of an end than the nearest bowl of the opposing team count for one point each. The first player or team to reach 21 points will win the game.

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