Lawn Bowling: Women’s team secures first ever Gold medal in Lawn Bowls in CWG


In the Commonwealth Games, the women’s fours lawn bowls team of Nayanmoni Saikia, Pinki, Lovely Choubey and Rupa Rani Tirkey, scripted history as they won a gold medal by defeating South Africa in the finals. This is India’s first medal in the sport.

What is lawn bowling?

In lawn bowling, the team has to get the bowl (the ball) closest to a target, which is known as the jack. The game can be played in singles, pairs, triples, and fours competitions. “The bowler stands on the mat and rolls their bowl towards the jack and when the game is played in singles, there is no limit to the ends, whoever secures 21 points first will be declared the winner.

Rupa Rani Tirkey of Team India during the women’s fours – gold medal match on day five of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

End point in the game is called the jack, so if your balls are closer to the jack, then you get a point. The jack is not fixed. It depends on the player, sometimes the player takes it ahead, sometimes it goes in the ditch, if it goes out of the ground then it is brought back.

Players stand on the mat and roll the bowl (the biased balls with which the game is played, and which are heavier to one side so that they move in a curved path) towards the jack. In fours events, each team member gets two bowls per round. Each round is called an end.

The objective of the game is to get the bowl closest to the jack (the yellow ball)

Points are awarded at the conclusion of each end and is decided according to which team has their bowls closest to the jack. If team A has three bowls closer to the jack than team B’s closest bowl, team A will get three points. A box measure is used to measure the distance between the jack and the bowls

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