The Indian Lawn Bowls women’s fours team created history by reaching the final of the Commonwealth Games 2022 event, beating New Zealand in Birmingham.
The Indian team comprising Rupa Rani Tirkey, Lovely Choubey, Pinki and Nayanmoni Saikia trumped New Zealand by 16-13 after 15 Ends. It will play South Africa in the final on Tuesday at 04:15 PM IST.
India was trailing 12-13 going into the final End. However, Pinki and Saikia brought India back into the contest with a couple of good attempts. And New Zealand’s hopes were nipped in the bud when Tirkey’s final attempt earned India four points, ensuring the first-ever medal for India in Lawn Bowls.
The rules of Lawn Bowls are simple. The team which manages to place its bowls closer to the target, also known as ‘the Jack’, wins the points. In the fours or four-player format, each team gets eight throws, or rolls, from one end. The match is completed after the teams have played from all 18 ends.
A team is awarded points for each bowl it places closer to ‘the Jack’ than its opponents closest bowl.
For example: If team A places two bowls closer to ‘the Jack’ than team B’s closest bowl, it will win two points for the end. If team A places three bowls closer to the target than team B’s closest bowl, it will earn three points.
The team with more points after 18 ends will win. Alternatively, teams can pre-decide the number ends or points that will be played in a match. For more details, you can visit the Laws on the World Bowls website - here
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