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First Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Bowls is a sport in which the objective is to roll slightly asymmetric balls, called bowls, so that they stop close to a smaller—normally white—bowl called the "jack" or "kitty". Bowls, either flat- or crown-green, is usually played outdoors, on grass and synthetic surfaces. Flat-green bowls can also be played indoors on synthetic surfaces. Both variants are collectively known as "lawn bowls".


Second Reading

Bill  •  Link

...in Bowling, the chusing of the Bowl is the greatest Cunning. Flat Bowls are best for close alleys; round byassed Bowls for open Grounds of Advantage, and Bowls round as a Ball for Green Swarths that are plain and level.
---The Compleat Gamester. C. Cotton, 1725.

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