Monday, 13 February 2017
Crown Green Bowls
Good to see the two Salts Sports Club bowling greens being well-used, after the destruction caused by last year's floods (see here). Crown Green Bowls is, I think, a sport particular to the north of England, played on greens that have a slightly raised centre (the crown). A player bowls a jack (the yellow ball here) to wherever they like on the green. Players then take turns to bowl their own balls (woods) as close as possible to the jack. Whoever gets nearest gets a point. The first player to accumulate 21 points wins. The jacks and the woods have a bias that means that you can get them to turn in two different directions depending on how you bowl them. I know there are many similar games (boules, flat green bowls and even curling) but using a bowling green with a raised crown is what differentiates this version.
When I took this photo there appeared to be a competition going on. There were several teams of players all using the two greens at once. It all looked quite complicated! Players mainly appear to be retired and those folk I know that play are quite passionate about it. Many play on until a ripe old age. A bit of exercise and a lot of socialising is a very good thing.