Domestic Carpet Bowls
Sec 1 - "Domestic" or "Home" Carpet bowls.
The best known name in this type of carpet bowlBandabowls
arethepremier quality carpet bowls and have been made by the same
family firm since 1930.
picture acknowledgement - Drakes Pride
Available in 2.5" and 2" diameter sizesBandabowls are biased to
suit a playing area of between 3-6 metres in length (10-20 feet)
and not less than 2 metres (6 feet) width.
DESCRIPTION OF THE GAME
This game is similar to the well known game of Lawn Bowls, but
is ideally suited for play on a carpet. The bowls are biased
similarly to those used on a Bowling Green. In order to give the
necessary 'drag', the carpet should be of dense pile and around 1
cm (1 /2") deep if the pile is too smooth and/or too short the
bowls will tend to run in circles or off the edge of the carpet.
The playing area may be of any length from 3-6m (10-20ft) and width
not less than 2m (6ft).
For those not familiar with the game of bowls the following may
be of use:
'Bias' which is incorporated in the bowl during manufacture on the
opposite side of the bowl to the coloured spot, causes the bowl to
roll in a gentle curve instead of a straight line. The bowl should
be rolled, not thrown, near the ground in the direction of the
jack. It will then be found to curve away from the coloured spot,
thus enabling the jack to be approached either from the right or
left, according to the way in which the bowl is held in the hand.
This is particularly useful if an opponents bowl is lying in a
direct line of approach, as the object of the game is to get one's
bowl or bowls as near to the jack as possible.
1. The game may be played by two, three, or four persons. Each
player has one pair of bowls, but if two players only, each may
have two pairs.
2. If four persons are playing, they may form themselves into
two sides or play individually.
3. Where partners are playing, one of either side shall play
4. Before commencing play the number of points to be scored for
game (usually 21), is agreed.
5. Players should spin a coin to decide which player has the
option of playing first. The first player in each round shall play
the jack and follow with his/her first bowl; the others follow from
the same spot, marked with the green mat, in the order agreed upon.
The winner of each round leads the following round.
6. Should the jack be thrown off the edge of the playing area,
it should be replaced about 30-40cm (12-18ins) from the edge
nearest the point where it went off, but should the jack be knocked
of by a bowl in play, that round is 'dead' and should be started
again from the opposite end.
7. All bowls not remaining on the carpet, or fouled or impeded
by any object, shall be deemed 'dead' and may be removed.
8. The player or side whose bowl remains nearest the jack counts
one point, but should two or more bowled by the same player or side
be nearer than the opponent's, a further point for each bowl is
9. Should two players tie for nearest position, one point each
should be scored.
10. If a bowl is played out of turn it may be replayed in proper
order. But if it has touched or moved another bowl, the round may
be declared dead and should be replayed.
© Peter N. Clare 2009 © E.A. Clare & Son Ltd. 2013 -
reproduction of article allowed only with permission from E.A.
Clare & Son Ltd.