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Competition Descriptions

All games start by tossing a coin to see which side puts the first Jack up, the winner of an end will put the jack up for the next end.

In pairs, triples and fours competitions an extra end is played if the scores are level at the end.

Singles (Championship)

  • ·         Two players
  • ·         4 Bowls each
  • ·         All bowls closer to the Jack than the closest opposition bowl count as 1 point each
  • ·         First player to reach 21 points wins.

Two Woods

     Same as for singles but with 2 Bowls each


This is played the same as singles, but the difference between the two handicaps is added as points to the score of the person with the highest handicap at the start of the game.


  • ·         Four players in two teams of two
  • ·         4 Bowls each – There is also a 2 woods mixed pairs competition
  • ·         Play 21 Ends  - Internal competitions may play 18 ends
  • ·         All bowls closer to the Jack than the closest opposition bowl count as 1 point each
  • ·         Highest score wins

Australian Pairs

 See the Australian Pairs page for details of this competition.


  • ·         Six players in two teams of three
  • ·         3 Bowls each
  • ·         Play 18 Ends
  • ·         All bowls closer to the Jack than the closest opposition bowl count as 1 point each
  • ·         Highest score wins
  • ·         The mixed triples competition is played as a round robin, each team playing 5 games of 4 ends. 
  •           The two highest scoring teams play a final game of 6 ends. 

Rinks (Fours)

  • ·         Eight players in two teams of four
  • ·         2 Bowls each
  • ·         Play 21 Ends
  • ·         All bowls closer to the Jack than the closest opposition bowl count as 1 point each
  • ·         Highest score wins


  • ·         Two players
  • ·         4 Bowls each
  • ·         Both players can score in an end.  Closest bowl scores 5, second scores 3, third scores 2 and fourth scores 1.
  • ·         The player with the closest bowl to the jack has control of the jack for the next end.
  • ·         The sum of all the points scored in an end is always 11
  •           The sum of the two running totals is always a multiple of 11
  • ·         First player to reach 100 points wins.
  •           If both players pass 100 on the final end then the player with the highest score after counting all scoring bowls is the winner.
  • ·         A different scoreboard (with more numbers) is used for 100-up

Pearce Trophy

This singles competition is open to all players who have not previously won a singles  or pairs competition, other than the Novice Pairs, in this or other clubs.

Novice Pairs

This competition is open to new bowlers who have started playing during the current competition year.  The draw will take place towards the end of the season, prior to Finals weekend.

  • 4 Bowls each 
  • Play 18 ends
  • Highest score wins


  • The Aggregate is played as a roll-up each Friday.    
  • Two games of ten ends are played during the afternoon, Bowlers need to turn up at 2 pm to allow time for the selection of teams for the first game, the selection of teams for the second game takes place during the tea break.  Bowlers may play in either or both of the games on a day. 
  • Games may be played as a Triple or Four depending on the number of people that turn up on the day.
  • A team will collectively play 9 shots in each end.  In a Triples game the 3 bowlers play 3 shots each, but for Fours the skips will bowl 3 woods and the other 3 team members play 2 woods each.
  • The scores from the game are recorded for all bowlers playing for a side (winning and losing team scores are recorded).
  •  A player’s ten best scores are counted towards their overall aggregate score.  Their aggregate will not be displayed until they have completed 10 games.

The Frank Palmart Cup

  • This is an annual match men v ladies.

The end to end

  • This is an annual match played at the end of the NW Kent season, ladies NW Kent team players v men NW Kent players