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Lawn Bowls

It was a hugely successful campaign at Leamington Spa’s Victoria Park and some thrilling games saw Team England leave the plush lawn with six medals including two gold, two silver and two bronze. 

Gold went to both the Men’s and Women’s Triples while both sets of Pairs came out with silver. 

The men lost a tantalisingly close final to Wales and the women’s duo of Amy Pharoah and Sophie Tolloch fell to Australia 19-18 in an extra end. 

Bronze went to the Men’s Fours and also the Men’s Para Pairs B6-B8. The celebration of success was incredible in the sunshine, but the loudest applause of the week went to guide dog James when he was lovingly festooned with a bronze medal.

Team England previous lawn bowls medals


You might need to know...

A small ball called a ‘jack’ is rolled onto a bowling green and the aim of the game is for a player to roll their ball, called a ‘wood’ as close to the jack as possible
The closest bowls to the jack score a point, if a player has the two closest efforts then they score two until an opposition bowl is next to score
In singles, the winner is the first player to score 21 points, in pairs (two players on each team) and triples (three a side) the winner is the team with the most points after 18 ends and in fours, a winner is declared after 15 ends
At the Commonwealth Games, the competition is played in pools with the winners of each pool progressing to the knock out rounds to determine the medal winners

Lawn bowls has been continuously held at every Games since the 1930 British Empire Games, with the exception of the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica. 

Lawn bowls was held at Royal Leamington Spa at Birmingham 2022. 

Team Leader

Allistair Hollis

Allistair Hollis

Alistair began his career as a journalist before moving into public sector communications and then into his current role with Bowls England. He represented England in lawn bowls at international level, and continues to participate at a high level for his county, Leicestershire.

Alistair currently leads work at Bowls England on communications, competitions and club support, providing logistical support to the teams during international events. He has led Bowls England’s response to Covid-19 and the challenges that it has presented.

Alistair said:

"The Commonwealth Games is the pinnacle of the sport in Lawn Bowls and Birmingham 2022 will provide a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity to showcase our sport. Having worked extensively at bowls-specific events for several years, this will be my first experience at a Commonwealth Games."
Allistair Hollis
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