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Time to voice your opinion


he last full review of the Laws of the Sport of Bowls by World Bowls took place

over a two-year period, resulting in the publication of the Crystal Mark Second Edition in 2010. The Board of World Bowls agreed at that time there was no need for a full review for 10 years but should any proposed changes thought to be necessary in the meantime, they would be implemented and Member National Authorities (including Bowls England) be advised accordingly. It was further agreed that to prevent the need to reprint the Laws, any changes would be recorded by way of an addendum to the existing Laws. In accordance with this decision

the Board of World Bowls now wishes

to give each country the opportunity to submit proposals for consideration by the Laws Committee. As part of the consultation process

Bowls England is inviting all members to submit any ideas with regard to the Laws of the Sport (Crystal Mark Second Edition). Suggestions must be made in the following manner: Clubs/Individual members: Please send your suggestions/ comments to your County Association, which will collate and forward responses to Bowls England. Please note that Bowls England will not be able to accept suggestions that do not come via the relevant county association. Umpires: Please send your suggestions/comments to the

English Bowls Umpires Association, which will collate and forward responses to Bowls England. The deadline for County

Associations and the English Bowls Umpire Association to respond to Bowls England is Friday 26 July, and therefore respondents are recommended to send any views to their relevant body no later than Friday 5 July. The relevant Bowls England Committee will consider all suggestions before endorsing and submitting them to World Bowls ahead of its deadline of 30 September 2013. Any agreed proposals will be

voted on at the Council Meeting to be held during the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Four score for the Martlets

The Martlets Short Mat Bowls Club of Billingshurst has achieved the unique feat of winning all four major West Sussex County Championships (singles, pairs, mixed pairs and triples) in the same season.

And they capped their highly

successful 2012/13 season by winning the West Sussex County KO Cup. The one-day singles event, held

at Westergate’s Six Villages Sports Centre, saw Chris Rolph defeat Dan Blackman (Infinity Short Mat Bowls Club) 11-6 in the 10-end final. Rolph had beaten club-mate and

2009/10 Champion Marc Lancaster 13-4 in his semi-final, while Blackman beat a club-mate of his own, 2006/07 and 2007/08 Champion Chris Page, 9-8. Rolph also won the pairs

championship with John Brown in an all-Martlets final. In a surprisingly one-sided match,

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The Martlets team with the West Sussex County KO cup

they beat Chris Blackman and Mel Lillywhite 10-2. The pair had looked in good form going into the final after their 11-3 semi-final win against Jean Armour-Milne and Jim Orman of Upper Beeding. Rolph and Brown had beaten

Jonathan Clear and Ben Haulkham of Infinity SMBC 10-5 in their semi-final. Lillywhite had the consolation of

claiming the triples title with Barrie Fitch and Marc Lancaster as they beat Bognor 9-7 in a closely fought final. Chris Rolph reached another final in the mixed doubles but had to accept a runners-up spot as he and his partner Marion Rolph were beaten by fellow Martlets players Melanie Haulkham and Marc Lancaster.

Jack Bird proudly holds the two trophies he won at New Earswick Bowls Club

Jack the lad breaks records

Jack Bird, a 16-year-old member of Scarborough Indoor Bowling Club, has just become not only the Yorkshire County Under-25s Men’s Champion, but also the Yorkshire County Men’s Champion. He also won the U-25s title two years ago. He joined the

Scarborough club when he was seven and went on to become the U-18s Champion and the Club Champion. He plays in the club’s senior leagues and in representative teams, but his 2013 Yorkshire County titles are the highlight of his bowling achievements so far. In achieving his

remarkable double, Jack has entered the record books as: • the only bowler to have won

these County Championships in the same year. • the youngest

person to have won the Yorkshire Men’s Singles Championship. • the youngest person

to have won the U-25s Championship • the first member from

Scarborough Indoor Bowls Club to have won the Yorkshire Men’s Singles Championship.

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