Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Absolutely No Reason to Wipe off the Scores

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Absolutely No Reason to Wipe off the Scores

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Byline: BOWLS NEWS jim brigginshaw

ONE over to go in the cricket Test and the scoreboard goes blank.

The crowd would tear the grandstand down.

Yet it happens daily in bowls. One end to play and the scores are wiped off the board.

Why? Nobody can tell you.

But it has crept into the game and has been with us so long that many people think it's part of the rules.

It isn't.

It's a stupid, useless practice that does nothing other than create confusion.

I've seen a clubhouse full of spectators at tournaments left completely in the dark about how games have finished when the scoreboards are cleared early.

Championships, too, often are completed with onlookers unaware of the result.

Everybody, but everybody, does it in social play, though they don't know why.

If it's a close match, even those playing often haven't a clue which team is in front on the last end, because somebody's blanked the board.

It seems only the bloke with the card is entitled to know the score.

Ask a winder-back why he's doing it before the final end, and you can buy yourself an argument.

A bowler the other day told me if it wasn't in the rules now, it must have been sometime.

Another one said it was to save the greenkeepers time when they're preparing for the next game.

Save time! How long does it take to flip back three lots of numbers?

Bowls tries hard to attract spectators. Many come along to the green to watch after seeing television coverage and finding the game can be absorbing.

What chance do we have of bringing them back if they have no idea what the score is?

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