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balls, and in bowling nearer than any other without disturbing one's own balls or the Jack.
If, when sides are taken, and both sides have delivered their balls, two balls of one side are nearer than any balls of their opponents', they count a point for every ball.
A "green" is about seventy feet square, level, and with the grass closely cut. A bank as a boundary is desirable—where spectators may sit to watch the game.
Four players form what is called a "rink." They are called the "Leader," the "Second" player, the "Third" player, and the "Skip" or "Captain."
Each contestant plays two balls alternately, and the privilege of playing first is tossed for.
The starting-point in a game is that portion of the green on which the "Footer" is laid—a cloth about a yard square, of carpet or canvas. The player places his foot upon this when about to roll the ball.
In a match-game the "Skip" has entire charge of his side in the contest.
Points of Play
The main point is first to roll the ball as near to the Jack as possible. The next point is to "guard" or "block" it—that is, to roll the next ball so that it may form an obstruction to the attempt to drive the counting ball from its position near the Jack.
The "riding" of a ball is rolling it with great force, and is only employed in emergencies. "Raking" the ball is rolling it with force enough to strike the opponent's ball out of position and put your own ball in its place. "Chucking" is striking a counting ball out of range, and thereby adding to your own counting balls, or striking one of the balls of your own side into a counting place.