Clash of the Codes - Flat v Crown

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From the organisers of a brand new competition that may become an annual event.

28TH MAY FROM 10AM TIL 5PM

It is my absolute pleasure to announce the brand new "Clash of the Codes" event that myself and Nigel Williams have been working on over the last few months. Effectively it is a Crown vs Flat Green Challenge match that we want you all to be apart of! Whether that be as a spectator, volunteer or player, it is sure to be one of the biggest events that the club will be holding all year!


For those of you that are interested in being selected for the event as a player or for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer, please get into contact with myself via: * WhatsApp/Phone - 07479209916 * Email - hhbcdevelopmentofficer@gmail.com


Every few months, the age old argument of who would win between the flat and the crown crops up. We decided to settle the bragging rights; welcome to the inaugural Clash of the Codes (Crown vs Flat), sponsored by Fox Engravers.


Whilst previous efforts have seen the codes split into one format then the other, Heaton Hall Bowling Club has a unique set-up that allows us to run both codes simultaneously, which, based on our research, is a first. That should help explain the format too.


All proceeds go to Francis House Children's Hospice, a huge thanks to Nigel Williams, Jack Lockhart, Craig McGuigan and Jamie Bramley for making this happen. A huge thanks to Dave Fox and Shaun Fox who have agreed to be our event sponsor, providing an event trophy and the King of the Codes award for the highest average across the four sessions. Next time your event needs trophies, please recognise these guys who put so much back into the sport in its various guises.


Looking for volunteers on the day to score and keep social media updated with near real time scoring.


The Complete Format of the Day

(Warning It Is A Long Read!):

Clash of Codes Challenge Match (Crown vs Flat Green)

12 a-side competition between a flat green team and a crown green team in a Ryder Cup style format.

• Played over four sessions across both codes (crown and flat green)

• To enable flat and crown to compete in each represented format, every player will play each of the following:

  • 1x four bowl singles on flat - 5 end sets

  • 1x two bowl singles on crown - 7 end sets

  • 1x three bowl pairs on flat - 5 end sets

  • 1x two bowl pairs on crown - 7 end sets

• The winner of each match will be the player / pair who wins the most sets i.e. 2-0 or 1.5-0.5 over a two-set game. In the result of a tie, each player / pair will receive half a point to their team’s overall score.

• The match will have 36 points available to play for – a point for each of the 12 singles matches per session (an overall total of 24 points across the day). A point for each pairs match per session (an overall total of 12 points across the day).

• The winning team will be the first to reach 18.5 points. If the game ends in an 18-18 draw in points, then a “penalty shootout” format shall take place with 6 games of 1 end shoutouts taking place on each format

• Each flat and crown green will have a session open to them either before the day or on the day, to practice on the other format to their usual code.

• Due to the small nature of the crown greens at Heaton Park, it is recommended that both crown greens are used with three games on each. Players playing their singles on a crown green will play their pairs on that green too in the interests of fairness.

• In the result of a dead end, on the flat, the jack will be replaced on the re-spot of the side the jack left the rink. On the crown, the jack will be replaced one metre from the ditch as close as possible to the point it exited the green.

• At the start of each session, the flat green captain and crown green captain shall toss a coin. The winner chooses whether to take the jack for the first or second set across each game in that session.


Format:


Session 1

Singles – 1 point to the winner of each game, drawn games result in each player receiving half a point. 12 points available.

6 x four bowl singles on the flat green

3 x two bowls singles on crown green A

3 x two bowls singles on crown green B


Session 2

Pairs – 1 point to the winner of each game, drawn games result in each pair receiving half a point. 6 points available.

3 x three bowl pairs on the flat green

3 x two bowls pairs on crown green A/B


Session 3

Pairs – 1 point to the winner of each game, drawn games result in each pair receiving half a point. 6 points available.

All players who played flat in sessions 1 and 2 to switch to crown and vice versa

3 x three bowl pairs on the flat green

3 x two bowls pairs on crown green A/B


Session 4

Singles – 1 point to the winner of each game, drawn games result in each player receiving half a point. 12 points available

6 x four bowl singles on the flat green

3 x two bowls singles on crown green A

3 x two bowls singles on crown green B


Any interest regarding participation as a player must be reported to myself by 8th April! Volunteering positions will be welcomed right up until the day of the event! * WhatsApp/Phone - 07479209916 * Email - hhbcdevelopmentofficer@gmail.com

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