Bowls

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Bowls Pre­mier League, Tues­day-Fri­day 8pm.

This is made-for-tele­vi­sion lawn bowls played in­doors with a quick­fire for­mat and fea­tur­ing many of Aus­trala­sia's best, with a cou­ple of other big names tossed in. Scot Alex Mar­shall, re­garded by many as the best around, re­turns but this time is play­ing for Bris­bane af­ter help­ing steer the Mur­ray Steam­ers to vic­tory in 2014. He is joined by Kelsey Cot­trell and Rob­bie Wild. The Bris­bane team has for­mer Black Jacks coach Dave Ed­wards at the helm. He will have split loy­al­ties, how­ever, as his wife Jo again spear­heads the Kiwi chal­lenge mounted by Shan­non McIl­roy and Ali Forsyth. Like many, the New Zealan­ders will be at Club Pine Rivers for BPL just days af­ter play­ing the sec­ond transtas­man test of the year, which ends to­mor­row at Broad­beach. Eight BPL teams will again line up and chase the A$100,000 on of­fer, with the win­ning team split­ting $25,000. A to­tal of 60 matches will be played, with 16 — four each night — tele­vised live. There’s no room for faint hearts, with all games of three bowl pairs played over two five-end sets, with a one-end tiebreaker if needed. Each team must in­clude a mix of men and women. Again there is the pro­vi­sion for sub­sti­tu­tions at any stage.

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