Carpet Greens

FORGET Andy Murray at Wimbledon; the Ashes; Chris Froome’s tilt at the Tour de France...

...the biggest sporting event of the summer takes place this week at Plymouth’s Life Centre, where the stars of Argyle will take on their Plymouth Albion rugby counterparts – at carpet bowls.

Plymouth’s two sporting giants go toe-to-toe on Wednesday in a winner-takes-all challenge match for nothing less than the right to be recognised as the city’s premier sporting club.

With the help of the Plymouth Life Centre Indoor Bowls Club, 24 bowlers from each club – players, coaches, staff – will jack it up from 1.30pm in an eight-rink match

Both sides were staying understandably tight-lipped about the encounter in the build-up to the big match.

However, Plymouth Activities Manager Louise Chaves, who is based at the Life Centre, said: “This is a fantastic way to demonstrate to younger people in Plymouth that bowling is not just for the older generation. 

"We hope that the players from Plymouth Argyle and Plymouth Albion will demonstrate that this sport takes skill, tactics and mental agility to succeed. 

"It will be quite interesting to see which team comes out on top – the one that plays with a ball in their hands or with a ball at their feet!”