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Bowling is the common name for several sports that involve rolling a ball towards a target or to knock down pins.

For the use of this term in cricket see Bowling (cricket).

The sports known as bowling may be divided into two distinct groups. The first group is played along an "alley", most commonly of wood. Here the players attempt to score points by throwing a ball to knock down pins. Included in this group are

In the second group the players throw a ball (which may be eccentrically weighted) along a lawn in an attempt to put their balls closer to a designated point. This group includes

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