A doting father was watching his daughter in a County match. She was bowling beautifully, her concentration was full-on and she was putting bowl after bowl on the jack.

One of the spectators asked the father: “She’s amazing: what size bowls does she bowl with – I thought she used bigger ones?”

“They’re a size 2 now”, said Dad “though at the start of the season, before all her competition rounds, they were a size 7!”

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