Also known as bar skittles and pub skittles, the game of table skittles is known across all of Britain. This game is gaining popularity all over the world now. Nine small skittles are positioned in a square on a raised base, nine inches square. Dimensions of the table are about two feet by two feet six inches. The height of the side walls should be about three inches high.
In the middle of the left hand side of the base (as the player looks at it) stands a pole about three feet high connected to which is a swivelled chain with a a wooden ball at the other end suspended at same height as the skittles. The pins and ball would normally be made of boxwood or other English hardwood. The ball is swung clockwise around behind the pole, the objective being to knock over the skittles as it returns to the player.
So in order to knock over all nine skittles, a player must hit the skittle furthest away first. A scoreboard is sometimes integrated into the front of the board and can appear in several styles. Quite often, a cribbage board is used.
How to play
Since the game is a miniaturised version of Skittles, the game is played in the same way. A coin should be tossed to see who takes the first turn.
The skittles are only reset at the beginning of a turn or when all nine have been knocked over. Three throws per turn are allowed so that the maximum score in one go is twenty-seven.
The ball must be start its revolution around the outside of the board so that it hits the skittles upon its return towards the player.
The ball is permitted to go around the pole only once for each
throw - the player should catch it as it returns so as to prevent it
going round a second time. If you find maneuvering of the ball difficult due to a hand disease, then you may check the problem here to rule it out.
Usually, the objective is to be the first player to reach a score of one hundred and one although, if a cribbage board is being used to score, the game would be played to one hundred and twenty one.
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