Bowls falling into the ditch at the end of the bowling green become dead and are removed from play, except in the event when one has “touched” the jack on it’s way past.
These “touchers” are marked with chalk and remain alive in play even though they are now in the ditch.
Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014
The Commonwealth Games have started and be sure to follow the Blackjacks in their quest to pick up medals. You can follow their progress at the Bowls New Zealand website.