Chess Vale played host to both the England and Jersey Commonwealth Bowls squads before they flew off to India. As the club has the same surface as has been laid in Delhi it enabled teams to gain vital last minute experience of playing on the Dales Mastergreen carpet. The artificial green, reputed to be one of the flattest in the country, allowed the teams to test different types and makes of bowls and refine playing styles. For both squads the sessions at Chess Vale were to be the last time the squads played together before flying out to Delhi.

England Team (managed by John Bell & Mary Price)
Men: Sam Tolchard, Mervyn King, Stuart Airey, Mark Bantock, Graham Shadwell, Robert Newman.
Ladies: Natalie Melmore, Ellen Falkner, Amy Monkhouse, Jamie-Lea Winch, Sandy Hazell, Sian Gordon

Jersey Team (managed by Derek Ferguson & Eileen Vowden)
Men: Cyril Renouf, Derek Boswell, Allan Quernard, Malcolm de Sousa, John Lowery, Michael Rive.
Ladies: Sue Noel, Christine Grimes, Helen Greechan, Karina Bisson, Rachel Macdonald, Joan Renouf