Wigan Subs Classic 2018

The 2017 Wigan Subscription Classic final between John Crossley and Wayne Ditchfield

One of the premier men’s bowling competitions starts on Saturday. The 2018 WIGAN SUBSCRIPTION MEN’S CLASSIC attracts players from across the country to this famous venue.

Nestled next to Wigan Cricket Club, and close to the town centre, Wigan Subscription Bowling Green Ltd has seen some of the finest the game has to offer.

Although Wigan is known as a Rugby League town, the sport of the funny shaped ball, it is an area steeped in the game of crown green bowls.This is an area that lives and breathes the game, a contest. Great games and players from yesteryear are told in stories over a drink at the green side. It remains an area to learn and hone the skills needed to be a top class player.

This club, the venue for last year’s BCGBA Junior Merit, was featured in an article last year when the Bowling Green Services team was brought in to provide their expertise on the playing surface. A patchy unevenly paced green and scarified, spiked and top dressed and is now delighting its club members.

They, and visitors to the green, are all agreed that the green has improved this year thanks to their work and advice. It was certainly money well spent.

This year’s principal sponsors are: DGLWindows, Wigan Honda, SFConsulting, Grayway, Cheese Cabin and The Wigan Beer Company and the club, and this game of ours, are grateful for their support.

For those intending to visit this green, and enjoy the barbeque, the address is Wigan Subscription Bowling Club, Park Crescent West, Wigan, WN1 1SA and the action starts at 6:15pm

The draw for the first two rounds of the 31up Wigan Subscription Men’s Classic was made by one of the main sponsors, Mr Stuart Goulding of DGLWindows (DGLWindows.co.uk).

Highlight of the first night has to be the clash between two Yorkshire legends as Graeme Wilson plays Chris Mordue and the winner could play Fred.Olsen Cruises Champion of Champions winner Michael Beer in the second round.

The following day sees reigning BCGBA Senior Merit winner Darren Plenderleith make the long journey up from North Midlands. Reigning Waterloo Handicap Champion and also last year’s runner-up, Wayne Ditchfield, is on the third session whilst Callum Wraight is the star name on the first session in June.

The penultimate session sees last year’s winner, John Crossley, start the defence of the title he won so impressively last year.

The third and fourth rounds are on Saturday 23rd June and Sunday 24th June and the semi-finals and final are on Sunday 1st July.

The full draw is:

Sat 19th May
Josh Mordue v Danny Ferris
Danny Sillitoe v Gary Ellis
Michael Beer v Danny Miller
Graeme Wilson v Chris Mordue
Sun 20th May
Lee Johnstone v Chris Ward
Darren Plenderleith v Jack Marrow
Simon Brown v Lee Heaton
Josh Hale v Tommy Johnstone
Sat 26th May
Wayne Ditchfield v George Chadwick
Craig Gant v William Griffiths
Alan Manuel v Kevan Shaw
Neil Slattery v William Simms
Sun 27th May
Neil Jolley v Simon Coupe
Mick Prescott v Paul Winrow
Danny Barwise v Martin Ogiliev
Neil Grant v Robert Hitchen
Sat 2nd June
Duncan Watkins v Thomas Dennison
Callum Wraight v Steve Davies
Phil Cookson v Andy Moss
Matt Gillies v Darren Allsopp
Sun 3rd June
Mike Tunstall v Carl Gregson
Chris Bly v Ged Smedley
Ian Penzer v Michael Leach
Ben Brookes v Alan Broadhurst
Sat 9th June
Ashley Daykin v Dave Higginbottom
John Crossley v Ian Grady
David Molyneux v Graham Law
Dean Butler v Jack Dyson
Sun 10th June
Ian Young v Michael Heap
Chris Cooke v Mark Britton
John Brown v Harvey Birch
Nicky Shaw v Dave McDermott

Steve Davies

Throughout his bowling career Steve has always supported the admin side of the game. As a club secretary, association secretary, county delegate on the BCGBA (National Governing Body) Management Committee, Merseyside champion in 2002 and Merseyside County President (2014-15) Steve has always been keen to promote the game especially through the broadcast of the game on TV or Internet. Steve set up the LIVE BOWLS YouTube channel and, through the LDBA, runs national competitions. Seeing an avenue to report and promote the game Steve set up the Bowls Observer on-line magazine after consulting with respected figures in the game and journalism.