Senior Merit draws near

BCGBA President Graham Jackson (right) with Deputy President Ken Howarth

The 104th BCGBA Senior Merit returns to one of its favourite venues next weekend.

The Rolls Royce Club in Derby is known as being one of the best venues for crown green bowls in the country. 

This event was won so skilfully last year by Yorkshire’s Chris Mordue at the Grange Club in Lancashire.

Callum Wraight

This year’s BCGBA President, Derbyshire’s Graham Jackson, will be welcoming some of the best players in the game with Callum Wraight, the 2009 Champion, starting as favourite at 7/2. The six time Yorkshire merit champion and twice winner Graeme Wilson is second favourite at 8/1.

The players have qualified through their own county merits and they are (with odds) :

1

Stuart Marshall

North Lancs & Fylde

100

2

Jordan Cain

Isle of Man

66

3

Matt Kelly-Walley

Derbyshire

33

4

Matt Allen

North Midlands

50

5

Geraint Booth

Wales

25

6

Nathan Dobson

Yorkshire

100

7

Roy Moxham

Cumbria

100

8

Callum Wraight

Shropshire

7/2

9

Gareth Gwilliam

Gtr Manchester

20

10

Richard Bale

Staffordshire

50

11

Karl Shanks

North Midlands

66

12

Damian Morrison

Lancashire

33

13

Tom Hanson

Yorkshire

20

14

Noel Burrows

Cheshire

50

15

Adam Weaver

Warwick & Worcs

66

16

Gary Owen

Potteries

20

17

Graeme Wilson

Yorkshire

8

18

Shane Day

North Midlands

40

19

Stuart Rutter

Shropshire

50

20

Steve Parkin

Potteries

66

21

Jack Hargreaves

Gtr Manchester

25

22

Matt Milsom

Derbyshire

66

23

Ross Dunkley

Warwick & Worcs

20

24

Daniel Jones

Wales

50

25

Dave Bennett

Lancashire

100

26

Steve Morrey 

Cheshire

20

27

James Hanson

Yorkshire

20

28

Kevin Kearns

Merseyside

33

29

Gary Roberts

Wales

66

30

Colin Leishman

Gtr Manchester

66

31

Andrew Sorsby

South Yorkshire

40

32

Liam Lowery

Warwick & Worcs

50

33

Owen Jackson

North Lancs & Fylde

20

34

Ed Furniss

Derbyshire

20

35

Colin Kelly

Isle of Man

40

36

Kevin Newberry

Gtr Manchester

100

37

Ian Wassell

Potteries

66

38

Wayne Moseley

Yorkshire

25

39

Paul Hallett

Wales

50

40

Lee Johnstone

Cheshire

50

41

Liam Griffin

Yorkshire

25

42

Danny Roberts

Lancashire

66

43

David May

Derbyshire

10

44

Aaron Williams

South Yorkshire

100

45

Michael Lynch

North Midlands

66

46

Josh Hale 

Warwick & Worcs

28

47

Paul Williams

Shropshire

50

48

Steve Freer

Staffordshire

33

49

Lewis Scott

Wales

16

50

Joe Brown

Warwick & Worcs

100

51

James Wilcox

Yorkshire

25

52

Nigel Greenhalgh

Gtr Manchester

66

53

Paul Wilson

North Lancs & Fylde

40

54

Paul Clark

Cumbria

50

55

Dave McDermott

Merseyside

33

56

Spencer Clarke

Shropshire

20

57

Mitchell Toth

Gtr Manchester

100

58

Alex Wolfenden

Yorkshire

50

59

Noel Bates

North Midlands

100

60

Paul Clegg

Lancashire

66

61

James Higgins

South Yorkshire

40

62

Gordon Hawkins

Staffordshire

40

63

Ryan Prosser 

Warwick & Worcs

10

64

Dan Petcher

Derbyshire

14

 

Steve Davies

Throughout his bowling career Steve has always supported the admin side of the game as well as a keen player of the game. As a club secretary, association secretary, county delegate on the BCGBA (National Governing Body) Management Committee, Media Officer for the BCGBA, 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 which became the Bowls Observer channel and, through the LDBA, runs national competitions. Seeing an avenue to report on and promote the game Steve set up the Bowls Observer on-line magazine.