Waterloo almost upon us

The most anticipated week in the bowls calendar is almost upon us. On Saturday the last sixty-four of the Co-op funeralcare Waterloo Handicap battle it out to be crowned with the most famous title in the game, which will be live of ITV on Wednesday. The week draws to a close with the BCGLBA Country Garden Roses Champion of Champions on the Sunday after and all the days in-between contain some the best bowlers and bowling you will see.
The draw and betting for the Co-op funeralcare Waterloo Handicap is the talk of the game. Leading the betting is the young Warwick and Worcester player Greg Smith (5/1) who won this event two years ago. Also highly fancied are Simon Coupe (6/1), Callum Wraight (7/1) and Graeme Wilson and Wayne Ditchfield (8/1). All that can be said is on Wednesday, live on ITV 4, the winner will have earned it
The draw and betting is:
100 Paul Leah (Manchester) v Steve Baskerville (Altrincham) 100
100 Andy Fleming (Preston) v Callum Wraight (Shrewsbury) 7
33 Kevan Shaw (Westhoughton) v Steve Moores (Northwich) 100
100 Eric Ralphson (Heywood) v Phil Lee (Liverpool) 33
5 Greg Smith (Alvechurch) v Mark Hughes (Leeds) 33
66 Andy Thornton (Cumbria) v Damian Morrison (Warrington) 100
25 Ryan Clark (Sheffield) v Richard Priestley (Hebden) 100
100 Roger Crowther (Huddersfield) v Michael Heap (Wigan) 100
20 Gareth Coates (Halifax) v Kieron Smith (Leeds) 25
100 Malcolm Sims (Poynton) v Bradley Bayliss (Alvaston & Boulton) 100
33 Pete Dunkley (Birmingham) v Stephen Parkin (Stoke) 40
25 Ritchie Goddard (Shrewsbury) v David Walker (Tadcaster) 100
100 Mike Geraghty (Flixton) v Billy Speed (Wigan) 40
40 James Grimston (Lytham) v Simon Coupe (Preston) 6
20 Stuart King (Huddersfield) v Andy Hughes (Cunliffe) 40
100 Antony Mellor (Heywood) v Mike Holden (Rochdale) 100
100 Ray Goodhand (Warrington) v Liam Griffin (Pudsey) 25
100 Dave Watters (Preston) v Simon Mills (Derby) 100
100 Ian Wassell (Sandbach) v Chris Ward (Victoria Park) 40
14 Glynn Cookson (Wins Ford) v Tommy King (Blackpool) 66
50 Danny Sillitoe (Maltby) v Simon Brown (Ulverston) 66
25 Mike Beer (Shrewsbury) v Alan Gilpin (Kendal) 100
100 Ian Grady (Skelmersdale) v David Bradford (IOM) 40
100 Paul Heap (Springbank) v Wayne Ditchfield (Eccleston) 8
40 Duncan Watkins (Bolton) v Chris Kelly (Sheffield) 25
33 Lee Heaton (Croston) v Graeme Wilson (Elland) 8
100 Stephen Glover (Liverpool) v Chris Brown (Sheffield) 14
66 Lee Johnstone (Poynton) v Dave McDermott (Wirral) 40
20 Michael Leach (Blackpool) v John Rothwell (Glossop) 100
100 Clive Chapman (Heywood) v Richard Hargreaves (Keighley BC) 50
25 Jason Jones (Abergale) v Alan Hanford (Barrowford) 100
100 Craig Richardson (Denbigh) v Ryan Sandham (Poynton Sports) 50


The Co-op funeralcare Waterloo Handicap will be broadcast live on ITV 4 on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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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.